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Reviewed by:jjosiejo
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Posted on:3/21/14 6:22 AM
Approx price paid:$700
Had this machine for:1 year
Recommended? Yes
Pfaff 4874Features
  • Computerized
  • Needle Up/Down Setting
  • Adjustable Stitch Length and Width
  • Adjustable Presser Foot Pressure
  • 5 Thread Serger
  • Differential Feed
  • Coverstitch
  • Rolled Hem
  • 6 or more Threads Serger
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Tell us about your first impression when you used this machine. I was impressed with the stitch quality and solidity and obvious quality of the machine itself, not to mention the 30 stitch programs. I was intimidated by everything I had read about how difficult they are to thread, but was pleasantly surprised at how straightforward this machine is to thread. It is easy to switch to coverstitch, the thread paths are colour coded and there are charts on the inside cover, also the computer screen tells you how to set up each stitch.

Was the machine manual sufficient?. On the whole, the manual is excellent, however it could be better indexed and organised which would make it easier to find the information needed. I tend to use the pdf version from manuals.lib on my smartphone as then I can search the text for what I am looking for and it saves space on my sewing table!

Did you buy any accessories? Do you use them? I have bought the elastic foot, gathering foot, piping foot, braiding foot, hem guide, hemstitch foot. I have got the most use out of the elastic foot and the braiding foot, both of which are great. I would definitely recommend the elastic foot as a must have although it is expensive. It has made sewing children's clothes and sports clothes a breeze and really professional looking. I wanted to get the bias binding attachment, but it no longer seems to be available anywhere unfortunately.

Is this your primary machine? Yes.

Did you take any classes specifically for this machine? No, never seen taken any serger classes.

Was this a gift/pre-owned/garage sale etc?. It was an ex-demo model from a dealer who was retiring. It has been well used but well looked after.

How often do you use it? Several times a week.

Would you recommend this machine to others? Unquestionably - it might seem expensive, but it is the only machine you will ever need! I only use my sewing machine for basting, buttonholes and zips - I do everything else on the 4874.

It has an amazing array of stitches - I mostly use the 5-thread safety stitch, rolled hems, flatlock, coverstitches and overedge seam. I have yet to use all the topcoverstitches - that is my next creative challenge!

Have you had any trouble with this machine? Please elaborate.

It took me a little while to figure out that when changing the needles, you need to loosen the adjacent screws as well in order to insert the needles fully. Once I had that sussed, the stitches have been consistent and spot on!

Do you do regular maintenance on this machine? How? I brush out the lint regularly, but haven't needed to do anything else so far.

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Huntwoman said...
Nice review. Also a good reminder of how many things a serger can do. Thank you.
3/21/14 7:01 AM
LPGA said...
Jjosiejo, thanks for this very helpful review on this Pfaff serger (reviews on Pfaff SM are rare, even more on sergers !). I am currently in the market for one and was looking at the Coverlock 4.0 because of the coverstich feature but my local pfaff dealer can't give me a demo as he is not familiar with it (but he has it in stock). Hopefully the 4.0 is as easy to thread as your 4874 and that I would be to able to learn by myself, and you tube videos and manual. I was surprised to read that your serger is now your primary machine and your tradional SM more of a back-up ! Happy serging !
3/21/14 7:42 AM
dbsewer said...
I've heard a lot of good things about this machine. I hope you get a chance to take classes and learn all its capabilities.
3/21/14 8:52 AM
Mufffet said...
Nice review of what sounds like a nice serger! :)
3/21/14 12:18 PM
jjosiejo said...
LPGA: I am sure you will have no problems with the 4.0 if it is anything like the 4874. I had never used a serger before I got this one and am self-taught from the manual, youtube and a basic book on serging techniques. The dealer gave me a quick run through of the threading and a tour of the machine, but otherwise with a bit of practice it all comes quite easily! Good luck! My main piece of advice would be not to fall into the path of least resistance and tie on your threads each time - the more often you rethread your machine and change to different stitches, the more you will feel comfortable with it and it will become second nature. If you only rethread it every few months or longer, you could easily forget what you did last time and feel intimidated! It's just like anything in life, the more you do it, the easier it gets!! HTH...
3/21/14 1:03 PM
KPM said...
Very appealing review. It's almost enough to entice me away from air threading (but that'll never happen). It sounds as if you and your serger are good buddies.
3/21/14 6:11 PM
biochemistress said...
The attachments for this are the same as for the Janome 1200D serger. You should be able to get a bias binder through a dealer.
3/22/14 8:00 AM
SassySan said...
I also have this machine. I have had it for 10 years and am now actually using it more. I just sent out an email to about 20 dealers in the surrounding area to find the beltloop foot. I was lucky enough to get more than that! So if you want to try and find the foot you want, call around, or just send out an email to the surrounding dealers and see who gets back to you with a good deal to ship to you.
3/23/14 7:28 PM
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