Friday, January 13, 2012

The Pfaff 332 Sewing Machine

Pfaff 332 Made in Germany 1957.
This is a gem that deserves a little attention in the vintage sewing machine world, so I'll do my part to shed some light on this model.  This one came to me though a Craig's List "For Free" post.  It was from an estate, it was left behind from the garage stuff.  I can see why it was not chosen to go with anyone.  It was very dirty and not working.

Before Cleaning
It was the dirtiest of all the machines I have taken in, and believe me that's saying something.  It had a big chunk broken off the flywheel where something big fell on it, pry marks from someone trying to open the upper case and wood shavings inside (That was a first) and best of all the needle was in wrong.  That must have been what made the owner mad.  With a new bobbin, oil and a good cleaning it worked.  It was very loud and fast, gosh this was one powerful machine.  What a gem!  What it lacks in beauty it has in businesslike efficiency and power.    I have an older Pfaff 131 so am familiar with some of the features and found there are some improvements to that model.
Pfaff 332 Bobbin Case

 My favorite change to the Pfaff line is the bobbin case access.  To give some background, the only thing I do not like about my older Pfaff is that to get to the bobbin you have to turn up the entire machine and remove the bobbin case.  Big pain, particularly with such as heavy sewing machine.  Now, you can get at it so easy!  That brings me to the second thing, that is the handy extension table.
Pfaff 332 Fold Up Sewing Bed
There are many machines with free arm capabilities and many have a table/bed that can be attached to give the support when making a large project.  This one is different, it folds up from the machine itself.  That is great, as it won't get lost or be somewhere far away when you need it most such as the back of the closet.  Even better, you can add to make it larger buy attaching an extension.
Pfaff 332  Bed Extension
The Pfaff 332 has the capability to do zig zag, reverse and a bunch of the usual decorator stitches.  It originally came with a guide that you can turn around to get stitches by combining numbers as shown with those corresponding on the machine.
Pattern dials and spool pins

I do not have an example of this as to date, I have not even tried to use them.  The dial is on the left, the built in pattern cams are inside the top cover near this.  It's nice to know it can do these things but so far I just haven't needed them.

In this photo there is another improvement in the Pfaffs:  The ability to turn the spool pins down.  If you have ever broken a spool pin or bent one by accident, here is the solution to prevent this.  It makes for a very tidy way to ready for storage.

This sewing machine did not have any attachments when I got it but that has not proven to be a problem as it takes easy to find low shank zig zag accessories.  If you have this model, you may want to get a walking foot and a roller foot to help with heavier work.  It took a few tries to get a walking foot that would work well with this machine so I've included a photo so you can save some trouble.

About the stitching and workmanship.  That is where this sewing machine shines.  It can sew lightweight cotton all the way to outdoor Sunbrella fabric.  It does each one equally well.  Because it is harder to find a machine that does heavy fabrics well and that is a need I do have for making outdoor things like Cordura nylon packs, I save this special task for this particular machine.  With heavy thread, big needle and a small adjustment to the bobbin  it sews through with no problem.  I have machines with better strait stitches but considering the utility of this, that's not a big deal.  When I first got it I had trouble with speed, it seemed to be too fast to do intricate work.  With time and more oiling, that has somewhat subsided.  Maybe it took too much power to get it going, where now everything is more sensitive.  I don't know why but it is easier to use after a few years.  Maybe it just likes me better now!  In a perfect world this machine would have a slow gear for special work.
Sort of masculine, my gray 332
In summary it is a fine machine and a good choice for someone who wants a no fuss worker.  It is simple enough for a beginner but would be best for someone who wants a heavier duty machine.  That it can do zig- zag stitches and take low shank attachments makes it one of the more versatile vintage machines.  It's no featherweight but it's not overly heavy either.  I carry it in a specially made for it canvas bag with no problem.  There is a disadvantage is that parts are getting harder to find, such as timing belts.  That said, they rarely break or need repair.  If you see one, get it.  If you are offered one, take it.

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  1. I'm so happy that this machine found its way into the perfect home! I'm avoiding bringing in any more orphans (no room!!!!), but I'll remember this one when I am ready. And btw, I have to say that I think it has that no-nonsense sort of beauty that makes it very special looking :)

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  2. Thanks Jilly Be. You're right about the space for machines of course. I've even let a few go recently for this reason. I've had this one for a few years now and it's a "keeper".

