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Ancient Pfaff Sewing Machine

TeddyW | Posted in Equipment and Supplies on

When my aunt died at 90 last year, I inherited her circa 1960 Pfaff machine. It’s beautiful, heavy, all metal, and it has all the accessories and even the instruction book. However, the footpedal doesn’t seem to work; I think if I could replace it, I’d have a lovely machine. All my inquiries to local dealers have turned up nothing. Does anyone have any suggestions?

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  1. Ckbklady | | #1

    Hiya!

    Check out the gang at the Yahoo Vintage Pfaff users' group at:

    http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Pfaff_fixit/

    They should have the help you need.

    Oh, and congrats - the older Pfaffs are awesome. I have a 130 that's my go-to machine for heavy sewing.

    Happy sewing!

    :) Ckbklady

    1. TeddyW | | #2

      Hey, great! Thanks!Teddy

  2. stillsuesew | | #3

    Is the foot pedal wired to the machine? If it is you should be able to cut the wire and fasten a new pedal to it with appropriate electrical connectors and electrical tape. If it is wired to a connector(plug) to the machine, you should be able to do the same thing. I have recently resurrected two machines (of the free ones I have been given) in that way.

    1. TeddyW | | #6

      Good idea, but no, the footpedal has a plug which fits into the side. My husband thinks the problem is in the works of the pedal itself rather than the wiring. But thanks!

      1. stillsuesew | | #7

        You can wire a new foot pedal to the plug.

        1. TeddyW | | #8

          Oh. So we can just get a new footpedal from a dealer and rewire it? No compatibility issues or danger of burning something out? That would be great.

  3. Palady | | #4

    Congratulations on your treasure.  You've been offered timely posts as to your ISO.

    You might be a long standing experienced sewist and my next might be old hat.  But, if I may add some other thoughts. 

    Given your aunt's age, it's likely the machine was at rest unused for a period of time.  The innards may be gummy. 

    Once you resolve the foot pedal issue, perhaps you can consider getting it to a reputable shop for a cleaning/oiling.  Granted the doing may cost anywhere from $40.00 to a low 3 numbers, depending on your location.  But to keep your heirloom at it's best, the outlay may be worth the expense.

    Your aunt was a true aficiando in that you have the manual.  Often this very important "accessory" goes missing.  MO, it matters for you to give your attention to the maintenance suggested in it, and follow it to the letter.  Even to the point of jotting down the shop and home attention dates. 

    Please keep us posted on how your enjoying your heirloom.

    nepa

    1. TeddyW | | #5

      Thanks for your suggestions. Actually, my aunt used the machine up until just a few years before her death, and she tended to take good care of things. My husband is a superb home mechanic, and he seems to think it should work perfectly well once we get the footpedal issue solved. I will, of course, continue to use my beloved 1980's vintage Elna and my newish White serger, but the Pfaff seems to have many more features than I thought necessary (or could afford) when I bought my Elna. I've just been admitted to the Pfaff Yahoo group and will see what they can tell me. Thanks for all the help! I'll keep you posted.Teddy

      1. Palady | | #12

        Sounds like you're-set-to-go with your experience & a handy DH.  looking froward to reading your results.

        nepa

  4. Katina | | #9

    My DH added a new foot pedal to a rescued sewing machine for me - he got it from an electronic parts catalogue.  As long as you have the part that goes into the machine, this can be done. DH then googled and found this for you

    http://www.sewingmachineparts.net/

    Good luck

    Katina

    1. TeddyW | | #10

      Thank you so much, Katina! I'm sure my DH can do the same for me.Teddy

      1. Katina | | #11

        You're most welcome. How nice to have such a lovely memento of your aunt.

        Katina

  5. SueV | | #13

    I too have an old Pfaff (360) that I picked up at an estate sale some years ago (my chance to brag: I paid $5 for it because the motor was "frozen." My trusty sewing machine service guy thawed it out easily.)I occasionally look on ebay for sewing machine do-dads and I am quite sure I have seen that foot pedal you need. If you can hang on awhile and look on a regular basis, I'm sure you can pick on up for a fairly reasonable price. I think I saw one for under $20 within the last few months. Also, there are sewing machine companies, dealers and the like on ebay that specialize in old machines. They sometimes have these things in stock. You can often contact them directly and ask them to look out for the part you need and email you when they come upon it. (Sometimes they have a garage full of these things so it takes some time to wade through all the stuff.)After looking around for parts for several older machines, I realized that new machine dealers have never been exactly motivated to be hang onto these old machines. After all, their profit is in selling a new machine. A few were in the habit of selling used machines, but for the most part, once they took the old machine as a trade-in, many of these old workhorses were destroyed. But now that the internet exists, dealers in these old machine parts have emerged.Good luck finding it. In the meantime, if your hubby can jerryrig the foot pedal to get the thing to work, great. I'm sure by now he has taken the foot pedal completely apart and oiled it. That might do the trick right there. Good luck.

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