Tuesday, June 15, 2010

My 10 Dollar Pfaff....

I love sewing machines, especially old ones.


Last year when I was looking for a featherweight, I came across this Pfaff. I think it's from 1951.


When I got it home and started to clean it up I was so excited to find all of the goodies that came along with it.

I love this little oil can. All of the parts and pieces say Pfaff on them. I was so tickled. Someone kept everything in really nice shape at one point.


I think it was a treadle machine that was turned into an electric machine. It has a knee pedal, which I had to get used to.


It was in the basement of the person I purchased it from and they just wanted to get rid of it. I'm not clear on who it originally belonged to. They didn't know if it worked. I didn't know if it worked. I figured for 10 bucks it was worth taking it home to find out. It sews beautifully. I even did some free motion with it.



I found it on Craigslist. If you know how to tinker with machines it's a good place to look.

12 comments:

Mountain Home Quilts said...

SWEET! What a deal!

call me crazy said...

How fun! Congrat's on your great find! :-)

Sewing Junkie said...

The machine was placed in the cabinet with a knee control. I don't think it was a treadle. You have th option of taking the foot controller off the cabinet and placing it on the floor. Treadles were made way before 1951. I have an old Pfaff with the same set up. Chris

Jacque. said...

WOW! Good deal for you, Erin! How fun!

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Wow what an incredible deal!

Dorothy B said...

Hi, glad to see the old girl being used. This is a copy of a Singer 15 machine - pretty good for free-motion quilting (although I prefer to use one in treadle form as there is much better speed control).

I don't think this one was ever a treadle. Certainly there are treadles that were made in the 50s but I think there are more of those in Australia than the States. There is no place for the treadle itself on your cabinet.

I hope you love it - a great machine.

Kate said...

My Pfaff 130 came in a similar cabinet in 1953. My Great-Grandpa bought it for my Great-Grandma; I even have the advertising brocure where my G.Grandpa wrote in the costs of all the Pfaff 130s in various cabinet styles. The one he bought (medium cost) was $315 new. (It also had the knee control when purchased, so perhaps that wasn't added later.)
Cool machine and great deal!!!

Why Not Sew? said...

Thanks ladies for all the great info on my machine!!!

Jessica Christensen said...

Oh, I am so JEALOUS. I love old machines. My grandma had an old treadle machine that I wanted when she died, but my aunt got it instead. Yours is lovely and SO FUN! How great for you!

Diane said...

sweet! Love it and great deal!

mamaTAVE said...

I had a similar experience at a church rummage sale. Unfortunately, I do not know how to tinker with machines and am afraid to see if it works... (it's about time I tried, since I bought the darn thing last summer!).
Anyhow, just wanted to stop by and say "thanks" for visiting my blog on Giveaway Day last month.
Take care.

Daphne said...

I have an old 130 Pfaff my grandpa bought for my grandma. My husband wants me to get rid of it. I don't want to part with it. I have had it for 8 yrs and never used it. It is intimidating! If these sew as good as you say, I want to use it. Does anyone know how to service it, sew with it, ? Thanks

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