When I reviewed the Pfaff Performance 5.0, I was really impressed with what I found. The Performance 5.0 is Pfaff’s latest offering in their line of mid priced sewing and quilting machines.
At A Glance
Looks can be deceiving and this understated machine certainly doesn’t look as though it is capable of handling all the tasks all that it is actually able to perform.
The black and blue motif on a brilliant white body is sleek and inviting. There is a stylus mounted on the right side and a bright LCD color touchscreen on front.
The needle plate has seam guides etched on both sides of the needle and there’s a switch on the back that when engaged allows the feed dogs to drop down to allow users to darn, attach buttons, and do freehand sewing.
In spite of its looks, the Pfaff Performance 5.0 has lots of features designed to make the sewing experience fun yet still produce professional looking results.
- More than 300 utility and decorative stitch options
- 4 alphanumeric fonts
- Monogram stitches up to 48mm wide
- LED lighting
- 3 free motion modes
- Pfaff exclusive IDT [Integrated Dual Feed system]
- Needle up and down
- Start/stop button
- Mirror imaging
- Sensormatic buttonhole
- Bobbin thread sensor
- Variable speed control slider
- Immediate tie off
- Straight stitch needle plate sensor
- On board stitch selection guide
Working on the Pfaff Performance 5.0
The Pfaff Performance 5.0 is extremely user friendly. All that’s necessary to wind the bobbin and thread this sewing and quilting machine is to follow the on board graphic diagrams.
The stitch selection guide is conveniently situated inside the top lid. Selecting the right stitch is as simple as touching the menu button icon on the touchscreen with the stylus and then selecting the desired stitch.
Adjusting stitch length, width and density is just as easy. All that you need to do is use the stylus and the on-screen diagrams to adjust your settings until you get the desired results.
During this review, I sampled several different utility and decorative stitches. The stitch quality is excellent. What more would anyone expect from a Pfaff?
You can lift the presser foot on the Pfaff Performance 5.0 two ways… the knee lift or function buttons that raise and lower the presser foot.
I like the idea of using the knee lift, leaving your hands free to hold your sewing project steady and manipulate it as needed without worrying about it slipping or shifting.
- 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
- 10 snap on presser feet
- Quilting bar
- Lint brush
- Seam ripper
- Sensormatic buttonhole foot
- Spool pins
- Spool pads
- Detachable accessories case
- Extra needles
- Hard cover
- Extension table [optional]
|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
When it’s all said and done, the new Pfaff Performance 5.0 is a great sewing and quilting machine, possibly one of the very best in its price range.
It’s not for children who are learning to sew, but the adult sewing student who is interested in learning about machine quilting might be very happy with it.
The Pfaff Performance 5.0 is also a wonderful machine for the intermediate or advanced home sewer who is in the market for a computerized quilting machine with on board tutorials and updatable software.
The only challenge I encountered while working on the Pfaff Performance 5.0 was the fact that the stylus holder is mounted on the right side and I’m left handed.
The placement of the holder makes it necessary for me to either reach across myself to grab the stylus with my left hand or to grab it with my right hand and then switch hands to use it. Older models, with the stylus holder under the lid near the bobbin winder, were far more functional for us lefties.
Pfaff is known for its engineering and workmanship, and the Performance 5.0 continues that tradition of excellence. I like this machine and strongly recommend that anyone in the market for a new sewing and quilting machine take a long hard look at it before making a final decision to make a purchase.
- 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.
- Pfaff IDT [Integrated Dual Feed]
- Free arm
- Knee lift
- Placement of stylus holder