Member since 1/5/10
Skill: Advanced Beginner
Date: 1/21/10 4:59 AM
Hi guys and gals :)
Like the title suggests I am wondering which sewing machine brands have a function like the Pfaff IDT.
I am currently looking at the pfaff classicstyle quilt 2027 but I was told that pfaff doesn't make this model anymore, and my SM shop only has 2 in stock. Anyway, by the time I save up enough it will be about may this year and there is a chance the machine could be sold. So I am now asking about my options and I know this has probably been asked a gazillion times, but I would like a list of the best machine brands to buy. Along the lines of the pfaff 2027 please.
Oh I forgot to add that the 2027 cost AUD $1300
Thanks for reading my rambling and hope you can advise me.
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Member since 6/3/09
Date: 1/21/10 5:49 AM
Pfaff is the original design of the IDF, and I own 2 Pfaffs; love them! If you have your heart set on the Pfaff, would your dealer allow you to put a down-payment on the machine to reserve it, and pay it off as you can? I hope so!
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Member since 3/9/09
Date: 1/21/10 7:55 AM
Other than Pfaffs (I have 2, and love love love the IDT!), I know the Babylock Quest Plus has a similiar IDT.
There is also the new Singer Quantum L-500 that has it.
Other than the above, I don't know of any other machines that have the built-in IDT.
I second the suggestion of asking your Pfaff dealer to do lay-by.
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Member since 4/17/09
Skill: Advanced Beginner
Date: 1/21/10 9:06 AM
There is also the Janome 6600 which has the Accufeed which is simuliar to the IDT. HTH
Member since 9/7/07
Date: 1/21/10 9:31 AM
I agree with the others about loving the Pfaff but if you're like me, money is very tight and every time I tried to save up to purchase I new Pfaff, I would have to spend some of the money on an emergency. I've waited 10 years to replace the Pfaff 7570 that I loved with a passion. Sold it during difficult financial times.
My decision was to purchase the new Singer Quantum L-500. The similarities to the BabyLock Quest Plus could not be overlooked so I feel that I have made a good decision. The other reason that I made this purchase was financial. Home Shopping Network (HSN) has flex pay options that allow the machine to be purchased and used while you are paying for it without paying interest. You can also try the machine out for 30 days and return it at minimal cost if you don't like it so I figure there is absolutely nothing to lose.
Whatever choice you make in a machine, I think that your decision to get a machine with IDT is the right one. Once you have this convenience, it's pretty hard to continue sewing without it. It took the joy and pleasure right out of sewing for me.
If you decide to look at the new Singer Quantum L-500, there are messages on this board regarding the release of the machine and there is an okay video on the HSN.com site.
Best wishes, Cheryl
Member since 4/22/04
Date: 1/21/10 11:16 AM
The Elna 7300 is made by Janome and much like the Janome 6600 and both have IDT but called Accufeed in the Janome and Integrated Adjustable Feed in the Elna.
Bernina I believe also has IDT in their big expensive 800 series machines.
Pfaff has more feet available to function with their IDT. Pfaff's patent expired for the IDT quite some time ago and probably we will see more brands and models pick up the IDT. Like the Babylocks Quest models and now the new Singer L-500.
Member since 1/25/09
Date: 1/21/10 11:24 AM
I agree with the suggestions of layaway, I worked for the dealer for several years and it's a nice option to ensure the machine you want will be there at the agreed to price and "finance" without incurring interest charges, credit card balance, etc.
There are the other options mentioned, I'd just say take the kinds of fabrics you like to/want to sew and try each to see how you think they compare to the 2027, it's kind of like cars, there can be a half dozen with a particular feature you like and each will get you to work or the weekend getaway - but one vs. another may just be a more pleasurable ride!
I haven't used the Janome made or Singer models with the top feed, but we did carry the Quest and one interesting thing about it (not sure on the others) was that you could get an ankle adapter that would allow you to use Pfaff feet. Pfaff has such an extensive line of feet having made them for the IDT models for so long that if you're a sewist who loves to have just the right foot for every job or creative endeavor, the availability of feet you can use may be a consideration (note, there may be an extensive foot variety for the Janome or Singer models, just not familiar with these).
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Member since 8/2/04
Date: 1/21/10 5:32 PM
You have some nice advice here but unfortunately most of it will not be relevant to you in Australia.
We do not have the Babylock sewing machines or the Singer L-500 here in Australia. The Janome 6600 will be costing you somewhere in the high two thousands (AU$2999) here in Australia.
I have recently purchased a new machine after searching for several years. I found that you will have to go to your machine shop/s and ask lots of questions and then test drive a few. I did this then came home and read what I could here in the reviews about the machines that interested me. I admit, I still found it hard to choose. I also found myself wishing we had the choice of our USA based sewing friends (and their prices). We don't. :(
I think the idea of lay-by'ing your machine could be a good one if you have your heart set on the 2027.
As an aside..... I actually changed from my incredibly wonderful 25yo Pfaff 1471 (with IDT) to a Bernina 440. I personally do not believe Pfaff is what it used to be when I first bought mine but that was a personal choice.
I encourage to look at other brands available here in Australia that are in your price range. They're all worth a look. You may be pleasantly surprised with other brands that don't have IDT. I know I was and I've always been a firm believer of this tool. I didn't believe I could ever live without IDT after 25 years of using it. I am living without it and I love my new machine.
Member since 11/19/09
Date: 1/26/10 6:20 PM
This is my first post here too! I am in Australia, and own 3 Pfaffs, a nearly 40 yo 1222E, 25 yo 1471 and a 7550 about 12 years old. My mum has a 1471 and a 1475. All of these machines are German made, it was within a couple of years after the 7550 that they switched to making them in Czechoslovakia, and I agree with a previous poster that the more recent machines are not quite as sturdy as the older ones. I am never never never selling my 1222E, it was their first electronic machine and is just indestructible, and does a fabulous manual buttonhole.
I really think that the IDT system and the multitude of feet available would make the Pfaff the right choice for you. You could ask about layby on the 2027 machine at the shop - or, ask them about older trade-in model Pfaffs. Depending on what you will be using the machine for (garment sewing, quilting or embroidery??) , you might find an older German made Pfaff that someone has upgraded to an embroidery machine from. The shops I have dealt with here have usually serviced them thoroughly and offer a warranty. Beware if they won't! Another thing to consider is the craft and quilting shows if you live close enough to a capital city to visit one - they usually have some great deals available at the Pfaff stand.
Member since 1/6/08
Date: 1/27/10 5:44 PM
In australia,apart from pfaff, we pretty much only have the Janome 6600p which costs anywhere from $2499 to $2999 depending on the janome sales.Or elna which is about the same as the 6600p.But this foot is very bulky and not as easy to use as the Pfaff.I have the 6600p and it is a good machine but the accufeed is bulky but gives a good result.
you could get a machine from overseas but youd need to look into getting the power coverter plug to suit our 240v.Im not an expert so I'm sure there will be someone who could give better advice.
Ask the dealer of the pfaff machine if you could layby it.mine did for an old bernina that i purchased.