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  3. I'll keep my eyes open for this-- I'd love to have a powerhouse zigzag stitch. Thanks for the detailed review!

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  4. I have this machine and yesterday the belt broke. any ideas wher to get a new one. Thanks Marcia

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  5. Try this: I have ordered from them several times.
    http://www.sewingpartsonline.com/pfaff-332-sewing-machine-parts.aspx
    It's a pricey part but it will last another 50 years.

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    1. Thank you for your reply. Still no luck. yarndiva, Have you ever changed a timing belt? If I find one, wondering if I will be able to do it.

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    2. I have not had the need to replace a timing belt on any machine so far. Is it hard to do? I do not know but suggest you join Oldpfafforum on Yahoo Groups. There are some very helpful vintage Pfaff users as members who may have done it. Hope I spelled it right. See you there.

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    3. thank you again. I will give it a try.

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  6. Lucky you! I have one also and although I haven't tried the decorative stitches yet (was told they weren't working), this is my go-to machine for sewing garment leather. I repaired the sleeves of the DD's leather jacket and the free arm is terrific for stuff like that.

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  7. Would you be able to specify where you purchased the walking and roller foot for your 332?

    I just rebuilt a 332-261. Thanks!

    Howard

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    2. Wow, a rebuild! I'd love to hear about that sometime. About the walking foot - I found a walking foot much like the one I use (with the lift bar that goes above the clamp screw) here:

      http://www.etsy.com/listing/81631824/nifty-notions-walking-foot-low-shank

      As for the roller foot, it was on the machine when I got it. No other presser feet were with it so I have bought them over time on Ebay. The ones made for Pfaff do best but I have an unknown maker low shank zig foot that works fine. Perhaps that would be the case with a basic roller foot for your machine.

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    3. Neat to stumble on this. I have the same machine. My mother bought it new before I was born. My mother did a car seat cover (4 layers of vinyl) with it, and I've done a lot of Cordura / Sunbrella with it. It has a bunch of different feet (most I have no idea what they are for), the plastic guide for the fancy stitches, and the owners manual. The electric cords are looking a little sad, but should be easy to replace. Have the original carrying suitcase as well. Its a great machine.

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    4. Thanks for stopping by. Wonderul machine but it is even better that it came from your mother.

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  8. If you had a chance to purchase one, what would you pay for one? I know where one is available, but didn't know what price range was reasonable. Thanks.

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  9. With older sewing machines prices are really variable. Some ridiculously high in the multiple hundreds and some very little as with this one. If you find a machine in good mechanical shape with the attachments I'd go a hundred or maybe more. If it is OK but missing attachments and is dirty (meaning you'll maybe have to spend some money on some parts) maybe as high as $50. I guess what I am saying is it depends. Another thing to consider is, if you really really like it then it may be better to just get it even if it is a little more than you'd like to pay. I have some regrets about this subject, as do many others.

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  10. I'm looking to purchase a machine to sew marine canvas utilizing heavy thread.
    I'm looking at pfaff 130, 230 and now the 322. I'm having a hard time deciding which machine would be best, or would they all work.

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    1. The answer is the PFAFF 130 with a pfaff 1.5 amp motor. It's a very strong machine and will zip through marine canvas. Google 'Zeus Machines' for the best refurbushed 130's. Use leather needles!

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    2. Strength is certainly not a problem with even a stock 1.3 motor but presser foot clearance is my only concern with recommending it. Why leather needles? Would the cutting action not make a possible tear later at stress points? If not I will try this sometime.

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  11. It's hard for me to say as I have only the 332. If pressed I'd have to go with the 130, as even as strong as my 332 is, my 131 (strait stitch version of the 130)is my favorite. It must be similar to the 130. Part of that may be because the machine itself is in better condition. My 332 was very hard used but does quite well despite abuse, but oh that 131 is smooth. The flatbed gives a better stitch in my opinion. The 332 is close and would win out if a free arm is more handy.

    For more opinions, try asking this very question the vintage Pfaff Yahoo group. I have heard older Necchi's such as the BU Nova also do this work well. They too have a Yahoo group and this topic comes up there. Join and ask if you wish.

