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Pfaff 1221 Sewing Machine Review

The Pfaff 1221 was one of the first sewing machines to hit the commercial market. It is very durable, and has a built-in needle threader. This is oftentimes given from one generation to another as an heirloom. Although it is hard to learn all of the functions of the Pfaff 1221, the model comes with a foot pedal and a bobbin case to control the speed of your sewing, not to mention a free-arm working space and a case where you can put your sewing accessories like spools, bobbins, scissors, and etc.

Here are some of the advantages of Pfaff 1221:

1. Durability

This machine is very durable and does not break or scratch easily. This machine will definitely last you a long time, maybe even generations after you.

2. Simplicity

This is one of the most basic machines, and is very easy to understand and use. There are not a lot of different controls and complicated features so you do not have to worry about getting confused.

3. Easy Threading

When trying to thread the Pfaff 1221, you will not have to try and try again, because it has a built-in needle threader. All you need to do is put the spool of thread into the machine and then the built-in needle threader will do the work for you.

4. Different Kinds of Feet

There are four kinds of feet that you can use when using the Pfaff 1221, these are the rolled hem foot, pintucking foot, blind hem foot, and the cording foot. This variety of feet will help you put the proper pressure to make your stitches properly and you will not have as many loose stitches.

5. Free Arm Sewing Surface

With this extra space, you can easily work on your projects with space to move around your cloth and has enough space for your elbows and legs.

6. Different Kinds of Fabrics

This sewing machine comes with a dual feed, so it can work on all kinds of fabrics from cotton to denim and everything in between.

Here are some of the disadvantages of Pfaff 1221:

1. Basic Machine

This is a very old model, and it may have been used by a lot of other people than you. You might find yourself looking through a lot of manuals before you can figure out how to use the machine.

2. Not Portable

This machine is very heavy and is solid so it is not something that you should carry around with you. Find a good table to set it on to use it.

If you want to check other models, then you can find more sewing machine reviews on SewingInsider. This will help you find your proper machine.

Necessary Supplies For A Successful Sewing Project

Aside from enthusiasm, a sewing machine and something to sew: you will need a few basic supplies. Some of the items listed below can be gradually acquired; others are necessary or simply handy to have. Make sewing easier by using the proper tools. This list can also be used for shopping ideas for the seamstress on your Christmas list. If for a present, look for the top of the line, or interestingly designed or personalized version.

Sewing Kit Staples

Sewing Basket. Look for a specially made sewing basket or choose a funky tool box. Whatever you choose be sure that it is large enough to hold your supplies. Even if your sewing machine is housed in a cabinet, having a free standing sewing basket can come in handy for carrying a project and all the necessary tools around with you.

Scissors. Do not skimp here. Choose a quality pair and declare them off limits to anything unrelated to sewing. Take care of them and they will last forever. Look for a knife-edged bent scissor and a small sewing scissor to round out your collection.

Sharp Needles. High-quality hand sewing needles are worth the money. Buy a variety pack and a storage carrier to
keep them handy.

Straight Pins. Look for a starter kit. You can choose from small steel pins that stick to a magnet. (Making clean-up a little easier) or pins with large colored plastic balls on the end that are easy to locate and pick up. If you are working with delicate fabric, you will need superfine needles with flat heads.

Thread. Thread will need to be purchased often, but having a basic starter set of versatile thread is a good idea. Choose cotton-wrapped polyester or 100 percent polyester in black, white, khaki and clear.

Tailor’s Chalk or a Dressmakers pencil. These make temporary marks on your fabric. Helpful when altering a pattern, hemming or tailoring a dress.

Pin Cushion. Choose from a huge variety of pin cushions from the classic tomato to a modern magnetic pin case. Many come with emery to sharpen and clean needles.

Measuring Tape. Buy a quality fabric measuring tape, but be prepared to replace it once it starts to show wear if you want an accurate measurement.

Seam Ripper. Mistakes happen, be prepared. Seam rippers work much better than fingers and teeth!

Sewing Gauge. This tool is great for measuring and marking pleats and buttonholes.

Hem Gauge. A useful addition to your tool chest: it is for measuring a hem.

Thimble. This is an optional addition to your sewing kit. When choosing one, know that it should fit snugly on your middle finger. It takes a bit of getting used to, but can save finger pricks and help in hand sewing.