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|Pfaff:Creative Performance (Sewing Machine)|
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|About Dawnabbey |
|Member since: 12/18/10 |
|Reviews written: 11|
|Favored by: 2 people|
|sewing machines reviewed: 5|
|Posted on:||12/17/12 3:01 PM|
|Approx price paid:||$4500|
|Had this machine for:||3 months|
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- Needle Threader
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- One step buttonhole
- Drop-In bobbin
- Free Arm
- Adjustable Stitch Length and Width
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|What Dawnabbey likes about this machine|
I am writing this review a bit early in the hope that those who are looking to buy for Christmas will at least have an idea of what they are getting. There is a thread called The Purple Haze that goes through just about everything for this machine but I wanted to simplify the reading a bit. I have named this purple beauty Pfyodor as he is German and a gift from God (the literal meaning of his name). I bought him in November with the 60 months of no interest financing from Pfaff.
For the sake of clarity I use this machine for garments, home dec, quilting and crafts. I did buy a bundled deal that added some extra hoops etc. so I could get full use of my machine and will break this review down by topic. I use Pfyodor everyday without a problem and he is a genuine workhorse.
When it comes to garment sewing Pfyodor cannot be beat. My Bernina 932 Record is a great everyday machine but was built before stretchy fabrics became as popular as they are now. Pfyodor understands different stitches and is able to cope very well with every fabric I have tried thus far. I use the embroidery unit to embellish garments for Christmas presents and it works perfectly. The large embroidery unit comes with the ability to use hoops up to 360 mm x 350 mm and also can be used with the Pfaff endless hoops for borders on skirts and dresses as well as home decor.
I have only used Pfyodor for drapes so far but the huge space to the right of the needle was really a treat. I plan to make cushions and window coverings for the whole house this winter and will update as I go. The drapes were fine and fittingly, purple.
This is the main reason I bought Pfyodor. I have been using the machine everyday for quilting and I have a few things to say. IDT is louder than regular stitching so my bernina is a LOT quieter. The super wide feed dogs are fine but I prefer to piece on the Bernina, partly because it is set into a table and the flat surface makes it easier for me. Once the blocks are made though, it is time to move over to Pfyodor since the space to the right of the needle is almost double that of my Bernina. It is perfectly possible, I should note to make beautiful quilts on these old machines by dividing up the quilt into sections, I just don't care to do it that way. I should also say that I hate free motion quilting so Pfyodors ability to quilt in the hoop was an essential part of my decision to purchase. I made a crib sized quilt to learn on before attempting a full sized one. I used single run patterns from Embroidery Library to quilt and a busy print on the back with dark bobbin thread so any thread nubbins can't be seen. I used the handlook stitch with invisible thread for some parts and regular stitches for the rest. The machine can use ANY stitch at all, even button holes, in embroidery mode. The results were stunning. Hands down this is the best, absolutely the best, quilting I have ever not done (since the machine did all the work). The back of the quilt looks fine and Pfyodor moved through the quilt sandwich like a hot knife through butter. No bungled threads, no choking just pure perfection time after time.
As part of my bundle I got the couching kit and the cut work kit. WOW. Pictures say a thousand words so maybe the videos tell this best but the couching is so pretty. I have not used the cutwork yet but plan to make some articles for my church with it and will update thereafter.
In conclusion, the machine offers everything I needed for a price I could afford. I did a side by side comparison with the Brother V series Dreamweaver and the pfaff came out ahead for me each time, but that is just personal taste. The Dreamweaver looks like a great machine, it just wasn't what I needed and the $1500 price difference sealed the deal. I do recommend that you make sure to purchase from a reputable dealer. I bought mine 5 hours away in Paducah AKA the quilt capital of the universe since I go there 1-2 times per year.
UPDATE 2/22/2013: since I wrote this a bit early I wanted to add some additional feedback. As reported on the Purple Haze, Pfyodor and I had a bit of a tiff as he staunchly refused to do what I wanted. Then I discovered that no machine on the market could pull off my desired technique so I felt better, bought presents for the Purple Prince and have been cheerfully using him daily. A note about embroidery. The machine can handle huge fields, much bigger than most machines and this means that needle changes need to be done by stitch count not by design. On my little Brother PE770 I used to change my needle every so often but Pfyodor likes a fresh needle more often. Also, since he does not automatically cut the jump threads on the designs from outside vendors I trim these carefully to prevent choking hazards or use the included software to add a jump cut. Finally, I believe in being kind to my machine and when stitching up a complex, multi-layered design from Anita Goodesign etc I lower the tension, top and bobbin, to accommodate the layers of thread. I also use thread tension setting 2.4 when using metallic thread. This is really important to prevent breakage. All in all he has created some real wonders for me, I just had to learn how to help him along with tension, and experiment with stabilizer. I prefer Vilene water soluble now. Other brands are fine but this one gave the best results.
What Dawnabbey does not like about this machine
The only thing I don't like is the needle threader. As I get older these fiddley things are harder for me to use. It has the same needle threader as my Brother CS6000i which cost a LOT less. I am not sure how much extra a fully automatic needle threader would cost but I wish they had included it. I don't mind the noise since the machine is much more powerful than my 932 Record but some people might find it annoying. The price for Pfaff embroidery designs is a bit steep, I buy elsewhere most of the time except when there is a really good sale.
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