If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram this is old news, but I got a sewing machine! I actually got it a while back, in late December. I held off on posting here about it because I wanted to actually use it before sharing my likes and dislikes.
What I like about my Pfaff Expression 3.0
- The stitches. With my old Brother machine I was constantly fighting with the tension to get the perfect stitch (and it rarely happened).
- The needle placement can be adjusted to the left or right. It's been useful when installing zippers!
- There is an option to leave the needle down or up when you stop sewing. If it's in the needle down mode and you want the needle temporarily up a quick pedal press brings the needle back up.
- Tons of decorative stitches for future quilts. One of my goals is to quit stitching in the ditch and use the pretty options available.
- Storage compartments built into the machine for storing bobbins and presser feet.
- I never realized how much I needed a built in walking foot, but it makes a huge difference. Do you ever come to the end of a seam and see that one piece of fabric is slightly longer than the other? The lady that showed me the machine explained that with a walking foot this was less likely to happen. She was right.
- There is a three step zig zag stitch that I love.
- The space is amazing. The arm is long which was so helpful when I was working on my last quilt.
What I don't like about the machine
- The manual that came with it doesn't give a lot of info on how to use all features. Maybe this is common, but I was hoping that for the money I spent on the machine that it would come with a thorough booklet. I know that I can take a class to learn it all, but the classes are offered on weekday afternoons and that doesn't work for me.
- If I cut the thread and don't leave a long enough tail it slips through the needle really easily and I have to rethread. I can't just stick the thread through the needle though, I have to completely rethread everything.
Some of the features listed above may be old news to you guys, but they were new to me! Granted, my last machine was pretty basic, so almost anything is an upgrade :) I'm not currently using it to it's full potential, I still have a LOT to learn. So far I'm in love.