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Pfaff creative 1471 cleaning & oiling

It's an older sewing machine and it needs cleaning & oiling. This should be something I could do myself but there is no clue as how to take the covers off. I know the Germans like to have clever hidden gizmos. I was hoping to find a repair manual for this machine as I am somewhat handy.


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  • LillieB Mar 01, 2008

    I've tried taking the top off and it is hanging up on something underneath. I haven't used the machine in awhile and it was almost frozen up, it started running after manually turning it over a few times. I thought Pfaff uses an oil reservoir and wick system that may need refilling?

    Thanks, Lillie

  • LillieB Mar 02, 2008

    You're right, not much to oil but getting into the deep guts will be another project.

    If anyone wants to know, here is the top removal procedure:

    The flip-up top comes out of the hinge pin holders by spreading the holders outward; there are tabs for this. Remove the 2 small Phillips head screws in the top, one on the left and one on the right under the stitch gauge, be careful one of mine is stripped. Loosen the left side plate flat head screw 1/4 turn and pull the plate straight to the left and off, there should be no resistance (there is a screw driver shaft slot visible with the carry handle raised and just forward of the light housing push down hole).

    Reassemble the side plate after the top is repositioned; be sure the washer on the screw is tilted up so it remains between the screw head and the side plate slotted holder.

    The top has a tab that slides under the thread race and it takes a bit of light handed jiggling around to get it to seat perfectly, it kind of snaps in and all the seams will be flush; be sure the vertical thread tension plate is not caught under the top.



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