Essential steps for getting started on the PFAFF creative icon 2 by Olesya Lebedenko December 27, 2023 written by Olesya Lebedenko December 27, 2023 63 Yesterday, we indulged in the unboxing excitement of the PFAFF creative icon 2 Sewing and Embroidery Machine – Unboxing delight and first impressions. Today, I’ll guide you through the essential steps of getting started with this machine. Learning the basics lays the foundation for an effortless and enjoyable creative journey. The PFAFF creative icon 2 Sewing and Embroidery Machine For those well-acquainted with PFAFF machines, certain notions and features may not come as groundbreaking news. However, for someone like me returning to PFAFF after exploring other machines, some features revealed themselves as truly remarkable, so let’s get started. The PFAFF creative icon 2 Sewing and Embroidery Machine power cord Two new and innovative additions from the PFAFF team stood out to me. The first is the power cord, which is distinct from typical cords. It includes a substantial box in the middle, serving as a power supply like those common in laptop cords. This built-in surge is significant because the creative icon 2 requires more power due to its advanced computerized features compared to its predecessor. The PFAFF team had to decide whether to integrate this weighty component into the machine, increase its overall weight, or cleverly position it as part of the power cord. I appreciate their decision to incorporate it into the cord rather than the machine. This design choice makes it easy to transport the machines, whether for classes or workshops, distributing the weight for greater convenience. The PFAFF creative icon 2 Sewing and Embroidery Machine Another noteworthy addition is the pair of strategically placed magnets to secure the lid, and silicone protection stickers in key areas. The magnets keep the lid firmly in place and the stickers act as a shield, protecting vulnerable spots and ensuring durability while contributing to the thoughtful craftsmanship in the machine’s design. The PFAFF creative icon 2 Sewing and Embroidery Machine thread stands Let’s explore the process of threading the machine. Start by opening the lid and raising the integrated thread stand, designed with extra height to allow the thread to relax as it unwinds from the spool. This extra space promotes smoother thread flow. With two well-positioned spool stands, place the spool base directly onto the left spool pin, taking note of the protective shell on the right to ensure secure placement. This setup ensures stability and proper alignment for an efficient spool threading process. The PFAFF creative icon 2 Sewing and Embroidery Machine spool base The spool base is versatile and can be used on both sides. I prefer the flat side as it provides better visibility. Opting for the flat side allows for clearer observation if the thread starts to wrap around the end of the post. This way, I can easily identify when to use the thread net for smoother thread flow. The PFAFF creative icon 2 Sewing and Embroidery Machine thread system To wind a bobbin, use the right spool pin. Take the thread and guide it upwards, moving directly across the hook. Loop it around and pull it straight down, ensuring the thread goes from right to left all the way in for a secure and even winding process. The PFAFF creative icon 2 Sewing and Embroidery Machine thread system Next, guide the thread through the bobbin winding thread tension guide. Keep the tail of the thread down, looping it as if you were flossing, then insert it and pull it back until it clicks securely into place. Thread the tail through the lower section of the winding thread guide, positioned directly underneath. Gently pull the thread towards the bobbin spindle, ensuring a smooth and even winding process. The PFAFF creative icon 2 Sewing and Embroidery Machine bobbin Thread the tail of the thread through the bobbin hole. Position the bobbin onto the bobbin spindle, with the logo facing up. The bobbin interior features arrows, guiding its placement in the correct orientation. Push the bobbin winding lever to the right. The PFAFF creative icon 2 Sewing and Embroidery Machine touch screen for bobbin winding When you push the bobbin winding lever to the right, the screen displays a speed control option. Touch the screen to activate the bobbin winder, as the foot control doesn’t wind the bobbin; it’s managed by a separate motor. You can adjust the bobbin winding speed directly on the screen, offering convenient control over the process. Once the bobbin is fully wound; the lever will automatically pop back to the left, stopping the winding process. Then, you can safely remove the bobbin and cut the thread. The PFAFF creative icon 2 Sewing and Embroidery Machine bobbin case When installing the fully wound bobbin, the process is straightforward, and the