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07-11-2010 08:41 AM

Thanks guys for your responses, I appreciate the feedback.
05-30-2010 08:16 AM
DanTwoLakes Good advice. A 140 needle will easily handle size 138 thread, I use them all the time for that. The rule of thumb is that if the thread will comfortably go through the needle's eye you can use that needle for that size thread.
05-30-2010 07:05 AM
Pfaff 545


Keep my number handy. If you have specific questions about the machine, I may be able to help, without having to wait on a response from the forum. I retired 2 1/2 years ago, so I am around most of the time.

Keep in mind that when sewing real leather that there are special needles for leather.

There are also different needle systems for the H3 and H4. The H3 takes a 134/35 system and the H4 takes a 190R system. Everyone will have preferences for needle brands, just like Chevy and Ford cars. There are also different needle sizes. Size will largely be gaged by the diameter thread and material you are using. V69 thread could be a 140 or 150 needle, V138 could be 150 or 160 needle.

Many Pfaff parts have generic equivalents. You are likely to pay 1/3 or 1/2 for a set of presser feet off ebay vs. a real set of Pfaff feet. Hook assemblies may be another suitable generic purchase. When it comes to shafts, gears and screws, you may want to stick with Pfaff. You can check the local suppliers. There is someone in Bradenton that is selling commercial machines, just look on Craigslist/tampabay. You can also try Dunlap/Sunbrand, remember to request generic. They will tell you if there is a generic available.

Steve M
05-29-2010 07:35 PM

Thanks guys for your replies... I did go ahead and buy the 545, it was from an auto upholsterer who was moving back to his home town He gave me some demonstrations on it and show me what it is capable of doing. I have had it now for a week or so and I have been practicing on it, and I am happy with my results so far. I purchased Don Taylors book and it has different practice lessons I have been doing.
I am in Sarasota so I may call on you sometime, thanks for the offer.
05-29-2010 04:30 PM
DanTwoLakes You are correct, I misspoke. The Pfaff 545 is a compound feed machine, not just a needle feed machine.
05-29-2010 03:19 PM
Pfaff 545

While I would generally agree with most things said on this thread, a 545 is a walking for or compound feed machine, I have used Pfaff 145, 545 and all three current models of the 1245. They are all compund feed machines. The biggest difference is the body casting and the 145 has a small bobbin and the 545 and 1245's all have large bobbins.

If you want any of these machines, be aware that there is and H3 and an H4 version. The H4 has a higher lift and is much better for sewing thicker materials, especially with welt.

I live in Tampa and if it is OK with this site, you can call me at
813-837-9325. I'll give you as much info as you want on the machines.

Steve M
05-22-2010 09:51 PM
DanTwoLakes What you're looking for is a compound feed (a combination of drop feed and needle feed) walking foot machine like a Pfaff 1245, the 545 is a needle feed only. Even an old 1245 goes for $1000. Look for the Singer 111W and any of it's clones (like the Consew 206, 226, 255 and other brands like Juki) and you'll get the same features, and usually at a better price. Also, parts are a lot more pricey for a Pfaff.
05-20-2010 09:10 AM
sewing machine

I am a newbe and I am looking to purchase a used Pfaff 545
i was wondering if anyone could give me any advice on this machine for a beginner?
I appreciate your help

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