Pfaff Passport 2.0 Review

Pfaff Passport 2.0 Review
Pfaff Passport 2.0 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.

When I reviewed the new Pfaff Passport 2.0, the first thing that came to mind is “Pfaff has finally come up with a truly portable sewing machine that can do anything a home sewer could ask for.”

Pfaff Passport 2.0

Pfaff Passport 2.0

Obviously, I’m not the only one to think this way. The Pfaff Passport 2.0 is a winner of the prestigious 2013 Red Dot Design Award.

Pros

  • Good for beginners of all ages
  • Lightweight portable
  • On board stitch selection guide

Cons

  • Stitch selection buttons difficult to use for people with long fingernails

At A Glance

The looks of the Pfaff Passport 2.0 are quite deceiving. It’s small. It doesn’t have a large touch screen. The unassuming black and white motif with plain yellow markings does nothing to reveal this machine’s features and capabilities.

Black and white motif with plain yellow markings

Black and white motif with plain yellow markings

In all honesty, if it weren’t for the pull tab on the right side that gives you access to the stitch guide, the Passport looks like any other basic sewing machine.

Features

When it comes to features, the Pfaff Passport 2.0 is surprisingly equipped. Standard features include:

  • 70 decorative and utility stitch options
  • 4 one-step buttonholes
  • Variable speed slider
  • Stitch menu tab
  • Free motion sewing
  • Drop feed dogs
  • Automatic needle threader
  • Manual tension adjustment
  • Extra high presser foot lift
  • Needle up/down
  • Automatic tie off
  • 29 needle positions

Working on the Pfaff Passport 2.0

Threading the Pfaff Passport 2.0 and winding the bobbin are very easy, especially with the easy to follow numerical threading guide on the machine head.

Winding the bobbin is easy

Winding the bobbin is easy

Directions for properly inserting the bobbin are clearly shown in a decal on the oversized clear bobbin cover. Having the stitch selection guide on a handy pull out tab is in my opinion a big plus.

Oversized clear bobbin cover

Oversized clear bobbin cover

It’s there when you want it, and very easy to read. Selecting a stitch is as easy as using the numerical touchpad to simply dial in the stitch number you want. I ran into a slight problem, however, because of my nails.

They are not excessively long – a little more than ¼ inch bass my finger tips, but they got in the way as I was attempting to press the buttons on the pad.

Numerical touchpad

Numerical touchpad

The buttons did not engage when I used my nails and for some reason, using my fingertips proved to be somewhat awkward for me. What I ended up doing was using my knuckle to engage the buttons.

It was an inconvenience, but only a slight one, and for many people, I’m sure this would be no inconvenience at all, especially for those with shorter nails.

After I cleared that hurdle, however, I was truly impressed by the stitch quality. For this review, I decided to use a lightweight denim fabric.

Impressive stitch quality

Impressive stitch quality

I tested several different utility and decorative stitch options and am pleased to report that each and every stitch I sampled was absolutely perfect.

All of the standard accessories fit neatly into a tray that is can be removed to expose the free arm. With the optional extension table, the Pfaff Passport is capable of handing much larger jobs, including quilts, coats and oversized bags and totes.

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

The Pfaff Passport 2.0 has all of the basic accessories you would need to make your sewing experience successful whether you’re making a designer ensemble or mending a damaged seam.

  • 6 snap on presser feet
    • Zipper
    • Zigzag
    • Buttonhole
    • Button
    • Multi-purpose
    • Blindhem
  • Extra needles
  • Extra bobbins
  • Spool pins
  • Spool pads
  • Quilting bar
  • Screwdriver
  • Lint brush
  • Seam ripper
  • Hard cover
Accessories

Accessories

In addition to this list of standard accessories, anyone who purchases a Pfaff Passport 2.0 also has the option of purchasing an extension table to make working on quilts and other large sewing projects easier.

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

After sewing on the Pfaff Passport 2.0, it is easy to see how it won the Red Dot Design Award. It is easy to use, easy to carry and easy to maintain.

Operating this sewing machine is so easy I would not hesitate to recommend it for use by a beginner, even a child in elementary school who is learning to sew.

A person with intermediate or advanced sewing skills would be very pleased with this machine because of the superior stitch quality and ease of operation.

I am particularly impressed with the fact that this machine produces such great stitch quality and is also extremely light, weighing just under 14 pounds.


