Top 10 Things I Love About the PFAFF creative 4.5 Sewing Machine

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Once in a lifetime a machine comes around that is a perfect for everyone! Today it is the Pfaff creative 4.5 sewing and embroidery combination machine. 

We have filmed over 100 free YouTube tutorial videos on the Pfaff creative 4.5 and in doing so discovered how truly versatile this machine is. Whether you want top-of-the-line features for half the price tag or a machine that can grow with you as your sewing style expands, the Pfaff creative 4.5 checks all the boxes. 

We have created a HIGHLIGHT video featuring some of our favorite features here:


Sara’s Top 10 Favorite Features of the PFAFF creative 4.5 Sewing & Embroidery Machine:


As a quilter one day, a sewer the next and a midnight embroiderer, Pfaff’s features such as the built-in IDT or walking foot is the perfect accessory. Also at my finger tips and never needing a screw driver, the built-in IDT gives even feeding on all weights of fabrics. 



Every brand of sewing machine has their own group of exclusive decorative stitches. If you own a Pfaff with Stitch Creator, any decorative stitch you fall in love with can be duplicated and sewn. Think of the Pfaff Stitch Creator as a plotting program for stitches. Design your own favorite stitches, copy decorative stitches from other machine brands or edit any built-in Pfaff stitch to your own liking. No more wishing you had a different machine, design the stitch yourself. 



When embroidering there will be time that realigning a design to the exact stitch point will be life or death. With the Pfaff Precise Positioning feature it will not matter if something has accidentally came unhooped or you are just working on a rehooping project, the results will be perfect. We sometimes call this feature “hooping crooked”. No need to even hoop something straight when Precise Positioning is a standard feature. Just hoop, align and embroider. Done.


With a stitch width of 9mm, the Pfaff decorative stitches are to die for. Maxi stitches are even wider – up to 48mm wide. The stitch package on this machine is a must see. And remember the Pfaff Stitch Creator? It can expand the total amount of total decorative stitches to infinity times infinity!



Pfaff includes three sizes of hoops with the Pfaff creative 4.5. When size matters, these hoops come stand with the machine. 

120mm x 120mm (approximately 5″ x 5″)
240mm x 150mm (approximately 9 1/2″ x 6″)
360mm x 200mm (approximately 14″ x 8″)

MASSIVE HOOP AREA – UP TO 360mm x 350mm

Embroidery designs can be stitched 8” x 14”. Purchase an additional creative Grand Dream hoop to embroider designs up to 13 3/4” x 14”!


Included in the 480 built-in decorative stitches are Pfaff exclusive specialty stitches. They are known for their ribbon stitches and stacking stitches. 



Pfaff is one brand of sewing machine that does not skimp on their included accessories. 

There are 11 presser feet included with this machine including a 1/4” foot, free motion quilting foot and two buttonhole feet. Remember, no need for a walking foot…the IDT it is built-in. 



The Pfaff creative 4.5 sewing machine can sew in all four directions. Need to sideways to sew on a patch or mend a hole in a pair of pants? No need to unstitch the side seams, just slide the project onto the free arm and pick the direction to sew in. 


Download and install the Premier +2 complimentary software to expand your embroidery font options. This software will allow you to embroider any font you have saved in your computer. This software works with both PC and MAC computers. 



Your Pfaff retailer may have two embroidery units available for the Pfaff creative 4.5. Choose between a 8” x 10” hoop or a 8” x 14” hoop. The choose is yours. 

There is a ton more!

Check out our complete list of free tutorial videos on the PFAFF creative 4.5 sewing and embroidery machine to see if this machine is right for you. If you already own this amazing machine, see if you are using it to its full potential.


  1. Leni says:

    I’m in the UK and having owned (and LOVED) a Pfaff 1475CD for almost 30 years, it was time for an update so I bought a creative 4.5 just 3 weeks ago. It’s a mind blowing machine – with so much to learn, I’m SO grateful for your wonderful videos. I have to admit – it’s going to take me a while to get to grips with everything if. indeed, I make it. But I hope they will remain accessible for as long as I need them.
    Thanks again!

