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My Pfaff Pflipped Out on Me!

Pansy | Posted in Equipment and Supplies on

I was making a pair of pajamas yesterday on my Pfaff Triptronic 2040 and I pressed the backstitch button.  I don’t know what happened, but the machine wouldn’t stop sewing!  I turned the machine off and on over and over, hoping it would reboot itself.  I even unplugged it and plugged it back in.  But still it keeps sewing and none of the buttons work.  I’ll take it in to the shop next week, but is my machine toast?  Has anyone had a similar problem?  Thank goodness for my old 1957 Singer backup!


  1. Alexandra | | #1

    Don't know if it's toast but this is why I have a backup too.*G* Time to sew and not machine......it ain't pretty.

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    Whachumean | | #2

    All I can say is that's weird!

  3. georgiagg | | #3

    My sisters Viking one time sewed only backwards. She tried everything to make it sew forward to no avail. Service fixed it so have high hopes that yours can be fixed too.

  4. user-51823 | | #4

    i have 3 machines (not counting a rusty 1930's simple singer that i bought for the col art deco cabinet and haven't had serviced yet). none of my machines are great; all are 2nd hand and pre- computer age.
    i'm sure your problem can be fixed, but i do recommend finding a used machine for "backup" as someone mentioned, if you do lots of sewing or even if you don't, but are prone to last-minute deadlines.

  5. lilah | | #5

    Do you have a button that has stayed in the depressed (pressed down) condition? Sometimes the little pads can get stuck, like on a keyboard. I hope having it service will fix it. I have backup machines, too. I learned that when my mom was making my sister's wedding dress and all of the bridesmaids' dresses and my flower girl dress. Something happened to her machine and she had to go buy a new one. It was going to take three weeks to get her machine fixed. I was making a Queen Elizabeth costume for my daughter when I accidentally sewed into the plastic boning in the bodice. I knocked the timing out on my Pfaff, but fortunately I had a Featherweight and was able to finish the costume in time. I feel your pain!

    1. Ralphetta | | #6

      My repair place gave me a loaner because they were having trouble getting parts from Europe and I needed to continue sewing.  They loaned me one of the used machines they had on hand and I was able to keep working.

      Without thinking about it, I just asked if they would do it.  They looked sort of surprised, but said yes.

      1. user-51823 | | #8

        what a good idea!

  6. thehat | | #7

    pansy sorry to here about your machine it sounds like a new brain panel needs to be replaced good luck

  7. solosmocker | | #9

    I had something similar happen to me on my old Pfaff. It was a stuck foot pedal. I purchased a new foot pedal and it was fine after that. On my current Pfaff I find it is sticky in very humid weather. I lived near the ocean when I owned my old Pfaff and wondered if all that humidity did something to the foot pedal.

  8. user-253582 | | #10

    That has happened to me.  It was the foot pedal.  Make sure it is not depressed.Mine was caught under the leg of the table momentarily.  It is frightening when the machine goes by itself! Good luck. 

  9. conerybb | | #11

    I know exactly what you mean.  I have a Pfaff machine and it's been in the shop twice because it won't sew buttonholes, it won't sew backward, it won't sew zigzag and it won't stop sewing!  I'm kind of dissappointed!!

    1. solosmocker | | #12

      I love mine!

      1. conerybb | | #13

        Hi Solesmocker.  So, you have a Pfaff and you've never had any trouble with it?  Mine is a 7560 and twice in the past 14 months it's broken, both times the same thing went wrong:  it doesn't do buttonholes, it doesn't go backwards, and it doesn't do zigzag.  I will bring it in to a repairman and see what happens.  What model Pfaff do you have, and how long have you been sewing on it?  I hear a lot of "Pfaff's are supposed to be top of the line" from other people.

        1. solosmocker | | #14

          I have a 1472, purchased when it was top of the line. In the years I have owned it I have had no grief other than the foot pedal issue, and that wasn't the machine. My other Pfaff I purchased in the early 70's and it was the current TOL and that had the sticking foot pedal as well. No other problems on either in all these years. It sounds like you may have a lemon. I hope it is not too old and you can maybe get the dealer to take it back. I have a dear friend, extremely experienced sewer, and she loves her Pfaff too. No problems there either that I know of. I will say I am religious about getting my machine serviced every year. If I get another machine it will be an embroidery only. I see no need to change my current machine as it does all I need it to. It took me a while to get the buttonholes down but recently I actually taught someone how to do their's so I am a little proud of that. Once I learned how to do the buttonholes, they came out beautifully. I always do several practice ones, using the same layering of interfacing and fabric and seam edges. I think that is the big secret. I also love my dual feed and that is the biggest reason I am crazy about my machine. Walking feet are just way too bulky for my tastes. If I have one complaint about my machine, it is that the manual is poorly written, clearly by someone who does not have English as their native language. I hope you get a positive resolution of some sort to your issues. I feel really bad that you are unhappy with your "toy."

          1. conerybb | | #17

            Yes, Solo, I think I may have a lemon.  But I bought it 4 years ago, and the dealer has since moved out of state after Hurricane Katrina, and he was extremely hard to work with before he moved - he just had way too much on his plate - trying to start a new business out of state, and then having to work with his existing customers - he couldn't do it all so some of us fell thru the cracks.  Thanks for your comments!

  10. Katcleland | | #15

    Wow! my Pfaff hasn't done that but I do get some issues with the stitches sometimes skipping especially on thicker stretch fabric and I have re-threaded it and changed needles but for some reason it will be temperamental with thicker knits. I wish I knew more about my machine and that lack of knowledge is to my own shame and lack of serious play time on it.  But I have recently become a Nana( little guy showed up 5 weeks early) Jeremiah was born on Christmas eve and I am hoping once everything settles down here at the home place again to be able to sew some wonderful little boy things and on Christmas Day my daughter told me she was expecting as well so I shall have lots of baby things to sew up and I shall pray my Pfaff doesn't flip out on me! 


    1. conerybb | | #16

      WOW!  Congratulations on the new baby and the upcoming baby!  How fun!  I love making baby clothes, which is just about all I make.

      1. Katcleland | | #18

        The whole Nana thing is pretty cool, we get to be everything we wished we could be when our little ones were small, and grandma and grandpa got to do the part of loving with yeses most of the time, and when grandma and grandpa said no, well our children knew that they had crossed a boundary, it was pretty cool for them. I will not be dusting off my Pfaff 2030 til one day next week when my oldest son returns to his home with his wife they have had a lovely long vacation time here with us and next Sunday he is back at it, (he is a Youth Pastor) so Sunday he is on deck again.

        Hope 2007 is a grand year for you conerybb, where do you live in North America?

        1. conerybb | | #19

          I live in Louisiana!

          1. Katcleland | | #20

            ahh I live in the east coast of Canada.

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