    The one issue I have had with home machines (even strong ones) doing this sort of work has to do with getting the thick fabric under the presser foot. They may sew through anything - if you can get enough clearance that is. Trouble is had at crossing seams with multiple layers. Because of this, a Sailrite may be best for you if you plan on doing a lot of this type of sewing.

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  12. Thank you so much for your quick reply, sounds like it would still work for my purposes, but the prices I've seeh so far, not so good. The right machine, the right price, the search continues . . .

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  14. Yarndiva,
    This is a great post - I have a question about the Pfaff 332 and how it compares to the other Pfaff models. My fiance and I just purchased one of these off of Craigslist, and in the process of repairing the tension knob, the check spring (tension spring) broke. We are trying to find a replacement, and seem to be able to find check springs for all of the other models except for this one. Do you know which other Pfaff model check springs the 332 is compatible with? Many thanks!

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    1. Congratulations on your new Pfaff. Tension springs do break and are able to be found. Try a model 260, they are much the same and my manual even says 260-332. I found one on ebay so you can try there. Email me if you need some help installing or check out the Yahoo group oldpfaffforum.

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  15. Today I pulled out my 332 to cover a cushion. It is the first time in 20 years it has been out except to have it serviced a couple of times. I just haven't been sewing for awhile. When my mother gave it to me for my 18th birthday in 1955 she said, "With this machine you will always be able to make a living, and never starve." .....and I didn't. I even pawned it once for $65 and Mom got it out of hawk for me. :)

    I sewed for a living off and on for 40 years, from chiffon to leather and fur....lots of costumes. She did it all, climbed over huge layers of all kinds of material.

    I came on here today to get the latest information about the 332 and enjoy the discussion. The only difference in what I knew is the year it was manufactured. My mother said she bought it as a reposessed machine in 1955, but it was a 1952 model. It was very expensive at that time.

    It is the Mercedes diesel of sewing machines.

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  16. Great to hear about other 332's. To date the year of manufacture for mine, I used this list through the International Sewing Machine Collector's Society.
    http://www.ismacs.net/pfaff/pfaff_manufacture_dates.html

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  17. Just bought a 332
    Need help with settings,needle,thread for sewing leather if you can help thanks

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  18. For leather,my favorite help is a teflon presser foot. If you do not have one, a roller foot can also work. What type of thread depends on the thickness of the leather. Lighter garment leather works pretty well with this machine, and I use a leather point needle, long stitch length and buttonhole thread. If you need heavier thread, try upholstery thread. The bobbin sometimes does not work well with this so loosen the bobbin case tension screw to allow for the heavier thread or use normal thread only in the bobbin. Experiment on scraps first, as you want to have it right beforehand.

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  19. One more thing...sometimes lighter leathers do fine with regular thread. I mention this as color matching can be an issue.

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  20. I have a Pfaff Automatic 332 in the basement. I'm wondering if it can be mounted in a table. Was thinking of buying an antique table for it.

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    1. No, it will not go well into a vintage cabinet. Most older Pfaffs fit into Singer cabinets because they are flat bed and have holes for attaching to metal pin hinges spaced like Singer. The 332 is a free arm so there is no hole to fit the cabinet pins. To set it in a cabinet, try a newer one as most machines made today are of similar dimensions to your Pfaff.

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  21. This is the first time on your blog. I picked up a Pfaff 332-260 today that was in a church sale. It cost $130. Not a bad price. It's pretty clean and seems to run well. It also came in a suitcase. I remember my Mother having a new Pfaff when I was a kid. Her cousin worked for Pfaff in Germany and got it for her. It was in a cabinet. I remember her doing those designs with that design wheel. Mine didn't have one but I found a site where you could download a PDF of one for $2.95. Can't wait to take it for a test drive.

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    1. Enjoy your Pfaff, thanks for visiting.

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  22. Hi. I am really happy to find such a page! I started to learn sewing and needed a machine. Today i went to look for a one, looked for new models of singer, janome, brother and etc. Then in a shop i found an older model of Pfaff specifically this one, 332. Well from the start i wasnt into new models with plastic outer shell body, and was looking for a cast iron one. The sales people in the shop, explained the machine and did a demo (well the new brother model was working louder than 332 :D ), and the machine was very fine just a little scratches with all accessories even the model wheel. The bag was a little worn but it was okay. I bought mine about 300$, i don't know it's expensive or not. But i am thinking that i made the right choice!

