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Old 11-23-2011, 01:15 PM
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Pfaff 145 H3 questions

First off let me say that this forum has been the most informative in regards to industrial sewing machines that I have found on the net. And second....I'm not much of a car guy but since I haven't been able to find much info about a sewing machine I recently purchased, I figure you guys are probably my best bet. I went through some serious drama and ended up losing $500 in a bad transaction trying to acquire my dream machine.....a Consew 146rb with zig zag and walking foot. Since I lost that money and am rapidly approaching a deadline for some projects I have, I purchased a used Pfaff 145 H3 with the money I had left.

The machine came from a reputable business in Phoenix, but they are in Phoenix and I'm in El Paso. Nobody here wants to give anyone a deal and the guys in Phoenix have been helpful and picked out a decent machine for me considering what I paid for it. I have some questions about it and of course those guys are on vacation and this is crunch week for my projects.

I've mastered setting the timing as I've knocked it out of timing at least a dozen times. During this week of work, I've pretty much mastered the clutch motor which is ridiculously slow compared to the 3500 rpm motor I had on a non-walking foot singer.

My main question about the machine has to do with foot lift and needle position. Is this machine incapable of having the foot lift when the needle is down? This seems to be something necessary to make squared turns and I can't get this machine to do that. Is something broken with my lift mechanism? I know it doesn't have an extraordinarily high lift to begin with, but to have no lift when the needle is down is a pain.

I also tend to jam the thread up in the bobbin more than what seems appropriate. Twice now in the past week I've had to remove the 3 tiny screws holding the bobbin together to remove the lower bobbin case and get all the thread out from underneath. Is this standard operating procedure with this machine?

I've heard nothing but good things about Pfaffs except high parts costs. I'm starting to feel that this machine has some bad juju. If I can get all my stuff finished in a timely manner, I'll start doing projects for my friends and maybe I can make enough money to buy a speed reducer pulley or a servo.....both are the same price. Can you believe that?

Maybe despite the hiccups, this machine was in my destiny. I'm a former computer/electronic tech, a bike mechanic, and a physics teacher. I don't mind tinkering with stuff, but I'd rather spend my time making new products or riding my bike.

Here are some pics of some of the bags I've been making for bikepacking.
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With any sewing machine, home or industrial, you should be able to raise the foot with the needledown in the work to make a square corner. If your machine isn't doing that, there is something wrong.
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Figured it out

I found a manual online. It has instructions on adjusting the lift! Easy wing nut adjustment in the back. Amazing how much faster I was able to finish up a small bag with lots of turns.
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