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Top 10 features of PFAFF creative 3.0, quilting is bliss

by Sarah Vanderburgh

This week on QUILTsocial I’m delighted to share my quilting experiences using PFAFF’s creative 3.0. This machine has so many features that it’s difficult to narrow down what I want to share with you. But, when in doubt – do a list!

The PFAFF creative 3.0 has great features for quilters and sewists alike!

PFAFF creative 3.0

The quilt below was a challenge quilt which was started in 2009 and I finished the top this year! And now with the PFAFF creative 3.0 I hope to finish quilting it in time to share at my local elementary school’s graduation. No pressure, eh?

This quilt is a product of a Pat Sloan challenge to create a quilt with her Madhatter Tea Party blocks.

Madhatter Tea Party challenge quilt

Top 10 creative 3.0 features

Here’s a list of the top 10 features on the creative 3.0 by PFAFF that I’m enjoying while finally quilting this quilt!

1. LED lights

This is a big one for me because much of my quilting time is after the dinner hour when shadows loom in my quilting space. The generous LED lighting on the creative 3.0 helps me see the full section of my quilt under the needle to help reduce eyestrain and improve accuracy even when I’m tired.

The LED lights on PFAFF's creative 3.0 light up your work space to improve visibility and reduce eye strain.

LED lights in action over the quilt

2. Wide harp space

The space to the right of the needle is almost 10″!

Wider than my regular sewing machine’s space, the wide harp on the creative 3.0 allows more of the quilt to lay flat around the needle. It makes it much easier to quilt anything bigger than a baby quilt – I can push and maneuver my quilt top in the space and still have enough room to keep the quilting area smooth and my stitches even. It also helps me to quilt longer because I don’t get as tired from handling the quilt as I’m stitching.

The wide harp space of the creative 3.0 makes it easy to quilt your own quilts.

Wide harp space

3. Needle down function

Using the needle down function is like having an extra set of hands! When I’m machine quilting, I use the needle down function all the time to help keep my quilt in place when I stop to smooth out the area that I’m quilting.

Plus, with the needle down feature on the creative 3.0, when I lift my foot off the pedal the needle stays in the quilt AND the presser foot lifts just enough to pivot the quilt top. It’s a great feature for when I’m turning corners on the quilt or quilting a curve and want to rotate the quilt after every few stitches.

The needle down function on the creative 3.0 is like having another set of hands to keep your quilt under the needle.

Needle down engaged and light on.

4. Reverse button

Maybe it’s an obvious feature, but the location of the reverse button on the creative 3.0 is perfect and easy to find when you need it. Plus, if you hold it down for a bit it will stay active and a light will come on to let you know that it’s engaged. Sometimes I like to sew in reverse along an edge or to back up over a length of quilting to get to an inside area to quilt. To disengage reverse stitching you just need to press the button again.

The reverse button is in a handy location on the creative 3.0.

Reverse button on creative 3.0

5. Winding the bobbin and the bobbin warning light

This feature – need I say more? I love knowing that my bobbin is low instead of finding out the hard way!

A great feature is the warning that the bobbin is getting low - the machine stops and you get this pop-up. Thanks for letting me know!

Bobbin low warning pop up

A necessary part of quilting, winding the bobbin is easy on the creative 3.0. Once the bobbin is locked into position, the Color Touch Screen shows a speed control that you can adjust to suit your style – I like to turn it down!

The bobbin winding screen on the PFAFF creative 3.0 lets you adjust the speed for winding the bobbin.

Bobbin winding screen

Then I load the bobbin onto the bobbin winding pin and use the start/stop button. You could also use the foot pedal, but I enjoy letting the machine do the work and I find the tension is more consistent than when I control the speed.

Winding the bobbin on the creative 3.0 is easy too!

Winding a bobbin on the creative 3.0.

6. Speed control

I like to use the speed control all the time! This feature sets the machine speed so that even if I put my foot all the way down on the pedal, the machine will only go as fast as programmed. I find it extremely helpful to be able to give myself a maximum speed not only when I’m quilting, but also when piecing and when I use the decorative built-in stitches.

Adjusting the machine speed also helped me feel more confident when I tried out free motion quilting – which I’ll share later in the week!

Press the button to adjust the speed of the creative 3.0 on the Color Touch Screen.

Speed control pop up

7. IDT system

The Integrated Dual Feed (IDT) system on PFAFF machines is one of my favorite features! It helps me get matching points when joining half square triangles together because it feeds both top and bottom fabrics through the machine evenly.

The IDT system on the creative 3.0 works with several different presser feet to feed all layers of material under the needle evenly. Good bye puckers!

IDT system engaged on creative 3.0

It’s great to use during machine quilting too as it feeds all three layers through at the same time. I have noticed an almost complete elimination of the quilting ‘bump’ in my quilting – that excess build-up of the quilt when the layers don’t feed evenly.

The IDT system engages with several of the presser feet and is easy to press into place. The Color Touch Screen on the creative 3.0 will show you an icon to let you know when the chosen stitch and presser footwork with the IDT – you’ll also know because the back of the presser foot will have an opening for the IDT system.

8. Presser feet

The PFAFF creative 3.0 comes with 8 different presser feet. There are 254 built in stitches on the creative 3.0 and a foot that works with each of them!

I personally appreciate the thoughtful markings on the feet that help me line up accurate and consistent quilting lines.

Several of the stitches use presser feet designed to engage the IDT system.

Some of the presser feet that use the IDT system on the creative 3.0.

9. Built-in Quilting Stitches

The 254 built-in stitches are organized into sections to make them easy to find.

The stitches on the creative 3.0 are organized into categories. There are several types of quilting stitches built in to choose from for your project.

Quilt Stitch categories

I love that there are specific quilting stitches included that I can use on my quilt without having to free motion (but I can do that too!) Here’s the stippling stitch 2.3.5 used in this coping strip I added to my note block.

There are several built in stippling stitches to choose from on the PFAFF creative 3.0.

Stippling stitches on the creative 3.0

The stippling stitch 2.3.5 on the PFAFF creative 3.0 is a fun and easy way to add movement in your quilting.

Stippling stitch 2.3.5 on quilt.

The creative 3.0 has made machine quilting my own quilt a manageable and enjoyable task.

Quilted on the creative 3.0

10. Extension table

It’s not a feature but an accessory and I love it! The extension table works great for me to keep more of my quilt flat and smooth as I’m quilting. With more of my quilt at the same level, I’m spending less of my time moving my quilt around and handling the bulk as it slips and slides off the machine – that can only improve my quilting!

Quilting is made even easier on the creative 3.0 with the extension table - more of the quilt is even with the machine bed which means less drag and more consistent stitches.

Quilting with the extension table attached

The creative 3.0 by PFAFF can help you create anything you desire - with or without adding embroidery.

PFAFF creative 3.0 with embroidery unit

The list of amazing features on the PFAFF creative 3.0 goes on and on, but I’m sure this top 10 will convince you to try out a PFAFF creative 3.0 at your local quilt shop. My quilting is improving and the quilt is getting finished – definite benefits in my book!

I’ll be back tomorrow with more about the creative 3.0.

This is part 1 of 5 in this series.

Go to part 2: A beginner’s guide to free motion quilting: tension, stitches and speed


1 comment

Shirley Jobson June 19, 2017 - 9:37 pm

Looks like you are having loads of fun with that machine! Keep on quilting and have fun!!


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