Monday, December 31, 2012

Decorative stitches vintage vs computerized

Hello!! I've been away testing machines and playing, Happy 31st! I hope everyone is ready to ring in another new year, and put 2012 to bed. So onto the mystery.... Can you tell who is who?

Pfaff decorative stitches red zone

Pfaff satin stitch

cross stitchWhile the vintage samples are less exciting in design, to me they are superior in execution. The gold samples from both machines use Gutterman all purpose thread in the bobbin and sulky 40wt rayon in the top, with the Universal 70 needle. The samples in white were made from a Mettler cotton thread.  I am amazed that the vintage sample has absolutely no puckers, while the modern machine stitch does.

The modern machine costs as much as my entire sewing machine collection. So either it is very expensive or I bought some great bargains (It's more of the later). Here is the issue with this lovely machine. While I have been sampling the decorative stitches, I found that a certain type of stitch doesn't execute properly, it has elements of a satin stitch and it just does not play nice.

 1) buttonholes Actually these are really nice, until you turn the sample over. Buttonholes

The ends of the buttonhole are especially bulky, the needle goes over and over the ends and they aren't flat, except for one sample. Bulky end buttonholes underside

Then the bow deco stitch. First it didn't form properly because I had the wrong foot on the machine, once I changed the foot, the stitch improved but it still does not meet at the center knot.  The top row has the wrong foot, the bottom row has the proper foot.Bow detail

The bow

I look for another design with a bit of a spread on it and try the leaf. The leaves

Of course I used the wrong foot here :) DSC02668 Here it is stitched with the proper foot and it improved but still not perfect, and it still doesn't meet in the middle. Leaves improved Now there are other stitches that are fabulous on this machine, but it if skips like this on these types of deco stitches it will limit the number of decorative stitches I can use. Now why would I do that with such an expensive machine? I wouldn't. The store is closed for inventory but when they open I will be waiting for them. This business of modern machines is tricky and exhausting. By the end of all of this testing I'll write up a strategy for testing machines before bringing them home. The vintage samples are from a Pfaff 360, and the modern samples are from a Bernina Aurora 450. Pfaff decorative stitches red zone chart Bernina decorative stitches part 2 Bernina decorative stitches I love my vintage machines, but I'm not going to lie, I would love to have a travel machine that can sew, make buttonholes, FMQ, and even embroider. Working with a computerized machine has had it's perks. The bobbin winder, winds the bobbin perfectly and very easily. Since it's a separate motor, your needle isn't engaged, so there's no worrying about having anything under the presser foot while you are loading a bobbin. A needle threader that actually works Produces a nice satin stitch as long as it's not part of a deco stitch It's a 9 mm machine It has thread cutters everywhere, even in the bobbin area. It has fabulous lighting ] Snap on feet Automatic buttonholes and can be ungraded to an embroidery machine. 11 needle postions Free arm Free hand system Back to the drawing board, maybe 2013 is the year I get it right.


Corrine said...

I see what you mean about the puckering. I played around with my Rockateer and had just a wee bit of a pucker, before stabilizing. I didn't take photos. I noticed when playing with my Viking #1+ that if I used a slow speed (it has three speed settings) there was no pucker, even without stabilizer. Each machine has a quirk or two. But I agree, those skipped stitches on a decorative stitch is a deal breaker.

ELMO said...

I am being told that the stitch can be balanced and that if I look it up in the manual that should sort it out, or I have to take it into the tech. The puckering is still an issue. Maybe a few more samples to see if that can be improved.