bobbin is visible under the clear cover. Start by pushing the button to the right to open the bobbin cover. Take the fully loaded bobbin, ensuring the thread is directed over the top and to the left, with the PFAFF logo facing up. Insert the bobbin into the case, holding it to prevent turning, then pull the thread firmly to the right and left into the tension spring until it audibly ‘clicks’. Follow the directional arrows for threading, and once completed, replace the bobbin cover. Pull the thread to the left to cut it. The PFAFF creative icon 2 Sewing and Embroidery Machine thread guide Place the spool on the base, adhering to the PFAFF machine’s designed configuration where the thread stands upright. This has been my practice since my first PFAFF machine, as it’s tailored for seamless functionality. If any issues arise with the thread descending and wrapping around the post, consider using a thread net on the spool. Now, guide the thread upward, bring it straight across the left hook, and pull it down in a straight line to ensure the thread is fully seated. Grasp the thread with both hands and gently guide it under the thread guide from the front to the back. The PFAFF creative icon 2 Sewing and Embroidery Machine thread guide Retrieve the thread, guiding it back into and through the threading slot. When threading the machine and navigating the tension discs, there are various opinions about which side to position the thread. Personally, when using a single thread, I prefer placing it on the right side of the tension assembly flange. My rationale behind this choice is that the active stitch aligns directly under the right side, where there are three independent rollers constituting another tensioning system. Thus, by positioning the thread on the right-hand side, it logically aligns directly with those components at the stitch point. The PFAFF creative icon 2 Sewing and Embroidery Machine thread guide Pull the thread straight down through the right threading slot, then guide it upwards through the left threading slot. Next, bring the thread from the right into the take-up lever until it clicks into place. Lastly, guide it downward through the left threading slot, following through to the last thread guide positioned just above the needle. The PFAFF creative icon 2 Sewing and Embroidery Machine needle and needle threader To install or change the needle first loosen the needle screw. Then, position the needle of your choice, pushing it upward with the flat side away from you until it reaches its limit. Carefully tighten the needle screw to secure it in place. The PFAFF creative icon 2 Sewing and Embroidery Machine attaching the presser foot To attach the presser foot, align the pins on the foot with the gap underneath the presser foot holder. Press upward firmly until the foot snaps securely into place. The PFAFF creative icon 2 Sewing and Embroidery Machine thread guides On the right-hand side, pull the thread from the right, guiding it towards the left through the needle guide. Then, position the thread under the hook on the threader. The PFAFF creative icon 2 Sewing and Embroidery Machine thread guides Pull the thread between the discs until it securely “clicks” into place. Then, guide the thread up to the sewing head thread cutter and trim any excess thread by pulling it from the back to the front in the thread cutter. The PFAFF creative icon 2 Sewing and Embroidery Machine needle threader Lastly, I want to emphasize the automatic needle threader, a noteworthy feature. With a simple touch of a button, threading the needle becomes a seamless process. The presser foot is automatically lowered during the threading sequence and rises again when threading is finished, ensuring efficient preparation for your sewing tasks. Now, we’re ready to explore the details of presser feet. Join me as we uncover the versatility and functionality these feet offer, unlocking a range of creative possibilities with the PFAFF creative icon 2 Sewing and Embroidery Machine. This is part 2 of 5 in this series Go back to part 1: PFAFF creative icon 2: Unboxing delight and first impressions Go to part 3: PFAFF creative icon 2 | Presser Feet Print this page or save as a PDF 0qs500changing the needlechanging the presser feetgetting startedLoading the top thread and bobbinPFAFF creative icon 2PFAFF creative icon sewing embroidery machinesPFAFF presser feetPFAFF top line machinequilting projectorsewing machine accessoriessewing machine reviews FacebookTwitterPinterestLinkedinRedditWhatsappTelegramEmail Olesya Lebedenko Author Olesya Lebedenko is an artist from Ukraine living in Canada, where she works and creates modern pattern designs. She is a teacher, designer, quilter, doll maker, author, magazine contributor, and entrepreneur as the founder and owner of Olesya Lebedenko Design. 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