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Date: 9/9/13 1:48 PM

Anyone have one of these machines and if so, have you sewn jeans on one?

I'm looking at purchasing an industrial machine to sew jeans and whatever else is too much for my home/hobby machines. I've never used a zig zag (sewed on one once just to try but never made anything really). I'm wondering if the zig zag stitch can be made small enough to make bar tacks or attach belt loops.

Any info appreciated :)

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Date: 9/9/13 1:59 PM

You may be interested in this video/blog post

No, he's not trying to sell you anything, and he did buy his Pfaff 138 for Jeans work.

-- Edited on 9/9/13 2:01 PM --

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Date: 9/9/13 2:21 PM

Quote: andye
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No, he's not trying to sell you anything, and he did buy his Pfaff 138 for Jeans work.


-- Edited on 9/9/13 2:01 PM --

Thanks for the link!

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Date: 9/9/13 2:55 PM

Go read your owners manual and decide if that is what you want or not. You could make zig zag on it, just as narrow and just as tight as you would wish, so it would make great satin stitch embroidery. for narrow satin stitch/zig zag embroidery. Probably make some great button holes like that too. And probably wonderful zig zag looking bar tacks on thin to medium fabric. So would be a great machine for garment sewing of thin stuff and or embroidery on things.

http://s2.vsmgroup.com/VSM/Pfaff/pfaffmanual.nsf/MainFrame?OpenFrameSet&Frame=RightFrame&Src=%2FVSM%2FPfaff%2Fpfaffmanual.nsf%2FcstViewActiveCases%3FOpenForm%26AutoFramed

That does not mean it would make a great satin stitch bar tack, on top of a big thick lumpy Jeans belt loop without sliding off of there, or always going through the fabric perfect or good no matter how thick it was though.

If it was a Pfaff 138A then the largest needle you could even put in it would be a size 60 or 70 one, which is for real skinny thread and pretty fine, thin fabrics.

If it was a Pfaff 138B then the needles that would fit into it, would be only 80/90/100 ones, which is about like all machines anyplace. Actually most home machines can take a few needle sizes above that too and at least a size 18/110 one. So a 100 size needle is the same diameter wise as a size 16 one.

So it's not really made for or going to really do what you want it for at all, but......... if you really don't have any sewing machines at all, that can even do any kind of zig zag at all, I think you are missing out on a whole lot, and you should just go run and get it anyways, just so you even have a zig zag. I would! But, I'm just a pretty horrible enabler in that way too.

If it won't do a tight satin stitch bar tack through the folded belt loop, and into the jeans or waistband, without fouling up and breaking needles and being too tall there, you could just cheat like lots of people do on just any machine. So do some tight satin stitch zig zag across the belt loop when it is not on the jeans and not even folded down on the ends,and just more open and flat. For a fake tight satin stitch bar tack. Then fold it up and stick it on the jeans where ever you want it. Then just carefully turning the fly wheel only by hand, do a long straight stitch through the folded up belt loop into the jeans right next to the fake bar tack. And maybe use a jean a ma jag or hump jumper or a piece of folded up cardboard as a little jig to keep it level there. That probably would work fine for that part.
-- Edited on 9/10/13 1:21 AM --

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