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Date: 6/28/12 8:24 PM

I was invited to attend a machine class by my local Pfaff dealer to basically be introduced to the Pfaff Creative Performance which has some features not offered before and not at that price point (which I do not know the price at this time but we were promised some preferred pricing for attending the event).

My impressions were that this is an exceptional sewing machine and while I walked in there with no plans to purchase a new machine, I am considering it now. So I guess Pfaff was successful in this type of marketing strategy which was focused on people who did not sew with Pfaffs or who owned much earlier models.

First we were told this is the TOL Sewing Machine where the Creative Sensation is the TOL Embroidery Machine. The differences between this one and that one is that the Performance does not have the Active Stitch technology and has some fewer stitches-- not as many alphabets, and those wide stacked stitch patterns (it has some, just not as many). However both machine's embroidery units accommodate the same sizes of hoops-- unless you get the smaller unit. Since this was a 3 hr class the instructor did not go over everything the machine could do but went over these features:
The feed dogs-- previous models use an elliptical feed, this model features a Box feed so the feed dogs are in contact with the fabric longer.

The IDT-- This is the even feed mechanism that is integrated into the actual motor of the machine. It works different than a walking foot and indeed, has a much different feel than the Acufeed on my Janome 6600. You barely know it is there except for the lovely feed you get. We sewed on the stretch of one layer of tricot. The difference between the stitching with the IDT and without were striking. The chances of me stitching one layer of tricot are close to nothing, the stitching was better with doubled as for a hem. And this was a straight stitch, not a zigzag... And the thread was a thin embroidery bobbin thread with a rayon embroidery thread. The IDT is not adjustable so it cannot be used to create a differential feed. It can be used with most feet and for backwards stitching.

Sewing layers: a heavy denim, the feed was very very good with the flat fell seam so I sewed two of them. Then she told us to fold them up on the end doubled as for a hem. Good Golly Miss Molly, it sewed evenly without hanging up on changes in the thickness, needing no extra tool and no bitty stitches. This was so long as the seam was sewn continuously without stops and starts. I also sewed 3x (doubled over, then over, then over again) a quilt sandwich with no problem, good feed, no changes, plenty of room under the pressure foot. I think of those bags with bulky seams would sew like butter on this machine.

Stitch quality--straight as an arrow. No funky stitches.

Lighting-- lots of light
Room on deck-- plenty of space.
Screen resolution-- was good for what we were doing. I did not explore the embroidery designs per se. We did create a stitch (which was very cool), then export it to the embroidery mode and create a design. That was very neat but can be tedious getting it just right using our fingers. I think a stylus would have helped although you can plug a mouse in if you want. I forgot to ask if we could plug in a graphics tablet.

The function buttons on the top front included foot up, foot down, play(sew)/stop, scissors, tie off, and needle down/up key. The reverse button was located closer to the needle area. The speed is on the screen. The screen is much smaller than the Janome 1100SE but to do things you do not have to go through as many of them-- it seems more intuitive although it would take a little time to learn the stitch editing keys-- what they do etc. But again, this was my first time using a Pfaff machine, I walked in cold.

There were questions about buttonholes and the instructor says she does all of hers on the embroidery unit. However, she did demonstrate a buttonhole using their sensorfoot and she set the length, stitch density, and width - basically all can be customized. The reason she does them on the hoop is for user error control (spacing and alignment).

Also has multidirectional stitching and what I can discern as a hover feature, the bobbin is top loading as well which is different from the other models.

When we sewed all the different types of fabric, there were no changes made manually to tensions or foot pressure and the machine sewed them all perfectly.
There was an scissor key and when you used it the bobbin thread was cut under the needle plate. When you start to sew again, the needle thread picks it up. No nests or little blobs when you start up again. The foot goes down when you touch the foot pedal. The machine has 9mm wide stitches but I had no trouble at all with the fine tricot --it did not get pushed down into the bobbin area at all. The needle threader was manual which is fine with me and I had no trouble manipulating it to rethread the machine. You can wind a bobbin while sewing as there is a separate motor and thread stand thingy.

This is all off the top of my head as fresh as I could get from the class this afternoon. I'll add more if I remember more. If anyone is interested in this machine I highly recommend visiting it at the dealer first and setting an appointment to try it out. I have to say I really really love this machine and had a very positive experience.

My dealer had a little reception afterwards with food -- deli trays, salads, baked goods, beverages and a trunk show and invited all of us. She also gave us $25 gift certificates for coming in. Notice I am calling her "my dealer" now? She is a sewing friend I met when I first started sewing. She had her shop in a Joann's and I took some classes from her. I really love her work (does embroidery designing) and her asthetic.
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Date: 6/28/12 9:06 PM

Hmmmm....

Earlier today, my granddaughter and I ran up to the Elna dealer to buy a few gizmos for her Sew Fun machine that I bought her 10 days ago.

On the way home, just for kicks and grins, I decided to pop into the Pfaff dealer here. This store is only about 2 miles from my house - but I had no idea it had fabric (quilting) and classes, etc. They have Vikings and Pfaffs.

Sounds like they're running a class/event like what you just attended. I'm going to go on Saturday to sit with the machine. :)

I can see where this sort of thing would be brilliant marketing.

I was already impressed by the positive, fun energy of this particular shop. The gal that talked to me today was really helpful and more willing to give brochures, etc, than any other store I've visited so far - which has been two trips each to both the Elna and Bernina dealers.

So... what the heck... I'm gonna go check it out.

This particular dealer has already offered a full 3 year parts and labor warranty, 3 yearly servicings on the house, price matching, and a 6 month trade-up policy. That's enough to make me go look. :)

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Date: 6/28/12 10:06 PM

"This particular dealer has already offered a full 3 year parts and labor warranty, 3 yearly servicings on the house, price matching, and a 6 month trade-up policy. That's enough to make me go look. :)"

Those things would really work to sell me a machine!

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Date: 6/28/12 11:30 PM

The IDT is why I will never ever be without my Pfaffs. Nothing but nothing beats that IDT.

Thanks for the review, glad you enjoyed yourself and the Pfaff!

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Most of all, I heart Woo (HimmyCat). Until we meet again, my beautiful little boy. I love you.

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Date: 6/29/12 1:04 AM

Would you happen to be in the Buffalo or Ithaca area?
The instructor-- Karla said she was going to those places next.

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Date: 6/29/12 1:07 AM

I'm so happy to see good reports on this machine - thanks for the detailed info. I'm still scheming my little heart out to figure out how I can get one! I'm going out of town this weekend, but I think next weekend I'll have to pay a visit to a Pfaff dealer and take a look at it in person.

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Date: 6/29/12 2:42 AM

There should be a stylus with the machine, mine has one. Forgot to add, you can also plug in a usb mouse, which makes manouvering around the screen even easier.
You also get a usb stick with the sewing machine
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-- Edited on 6/29/12 2:47 AM --

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Date: 6/29/12 3:14 AM

Quote: LuceLu
Would you happen to be in the Buffalo or Ithaca area?

The instructor-- Karla said she was going to those places next.

Nope. Colorado.

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Sashiko
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Date: 6/29/12 7:46 AM

I'm glad to see that Pfaff has more than one (ahem) educator for the US.

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Date: 6/29/12 8:16 AM

Thank you for in-depth review. It was great and I made up my mind to get pfaff creative performance. I am trading in my babylock ellisimo. I did see it and it love the design and features.
I also have a pfaff qe 4.0 (later model) and it sews beautifully despite earlier bad reviews. I agree IDT is the best.

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