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Thread: New with Pfaff question

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    New with Pfaff question

    I love to sewing and am a Pfaff snob. I don't need a new fancy machine however. I found a used 1229. Looks like a nice older machine. Does anyone have it and what are the pros and cons of the machine? Thanks for your help. Linda

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    Hi Linda
    I know nada about Pfaffs but did want to welcome you.
    No locarion by your avatar - where are you from?

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    I love my Pfaffs too. I'm not aware of that model though, sorry I couldn't be more helpful. Welcome to the board.
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    Welcome from Minnesota and happy quilting
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    Welcome from soggy Louisiana. I'm Pfaff ignorant...Try a google search and see if that will help you. I'm happy you have joined us

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    A warm welcome from North Central Washington!
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    Oh! I have one! I started machine quilting about a year ago... and I tried many different machines before I found this one! I LOVE it! I couldn't find out much about it thru Google. It is the second machine that I was ever able to just sit down and FMQ on without any problems. I do queen sized without much trouble. It's got a 7.5 x 5 inch throat.
    The levers on it are the only plastic on it and my foot presser lever broke a few months ago. I got the replacement part easily enough (apparently, this is a pretty common "weakness") on the internet and my local guy put it back together. He loved the machine and told me to never, ever sell it. He said it's the closest to industrial you can get in a domestic machine.
    It is about 30 years old (I bought mine at an estate sale 5 months ago). You will have to take it in to be cleaned and oiled, not sure if that's how all Pfaff's are. I have never tried to use any of the stitches, other than zig zag, so I can't tell you about those. If you are using it for Quilting, you will need some sort of table/extension to the left of the machine.. there is no room on the left. I hate the way you have to pull the bed out to change the bobbin. Not too many cons... Heavy, of course, if you consider that a con! My particular machine doesn't disengage the needle when I'm winding the bobbin, but yours probably will. My "low bobbin" sensor works *most* of the time, but I'm aware that it doesn't always work! I don't like that the thread is threaded behind the machine. I can't quite figure out where the thread holder is supposed to be while I'm using it.
    Make sure she comes with all her parts because replacement parts can be a pretty penny (but at least they are available!!)
    From what I understand, they are fantastic machines, but when the mother-board goes, it's replacement-time. Search this board, or my posts, and see all I've said about my machine. I really do love it and wouldn't trade it for nuthin!
    You can have any design you want. As long as it's loops!

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    Hi from Ohio!
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    lindad1966 a warm welcome from from western Ky! I had the Pfaff 1229 for mANY years and I never had a lick of trouble with it, it is a real work horse, my sister talked me out of it and she does all her piecing on it now. (I use one of my Pfaffs 7570s (have 3) for most of my piecing now, but I still miss the 1229.) The IDT makes for great even feed of both , or all 3 layers, and for slip slidie fabric. If I had the chance to get another one would do so in a heart beat! Great machine!! The only problem I ever had with mine, well it stopped sewing right in the middle of a seam, I figured some thing real bad was wrong with it so I packed it away and got out another machine, took it in to be fixed and my Pfaff guy said well lets plug it in and see whats wrong with it, he did and it ran just fine! I said what did you do??? he said " I plugged it in!" LOL some how, maybe my cat loosened the cord and that was it, all fixed. Good luck with yours, wishing you many happy years with it~~~~~~~~~~~~
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    Welcome from Michigan!

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