Pfaff Creative 2144 Review

Pfaff Creative 2144 Review
Pfaff Creative 2144 Review
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Users
  • Stitch quality
  • Speed
  • Ease Of Use
  • Maintenance
Beginner
Intermediate
Intermediate: Competent – can make different clothing items without assistance or guidance, but not good enough to sew intricate projects or to sew without a pattern.
Expert
Expert – can sew anything without instruction or assistance; possesses an expansive knowledge of sewing techniques and terminology.

Introduction

When Pfaff introduced the Creative series, it was one of the most sought after sewing, quilting and embroidery machines on the market.

Until then, the home sewer could only dream of having a sewing machine capable of doing the things the Creative was able to do.

All of a sudden, computer images were able to be reproduced as embroidery designs by connecting the sewing machine to the computer.

For the first time ever, the home sewer was able to sit down, create a one of a kind embroidery design, scan it into a computer and make as many embroidered reproductions as they like.

Pros

  • Easy to use LCD touch screen
  • Easy to understand on board stitch selection
  • More than 250 utility and decorative stitches
  • Variable speed control
  • Free arm
  • Computer compatible
  • IDF – Integrated Differential feed
  • Automatic needle threader

Cons

  • Threading is a challenge

At A Glance

The Pfaff Creative 2144 is a sleek, smooth and clean looking sewing machine. One of the first things you notice is the on board LCD screen.

Pfaff Creative 2144 sewing machine

Pfaff Creative 2144 sewing machine

The Pfaff 2144 is one of the first available sewing machines for home use equipped with a full color LCD touch screen.

The next thing that catches your eye is the knee lift which allows you to lift the presser foot without taking your hands off of your sewing project.

Finally, Pfaff patented IDF – Integrated Differential Feed – and a series of buttons that control the needle stop position, the reverse stitch, and on board thread cutter.

Features

When it comes to features, the Pfaff Creative 2144 is loaded. Starting with the exclusive Pfaff IDF and moving up to the automatic needle threader, the list of standard features available on this sewing, quilting and embroidery machine is quite lengthy:

  • 285 stitches including eight alphanumeric fonts; 20 cross stitches and 10 different buttonholes
  • Ability to sew text in straight, arched or ‘s’ curved style.
  • IDF – Integrated Differential Feed – Pfaff’s exclusive system that feeds thick layers of fabric evenly and smoothly, preventing bunching, binding and slipping.
  • Internet updates – the people at Pfaff are constantly upgrading their embroidery systems and owners of the Pfaff Creative 2144 have constant access to those updates.
  • Basting function – stabilizes knits and embroidery designs of all sizes.
  • Customizable on screen editing
  • Programmable needle up or down stop
  • Ability to sew with one, two or three needles
  • Automatic tapering
  • Buttonhole sensormatic guarantees perfect buttonholes each and every time
  • Bobbin sensor lets users know when the bobbin thread is low
  • Separate bobbin winding motor allows users to wind bobbins while sewing or embroidering
  • Variable speed adjustment
  • Personal menu allows the user to store stitch settings to be recalled on demand for future use
  • Pfaff Creative Assistant
  • 19 different needle positions

Working on the Pfaff Creative 2144

Sewing on the Pfaff Creative 2144 is a fun experience. Threading the machine, however, is a little trickier. Once you get the hang of it, however, the threading process is easy to navigate.

One thing that must be remembered though is that threading for two or three needles is quite different than threading for just one needle.

Even with the automatic needle threader, the process is not as simple as it is for other sewing machines. Even while following the instructions in the owner’s manual, threading the Pfaff 2144 caused a little bit of confusion.

The entire threading process and especially the small thread guides on front of the needle are challenging even for people with many years’ sewing experience.

The threading issue was corrected on later Pfaff Creative models. Winding the bobbin is much simpler than threading the needle.

However, inserting and removing the bobbin is quite another story. In order to access the bobbin housing, it is necessary to move the work table by swinging it out to the left.

Swining the wrok table to access the bobbin housing

Swinging the work table to access the bobbin housing

The table also doubles as an accessories case to hold the extra bobbins and presser feet. When it is removed altogether, the free arm is exposed, allowing the user to hem sleeves and cuffs with ease.

