5 Things I Love About the Pfaff Select 4.2 Sewing Machine

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After filming 39 free video tutorials, OVER 2 HOURS of free instruction, for on the Pfaff Select 4.2 sewing machine, I truly can tell you I know this machine inside and out! This power packed machine can take on any sewing project, thick or thin, and make any user thrilled about owning this Pfaff sewing machine power house.

It’s little sister sewing machines, the Pfaff Select 3.2 and the Pfaff Select 2.2 sewing machines are very similar. If you own any of the Pfaff Select sewing machine family, please enjoy the videos we have made to help you use this machine to its fullest.

Whenever I spend a couple days sewing on a machine while filming tutorial videos for, I always learn things. Even right up to the end, I learned something new!

Some of the most popular viewed Pfaff Select 4.2 sewing machine videos are:

  • Free Motion quilting
  • Machine Applique
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
  • How to Use the Needle Threader
  • Buttonholes

Since I have taught sewing machine mastery classes for over 28 years, I have sewing tips that just “pop” out when I film. For example, sometimes when I film a basic topic like buttonholes, I include other buttonhole tips not found in sewing machine manuals. When filming a video about how to use a needle threader, there are tips of WHY you should ALWAYS use your needle threader and never thread a machine by hand. So even if you think you know how to use your needle threader, may I recommend watching the video to the very end to pick up extra tips along the way.

Top 5 Things I Love About the Pfaff Select 4.2 Sewing Machine

  1. There are 3 Ways to Wind a Bobbin! You have to see it to believe it:


  1. Pfaff’s Awesome IDT – This Built-In “Walking Foot” helps sew any weight of fabric


3. The Pfaff Select 4.2 comes with a rolled hem foot STANDARD! I always love showing how a rolled hem foot works, but with most machines, it is purchased separately. On the Pfaff Select 4.2 sewing machine it is included with the basic accessories.


4. Built-in Needle Threader!


5. Free Motion Quilting Foot also comes STANDARD!


Click here to see all 39 free video tutorials on the Pfaff Select 4.2 sewing machine;



When I film videos for I am in a room all by myself. No one is watching me. No one is telling me to do it over. I am free to just talk and take time to explain the WHY. When you understand the WHY, you will understand and use your machine machine in new creative ways.

We thank those who share our videos with their sewing friends and with your sewing machine store owners. Yes, there are stores that do not know this website exists. We produce these videos to help all sewing machine owners use their machines to the fullest.

Click here for a complete comparison chart between the three Pfaff Select family of sewing machines:

PFAFF Select 4.2 Sewing Machine Comparison Chart

Please visit your local Pfaff sewing machine store to purchase this machine or accessories for this machine. They are there to help you with service, education and your sewing questions. You have sewing friends at your local Pfaff store. Please support them.

  1. Celeste says:

    Does this machine have an needle up and needle down. I am a quilter and bag maker. I’m looking for a small portable to take to class.

    1. Yes it does.

      1. Bee says:

        You mention that it has a needle up and needle down. I just bought one and I can’t find it in the manual anywhere. Can you explain how to access this feature?

        1. Sara says:

          Hi Bee,

          I am sorry if I said that somewhere in one of our videos. You are right, it does not have this feature.


  2. Sue DeHart says:

    How do I change the light bulb and what bulb do I use? Thanks!

    1. Sara says:

      Hi Sue, If you Google Pfaff Select 4.2 light bulb you will find many websites that sell this common style of bulb. You will see it has a push and twist base for easy removal. Your local sewing machine store can also assist with replacing the light bulb as well. Thanks for asking.

  3. Dee says:

    I have recently purchased this model. For 30 years I’ve used the Tipmatic and find them very similar. I look forward to watching your tutorials. Subtitles would be a bonus for we who are deaf. Thank you 🙋🏻

    1. Sara says:

      Hi Dee,

      Thanks for reaching out. You can turn on YouTube’s Closed Caption option for subtitles on these videos.

      Sara Snuggerud

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