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    1. Price is so variable, I hate to say if you paid too much or not. If it was a shop that serviced it, I would say it was worth the 300. A 332 with the accessories is a machine that will last the rest of your life and do nearly everything. As your skills improve, this will grow with you. That is when the attachments will come in handy and if you want to add some you can as the low shank on your Pfaff is common to many machines. I added a roller foot and walking foot for example. Best wishes to you.

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  23. Thanks for the info! Was in the right placeat the right time and got a 332 for $20 at the goodwill. It's in a cabinet, and the cord inst in the greatest shape, but I'm hoping I can get it going after a good cleaning and oiling!

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  24. Good for you, an excellent find. You can replace cords. I have done some work like this but prefer to have a repair person do it but it the main thing is it is not a huge deal. If you run into any trouble find the Vintage Pfaff group on Yahoo. Oldpfaffforum.

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  25. I have a 1968 Pfaff 360. Is it as good as the 332? It has the cams for decorative stitching. I need to sew naugahide for seat covers but don't want to over load it. Also the motor belt is broken so I have to find a replacement. Any info on spare belt?

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    1. Sorry I missed this, do you still need a belt?

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  26. I have my mom's old Pfaff 320. She was quite the seamstress. I am not but use it occasionally for easy projects or repairs. My problem is I would love to do a decorative stitch on something I'm working on but I can't get it to work. I have the wheel that shows the stitch and tells what settings to use but it just keeps sewing a straight line. Do you know if I have to have and attachment or do anything else to get it to work?

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    1. I will check on this later when I can get to my machine. For mine, I do not need a special attachment but because I so rarely use deco stitches I forgot how to do this. Will post help soon.

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    2. Mine 360 was taken to repair, then it worked. Maybe oiling?

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  27. Hello to all! I am looking for a thumb screw for the seam guide belonging to my Pfaff 332. Can someone point me in the right direction?

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    1. http://www.thecolorfulworldofsewing.com/Pfaff-Presser-Foot-Shank-Thumb-Screw.html

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  28. This has been a work horse of mine for many years in the theatre. My focus is costume crafts...everything from shoes to hats to armour. The free arm of this machine was a god send for shoes and millinery. Strong enough to stitch through multiple layers of apparel leather, as well as thicker hides. Delicate enough to handle silk chiffon a moment later. Sadly, the cleated motor belt broke. I've managed to mend it a few times which has bought me a few more months, even under heavy sewing conditions, as I continue to hunt for a replacement. Unfortunately the 84 cleat nylon and metal belt is no longer made and two attempts at purchasing a replacement, despite lengthy conversations with vendors, has resulted in the wrong size or style belt. I'll be so sad if the loss of the belt is the end of this glorious machine.

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    1. Love this post. Try for a used part from someone who may have a broken machine maybe on "oldpfaffforum " on Yahoo Groups. Such an old friend deserves a decent repair! If I did not love mine too I would remove the one I have in my machine. Let me know how it goes and maybe I can widen the search.

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    2. This may help me find my neighbor a replacement power cord for her 1950's Paff 332. thanks for the posting.

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  29. I love seeing how well your Pfaff 332 cleaned up. Mine is looking like the "before" pictures. Can I ask you what you used to clean the outside with? Mine has a bit of paint loss but a lot of that scummy orangey color especially on the bed. I finally found a foot control for it and am in the process of getting her cleaned up!

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    1. Mine had a good paint job and was just very dirty so this is what I did: I use a cleaner called Simple Green and a cotton rag to wash, with Q Tips for small spaces. For compromised paint, maybe such as yours, I have also used GoJo NON pumice hand cleaner. When clean a nice coat of carnauba wax. Best Wishes with your project.

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  30. Hi. Me again. i have this model of pfaff, i wrote it before. Can you briefly explain how you do the settings for a good stitch. I dont know why but i cant seem to do it right. Sometimes the upper stitch goes wrong, and most of the times the under stitch goes wrong -being loose or it tangles the thread- so can you briefly explain to me, i will be thankful. Actually if there is any video tutorial or something you would recommend, it would be amazing ! :D Thanks.

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    1. This is a problem for everyone, but especially when with a machine that has been out of operation for a while. The most common problem is in correct threading or incorrect bobbin type. Even though I know this, I still mess up here sometimes.

