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TOPIC: PFAFF performance 5.2 vs a BERNINA 550

PFAFF performance 5.2 vs a BERNINA 550 19 Apr 2018 08:16 #143772

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I figured you were looking at Janome for Price. The S7 is actually closer to capabilities of the Pfaff and Bernina. I have a big Janome MC12000 bought for 9" Embroidery. Quilt in hoop projects. My Janome sews a beautiful stitch but personally don't like it. My Pfaff and Bernina is massively easier to use. And has more capabilities. But Janome does not break. They sew for ever. Friends have not taken their machines in for service in years they never break. Amazing machines


First I actually prefer the Pfaff IDT over Bernina Dual Feed as well. But they are so close these days. Only if you have them side by side. Yes Pfaff is made by SVP in China. But they are actually making excellent machines these days. I sew on a Pfaff, I have the Performance 5.0. The difference is Ribbon Stitches which I would never use so got a excellent deal on the last one in the store. My first new machine.

Bernina is made in Thailand now. So no difference than Pfaff. And yes I live sewing and Embroidery on my older Berninas. I have two. And they are work horses. But am seriously looking at upgrading to the new 590. I love the new Embroidery features. Demoed at 590 for 4 hours. I out them through their paces. I also demoed the new 570 for 2 hours. I actually preferred Sewing on the 570. Thought that was interesting. But they are sweet sweet little machines

Now the 770 have several friends with them and they all absolutely love theirs. Will not even let me use. Smile. But all the machines are magnificent. I actually like the smaller size of the 5series. Allows me to have more control over what I am doing.

But I find my machine are very personal. And they reveal their names

Peter is my Pfaff. A good hard working simple ever complain German worker
Brünhilde is my Bernina 200. Good solid German Swiss stock
Nico is my Janome a diva throw a tantrum is you do not do it her way.
Gertie was the Name if my old HV Topaz. Good solid swedish stock
My 640 is a recent purchase. Got for BSR to try. Has not revealed itself yet.

But a dealer relationship is also so so important. Trust and comfort is so important. Find the machine that sews the best for you.

A note Bernina you can add Embroidery later if you like.

Rob
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PFAFF performance 5.2 vs a BERNINA 550 19 Apr 2018 08:01 #143771

Rob,
In my previous message I forgot to mention what I plan to do with this new sewing machine. Making quilts is the only sewing I am doing. I enjoy the beautiful fabrics and like to make some quilts with them. I used to pay someone to do the quilting for me ( "Quilting by Check") , and I plan to do the quilting by myself now. I do not plan to do any embroidery so far.
Thanks,
Mary
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PFAFF performance 5.2 vs a BERNINA 550 19 Apr 2018 07:18 #143770

Dear Rob,

Thank you very much for your quick response.

I am considering of BERNINA 570 QE sewing machine because I like good quality products, and BERNINA 570 QE: (1) are made in Switzerland, and use all metal parts (good quality); (2) have building in Dual Feed; (3) are Dual Voltage. If I pick up BERNINA, I might even go to its 770 QE, instead of 570 QE since I am considering to do the quilting.

I am considering of PFAFF Performance 5.2 because I like PFAFF sewing machine. My current sewing machine (it is also my first sewing machine) is an old PFAFF sewing machine, PFAFF Hobbymatic 955, made in Germany. I purchased it from a local quilting store in 2007. I like it. I have planed to buy another PFAFF one until I found about that: after 2006, Husqvarna Viking , PFAFF and Singer are all under SVP Worldwide . I also heard that PFAFF sewing machines are now made in China. I do have some concerns about the quality of PFAFF machines now.

I am considering Skyline S5 because its price and online review. But some customer complained that its Dual Feed is not as good as PFAFF' IDT. Since I have been using PFAFF's IDT from the first day of my sewing life, I wonder if I will miss PFAFF's IDT if I buy a Janome.

It is not an easy decision for me.

Mary
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PFAFF performance 5.2 vs a BERNINA 550 19 Apr 2018 02:37 #143769

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Mary

What a huge question. All these machines are different, huge price and feature differences but all three are excellent machines. And really depends on which machine you actually prefer sewing on and what type of Sewing . I actually have all three brands.

Now are we discussing new Bernina 570 with Dual Feed and large Bobbins 9mm stitches or old model with 5.5mm stitches.

Bernina is small and fantastic for intricate piecing and applique. I actually have a better view and more control on my little Bernina 200. BUT many have issues quilting large projects on a Small Bernina. And the BSR is fantastic and amazing for FMQing.

Now if new type Bernina 570 then the difference between Pfaff is marginal except for size. But my go-to and favorite sewing machine is my Pfaff. It works for me. And does what I want and only machine that has not given me any problems. I prefer IDT over dual feed. And have used the Maxi Stitches to straight line Quilt several projects. Also the Pfaff has Heirloom stitches no in Bernina or Janome. And I like how the auto features work on the Pfaff.

Janome makes a fantastic machine. Tank shows no issues and usually less expensive with as many features. Acufeed is wonderful on long seams. And I find the straight stitch on my Janome to be the best.

But these machines are very capable. And would depend again which you like best and found easiest to use. Best dealer experience and price.

Let is know what you decide.

