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I recently bought a pfaff30; I am currently unsuccessful at winding the bobbin. At this point I have: disengaged the wheel placed the bobbin on the traverse spool pin passed thread thru lower eyelet and thru tension discs engaged bobbin winder by depressing lever(5) in manual when motor is on, nothing moves --not engaging by pulling tread off spool and onto bobbin ??? Karen

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  • kako8640 May 30, 2010

    The reply to my Pfaff 30 questions was quick and accurate;really helped me get through my start-up questions. Getting such professional response on the Memorial Day holiday weekend was a very pleasant surprise; will recommend this website to my friends. Go Guru Halbrook !!


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Your description is correct.

When the sewing mechanism is in engage position, does it move?

Posted on May 30, 2010

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  • kako8640 May 30, 2010

    Yes, the machine powers the needle when engaged.

    I have continued to look for a simple answer--seems like I just missed something in the manual-- I just got it to wind---U have to be very careful to find the tiny slot in the side of the bobbin to match with the raised notch on the threader, then the bobbin is locked in place and the disengaged motor quicklly winds the bobbin--past this one!!

    Do you know if there is an ON/OFF swithch to this model; I can't find any reference in a reproduced copy of the original Pfaff manual?? !!


  • Liza Halbrook
    Liza Halbrook May 30, 2010

    The original machine is operated manually. Modified machine usually doesn't come with power switch. Once you plug it in, its ready to go.

  • kako8640 May 30, 2010

    That makes sense why I can't find the switch!!

    I put the machine on a surge-protected extension cord with an on-line switch-- I guess that will be

    sort-of an "ON/OFF" switch .

    Does it make sense that when I switch the power "on", the engaged motor makes the needle go 100 miles-an-hour??; seems like I can't sew with a controlled speed??


  • Liza Halbrook
    Liza Halbrook May 30, 2010

    Some machine has a "low and high speed" switch. If your machine doesn't have one then it is always set to high. But even with high speed, you should be able to control the speed from maybe 40miles per hour by softly pressing the pressure pad. Its like driving a car, except you don't get 1st and 2nd gear but the gas pressure works the same. If you get a steady 100miles speed no matter how much pressure you applied, there has to be a problem on either your pressure pad or the motor.

    You can ask your local sewing machine repair shop if they can modify your machine and install a speed switch so you can have low and high speed mode.

  • kako8640 May 30, 2010

    Sort of like a dimmer switch??

    I think that sounds like what I need!!

    Thank You sooo much for your support on this Holiday Sunday--really appreciate the input; very "on-target"


  • Liza Halbrook
    Liza Halbrook May 30, 2010

    Yes, works like a dimmer switch but has 2 stages only. Mine has a turtle and a rabbit to indicate low and high-speed switch :)

    You're welcome and have a great day. Good luck finding the switch so you can enjoy relaxed sewing mode.

  • kako8640 May 30, 2010

    I always loved the Fable of the Tortoise and the Hare---we turtles have to stick together!!

    Thanks for your encouragement--I bought this Pfaff 30 to make purses with leather and fur; was told this machine is a "heavy duty" that could take it; we'll see how that goes. Since I have very little sewing experience( just an avid interest ), I am pleased to find your Website to be so quick to help a beginner like me.

    I don't know where in the USA you are based, but from my home near Milwaukee,Wisconsin, my air conditioned sewing space suits me well on this very hot,sticky holiday weekend. Hope yours is a pleasant one.

    As I progress through my first project of a lap top carrier cover, I hope I won't need to "bug" you with too many problems.

    Thanks again,


  • Liza Halbrook
    Liza Halbrook May 30, 2010

    I'm glad to help. Good luck with your projects and thank you for using FixYa.


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