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Message Board > Sewing Machines > Pfaff Ambition 1.0 question ( Moderated by Sharon1952, EleanorSews)

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Pfaff Ambition 1.0 question
Want to buy - should I keep my mechanical Pfaff?
AngelFire
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Date: 9/14/12 5:56 PM

I currently have a mechanical Pfaff (ClassicStyle 1525, which is like the 1536 model). I have a heck of a time getting the bobbin in correctly when I change threads, so don't often use the machine. I originally purchased it to do some home dec stuff, in particular dog beds.

I'm very interested in the Pfaff Ambition 1.0 - love the lighting and large space, and am thinking the top loading bobbin might be easier for me to handle. Does anyone know if it still handles fabrics like the denim and duck cloth and cordura that I would typically be using for dog beds as well as the 1525?

Second part of the question - if I do go ahead and splurge for the Ambition 1.0, would I still be wise to keep the 1525? I do have other machines (some vintage Singers) for the same purpose, but like the IDT on the Pfaffs.

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Brenda in AZ

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Date: 9/15/12 7:19 AM

Does your 1525 handle the dog bed fabrics easily once the bobbin is in right? Whether to keep or not kind of depends on how well it performs for you and/or if you need a back-up machine. The Ambition is a very nice upgrade and you will love it but only time will tell if it handles those fabrics as easily as the 1525...for that reason, you might want to keep the 1525 in reserve until you know more about your preferences on the heavy stuff.

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Date: 9/15/12 11:34 AM

I upgraded my mechanical Pfaff to an Ambition 1.5 and am glad I kept my old buddy: the bobbin tension at the Ambition cannot be adjusted which I find annoying when using a twin needle for hems on knits. Also, I find that my Ambition sometimes likes to ''eat'' some fine fabrics (i.e. knits) that my trusty mechanical Pfaff handles perfectly. I think this could be due to the Ambition's wider stitch plate.

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Date: 9/15/12 12:36 PM

When I had an Ambition and tried to stitch things that were really heavy, it would sometimes give me a message that the main motor was overloaded and it couldn't sew. It *could* sew the stuff, but maybe it just wasn't good for it, so that's why Pfaff programmed this in. Either way, the end result was that it could be really annoying to try to sew heavy things on it. I'd keep the mechanical if you feel like it does a good job of sewing over heavy seams.

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Date: 9/16/12 0:59 AM

I have a 1530 and I had a 2030 at the same time, along with a few other machines. I kept the mechancial 1530 and sold the 2030. I love that machine, never had trouble with the bobbin, just push it in till it clicks. I've sewn slip covers and chair cushions, with lots of layers and cording and it always plows through.

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Date: 9/16/12 11:41 PM

Thanks for the input! I'll be keeping the 1525 and will take my machine in and have a lesson with it (didn't get that when I purchased it, but they said I can come anytime). I did take it in one time because of the bobbin issues - the technician snapped it right in, stitched away, no problem at all! User error all the way...
I am looking forward to getting the Ambition too though - the lights and the extra stitches are so inviting!

Brenda in AZ

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Date: 9/17/12 7:22 AM

Oh yes I would say to keep your Pfaff. If it is like my Pfaff 1530 it is a workhorse. I see you are in Az too. We do like our work horses here lol.

The Pfaff 1500 series are also good machines if you need to tote one to classes or elsewhere. They are not light weights but not too large and they have a nice big handle compared to most other machines with the hard cover case that has the pocket for book and foot control.

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