Wednesday, 6 November 2013

Tools of the Trade - Pfaff Expression sewing machine

Our Pfaff Expression 2 sewing machine was purchased about 2 years ago and has been a wonderful addition to the studio.

We actually changed from an industrial singer machine to this domestic and although nervous about how it would perform, it hasn't let us down once.

The pros ..........

No oil needed which means no drips or dreaded marks on our dresses.

A really wide arm so that we can push big tulle skirts through and manoeuvre dresses easily.

Clip on feet that are very quick to change. The machine comes with a great set including a tiny and very easy to use zipper foot.

Clear top loading bobbin - the bobbins are different and more expensive than standard bobbins but they hold loads of thread and you can easily see when you're about to run out.

So many stitches. I only use the straight stitch or the zig-zag but if I had the time or needed to quickly embellish collars etc. the patterns are very, very pretty.
I do also use the button hole settings which are fantastic.

Movable needle position - this is so useful

Long stitch length - great for gathering.

It can handle fast sewing and goes through glitter, leather, denim with ease.

The IDT sewing system means your stitches are perfectly spaces, timed and even. I think this my favorite part of the machine knowing I don't have to spend endless hours working out why a stitch is skipping.

Cons .......

The one and only thing that's a downside of this machine is that it un-loops from the arm occasionally which when you sew as fast as we do is quite a mangled underside to your sewing. You can usually hear a massive clunk! The pros far out way this little problem.

There are a number of good places to buy online and Pfaff have been a very reliable make. GUR Sewing machines were brilliant to buy from online with a whole range of machines and prices.

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