Updated 4 Nov 2013

Pfaff

Hobby 1142

Snapshot: The Pfaff Hobby 1142 sewing machine has 25 stitch types and requires a foot control to operate. But how well does it sew?

Hobby 1142
Consumer score
SCORE
Price guide

$699

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Test results

Overall score
70
Sewing performance
?/10
Ease of use
?/10

Good points

  • Easy to use.
  • Very good back tacking.
  • Good blind hemming and appliqués.
  • Good straight stitch.
  • OK zigzag and decorative stitching.
  • OK buttonhole.
  • Well lit sewing area.
  • Drop-in bobbin.
  • Has a stable foot control with an anti-slip base.

But

  • Just OK at stretch stitching.
  • Difficult to get thick fabric under the buttonhole foot.
  • Some decorative stitches do not form well.
  • Difficult to raise the presser foot to the highest position.
  • Can't be used without foot control.

How we test

Overall score includes:

  • Performance (50 percent)
  • Ease of use (50 percent)

Prices are from an August 2013 survey except for the Husqvana Viking H Class 100Q. Price shown for this model is the manufacturer's recommended retail price.

NB: Bernina has advised the Bernette 15 has been replaced by the identical London 5.

Key data

Model

Price guide
$699

Specifications

Number of stitch types
25
Maximum stitch length (mm)
5
Maximum stitch width (mm)
5
Weight (kg)
8.4
Noise level (dBA)
73

Features

Protective cover
Hard case
Bobbin fitting
Drop-in
Presser-foot pressure control
Operates without foot control
×
Automatic needle threader

More Info

Notes
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