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Old 09-26-2013, 02:26 PM
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I learned to sew on a Pfaff 1245, which is a newer version of the 545. They are great machines.

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Dan, I'm sure that it's like once you go Pfaff, you never go back.
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Pics of Pfaffaleda are attached. Now after many years of dreaming of a really decent Commercial machine and sewing with what I could afford, I feel all excited again about sewing. I have to be patient now until I can get her sewing. Wish me luck!
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Wow, that thing is in perfect condition. I think there is a clutch motor on it, I'm not sure, but unless you've sewed with one before, it will be somewhat overwhelming. Check out replacing that with a servo motor like the Reliable Sew Quiet 5000. It costs $200 shipped to you, but it would be well worth it.
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Dan, thanks! Yes, you are right, I think it is a clutch motor too. Runs all the time, when you turn it off, motor spins forever before it stops. I have sewn with this kind of motor before and can handle it, but don't like it much.

I do like Servo motors, bought the first one made by "Reliable" and it was the model 3000 Sew Quiet. Unfortunately, it is "Sew Quiet" that it does not work! Got a lemon, I guess, or it was ruined when a friend tried to hard wire the switch into it. Too bad, bought it new with a brand new Commercial machine about 5-6 years ago. I still have the machine, still have the motor. Got the machine working, that is the one I put the new hook in myself. However, I'm not smart enough to fix the motor. Oh well!

So, I've been a bit leary about buying a new Sew Quiet, but I have read your posts and I know you like them. When mine was running, I just loved it!
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The Sew Quiet 5000 is light years ahead of the 3000. I still have two 3000's and one 4000 that have never given me a minute's problem, and I've had them about 10 years.
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Dan, sorry for the late reply. Just saw this. Anyhow, you got much more life out of your motors than I got out of my lemon! I may donate my Sew Quiet 3000 if there is anybody who wants the challenge of fixing it.

Today I was looking on Ebay at Nik-o-Sew motors. You can get a 3/4 horse Servo motor for $105 shipped. That is a darned good deal and since I have two Upholstery machines and only one working motor, I should just buy one of those. Looks like it was probably manufactured the same place all the other Servo motors are made (from specs) and it just has a Nik-O-Sew badge or label on it.

I think I've convinced myself!

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The Sew Quiet 5000 is light years ahead of the 3000. I still have two 3000's and one 4000 that have never given me a minute's problem, and I've had them about 10 years.
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I did a lot of checking before I switched to servo motors. I wanted to compare the features , etc. The Reliable motor had more features than any of the other ones. None of these is a true servo motor in the first place. True servo motors are precise positioning devices that produce constant torque throughout the speed range. My only advice is to be careful what you buy, you generally get what you pay for. If you do get one, let us know what you like and don't like about it.
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Dan,

Thank you, I do appreciate the "proceed with caution" warning. You are right, but I figure for $105, if I can get a year out of it, I'd be happy. Got lots of stuff to sew and not a lot of dough. Gotta sew, ya know.

I made progress with the Pfaff 545 today. I got the upper tension and the bobbin tension set right, yay! Also got it stitching pretty well because I found some good instructions on how to adjust the needle bar. But my fix is only temporary as the screw (#2 screw on the needle bar - in the diagram I am using) is pretty well stripped. That screw is a tough one to get at! So, it appears the previous owner of the machine had issues as well, stripped screw is the indiacator. LOL. Let's see, new looking machine, stripped screw. Alrighty! Better get a screw.

I got a loose screw!

There is a stripped screw down below the basket thinga bobber too. I'm going have to learn sewing machine part names after meeting this Pfaff. She's a bit different than all my other machines.
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The "basket thinga bobber"? I hate it when you talk technical like that.
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Dan, you are a funny guy!!

Sorry, I like to use big words... Makes me sound important.

Took some pics for you because a picture is worth a thousand words.

The screw below the basket will be easy to replace, but I will be a real braniac if I can figure out how in the heck I'm gonna get that screw off the needle bar. It's already difficult to get to.

I bet there are some instructions for that one too! LOL!
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Well, I messed with the machine for a few hours yesterday. Figured out that using a much longer screwdriver allowed me to get at that screw easier that is on the needle bar. I was able to tighten it a little better, and got the machine sewing a perfect stitch. Then the screw got lose again and my perfect stitch was no longer perfect.

I have no idea how to get that screw out of there, but it needs to be replaced. My hubby says he can probably order all the screws in that I need, but we have to figure how to get it out first.

Then two other problems popped up. The belt to the motor seems to tight, which seems an easy fix. I just need a big enough wrench to adjust that. Second (new) problem was that the foot pedal started sticking. The machine goes like a race horse and it won't stop unless I rock it back with the other foot. I do know how to use a clutch motor, this one is just not working right.

The machine has not been run for a few years, so we'll have to work out all the adjustments. I'm hoping to be able to fix it myself. Yesterday gave me some hope when I got it stitching perfect.

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My machine has a notch in the center support that allows me to get a screwdriver in very easily. I can't believe there isn't something like that on yours, or if there isn't, make one.
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Dan, great idea!!!!

Hey, THANK YOU a bunch for photos of your machine too. This helps! They made your machine different, for sure. Much easier to get to that part. My screw is just so stripped and you have to approach it at an angle to get your screwdriver into the slot, and you are still only reaching part of it. Screwy!!

When I am trying to get at the area, I move the hand wheel until it brings the needle bar down to the spot that gives the screw the most exposure, but it is still pretty hidden behind the part that is in front of it. I was hoping I would not have to dismantle a bunch of parts to get at it.

I so wanted to get my drill out yesterday and cut a little notch in that area like you suggested, but did not want to somehow damage my machine or weaken the metal.

Most of my Customers are Pilots and I hear lots of talk about never drilling too many holes into a metal part as it compromises the whole part. Well this is a sewing machine, not a flying machine, but still... LOL!

Okay, I will get my drill out. Thank you!!!!

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Success! I got the notch drilled out just fine. I was able to get that screw out and am now able to tighten down the same screw and it is tight enough to hold. Still though, I plan to replace it.

My machine is still not sewing right though. After spending almost all day calling around, I found out that we have a New Sewing Machine Mechanic who moved to town. He is only about 8 miles away. He is very comfortable with Pfaff machines and his fees are reasonable. I took another machine to him yesterday to fix, and he suggested I keep the Pfaff as it was a better machine for doing my long banners, tarps, that type of stuff.

So, I can afford for this Mechanic to fix it and the travel time and expense I would have had to go through previously to take a machine in for repairs is no longer a factor in my decision making.

Hopefully the Mechanic has good news for me when I bring him the Pfaff to fix. Thank you again Dan, for all the help!
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The Pfaff is a Cadillac, and the Singer is a Chevy, so the mechanic is right, the Pfaff is the better machine.
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