      Thread upper tension exactly as shown in the manual. I mean every loop, every spot. Do this with presser foot up and discs open. To give a quick assessment, I lower presser foot and pull thread through the needle. It should come through but tight, a slight tug.

      Next check the lower tension. With the bobbin in the bobbin case, make sure bobbin is in correctly with thread coming out in the right direction ( opposite the spring) Your manual shows this. The thread should have some tension as it winds out of the bobbin case spring. For me, I let the case drop and it should go down slowly. Make any adjustment to the case spring if is is not right. A fast drop means to tighten the tiny screw, a halt means to loosen. Do this half turn at a time.

      Now, try it out. There is much information out there on how to correct tension. A basic rule to remember is usually tangles on the bottom of the fabric mean your trouble is with the top. My own personal rule is big tangles mean big problem, such as needle in backwards or missed spots in threading. Small tangles mean a wrong needle or thread /fabric is off a bit.

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  34. Has anybody with a Pfaff 332 tried to use an old Singer buttonholer? The machine is low-shank, so it seems like it should attach. Anyone done this?

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    1. I have company ( little kids !) now so can't try it myself right now. I think the low shank buttonholer would be fine, I use one with my Elna Supermatic free arm. If the lower feed dog cover plate will not attach to the machine bed (due to it being a free arm) then lower the feed dogs on the Pfaff 332 and then go about the buttonhole process as usual without it. If no one else has an answer for you shortly, I will do an experiment on this a little later.

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  36. I just got one of these old machines. She used to belong to my mother-in-law. She is in need of a good cleaning. What did you use to clean the outside of the machine? I don't want to destroy the finish, just bring back her old beauty. Thanks. silverthimble@shaw.ca

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  37. I just got one of these old machines. She used to belong to my mother-in-law. She is in need of a good cleaning. What did you use to clean the outside of the machine? I don't want to destroy the finish, just bring back her old beauty. Thanks. silverthimble@shaw.ca

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    1. Hi Norma, sorry for the delay I have had company-a few of them toddlers so I am just now reading this. How wonderful that you have this machine from your mother in law. I used GoJo non pumice hand cleaner to clean most machines if they are very dirty. make sure not to get the kind that has pumice grit, it will scratch. It is gentle. The finish paint on the Pfaff is pretty tough but you are wise to be cautious. If it needs it, I sometimes use carnauba wax as a polish afterwards.
      If you need any help with using it, check back or seek help from Yahoo Groups Oldpfaffforum.

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  38. currently I have three of these wonderful machines. I have my mother's machine pfaff 332 (which i learned to sew on). On one of my moves or adult children moving back and forth the box that contained foot pedal, instruction manual, all the accessaries that wouldhave been in it's metal box. I feel so bad losing any of it since my mother hung on to all of it for over 40yrs!!! So purchased two additional machines (one I thought was just accessaries but ended up with machine and another without accessories) that were in their original cases also. I ordered a disk with service intructions but still having hard time locating an Instruction manual and some bobbins that accually fit ....yes i have purchased various ones claimed to fit the Pfaff 332 machine. Any help in locating an INSTRUCTION MANUAL would be awesome! Enjoy your blog on tis wonderful sewing machine.

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  39. I love that you have your mom's machine. Losing things when moving is part of life, I know this too. For a manual I get mine from here:
    http://www.tias.com/stores/relics/
    These are not free but I like the ring edged and plastic cover. Makes them easy to use. On the site look up Pfaff 332, it's there. For bobbins, I get mine from Stitches in Time, an eBay seller who is very knowlegable about Pfaffs (as well as other vintage machines). If I recall correctly, the 332 and the 130 use the same bobbins and are not rare. Ask Cindy Peters at Stitches in Time before you order about what you need.
    Glad you visited. If you need futher help, I am in a Yahoo Group for vintage Pfaff users and you might be interested as well. It is called Oldpfaffforum.

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  40. Hi, Just got my hands on a 1958 (?) 332 automatic. Still waiting for it to arrive and can't wait....
    Got it very very cheap and the reason is it has no motor inside....
    Were can I get the specs of the Original motor (power and size)? Is it possible to install a stronger one? Anybody did this before?

