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|Pfaff:6152 (Sewing Machine)|
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|About SandiMacD |
|Member since: 2/8/09 |
|Reviews written: 42|
|Favored by: 5 people|
|sewing machines reviewed: 7|
|Posted on:||9/28/13 9:22 PM|
|Approx price paid:||$400|
|Had this machine for:||10 mo|
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I grew up on a Singer 301, used a FW in the 60's and then a Kenmore in 70's. When I left sewing in 1983 I still had a straight stitch machine. I re-entered sewing in 2004 after retiring and inheriting Mom's Singer 301. It left something to be desired with button hole cams and screwdrivers to attach the zig-zagger. I replaced it with a Bernina 430 but we ever bonded. In 2010 I bought my BL Ellisimo and gave the 301 to my daughter when I moved to FL. So here are my reasons for buying the Pfaff Jeans & Satin 6152----
1. I needed a manual machine that did not require start up time for simple mending.
2. I wanted a lightweight machine to take to ASG sewing workshops and meetings and heard great things about the Pfaffs built in IDT.
3. I wanted a machine that I could set the stitch and not worry about losing it if someone bumped the dial or the power went out or if the serge outlet was accidentally turned off by someone sharing my work station.
4. I wanted a long straight basting stitch, buttonholes for the waistband of jeans and good control over a variety of fabrics.
AND I LOVE THIS MODEL because it DOES THEM ALL!!! I looked long and hard every time I saw a mechanical (especially Pfaff) PR listing. Then, one day, a PR Member listed this in the Classifieds so, as usual, I checked the PR Reviews. There were only 2 that were helpful so I expanded my search to other websites and what I found reinforced that this was the one. After a few days of email chatter with the seller, I sent her my check and it showed up a few days later.
I have ported it to meetings for crafts, home dec and a tote from quilted layers and nylon webbing folding down the sides. It is very stable whether on a folding table (classroom), a roll out desk keyboard area (perfect height for my grandson) or sitting in a cabinet. I have sewn doll clothes with lace (photo 1), sewn elastic into the waist of knits (photo 2), sewn cottons, satin binding and last month I hemmed jeans! YES! I double turned, hammered and hemmed through 3 layers of folded over felled seams- no stutter, no difference in the stitch look, nothing- the IDT just fed it through and sewed over the hump without effort. The foot pedal has 2 speed settings.
I keep it in the default button setting for a utility straight & zz stitch but it has a multitude of other stitch options determined by pressing buttons in combinations. There is a full array of stretch stitches and quite a few decorative and utility stitches. There are 4 dials that adjust stitch length, stitch width, needle position (endless selection from left to right) and thread tension. I used the free arm yesterday to apply an monogram as an appliqué to a layered tote- the machine has a space cut in underneath the entire harp area which made it a dream to sew on in the round. So far it has not been picky with any threads- Gutterman, Metttler, C&C, Superior, Connecting, jeans, silk, cotton, poly, rayon- whatever is on hand.
I love that I can take it from a precise and balanced straight stitch on cotton to a stretch stitch on a knit to a button hole on a delicate rayon tab (photo3). It is plastic but the older heavier type and that keeps it at a portable 13 lbs for me. I absolutely am in love with the Pfaff feet! Great visibility, fabric control and keen to perform. I got the manual, all original feet & bobbin and accessories- everything! I ordered a teflon foot (sewed a vinyl lunch bag) a jean uneven foot and an adjustable (generic) zipper foot (for tight seam areas or hardware). Building my accessory collection is exciting.
I find it easy to keep clean -- it just needs oil every few months. The needle threader is tried and true- it just works! I don't miss an auto thread cutter at all (I'm a garment sewist) and the one on the side works perfect. I really love the stripes- very patriotic in red white and blue, and the logo name Jeans & Satin could not be more true. It didn't take me long to name him Sgt Pfaff- sturdy, no nonsense, dependable, always at the ready and never fails when given an order. He is housed in between my Princess ElliMo (BL Ellisimo) who takes her sweet time getting ready (but what a show she does put on!) and Ms Evvie (BL Evolution serger), my cheerful worker bee.
Well the foot pedal is a bit steeper than I would like but I have adjusted. My home is shoeless, so I usually sew barefoot or in socks and have adapted to it well enough-- I am now able to put the needle in a stop down position if I need it there. The light, of course is not up to modern stadium lighting standards but my sewing room has plenty of sunlight and task lighting. The harp may be small to some but I feel it's ideal for garment construction and mending.
This PR template automatically loads features- one of which is Embroidery Stitch. I tried unchecking that box but no luck- it is stuck in this review. This is NOT a combo machine and it has NO embroidery unit. The manual explains how to embroider using a satin stitch but the results rely entirely on the user's free-motion hand control.
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