We bought our Pfaff Grand Quilter Hobby 1200 close to 2 years ago. Of all the machines that I have had over the years (sewing 40 yrs) this machine is one of the best ones that we have purchased.
We sew with it 5 days a week year-round and with the number of orders we receive it gets hard use. With it being semi-industrial it has certainly been up to the task.
One thing that I have seen in several forums is that it drinks quite a bit of oil. I oil about once a week. I can’t help but wonder if they are using generic or all purpose oil like 3 in 1. After doing some research I bought Dritz Oil since it doesn’t dry and create a residue as other oils do inside the machine. Most sewing and fabric stores carry it. I have used about a 1/4 of a 4 oz bottle in the time that I have had the machine. Works great. Here’s a picture so you know what to look for.
The other issue I have heard about is thread breakage. There is a couple of reasons for this. This machine loves quality thread. Superior has a great line of thread for every need. I have used their “So Fine” line but mostly use the MonoPoly Clear for our flags. It is truly invisible and can be tricky at first to thread the machine. Here is a link to reviews on MonoPoly,
Also Superior recommends 70/10 as far as the needle when using MonoPoly. I bought their Titatium needles and they work really well. Another reason that your thread might break is the tension being too high. In this regard as you learn your machine you will be able to set it just right.
In conclusion the Grand Quilter is like a high performance car. If you take the time to learn all about it you will discover that it will preform well for you.
I expect this machine to last for a good number of years and love it!
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