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A little more on The Pfaff Creative 4.5 Sewing Machine

I know you’re excited about watching me sew and quilt the What’s Good for the Goose is Good for the Ganderquilt but here’s a little more on the Pfaff Creative 4.5 sewing machine before we sew it together!

Bobbin winding

The bobbin can be wound from the main spool of thread before threading the machine, as well as, when the machine is threaded. It can also be wound from the secondary spool stand using a second spool of thread. All the instructions, along with easy to follow diagrams, are found on the manual within the machine or the paper copy.

Spool stands and bobbin winding area
Spool stands and bobbin winding area


When the bobbin is engaged to be wound, a dialogue box shows on the LCD screen. Using the stylus, touch the start icon to wind the bobbin. It will stop automatically when full. The speed at which the winding occurs can also be adjusted with the slide control. 

Touch the start icon to wind bobbin
Touch the start icon to wind bobbin


Threading the machine

Threading the machine is easy and straight forward. Once you’ve done it a couple of times, it will be like second nature to you. If you forget how, the instructions with diagrams can be brought up for easy reference right on the LCD screen.

Instructions for threading machine
Instructions for threading machine


The spool stands and thread guides are all accessed under the cover at the top of the machine. If using the vertical spool stand, then the cover needs to stay open while sewing. But, if you’re using the horizontal spool stand, the cover can be closed when sewing. 

I love this cover! I used to have to always unthread my machine every time I was done sewing because I had a cat who loved to eat thread. With this cover, just close it and it’s out of sight, out of mind.

Spool of thread on stand
Spool of thread on stand


Needle Threader

Once the machine has been threaded, use the built-in needle threader to thread the needle. It’s quick and easy, especially for those of us with not-so-great eye sight.

Step-by-step instructions are found in the machine’s manual (see photo above under the manual section).

Needle threader in ready position
Needle threader in ready position


Presser foot lever

The Creative 4.5 doesn’t have a presser foot lever at the back of the machine to release the presser foot up and down. Instead, it has two buttons on the front of the machine. A touch of the bottom one drops the presser foot down to the sewing, while a touch of the top one brings it back up again. The presser foot can also be dropped down with a tap of the foot control. Getting used to using the buttons can take time if you’ve always had a lever, but soon you won’t even reach for it.

Presser foot buttons
Presser foot buttons


Stop and go options

There are two ways to run the machine. The first option is with the foot control pedal. It’s nice and large with lots of space for my foot. It’s very responsive and doesn’t seem to move around on the carpet.

The second option is to use the button beside the presser foot control buttons, which can be seen in the photo above. It has an arrow and square on it. When pushed, this button will start the machine and, when pushed again, will stop the machine. The foot control pedal cannot be connected otherwise the button will not work.

I’ve always preferred using the foot control pedal. I just feel I’ve more control of my work. But, for those people who have poor sensation in their feet, the start and go button is a great feature, especially for doing free motion quilting where foot control is crucial.

Foot control pedal
Foot control pedal


That pretty much covers the basics of the machine that are a must to know prior to sewing. Now, it’s time to start sewing the What’s Good for the Gal is Good for the Guy challenge quilt. There may be a couple of features I missed while introducing the Pfaff Creative 4.5, but I’ll catch them tomorrow when I start sewing. It’s alway better to know a little more on the Pfaff Creative 4.5 Sewing Machine.

Happy Quilting

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  1. maureen

    looking forward to you doing more with the quilt expression 4.2

    • Maureen there is more this week and then I’ll be back in February with more on the Creative 4.5 Glad you are looking forward to reading more. Jen

  2. Nancy Mower

    I have a Creative 4.5..I used the sew button to sew without pushing on pedal and my pedal was connected.. not sure what you mean by not having pedal connected..

    • Hi Nancy, You are correct the pedal can be connected and still run the machine with the start/stop button. Many machines you cannot do this. I have always disconnected just for safety reasons. Jen

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