Hi, I'm new to this forum. I've been machine quilting on the same machine for @ 20 years, and its decided its too tired to continue. I have loved my Pfaff varimatic 6091. Its been a good little basic machine that has let me do everything I've wanted through the years. In the past six months the zigzag stitch and buttonholer have completely given up the ghost (have had it repaired three times), it rattles like crazy, and the bobbin tension just won't stay consistent.
I am further along in life now, watching my children, as well as my nieces and nephews, get married and start having babies. I'd really like a machine that can do more than just the basics. A built-in walking foot is essential, but I'd also like to try my hand at machine embroidery, too.
Which Pfaffs would be a good step up, or are there other machines that would fit the bill? I'd like to keep it in the $1000-$1200 range at the most.
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I too have an older pfaff and love it. Because the newer pfaff machines are being made with lots of plastic parts, I would not purchase a pfaff. I have picked up 2 older pfaffs on Craigslist that are in excellent condition. If I were to get into embroidery, I would look at a Babylock, Janome or Brother. Good luck in your search for a new machine.
I have a Pfaff Creative Performance that does embroidery that I love. It is a pricey machine but has lots of extras. I have had no problems with it and have used it for over a year now. Good luck in your search.
I can't help you with deciding which Pfaff to choose, but I can tell you that any sewing/embroidery machine doesn't have that little hole where one can attach the guide for quilting place mats , pot holder etc. That means that one also can't use a quarter inch guide that is screwed down to help guide the material.