To my knowledge, this is the first machine I’ve seen that can deliver such great stitches and still travel to class, go on vacation and to the college dorm.

Add to that the very reasonable MSRP, and you’ve got what might just be one of the very best portable sewing machines available.

If you are in the market for a lightweight portable machine that can truly deliver great results, you owe it to yourself to visit your nearest Pfaff dealer and take a look at the Passport 2.0 for your self.


5 Comments

  1. I started sewing October 2012 because we’d had a fire in our home and I needed to make new curtains for the entire house. I started with a machine I thought would be able to handle all of my needs, a portable BabyLock Audrey. It Was a great little machine BUT ‘little’ became a frustration handling large pieces of fabric to make large curtains and I also started playing with quilting and found that I loved doing that so by November I had discovered the Babylock wasn’t ‘enough’ machine for my needs.

    I ended up getting a Pfaff Creative 2.0 for myself for Christmas and have turned on the creative juices and started a small business revolving around custom dog beds and accessories for dog show people.

    I had one problem, I LOVE Creative 2.0 but it as heavy to haul to the sewing class I took this Spring and the portable Babylock I’d kept for using for such things just wasn’t ‘enough’ machine for my needs.

    The week my local Quality Sewing dealer got the Passport 2.0 in their showroom I went in and test sewed on it.. I feel head over heals in love and traded in my Babylock. It is ‘light’ and EASY to tote around plus sets up nicely in my Motorhome on small Table area BUT it SEWS BIG! The IDT and more powerful motor enable me to do serious construction work while the 2.0 is being used in embroidery mode so I get a lot more done in a day. I also actually prefer doing quilt piece work on the Passport as it pulls the fabric straighter even with out a straight stitch plate, than my 2.0 WITH a straight stitch plate, pretty much zero wandering.

    I just love my Passport!

  2. I gave this machine 2 stars because it is at least adequate for quilting. For anything else, forget it. I tried to make jeans and it won’t sew heavy fabric without making loops all over underneath – the video on the post is misleading because they didn’t turn the fabric over so you can see what it actually does.

    Although it is light without the table extension (which is NOT free – I paid $150!), it weighs a TON in its case with the extension table attached. It is even heavier than my full-sized machine!

    It is made from cheesy plastic parts and the tension is not good – I just bought it in July and it has already been into the shop for an $80 repair.

    If all you do is piece quilting cotton, you could get by with this machine, but if you are a serious sewer, give it a miss…

    • I wish I’d read this before I bought mine, I agree that if you want to do other work , it’s not much use. I wanted to sew stretch fabric, but there’s no chance of that. Nearly everything I try, does’nt turn out well, low standard, but when I took it back to the shop she sewed a few lines on thicker fabric and said it was ok. The advertising is very misleading, showing finishing the edges off but when you try this it rolls fabric up on edge no matter what needles or foot you use. Wished I spent a£100 quid on one that I could have done this with and saved my £400 . Very disappointed with this machine

  3. I give the Passport a 5+. I own several machines, including a full size Machine quilter – all Babylock – I love all of these machines but I needed a light weight machine to take to the quilting classes I teach. The price was unreal – including all of the feet (this did include a discount) was less than 700.00. I do some machine quilting (usually use my Crown Jewel for larger quilts), but do lots and lots of piecework, applique, and overall mending. I have yet to find anything it won’t sew over – I did not have the ‘loops’ when working on jeans like a previous commenter. I love this and have been using this as my ‘main’ sewing machine. I have no concerns or criticisms at this point. I would recommend it, and do, to anyone looking for an overall machine for day to day use. I sew about 3 – 4 hours a day – it has yet to let me down.

  4. This is a great machine! Pfaff quality for a reasonable price! And as far as using it to sew heavy fabrics, drop bobbin machines are not made to do this. On a front load metal bobbin and hook machine, you can easily adjust your bobbin tension to accommodate heavier fabrics. Drop bobbin machines of any brand require a service person or dealer to adjust the tension of the bobbin. For people who sew heavier fabric, you can even buy an additional bobbin case set to a heavier tension (or lesser if you do a lot of free motion quilting). The looping threads when you sewed denim was not the machine’s fault, but yours for not realizing that there is no sewing machine in existence that can intuitively adjust tension between cotton and denim.

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