So I did research this time. Lots of research. And found a machine that does everything I want It has tons of glowing reviews on Amazon, Reddit and various sewing blogs. There are a bunch of YouTube videos on how to make it do all the stuff I want. After taxes, it was $170. My plan was to order it, try it and if I didn't love it, send it right back. It came today. Early this morning, actually, and I do love it. I kept the box and packing materials but I'm only keeping them for a week.
First I tried all the tricks that my other one won't do well and then I tried some new stuff. Everything worked exactly like I wanted it to. And way better than the Pfaff. I may or may not even take it to get it serviced. Having two machines would be a luxury and one I probably don't need. I'll decide later.
But, for now, I've got a happy sewer. Finally.
There has been a loud and not interesting concert going on all afternoon in the parking lot across the street. It is, apparently, something called Vans Warped Tour and will not be ending soon. I have the door shut and so far it's not been too warm in here and has kind of dulled the noise. However, I can still feel the bass. I'm having a get off my lawn moment here.
Maybe I'll go sew some more. At least it's at the other end of the house where the noise is not quite as loud.