Today we have another fabulous review from a fabulous blogger! Abby from Thing For Boys is a talented seamstress and knitter, and she’s sharing her thoughts on her Pfaff sewing machine!
1. What brand and model Machine do you have, and how long have you had it? Can you show us a picture?
I have a Pfaff Ambition 1.5. I’ve had it for 18 months. Before that I had a basic Janome that served me well, but I was starting to outgrow it and was after a few more functions.
2. Are there any features that you love about your machine? Is there anything that makes you want to throw your machine out the window?
Things I love about my machine:
Bobbin sensor – it’s so handy to know when the bobbin is about to run out.
Decorative Stitches – There are quite a lot on the machine and I’ve made an effort to use them. I had lots of fun testing them out on this felt car play mat for my son, and they are a quick way to make Christmas decorations. I also use them on hems when I remember.
Start/stop button – This is great for doing buttonholes and filling bobbins. It’s also great when you’re doing long rows of decorative stitches.
Needle Up/Down – A handy feature of many electronic machines, a tap of the foot pedal drops the needle down into the fabric or lifts it up. I use this all the time!
It handles lots of layers with ease. I love making bags and things like that, which often means working with lots of fabric layers. It’s nice that the machine can churn through them easily. This was one thing my old machine wasn’t so good at.
Things that bug me about the machine:
The IDT (Pfaff’s built in walking foot) isn’t as amazing as I was hoping. When I learnt to sew as a kid, I used my Mum’s old Pfaff which had IDT and I always wanted another machine with it. I guess they just don’t make ‘em like they used to. I also find the automatic buttonhole is very picky. If there is any bulk in the seam then it mucks with the buttonhole, though I’ve started putting tearaway stabiliser underneath which has helped.
3. If your machine suddenly disappeared– what would you look for in a new machine?
I have heard people love the IDT on their machines, so many mine is just dodgy, but I’d love a machine with a built in walking foot that is just perfect! I would love to one day get an industrial machine that I could service myself…I think that would be a bit of fun.
4. Would you recommend this machine to your best friend? Is there any other advice about sewing machine shopping that you would give her?
The machine is about $1000 so it would depend on what my friend was after. I would say on the whole it’s a good machine and once I’d told her about the quirks I would say it’s good if none of them were a deal breaker.
The best tip I have for sewing machine shopping is to take your own scraps of fabric. The pieces they have in store are so heavily starched that they make all the machines look good. Take pieces of the fabrics you use most often and also pieces you find tricky to work with on your current machine.
5. What is your favorite item that you made with your current sewing machine?
Probably the Peter Rabbit Jacket I made for my son, or the Blanket Coat I made for myself. Roman was so sad when he grew out of his jacket. I hope I never grow out of mine! My blanket coat was one of the first things I made when I got this sewing machine.
6. If you and your sewing machine were given a free roundtrip ticket to any city in the world, where would you travel and why?
We would go to the UK and visit Laura from Craftstorming. We’ve become great friends though blogging. She has the same sewing machine, so we could have a little Pfaff sewing party!
Thank you so much Abby! We are so glad you shared your thoughts on your Pfaff– especially the IDT. Please do go check out Things For Boys– it is one of the best sewing blogs out there. She has beautifully photographed tutorials with concise explanations, and she’s just sweet as pie! We love Abby’s Sewing 101 series as well as her fabulous Big Tote Pattern (which is a steal, BTW!)