A couple of months ago I bought a Pfaff Grand Quilter Hobby 1200 since with our business we do quite a bit of sewing. As our orders keep increasing we spend more and more time and needed a machine that was could handle a lot of use. I have been sewing for over 40 years and I can say that this is one of the best sewing machines that I have bought. It is a semi-industrial machine and goes through heavy or light fabric easily. Below is a stock photo of it.
It has lots of features and if you click this link you can see the list of everything that it does and what it includes. Two things that I especially like is the large removable extension table that you can slide on to give you more work area. The table is 24“ x 16“. I use it when I am making large items such as lately an ironing board cover, monitor cover and sewing machine cover. When we make the signal flags we tend to leave it off as they are a lot smaller.
The other feature it has is a knee lift. This works great when you are at corners and with the needle in you use the knee lift which lifts the presser foot up and keeps your hands free. Our letter W is a great example with sewing on the white square as shown below.
Also you can adjust the presser foot weight according to what fabric you are using. Another great feature is the needle threader especially when you are sewing quite a bit and your eyes are getting tired. There is a learning curve a bit on that on getting the thread just right when pulling the loop through.
Lastly since it stitches at 1600 spm (stitches per minute) you do need to use a quality thread to prevent breakage. I use Maxi-Lock and haven’t had any problems with breaking thread. I am sure there are other great threads.
We are critical of our flags and the workmanship that goes into them and we want them to be perfect for our customers. By being able to adjust the machine to our needs I think our signal flag look even better and are built to last.
IB Designs, USA