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okie2thdoc
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Date: 3/18/09 10:51 PM

I've been looking at the Pfaff machines- pricey! So, in order to discourage me from really wanting one badly, can anyone tell me the horrible things I would experience if I got one. Really, I want to hear the dirt! Don't hold back- I'm an adult;)

Jennifer

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Date: 3/18/09 11:13 PM

Sorry, but I can't think of anything too bad to say about my Pfaff.
I have 2 machines, a Viking and a Pfaff. I prefer each one for certain jobs. When I have a project that needs a walking foot I use my Pfaff. I like that I can use a zipper foot and zigzag stitch with the IDT. I do all my home dec projects with my Pfaff.
Pfaff has some of the best decorative stitches, a plus if do heirloom sewing.
Like any European machine, the servicing and accessories are expensive. I prefer buttonholes on my other machine.

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Date: 3/18/09 11:52 PM

OK!

There is really no such thing as a Pfaff. They went bankrupt years ago, and Viking bought them for the name and closed the German factory. Now, Viking/White/Pfaff has been purchased by the same holding company who owns Singer, and they have closed the distribution center in Ohio and moved it all into the Singer space in Tennessee.

Other than that, they're probably no worse off than any of the other companies. Is that what you wanted?

Bill Holman

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Date: 3/18/09 11:58 PM

Really, that's the worst? I'm still not convinced that I SHOULDN'T buy one. Why do you prefer the other machine for buttonholes? The Pfaff appears to make since ones.

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Date: 3/19/09 0:11 AM

I have one. And I love the built in walking foot! It's great. Ooops! You wanted to hear something bad about it!



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Date: 3/19/09 0:14 AM

It seems that the new Pfaffs are ALOT like the new Vikings with small differences like the IDT. I know this really isn't a bad thing about them, but just a comment!!

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Date: 3/19/09 0:16 AM

I have a Pfaff 2056 & love it for the IDT.
But the buttonholes are terrible. I use my Baby Lock for that.

Pfaff is not as intuitive for some people to learn, the threading pattern is not as simple. I've had to refer to the book to do that if I haven't used it alot. My Baby Lock & other machines are more user friendly. (IMO)

But for the IDT the Pfaff is worth it all.

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Date: 3/19/09 0:21 AM

Oh & I forgot. The motherboard went out on mine at about a year & a half.
I hadn't used it alot during the warranty period so I don't know if it would have happened sooner. Or whether the brownouts we had with our electricity did it. It cost me over $400 for shipping & having it completely restored to new (warranty) condition.

Don't know if I can really complain about Pfaff for this.

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Date: 3/19/09 0:24 AM

Pfaff makes WONDERFUL sewing machines; I nearly purchased the Quilt Expressions 4. To name a few key features it has a large bed, good lighting, IDT, 9MM stitch width and it feels very solid when sewing. So this really is not a complaint, more of a nit-picky preference. While sitting I could not see the thread path, I had to stand up to thread the machine. Maybe I should have considered it aerobic, but I just found it annoying. Like I said not really a complaint. You would definitely get your moneys worth with a Pfaff. Go ahead spoil yourself!

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Date: 3/19/09 1:02 AM

I have an older Pfaff 1472 and LOVE the IDT feature. All the seams match and come out smooth The benefit of the new machines is that they are larger and now have the drop in bobbin. I like the buttonhole feature on the new machines too, comes with two feet one for manual, one automatic you can't go wrong.

The only negative I can think of is that the Pfaff bobbins are smaller, but you can wind them with the thread throught the needle so easy. Oops you wated to hear negative stuff

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