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Old 18-09-2020, 06:05   #1
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Pfaff sewing machine attachments what are they used for?

Hi,

I am using a Pfaff 130-6 sewing machine from 1952.
Awesome piece of kit.

Still I got some attachments, predominantly feet, and I have no clue as to how and when to use those.

Can anyone identify and explain them?

Best by referring to the attached image like "upper row 3rd from left is such and such and used for such".

Is there anything which would make sewing a seamtape which goes a round an edge on easier?

I know the Sailrite machines have a wonderful attachment for this, does anyone use this successfully with a Pfaff-130? Alternatives?

Thanks so much for your input!
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Still I got some attachments, predominantly feet, and I have no clue as to how and when to use those.

Can anyone identify and explain them?
When all else fails, read the manual:

https://www.pell.portland.or.us/~orc/pfaff+130/
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Re: Pfaff sewing machine attachments what are they used for?

Oh, thank you. That is helpful!!

Anyone with thoughts on the Sailrite seam tape feeder on the Pfaff 130?
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What you’re looking for is called a binder. It can put premade folded material on the raw edge of a seam giving it a finished look. You can probably have one made by Alanta Attachments near Atlanta Georgia, to fit your PfFf 130. They can custom make the attachment that you’re looking for but you’ll need to send them samples of the binding material you’re using most likely you can get various samples from sail rite or a local Canvas shop .
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Re: Pfaff sewing machine attachments what are they used for?

Taping an edge may be easier than the preferred double folded edge.
You can do that w two tricks;
first prefold and iron a crease into the tape.
Secondly (if you have trouble keeping the sail and the tape aligned while sewing) staple the tape onto the sail before sewing and then remove the staples. Just like a dressmaker would pin a garment while sewing.
The tape must be a bias tape and light weight compared to the sailcloth or it will stretch far less than the nearby cloth and form a hard spot, along the foot certainly.
These are among the tricks I would have tried as a sailmaking repair manager.
I have respect for special purpose presser feet but do not think that such a foot will work well with sail cloth edge binding. And agree with the above post that if you are going to try one, pre testing will be required.
We only used special feet for creating bolt rope tapes.

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Re: Pfaff sewing machine attachments what are they used for?

Thanks.
I used basting tape, stuck it to both sides and did the sewing. It worked.

Btw. I also contacted Sailrite and they said their binder / seam feeder works also for my Pfaff 130-6. I only might need different screws..

https://www.sailrite.com/search?keywords=swing%20away
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@ franziska:
Top row, all the way on the right, that's the normal presser foot. Second from left is for hemming scarves, it rolls the fabric. You do not seem to have a presser foot for zippers.

Slightly different application, but if you want radiused curves with zippers, as for bug netting, I've found that running two lines of longest stitch, about 3 mm apart, and gathering the inside of the curve, in the same manner as one would fit a sleeve to the body of a blouse, will make very tidy curves .

I'm glad you got the manual up there. My auxiliary parts were all dismantled by a curious child, or something, and I never got to use them, nor did I learn how to use them. I really loved my old Pfaff.

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Ann,

it's always a pleasure to get great advice from you. Including your suggestion to get the Pfaff two years ago.

Thank you.

The Pfaff is really great and every time I use it I am fascinated by mankind's ingeniouety.
Also I think about who might have owned it under what circumstances and what they created with it. Plus, it looks great, much nicer than a soulless white piece of plastic.

It's built in 1952 and you can still easily get needles and spare parts for a low price. Hard to come up with other equipment which can match that. Wow.

So I guess I'll get a foot for zippers as well. Do I need a special one for the bigger zippers?
So far I shy away from zippers and use good quality velcro instead.

Very best regards from Autumn to Spring,

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Top row, all the way on the right, that's the normal presser foot. Second from left is for hemming scarves, it rolls the fabric. You do not seem to have a presser foot for zippers.

Slightly different application, but if you want radiused curves with zippers, as for bug netting, I've found that running two lines of longest stitch, about 3 mm apart, and gathering the inside of the curve, in the same manner as one would fit a sleeve to the body of a blouse, will make very tidy curves .

I'm glad you got the manual up there. My auxiliary parts were all dismantled by a curious child, or something, and I never got to use them, nor did I learn how to use them. I really loved my old Pfaff.

Enjoy.

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So far I shy away from zippers and use good quality velcro instead.
Then, maybe you don't need the zipper foot, although you may, if you also start making clothes. In any event, there is only one size, and you sew along the tape, a little ways off the teeth.

Different strokes for different folks! I mostly prefer zippers, especially for cushion covers. It is the ease of getting the cushion back inside the cover after laundering the cover, when the zip goes around three sides. Especially for mattress covers.

It is mid spring here now, and it is quite beautiful with all the spring blossoms coming in their appointed hours, quite like a blessing, in a way.

Thanks for the kind words, Franziska.

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Thanks again :-)

Eventually I'll give zippers a try good thought on the cushion covers.
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