10 Things I LOVE About the Pfaff Quilt Expression 4.2 Sewing Machine

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As the name implies, the PFAFF quilt expression 4.2 sewing machines is designed with the quilter in mind. From the included accessories like a 1/4″ foot and a free motion quilting foot, this machine is a quilters delight.

We have filmed over 60 FREE video tutorials on the PFAFF quilt expression 4.2 sewing machine to help owners of this machine get the most from all the built in features. We have put together a list of some of our favorite features and the videos to help explain the technique or area of the machine.

You will find that watching the PFAFF quilt expression 4.2 sewing machine unboxing video proved that ANYTHING can happen when doing a LIVE unboxing of a brand new sewing machine. Watch and see what surprised Sara when she opened the box…


We also put together a “FUN FACTS” video on the PFAFF quilt expression 4.2 sewing machine to highlight a few of the machines features that so many people forget about.


The PFAFF thread snips / thread cutter feature truly cuts sewing time in half. No more looking for those elusive scissors – just touch the thread snips button and the machine will cut the thread AND lift the foot.

The PFAFF quilt expression 4.2 sewing machine includes an ELECTRONIC presser foot lifter. “Electronic” means that it barely needs to be activated with the right knee and it immediately lifts or lowers the presser foot. This very gentle movement is graceful and immediate.


Pfaff IDT, or as some call it, a built-it in walking foot, has been part of the PFAFF family of sewing and embroidery machines for years. This easily accessible feature can be added or disengaged with a gentle release of the fingers. The PFAFF IDT is designed to help keep even the wiggliest of fabrics from becoming a nightmare. For quilters, the PFAFF IDT is what they swear by for machine quilting or stitching in the ditch.


The PFAFF quilt expression 4.2 sewing machine has 10″ of open space between the needle and the inside of the sewing machine. When large projects get BIG, this machine will help make it possible to handle those projects that get bigger than originally planned.

The PFAFF quilting expression 4.2 sewing machine has a full 9mm stitch width. With the extra wide stitch width, decorative stitches take on a whole new look.


If you want to take up your decorative stitches up a notch, check out the built-in tapering menu. The tapering menu allows different angles of tapered beginnings and endings to most of the decorative stitches. If you have a passion for applique, tapering a stitch will help get around points and tight spots without a lot of bulk.


There are TWO sewable alphabet fonts built in to the PFAFF quilt expression 4.2 sewing machine. Enjoy sewing out names, quilt labels and anything that needs just a little hint of personalization.


This machine is call a PFAFF “quilt” expression for a reason! One of them is because the free motion quilting foot comes standard with this machine. See how easy it is to free motion quilt on the PFAFF quilt expression 4.2 sewing machine.


And to help master your 1/4″ seam allowance, use the PFAFF 1/4″ foot. Sara has some extra tips to help get a perfect quarter inch seam every single time.


Enjoy saving all your personal stitch setting like stitch width, stitch length and needle position in the Personal Menu. No more writing settings on sticky notes to remember a favorite stitch you created. Now the sewing machine will keep it safe for you.


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  1. Clara says:

    I have a Pfaff Expression 4.2. On the decorative stitches 209 and up it shows foot X. What foot is that? Trying to make my stitch booklet.
    Any help will be appreciated.

    1. Sara says:

      Hi Clara, To find out which foot your Pfaff is recommending, touch the “Question Mark” (HELP) and touch the stitch. The definition of the stitch and foot information will be shown.

  2. Henrietta Riepema says:

    I have this machine and use the sensormatic free motion on it but my thread is always breaking. I use the cotton thread from connecting threads which works great for straight stitching but not this. I have tried polyester , I’ve tried the universal , quilting and top stitch needle , all with the same result. I am using a pattern stitch design on quilting tissue paper over my quilt. Can anyone help me out. Please

    1. Sara says:

      Hi Henrietta,

      Sounds like you need a straight stitch throat plate and to lower the height of the free motion foot. If there is too much play between the fabric and the foot, it can cause thread breaking and skipped stitches.


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