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Date: 4/3/08 11:38 PM

I am currently in the market for a new sewing machine, I do a lot of different types of sewing, garment, craft, etc.. But I have just become addicted to quilting. So to support my addiction I need a new quilting machine! I have a Kenmore which has been a great machine and up until just recently just what I needed. But the more I get into this quilting stuff the more I realize I need (you notice I did not say want) a new bigger, better machine! I have been trying out all of the machines available in my town! I have really been impressed with the Pfaff 2058, I really love the idea of the IDT and how it can be used with all the different feet. But I also like the Viking sapphires for the feel-- very smooth and love the auto presser foot lift. I used to years ago have a really cheap brother that I hated sewing on-- so I have not really wanted to look at them (and there is no dealer in my town) but I am realizing I really should not base all of the brother machines off of just one cheap model. They seem to get pretty good reviews around here. So here is my dilemma, is the IDT really all that great for quilting?? I spoke to a quilter that has a Pfaff she states it makes the piecing so much better. Well I have been piecing with my Kenmore using a regular 1/4 inch foot, cotton material and doing just fine with the seams lining up - no slippage?? So I guess I really am not sure the IDT is that important. So should I be looking at the IDT as a must have for my quilting or is it really not that important? I have really been leaning towards the Pfaff - I do like the machine and wonder if the IDT or (lack of) should be the deciding factor. I know I can get a walking foot for the other machines but if it is really an important tool that will help my quilting I would rather just have it built in. If the IDT/walking foot is really not that helpful in the quilting I will probably drive to the "big city" and look into the Brothers and Babylocks. So after all this, my question is to you all who have been quilting for a while -- if you needed a new machine would the IDT or build in walking foot be a requirement for you new machine?

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Date: 4/4/08 1:05 AM

By IDT, do you mean the built-in walking foot? It would be nice to have. Not a deal-breaker or maker for me, but a nice feature. I actually like the Janome one better, unless Pfaff has something new that I have missed.

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Date: 4/4/08 3:09 AM

I have an older Pfaff (7570) and quilt heaps - I LOVE the IDT. Would purchase another Pfaff to get one if I had to - although the 7570 seems set to go on forever!!
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Date: 4/4/08 9:50 PM

As one who works in the quilt biz and knows LOTS of quilters, those with Pfaffs LOVE their IDFs. But not everyone has one, needs one, or wants one. There is so much more to quilting than the gizmos on your sewing machine! For myself, I'm quite happy with my current set-up - a pair of $20 flea market finds, one for plain stitching and one for FM work.

Jennifer in Calgary

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Date: 4/5/08 0:28 AM

It's not a deal-breaker for me either. I've pieced on many machines that feed fabric well without the IDT and when it comes to actual quilting--I feel as if a walking foot is at least equally effective as the IDF. For garments..knits and slippies, the IDF would be much nicer than a walking foot. I rather dislike Pfaff's futzy middle setting with the position of the lever while doing FM. The 2058 is a great machine and does eliminate the need for a separate foot to take on and off which is convenient. But, for me, it'd not be top priority if my main focus is quilting. I do love the "antique" quilting stitches on the 2058.

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Date: 4/5/08 9:13 PM

I can not speak for Pfaff but my Janome 6600 has a similar devise called Acufeed with additional feet that can be used when quilting for example: Stitch-in-the-Ditch foot, an open toe foot, or 1/4" foot. I find the quality of sewing using these feet have made it easier to be accurate. In fact the machine takes much of the burden for tasks like sewing binding onto the quilt without puckering, or accurate ditch quilting. It is so much more convenient than when I did these tasks with other machines. If the Pfaff's IDF is anything like Janome's Acufeed I would think seriously about the machine!

Btw, my last quilt I used the acufeed for piecing and it really helps to stay accurate. I used it with the 1/4" foot and a straight stitch plate.

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Date: 4/8/08 9:22 AM

Hello all, thank you for your responses. The IDT stands for Integrated Dual Feed Technology. (yes, a build in walking foot). I did go to the city this weekend and looked at the Pfaff 2057 it was great!!! The dealer also had Jamone, which I did try.. but just did not like as well as the Pfaff. Anyway I decided to go to lunch and “think about the 2057”. My plan was to go back to the dealer and buy the machine. But as I was on my way I decided to go by and just take a look at the Babylocks. I went into the store and fell in love with them!!! I just bonded with the whole lot of them!! The dealer was great and I knew I had to have one.. I was taking to the dealer about the Espire – but they did not have any in stock or on the floor to try so he was showing me the Esante which has everything the Espire has plus the embroidery. (I did look at the Quest – It was nice but just not the one). Any way I was going to order the Espire until I noticed the Esante was on sale and was only about 400 dollars more that the Esante (due to the manufacture rebates). So since I was interested in the embroidery but did not want to put that much $$$ out.. this was really a great deal. The Esante sews so smooth and even… and has all of the bells and whistles I was lusting after (but could not afford)!!! I went on line (at the dealers shop—showed him the reviews) the Esante has good reviews and babylock in general has good reviews. So even though I had pretty much decided to go with the Pfaff – had the IDT that I was wanting and really a great machine. I decided on the Esante…. Although I have only had it for a few days I really am happy… I don’t think I will miss the IDT to much, I did get the dealer to throw in a walking foot. While I am sure the IDT works better I am very happy with the walking foot on the babylock. So again thank you all for the input. Once I have had the machine for a while I will write a review.
Tanneii

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