Pfaff Creative Sensation Pro Review

Pfaff Creative Sensation Pro Review
Pfaff Creative Sensation Pro Review
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Users
  • Stitch quality
  • Speed
  • Ease of use
  • Maintenance
Beginner
Needs lots of help – able to sew a straight seam but unfamiliar with most sewing techniques; needs assistance and instruction on basic sewing techniques.
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.

Less than 24 hours after reviewing the brand new Pfaff Creative Sensation Pro, I had the unexpected pleasure of sitting in on a demonstration of this machine at Cynthia’ Fine Fabrics in Tamarac, Florida. SVP Educator, Deb North, dropped by to show off all the new features on the Pfaff Creative Sensation Pro.

Pfaff Creative Sensation Pro

Pfaff Creative Sensation Pro

Pros

  • ActivStitch technology
  • Updateable software
  • Diamond shaped feed dog teeth for even fabric movement

Cons

  • Vibrates
  • No speed control adjustment
  • Embroidery hoops available in metric measurements only

At A Glance

There are plenty of white sewing machines out there, but the Pfaff Creative Sensation Pro is a brilliant, bright, snow white.

Brilliant, bright, snow white

Brilliant, bright, snow white

When you turn it on, the bright LED lights are accented with cool lime green and lavender flowers on the large full color LCD touch screen. Even the stylus mount has a green glow.

There are very few buttons. Almost everything is sensor touch instead. As you select various functions: presser foot up or down; start/stop; needle up/down; stop, a green light comes on to illumine the function in use.

The large LCD touch screen is bright and almost beacons to you to try it out and the on board stitch selection guide beneath the lid is easy to see – even without a pair of reading glasses.

Features

  • 693 decorative and utility stitches
  • 363 embroidery designs
  • 30 Stacking stitches
  • 16 Ribbon stitches
  • 8 alphanumeric fonts
  • Shape and stitch creators
  • Increased embroidery speed
  • Thread metering system works well with specialty threads
  • Hi definition screen
  • Screen saver
  • Easily switch between embroidery and sewing modes
  • Sew with embroidery unit in place
  • Precise position embroidery
  • Maximum stitch length 12mm
  • Maximum stitch width 9mm
  • Straight stitch plate sensor
  • Color block merge
  • Auto save
  • Undo-redo embroidery stitch
  • Mirror/rotate stitches
  • Stitch grouping
  • Embroidery design resize
  • Baste in the hoop
  • Color editing
  • Electronic knee lift
  • 37 needle positions
  • Stitch tapering
  • 2 USB ports
  • Capability to sew all stitches in the embroidery hoop
Ribbon stitches

Ribbon stitches

Working on the Pfaff Creative Sensation Pro

Metered threading system

Metered threading system

Winding the bobbin and threading the Pfaff Creative Sensation Pro is very user friendly. The interesting thing is the way it is constructed inside.

The tension discs and threading mechanism is designed specifically for handling any type of specialty thread you want to use.

It’s called a metered threading system, and the secret lies in the way the inside threading mechanism on the Pfaff Creative Sensation Pro is constructed.

It was indeed a real treat to have been able to play around with the Pfaff Creative Sensation Pro a little bit before returning the next day for the demonstration by Deb North, the SVP Educator who visited Cynthia’s Fine Fabrics to show off all the machine’s new features.

SVP Educator, Deb North

SVP Educator, Deb North

In a one-on-one with Cynthia, I learned that the Creative Sensation Pro could be programmed so you could touch the start/stop icon to lower the presser foot, tie off the beginning of the seam and sew, then touch the reverse icon to stop sewing, tie off the end of the seam and cut the threads.

The stitch selection process is also quite user friendly.

The decorative and utility stitches on the Pfaff Creative Sensation Pro, including the ribbon stitches, are divided into six clusters.

The first cluster consists of utility stitches and buttonholes.

Clusters two through five are decorative stitches and the alphanumeric fonts.

Cluster six primarily consists of the stacking stitches along with ribbon and framing stitches.

Six clusters decorative and utility stitches

Six clusters decorative and utility stitches

Touch screen for selecting stitches

Touch screen for selecting stitches

To identify the stitch you want, start with the quick reference guide beneath the lid of the Creative Sensation Pro.

