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    Old 05-01-2011, 04:52 PM
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    Originally Posted by miriam
    I know you are going to love her. Mine have worn out drive wheels - they are inside the balance wheel. Sometimes when it gets warmed up they just spin and the machine won't go. There is info on line how to fix it though. Those knee controllers did not all fold - some were straight - you might look for a black smith to make one.
    Thanks, Miriam. I do need the folding one, not the bayonet one. I will be spending some time with her this summer, I hope. Her name is Kitten...no reason, just sort of fit her! I'll let you know when I work on her...I'll probably be looking for some help!! :-)
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    Old 05-01-2011, 04:54 PM
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    Well, the side winder worked and I got my bobbin wound....course that was after I spent 30 minutes taking all the thread that was already in it out. Gees.

    I got my walking foot on ok, but I think I broke the machine first time I used her by myself. I really hope I didn't. There's this little hoop of metal that goes on the top of the shaft that holds the thread. It flung right off as soon as I put the walking foot on. I tried to take as many pictures as I can. There's a little hole in it, like where a screw would go, but no screw that I could find. Course, I couldn't figure out how to get it back on the shaft either. You guys have any suggestions?

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    [IMG]http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z...s/SANY0120.jpg[/IMG]

    [IMG]http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z...s/SANY0117.jpg[/IMG]

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    [IMG]http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z...s/SANY0119.jpg[/IMG]

    I have no idea how to get it back on there....or how it flung off in the first place!
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    Old 05-01-2011, 05:00 PM
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    a black smith could make a hinged one but it would cost as much to buy a used one. I think mine is straight.
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    Old 05-01-2011, 05:04 PM
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    Originally Posted by mpeters1200
    Well, the side winder worked and I got my bobbin wound....course that was after I spent 30 minutes taking all the thread that was already in it out. Gees.

    I got my walking foot on ok, but I think I broke the machine first time I used her by myself. I really hope I didn't. There's this little hoop of metal that goes on the top of the shaft that holds the thread. It flung right off as soon as I put the walking foot on. I tried to take as many pictures as I can. There's a little hole in it, like where a screw would go, but no screw that I could find. Course, I couldn't figure out how to get it back on the shaft either. You guys have any suggestions?

    Is the piece that came off a thread cutter or just a thread guide or something else? if it is a cutter you'll miss it but you can just use scissors. If it is thread guide you can get by with out it or you can hunt up that screw - use a magnet or get eye level with the floor to spot the screw.

    [IMG]http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z...s/SANY0116.jpg[/IMG]

    [IMG]http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z...s/SANY0120.jpg[/IMG]

    [IMG]http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z...s/SANY0117.jpg[/IMG]

    [IMG]http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z...s/SANY0118.jpg[/IMG]

    [IMG]http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z...s/SANY0119.jpg[/IMG]

    I have no idea how to get it back on there....or how it flung off in the first place!
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    Old 05-01-2011, 05:05 PM
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    Oh you didn't have all the pics up. It looks like some kind of a spring but maybe it is a thread guide if it screws down. You may need to find some kind of repair manual. Does it work without that part? If so you shouldn't panic.
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    Old 05-01-2011, 05:16 PM
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    Hi everyone. I was wondering if anyone had a source for a free manual for a Pfaff Automatic 230. I got the machine one day for $10, with a box of attachments galore, which I don't know some of them. It does a ton of stitches, but I need to figure them out. TIA

    By the way, cute new machines everybody. I think it is pretty neat to find the saved ones. I am going to have to find some new homes for some of mine....maybe. It is getting a little crowded in the sewing room.
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    Old 05-01-2011, 05:23 PM
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    Originally Posted by melinda1962
    Hi everyone. I was wondering if anyone had a source for a free manual for a Pfaff Automatic 230. I got the machine one day for $10, with a box of attachments galore, which I don't know some of them. It does a ton of stitches, but I need to figure them out. TIA

    By the way, cute new machines everybody. I think it is pretty neat to find the saved ones. I am going to have to find some new homes for some of mine....maybe. It is getting a little crowded in the sewing room.
    you can google search sewing machine attachments and find all kinds of wonderful info on how to use attachments for about any machine - it is all a matter of if you have high, low or slant shank. So many are low shank and are interchangeable from one machine to another. To figure out the stitches just kind of experiment and use trial and error until you get it. Most of it is common sense. Some times it takes a while. There should be manuals on line for most machines or similar machines. It took me a couple weeks to figure out my 'new' Elna with out a manual. If you get stuck I'm sure someone on here will have some idea what to do.
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    Old 05-01-2011, 05:26 PM
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    Originally Posted by miriam
    Originally Posted by melinda1962
    Hi everyone. I was wondering if anyone had a source for a free manual for a Pfaff Automatic 230. I got the machine one day for $10, with a box of attachments galore, which I don't know some of them. It does a ton of stitches, but I need to figure them out. TIA

    By the way, cute new machines everybody. I think it is pretty neat to find the saved ones. I am going to have to find some new homes for some of mine....maybe. It is getting a little crowded in the sewing room.
    you can google search sewing machine attachments and find all kinds of wonderful info on how to use attachments for about any machine - it is all a matter of if you have high, low or slant shank. So many are low shank and are interchangeable from one machine to another. To figure out the stitches just kind of experiment and use trial and error until you get it. Most of it is common sense. Some times it takes a while. There should be manuals on line for most machines or similar machines. It took me a couple weeks to figure out my 'new' Elna with out a manual. If you get stuck I'm sure someone on here will have some idea what to do.
    I had looked and the main thing I need is the Stitch guide. Apparently it is similar to my singer 319w in that different combinations of knobs and such change the stitches. It has some internal knobs, and external ones as well. The 319 manual was mostly how to change the stitches.
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    Old 05-01-2011, 05:41 PM
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    I am a few pages behind, but I wanted to post a picture of my new 66-6 I got yesterday for $5 because he has no cabinet, no foot pedal, no knee controller. His cabinet was disintegrating so we left it behind! I thought, I'd get this machine just for a parts machine, but it is so pretty I hate to use it for parts!

    Also, here is a picture of the Mystery Quilt I just finished quilting! I had no idea what I was making, the only thing I chose were the colors! It is going to a daughter that has her whole house done in Americana! This was pieced with a FW in classes then sewn together with my Free treadle at home. I had to attach the binding with my pfaff 1222e because my Davis, Betty, is getting her cabinet re-finished right now!

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    Old 05-01-2011, 05:43 PM
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    Melinda, I could find a $7 manual, but no free ones. That Pfaff 230 is a serious looking machine. No wonder you want a manual.

    Bojangles, a beautiful bright quilt and a pretty little machine. I couldn't part it out, either.
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