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Date: 12/27/13 4:07 AM

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I bought used older Pfaff 1222 electronic, it was quite stuck due the lack of lubrication and thread jammed around bobbin case axle. After oiling and clearing jam it runs ok, but when I turn handwheel it gives more resistance in one spot than others. It's always the same spot, best way to describe it its when needle is coming halfway up. It's not hard to turn by any means, just more resistance. I'm wondering if thats by design and no need to worry about it. When stepping on foot pedal it runs smooth and quick test sewing through 8 layers of fabric went easily.

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Date: 12/27/13 10:03 AM

Hi,have you looked if there are miles of old thread around the hand wheel ? I bought a vintage Pfaff 332 with miles of different colored thread around the hand wheel.

When I read people are oiling Pfaff 1222 model sewing machines,I always hope they only use a drop of sewing machine oil,or Tri-Flow with Teflon in the bobbin race area as suggested in the sewing machine manual.Those Pfaff series sewing machines are made with sintered metal and don't need to be oiled inside,unlike many other brand old sewing machines.

On a good working Pfaff 1222 one never has to touch the hand wheel/balancing wheel either,unlike most other brand old sewing machines,to start sewing or bring the needle up to remove material from under the presser foot.

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Date: 12/27/13 1:17 PM

How deep did you go in the machine around the bobbin case axle? If I tilt my 1229 back and use a magnifying glass with a good light I can usually see a little thread wisp that would normally be invisible. If you can find anything, grasp it with a tweezers. Do not pull. Very gently rock the handwheel back and forth - barely go back and barely go forward. It's always amazing how much stuff gets pulled out after everything looks clean.

If you tilt the machine back and see nothing, still rock the handwheel to see if you can tease something out.
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TeeGee, thanks....I hadn't thought to check for thread around the handwheel. I have a 1222 that I need to check over before sending it to the DIL or the SIL. trying to get all loved ones into Pfaff 12's.

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Date: 12/27/13 1:24 PM

If you have a good sewing tech nearby have your machine serviced professionally. The hand wheels can also be binding because something inside of course needs lubrication - you should not use oil to do this. These machines have nylon gears and need to be lubricated correctly. Also, the handwheel and selection dials often are not working correctly because of having been seized up for years. Even when mine sits for a few months I like to give it a nice back and forth back and forth on the handwheel and the selection dial, but my tech keeps my machine in great shape with a service every few years.

This machine is a classic and a wonderful machine - treat it well and have a pro who knows what he/she is doing service your new wonderful Pfaff.

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Date: 12/27/13 3:46 PM

I found thread where was similar situation, I oiled handwheel as well and it helped a bit but it was still binding. Then I removed left hand end plate and sprayed gently gun oil in suspicious looking places. By turning hand again it didnt make any difference so i put end plate back and turned again handwheel. Aye, it wasnt binding anymore. I absolutely hate this kind of fixes. Not knowing what caused it.

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Date: 12/27/13 3:57 PM

I'm pretty sure I got it all out, there was maybe ten pieces of thread stuffed and tweezers really did help.

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Date: 12/27/13 5:55 PM

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I found thread where was similar situation, I oiled handwheel as well and it helped a bit but it was still binding. Then I removed left hand end plate and sprayed gently gun oil in suspicious looking places. By turning hand again it didnt make any difference so i put end plate back and turned again handwheel. Aye, it wasnt binding anymore. I absolutely hate this kind of fixes. Not knowing what caused it.

I'm glad the hand wheel isn't binding anymore !

Please don't use gun oil on a sewing machine.It's wonderful oil for guns ! It took me a long time to convince my DH that I don't want his good gun oil in any of my sewing machines,neither any 3 in 1 oil one uses in vehicles.

One should use sewing machine oil,or one can use any other good clear oil,like Tri-Flow with Teflon.

Servicing the hand wheel/balancing wheel on old sewing machines is one of the first things I do.That's how I discovered the miles of old,multicolored thread around the hand wheel on my vintage Pfaff 332.When an old sewing machine follows me home and the needle is still moving while winding a bobbin,I service the hand wheel too.

Occasionally I put one drop of Tri-Flow on the needle bar on my Pfaff 1200 series sewing machines,other than one drop of oil in the bobbin race area after storing the machine,or after a number of sewing hours. When a thread is stuck in the bobbin race area,one drop of oil and moving the hand wheel back and forth several times will dislodge the thread.
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