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Old 01-12-2010, 09:19 AM
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Pfaff 138

Does anybody here have any experience with a Pfaff 138? I am picking one up tomorrow for $150! All original with the table and all. The lady says she got it from her Grandmother and she bought it new. I know Pfaff is a good brand I just don't know much about them. Any info is greatly appreciated!!
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Yes, Pfaff makes a very good machine. This machine has the bobbin case on the left of the needle mounted vertically like a Consew 206. The bobbin case comes out of the machine to load a bobbin. It would use the smaller "G" bobbin. Later machines had the bobbin to the right of the needle and horizontal.

Here is a link for a PDF file for the instruction manual for the Pfaff138. Click on the zip file, the other file that says PDF next to it won't open.
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I have a couple of Pfaff 130's and a 138. You will be getting a good deal if you pick up the 138 for $150, they usually sell on ebay for 3-4 times that much. It's not officially an upholstery machine because it only has drop feed but it will be stronger and faster than a family machine, sew with heavier thread and has the added advantage of zig zag.

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Well its sounds like a good catch for me then. I was gonna have a friend pick it up for me today but the weather here in Germany is unpredictable and started snowing, so now I have to wait another day. Thanks for the help guys
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Pfaff 138

Just a little additional information to the previous quotes. If you want to do upholstery, you should find a Pfaff 145, 545 or 1245. There are other companies that make walking foot machines. The key is that I doubt that you will ever be able to purchase welt or piping feet for a 138.

The 138 is probably better for sail making and clothing.
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The presser foot bar is easily adjusted to use standard high shank presser feet, making a variety presser feet available.
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