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    Bargain machine-how lucky was I?!

    Saw ad for Pfaff Tiptronic 1171. It was being sold by repairman who has worked for me. I asked why he was selling..he said "lady brought it for repair. Said she would not spend $50 for new motor--told me to do what ever with it." He rebuilt the motor and sold to me for $50..complete with foot control, German manual, & English manual. I ran to the car as fast as I could..afraid he'd change his mind!! It hums along with beautiful stitches, and I knew the worth of a Pfaff because I already had a 1475CD model. Problem is I only got the sewing foot with the 1171, and tho all the other attachments I have will fit this machine, I'd like to have it 'complete'....at least the buttonhole & darning feet. I've searched and only been able to find a set of feet with a different kind of shank that cannot fit with the IDT. I'm hoping to find used feet from someone's "dearly departed machine. Any suggestions where to look?

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    Have you asked your repairman the ladies name that brought the machine in?? It might be worth a call to see if she has other attachments.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JT View Post
    Have you asked your repairman the ladies name that brought the machine in?? It might be worth a call to see if she has other attachments.

    I'd also see if I could get her telephone #. It would be good to call her to see if she still as all the other attachements that came witht eh machine. It's worth a try.

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    I wouldn't call her, she may decide she wants the machine back .....

    There several Yahoo sites that are Pfaff machines. Also, several buy/sell sites there too. One is SewItsForSale and someone may have some feet left over from their old machines. They should be snap on feet and most of the models should fit, may not be perfect to the feed dogs, but work. My old mechanical feet fit on my 7570 and vice-versa...

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    Quote Originally Posted by roadrunr View Post
    I'd also see if I could get her telephone #. It would be good to call her to see if she still as all the other attachements that came witht eh machine. It's worth a try.
    privacy act does not allow for that info to be given out!
    BUT, keep looking here and on ebay at perhaps sewclassic.com the parts will come around, they always do!

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    CoyoteQuilts..you think like me! Exactly what I was thinking. I did put an ISO ad in our local buy/sell site for the Pfaff attachments...hoping "she" (the prev. owner) might see it and say to herself.."Self, here's someone who will buy my old parts". No luck so far.

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    the repairman could call his customer and ask...if he's so inclined.

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    Internet sites may offer what you need. I have a Pfaff Tiptronic and the dealer here in FL and WA were both able to help me buy more feet. (Sounds like a joke could be made of that last sentence. lol) Good luck! Check for Pfaff dealers is my advice.

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    You really did fantastic. That is a great machine and the price you paid was unbelieveable. I would just look at ebay for the parts. I have a Pfaff 7550 and when I was looking for quilting feet for it, I started by asking the local sewing machine repair person. It is amazing just what they have in parts. I have also found feet on ebay. For what you paid for the machine, if you bought the correct feet, one at a time, it shouldn't be too bad as far as price goes.

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    Jacquie: Privacy act on acquiring phone numbers doesn't mean much, you can go online and find the phone number of most anyone. Try putting your own name into Google and see how much info on yourself is out there, it is amazing. Themachinelady

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    Congrats! Check ebay for the feet.
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    If you have the type of foot you need, but don't have the proper shank size, but you have another foot
    that you don't use, both feet can be cut off half way up the shank (has to be a perfect fit of course) and
    welded by your repairman. (He will know what you mean) When this is finished you would not even know
    that it had been done and works perfectly. I have done this many times and they have always been
    successful. Good luck with it. lol Gleniveve

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    Go on line to sewing machine parts they have parts/manuals for a large list of machines. I found bobbins for my singer L 500, that I couldn't find at any shop in town.
    Freedom is costly and quilting keeps us busy...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gleniveve View Post
    If you have the type of foot you need, but don't have the proper shank size, but you have another foot
    that you don't use, both feet can be cut off half way up the shank (has to be a perfect fit of course) and
    welded by your repairman. (He will know what you mean) When this is finished you would not even know
    that it had been done and works perfectly. I have done this many times and they have always been
    successful. Good luck with it. lol Gleniveve
    Pfaff feet are clip on and they have a wider clip than other machines. There are generics galore, but they come with a clip shank that cannot be used with the IDT foot. I'm not in a panic tho, since the attachments from my 1475 will fit....but as stated before.....I'd just like for it to be complete for whomever inherits it someday. Unless I can find space to take ALL my machines with me.

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    Good bargain for you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jaciqltznok View Post
    privacy act does not allow for that info to be given out!
    BUT, keep looking here and on ebay at perhaps sewclassic.com the parts will come around, they always do!
    To get around the privacy act, you can ask the repairman to give your name and phone number to the lady and then she can call you if she is interested in selling the feet and accessories. Seems to me she would be interested because she may not have anything else to do with them.
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    If you cruise e-bay for a few weeks with a Pfaff search you'll probably find what you need. Bought a viking rose for $290 on e-bay recently and have found the feet I needed this way. Don't jump at the first one you see because the prices range from outrageous to down right reasonable. Frequently, visiting the seller's store will produce interesting finds for your exact machine.

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    Very nice. I agree, check online.

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    Thanks for all the suggestions. Ebay is probably the best bet. A lady answered my want ad on CL, I called her & she said she'd need to find them & get back to me. I sent a mail a wk later about not hearing from her, and she didn't respond again. I think all she really had was a needle plate she said was new & cost about $100, but I wasn't interested in that.

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