Inserting and removing the bobbin

Inserting and removing the bobbin

The real fun doesn’t begin until after the machine is threaded and the bobbin is in place. The most difficult task is deciding which stitch to use.

Stitch selection is a difficult task

Stitch selection is a difficult task

The Pfaff Creative 2144 offers so many stitch choices it can take a few minutes to decide which one to use first.

We played around with several different stitches options. Stitch selection involved going through a few steps on the touch screen.

The method of selecting stitches is not a simple one touch process. The first thing you must do is call up the stitch menu. Then, identify the stitch you want.

More stitches available

More stitches available

Stitching menu

Stitching menu

Once your stitch is identified, select the stitch length and width before starting to sew. In the beginning this can be time consuming.

Selecting the stitch length and width

Selecting the stitch length and width

Identify the stitch of choice

Identify the stitch of choice

However, after using the Pfaff 2144 for just a little while, you will be able to use the Personal Menu to build your own stitch library.

Once that is done, finding and executing your favorite stitches is easier and faster.

The knee lift makes it easy to work on embroidery and quilting projects. With this convenient feature, you never have to take your hands off your work to raise or lower the presser foot.

The button that controls the thread cutter is conveniently located on the front of the machine, enabling you to cut threads with one easy touch of a button.

We experimented with embroidery and decorative stitches and the results were the same. The stitch quality is superlative.

Stitches were precise, clean and evenly spaced regardless of the length or width setting we selected.

The variable speed option on the Creative 2144 is convenient for working on intricate projects. At its highest speed setting, the 2144 model sews up to 800 stitches per minute.

It is important to remember to keep the Pfaff Creative 2144 in an area that maintains a stable temperature with no humidity. Moisture is the air is one of the largest risks to a computerized sewing machine.

Fabrics

  • Natural fibers/cotton-linen-wool
  • Fine fabrics/silk-satin-taffeta/velvet
  • Knits
  • Synthetic fabrics/blends-rayon-polyester
  • Upholstery
  • Leather/suede
  • Fur
  • Reptile skin
  • Canvas/Twill
  • Plastic/Rubber
  • Extra thick fabrics or multiple layers

Accessories

The people at Pfaff are dedicated to making sure everyone who owns a Pfaff Creative has access to the most up to date software available.

To that end, the Pfaff Creative 2144 comes with not one, but two computer cables… one USB cable and another designed for connection to older computers not equipped with USB ports.

The exclusive toolbox is chock full of instructional DVDs, and exclusive appliqué, quilting and embroidery accessories including presser feet, instructions, suggestions, patterns and other tools that open the doors of home embroidery and appliqué design even wider.

The list of accessories that are standard with the Pfaff model 2144 is far more expansive than the accessories that come with most other sewing, quilting and embroidery machines.

The standard accessories that come with the Pfaff Creative 2144 include:

  • The Pfaff Toolbox, which contains five instructional DVDs; special appliqué presser feet; appliqué patterns; instructions and suggestions
  • Five spools of machine embroidery thread
  • 10 presser feet
    • Sensormatic buttonhole
    • Standard buttonhole
    • Darning
    • Roll hem
    • Zipper and edge
    • Blind hem and overlock
    • Embroidery
    • Fancy stitch [2]
    • Standard zigzag
  • Edge guide
  • Spool pins [2]
  • Seam ripper
  • Lint brush
  • Bobbins [4]
  • Spool caps [3]
  • Felt pad
  • Bulb remover/needle plate change tool
  • Knee lift
  • Stitch card
  • Stylus
  • File assistant – to facilitate downloading designs from the internet
  • Embroidery unit
  • Embroidery hoops and template
  • Creative fancy embroidery foot and creative card
  • Creative assistant
  • Computer connection cables [2]
  • Molded plastic dust cover

    Pfaff Creative 2144 accessories

    Pfaff Creative 2144 accessories

In addition to the standard accessories listed above, optional accessories available for the Pfaff 2144 include:

  • Additional presser feet
    • Pintuck
    • Shirring
    • Applique
    • Cording
    • Quilt
    • Braiding
  • Eyelet plates
  • Online update
  • Embroidery assistant

Maintenance







After each useMonthly*Once Each Year**As Needed
Clean race hook and feed dogs
Wipe head with soft dry cloth
Wipe head with soft damp cloth
Lubricate
Service by sewing machine repair professional

* more often if the machine is used for extended periods of time or if used frequently

**more often if the machine is used heavily or if it is not operating properly

Tying Off The Loose Ends

We recommend the Pfaff Creative 2144 for intermediate and advanced home sewers.

