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Serious Sewing needs SERIOUS machines

thimble_ | Posted in Equipment and Supplies on

Hello everyone, it has been a long time since I have posted on this site. I have been very busy sewing up a storm and continuing my pursuit of pattern drafting. I have just purchased a new machine, it is an industrial BROTHER. It is UNBELIEVABLE. please check it out at
You all owe it to yourselves to at least take this puppy out for a test drive! I used to use an old Pfaff 463, which was my workhorse for many years, but after making the switch I wondered what took me so long! I still use my 7570 for fancy stitches and button holes, but everything else is dutifully handled by my Brother. I firmly believe that this machine will save any home business time and money. It has a built in thread trimmer….right there it saves HOURS a week!
I would like to know if any of you have any experiences to share about your machines and what your reccomendations would be to a home business owner. Has anyone ever had their machine “souped up”? My grandma has a machine that she has used for 25 years, a domestic brother, that she had fitted with a larger motor…it has NEVER ever given her any problems, and she runs the machine 4 hours a day!
I am also looking to buy an industrial IROn setup, any suggestions?

ciao for now!


  1. heather_blair | | #1

    Thimble, I had a look and was blown away...what an incredible machine!!! Do you really need that much machine? Tell me what all those buttons do...I am fascinated.
    I also think I just won a Pfaff 487-706/82 in a bid for $250 US....do you know anything about it. I just placed the bid five minutes ago....2 minutes before closing and believe I was the only bidder. It is 15 yrs old and hardly used... It also has something called Efka Variostop, ever heard of it and what it does? The seller doesn't know much either, he knows it has a thread cutter, so that is already the price of the machine earned. I haven't a clue...I am really nervous about this purchase. I hope there is also a needle transport....I would be in Heaven!!! well almost.
    Heather B.

    1. Lee_Knott | | #2

      *Heather, Heather, branching out into commercial machines - where are you going to find the room? LOL. Here's what all those little buttons do: http://www.brother.com/gen-ism/dd7100a/panel.html

      1. heather_blair | | #3

        *Well, my baby a "big baby" came home this morning. Finally. It is brand new, just dusty. Or it was so well taken care of there is no sign of usage. I still cannot believe it. For that price!!!Well, what did I get? I got a Pfaff 487-706/82-6/41.This special series was built for a walking foot, yes it has a walking foot and it is oooooooohhhh soooo quiet. Needle positioner which means needle up/down feature, but it is more needle down when sewing and after the thread trimmer, yes there is that too, is activated then the needle flies up - so fast you can't see it happening. It does not sit in the pan of oil like the older industrial models, but is self-oiling, so only a few squeaks of oil through a tiny hole in the front of the machine. The bobbin winder in placed smack on the front of the machine head, so the operator doesn't have to revert to acrobatic skills to wind the bobbin....now let's see what else there is....Well, there is the brake/clutch function. You can stop dead on tracks even when sewing at the max. of 5000 rpm, will have to watch so I don't get drawn in along with the material.It is just so awesome. I truly believe now that "luck is with the fool" or so the saying goes, because I had absolutely no idea what sort of machine I was bidding on and the seller was just as much a novice. I could have gotten an industrial for sewing leather or awnings for goodness sake!! All I saw was a photo and thought well it looks in good condition so why not.....ahhhh yes there is the expensive industrial lamp and the cone holder (triple) that came with it too. I am still in awe at my purchase. I shall use it to its fullest, and I am already thinking which of my other 20 machines to sell.....can't think of 1 that I could part with....well maybe 1 or 2.I am bursting with excitement!!! so please forgive this overflow, it has to go somewhere.

        1. heather_blair | | #4

          *Thimble, what serger do you have? Or don't you use a serger. Do you have a blindstitcher as well. I am thinking of getting an industrial buttonholer, for 2 types of buttonholes....but that will have to be another auction! I have an industrial serger along with a regular home serger. But the industrial incorporates a chain stitch separately, which confuses my sewing. I like to use the machine to stitch then serge when I want to, so I am going to ask my repair gentleman to please rebuilt it into a 4 or 5 thread. He said he could, he worked the industry for years for Pfaff.Cheers,Heather

          1. yeshua14 | | #5

            *For those on a budget, I've seen the Janome New Home 4000 on ebay for less than $500. Search under Janome 4000 or New Home 4000. Neat!

          2. Chantal_Da_Rosa | | #6

            *Hi Heather,You seem to know well someone who has worked in the industry for Pfaff, can you asked him about the pfaff 6091 ? it was recommended to me by the local dealer because I often do hems on jeans fabric....any suggestions or recommendations would be appreciated.Chantal Da Rosa

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