I won't lie, it is a darn good machine. I bought this Pfaff about 3 months ago or so. And yes, the model I have has IDT, Integrated Dual Feed, which helps the fabric go smoothly and works very well. My model is the Classic Style Fashion 2023. It is considered a somewhat entry level machine for Pfaff...in other words, it has everything one needs in a quality machine and nothing more. The higher priced ones were for those who quilt (offering more doo-hickies) and I didn't need that.
The bobins on all Pfaff's are front loaders (so the real way, not a drop in under the needle).
They actually recommended the model I got for light production work. I went to Jo Ann's and for $4 or so picked up an adapter for using cone thread. It works great! I have a serger so had tons of cones lying around. I go through a ton of thread weekly.
I'll say this: if you are going to sew only a couple items, a cheapie Singer with a velvet roller foot will work...but, if you want to do tarps, packs, etc....spend the money if you can. You can get trade ins at many shops on the cheap.
Also, watch sales! I got my Pfaff for half price! It was the Xmas in July sale they have. On top of that, they threw in free needles, bobbins and there was also a gas card deal going on. In the end I did drop nearly $1K at the shop on stuff, but I got a great deal (and the business paid for it!).
So yes, Pfaff's are worth every penny if you can justify it, and get one with IDT. Your wives, if they sew, would love the Clasic Style Fashion 2023!