I own a Pfaff 1245, old casting, and am very positive about it. First a disclaimer, I am a hobbyist and I make projects, not products, so my experience is limited. I have owned the Pfaff 1245 for half a year and it is my first industrial sewing machine for heavier material after the Pfaff 138 and Bernina 217, both zigzag machines for light material. I learned most of what I know reading this forum, or at least it was the starting point. Why did I choose it? Mainly because of the second-hand market where I live in Switzerland. In short, Singers are rare and Adlers, like older Pfaffs, have a certain cult status and are illogically expensive, going up to €2,000, whiled at the same time sellers don't even know what exact model they have. The Pfaff 1245 seems to be underrated, I guess it must have been the main machine in the automotive/upholstery industry at some point when it was still present in Central Europe. So far the 1245 has worked without a hitch and here is what I like about it: - You can find comprehensive instructions on how to time it. I have learnt the skills on it and it has given me the confidence to tackle the other two machines. It is very helpful that these are the original Pfaff instructions and not the various bits of advice you can pick up here and there on the web without knowing who to trust. - As this model is still in production, it is easy to get spare parts, especially from the aftermarket. Unlike the Bernina 217, but also the older Pfaff 138, where finding the right screw can sometimes take days and be expensive. - I find it quite robust, to be honest I'm still in the testing phase, trying different needles and threads without going to extremes (Tex 40 - 90) and I haven't encountered any major problems yet. My limited advice is to check the availability of documentation, spare parts and especially needles and presser feet. As you are in the EU you should contract what is available there. Sometimes it is really hard to find the right supplier so that postage is not prohibitive.