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Pfaff:Pfaff 78 (Sewing Machine)
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Reviewed by:Tommy SoHappy
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Posted on:12/3/13 2:40 AM
Approx price paid:$15
Had this machine for:1 year?
Recommended? Yes
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Pfaff :Pfaff 78 (Sewing Machine) by Tommy SoHappy

Pfaff :Pfaff 78 (Sewing Machine) by Tommy SoHappy  Pfaff :Pfaff 78 (Sewing Machine) by Tommy SoHappy  
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  • Adjustable Needle Position
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The Pfaff 78 flatbed sewing machine was purchased at a garage sale for $15.00. Like most garage sales, the clothing and dishes were piled on tables. When my eyes lit on a cased sewing machine in the clutter of household stuff, I hustled over and took hold of the handle. When I hefted it up and felt the 30 pounds of weight, I knew there was a possible treasure inside. Removed the case lid and.......WALLAH! A fine vintage Pfaff for 15 BUCKS!

Over the past several months I've completed a number of projects with this machine, including several pieces of outdoor gear sewn with coated ripstop nylon. Feeds and sews everything with ease.
Bearing all this in mind, here's a bit of enthusiasm for my Pfaff 78 flatbed machine:
Sews beautifully - and quietly. Straight stitch with 4mm of length adjustment, a variety of several zigzag type stitches with 4mm of width adjustment. The machine will sew slowly with great piercing power, yet gallops along at a quick clip when called upon to do so. Aaannd.... it does not change speed or hesitate when the load increases. Did I say I like this machine? You bet!

When servicing a vintage Pfaff, it is impossible not to notice the difference in build quality compared to most other sewing machine brands. The Pfaffs have machined parts where others have cheaper cast parts; the Pfaffs typically employ heavier gauge metals in construction; the Pfaffs use fully supported bearings rather than forks; most of the shaft rods that deliver power are strongly supported on both ends by wide bearing surfaces with close tolerances, etc.

All of these factors contribute to the smooth, reliable delivery of stitches - whether delicate stitches or strong reinforcement type stitches are sewn. If you have a chance to own one, buy it. Tom

Troubleshooting:
Not one thing. The wonderful old Pfaff even says goodnight when I close the door of the sewing room. How cool is that.

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61sew4fun said...
Thanks for sharing, gotta love those old pfaffs and garage sales. Congrats on your find.
12/3/13 10:55 AM
Mufffet said...
What a lovely find! WOW....pretty machine and I know what you mean by solid. I too love that the innards on the old Pfaffs are machined and finished really well...you can look into the bobbin compartment and see not one edge that would snag or cut your finger. That is not so true on some other machines. Even my Janome made Pfaff Hobby machine is well finished inside. Janome does a nice job on their machines in that way now days. But yes, the quality of the old Pfaffs is hard to beat. :)
12/3/13 11:03 AM
Kippysan said...
If envy wasn't such a deadly sin, I'd admit how green I turn every time a reviewer scores a great vintage sm purchase. They just ain't easily available in central Connecticut - good for you! These Pfaffs are totally incredible - the quality on the vintage models is superb. I was gifted one by a coworker, the Hobby 303. It lacks presser foot adjustment - but that's all it lacks! I am now on the hunt for another vintage Pfaff and I'll be looking for any of the models you score, Tommy. Thanks for a great review.
12/3/13 4:33 PM
HappyGene said...
Awesome deal! I had heard that about the bearings, but I'm glad you verified that. The nitey-nite is VERY cool ;) What's the motor sound like?
12/4/13 1:07 AM
Manalto said...
Terrific review with interesting observations about this gem of a vintage machine. There's nothing like working with a quality machine, is there?
12/4/13 2:44 AM
Nancy Rhodes said...
Tommy -- Stitchin' a fine cruise on the autobahn... enjoyed your review. Love my old Necchi's for similar reasons.
12/4/13 7:02 AM
dbsewer said...
Wow, what a great old machine. I'm envious. Thanks for a terrific review.
12/4/13 10:16 AM
KPM said...
What fun for you. Cool looking machine to boot!
12/4/13 4:15 PM
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