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I must admit that I love the ease of use of the Pfaff IDT - in one second you can just flip it on or off.  No messing about with an extra part/foot that needs to be applied. It seems as if not all IDT systems are equal. E.g. when the dealer talked about the Accufeed on the Janome he showed me a separate part/foot that you put on when you want the IDT.  I imagine, coming from a Pfaff, that I would find that a bit of a nuisance. 

When a sewing machine is advertised as having integrated dual feed or built-in dual feed does that mean it's more like the integrated just-flick-it-on-or-off Pfaff dual feed? I think I've seen adverts for more expensive Janomes with dual feed but don't know if it's of the you-need-to-apply-a-separate-foot variety.

As @Iminei said my old Pfaff is now serviced and should work for a while so I hope I've got some thinking/researching time in which to decide.

I had a Pfaff 1475Cd for many years until I foolishly sold to upgrade, and I have regretted it ever since. I have  Janome 8900QCP with the dual feed, but bought a used Pfaff quilt expression 4 recently just for the Pfaff IDT, and have not used the Janome since buying the Pfaff.

I had a Pfaff 1475 which I sold to upgrade to a Janome - basically because a dealer persuaded me the Pfaff would not last much longer. I have regretted it ever since as I loved the IDT. I have a Janome *900QCY with the accufeed and find the accufeed feet to be bulky, even the narrower VD foot. I had to put the Janome into the dealers a couple of weeks ago to have the Led lighting replaced, and while I was in there, I noticed he had a second hand Pfaff QE4 for the bargain price £250 (at that price becuase the knee lift and manual were missing, but I've printed a manual and knee lift from Janome fits).  I got it home, and had a play and it sews beautifully, and I much prefer the IDT to the Accufeed on the Janome. Another thing I prefer is the selection of feet available for the Pfaff.  I liked the automatic foot when I had a Husqvarna Designer 1 and it took me ages to get used to lifting a foot when I changed to the Janome. It did not take me long to adapt back to the automatic foot.

For Sale, Wanted & Free to a good home / Vintage New Home (Janome) 131
« on: February 28, 2019, 20:46:49 PM »
I really need to free up some space, and need to get rid of this machine. It is absolutely beautiful, and looks like new. It has an electric motor, and hard carry case.  There are some spare bobbins, but no other accessories. I have just tested it and it sewed through 16 layers of fabric easily.
Is there any interest on here before I put it on Ebay?
Looking for around £40 plus P&P
Pm me for photos if anyone is interested

Hi, I'm new... / Re: Still Sewbusy (TSF) but not so busy these days.
« on: November 28, 2018, 13:11:50 PM »
Sorry to hear of your problems Sewbusy. I have Fibromyalgia and Osteo Arthritis and have also been diagnosed with bliateral fast developing cataracts. I have been waiting since July for an opthalmology appointment, and was told the waiting list is 50 weeks, with a further 50 week wait for surgery. I have very little sight in my left eye at present, and expect to be totally blind by the time I get the cataracts removed. I have the option of going to a hospital some distance away to be seen faster, but I can't drive there now as my eyesight is too bad., so would need to have an appointment when DH is home to drive me there.  Meanwhile it's back to the opticians to spend yet another pile of money on glasses that  will only last a few months

Patterns Discussion / Re: Maternity leggins pattern wanted
« on: August 03, 2018, 00:02:54 AM »
Thank you Gemma, that is perfect.

Patterns Discussion / Maternity leggins pattern wanted
« on: August 02, 2018, 20:32:26 PM »
I have been looking for a full length maternity leggings pattern without muchsuccess, preferrably a downloadable one. Does anyone know where I can find one?

Fun with Fabric / Re: (Mis) Managing the Stash
« on: May 14, 2018, 13:14:58 PM »
I started with a few plastic boxes with fabrics by type and plains/patterns separated. That was ok until more fabric mysteriously arrived in the popt, and there was no space in the appropriate box, but space in another. The end result is a mess. I really need to get it all out, and see exactly what is there. I think this time I might number the boxes, then photograph all the fabrics and note the box number. I can never find the exact piece of fabric that I want to use.

Fun with Fabric / Re: I have made a decision -
« on: May 10, 2018, 10:29:56 AM »
A dozen local shops. :loveit:...if only. It’s at least a two hour drive to get anything. The NE of England is a fabric desert.

North east Scotland is even worse! There are 2 new shops within a 30 minute drive, but mostly aimed at quilting, the dress fabrics were uninspiring, and very expensive.

Patterns Discussion / Re: Looking for a Mac Pattern
« on: April 23, 2018, 11:17:24 AM »
Just come across this one Truffle Coat


That looks closest so far Jessie, I also found Burda BD6486.  I'm going to Tesco today, so will see if they have any more in, if not, the hunt for fabric will be on

Patterns Discussion / Looking for a Mac Pattern
« on: April 19, 2018, 14:03:55 PM »
I saw a jacket in Tesco that was described as  a mac. Of course they did not have my size, and don;t have it online in the colour I want.
Can anyone point me in the direction of a similar pattern?

Embroidery Machines / Re: Multi-needle embroidery machines
« on: February 27, 2018, 17:12:52 PM »
I have just found this topic, so a bit late to reply. I have a Brother 10 needle machine. It was bought a year ago as ex-display - too good a bargain to miss, although I had not intended buying one at that time. I had inherited some money, and the opportunity came up, and even Dh said it was a steal at the price I paid.   I have not really used it much yet, as I have not had much time to get to grips with it, but I do find hooping much easier on it. I managed to pick up quite a few  extra hoops on Ebay, and also got a cap frame and cylinder frame quite cheaply.  Have you managed to find suppliers for blanks yet?

Vintage Machines / Re: Machine Rescued
« on: October 01, 2017, 16:14:01 PM »
It does look as though it has hardly been used, but also looks like it has been looked after.  Why someone would just dump a machine I do not know.

Vintage Machines / Machine Rescued
« on: September 30, 2017, 15:24:44 PM »
Today, whilst at the recycling centre I spotted a sewing machine. I was horrified that a machine would just be dumped, and just had to liberate it. All we saw was a huge plastic case, so did not have a clue what was inside. Well when I got home I opened the case to find this beauty. Fully working condition, not a bit of fluff in sight. Plugged it in and it runs beautifully. I have not threaded it up yet to see if it sees but I am confident that I will get it sewing.

Sewing Spaces and Furniture / Re: Multiple machines
« on: August 30, 2017, 22:51:13 PM »
Thanks for all the replies and info. I will go with laminate with a commercial guarantee. I don't know when it will get down now, as I have inherited a property, and need to do some decorating there as a priority

Sewing Spaces and Furniture / Re: Sewing room flooring
« on: June 27, 2017, 22:54:32 PM »
My sewing room has carpet which has been down for yonks and although a hard floor would be practical for sweeping up all the bits of thread and snippets of fabric I'm not sure that it would work.

The spare bedroom, which with one bed pushed underneath the other one gives me the biggest area of floor space available in the house, has a laminate floor but just walking across it sounds downstairs.  I think moving a chair on casters would sound awful and lead to more than a few disgruntled words from Terry.

The ideal would be a downstairs sewing room with ceramic tiles on the floor.
I have a downstairs sewing room, but ceramic tiles would not work in it

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