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Pfaff Tiptonic

MRZMEG | Posted in Equipment and Supplies on

Hi 🙂

I’m wanting to buy a new sewing machine and love the looks of the Pfaff Tiptronic line.  I do a lot of quilting and am starting to get into sewing clothing for myself and my baby.  I’ve been sewing for many years, but this is the first time I’ve had an opportunity to get a really good machine.

Does anyone have opinions on the Tiptronic line?  I am probably looking at the 2020.  I really like the idea of having a machine that can do an overlock stitch.  How does a sewing machine’s overlock compare to real serging?  I would like to be able to finish raw edges on the inside of clothing.

I also have an etiquitte question.  Is it acceptible or expected to haggle with a dealer over a machine?  I’ve never bought from a specialized sewing store before and don’t know.

Thanks for any help!


Edited 12/9/2002 4:35:17 PM ET by MRZMEG

Edited 12/9/2002 4:45:18 PM ET by MRZMEG


  1. carolfresia | | #1

    Hi, Melanie,

    I can't remember if the Tiptronic 2020 is one of the models that includes the Integrated Dual Feed system. If you can get the IDF (give it a try when you get a chance), I'd suggest you go for it. It's a very nifty feature, like a built-in walking foot, that can make sewing layers of fabric quite a bit smoother and easier.

    As for haggling, personally I'm never very comfortable doing it, but there's lots of anecdotal evidence that, with some thoughtful negotiations, you can get a slightly more advantageous price, shall we say, than the dealer initially offers. Sometimes you won't get an actual discount, but might be able to bargain for some additional accessories, extra lessons, etc. It helps if you can research prices at other dealerships (even for different brands of machine but with similar features) and take this information with you when you shop. Many, many sewers will avow, though, that it's worth paying a little bit more if you really like the dealer; those extra few dollars are well worth it for good support over the long term.


  2. enidshapiro | | #2

    I have a Tiptronic 2030 which I love.  It handles all fabrics - chiffons, silks - beautifully.  I couldn't be more pleased.  Another nice feature is that the needle moves to the left or the right for edge stitching.  I would find out what the 2030 has versus the 2020 has. 

    I took a sewing class in New York at Parsons and the first thing the teacher said was she thought Pfaff's were the best!  I don't know if you have to haggle.  At the Pfaff store in New York they always had sales on Mother's Day!  Find out at your store, maybe it's a country-wide policy.

    Good luck.

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