Getting to know my PFAFF passport 3.0

Posted by Alyce Blyth

Whenever you get a new tool or notion, it can take a little bit of time and practice to get to know it, especially a new sewing machine! Pulling my PFAFF Passport 3.0 out of its fun cardboard box was no exception. Learning how to thread a new machine, which way in to put the bobbin, becoming accustomed to how it responds to the foot pedal and the buttons.

But it’s an exciting journey! Knowing that there’s going to be a lot of fun to be had using all the new and exciting features – the huge range of stitches to choose from, the speed control, the Integrated Dual Feed (IDT), even the marked ¼” line on the machine bed! All the features my old straight-stitch machine didn’t have. Nevermind the fact that it’s so incredibly light for a sewing machine, weighing in at 6.7kg. Together with the hard case that includes a space for the cord and pedal, this pfaff passport 3.0 is quite literally going places… with great ease!

There were two of these features in particular that I was really excited to try out – using decorative stitches as quilting, and allowing my children to sew by themselves for the first time by changing the speed to the lowest setting.

I had a small tulip table runner already basted, so I first stitched in the ditch along the top and bottom border seams to stabilize the quilt. For the long edges, I then used the serpentine stitch – stitch #42 – and weaved my way along the borders, mixing it up and not worrying about keeping them evenly spaced.

The passport 3.0 has the most perfect vine-like stitch – stitch #80 – to match this quilt! I used it to quilt between each tulip block. It echoes the blocks’ leaves beautifully, and is the perfect little finishing touch for this table runner.

Being my first time using decorative stitches, I was really impressed at how smoothly the passport 3.0 stitched. The IDT keeps the quilt sandwich moving through the machine smoothly and evenly, and all I need to do is lightly guide it to keep it on track.

Once I had a good understanding of how the machine worked, it was then time to let my children have a turn at using it by themselves. They have previously helped me sew before, so they had a basic understanding of how to use a sewing machine, but they haven’t been able to operate it by themselves due to the lack of speed control. They were even more excited than I was that they could use the passport 3.0 by themselves!

For my 6-year old daughter’s first project, she used some small strip scraps and sewed them together to practice accurate seams. The IDT together with the marked ¼” line on the machine bed meant that she had a great experience of being able to successfully sew straight seams all by herself. She then decided to turn it into a little wallet pouch, and all I had to do was to help her with the hem around the top. It turned out to be the perfect size to stash her Monopoly winnings later that day.

She’s now planning what else she can make by herself, and I’m loving that my children are finally able to learn about and participate in sewing and quilting. Hopefully I will soon enough have taught my way out of any mending and hemming jobs they may come up with!

Alyce Blyth is a quilt pattern designer, teacher, blogger at Blossom Heart Quilts and PFAFF Associate. She started quilting when her babies were little while her family lived in Japan for 4 years, and now uses her teaching degree for quilty purposes instead. You can find her blog, patterns, book, plus sign up for her newsletter at www.blossomheartquilts.com, follow the fun on Instagram as @blossomheartquilts, or join the quilty chatter in her Facebook group!

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