I am beginning to think I may want a machine upgrade. There are certain features that may make the move happen. My current Pfaff is wonderful. I thought it would be the ‘one’. It is. It really is wonderful. That IDT, those 9 mm stitches, the needle positions and needle up and down – all features I adore. However now I see other features I don’t have. How do I decide where the line is. What features will drive me to trade up?

I tried out Start and Stop button last week. No foot pedal needed! Look Ma, no feet! It’s a foot cramp stopper if there ever was one, but only useful for long sequences like decorative stitches on an easily navigated route – or with the circular attachment (which I love!). This is a great feature I would love to have, but it’s not a deal maker on its own.

The new plug and play buttonhole is so much better than what I have now. I currently use my Featherweight with Singer buttonhole attachment for buttonholes. It is a foolproof wonder with a very nice stitch, but the new Pfaff attachment stitches forward for both sides of the buttonhole. So smooth. A buttonhole is truly important, and almost enough to make me waver.

I’m going to spend some time with different machines over the next few months and see what happens. I may even (gasp!) look at an embroidery machine. I work (work?) part time at a Pfaff/Husqvarna dealership, so I have access to lots of machines. I love when someone comes in and really gives the machines a trial before they buy. Those are the people who get what they really want. What features draw the line for you? What do I need to consider?

I ordered both of the challenge patterns. I saw the princess seamed dress and love the way it flares – not too much, not too little. So few seams! Looks like a zippy item to sew. I don’t usually sew my knits with a serger. I like my seams to lay flat and find that a tiny zigzag (1.5 x 1.5) does a great job of seams. Then I use a decorative stitch and some tear away stabilizer for hems and such. I’ll bring some samples to our next meeting. What do you do? Are you sewing for the challenge? Won’t we look so amazing as we all swish down the runway together? 

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2 thoughts on “What Do I Want?

  1. The biggest feature for me is that my machines are mechanical & that I can take it apart & put it back together. Metal & no computers for me. Love working on the machines 1980’s & before. Obviously I’m of no help to you buying a modern machine!

  2. Beautiful, easy-to-sew buttonholes would be an attention grabber for me. Like you, I use my old Singer straight stitch machine buttonhole attachment, which does make beautiful buttonholes, but it would be nice to have it all in one machine.

    Like Kathleen, I am a fan of the older machines. My favorites are the treadles.

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