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Message Board > Sewing Machines > pfaff 1171 help needed ( Moderated by Sharon1952, EleanorSews)

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Date: 8/23/12 6:10 PM

I have stripped the head of the small screw that is in the top of the brown indented part that is the compartment for the border stitch table Does anyone have any suggestions to undo this?

The guys at the hardware store said that they would drill a stripped screw out but we don't know what is under the screw so that solution is out. Yikes!

also the foot pedal stops periodically. I tightened the screw that is next to the machine socket and that seems to have fixed it. Does anyone else have this problem?

Thanks for your help

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Date: 8/23/12 8:13 PM

If it is the two screws to take the top of the machine off, I don't think you can reshape the head of it, back to what it was before, but if all you have is phillips head screw driver, and it already happened, probably if you push it in and down a bit more, it might still unscrew. Then when you got both out, if you don't have the right kind of screw driver or don't want to use one, for the original screws and don't want to put those back in that way, you really could run down to a big hardware store, like Orchard Supply or such, and get matching replacement screws, that do have just more a regular kind of Phillips kind of head on them, and use those from now on instead. I did do that for some of my Pfaff's. Just because it's more easy and quick for me to oil them that way. Don't loosen any screw that is next to your bobbin winder stop too much for anything (and too much is only known too late sometimes) unless the top of the machine is actually already off and away from the machine. There is a washer on the back end of just that one, and it can just drop down.

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Date: 8/23/12 10:42 PM

Quote: rckh
I have stripped the head of the small screw that is in the top of the brown indented part that is the compartment for the border stitch table Does anyone have any suggestions to undo this?

The guys at the hardware store said that they would drill a stripped screw out but we don't know what is under the screw so that solution is out. Yikes!


Thanks for your help


I have a Pfaff 1171,but I'm not quite sure which screw you stripped the head off.Could please explain to me what the "compartment for border stitch table" is ? Then I might be able to figure out which screw you are talking about and take it out to see how long the screw is and look what's under the screw.

I never needed a screw driver on my 1171,unless I removed the carrying handle and plastic cover to look inside the machine.Is that what you were trying to do ?

There is a tiny screw where the horizontal thread spool pin is,is that the screw you are talking about ? One needs a special screw driver to take it out.

By the way,in case you want to buy new screws,Pfaff screws are metric,the Pfaff 1171 was still manufactured in Germany.
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Date: 8/23/12 10:56 PM

I was trying to take the top lid off and the screw is in the rectangular recessed part that holds the paper cardboard that unfolded to show possible stitch patterns.

Thanks for your reply

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Date: 8/24/12 10:09 PM

My Pfaff 1171 looks like this one,it never had a paper cardboard that unfolded to show possible stitch patterns.All the stitches are on the inside of the lid,like in this picture,or at the front of the machine for the lettered stitches.

In this picture,a white colored Pfaff 1171,you can see a screw to the right.Is the screw in the recess the screw you are talking about ? The other screw is on the left side,not visible in the picture.




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Date: 8/24/12 10:34 PM

The right hand screw on the white machine is exactly in the spot I was referring to...only my machine is the brown one in the first picture.

I tried to open the top to maintain the machine.

I had not taken it to be serviced for about 10 years and I wanted to give it to my daughter.

I opened the bottom and tightened the screws holding the green motherboard that is close to where the foot pedal attaches. The foot pedal would not work peroidically unless you pulled it out and inserted it again, and held your nose right and crossed your fingers and toes. It is an old machine but it has been faithful all these years.

I would like it to continue if possible. Thanks for your help.

Do you take your machines in every year as recommended? The manual says that the machine does not need to be oiled but recommends that it be serviced every year.The servicing is about $120 and it seems a lot every year if I could only clean and oil it myself.

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Date: 8/25/12 1:34 AM

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Do you take your machines in every year as recommended? The manual says that the machine does not need to be oiled but recommends that it be serviced every year.The servicing is about $120 and it seems a lot every year if I could only clean and oil it myself.

In my manual it doesn't say to take the machine to a dealer every year to get it serviced.It might be a good idea to take a sewing machine in for a service now and then to prevent problems.

Some older Pfaff sewing machines need very little attention,internal metal parts were made out of oil-impregnated sintered metal.
Except,cleaning the sewing hook area and feed dogs regularly with a soft brush and one drop of oil in the hook raceway occasionally.

It says in my Pfaff 1171 manual - do not oil the machine.
That said,after I bought my 1171 from someone who lived on an island and didn't use the machine for many years,I opened up my machine to look inside if it was clean,or if there was any saltwater damage.I put one drop of Tri-Flow with Teflon on every moving metal part,just in case the oil-impregnated sintered metal had dried out.That was several years ago.

Before I tell you about the screw,just a friendly word of caution.I wouldn't let anyone with lead hands touch my Pfaff 1171.The top is plastic ! The tiny metric metal screw is the same size as the screw on the other side.It's 7 mm long,including the head,and 3 mm around.

In the past,after I bought other old sewing machines that had a screw with a stripped head,I used a small flat screw driver to put a groove into the stripped head.Then it was easy to get the screw out.
Good luck !
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Date: 8/25/12 8:22 AM

Thanks so much for all your help.

Where do you get the Teflon product and what is the name of it?

I will probably take the machine in to get someone who knows what they are doing to take over now!

But once the screw is out, I know more about what to do and not do next time.

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Date: 8/25/12 1:09 PM

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Where do you get the Teflon product and what is the name of it?

If you like to,you can search on Goggle for - Tri-Flow Superior Lubricant with Teflon.I buy the 2 oz fluid size drip bottles with a thin plastic straw at a local store.I don't buy Tri-Flow with soy in it,or the spray cans ! You can also look at the Tri-Flow site for dealers and/or stores that sell Tri-Flow with Teflon in your area.Some bicycle and hardware stores sell it to.One only needs to use one drop,a small 2 oz fluid size bottle lasts a long time.

Recently I saw an ad,"we use Tri-Flow for servicing sewing machines". LOL,that's how I learned about the one drop of Tri-Flow with Teflon on every moving metal part years ago from a very good dealer tech.I took one of my other oldies in for repairs,after I bought it with a broken part.He took me into his back room to show me the used part he had.I quizzed him about what kind of sewing machine oil he used.He turned around and showed me his larger bottle than the size I buy.
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Date: 8/25/12 8:02 PM

What type of local store do you get it from? I am in Calgary and probably have the same stores in my area.

Thank you so much for answering all my questions.

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