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    Senior Member Joy Higdon's Avatar
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    Need info on Phaff 130 sewing machine

    Can anyone tell me if a Pfaff 130 sewing machine is worth anything? I can't find the date on it. The serial number is 4 656 206. I bought it last Sat. at a garage sale for $5.00. It is in great condition, works great, has manual with it. Just needs cleaning and oiling. Thanks
    Joy

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    Joy,

    You're funnin us, right? Yes the Pfaff 130 is a good machine and it does have some value.
    There's one on GW auctions right now sitting a $125.00 { http://www.shopgoodwill.com/viewItem...temID=12877376 }
    And only the really "in demand" machines go high on GW.

    You really should be ashamed of yourself for taking advantage of the poor folks who sold (?) you that machine.
    Just teasing.

    Joe

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    I have a Pfaff 130, and it is my main machine. It is wonderful! Mine was free from a farmer whose wife wouldn't let him sew using her plastic Singers. I don't know how to get the exact date of your Pfaff, but the date in the manual will give you a clue. Did you get a cabinet and attachments?

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    Joe, the young lady just wanted to get rid of it. I probably could have gotten it for 3.00. Just didn't want to be cheap. No I didn't get attachments with it.
    Joy

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    I've seen people wanting $300 and up for those on CL but they are still for sale... LOL
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.
    good mothers let you lick the beaters - great mothers turn it off first

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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    I've seen people wanting $300 and up for those on CL but they are still for sale... LOL
    A 130 is well worth that price if it's in good condition and running well.

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    Nice machine. Will sew through anything and is a pleasure to use.

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    You got a fantastic deal, provided the timing belt is in good condition. That's about the only thing that most repairmen won't touch. Otherwise, the pfaff 130 will just sew and sew. I have my grandmother's 130 that my dad bought for her in the 1950's. Most low shank attachments will fit the pfaff. It does use narrow bobbins. You can almost always pick up attachments, etc on Ebay. I just bought a coffee grinder attachment to add to my grandmother's 130.

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    I bought a pristine, unscratched, mechanically perfect Pfaff 130 with all attachments, a hand crank conversion kit, bobbins, etc. from a collector and paid about $330 for it five years ago. It is still unscratched. I do use it, but not with pins. It free motion quilts like a dream.

    Don't try bobbin work with it (where you use a different thread in the bobbin and sew upside down on the work). Ask me how I know!

    Spare parts were destroyed by the company some years ago and are hard to find. The timing belt is the most critical item.

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    coffee grinder attachment???
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.
    good mothers let you lick the beaters - great mothers turn it off first

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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    coffee grinder attachment???
    I am puzzled by this, also!
    Linda
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    Joy, your 130 was manufactured in 1952. My mother also had a Pfaff 130 from 1952 that she used almost everyday for 55 years. I have that 130 now, and it still sews great! By the way, her name was also Joy! The only thing she asked me to promise to keep after she was gone was her Pfaff 130!

    Nancy

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    I wonder if it will do me any good to ask my GD not to get rid of my Elna when I give it to her (after I am gone, in the meantime, no one gets it!!!!!). I have a Pfaff out in my collection of sewing machines, but I forget which one it is. It is old, but I am not sure how old.
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    cricket_iscute, what kind of foot do you use on your Pfaff 130 for FMQ? Is it a Pfaff original, made for that machine?

    Dayle

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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    coffee grinder attachment???
    It's an embroidery attachment.

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    http://www.pfaffusa.com/ might wanna chex here using ur serial # if all else fails send them an email with the # & ask when it was manufactured..... ur manual should help u narrow it down a bit what is the publishing date on the manual? search the site to see if u can find ur machine.... keep us posted as to what u find out... blessings =-) WOW just read the above post 1952 THATS AWESOME, EVERYTHING on that puppy is METAL...... AWESOME JOB...
    Last edited by dragonflylady; 04-17-2013 at 06:08 AM. Reason: adding more reply
    blessings, dragonfly princess

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    Quote Originally Posted by Daylesewblessed View Post
    cricket_iscute, what kind of foot do you use on your Pfaff 130 for FMQ? Is it a Pfaff original, made for that machine?

    Dayle
    Yes, the original foot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dragonflylady View Post
    http://www.pfaffusa.com/ might wanna chex here using ur serial # if all else fails send them an email with the # & ask when it was manufactured..... ur manual should help u narrow it down a bit what is the publishing date on the manual? search the site to see if u can find ur machine.... keep us posted as to what u find out... blessings =-) WOW just read the above post 1952 THATS AWESOME, EVERYTHING on that puppy is METAL...... AWESOME JOB...
    Yes, it is definetly metal. Very heavy.
    Joy

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    I love my pfaff 130!! Mine is completely restored and runs like a champ! For a timing belt or any other hard to find parts you should go to zeussmachines.com (i think that is it). Jay is a MASTER of restoration and knowledge on the pfaff 130's. He worked on mine and with everything I have in it, it's worth about $800 - sounds crazy but this machine is pristine. I even have the original german light that is extremely rare and the 'dial a stitch' for the embroidery attachment. I picked it up for $20 at a garage sale and it was in pitiful shape. When Jay finished with it, it looked brand new! Mine is 1952 also and has the manual hand crank attachment (great for on the sailboat with no shore power). Anyway, you have an awesome machine IMHO and I hope you enjoy it!
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    They are extremely sought after machines, especially in California. They are strong and can mend sails so many people use them for that. I have one...it's great!

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    How much are you paying for them in California?
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.
    good mothers let you lick the beaters - great mothers turn it off first

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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    How much are you paying for them in California?
    Miriam, it is like anything else. We can get a 130 for a really good deal if found at a yard/barn type sale. On Craigslist they list for $100 to $400 and up, but you notice I said 'list' which doesn't mean they are selling for that! It is just who is selling and how badly someone wants the machine - and, what kind of shape the machine is in!

    Nancy

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    I bought a Pfaff 130 about 2 years ago for $5 and it is fantastic. I used it all last winter while in Alabama and finished 3 Queen quilts and 2 large laps. I had some difficulty with the tension but the guy next to us was a retired Singer sewing machine man and he showed me how to fix it. It is a great machine, so yes, it's worth something.

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