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    1. I don't have size for the motor, without taking my own apart to measure. Try Yahoo Group Oldpfaffforum and ask after joining regarding changing to a different type. I saw a motor on eBay today, maybe it would work if you are Ok with a used replacement of the original with same power.

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  41. Hello,
    I was reading on another thread that you found a walking foot that works with the Pfaff 130? I just purchased one on Ebay and I didn't know a walking foot was possible♡ Thanks for any information, I'm a little nervouse about the comments concerning the belt on the Pfaff 130's! I thought this machine would last a long time, now I'm not so sure??!! Sarah

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    1. I have found that most any walking foot attachment works on the Pfaff 130, the 332 was a little particular about one kind. Will double check this next time it is out. I use the walking foot /plaid matcher for using layered nylon or quilting.

      My 130 gets a lot of use but have not written about it here as so many people have already written about it's many charms elsewhere. It is a seriously durable machine, and I have not had any trouble with it at all -except I got some thread stuck in the bobbin case area one time. These are old, yes, and parts become a bit harder to find but if you need them can be found. The interior belt is pricey but gosh, you would get another 60 years out of it. So far my three Pfaffs all have no such trouble. I am sure they will outlast me by a long while!

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    2. Added:the interior cleted belt was impossible to find for another reader, sadly, but most other things can be searched. It does take a lot to wear them out and this is the case with many lesser quality machines as well. The internet has helped in this area so much in recent years.

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  42. Use one with my Elna Supermatic free arm. On the off chance that the lower food canine spread plate won't append to the machine bed (because of it being a free arm) then lower the food puppies on the Pfaff 332 and after that go about the buttonhole process as regular without these details.

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    1. That is a good idea - lower the Feed Dogs. I have since found a Feed Dog cover, a small metal plate, that does the job too. Thanks for visiting.

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  43. Hi
    I just bought one for $50 based on your blog. Would you tell me where you got the walking foot?
    Cheers
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    1. I got mine on Ebay. The kind I have shown above are a little harder to find but they are the ones that work for me as the fit to the presser bar was good. Note the higher arched side arm parts.

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    2. http://www.keepsakequilting.com/low-shank-walking-foot
      I saw this one too, but am a bit confised by the three inmages. If you can determine how to get the curved arm one, this seems to be a good source.

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  44. Thanks. The reason I got this machine (and the reason I need a walking foot) is I want to make sails. I know the Pfaff 130 can cope and I hope the 332 can too. Zig Zag, reverse, Walking Foot, sails, upholstery for $50, WHOO HOO!

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    1. This is a pretty strong machine surely but for long term heavy duty use I would find an industrial walking foot-feed machine. I use them in a shop at work and really like them. Cost more than $50 though! The problem with even the mighty 332 is that the presser foot can allow only so much thickness to pass. Another thing to help with heavy work is a roller foot.

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  45. I've decided to get this:http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/8-pcs-Walking-Foot-Adaptor-Pfaff-Hobby-130-340-382-521-541-721-741Hobbymatic-947-/390524783733?hash=item5aed174c75:m:mGS7KoYrVENSoFo5AkuW78g
    It has an adapter to suit the 332. I have also done some research.. turns out the Mr Pfaff wanted to built a portable industrial machine and this is what his designers came up with. No wonder it can sew through a half inch of hard leather and not even work hard.

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  46. Hi, I've looked at the walking foot on etsy.com. Which one of the many choices do you recommend?

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    1. I recommend the kind that has the curved arms at the top as shown in the photo above.
      There are other kinds as well but I feel this type fits the Pfaff 332 best. My other Pfaff, the 131 does fine with any low shank walking foot but the 332 seems a bit more particular about them.

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  47. Hi I have the pfaff 332-260-5016 that my mother-in-law purchased in Germany in 1958, complete with cabinet screw drivers, oil can,all the attachments that were available to include a double stitch needle, manuals, booklets, embroidery wheel chart. I am having a problem finding all the different needles for the different materials. Any suggestions would be helpful

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  48. Hi I have the pfaff 332-260-5016 that my mother-in-law purchased in Germany in 1958, complete with cabinet screw drivers, oil can,all the attachments that were available to include a double stitch needle, manuals, booklets, embroidery wheel chart. I am having a problem finding all the different needles for the different materials. Any suggestions would be helpful

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    1. This machine takes regular 15x1 needles, commonly found in fabric stores. I use a 80 needle for most things but take it up or down for different fabrics. For example denim I use a 100 or 110, for voile(lightweight cotton) a 75. For knits I use a ball point needle. There is a lot of information on this out there! There are different numbering systems as well, the 80 being a 12 on charts sometimes. Most times both are given. I suggest getting a pack of 75, 80, 90, denim/110 and a 80 ball point. That will cover you for a very long time. For me I just seem to keep re-stocking the 80's mostly over the years. There are specialty ones too for leather and such if needed.
      The good thing about your Pfaff is the needles are easy to find. I get bobbins on eBay through Stitches In Time store. Enjoy!

