Sew, Mama, Sew is hosting a sewing machine review. And here is my review of the Pfaff Hobby 1040:
How long have you had it?
About 7 years. My mom gave it to me for my birthday. It was packed away in storage for a couple of years while we lived overseas. Funny enough, that’s when I really got into quilting and was renting time on a Pfaff Quilt Expression (lovely machine as well!)
How much does that machine cost (approximately)?
Not sure, as mentioned above, it was a gift.
What types of things do you sew (i.e. quilting, clothing, handbags, home dec projects, etc.)?
Mainly quilts and bags, but I also do the random fix for clothing and home dec (pillows, curtains).
How much do you sew? How much wear and tear does the machine get?
I sew about 1.5-3 hours most days of the week.
Do you like/love/hate your machine? Are you ambivalent? Passionate? Does she have a name?
I love my machine! It’s nothing fancy, but it is a work horse and it fits my needs. (I’m not the naming type, but I think it would be a guy’s name)
What features does your machine have that work well for you?
I don’t really need a whole lot for a machine – straight stitch, zigzag, backstitch, zipper foot and I’m set. This machine has more stitches plus a button foot, which I’ve never used.
Is there anything that drives you nuts about your machine?
Nothing really annoys me about my machine. Though I wish I knew more about basic machine care. I think if I wasn’t afraid to take it apart to clean and oil it, it would work smoother in between servicings.
One tick with my machine – when the bobbin gets low I tend to have to hand crank the wheel to get it going. Not annoying, except if I happen to be backstitching, then it’s a bit tricky.
Would you recommend the machine to others? Why?
Yes. It is easy to use, reliable, easy to carry, a work horse.
Do you have a dream machine?
A long-arm! Though I would also for a bigger house:) Probably not going to happen for quite awhile.