My Pfaff 332 is more quiet than even the Bernina 830 and quiet is good.
After seeing some reviews and looking over the options on the 1069, 1171 and the like I found one.
I usually am enamored with each new machine and gush over them, if I think they have potential I put them into service and go with the feel of it... do I love it more than the Nora?
The 1069 has a number of amazing features, I'll get to them in a minute. The engineering mastery is what has me sold after the features. This is one precision machine; I'm beginning to think that the 80's was a rare time where old and new technologies converged to make machines that included both old school machining expertise and well developed electronics.
It is a mostly die-cast aluminum machine with just a few plastic covers; the white part is aluminum and the base.
It had a loud screech when running so I tried to open up the top cover; NOT EASY. I recommend not doing it unless you posses great patience and have experience with plastic covers as I do.
With that off the front cover comes off. The only thing that was frozen up was the locking knob for the hand wheel; they used a white grease that turned hard and froze the hand wheel to the main shaft.
After prying the hand wheel off I was able to clean out all the old gunk and make the system work again. The lock system is unlike anything I have ever seen; very nice.
For those of you that would like to look under the hood I'm including these shots.
West Germany) and nice snap on foot system
1st attempts at sewing are very favorable, excellent slow speed control however, when I put the machine to the table the foot controller cord was way too short??
As an all aluminum machine it can't match the sound of the cast iron beauties and so at high speed it has a sound.
the fully retracted foot pedal cord, and the 110 cord goes either way amazing!
It really is a strong machine, have tried layers of leather and some of the styles, all good so far.