As you know, I am bouncing around the idea of bringing a quilt frame into my sewing space. Your comments, thoughts and suggestions on my last post were incredibly helpful! I thank you all.
My other half joined into the search and found a listing for a used Pfaff Hobby Grand Quilter 1200 with a metal Inspira frame. As I have a Pfaff and love it, this is a very interesting opportunity.
Here is my question for all of you. Do you have a Pfaff Hobby Grand Quilter 1200? Do you like it? If so, why? Do you hate it and want to sell it on? Why? Tell me your thoughts, please.
For those of you experienced in frame quilting, the "bonus" points of this machine are listed below. Am I missing anything in this model that you have and love in yours? Or do you think this might be OK?
- High sewing speed of 1,600 stitches per minute
- Working area of 9 x 6 inches
- Straight stitch only, but with adjustable stitch length
- Separate motor for bobbin winding
- Pretension adjustment to ensure proper tension before use
- Instead of dropping the feed dogs, there's a plate to cover them
The Inspira frame is a metal frame that is 10 ft long, but can be "halved" to a 5 ft frame quite easily. The machine is oriented facing the quilter, so you can see your needle and move it with the attached handles. That's a bit different than the New English set up, but I like that I can see the needle without bending around the machine. Included is a shelf for your pantograph printout and above that a laser pointer to guide the quilter.
The highlights, according to Pfaff, are:
- Lightweight aluminium construction
- Easy storage with minimal disassembly (although I have space to keep mine up full time)
- Easy glide ball bearing weeks on the machine carriage
- Machine power adaptor unit with comfortable handles for smooth movement
- Quilt up to 106 inches of length (WAY larger than I'd ever piece)
- Overhead pattern shelf with laser pattern pointer
- Levelling feet on each leg
- Leader fabric and side tension clips with velcro included
Thank you all for your thoughts and comments. I will stop pestering you after this post...you may never hear me chat of frames again OR the next photo you see is me struggling to set up this behemoth!