its a shame I'm broke because I'd love to own this one.
A funny thing happened at my house today. I was bringing the franken treadle, it has Elgin irons and a Singer flat top ; anyhow I was wheeling it out into the living room so that I could put the Pfaff treadle in sewing room. Well that thing rattled a bit and since the front door was open; all 4 dogs ran out the door like it was going to eat them.
My house is old and has wood flooring, so you can imagine the noise. Just when they thought it was safe to come back inside, I rolled the Pfaff through.
Ok. I need some help and advice. I have a beautiful Pfaff 230 Standard that I am gifting to a friend that wants a walking foot machine to sew leather. I would like to put a walking foot attachment on this beautiful machine that will last. I have gotten a few conflicting reports and reviews on this but don't have anyone I can trust. I need the straight scoop on this. Is a walking foot necessary on this machine, or can leather be sewn on it at a high quality without the walking foot attachment? I don't mind spending money if it is well spent, but at the same time I would like to get something that will last. Maintenance on this is not an issue. It is more of a question of what to buy and if a walking foot attachment is the way to go. All help would be greatly appreciated.
I sew leather on my Pfaff 130 without a walking foot. It has been bumped up to a 1.5amp motor, and I go sloooow.
I have promised this Pfaff 230 to a good friend of mine that I have known for 45 years. He intends on sewing car interiors on it and I need it to be what he wants and needs to do this. Should I just skip the walking foot? I am more of a mechanic than a driver and don't want to give him something that won't work for what he wants it for. I would be fine with getting a walking foot and putting it on it for him or leaving it off if it is unnecessary. Being a mechanic, I am relying on you experienced drivers out there for what you would advise for me.
Your input is very appreciated. Thank you!
Upholstery is too heavy in my opinion for anything but a commercial machine with a bench motor.
Let me just say that this is not for an upholstery shop. Home use to sew things up to and including upholstery leather. I hope this helps.
Some of the industrial machines have a heavier shaft for the needle and a faster motor. Some have special uses. An industrial machine with a walking foot will not do much more than sew heavy fabric. Unless you are sewing tarps for semi trucks, I am betting that machine will be fine. If you are just sewing upholstery weight material to cover a car seat it should be fine. You can try a walking foot attachment. It may do fine as long as it will raise far enough for the material to go through. Since bobbin cases are relatively inexpensive just buy one to adjust for thicker thread and one for regular thread. Then all that has to be adjusted is the upper tension. If that machine doesn't work industrial walking foot machines are not terribly hard to find or terribly expensive. The prices of them have dropped to about half what they were 10 years ago or less for a used one. Probably $500 or so for sure - less if you are lucky.