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« on: June 21, 2014, 08:17 AM »

Hi Guys,
  I'm pretty new to this sewing thing ...so far I have made a couple of Rev copies with a Singer machine. I used a three step zigzag stitch and made it larger to match my other Revs stitching. I see most kites use this stitch. I sold my Singer and got a couple of Pfaff machines the 1523 and the 2046. I can not get a large three step zigzag stitch on either one. I'm I doing something wrong? ...or did I buy two machines that won't do what I need? Attached is a photo of the largest I can make the three step zigzag next to a Prism kite stitch.  Any help would be great!  Thanks, Mark

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« Reply #1 on: June 21, 2014, 08:59 AM »

a pic of the machine please

i've got a pfaff, let's see if i can see the buttons i use on your machine



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« Reply #2 on: June 21, 2014, 10:07 AM »

You can get copies to most Pfaff manuals HERE . ( It looks like it stops but there are more if you scroll down.)
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« Reply #3 on: June 21, 2014, 11:55 AM »

I do have the manual...all is says is width up to 6mm nothing on the length. You can make the length greater on just about any stitch but this one. It defaults to 6mm width and 1mm length (my photo above) and it cant go any larger. here are a couple of photos of my machine.  Now what???

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« Reply #4 on: June 21, 2014, 05:40 PM »

Change the length from 1.0 to something like 3.0 or 4.0. That should help.
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« Reply #5 on: June 21, 2014, 06:06 PM »

As I said in my earlier post it won't go any larger then 1mm.
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« Reply #6 on: June 21, 2014, 07:24 PM »

If pressing the second row of buttons on the right won't change the stitch length, I would just contact PFAFF on Monday to determine whether the machine or should be able to or not.

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To be able to change length on more complicated stitches but not the Zig-Zag would seem Looney Tunes to me, but seems like a Toll-Free call would be the simplest way to determine whether this is going to be a brick wall for you or not.

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« Reply #7 on: June 21, 2014, 07:45 PM »

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  I could not agree with you more... I think it's crazy that on just about all the complex stitches you can increase the length but on one of the most common stitches you can not. I will give Pfaff a call on Monday
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« Reply #8 on: June 23, 2014, 02:30 PM »

Okay... So today I called Pfaff and they said that if you can not adjust the length with the + button then it can not be adjusted any larger. This seems crazy to me. 1mm is pretty small for a zigzag stitch. Now what do I buy?
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« Reply #9 on: June 23, 2014, 02:56 PM »

I've got a Pfaff select which is non computerized.  The 2 features which I would really like is to have a knee lift which would be very helpful on the nose of these kites and is invaluable for appliqué.  The other feature which would be extremely helpful is an automatic needle down position when stopped this will be really helpful on all the sharp turns you make in the reinforcement pieces as well as where seams meet to keep your work really clean looking.   I'm not sure the IDT is necessary when your gluing your seams together. 

Those are just some features I think would be helpful for kite building.  I've been thinking about getting a Bernina and would be interested in hearing thoughts on those machine. 

I would also avoid light industrials for now unless your going to be sewing giant kites for a living. 

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« Reply #10 on: June 23, 2014, 04:49 PM »

I have a Bernina 1630 that I purchased for $450.  It is stellar, and does far more than I need it to.  While I've never had IDT that pfaff makes use of, I do have a walking foot that I sometimes put on the bernina.  I've never had a problem feeding anything through it, keeping in mind changes in height.  When I have a transition of material, (e.g. pc31 transition to Dacron), I place a piece of scrap behind the foot to maintain smooth feeding. 

In 4 years, I've only had the machine serviced once (and that was because it was a free perk of buying it from a bernina dealer).  I've never had to mess with the tension settings too much.  It's a very reliable, very strong machine.  Nothing bogs it down if you use appropriate needles for the job (I've broken needles sewing thick webbing). 
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« Reply #11 on: June 23, 2014, 05:15 PM »

you might want to check out the forum that Steve Ferrel runs over at Kitebuilder.com....sadly Steve shut down all sales of kite building materials.....but the forum is still VERY alive...you will find a couple of us over there too...
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