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  49. most all the needles that I've purchased has a flat shank on them but my machine uses a v shank; doesn't that make any sense to you? Since I have all the original books/manuals, I know which needle sizes to use on different materials, just not where to find the v shank needles. Thank you as I do enjoy reading the different comments.

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    1. My Pfaff uses the 15x1 needle, flat side shank. That makes it flat on one side and round on the other more a "u" shape than "v". The manual says 130r, the same as 15x1 (also called 130/705 system). I have not heard of V shank just round and flat with some unique set ups like with Willcox Gibbs machines which have gooves up to the top in the shank or very very old machines from the mid 1800's.

      Have you tried to use the 15x1 130/705? If you have and it won't fit we need to get more help and pictures might be necessary to see what is going on. There are a few groups to help.

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    2. Thank you so much for posting this you answered my question that I just posted on here about needle size. Much appreciated.

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  50. went back to my manual last pm and re-read the needle section, I can only assume that my mother-in-law must have picked the needles up long ago as the were in an old Pfaff needle wrap I will continue to use the schmidt's sewing machine needles as that seems to work best on my machine. Thank you again for all your help.

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  52. I came across two items that I think belong to an old Pfaff sewing machine. How can I find out which model they belong to? Thanks, Nancy

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    1. Sorry I missed this question. If you can post an image on Flickr or send me a picture maybe I can identify. Because I have 4 of them, I have seen lots of parts! If not, there is a Facebook group for vintage Pfaff owners and a Yahoo group as well. Between all of us maybe an answer can be found.

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  53. I have a Pfaff 332 that I would be willing to sell. I think it works well, but I'm having trouble with the tension and I just don't have time to work with it. Looking at previous posts, I'm wondering if someone would be interested in it for $50? If this is not the place to offer an item for sale, can you please direct me?

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    1. I am fine with a offer for sale here. Where do you live - for pick up?

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  54. having problem with stitch length accuracy, any suggestions. I need the longest possible and don't believe it is correct. Would the #5 be 5 stitches per inch? Thank you Deanna

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    1. The number system on Pfaff does not show how many stitches to the inch, but some older machines do, like the Singer 15. The Pfaff is metric. Here is a good explanation and chart to estimate the number of stitches to the inch by number for your machine and mine. There is no "5" but 4 is the longest you can get and is is pretty much comparable to other machines of this vintage in my opinion. For a longer stitch, maybe another kind of machine can do this. I don't know of one now but suggest asking on a forum like Patternreview.com for help.

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  55. I have a Pfaff 332 that I bought in a sally-Ann for $10 and had it 'tuned up' for $60 at a local sewing shop. I know very little about sewing. Where can I get a good manual for this machine? Also, it came with a metal box full of little doo-dads that I am clueless as to what they are. How do I learn to sew? Object is to sew a Sumbrella cockpit surround for my 42' sailboat Jessica B.

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    1. A tough question.....like saying how do I cook? Your new machine is a good find for sure. The little box has attachment s that make the machine do different things easier, such as inserting a zipper or make hems. Making a cover with sunbrella would be possible with the machine in my opinion but that is the max it will sew. It might be tricky in parts where swams cross-many layers of fabric. The subject is big but your soecific goal I would start there. Has anyone on You Tube ever done this? If you lived nearby I would help you!

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  56. Hello I am cleaning a pfaff for a friend, and it states on the needle plate to use 130R needles. This is my first pfaff on my table can someone let me know if the 15x1 needles will work in this machine, it had a pack of them in the accessories box. Thanks in advanced.

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    1. ok I finally found where someone else ask the same question about needles. I have my answer thank you.

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    2. Glad you found it. The use of easy to find needles makes it even more versatile.

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