I’m so excited to join you this week to share with you the PFAFF creative icon 2! First of all, let me share why I love sewing on my PFAFF – it gets my creative juices flowing! Whether I’m quilting, making bags, or sewing garments and home decor, over the years I’ve found there’s nothing I can’t make on my PFAFF.
After unboxing my creative icon 2, my first impression is this machine is amazing, and I can’t wait to start creating!!! Over the next week, I’ll share with you some of the new features on the creative icon 2 and why I think it will get your creative juices flowing too!
Introducing the PFAFF creative icon 2
My creative icon 2 looks great sitting on my sewing table and the first thing I notice is the huge sewing area – over 12” of sewing space from the needle to the side of the machine and 5.5” of height – that’s big enough to quilt the largest project – even a queen size quilt!
The next thing that really stands out is the large screen – and it’s a touchscreen just over 10” in size. The best part is it responds to touch just like my tablet – no more looking for my stylus – Yeah!!! And, I can personalize it the way I want, which we’ll look at tomorrow. I also like that I can leave my embroidery unit on when I’m sewing for extra workspace! The embroidery arm stays parked to the left and I never find it to be in the way of anything I’m working on.
The creative icon 2 comes with lots of accessories and there’s a home for everything in the built-in accessory tray – even a special spot for the single-hole needle plate. There’s still lots of room for additional accessories.
The automatic needle threader is so cool – just one touch of a button and my needle is threaded.
I also love the telescopic thread guide. It’s like having a built-in thread stand which means I can easily use the more economical larger spools of thread or metallic threads. With the two spool holders, I can put my sewing thread on the first spool and my bobbin thread for embroidery on the second spool – so convenient!
Behind the presser foot is the built-in walking foot (IDT) that PFAFF is known for, for over 45 years! It’s like having a set of feed dogs attached to the presser foot that works together with the feed dogs in the machine so everything feeds evenly no matter the type of fabric or how many layers I’m sewing through.
Check out the IDT System in action. It doesn’t matter what types of fabrics I’m working with, they all feed evenly with the IDT System!
With the built-in IDT System (dual feed) engaged it’s easy to sew your blocks together for perfectly matched corners and seams. Quilting is also made easier with the IDT System – doesn’t matter how many layers you’re quilting, they all feed through evenly. And you’re not limited to only a few presser feet – any PFAFF foot that has an open back accepts the IDT System. How can you tell I love, love, love the built-in IDT System on my creative icon 2? By the way, the built-in IDT System is available on most PFAFF machines.
I encourage you to take your owner’s classes with your dealer. But if you’re like me, you can’t wait to get your machine home, set it up and start sewing. I know this is a Top-of-the-Line machine and there’s a lot to learn about it which can appear intimidating, but you can try it out with confidence before you have your owner’s class. That’s because the creative icon 2 has a built-in Help Center to get you started. Note that the creative icon 2 also comes with a printed User’s Guide.
PFAFF start screen
When I turn on my PFAFF creative icon 2 it automatically goes to a start screen where I choose what I want to do – Sewing, Embroidery or the mySewnet Blog (more on that tomorrow!) – sort of like my Home Page.
At the very top of the start screen are a few icons. The one that looks like a book is for the Help Center. Click on the Help Center icon and a new screen appears. The Help Center has everything I need to learn how to use my creative icon 2, and it’s easy to access – it doesn’t get much better than that!!
I use the Quick Start Guide to set up my machine (we’ll take a closer look at the rest of the Help Center tomorrow). The Quick Start Guide gives me the help I need to get sewing right away – threading my machine, winding and inserting a bobbin, attaching and detaching the IDT System, using the automatic needle threader as well as the basic embroidery setup. Each topic gives me step-by-step instructions with diagrams and videos. I can follow the steps while watching the video and, if needed, stop the video and replay it until I’m ready to go on to the next step. The diagrams and video are very clear and easy to follow. I love that the Quick Start Guide is built into the machine so I don’t need to remember where I put the printed User’s Guide. Also, when there’s a machine update, the information in the Help Center is updated keeping the creative icon 2 Help Center always up to date.
The Quick Start Guide made it so easy to thread and set up my PFAFF creative icon 2 that I’m ready to start exploring. Join me tomorrow to take a closer look at the built-in Help Center and tutorials as well as personalizing the touchscreen just the way I want it.
This is part 1 of 5 in this series
Go to part 2: How to set up your PFAFF creative icon 2