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Pfaff:Creative Vision 5.0 (Sewing Machine)
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Reviewed by:dbsewer
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Posted on:10/21/13 1:00 PM
Approx price paid:$4500
Had this machine for:four years
Recommended? Yes
Online Merchants:Amazon.com
Features
  • Computerized
  • Needle Threader
  • Needle Up/Down Setting
  • Embroidery Stitches
  • One step buttonhole
  • Drop-In bobbin
  • Adjustable Stitch Length and Width
  • Adjustable Presser Foot Pressure
  • Adjustable Needle Position
  • Embroidery Machine
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I've read through the reviews here on PR, and wanted to add my two cents since some folks had a really bad experience with the original 5.0. I think Pfaff probably rushed this machine to market, and as a result the thread tension disc didn't work properly, nor did the take-up lever resulting in a lot of nesting and bad stitches (so much for superior European manufacturing; these were made in Sweden and the ones made in China haven't had these issues). Both parts were replaced on my 5.0 when I bought it, and it's been fully upgraded to 5.5 status.

Dummy me, I got seduced by the ActivStitch technology on the Creative Sensation, and am trading this machine in, and wish I hadn't committed to the CS. I love sewing on my CV.

I have never had any problems with this machine, which was an upgrade from my Viking Designer 1 (which I've kept). It has 500 built-in stitches and some really cute built-in embroidery designs including a penguin reading a newspaper and - I'm not kidding - he looks like he's sitting on the toilet :-). The stitches for garment sewing are beautiful, and I like the drop-in bobbin which isn't to everyone's taste, but it's easy when you need to change the bobbin during embroidery.
Here are some of my favorite features:
9 mm stitches, which I use for edging unlined jackets and coats;
IDT - what's not to love about this feature?
sensormatic buttonholes that come out perfectly every time;
adjustable pressure foot pressure for when I sew on fine fabrics;
precise positioning - the newer models make a big deal out of this feature, and dealers don't tell you it's available on this older model;
sewing with the embroidery unit attached, something I can't do with my Designer 1 or my Bernina 165e;
embroidery functions that are too numerous to list;
HD color touch screen, LED lighting and USB connectivity.

I'm mostly a garment sewer, so I'm particular about stitch quality, and this machine does as good a job as any I've tested in other brands.

A word on the embroidery function - I always put my thread in a holder on the side of the machine, and find it pretty much eliminates snags in thread that can mess up the embroidery. I also use the 6D foot, which is great especially for some of the denser designs like Anita Goodesign or Embroidery Library.

Troubleshooting:
The automatic needle threader is crap. I can't put it in more polite terms, because it just makes me furious, and I think the company should hang its collective head in shame for putting an inferior threader on an expensive machine. It works sometimes, and sometimes it doesn't.

Not really a dislike, but it's danged heavy. And there is a steep learning curve. This is not a beginner's machine, and if you're a newbie and your dealer tries to sell you this or any other TOL, walk way. I've heard some machines like Baby Lock are more intuitive, but I'm used to the Pfaff/Viking way of doing things, and my dealer's great about helping when I hit a snafu.

Which brings me to the dealer issue. I'm quite fortunate that I've had two excellent dealers in my sewing career, but others have not, so my advice is, the dealer must count as much as the brand of machine. Don't be swayed by brand loyalty. Shop the dealer. Bring your own swatches in. Play with the machine. If the dealer says no, go elsewhere. Your level of satisfaction with any sewing machine will depend every bit as much on the service your dealer provides as on whether you buy a Bernina, a Pfaff, a Viking, BabyLock, Singer, Brother, Janome, whatever.

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Julkane said...
Thanks for the good review. I happen to think the Pfaff needle threader is inferior to most other brands.
10/21/13 9:06 PM
dbsewer said...
I don't know about inferior to other brands, Julkane, but the one on my Bernina isn't so great, either.
10/22/13 8:24 AM
lynne1nor said...
Thanks for the review! I've never heard of a machine that will sew with the embroidery unit attached so I think that's really amazing. I hope your new CS is as nice as this CV!
10/22/13 1:42 PM
Mufffet said...
Great review - balanced, fair and fun reading!
10/22/13 1:50 PM
SheilaGodes said...
If you need a machine with a great machine with a threader that works perfectly every time, without fail, get a Brother. My CV and CS threaders both suck. All my embroidery machines sew with the embroidery unit attached. CS, CV, Quattro, Dreamweaver and 12000. Also, the upgrade on the CV did NOT make it equal to the CS. The CS has a better feed dog system along with a few better functioning parts none of which are worth noting.
10/23/13 4:49 PM
dbsewer said...
SheilaGodes, I never claimed that the upgrade on the CV made it equal to the CS. I disagree about the CS not being a big improvement. If you don't think it is, I wonder why you bought it if you own the CV. The review is based on my experience, and only my experience, which is as it should be. If you read my review closely, you'll see that your criticisms/corrections are unwarranted.
10/23/13 5:07 PM
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