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My Top 10 Features Of The Pfaff Ambition 1.0

by Jennifer Houlden

After working with the Pfaff Ambition 1.0 for a few months now and creating a few quilting projects along the way, I’ve discovered a few features that make this a great quilting machine. So, here goes with my top 10 features of the Pfaff Ambition 1.0! They are in no particular order.

Extension table and accessory box

Being able to extend the workspace out to the left of the machine is always a bonus. The table that is made for the Ambition 1.0 provides 10 inches of extra workspace from the needle to the edge of the table. Plus, it’s easy to take on and off and has folding feet for easy storage.

Extension table attached to machine

Extension table attached to machine

The accessory box is perfect and has a spot for everything: bobbins, feet, and other tools used less often. Because it fits onto the machine, the tools are always accessible and there is no hunting around to find what you need. It’s removable so the extension table can be slid in place.

Accessory box attached to machine

Accessory box attached to machine

Triple lights

A well-lit work area is a must for me. The Ambition 1.0 definitely provides that with the triple light system to light up the work area.

Well-lit workspace

Well-lit workspace

Display screen

The display screen on the front of the machine where everything you need to know is displayed. Whether about the stitch or function being used, it’s easy to read and clearly laid out.

Display screen

Display screen

Clear bobbin case

Since there is no “low bobbin” warning system on this machine, the clear bobbin case and clear bobbin makes it easy to see when the bobbin is getting low. There’s nothing worse than sewing on and on totally unaware that the bobbin has run out.

Clear bobbin case

Clear bobbin case

IDT system

The built-in dual feed system is a fantastic feature when it comes to quilting and sewing. You can have even feed for all fabrics from cotton to linen to stretch to multiple layers.

IDT system engaged

IDT system engaged

Throat size

The 8 inches of throat space makes it easy to manoeuver quilt projects when quilting. This creates less pulling and prodding on the fabrics and projects. Not to mention reduced strain on neck, shoulders and back!

Spacious throat

Spacious throat

Stitch #94

Hands down my favorite stitch on the machine — a jagged edged zigzag stitch. In total, there are 136 different stitches this machine can do along with a couple different alphabets. Here is #94 on the edge of my maple leaf.

Jagged zigzag stitch

Jagged zigzag stitch

Free motion stitching

I love how well this machine does free motion with great tension and even stitches.

Free motion stars

Free motion stars

Tie off option

Love the tie off option on this machine as it doesn’t leave a big knot or hole. Too bad it doesn’t have built-in scissors!

Needle down position

A total must for any quilter. With the push of a button, the needle is in the down position. Definitely, a must when doing echo quilting and applique with lots of starting and stopping.

Buttons for needle down and tie off

Buttons for needle down and tie off

All in all, this is a great little machine with many wonderful features for any avid quilter or sewer. It’s been fun playing with this machine and getting to know what it can do. I’ve listed my top 10 features of the Pfaff Ambition 1.0 and am sure there are more. But, I know you don’t want to be here until Christmas, which, by the way, is just around the corner! I wish you and your loved ones a very happy holiday season and I’ll see you next year with some new and exciting projects.

Happy Quilting

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6 comments

Linda Smith December 11, 2015 - 1:26 pm

I love my Ambition 1.0. It is my backup machine when my QE4.0 is in the shop for cleaning etc. Although I do love how it freemotion quilts so I tend to use it a lot. Thanks for mentioning the #94 stitch. It looks so awesome with the variegated thread.

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Quilty September 12, 2015 - 1:43 pm

I LOVE this sewing machine. I luckily own one since a year now, and just love her!!

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Jessica Dennis June 21, 2015 - 8:27 pm

Hi, thanks for the highlights. I have the same machine…I’ll have to give #94 a go! I’m having a bit of a hard time with fmq though. Just wondering which foot you are using. I’m using the official pfaff foot, but struggling to get the fabric to feed though evenly because of the hoppy foot.

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Jennifer Houlden July 13, 2015 - 11:46 am

Hi Jessica I use the spring form free motion foot and get great results with it. Free motion takes practice and patience and lots of both. Good luck. If you continue to have issue I would suggest going back to your dealer and have them help you. Jen

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Michele Timms December 21, 2014 - 10:07 am

Great review!! I have Pfaff Quilt Expression 3.0 and it has almost all of these features which I love!! I am very happy with my sewing machine!!

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Jennifer Houlden January 6, 2015 - 9:42 am

Michele that’s fantastic. The Expression 4.2 is a great machine and I had a lot of fun with it.

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