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pfaff select 4.0

tropicalbreeze | Posted in General Discussion on

Hi, does anyone have any information on the new Pfaff selective 4.0?  I’m thinking of upgrading this terrible machine I bought a year ago, and wanted a strong, sturdy machine.  How is the quality of the newer Pfaffs?  I’ve read great things about the older models, what about the new ones?  I have an old Singer I’ve had for 30 years, and was just horrified at the poor quality and the expense of the new machines.  So I’m very leary of buying a machine now, I feel I threw away the money I spent on the poor quality machine.  Thanks for any information!



  1. Digi | | #1

    Hi Linda,

    I bought a Pfaff 2170 a couple of years ago and just love it!  I've never had a problem with it, and use every feature of it constantly. 

    While I like the ability to use the embroidery part of it (and will use it a lot more in the future), I particularly like all the special features of the "regular" sewing machine, especially the built-in dual feed.  I've never liked walking feet that have to be attached, so having this built in feature is one I use constantly ...and it has made a huge difference in the quality of my finished garment ...and not just plaids.

    Now that they have a new model out, you can get the one I have for quite a good deal.  I've even seen them on Ebay at great prices, so you might want to check that out as well, as a number of dealers are trying to sell their "older" models to make room for this new one.  You can get an even better deal with the 2140 model, which is essentially identical to the 2170, and you can update the 2140 to turn in into the 2170 (extra features) simply by hooking it up to your computer and downloading the 2170 updates right onto your 2140.

    I've owned a Singer (a good old one), Elna, Viking, Bernena, and two Pfaffs, and while I've like them all I think I like my Pfaffs the best, as I love their IDT (integrated dual feed) feature; it's the greatest ...along with all the other features.  I hope his information helps you find what you'd really like.

    By the way, the Pfaff model you have really does not represent the rest of the Pfaff models.  The upper end models are truly great machines.

  2. MaryinColorado | | #2

    When you are looking at sewing machines, ask them where a specific model is made.  It seems that every company has some lower priced models that are made in a different country than their other machines.  I'm not saying these are bad, just different, and are contracted out to thier specs.  The warranties and quality might vary too.  Just be sure you know what you are buying and compare "apples to apples" so to speak. 

  3. Betakin | | #3

    One of my machines is a Pfaff Select 1530. It is now discontinued for the newer Selects models. The newer models are probably still German engineered as mine but I don't know where the newer models are made. My 1530 was made in the Czech Republic. It is a wonderful machine and the only machine that I own that is not computerized. It performs flawlessy on all fabrics and has the longest stitch of any of my other brand machines.

    One difference I have seen in some of the newer mechanical Pfaff's is that the bobbin area is made of plastic. My 1530  of course does use plastic bobbins but the hook area is all metal. I have not heard of any problems with the plastics in the Pfaff hook areas but I have heard of problems with other brands having damage from the needle making holes in the plastic. You might wish to check out the bobbin area of the newer models and ask your dealer what he thinks of some having plastic and some having metal.

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