I haven't used it in a long, long time. I remember that the IDT handle has to be up but I don't remember which way a Pfaff wheel is supposed to turn -
forward or backwards? The manuals don't say. What do you recommend as a cleaning agent/spray or lubricant?
Second problem is that the red on/off swith on the right body has caved in - no springy action. The power does come on. How do I get to that area to take a look?
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Re: My 1222e is frozen
1222E/SE Has "Stopmatic" and disengages the machine for bobbin winding. You can't use the crank and needle is locked. Place your lifter bar to the horizontal level (work turning while needle is down), this will engage the machine.
First of all - please don't ever use WD40 on a sewing machine. WD40 tends to attract fuzz and will cause more problems than it can solve.
Secondly - always turn the handwheel towards you. You can turn the handwheel backwards slightly to adjust needle position, but turning it completely backwards can result in tangled, broken thread & broken needles.
Your problem could be a variety of things:
Simply needs a good thorough cleaning - by a trained repair tech. There are just things on machines that you can't get to or care for properly if you are not trained in what to look for - i.e. motor brushes, belts, gears, etc.
Whether you use your machine often or not, if you want it to last
"forever" you should have it serviced (NOT the $19.95 special type where they only blow the fuzz out and oil the hook) but
a real, thorough service every couple of years. NOT using a machine is
actually worse for your kinds of problems than over-using. Using a
machine often and oiling it properly (only with sewing machine oil)
keeps things lubricated and running smoothly.
Broken gears - requires a trained service tech to determine. I would recommend you take your machines (respectively) to your local Brand dealer, i.e. Pfaff or Bernina or whatever brand you have. They'll have the easiest access to the parts and will know the machines.
Other broken part - belt, on/off switch, etc.
Beyond the above suggestions, a trained tech should be able to go over your machines and determine what is causing the problems.
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Skipped stitches means a bent or dull needle or improper needle for the fabric being sewn. Try a new needle of the correct type for the material being sewn. If this doesnt correct it, then it will be a timing or needle to hook problem and should go to a qualifed dealer for repair.
I could write up the procedure but it would be too much for me to type in. Or you can purchase the 1222E Repair Manual and download it. It's pretty easy to work on as long as you have similar tools to clearances.
Hi. Some Pfaff machines have something called an "IDT" which looks rather like a small, black walking foot behind the pressure foot, to help feed the fabric evenly. Pfaff machines with this IDT need "IDT" pressure feet. (I can't find a listing of which machines have this and which don't, so you'll have to look at your machines or check your manuals.) If both machines have the IDT, then the feet are compatible. If neither has the IDT, then the feet are also compatible.
You might be in "Stopmatic" mode. Check if your pressure lifter bar is in the upper most position, if it is the machine is disengage and you are set to wind your bobbin. Lower it to the 3 o-clock position this will engage the machine and the needle will operate.
Your "StopOmatict" must be engaged. Facing your machine (front) your presser bar lifter is at the back side of the machine. To disengage set it to the 3 oclock position or all the way down to 5 oclock. Note: don't place your finger near the needle when you do this because it will automatically pick up the bobbin thread when it's all the way up.
Lower the presser foot lever. This machine winds the bobbin when the lever is raised to it's highest position and it locks the rest of the machine. If that isn't the problem, then you probably have a thread lock,which is a piece of thread stuck in the hook assembly. This can be removed by rocking the hand wheel back and forth until it is free.Be sure and oil the machine before you use it since it has been sitting for so long. sewman7