March 9, 2017

Pfaff 130 (1952)

I'm really zeroing in on a few top machines to have on hand for customers and friends that may need a machine.

 After tear down it became clear that the 130, 260, and 300 series are all mechanically similar.
Under pinnings are nearly the same

Its the rotary hook that I like so much about the Pfaff

I determined that the thread tension spring was worn out or there was a washer missing, either-way it needed more tension than it could provide.
I ended up simply putting another spring over the original (now there are two springs) and this increased the tension without running the knob all the way in.

The best Logo decal is completely hidden by the motor

This is a very fast machine although the max stitch length is not as great as I had thought it would be.

Vasily is at a loss for what to do on it next
The L-R-C control takes two hands to operate so I don't like that
The ZZ only stays where you set it if it is in the Left needle pos. not sure if that is typical (I think it is)

The start up at full ZZ width is labored, otherwise the start up is very good.

Ultimately very disappointed with this thing; it locked up solid and took many hours to discover the problem area, I had to scrap it out, I will steer clear of these things.

I love all of my Pfaffs except this one, oh well live and learn.

1 comment:

  1. I got one of these cheap and decided to attempt to figure it out. My conclusion: the Pfaff people needed to plant a few spies in the Necchi factory, they may have learned some valuable design clues. I did get needle position and zz set precisely and working from all positions and staying put. Not happily though - poor information and lots of experimentation to get there. It is a strong sewer, the rotary bobbin is nice ---- and it is going to a new home soon, I hope.