I have a new Pfaff 2058 and am new to the line of Pfaffs and I am having problems with the IDT foot bunching up the fabric when I start a seam. Is it possible pilot error or should I have it looked at. Thanks
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Re: IDT foot bunching up fabric
Hi Gramma Rosie,
The bunching up of fabric is due to either:
1. Obstruction in front where the fabric has to move forward (in which case you should tug a bit on the front end of the fabric as it goes ahead.)
2. The pressure foot (that pinches the fabric between the advancer teeth and itself), is either too loose or too tight. (It depends on how thick is the fabric and how many layers of fabric are you trying to pas between the IDT foot and advancer teeth) For that you need to tighten or loosen the rotary bolt on top. Its generally connected to the foot like a shock absorber having a high tension spring.
3. The fabric advancer teeth are not moving sufficiently. This you need to rectify by adjusting the up-down lever at the right that is rsponsible for fast & slow advancing of the cloth & accordingly the stitches will be longer or shorter.
I don't think it should be too much of a task for you to solve.
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It sounds like the pressed bar is sticking and will not push down completely and is difficult to lift. I have come across them many times on the older pfaffs. Unfortunately that is not sometime that can be fixed at home. It is caused by the lube going bad inside the pressed bar that lubbricates the spring that is inside the pressed bar. Find a pfaff dealer that knows about older pfaffs and they should be able to help.
Although there could be several reasons, this is generally called bird nesting or thread nesting. It is usually a result of loose upper tension, mis-threading, or possibly a needle/thread/fabric incompatibility.
#1--when you thread, make sure you ALWAYS raise the presser foot so the thread seats in the tension disk. And, be sure to change the needle often...
for puckering the tension may be too tight
try a new needle - one for fabric and thread being used
check to make sure the feed dogs and the (what-ever) foot is being used, are working together, so the fabric moves smoothly thru
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.
The plate is not screwed in, it is held tight by a couple of metal springs on each side. Just take a small regular screw driver and gently pry up the face plate. You may have the presser foot lowered by the switch on the right side of the bobbin/shuttle area slide it so the presser feet raise.
There is a small clear plastic piece blocking the switch that must be removed, then use a small flat screw driver to flip the switch, you can throw away the small piece, it is only needed for shipping.