    1. Sara says:

      Hi Leni, Glad we could help! Please check out our online course to help you master your embroidery side of your machine through our Embroidery Essentials online course. We guarantee you will get even more out of your new machine!

  2. Mimi says:

    My name is Mimi, and I’m looking for a embroidery machine , which I can do motifs on clothes and fabric and logos I’m trying to find the best machine to do this. I already own Pfaff quilt expressions 4.0.

    Regards Mimi

    1. Sara says:

      Hi Mimi, Pfaff has a wide range of embroidery machines in all prices that will embroidery logos and motifs for all weights of fabrics. We would recommend checking out the complete line up of embroidery machines at your local Pfaff retailer. When you are ready to master your new embroidery machine, check back here and take our “Embroidery Essentials Online Course” to get embroidering with professional results the fastest.

  3. Nicole says:

    What type/style bobbins do I need for this machine?

    1. Sara says:

      The Pfaff creative 4.5 takes category J bobbins.

      1. Nicole says:

        Thank you! Can you tell me the size of this machine? I can’t find the dimensions anywhere!

        1. Sara says:

          The sewing machine is 18″ x 9″ x 12″ tall and with the embroidery module on it is 33″ long x 21″ deep.

          1. Nicole says:

            Thank you! Can you recommend me an affordable rolling case for it? Everyone I’m looking at is 17” wide and it won’t fit.

          2. Sara says:

            Hi Nicole,

            Start at your local Pfaff store for roller bag options that fit your machine.


  4. Phyllis says:

    Love my Pfaff creative 4.5 I am new to embroidery and was wondering is there a way for me to view my designs once downloaded. I have down loaded the premium 2 software very limited.

    1. Sara says:

      Hi Phyllis,

      The easiest way to view downloaded embroidery designs is to look at the PDF or sewing information that came with the designs. You are able to view the designs with the free version of the Premier +2 software in your file manager area of the computer.

      Sara Snuggerud

  5. Patti Alfano says:

    How much does the Creative 4.5 weigh?

    1. Sara says:

      Hi Patti,

      The Pfaff Creative 4.5 weighs 23.4lbs.

  6. Lucille says:

    Hello Sara,
    Do you think this machine will easily handle creating coiled cotton bowls? I use 1/4-inch solid braid 100% cotton rope, sometimes wrapped with fabric. Thank you very much!

    1. Sara says:

      Hi Lucille,

      Yes! Yes and Yes! The PFAFF machines can power through just about anything. I suggest that you take some of our cotton rope with you when you test out the machine before you buy it. I highly recommend a polyester thread and a topstitch needle for guaranteed success.

      Hope you love it as much as I do!


  7. Ângela da Silva Soares says:

    Which of the two are better pfaff creative 4.5 and pfaff creative Vision 5.5

    1. Sara says:


      Since the Pfaff creative 4.5 is the current model of the two Pfaff machines, I would recommend the Pfaff 4.5. The Pfaff creative vision 5.5 is no longer available as a new model only as a used machine.

  8. james says:

    what is stich speed per minute of pfaff creative 4.5 for example some machine have 850 or 1050 spm ?

    1. Sara says:

      Hi James,

      The brochure for the Pfaff creative 4.5 does not include how many stitches per minute this machine sews/embroideries. Sorry.

  9. james says:

    Hi Sara,
    i know in pfaff creative 4.5 boucher speed is not mention but you were used this machine so much so i want to know this machine stiching speed is equal to bernina b790 ,viking machine in embroidery ?

  10. Joan says:

    I just got a Pfaff creative 4.5 & my biggest problem is when I am doing embroidery I have to stop every few minutes to tighten the screw that holds the embroidery foot in place. I have broken several needles & because the needle gouges the ring it goes thru when everything shakes loose, the thread also starts fraying. All I have been told is that you really have to tighten the screw tight. Is there anything I can do to keep it from shaking loose. If it is made to run faster you would think that would be accommodated.

    1. Sara says:

      Hi Joan,

      Have your local Pfaff store help you fix this.

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