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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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    The Pfaff 230 is still alive and going strong for many people and you will find them on Ebay along with parts available. It is worth keeping and using it. Any good sewing machine repair shop can service them.

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    I have one just like it its a good heavyduty machine I use it for heming jeans I have a elegante and elna they each have there good points but in heming jeans I got my computer machine out of time, it was a costly lesson.

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    thats a bit more fancy than my mother's Pfaff hers just did zigzag and straight stitch, my sister got it, but I made all my school cloths and even my prom dress on it, sure gave me my love of Pfaff's, (I have 6 right now) all 5 of us learned how to sew on mother's Pfaff, mother and 4 girls
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    Thanks for all the suggestions and memories! I have decided to have it serviced and found a shop nearby that has a guy who can fix up this model. They said they could probably find some feet too. I did find a few parts I must have (bobbins and the bobbin case) online, as well as the manual cheap from a UK site which I downloaded. I can live without the dial wheel since I don't need all the fancy stitches. It is a little rougher than I thought - the dials are sort of gunky and one seems to be frozen. But I believe the repairman can get it up and running. I am also going to set up my MIL's Bernina 1530 along with my new machine. So I will have backups and once I learn how each machine really works, I will probably switch back and forth depending on the job. Thanks so much for all your info! I have learned so much in just a couple of days!

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    I have a Pfaff,362-261,trying to get info on it and need a replacement knob, but don't know where to order one from. I have used it in the past and it is a true workhorse. I know I am the 2nd owner, but can't remember the lady's name I bought it from for $150.00. or would call her. Thanks for any help.

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    This is a good heavy duty machine...I think that this is the Pfaff that is considered a collectors item for similar to the Bernina 830. I know that an old friend had this machine...wonder if she still does?
    Tink's Mom (My name is really Susie)

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    If it is a 230 pfaff it is still around. My mother has one. It had a problem last year and she took it to a pfaff dealer where she lives she was told it was unrepairablle after keeping it two weeks. She brought it to me to have my "guy" look at it. I took it to him and later that day he called me to ask who had been working on the machine? I told him a pfaff dealer in Louisiana and he told me that the only thing wrong with the machine was that that"dealer" had wired the motor on backward!!!! It was ready to go in 30 minutes after he cleaned it up. Her machine was bought in Germany in 1952 and hums, and hums, and hums. I will be going to Louisiana the middle to February if you want I will make a copy of the manual. PM me with your name and address. I used to fight with my younger sister who was going to get the pfaff when Mother passed. I stopped waiting and bought my own pfaff 10 years ago. Mother is 89 and going strong. My sister can continue waiting.

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    I researched manuals and parts this week for my 230 and found there are several places where you can instantly download manuals online, and some will send it to you (costs more, so I downloaded the .pdf file which I can now print if I want or just reference on my computer). The cheapest one I found was a site in the UK, but it is a German machine so I figured that would be fine and it was. Paid with Paypal and downloaded it right away. Site is sewingparts.co.uk. I also found some things on ebay and searched the web for other parts. Nothing is currently manufactured, but there are some new parts that "fit" the machine, such as foot pedals and feet. You have to search using different terms, each time I change the wording on my google search, I find more things because of how the search tags work on different sites and most items will be listed on some kind of auction or a sewing shop site, so keep searching. I have seen the bakelite knobs, bobbins are plentiful, other parts like presser foot lever and needle screw. You may also find parts at your local dealer, esp. if you find a long-time shop. Mine has been around since 1955 so I guess they have a big stash in back because he said he could find me some feet and a foot pedal, used. Good luck! You should be able to find things you need, but some may take time to locate. Keep checking ebay. That is probably the best source because it gets things from all over.

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    That's too bad you didn't go to the link I provided. The manual is free. Didn't you read my post?

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    I did, but I could not get their manual link to work. I clicked on my model's link and nothing came up. Tried the search window and got a page that says "Husqvarna Viking" with no data. Tried on both WIndows Explorer and Safari browsers.

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    You have to go back to the manual you clicked and specify English etc. and then they download fine..

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