Pfaff Creative Performance: New to Me
Over the past winter, I've had my share of problems with my older Pfaff sewing machines. Two shorted out their motherboards (Read, "More expensive to fix than the value of the machine"), and another had tension or mechanical issues. It was a constant rotation to find or borrow one that was in working order. Maybe a newer machine was what I needed. Thanks to a husband with a keen eye to Craigslist he spotted this one. It was only 6 years old, but a buy for me compared to new. I will admit there was an initial learning curve--and I'm far from a whiz on her, but I'm back to piecing finally. She came with all the embroidery attachment bells and whistles, but I'm not even venturing there yet.
Can you see the florescent pink Post It Note on the machine bed? It bridges the tiny gap between the free arm and throat base. That little piece of paper has saved me many a headache and lost time! I sew a lot of nested seams. Only half on any given quilt will go into the machine with the bottom seam allowance falling the correct way to feed away from the needle plate. In those conditions, it's smooth sailing to feel for the nested seams, and feed them through without pinning. When the bottom seam allowance is headed for the needle plate, it often catches right in the crack before it reaches the presser foot. You need to be on guard each time with a stiletto to keep it in place, or be willing to pick out the folded seam afterward. Neither is fast nor fun. Keep a Post It Note nearby to stick over the crack of the sewing bed, and it's smooth sewing. No more aggravations.
I did whip up a quick present my daughter requested for a co-worker, and started to get used to using a knee bar once again. I believe the knee bar is crucial to this machine as there is no manual foot lever--only an electronic button on the machine face. (sigh...How many times have I reached behind it?) A new machine is always hard to get used to, but I'm committed. I hope it will soon become second nature.
Come on, Doxie girls.
Let's go sew.