Question about PfaFF Sewing Machines
The machine was sewing well. Then it started sewing smaller in length stitches and eventually the needle moved in and out of the same hole and would not advance. It's probably a broken or cracked part but I don't know which one. Would love some help with this. Thanks
More than likely, the machine is seizing due to old oil that has dried out--probably affecting the movement of the feed dogs. As a mechanical machine, it needs frequent oiling and cleaning to keep it operating smoothly. Most older machines, like this, are set aside or abandoned for this very reason. If only their owners knew there is a very simple solution. They can be rejuvenated with some elbow grease, "good" sewing machine oil, and heat. Below is the method I've used to find a second life for several older machines:
Wheel on right side that controls the needle up and down is very tight...
Your machine may be purring again in no time!
FWIW--your machine is popular and well-worth spending a little time and money to make her hum again:
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Posted on May 02, 2017
Testimonial: "R.A. Ellis: I couldn't find a way to answer you directly - hope you see this. First of all, the wheel on the right side of my machine is NOT tight. In June of 2014, my Pfaff 2111 was completely re-conditioned by Kenn Thompson of KennsPlace.com. He took it apart, cleaned it, oiled everything, added a few "new" parts and generally put it in excellent working order, fixing things that I had been told could definitely not be fixed. I have been using it fairly consistently ever since without any issues. This is why I think there is a broken or cracked gear that made it SUDDENLY stop sewing perfectly and start sewing stitches smaller and smaller in length and after a minute start sewing in the same hole. I'd bet my last dollar it doesn't need extensive cleaning again this soon. I was hoping to be able to send the machine back to Kenn but it looks like he is no longer doing repairs. His web site is up for sale and the email I sent to him bounced back. I am heart broken because I love this machine and I can't find anyone else that does work on these older machines, particularly the Pfaff 2111. Kenn was very reliable and extremely reasonable. Given that, my next hope was finding someone who knows sewing machines who could possibly diagnose what part or parts could cause this issue. There is a person where I live who has been working on sewing machines for 50-60 years who told me he couldn't work on mine because a) he couldn't get parts, and b) he couldn't get repair schematics. If I could find the right part and find a repair manual, maybe I could talk him into fixing my machine. In other words, do the leg work. Kenn also has several old YouTube videos still available that might help too. So, do you or others know what might POSSIBLY cause the problem I'm having? I feel pretty sure it's not a cleaning/oiling problem but rather a gear or the like that is cracked or broken from age, probably a plastic or nylon part. Thanks for any help you can offer"
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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