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    Pfaff 130 is a sweet sewing machine

    I have a Pfaff 130 that I bought a couple of years ago at an auction. It has set in my out building since then. I wasn't even sure it sewed. I downloaded the manual and the service manual and squirted it with some oil, threaded it up and it sewed like a charm. It zig zagged perfectly. It's quiet like a 201-2. It's still a little stiff, but some sewing and more oil should fix that.

    I may regret selling this one, but I can't keep them all. (Unless you are Leon, Cari or Macybaby.)

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    As quiet as a 201 And it zig zags?! And not bound up with varnish? I think that would have to be on my keep list ;-)
    I love the smoothness of my 201, just wish it zig zags and not so heavy.
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    This one is as heavy as the 201. It's cast iron, too.

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    Thanks Bkay, I think? But I don't keep them all. I have at least 30 that I'll be getting rid of in the near and far future. Whether I sell them, give them away or trade them remains to be seen. Or I could loan more out. I loaned one to a neighbors girlfriend about a month ago and haven't seen her since.

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    My Pfaff 130 is the only machine I own in a cabinet, and it gets daily usage. It is the only machine that I have that zigzags. Mine doesn't have the nice clean shine that yours has, Bkay, but I love it anyway and probably take it for granted a little too much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Daylesewblessed View Post
    My Pfaff 130 is the only machine I own in a cabinet, and it gets daily usage. It is the only machine that I have that zigzags. Mine doesn't have the nice clean shine that yours has, Bkay, but I love it anyway and probably take it for granted a little too much.
    The finish on this one is compromised, too. The clear coat is alligatored. I cleaned it with sewing machine oil. I think that is the shine you see.

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    A Pfaff 130 is one of the few machines remaining on the bucket list. I have a 30, but no ZZ. And even I am off loading some machines.
    "Sacrifices must be made." Otto Lilenthal

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    I love my Pfaff 130. It is my "go to" for FMQ if the object is fairly small, like a quilted tote bag or lap quilt. It is so solid. Also have a Pfaff 262 I bought brand new in 1968 which is a "modernized" version of the 130. Love these workhorses.

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    I stumbled upon the 130 when I bought a singer 15-91 on an online auction for $28 and it happened to come with a 130. Now I am hooked. The Pfaff 130 is now my go to machine!

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    You found a service manual? Can you provide a link? I bought a sad-looking Pfaff 130 at an Antique place in Pennsylvania. It was only $4. Clearly, I did not know how deep into it I'd get . Nothing turned. Now its all freed up and everything is moving. I figured for $4 I'd learn a few things, but I've become addicted to its restoration. I've spent hours trying to find info.

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    I don't think you can PM an attachment. If you will PM me your email address, I'll send you a copy. I don't remember where I found it.

    (Just click on my name at the top of this post and the link to PM me should show up.)

    It looks like it contains common fixes, but is only 12 short pages.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bkay View Post
    It's still a little stiff, but some sewing and more oil should fix that.
    and some more oil... and a little more oil... and maybe oil it again... perhaps.

    Of all the machines I've brought back to sewing it was a 130 that took the cake when it came to oil consumption. So don't be discouraged, just oil it again. It will smooth out. It just takes time and use for the oil to creep into those crazy tight tolerances that have been neglected. =)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steelsewing View Post
    and some more oil... and a little more oil... and maybe oil it again... perhaps.
    I'm going through this with a Japanese 3/4 size long shuttle zigzagger. It wasn't frozen, just felt a little stiff in one part of the cycle. I've oiled the bejeesus out of it every other day for two weeks and while it's better, I still feel a little hesitation in one spot. I don't know, maybe that's how it's supposed to be? This is the first long shuttle machine for me so I have nothing to compare it to.

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    I sold it last weekend to an older man who wanted it for some heavy duty sewing. He had done his research and knew he wanted a 130 or Necchi ???. I'm sure he will take care of it. He said he loved mechanical. So, it probably went to a good home.

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