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    Oh boo hoo!

    I have a Pfaff 1222 freearm machine that I bought when my boys were babies -- probably in 1974. It has followed me through the years of stretch-n-sew, a lifetime if hemming things for my 5'2" self, and many years of clothes and table linen creations and on to the last about 14 years when I have also quilted.

    After I retired in 2010 I discovered that the lever that tacks and reverses the buttonhole function seemed to be jammed, and also that it didn't revert to completely straight stitching after doing zig-jag. My local sewing machine repair shop finally said it (buttonholer) cannot be fixed as it's buried under the mechanisms. (Of course I just had to buttonhole then, and I make them "freehand".)

    This Christmas Eve we arrived at our out-of-town destination a bit early, and saw a sewing machine shop that was open. The two gentlemen in there had worked on Pfaff for years, and told me what was really going on (I now think my local shop hadn't a clue). It amounts to a rod in a shaft sort of thing that is central to the whole whatzit, and which are working their way apart, and it cannot, indeed, be saved. They said the parts were coming apart even if I didn't realize it yet.

    So after reading this very wordy post I thank you for participating in what feels almost like the loss of a friend. I do think I will buy another [plastic??!] Pfaff, a simple one that runs about $500. At least I will still have my integrated walking foot, even tho all the other specialty feet cost about $33 each. I meant this to be my last Pfaff (in 1974), but am not quitting sewing just yet... Thanks for listening.

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    It's sad to lose an old friend like your Pfaff ... she was certainly an oldy and a goodie. But the next good news is that it doesn't take long to fall in love with a new machine! I wish you well with your new "baby".

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    I have a Pfaff 7570 that I have had for years and will be lost if something happens to it. The guy that has a repair shop told me that the 7570 is a workhorse. I hope you find a machine you like as well as your 1222. Good luck.

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    I feel for you. You had a long friendship, and, I hope, a lot of good memories. I hope you find a machine you like soon. I love my Pfaff and sure would miss her.

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    I understand your feeling of loss. Hope you enjoy it's replacement as much as the one you have.

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    I feel your pain too....good luck...
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    It is sad to lose a trusted sewing machine friend. We all feel that way about our machines that have been with us over the years. You are not alone and hopefully you can find a new friend.

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    That's awful. Good luck with your new machine.

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    I have a Pfaff 1471 bought new in 1986 and it is still running great. I dread the day it gives up, it has been a workhorse.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lee in Richmond View Post
    I have a Pfaff 1222 freearm machine that I bought when my boys were babies -- probably in 1974. It has followed me through the years of stretch-n-sew, a lifetime if hemming things for my 5'2" self, and many years of clothes and table linen creations and on to the last about 14 years when I have also quilted.

    After I retired in 2010 I discovered that the lever that tacks and reverses the buttonhole function seemed to be jammed, and also that it didn't revert to completely straight stitching after doing zig-jag. My local sewing machine repair shop finally said it (buttonholer) cannot be fixed as it's buried under the mechanisms. (Of course I just had to buttonhole then, and I make them "freehand".)

    This Christmas Eve we arrived at our out-of-town destination a bit early, and saw a sewing machine shop that was open. The two gentlemen in there had worked on Pfaff for years, and told me what was really going on (I now think my local shop hadn't a clue). It amounts to a rod in a shaft sort of thing that is central to the whole whatzit, and which are working their way apart, and it cannot, indeed, be saved. They said the parts were coming apart even if I didn't realize it yet.

    So after reading this very wordy post I thank you for participating in what feels almost like the loss of a friend. I do think I will buy another [plastic??!] Pfaff, a simple one that runs about $500. At least I will still have my integrated walking foot, even tho all the other specialty feet cost about $33 each. I meant this to be my last Pfaff (in 1974), but am not quitting sewing just yet... Thanks for listening.
    most of your feet will fit the new machine...and don't overlook ebay or just replacing it...i bought mine the same time you did and i loved it and used it to death...it was completely worn out when i replaced it with a pfaff 1475, which is still going strong and should outlast me.... check ebay also for other specialty feet...people lose track and then sell them later, sometimes...

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