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Help – shopping for a new machine

debbycdu | Posted in Equipment and Supplies on

After 24 years of bliss with my old Pfaff, I find myself machine shopping.
I don’t know where to begin. I do quilting & a some clothing (no embroidery needed at this time).

Please make some recommendations on what machines to investigate, Pros & Cons of the many machines on the market.

Why did you buy your machine? Did you go to a dealer or purchase on-line?

Thank you in advance for all information.


  1. victoria0001 | | #1

    There have been many discussions regarding sewing machines in this forum and some wonderful tips.

    Firstly, I would suggest you decide how much you want to spend.

    Secondly, a great dealer is important for many reasons including guarantee and service as well as lessons on using your new machine.

    Thirdly, cut up scraps of different types of fabrics and be sure to take them with you to test drive various machines.  Only a good dealer can advise you what each and every machine can do for you. 

    There was a check list in a past issue of Threads Magazine but I don't have access to my copies at this moment.  A new sewing machine is a personal thing and the newer ones are so refined now if you go for quality. 

    I hope this helps a little.  You will enjoy a new machine - it's like buying a new car!!




  2. Meg | | #2

    What's wrong with your Pfaff? Are you giving up on it (trading it in)?

    That said: You'll want to look for a machine with a larger opening between the needle area and the motor area if you are planning to do machine quilting. And test drive every machine you possibly can. If your Pfaff is one of the models with IDF (integrated dual feed) you'll have a hard time getting a machine without it!

    [I have a 27-year-old Pfaff ...]

    1. debbycdu | | #3

      It suddenly stopped making stitches and felt like something was jammed. Right now it is in the shop - hopefully will be tuned- up and fixed. I want to keep my 'good friend' but after twenty odd years I thought maybe I deserved a new toy too.Because this is the only machine I have worked on, I would like to check out the features on other brands to see what type of bells & whistles I might want.Looking for recommendations....

    2. Palady | | #4

      Meg astutely asked why you were replacing your Pfaff.

      If you have the space, you might consider keeping the one you have when you decide on a new one.  I've read more than a few posts over the years of sewists regretting trading their tried and true machines.  Some have gone as far as buying back the traded.  The workmanship on the older models is hard to find in todays market.

      Likewise Meg mentions the machine throat.  As was posted, the larger this is the better.  Especially when quilting.






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