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

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19 comments:

  1. Yep.. your Pfaff 332 is a real beauty alright. It looks like the flatbed drops down out of the way for free arm sewing. I would like to see a photo of it up. They sure don't make them like they used to.

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  2. Recently I inherited a Pfaff 332 from my mother-in-law. She was German and purchased it in Germany shortly after she and my father-in-law were married. I have yet to use it, but am anxious to try it out.

    Love the blog and all your vintage machines!

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    1. Hi Stephanie, thanks for looking over the site.

      The 332 is on my try it on each new project list (althought the Necchi is my gauranteed to do it machine) it's a quircky little thing but it just makes you want to use it.
      Give your machine a good oiling and try forw - rev, left right of center, & ZZ. If any of these are stuck and won't move let me know I can give you tips to free it up. Saddly I broke the forw - rev lever not knowing what i was doing. I need to adjust the rev to make it match the forw stitch lenght exactly; currently it a long way out of sync.
      good luck!

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  3. I have yet to get it out and try it out... but I will soon! BTW - I did see one for sale for 'parts' on shopgoodwill.com. Thanks for the tips!

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  4. Recently came across your blog and love it! I just missed out on a brother select-o-matic. Hadn't looked for a vintage machine, was just looking for something which could sew through lots of fabric layers and came across it on eBay. It was so beautifully designed that I think I may now be hooked on vintage machines! So, it's great to read you blog and know p, if I find another one I can find a reference here. Right, am off to try and hunt for one on eBay now!

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  5. I just went over my sister's Pfaff 332 and found this page while looking for more info on it. I ended up reading over your blog and your comments and saw that you had tip about how to unfreeze the zigzag nob, and as this particular machine suffers from that exact problem, I was wondering how you got it to work? Also I was wondering if you have any tips on how to raise the feeder dog as the only thing the manual says is to take it to a Pfaff dealer.

    Thank you

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    1. Hey Kendall, for unfreezing the ZZ knob; have patience and do not use pliers, the lever is made of plastic and will break. There is a screw on the underside of the knob, use that to get the knob off, the large screw has nothing to do with removing the knob.
      Two things help; Tri-Flow & a hair dryer, assume you will be at it for a while, but it’s worth it.

      I'll look over the feed dog mechanism when I get home and report back later.

      Tom

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    2. Thanks Tom!
      I will try that tonight. While researching the feeder I found two solutions... I hope. The first option, turning the bottom screw behind the feeder. This is supposed to move the feed rock shaft... this did not work to raise the whole feeder it only tilted the plate. The second option is to loosen the clamping screw on the feed lifting shaft crank and turn the lifting shaft slightly. That's all I've got for now. Any better suggestions?

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    3. I think this might be common, my machine won't drop the feed dogs when I turn the lever? It feels like nothing is happening, the knob just turns back & forth? Normally I would start by taking off the underside cover and the motor cover to see what is going on; I'll bet the mechanism is loose I may have to check into it...

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    4. Turning the lifting shaft worked, and then after you rotate it you use the screw in the back of the machine to adjust the angle so it is level. Before you dive into the motor to fix the feed drop, take a look under the sewing plate. There is a pin that moves in and out of the bottom of the feed dog. In order to drop the feed, the nob releases a spring that pulls the pin out... it could be that you just need a new spring. At least that is what it looked like when I was playing with it last night.

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  6. Hi -
    I inherited my grandmother's Pfaff 332 (nearly 20 yrs ago now). It has worked beautifully for all these years until the foot pedal stopped working. I've not been able to find a replacement for it. Any suggestions on repairing the original one?

    Thanks,
    G in Boulder

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    1. It would be great to fix the original for many reasons so I recommend finding an electronics repair guy in your area. As I mentioned in the original blog it is a masterpiece of 50's electronics and should be very repairable.

      If not your local sewing machine guy can retrofit a more standard unit; it’s just getting the wiring correct, not a big deal, don’t try it yourself.

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  7. Hello Tom I am new to the idea of sewing. A friend of mine says if your going to buy one go Euro you won't be disappointed. I saw one of these units with a cabinet for $50.00. Sounds like a great price for something with great reviews. My question is this machine good for a beginner?

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    1. Yes no question a good machine for beginner and expert alike.
      A few things:
      1) Assume it will need a good oiling at least service, so get the price down if you can
      2)Do a test of all the knobs and levers, if they are frozen it needs service, and make sure that the bobbin case is in it, that will cost as much as the machine. Turn the hand wheel, if the needle does not go up and down it needs a unique and rare belt.
      3)Take a sewing class

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  8. I am looking for a Pfaff 332 to buy does anyone here know what a reasonable price is on this machine or the best place to find one?

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    1. You might get a better price on Craig's list, do a search on Ebay and watch the prices. I recommend that you also look for the 360 at the same time, if you want to stay with Pfaff... see my post - http://mivintagesewingmachines.blogspot.com/2013/02/pfaff-360-1950s.html
      Both of these machines can be a little rare so you may have to be patient.

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    2. To Newbie,

      I actually am looking for a good home for a Pfaff 332 in excellent condition, housed in an elegant custom cabinet. I'm selling it at a pretty low price.

      The cabinet has "modern" lines even though it was designed in the 1950s.

      I'm in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and since the cabinet makes it difficult to ship, I'm looking for local pick-up. If you're interested in exchanging info, maybe we could chat off line (e.g., via Craigslist).

      Thanks!
      Karen

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  9. I have a chance to buy a Necchi 3205FA, a Necchi 4795, a White 750 or a Pfaff 332. Any recommendations? Thanks so much. Orva

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    1. Can't say much about the others but the 332 is still a real popular machine. try and get the manual and any other things that go with it.
      see if it has any frozen knobs it takes time and patience to get them unstuck.

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