I sew on a Pfaff Performance 2054 sewing machine. When I bought it, it was the best I could afford for quilting without computerised embroidery. It has a built in walking foot (called IDT) which I love. It came with a “Quilters” kit including a quarter inch foot, a knee lift mechanism and a large perspex extension table that I could attach. I use the quarter inch foot almost every time I sew and I have used the table for quilting large quilts. I keep meaning to work out how to use the knee lift thing.
My friend, Di, from Quiltitis was asking me about my machine on the weekend. We talked about how it beeps at me when the bobbin is getting low. She thought that might be annoying, but I shared with her the trick for stopping it.
I though I’d share it with you too!
Stop your machine beeping about the low bobbin thread
When the bobbin has only a little left, my machine beeps and stops sewing. But I have worked out that I can keep sewing for at least another 20cm or so after the beeping. So if I am trying to finish a seam, I know I can safely keep going.
The lovely lady in the sewing shop taught me that if I open the “door” of the bobbin casing, the machine will stop beeping and keep sewing until the thread runs out.
So flip the door open, close the arm again, and keep sewing! Easy!
I wonder whether this works for other machines? Anyone got a different brand and want to share?
Thank you for this Pfaff tip. I’ve had a Pfaff 1471 for more years than I care to remember and did not know about this tip for stopping the empty bobbin beep. I love this warning and I think the older version of the machine does at least let you continue stitching until the bobbin is completely empty.
I have times when I ignore the bobbin beep, but sometime it is good to know “the end is near”, so to speak. Glad I could help – you sound like a much more experienced sewer than me!
I dont have a warning – I just run out of bobbin thread – very frustrating at times!
It is, isn’t it, Lynne? It always seems to happen in the middle of a zipper or when you’re nearly at the end of a seam!
I know it’s been a long time since this post and I have a question that is unrelated but I cannot find the answer in cyberspace. Does the Pfaff 2054 have a single stitch feature? If so, how do I use it?
Any help would be greatly appreciated.
There is a sensor in the door for the bobbin low thread warning that’s why keeping the door open disables the warning indicator, you can also use a metal bobbin and keep the door closed as that will prevent the machine from sensing the low thread level
Susan A. Elder says
I have a Pfaff Performance 2054. I know it has a differential feed automatically supplied, but is that the same as a true “walking foot”? Which walking foot will fit the Performance 2054?
Tonya Grant says
Hi Susan, I have always used the inbuilt walking foot on my Pfaff machine. I love that you don’t need to attach another walking foot. So much easier!
I have the 2056. To the person who wanted to add a walking foot don’t. Pfaffs IDT is the best ever walking foot, so just use it. As for single stitch I think you can do that but can’t recall how.