One of my most popular posts according to the analytics I see when I log in is the post I wrote about my Saga of Sewing Machines and the reviews of the Bicor, Viking, Bernina and more that I have loved and hated through the years. When I wrote that post I had had my Pfaff Expression 3.2 for about a week. It’s now been 8 months and about a million stitches, so it is definitely time to follow up. (I have been busy!) I can say with all honesty that this is the best machine I have ever owned. I have stitched through layers of leather, not to mention denim, silk organza, felt, polar fleece. I made a quilt with it. The stitches are beautiful, the tension is beautiful. I still love the zipper foot. It’s quiet and heavy enough that I don’t push it around the sewing table.
If I have to pick out a pet peeve it’s that the reverse button is little and a little awkwardly located. Reverse has two “modes”: one where you can hold it in and it reverses and when you let go it goes back to forward stitching; and the other mode clicks it into reverse and it stays there. Inevitably I do the wrong thing and get it locked into reverse when I want it out or vice versa. It’s mostly user malfunction, but it annoys me. (Now I wonder if I can change that to always do one or the other. I will have to check the book.)
I was skeptical about it being computerized, but so far that hasn’t been a problem. I bought a rolled hem foot that I cannot get to work reliably, but I think that is probably me needing more practice. All in all, I think I finally found the machine that I love.
The only thing I haven’t done is settle on a name, which I know is silly. Nothing so far has stuck, but I am sure she will let me know what her name is at some point.