Then touch the menu icon on the touch screen and select the menu cluster where your stitch is located. Next, toggle through the designs until you find the precise design you want.

The stitch will appear on the left side of the screen along with the default settings for length and width.

If the preset settings are not to your liking, use the icons on the screen to adjust your stitch length and width to suit your needs.

During the actual review, I didn’t sample the ribbon stitches, but I did sample several of the utility and decorative stitch options.

Perfectly sampled stitches

Perfectly sampled stitches

I am happy to report that each and every stitch I sampled came out perfectly. I did notice, however, that when sewing at top speed, there was a little more vibration than I am comfortable with.

During the demonstration, Deb showed us how to create ribbon stitches. The process is a little tricky, but once you get the hang of it, it’s really a lot of fun.

Ribbon stitches is a lot of fun

Ribbon stitches is a lot of fun

Fabrics

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

Accessories

Accessories box

Accessories box

Standard accessories

  • 11 snap on presser feet
    • 11 snap on presser feet
    • Fancy stitch foot
    • Blind hem foot
    • Zipper foot
    • Sensormatic buttonhole foot
    • Manual buttonhole foot
    • Embroidery/Sensormatic free-motion foot
    • Dynamic spring foot
    • ¼” quilting foot
    • Maxi-stitch foot
  • 3 embroidery hoops
    • 120mm x 120 square
    • Master hoop – 240 x 150mm
    • Creative Deluxe hoop – 360 x 200mm
  • 2 needle plates
    • Multi-purpose
    • Straight stitch
  • Embroidery software packages for PC or MAC
  • Lint brush
  • Seam ripper
  • Extra bobbins
  • Extra needles
  • Set of 4 cutwork needles
  • Screwdriver
  • Embroidery collection notebook
  • Owner’s manual
  • Complimentary software downloads
    • For Windows 7 and 8
      • 6D Embroidery machine communication
      • 6D QuickFont
      • 6D Explorer Plug in
    • For MACs
      • TruEmbroidery software
Embroidery collection notebook

Embroidery collection notebook

Optional accessories

  • Metal embroidery hoop
  • Grand endless embroidery hoop
  • Quilters’ hoop [200 x 200mm]
  • Grand dream hoop [360 x 350mm]
Owner’s manual

Owner’s manual

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

The Creative Sensation Pro is the next generation in the Pfaff Creative line and has all the best features of all its predecessors.

The Pfaff Creative Sensation Pro is possibly one of the best in its class. It sews, embroiders, quilts and does it all with the user in mind.

Swarovski crystal bracelet, presser foot charm and stylus

Swarovski crystal bracelet, presser foot charm and stylus

The bright lights, the easy to use touch pad and function icons are among the most user friendly features I have seen on a sewing machine in quite a while.

An added bonus for those who purchase the Pfaff Creative Sensation Pro before December 31, 2013 is a gift of a Swarovski crystal bracelet, presser foot charm and stylus valued at $800.

I had an opportunity to use the stylus and actually handle the bracelet and charm. The quality of workmanship that went into creating these gifts is excellent.

Back to the machine…. The Pfaff Creative Sensation Pro is user friendly, but I wouldn’t recommend it for anyone who is not at least at the intermediate level when it comes to sewing skill.

There is simply too much to remember and there are too many sensitive components to this machine for a beginner to manage.

The sensitive touch of the function area and the steps required to select the right stitch at the right time could very well convince a novice that sewing is too complicated and walk away from sewing altogether.

With that in mind, I recommend that anyone who purchases a Pfaff Creative Sensation Pro take advantage of the classes offered by local dealers to make sure they get the full benefit of learning all that this machine can do.

As I said… it sews, embroiders and quilts. As long as I’ve been sewing, I looked at some completed ribbon stitchwork and wasn’t absolutely certain how they managed to pull it off until sitting in on Deb North’s demonstration.

Completed ribbon stitchwork

Completed ribbon stitchwork

After watching her explanation, it was easy to see how simple the process really is. In my opinion, anyone who is willing to spend as much on a sewing machine as they would on a used car, they should take advantage of all the classes and demonstrations available to them.