Rob
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PFAFF performance 5.2 vs a BERNINA 550 18 Apr 2018 10:54 #143767

Hi,
I am kind of new in both sewing and quilting, and I am taking a beginning level quilting class now. I have an old Pfaff sewing machine (Pfaff Hobbymatic 955) which I purchased from a local quilting store in Columbus, OH. I am considering of buying a new sewing machine now. Yesterday I visited two local quilting stores, and I am interested in the following sewing machines:
1. Janome Skyline S5 ;
2. Bernina 570QE ;
3. PFAFF Performance 5.2 ;
Which one should I buy?
Thanks,
Mary
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PFAFF performance 5.2 vs a BERNINA 550 11 Apr 2018 12:37 #143755

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I got a Pfaff EXPRESSION 4.2 : there is a little plastic foot for FMQ that is to clip as the other feet and the quilting seems easy.
I keep a former FMQ foot from another Pfaff that is ok too but needs to remove the upper part of the standard foot :BUT the retailer well explained that there is a position in the tool box near F1 on the face of the machine) to check in that case, as the movement for this foot is different (please check your book) : may be the 5.0 has the same options....

did you see the excellent video of THE VILLAGE SEWING on YouTube relative to the 5.0 ?
hope you'll succeed
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PFAFF performance 5.2 vs a BERNINA 550 03 Apr 2018 07:24 #143710

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Interesting the Bernina 550 also does not have snips or thread sensors etc. The Pfaff performance 5 is more in line with a 790.

But a little 240 is a nice little machine. Enjoy.

Rob
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PFAFF performance 5.2 vs a BERNINA 550 03 Apr 2018 05:51 #143709

I have a small Bernina Activa 240 (No BSR and no snips) I thought I should get a machine with a bigger space for quilting so bought a Pfaff Performance 5. I cannot get used to FMQ on the Pfaff and turn to the little Bernina every time. The Pfaff now just gets used for piecing etc. Maybe I need to get an alternative foot for the Pfaff??
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PFAFF performance 5.2 vs a BERNINA 550 03 Jun 2017 07:25 #141477

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Well big update. I had a HV Topaz 30 used mostly for embroidery. Well developed a few issues. Burnt out transformer and damages motor.

Well met with the owner of my favorite dealer. He made everything work. I walked out with not one replacement but two.

The main replacement is a Janome MC12000 demo never registered with box. For all my major embroidery and lace designs.

But for a workhorse just put stitches on the machine i got a new never registered in box Bernina Artista 200

So excited.
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PFAFF performance 5.2 vs a BERNINA 550 31 May 2017 13:38 #141453

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Quiktnldy

Pfaff is a strange company. They are not what they used to be. Pfaff HV Singer are made in China now.

The machines are hit and miss. The pfaff creative vision series was a mess. Everyone had issues. The new creative sensation line seems to be okay.

The Pfaff Performance 5.2 seems to be doing okay. But it is old machine new software. The Performance 5.0 is rock solid people love them as I live mine.

My HV Topaz died and I replaced it today with a Janome MC12000. It seems like a great machine. Have friends that adore their Janome MC8000 and 9000 series.

I also was lucky my dealer really likes me. Gave me as a bonus a brand new in box Bernina Artista 200. Leftover. Going to use it for my workhorse small embroidery work. I really like lace embellishments on my quilts.

But everyone is different. I can not make the Bernina BSR work, but I can FMQ up a storm on my Pfaff P5

The best is to make a quilt sandwich or two and go try machines and keep trying.

Bernina is made in Thailand

Janome is made in Taiwan except for the high end machines they are still made in Japan.
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PFAFF performance 5.2 vs a BERNINA 550 31 May 2017 12:25 #141447

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Hi, I'm reading your posts and find them very interesting. I have a Janome 7700 now. I have had several Berninas and my last Pfaff was a 7550. The board died in it
finally and was told I couldn't get it fixed . I really miss Pfaff for the IDT and the stitch quality also. But it 's been so many years since I've looked at them that I don't know
about the quality now. I don't know how the prices compare to Bernina today but I would probably be looking at a Pfaff 5.2 I only quilt and some garment sewing. Don't
need embroidery machine. My last Bernina was 1630 with the trac ball. Gave it to my Grandaughter because it was always skipping stitches and was in for repair. My Pfaff
was always my workhorse. I also use Juki for machine quilting. Love it.
Are the new Pfaff's as durable as the old ones. I know that Pfaff is now consolidated with Singer, Viking and Pfaff. Wonder how that has affected their quality?
I need at least a 10 in arm from needle to side of machine to work on. Just do not like the Janome 7700. It doesn't like to cross bulky intersections when piecing (8 pointed stars) and etc.
Please excuse the long post.
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PFAFF performance 5.2 vs a BERNINA 550 10 May 2017 10:41 #141148

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thanks Nusiax , I'm more and more for the Pfaff, as there is also a large arm of 10 inches .
I saw the last Bernina 720 but very expensive for my quilting level ; and the other Bernina's don't have this large arm.
I know that Bernina is quality but Pfaff too is german quality
will watch the retailer's deal.......
by the way , may be you could give yr feeling with EQ7 after trial. later on...;. I have not yet upgrade my EQ6 ...
scarlet26
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PFAFF performance 5.2 vs a BERNINA 550 10 May 2017 08:13 #141144

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Like you I prefer FMQ on my Pfaff even over the Bernina. But my Bernina does have a native ruler foot #72. So I do ruler work on my little Bernina.

And i can also use the Maxi Stitches on my Pfaff for simple straight line patterns for super fast quilting.
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PFAFF performance 5.2 vs a BERNINA 550 06 May 2017 03:06 #141050

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thanks a lot for this advice and comments. 2 points are interesting for me : I have a Brother innovis 1500(embroidery and sewing machine that I don't use anymore for quilting as I feel better with hand embroidery... ) and a Pfaff 2040 : I tried several times FMQ on the Brother and I'm not at ease with it as I'm with the "little" Pfaff ; and don't know why but I got better results.... second point is the IDT system which is great for sure
so, thanks for yr answer. sincerely
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