Pfaff Passport 2.0 Review

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Pfaff Passport 2.0 Review
Bottom Line

Pfaff is a long-respected name in sewing machines and the Pfaff Passport 2.0 is a fairly new, but already popular addition to their line-up. It's a small, portable sewing machine that doesn't skimp on any of the features you'd expect in a Pfaff. Owners with small work spaces say they love its small footprint and that it stiches flawlessly and is extremely easy to use. It may falter on the heaviest fabrics, but works excellently on very light to medium-heavy weight fabrics.

ProsLightweight; 13.9 pounds, Many stitch options, Pull out stitch selection guide, Threading and bobbin guides, Many accessoriesConsNot best choice for heavy fabrics

Breaking it down

Performance

Big performance in a small package. The computerized Pfaff Passport 2.0 has all of the features of a full-sized Pfaff, including Pfaff's patented Integrated Dual Feed (IDT), which many describe as a built in walking foot that smoothly feeds the fabric for perfect stitches without pulling, stretching or slipping. The IDT system makes it particularly popular with quilters and with people who frequently work with "slippy" fabrics such as silk or polyester. The IDT system can be turned off when using presser feet that do not support it. The Passport 2.0 doesn't perform as well on the heaviest fabrics, however, owners note, but works flawlessly with anything lighter than that. It includes six presser feet and has four separate one-step buttonholes.

Ease of use

Take it along! You don't have to be a sewing teacher to love the Pfaff Passport 2.0, but it's very popular with that segment of the sewing population. It also earns raves from those who have small work spaces and limited storage options, or who like to travel with their sewing machine -- to conventions, retreats or even out of the country. It's small, easy to carry, and includes a hard shell case. Some say the case feels too big, so they have sewn their own case for the Passport and its accessories -- especially those who have also purchased the optional extension table, which does not fit in the case. Aside from the Passport's extreme portability, users say it's super easy and intuitive to use right out of the box thanks to the helpful guides on the chassis, or built right in, such as the pull-out stitch selection guide.

Durability/noise

Pfaff is a reliable brand. We did not see any reports of durability issues when researching the Pfaff Passport 2.0; but, it was just released in 2013, so there are no long-term reviews. However, Pfaff has been making sewing machines for more than150 years and has a solid reputation as a quality manufacturer of high-end machines. Having said that, owners do report that, even though it's small, it feels extremely sturdy and durable; no shaking, shuddering or vibration. It's also quiet, they say. Pfaff sewing machines can only be purchased from authorized retailers, and the two-year warranty is only valid if purchased from an authorized dealer. Many dealers offer additional extended warranties on high-end sewing machine brands like Pfaff.

Our Sources

1. SewingInsight.com

Pfaff Passport 2.0 Review, Vernelle Nelson, Aug. 2, 2013

In this highly detailed review of the Pfaff Passport 2.0, Vernelle Nelson says, "Pfaff has finally come up with a truly portable sewing machine that can do anything a home sewer could ask for." She ultimately gives it 5 stars out of 5, saying it's good for all ages and skill levels and is a high performer that is very easy to use.

2. PatternReview.com

Sewing Machines, Contributors to PatternReview.com, As of July 2016

At PatternReview.com, experienced sewers post reviews of their sewing machines in survey format, giving an overview of how they use them, any pros and cons, and if they would recommend them. There are around 15 individual reviews for the Pfaff Passport 2.0 and they are highly positive. Owners say it's a great machine for travel or transporting for any reason and that it works very well. However, you need to be a registered member here (free) to read reviews more than six months old.

3. ArtisansSquare.com

Any opinions on the Pfaff passport 2.0?, Contributors to ArtisansSquare.com, April 2013

In this forum discussion of the newly released (at that time) Pfaff Passport 2.0, sewing enthusiasts discuss this new machine, including a reveal of the MSRP and talking about deals they've found. This gives some insight into how experienced sewers view this new Pfaff, as well as a rare, online look at pricing -- something that's hard to find in regards to higher-end sewing machines.