Archive for November, 2018

Pfaff Passport 3.0

November 9, 2018

My almost 15 year old Janome 720 Platinum sewing machine well and truly died a few weeks ago.  I loved that little sewing machine.  It sewed through lots of layers, and never needed to be repaired.

The computer board died, and the turn wheel seized up.  The machine has been discontinued, and even if the parts were available, it would have cost more to repair it, than it was worth.  I did check with a couple of different shops before starting the search for a new sewing machine.

Many hours of research later, I narrowed it down to two machines, another Janome, or the Pfaff Passport.  I was interested in the Ever Sewn line also, but one of the youtube videos promoting the machine, showed it sewing out decorative stitches.  In the short bit shown, there was a thread loop on the top.  Combine that with no dealer support, and I ruled out that machine. It was half the price of what I ended up purchasing though.

My priority was good stitch quality, light weight, needle down abilty, able to sew without the foot pedal, speed control, needle threader, free motion available,  and a few decorative stitches.  Went to the local dealers, test sewed with the machines – with my own fabric, interfacing and batting layers – wrote on the fabric samples what machine was used to create the stitch samples, then came home and thought about it.  I find if I can take my time with making a decision, I’m usually happy with it for the rest of my life.  😉

The Pfaff Passport 3.0 was the winner.  It came home with me yesterday, and I did a bit of sewing with it today.  It threads differently, so I will have to get used to that, and I’ll have to get familiar with which button to push for the function I want, but that will hopefully be a short learning curve.

Here is what my little darlin’ looks like in my sewing cabinet:


And yes, that is snow on the trees, visible through the window.  It was a good day to turn on all the lights in my sewing room, and familiarize myself with my new sewing machine.  I had to make my own sunshine today, because I sure as heck wasn’t getting any from the dreary Upstate New York sky today.

And WOW, I think my new little darlin’ just named herself.  Sunny!!!  I had a dear knitting machine friend named Sunny.  Coincidence that name came to mind?  I don’t think so.  Sometimes our brain makes connections without us even being aware of it, and this is one of those times.