Sunday, May 29, 2011
Sewing Machine Review: Pfaff 7570
Price paid: $1559.
How long have you had this machine? Since 2001.
Would you recommend this machine to others? Not at this time.
What do you like most about this machine? I like the looks of this machine; I think it's much prettier than the others on the market at that time. When I first got the machine, I really liked the idea of the built-in walking foot (IDT). I still remember a salesman describing it as "four-wheel drive."
Things you DON'T like about this machine: As a perfectionist, I didn't find the IDT to be the "be all, end all" solution to even feeding. The tiny arm behind the presser foot did not seem to exert a powerful enough grip to compete with the many rows of teeth from the 9 mm feed dogs. I wanted to be able to adjust the presser foot pressure, but that's not an option on this machine.
The buttonholes are notoriously bad; they were consistently disappointing, no matter what I tried. I finally gave up and learned to make bound buttonholes.
Owning this machine comes with stress that the circuit board could go out at any given time. Since the model is discontinued, there are only a finite number of replacement circuit boards out there. I bought a second Pfaff 7570 to have as a back up.
Both machines came with an embroidery unit which I never used. I was interested in sewing only and sold both the embroidery units.
The machine uses two AA batteries to memorize decorative stitches. I don't do decorative stitches, but continued to replace the batteries as the machine will display error messages when I try to sew without them. On one machine, I forgot to replace the batteries and they started leaking clear ooze. I cleaned the machine and put in fresh batteries and it sewed fine. That machine eventually died, either from the ooze or the circuit board; I'm not sure which.
That was the writing on the wall for me. I sold the remaining machine while I still could, and I'd like to think that she's still going strong. I know many people love this machine, and I was one of them, but I've moved on, and I haven't looked back.