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Machine selection?

lattequilt | Posted in Machine Embroidery on

I’m looking for a new embroidery machine.

I currently own a BabyLock Esante and am looking to upgrade.  I would like to switch to a different manufacturer for this purpose.

I have been looking at the Pfaff 2170.  In particular, the features that appeal to me are the continuous embroidery attachment, the capability to start your emboidery at a precise spot, being able to stitch your embroidery slowly by using your foot controller, being able to update your machine on the internet and the larger embroidery hoop

Does anyone have any experiences (pro or con) regarding this machine?  My dealer is willing to negotiate a bit on the price.  Any suggestions?

Does anyone else have suggestions regarding other high end embroidery machines?




  1. midnitesewer | | #1

    I don't have this machine, but I have other Pfaff machines that I love. Try looking at this site http://www.pfaff-talk.com

    You can read the discussions as a quest w/out having to register. You need to register in order to post to the site. registration is free. The site is not affiliated w/ the Pfaff company. It's run by Pfaff owners.

  2. user-172042 | | #2

    I just bought the Husqvarna Viking Designer SE. It is very nice! Check it out.

  3. MaryinColorado | | #3

    Did you go to the archives here and look up all our coments on machines?  There are tons of them.

    I love my Viking Rose which I have handed down to my grand daughter who is 12.  I have the Designer 1 which was the top of the line till recently.  I have been very pleased with the free upgrades, the ease of use, trouble free sewing and embroidery.  Free classes and excellent dealer support.  Mary L

    1. lattequilt | | #4

      I did look in the archives.  I was looking specifically for the Pfaff 2170 comments.  My local dealer sells Baby Lock and Viking and would prefer to deal with someone else.  I have purchased thread and had service on my other sewing machines with the Pfaff dealer and am considering doing business with them.  But first, I want to know if the upgrade is worth the expense.

      So far I have not heard of disappointments or problems with Pfaff.  I presume that's good?



      1. MaryinColorado | | #5

        It sounds like you are satisfied with that dealers work.  I think dealer satisfaction is right up there with machine satisfaction so it sounds like you are on the right track!  It is such a big investment so it is a big step.   You will appreciate all the tips and support.  It takes awhile to learn which stabilizers work best for you personally so try several.  I have hear good things about that machine.  Happy stitchin, Mary

  4. DONNAKAYE | | #6

    Well, I love the Bernina.  I have the Artista that came out last year, quilting and embroidery.  I'm probably going to upgrade to the newest one that has the stitch regulator and a number of other features they've added since that time.  I can say this about the Bernina, it's a workhorse.  Never a problem.  Smooth, quiet.  I love the automatic tensioning.  Also, I've used the mega hoop with no problems.  Their attachments and other optional accessories are endless, and their online and in-store continuing education are very impressive.  I have a girlfriend with a Pfaff, but it is a little bit older model.  I will check with her to see how she likes it.  I used to be an Elna lover but now love Bernina (Elna kind of went downhill, in my humble opinion).  My only suggestion would be to go and have a Bernina dealer demonstrate the latest and greatest before you make the plunge.  You may still decide you like the features on the Pfaff better, but I figure you've got nothing to lose by trying them all before you buy.  Happy hunting!  Let us know what you decide!

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