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aral | Posted in Gather For A Chat on

Hi all.  I am a new memeber, my name is Sigrun and live in  Iceland (Europe).  I have been a subscriber since issue #97 and loved every page.  I am textile artist and work mainly in silk.  I dye and manipulate silk.  Please forgive me if my english is not correct and please correct me!

I am not a dress maker or make hardly any clothes.  However I just finnished making seventh century outfit for a customer that came to me as a last resort!  I dyed all the fabric (silk jaquard, silk velvet and silk satin) that I used and hand sew it all. 

I would like to know if any one has a Pfaff 2170.  I can not purchase it here in Iceland but Iwill be in Virginia in Oct. and would like to purchase it there.  I have to import all my fabric anyway so bringing in the sewing machine should not be difficult.  But I do not know much about it execept it should  make excelent embroidery and it is very expensive.  Does any one have the experience of working with it?




  1. lovestosew | | #1

    Hi Sigrun,
    If you need advice or ideas about the Pfaff 2170, please log onto a web site called patternreview.com - this is an excellent web site where people exchange views on sewing patterns and sewing machines, too. I have a question - if you buy the sewing machine here in America but plan to use it back in Europe - you might have to use a transformer to sew with your machine in Europe. It's the problem of 110 volts here in America but 220 volts in Europe and other parts of the world. Anyway, also please email the Pfaff web site - they have good customer service and may be able to help you.
    Good luck with your sewing machine purchase.
    P.S. Your English is fine - don't worry about it.

    1. aral | | #2

      Dear Julie

      Thank you so much for your reply.  I will visit the website!  And yes I new about the difference in volts and have the transformers, but thank you for reminding me.

      All the best





  2. MaryinColorado | | #3

    Hi!  I hope you have a wonderful visit in October.  Good luck with the embroidery machine!  I have a Husqvarna Viking Designer 1 and love it!  I think Pfaff's are also great from what I have heard from others, I agree to go to patternreview.com and see what they say. 

     I hope you will be able to take some classes on your machine when you purchase it, these are very helpful and usually free where you buy the machine.  At least have them show you how to hoop the stabilizers and fabric well and putting the embroidery unit on and off the sewing machine. 

  3. MaryinColorado | | #4

    Here is a website that I recommend.  I have ordered designs from them as well as many others.  What I like about this site is the Projects page.  They describe in detail how to do different techniques in machine embroidery.  Very simple and easy to understand instructions.  I wish I had known about it when I started machine embroidery years ago.  They will also answer your questions.  They even tell about stabilizers, what ones to use for different things.  This info may help you think of questions to ask when you buy your machine. Hope this helps. http://www.emblibrary.com  or google search for embroidrylibrary 

    Also there are websites for Pfaff and other companies. Mary

    1. aral | | #5

      Thanks Mary

      I will look them up and see if they can help. 

      Regards Sigrun

    2. aral | | #6

      Hi again Mary

      I didn't see the first part of your mail.  Oops!

      I can purchase a Viking machine here in Iceland.  It does not come with the computer procram nor the embroidery hoop.  And the price here is US$ 6100 plus the program and the hoop is another US$ ca. 2000

      I find it just a little to expencive.  Therefor I am going to all the troble of finding a machine in the US.  Also I think a machine is the US would come with the full package, i.e. program and hoops.

      I will look at both type of machines in Oct. and try to get a course like you succested.

      Thank you again for good advice.  If you care to look at my webside it is http://www.shankosilk.com



  4. midnitesewer | | #7

    Welcome to the forum. I don't have the 2170, but I can recommend the pfaff-talk site. It is not affiliated with Pfaff. It is run by people who use Pfaff machines. There is a section dedicated to the 2100 line of machines and one dedicated to hoop embroidery. I hope that you enjoy your trip to Virginia. It's beautiful in the fall.




    1. aral | | #8

      Thank you and yes I am sure Virginia will not let us down regarding the autumn colours.  We do not have many trees there in the North Atlantic.

      I have had a look at the site you mentioned and I think it will give me alot of info.

      I let you guys know what I will buy.  The main thing is that the machine can sew what I draw!

      Thanks again for all the help!  Sigrun


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