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Date: 10/11/13 2:11 PM

Turning cartwheels!!! Sadly and respectfully, but still.......

Acquired a Pfaff 1229 to partner with the 1229 I have had since birth. Sadly, the owner was not able to use the machine as much as she had planned and her daughter does not sew.

I take care of my 1229. I need a superb and trusted tech to go over this new 1229 since it has not been regularly used for a while. Everything seems fine and it was stored with the cover on. Even so, I am sure that some things are bound to be gummed up. The bobbins have a festive variety of thread colors but even those look new.

It's a beauty! Any recommendations for a tech that you have had experience with? I would consider shipping to a great tech.

Also, I have been way into the insides of my original Pfaff 1229. Would welcome any input on DIY. Still, though, would prefer to take the superb tech route.

Any comments on conditioners to help preserve the old external plastic or composite components?

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Date: 10/12/13 6:01 AM

Congrats!
I think techs are a mixed bag and if something isnt broke on it, I would use it.
If I were comfortable going inside, I would not be able to contain myself! I love to tinker and I would have had it opened, cleaned, oiled and tested in no time.
Of course if it had problems, I would be calling tech help!!
Ohhh- so thrilled for you, what a find!

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Date: 10/12/13 12:30 PM

Thanks, SandiMacD. My one and only Pfaff tech experience in 30 years was a bad one. I'll be trusting myself to do it if no recommendations come forth. Thank you for sharing my excitement. Probably the tinkerer in me that contributes to my sentimental attachment to my old 1229. So easy to pamper it just a bit to keep it performing beautifully.

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Date: 10/12/13 2:22 PM

I see no reason you can't just oil it yourself. I don't personally believe there is anything really, that you can put on plastic to help preserve it much. And just keeping it a way probably chemically from anything that change or might soften it. I feel plasticziser just sort of leaches out from plastic things (and just depending on how that made that batch and kind of plastic) sometimes over time, and really not much you can do about it at all. But not leaving it out uncovered in front of a sunny window with the sun beating down on it, for days, months and years, might help somewhat. Also not letting it freeze as it may crack then. If you mean any plastic cam stack in the top of it, I think it's just going to crack, when it does that, but I do believe that keeping the rest of a machine lubricated and moving easy and nice probably in turn, just puts less un-needed force and pressure on plastic cam stacks and gears that are getting up in age and may be prone to cracking.

Except for maybe old Singer Touch and Sew kinds of gears, which are just more at the "disintegration time point" just any old time between maybe 30 and 35 years or before or after.
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Date: 10/13/13 5:22 PM

Quote: a7yrstitch
Turning cartwheels!!! Sadly and respectfully, but still.......
Acquired a Pfaff 1229 to partner with the 1229 I have had since birth.

I take care of my 1229. I need a superb and trusted tech to go over this new 1229 since it has not been regularly used for a while. Everything seems fine and it was stored with the cover on. Even so, I am sure that some things are bound to be gummed up. The bobbins have a festive variety of thread colors but even those look new.

It's a beauty! Any recommendations for a tech that you have had experience with? I would consider shipping to a great tech.

Also, I have been way into the insides of my original Pfaff 1229. Would welcome any input on DIY. Still, though, would prefer to take the superb tech route

Any comments on conditioners to help preserve the old external plastic or composite components?

Congratulations on finding a twin for your Pfaff 1229 ! !

I could probably recommend an old German Pfaff trained technician in my neck of the woods way up North from where you live.(I don't even know if he is still visiting his shop once a week.I never had any problems with any of my old Pfaffs.I bought another used Pfaff model from him several years ago,he gave me a one year warranty on that 1975 model ).

Unless something very serious is wrong with the machine,you can enjoy your well taken care of Pfaff 1229 twin for years.(I have a Pfaff 1200 series repair manual,so far I never had to use it either).

My Pfaff 1229 has been my "go to" sewing machine for years.All I do is put a drop of liquid Tri-Flow with Teflon into the bobbin race regularly and after the 1229 sat idle for a while.Besides cleaning my machine after every use,no other maintenance is required.

Years ago I bought a 12 piece mini vacuum attachment kit,it makes cleaning sewing machines,sergers,PCs and more much easier.

My OSMG said,the Pfaff 1200 series doesn't need regular oiling inside like other brand old sewing machines,only a drop of oil in the race area.Most people oil old Pfaffs inside because they are used to doing it with their other brand old sewing machines.

There are other things to get checked out inside those old Pfaffs once in a while by a knowledgeable Pfaff tech to prevent trouble later.
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Date: 10/13/13 5:44 PM

If you really want to know about old Pfaff's I recommend Brubaker's in PA. They are known Pfaff repair/restore/resell experts - they buy and sell old Pfaff's - there is a lot about that on their website - about the Pfaff procedures etc. I have also seen YouTube videos that feature old Pfaffs like the 1222, 1222E, 1199 and so on. They do receive shipped machines and ship back - it is probably expensive, but it is worth knowing for sure.

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