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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- Natural fibers/cotton-linen-wool
- Fine fabrics/silk-satin-taffeta/velvet
- Knits(Medium to heavyweight only)
- Synthetic fabrics/blends-rayon-polyester
- Reptile skin
- Extra thick fabrics or multiple layers
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
- Extra needles
- Extra bobbins
- Spool pins
- Spool pads
- Quilting bar
- Lint brush
- Seam ripper
- Hard cover
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.
|After each use||Monthly*||Once Each Year**||As Needed|
|Clean race hook and feed dogs|
|Wipe head with soft dry cloth|
|Wipe head with soft damp cloth|
|Service by sewing machine repair professional|
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.
- Needs lots of help – able to sew a straight seam but unfamiliar with most sewing techniques; needs assistance and instruction on basic sewing techniques.
- 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 – can sew anything without instruction or assistance; possesses an expansive knowledge of sewing techniques and terminology.
- Good for beginners of all ages
- Lightweight portable
- On board stitch selection guide
- Stitch selection buttons difficult to use for people with long fingernails