Member since 8/26/10
Date: 12/28/12 10:44 AM
I know you are all busy with the holidays but I need help. I have a Pfaff 2140/2170 and it's just too complicated for me as I have repeat neurological problems. I can buy a Pfaff 2058 that was only used one time for $1200 including shipping and she's willing to let me pay over time-layaway. Or I can buy a Pfaff 2056 for $600 including shipping. Or a new Pfaff ambition 1.5 for $900 plus tax. I do mainly alot of quilting and now getting heavily into sewing construction-just signed up for a year of garment sewing classes. I have a Babylock Esante for embroidery so it's just for quilting and garment sewing. I want something that I don't have to study alot of manuals. My concern about the 2056 is that it is older, but it got great reviews for ease of use.2058 also got some good reviews here. Please help!
Member since 8/8/05
Date: 12/28/12 11:17 AM
Honestly they all look equally complicated if the touch screen and options are the part keeping you back. I'm a bernina gal but from the Pfaff line I might suggest something from the Select line or go with the ambition.
Do you plan to replace the 2140 or is the new machine in addition to?
Member since 1/21/06
In reply to mollycoomer
Date: 12/29/12 10:29 AM
When I bought my first Brother CS6000i, I took it out of the box and threaded it without ever needing to look at the instruction book. The bobbin was very simple to thread and load--though I may have needed the book the first time for that step.
I proceeded to sew my first seams without further help.
Very user friendly and affordable.
Member since 12/3/06
In reply to mollycoomer
Date: 12/30/12 12:28 PM
I realize you are looking for a SM that is easy to use. However, I just watched a video interview with a Dr. who found quilting (she then move on to her own techniques) to help her with a similar situation she needed to address after an illness.
This may not help, but I thought it worth sharing with you.
A SM with an LCD screen should have stitch selection at your touch. There may also be a troubleshooting option on the same screen. Saves reading through the manual.
Is there a Pfaff dealer nearby so you could see what the LCD screen can do to help you?
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Member since 6/11/10
Skill: Advanced Beginner
Date: 12/31/12 5:24 PM
I too thought of suggesting the Brother CS6000i, or a Janome, like the Magnolia 7330 for example. Janome's and Brother's, to me, seem to be very simple to work with and understand. Hope that helps.
Member since 8/24/02
Date: 1/1/13 12:21 PM
I'm also suggesting the more basic Select. I have one and a Designer 1. I use the Select 75% of the time.
It's easy to use, has the IDT and powers through most anything.
My grandmother taught me to sew when I was 10, and I've been sewing ever since.
Member since 11/25/05
Date: 1/1/13 3:23 PM
Give a very serious look at the Pfaff Select line of machines. I have a 1994 Tipmatic that is an older version of the Select. I am totally in love with this machine! It is mechanical, has a needle threader and the IDT. It has enough stitches for quilting or garment sewing with a couple decorative stitches thrown in. The new Selects come with a nice assortment of feet and accessories. You can buy other feet as you need them. My machine is 20 years old but I just bought 3 new feet for it - the Pfaff feet selection is pretty amazing - I want them all!
The Select isn't the top of the line by far but it isn't the bottom of the barrel either. You get a nice, easy to use, fun machine with some top of the line features - Needle threader, IDT - without the headache of a touch screen. Just push the typewriter like buttons to choose your stitch and off you go.