April 13, 2012

Pfaff 332 (1957)

All I can say is OMG! This thing is sooo post war German. Built in 1957 the 332 is as close to a mini industrial machine as I have seen. This machine is very smooth & very quiet.

It came in the standard grimy condition typical of these neglected 50's machines including a locked up solid forward-reverse lever. With both Tri-Flow & a heat gun I able to loosen it up. The bottom of the lever broke off so I will be looking for a replacement. It's a pretty amazing machine it has the rotary hook system identical to my Juki 256. It even has an auto threader that (after adjustment) works perfectly.

Pfaff used a cogged belt on this machine and the low speed seems to work great. I opened up the foot control to clean it up... it is a classic hand made electromechanical device; beautifully made.
One of the easiest machines to install the bobbin case I have used and again, the sound at any speed is smooth as silk.

FYI, I figured out how to fix the yellowed numbers on the 0 - 5 front dial. The dial comes apart fairly easily, take out the numbered disk and scan it at a hi resolution and Photo Shop the UV yellowing out of the scan. After you print it take some clear hard packing tape and cover both sides, then cut it out with an X-ACTO. I found it so annoying to have the whole machine cleaned up except for the yellowed numbers.

Recently sewed an organza bag with a tie at the end, the free arm made it a snap.

1957 Mercedes-Benz 300SL