The added benefit of getting an $800 piece of jewelry that matches your sewing machine is a huge plus for some. If you are in the market for an up to date sewing, quilting and embroidery machine, you owe it to yourself to take a look at the Pfaff Creative Sensation Pro. Even if you don’t purchase one in time to get the gift of Swarovski crystal, I don’t think you will be disappointed with its performance.

15 Comments

  1. Would like to make a correction on this review. There IS a speed control selection on this machine. It is available in both sewing and embroidery mode. It may not have been shown in your “tour” but it is there.

    • Linda –

      Thank you very much for the information. I will see that the correction is made immediately.

  2. I have several Pfaff machines and I love them all starting with the #7550, #7570, #2144, CV, and 2 CS, and I just bought the Passport a couple months ago. They are working great

    • can you tell me the pros and cons of the 7570? I am looking into purchasing a used one and info would be helpful.

  3. Thank you for your review. I also have several Pfaff machines and just got the Pro this week. I’m finishing up some Christmas things and am very pleased with my purchase.

    and Yes, it does have a speed control. I see you’ve not made that correction yet.

    nes

  4. This machine is just simply amazing and very user friendly. The embroideries come out perfect and the regular stitches are beautiful. The screen is bright and easy to navigate through. The built in features are simple and placed where they make sense to the users. I am very happy with this purchase and cannot find any reason to give any negative reception on my end.

  5. I have enjoyed the Creative Sensation Pro for three months and I love it. I have NO ISSUES with it, it is faster, QUIETER and easier than any of my previous Pfaff Machines. The training is imperative, as it would be if you just bought your first ever computer. But if you know how to quilt, sew, design and embroider, this is the ONLY machine I can honestly recommend for an accomplished sewer.

  6. I also have the Pfaff CS Pro and love it. I have now been using it for a little over six months, what is wrong with it? NOTHING it is perfect and has NO VIBRATION ever. I have my moms old machine & that vibrates. But a machine of this value, quality and price I would never place it on anything but a very substantial table or desk to use. As for the Hoops, the measurement read out is my choice in my software.
    We also have the best IDT (walking foot) system in the industry, forward or reverse it works and nothing to place on the machine, it is always there. I have owned Pfaff’s for over 25 years, I would buy nothing else. they just plain work perfectly.

  7. I own a pfaff 2134 and babylock the pfaff embroiders better. The problem is SERVICE. The nearest authorized service center is 81 miles away.

  8. There is speed control, right on the screen.

  9. I notice just about every review of every machine is high. Are you reviewing these machines or just rubber stamping them. I bought the 830 LE based on reviews and I found it anything but great as did many others. If all your reviews rate everything high pretty soon you have to wonder if you are being critical enough in the reviewing process. Every machine is not 5

  10. hallo. have a husqvarna diamond and Pfaff creative sensation pro. I have a problem. I have a usb with embroidery from secrets off. The Husqvarna will read all the colours but the Pfaff not. I dont understand it!!
    Gr. Hanne Jans The netherlands

    • Hello Hanne –

      Thank you for visiting Sewing Insight.

      Unfortunately, in some cases, you will find that software not purchased from the machine manufacturer does not function perfectly. This is quite possibly the case here. If it works with the Husqvarna/Viking Diamond but not for the Pfaff, I suspect there is a minor hiccup in the communication between the Secret software and that of the Pfaff Creative Sensation Pro.

      Perhaps if you contact the store where you purchased your Pfaff Creative Sensation Pro, the staff there might be able to help you resolve the issue.

      Happy Stitching.

  11. Purchased the machine April 2014 took 4 weeks to get, When the machine arrived at the dealer right out of the box it did not work. Machine was sent back took 3 weeks to get a new machine. That machine worked 20 days, We took the machine back to the dealer in the beginning of July. The machine sat at the dealer over 3 weeks waiting for Pfaff to send a “special” return box. It is now the middle of Sept and we were just told they Pfaff have the machine and is in line for repairs.
    Stay away from Pfaff the do not care about their customer.

    • Dear Al calef –

      Thank you for visiting Sewing Insight.

      I am very sorry that you are encountering this problem. I doubt if there’s anything I can do from the US, but I will share your experience with the dealer where I review new Pfaff machines. I will contact you at once if she is able to offer any ideas or suggestions as to how to work this out to your satisfaction.

      Happy stitching.

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