Guys, I am so stoked to announce that in January I became a global ambassador for Pfaff!
The crazy thing is that I had already put this machine – a Quilt Ambition 2.0 – on my wish list after using one at a New Craft House workshop event with Elisalex and Portia who have Quilt Ambition’s of their own (and heck, if those queens of sewing have a machine you know you better listen!)
As part of our partnership, Pfaff kindly sent me a Quilt Ambition 2.0 of my own and I’ve been merrily sewing with it ever since.
I know, right? #dreamcometrue
So, I wanted to review some of its features and give you the scoop on how I’ve been getting on. You can think of this as an extension to my post with top tips for buying a decent sewing machine – which you can read here.
There are some real doozies feature-wise. I couldn’t possibly list them all so here are some of my favourites:
A built-in walking foot – I know #gamechanger, right? It’s part of the IDT system that comes on a range of Pfaff machines. Basically it’s a little hook attached to the machine that latches onto your foot when you need it. It’s made sewing with some of my precious merino jersey such a treat!
A low-bobin alert – basically a little beep goes off when the bobbin is almost out. No more sewing long seams to find the bobbin thread had finished! Literally one of the best didn’t-know-I-needed-it-until-I-had-it features ever. So helpful – especially since I’ve been sewing a lot of trousers with long seams lately.
Large sewing bed – now you wouldn’t think this would be much a bonus for a garment sewer, but it’s so handy. Just that extra little bit of space helps make things feel less claustrophobic. Especially when having to sew things that need a bit more space – like zippers in jeans!
Snap on feet – I’m really impressed with the range of feet that comes with the Quilt Ambition 2.0. I’m especially a fan of the 1/4″ and 1/8″ markings in red. They make top stitching a total breeze.
An insane number of stitches – this machine has an amazing range of stitches (over 200), including a cracking overlock stitch. And while I’m not one for adventurous stitches (straight stitch and zigzag are pretty much my go-to), I’m looking forward to trying out more.
Accessible compartments – OK, so it’s a pretty simple feature. But I love the fact that the machine comes with such great storage. There’s space for a whole row of bobbins and feet on the front, and another cubby on the back that I use to keep things I use a lot (like universal needles, and, ahem, my seam ripper). It’s nice to have everything to hand.
How does it perform?
In a word: awesome-town.
Look, I already knew from trying it out at the New Craft House that it sewed like a dream. But I’m so happy to report that my initial love has lasted beyond the honeymoon period.
Basically, the quality of the machine is amazing. It’s sturdy, but easy enough to move around (and I should know – our house is undergoing renovations so have been moving this around the house A LOT lately).
So far I’ve sewn with canvas, lightweight merino jersey, viscose, cotton, denim, and upholstery fabric. And the Quilt Ambition has sewn all of them like a dream. It manages denim and canvas really well, sewing over multiple thick layers like it’s nothing. But it’s also really gentle with lightweight fabrics. It doesn’t chew them up into the feed dogs – which happened a bit with my previous machines.
Who should buy this machine?
Now that’s a hard question. But I think it’s a really important question.
I think it’s got a lot of brilliant features and the quality of the machine is amazing. But I also get that this beauty isn’t cheap. It’s definitely an investment.
It’s probably not for you if you’ve never tried sewing before and are not sure if it’s for you.
But, if you’ve been sewing for a year and sew regularly then I’d say go for it. I wish I’d invested in a high-quality machine earlier.
Sure it’s an investment. But if you spend a lot of time sewing, are keen to tackle more challenging projects, and are serious about making your own clothes it doesn’t seem too extravagant. Especially since it really does make sewing such a pleasure.
At the same time, you might not need all of the stitches and the large flat bed. They’re nice to haves for sure. But not essential. In which case, I’d still consider trading up to a high quality brand with solid insides. But it might be worth taking a closer look at other Pfaff models.
To be honest I’d find it pretty hard to swap back to my old machine now. I’m 100% in love with this beauty.
I feel really honored about this partnership. Pfaff have a really thoughtful approach to creating sewing machines, and I can’t wait to share more with you in the next few months.
Thank you, Pfaff! You rock!
I only ever share products and people I think you’ll like as much as I do (because sharing is caring). Pfaff has given me this machine in exchange for sharing my thoughts on my blog and across social media. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.