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Message Board > Sewing Machines > Pfaff hobbylock 797 ( Moderated by Sharon1952, EleanorSews)

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Pfaff hobbylock 797
Does anyone have information about this serger?
Leslie Pettie

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Date: 3/1/05 12:14 PM

Hi everyone I am hoping someone here can help me decide about this 5 thread serger that is being offered on Ebay. It seems to be a very good price but I can't find any reviews for the 797.

Is it a good machine? How old is it? What are it's main features? What are the pros and cons of it?

TIA,
Leslie
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Date: 3/1/05 2:38 PM

Leslie, I'm not familiar with that model number. There are some reviews for the 4872. I have a 4 thread 4842 and they are very good sergers with beautiful stitches, many stitch programs and mine is sturdily built. I also have an Elna 744 with coverlock built like my Pfaff and both made in Japan but quite honestly the Pfaff seems more sturdy including the industrial type cord and large 2 speed foot pedal.

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Date: 3/1/05 5:14 PM

Thanks Klynne;

I think it must be one of those 'Only sold in Canada' models.

I appreciate your input and I will ask the ebay vendor some questions.

Leslie

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Date: 3/1/05 10:17 PM

I have a Pfaff 796, and I bought it about 10 years ago....it was Okay, but I preferred using my Babylock , because the 796 was slower and needed to be fiddled with all the time, it was also at the dealer for repairs..... often.
It is a good idea to question the vendor...especially on the age and use of the machine.

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Date: 3/2/05 10:55 AM

Thank you. I contacted the vendor and she tell's me that it was made in the early 1990's. It has differential feed but you have to change the foot for rolled hemming.
I was hoping to find a coverstitch machine for little money (290usd). But I think I will wait until I can afford a new one.
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Leslie

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Date: 3/5/05 2:37 AM

I have this model. I bought it used from my dealer and it is a very good machine. It is quiet and very good quality. The only stitch is does NOT have is the coverstitch. It has the chainstitch, 5 thread, 4 thread, 3 thread overcast, rolled hem. You do have to change the foot to make the rolled hem but that is very easy. Once you learn how to thread it, it is a joy to sew with. It has an accessory box inside. It has dif. feed. Fabric catcher.On the foot pedal you can change your speed from high to low. I would definitely bid on it if it looks like it is in good condition. Ask lots of questions to find out the condition of this serger. Good luck. If you get it you will be happy. I'm happy with mine. If you have any more questions, send me a message.

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Date: 3/7/05 9:48 AM

thank you Caskin. I am glad that you are happy with your machine. I decided not to bid on it on e-bay. It ended up going for a good price and I hope it is going to a good home.
Leslie

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Date: 11/30/06 6:46 AM

Casken, I recently won a Pfaff 797 on e-bay. I was wondering what optional feet I could use for this machine. I do not see any specific for this one by model number. Do you know if other model number feet will work with it? Thanks Deb

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Date: 11/30/06 1:35 PM

It's a good think I checked the board today. I have not been visiting this site much as I am doing some quilting lately.

Anyway, there are other feet that can go with it but I am not sure if new feet will fit. You should ask your local dealer. My dealer has some feet to go with the older machines. Which ones? That I am not sure of. I'd ask a dealer.

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Date: 12/1/06 5:46 AM

I have this model of serger (bought in July 1990).

I bought a couple of extra feet with it though I'm sure that I haven't used them!

Serger performs well (though needs "setting up" for each new project) but does not have a two thread overlock stitch which is good for light weight fabrics.

I could look at home to see what those extra feet are if you'd like?

Juliet

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