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Date: 6/21/13 1:42 PM

I have my beloved Pfaff Creative 7550 in for repair. They said it may be the motherboard died and there are no replacements. I hate to give it up, it has been a workhorse for me for 20 years, it still feels new. The dealer offered to trade me a Pfaff 7570 for $800 if mine cannot be fixed but that is an older machine also. I don't really use the embroidery options anymore so that part really isn't important. Any suggestions?

Help! Denise
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Date: 6/21/13 2:04 PM

Sewing & quilting, no embroidery; the new Pfaff Performance 5.0

With embroidery option; the Paff Creative Performance. aka "PCP".

I had a 7550, traded in for a 7570 when they were released, and never thought I'd find a machine as good as, let alone better.

The PCP is, imo.

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Date: 6/21/13 5:50 PM

There are lower-price models that still have all the nice Pfaff stitches. You could check and see if they have the Anniversary Expression 150 model for under $1000. The only thing it will not have is the maxi-stitches. The next one up would be the Expression 3.2, which has a MSRP of $1699, which I'm sure you can get for less(I would think closer to $1300).

I've fixed the mother board on an older 1471. Do you know anyone who's handy with soldering to replace any worn out capacitors?

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Date: 6/21/13 10:45 PM

I too had a 7550 and then a 7570 totaling 20 years. What AWESOME machines! I too thought I could never find as nice of a machine, but my new PCP is proving my thoughts incorrect!!! I did try the P 5 last week while my machine was being tweaked (I have a friend who had questions about it and while I was gonna be at the shop.....) What a BEAUTIFUL machine if you are positive you do not want the embroidery!! After having IDT & Maxi stitches for so many years, it is very hard to give them up!

Also when I asked about having the motherboard repaired (because I had 3 7570s and the motherboard is out on one of them) I was told they send them out to one former Pfaff repair tech (the only one rebuilding them) and the cost is $400 with only a 90 day warranty......that's a lot of money for 90 days.

Go test out the machines and see what you really like. Also this is important for those of us with older 7550 & 7570s. If you have had your presser feet for a LONG time check to make sure they are truly compatible with the new machines.....they made new ones later and that is what you should be using on the new machines.........when you look at the opening on the foot it should look like a frown not straight across. If you have questions let me know & I will see if I can post a picture!!!

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Date: 6/22/13 4:52 PM

Knitpony, I have a Pfaff 7570 and I'm on the yahoo pfaff group which focuses on old pfaff's. there was discussion a couple of weeks ago about a tech rebuilding the mother board. I kept the info just in case mine dies. The shop is in San Antonio--Gromes Sewing. Hopefully I haven't broken any rules by giving the name--forgive me if I have! Anyway, don't know where you live but maybe they can point you in the right direction. I love my Pfaff and would hate to lose it! Good luck! Martha

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Date: 6/22/13 6:50 PM

My Pfaff 1475CD, really does have a 7550 board in it, put in by the "real Pfaff guys" back in New Jersey, when they were there. Not because it failed at all, just since I wanted more stitches to be able to be placed in P-Memories back in the time, over what I had. I probably should have kept the perfectly fine old board for it, but back then, they had sort of dumrage/trade/switch out thing going on, where you would send just the base of the machine in, and they would switch out boards for you. When I did that they had no spare 1475 ones with chips on them for the higher memory right then, and asked me if I would mind if they just used a 7550 one instead, and I said fine. Works good for me.

At the time though, by doing it that way, I think it cost maybe $250, I could have got it cheaper if only the chip, ($150 I think) but to get a whole new board, then I got a whole new 2 year warranty on that too. If I had elected to keep my old board as a spare, they would have let me do that, but then I think it would have cost me something like $400 or $450 instead, and I really was not into paying that much extra at the time.

But, if you trade yours in, my guess is your board is coming out of there, and someone someplace will probably re-work it, even now. Or, maybe it's just something wrong with even the power supply instead.

I think I'm going to keep my 1475CD running for a long time, even if need to do that, just since I sort of like it a lot. Or if it went, maybe even get a 7550 instead. If you got both, then you got spare parts for the other one too.

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Date: 6/24/13 10:16 PM

I traded my Viking Ruby for a Pfaff Creative Sensation. However, it's my old pfaff 7570 that I use more often. I hope it never gives up. I love that machine. Need to find a clone for future parts.

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Date: 6/25/13 4:43 PM

Please come back and let us know what you end up getting.
We LIVE for that stuff.

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Date: 6/25/13 7:33 PM

I have a 7570 and a Creative Performance. The CP is a nice machine, but I know what you mean about the 7570. The 7570 is so much quieter, the needle threader works perfectly and it doesn't vibrate at high speeds. I really enjoy sewing on it. They just don't make them like they used to!

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Date: 6/25/13 8:02 PM

Like Clotheshorse, I have a 7570 and a Creative Performance. My 7570 is a jewel of a machine. It has sewn everything I ever stuck under the needle. Beautiful stitches. I hate the thought of it dying, but have been told there are no more part, boards, etc., unless you can get one off of another machine. The Creative Performance is a nice machine. I am liking it more as I use it more. I actually went in to buy the Quilt Expression 4, but the lighting on the CP was sooo much better, very important. If I were shopping now, I would probably buy the Expression 5.0 that came out recently simply because I didn't want the embroidery. I have a embroidery only machine for that. I guess if I could take my 7570 and give it a 10 inch harp area and that led lighting, that would be my dream machine. Oh, well, good luck with your decision and search.

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