In light of the initial challenges with threading, the many steps required to execute simple stitches and the price tag of nearly $3000 for a used machine, we feel that this machine is definitely not for anyone who is not already proficient in the art of sewing.

This is a complicated sewing machine that is capable of rendering astonishing products, but not in the very beginning.

Sewing, quilting and embroidering on the Pfaff model 2144 are easy once the user gets accustomed to going through all of the steps required to get the desired results.

This reviewer has been sewing for quite a while. One of the machines we learned to sew on was made by Pfaff. We have worked on many different types of sewing machines.

This machine, however, gave us more of a challenge than we have experienced on a sewing machine in quite some time. Not only was threading a challenge, so was stitch selection and execution.

There was a bit of a learning curve involved here, but once on the other side, we were able to execute many decorative and utility stitches with ease.

The owner’s manual was helpful though. The fact that the owner’s manual for the Pfaff Creative 2144 is a one and a half inch thick loose leaf binder and is accompanied by a smaller, shorter user’s guide is a dead giveaway that this is no easy machine to operate.

The owner’s manual for the Pfaff Creative 2144

The owner’s manual for the Pfaff Creative 2144

This could quite possibly be the largest sewing machine owner’s manual we have ever had the pleasure of working with.

There is a lot of good news here, however. First of all, the fact that the Pfaff Creative 2144 can be continuously updated via the internet is a major plus.

Personal Menu to access favorite stitch combinations

Personal Menu to access favorite stitch combinations

Anyone who purchases this machine can be assured of having continuous access to the most up to date software and embroidery designs available as soon as they are available.

Next, the Personal Menu makes it possible for the user to have their favorite stitch combinations at their fingertips with just a few taps on the touch screen.

Finally, the best news of all is that in the years since the Creative 2144 was introduced, Pfaff has made subsequent machines in the Creative series much more user friendly.

In short, we believe the Pfaff Creative 2144 is a very good sewing, quilting and embroidery machine.

Pfaff Creative 2144, a very good sewing, quilting and embroidery machine

Pfaff Creative 2144, a very good sewing, quilting and embroidery machine

Just make sure that if you decide to add one to your sewing room, you are more than just a competent sewer and that you are willing to invest the time it takes to learn all there is to know about this machine.

No doubt, if you take our advice, you will enjoy many, many happy years of sewing and machine quilting and embroidery.

5 Comments

  1. I have had this machine since December and love it. There is no pressed foot lever but 2 buttons on front of machine to lift presser foot in addtion to knee lift. The needle threader does not work as well as on my 7570. This is a problem that 3 other ladies I know have also experienced. The machine does have a hard time going over bulky seams at times but won’t give my machine up

  2. I’ve had and used this machine for at least five years and still love it. I don’t know about the threading issue the author wrote about. It is one of the easiest machines to thread. Also, I have kind of a loosey-goosey needle threader so I can thread the eye of the needle(s) in any position. My friend can thread hers only when the needle is in the center. An older lady friend also has this machine but in her move to a retirement home, she lost her USB cable. I am trying to find a reasonably priced one ($199 – $260 is not there), and ran across this review. At any rate, all three of us love and use our machines often. If you can find a used one, grab it. I’m thinking of getting a 2d one so I can sew/quilt as the other embroiders!

    • Had this machine for about 8-9 years and loved it to bits. It worked fine on all kind of fabrics even real leather! Made me few cowboy jackets! Yes, tread cutter it is a challenge sometimes.

      Sadly the time is come to say good bye to my pfaff 2144 I will be saying hello to pfaff creative sensation pro soon!

  3. I am looking for the card to hook to my computer, as mine is not longer working. I love my 2144 but I am told that Pfaff no longer carries the cards for it.

  4. I bought the 2140 which was upgraded to 2144 years ago and just now really trying to use it but I’m trying to find some info on how to really use the machine as I have some questions. Any help greatly appreciated. Plus do you know where I can get more feet and I broke the one to use with the embroidery unit…any help.

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