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Thread: 50 year old Pfaff Automatic Dial-a-Stitch

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    50 year old Pfaff Automatic Dial-a-Stitch

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Size:  34.1 KBHow old is vintage? I recently came into possession of my mother's old Pfaff. It is at least 55 years old. It is in a cabinet, but still very dusty. Last I knew it was in good working order but it probably hasn't been used in 15+ years. Can I still get manuals or parts for it? It weighs a ton, and I remember her saying it was pretty advanced for its time as far as lots of different stitches. You had to turn the dials to set it to the stitch you wanted and it came with a booklet for how to set all the stitches. Booklet is gone now. On the side it says Pfaff Automatic Dial A Stitch. I do remember it ran so smoothly. Thanks! Found this ad. This is what it looks like.
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    I love the vintage machines and although I don't have a vintage Phaff (I do have a modern Phaff), I have always heard good things about them.
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    Yes, you can still get parts and manuals. Look here http://s2.vsmgroup.com/VSM/Pfaff/pfaffmanual.nsf

    These machines last forever!

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    Looks like a great machine. In general, vintage is considered over 50 years old I think. Over 100 years old to be an antique. Look forward to seeing the pictures of your Mom's machine.
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    I have that machine!! It was my graduation present from my parents in 1956, thus haven't had the heart to trade it in. I didn't know that it was an antique. Then again, maybe I am too. Love the Pfaffs.

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    I own two pfaff's, and they are work horses, the older the better, parts are made so much better, especially if it is a pfaff made in Germany. Yours is a gem. Have fun
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    I have a Pfaff that's about 35 yr old--the salesman kept telling me that it was all metal that's fine except the plastic parts broke - thread spool holder and presser foot lifter. I had an estimate over the phone of about $250. to replace the plastic parts and a tuneup. I wasn't quilting at the time thought I just needed a plain machine so got the Janome 7330-it's OK but my Pfaff was the best. I'll probably get it "fixed" one day and make my quilts on it

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    That's cool! Most of my machines r older and they work tons better than the newer one!!

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    Looks like my mom's machine. I had put it on one of my garage sales and someone almost bought it for $50.00.
    Now...I am so glad I kept it...hopefully this spring I will see how it sews. It did run as the prospective buyer asked if it worked. I have all the stuff that came with it when she bought it.
    Thank-you Candace for the link in case I need anything when I start her up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisQuilter View Post
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Size:  34.1 KBHow old is vintage? I recently came into possession of my mother's old Pfaff. It is at least 55 years old. It is in a cabinet, but still very dusty. Last I knew it was in good working order but it probably hasn't been used in 15+ years. Can I still get manuals or parts for it? It weighs a ton, and I remember her saying it was pretty advanced for its time as far as lots of different stitches. You had to turn the dials to set it to the stitch you wanted and it came with a booklet for how to set all the stitches. Booklet is gone now. On the side it says Pfaff Automatic Dial A Stitch. I do remember it ran so smoothly. Thanks! Found this ad. This is what it looks like.
    I made most of my clothes on w machine like that! We moved around so much the case finally gave out and the new plastic ones just don't work well with that heavy machine. I finally gave it to my daughter and got one I could carry! After reading about vintage machines on this site, I almost wished I had it back...but then there's lifting it up to the table....perhaps not a good idea. We have the books and dials for the stitches still. EBay might be a good resource to find them.

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