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Date: 11/18/10 6:05 PM

Hi. I found my first sewing machine a recently which included a printed PDF product manual from the internet, though not a lot else. It is a Pfaff Varimatic 6091 sewing machine, and when I went to the Pfaff website for more information it does not have this specific model listed - there is another, different 6091 model called 'Stretch & Jeans 6091' and then there are other Varimatic models though none are listed as 6091.

Thus, when various presser feet are listed and categorized according to what machines they work with, my specific model number is not listed, and the various 6091 and Varimatics have different types of feet versus sharing the identical presser feet across these model names. Confused? I am. So I tried contacting Pfaff to ask their customer support for some guidance and attempted to register online which is required to ask a question and then the website is broken and says there is a database error and thus I am unable to reach any contact information where I could ask a customer service representative a basic question, which in turn involves purchasing their products.

An alternative plan was to go to a local Pfaff sewing store and they were helpful and an earlier Pfaff accessory catalog was purchased which was for the era my machine was included in the brochures, yet then again it was not specifically listed (Pfaff Varimatic 6091) and I was told it was "category A" based on the other Varimatics though it seems some of the feet that with included with my machine may not be of this category, though I am not yet certain of this (because apparently a darning/free embroidery foot may have been available though was not included in the sale).

All of this to say that I do not feel confident in assuming the Varimatic 6091 is classed with the other Varimatics, if only because there is another 'Stretch & Jeans 6091' model that by the same logic could also have overlap with usable presser feet (Varimatic or 6091 as common connection, though each have different feet available). After searching online I have not found any information to clarify how this works though wonder if anyone has the specific machine and may know with certainty the type of presser feet the machine uses.

My intention was to figure out what is possible with this machine in terms of its wider range of use and then plan out sewing in accord with what is possible. For instance, if a beading foot were available then a future project may specifically integrate that, etc. I have yet to begin sewing and have only been testing out the machine so far though it would be nice to at least know what is possible before delving in so that I have a sense of what is possible as a basis for sewing projects.

Thanks for any information. I do not know how to explain it any more simply because it seems very confusing from the start, in that basic information seems non-existent even at the Pfaff website, and it would be helpful just to know for certain what presser feet will work with the sewing machine, versus what is a potential trial & error approach.

Brian

:: edited to add scan from the 2005 Pfaff Accessory Catalog ::
(.edu fair use of copyright)...




-- Edited on 11/18/10 6:43 PM --

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Date: 11/18/10 6:11 PM

Brian- I have the varimatic machine as a back-up to my Pfaff 7570- so far the feet are completely interchangeable, and the zipper foot for each machine is identical-that tells me that the spacing is the same on the foot attachment- I use all my 7570 feet on my varimatic when I need to - I am using it right now as my 7570 has to go to the shop for service. HTH- Mary

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Date: 11/18/10 6:58 PM

Thank you Mary. Do you know what category/type the Pfaff 7570 is? I went to the Pfaff website which has a database for presser feet for selected machines and yours is there, though it does not indicate which category (A-H) it exists in. From the above scan I am wondering if the significance could only be the difference between 6mm and 8mm for certain issues, though for the more complex presser feet it would seem that certain stitches are needed and that would be machine dependent as well, whether or not a given foot would work. That is why I am still hoping for confirmation of the category/type by exact model number, just to be certain - though I do appreciate your quick and helpful response. Part of my reasoning is that I may eventually purchase additional presser feet online to expand my sewing options and yet if these do not fit or work for some reason then I'll be stuck with them, and so just want to know for sure before delving deeper into what is potentially technical confusion, which is to be avoided if at all possible, which is why I am writing here; the places I would expect to find answers are themselves similarly unresolved and thus uncertainty remains. Brian

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Date: 11/19/10 5:55 PM

Hi Brian,
Your 6091 uses category D feet because it has the IDT,integrated dual feed feed, built in. The 6085 does not have IDT. The 7570 uses a different category of feet because the feed dogs are wider. The 7570 is capable of 9 mm wide stitches. The 6091 is a 5mm width machine. In the back of the feet for the 6091 there should be a slot into which the IDT fits when you lower it. HTH.

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Date: 11/19/10 9:47 PM

Barbara, thank you for the further clarification.

I went to look at the presser feet for my machine and sure enough there are
two 'standard' presser feet - for use with and without the IDT* mechanism.



(*As for the acronym IDT, perhaps it signifies 'integrated dual traction'
in that it provides an upper feed dog of sorts.)

Imagining at some point others may wonder about their own presser feet
with regard to the ''integrated dual feed'' of the IDT mechanism, an image
follows...



[note: educational fair-use of copyright for the above modified image of
the IDT mechanism from Pfaff website, 2010]

Of the two category choices (A & D), the 'D' category seems most likely for
the Pfaff Varimatic 6091 given your feedback and the presser feet included
with the machine - I just wish it was somewhere in writing, in a manual or
on the Pfaff website, where the differences between models would be explained.
(e.g. I am still at a loss for when my machine was produced, even what decade.)

Maybe it is mainly an issue of developing an understanding of the equipment and
seeking to comprehend how it works versus other machines of similar yet different
model numbers/operation - though it remains in a realm of abstraction without
such tangible data, and because of memory issues forgetting or losing such
undocumented details is of significant concern. Though maybe that is why
newer machines are easier for beginners in that they have the documentation,
the web resources available to explain things, whereas older machines may
become partly wild or make up a sewing wilderness, which at times requires
certain skills or more advanced knowledge to get things working or to
understand how it works from the start.

In any case the probability of the Pfaff Varimatic 6091 being of category D is
also good news because more options for presser feet are likely available as
a result (whereas category A appears to have fewer feet).

In any case thank you for helping me learn about my first sewing machine.

Brian

-- Edited on 11/19/10 10:00 PM --

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Date: 12/31/10 4:16 AM

Hi Brian
I have the same machine, still happy to use it even after some 20 years
Next to that I also have a brother nx400, but a soon as i want to sticht jeans or satin I use my good old pfaff.

I've actually got serveral extra feet the last year, using the stretch&jeans-reference.
I can actually remember when buying my machine the stretch&jeans was also available. Just looked flashier(had a jeans print on it) but does the same ;)

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Date: 1/4/11 0:57 AM

Hi Inge

Thank you for writing about using presser feet for the Stretch & Jeans 6091 with your Pfaff Varimatic 6091. Just today I was still trying to figure it out exactly after locating an accessory catalog and a photocopy of the original manual for the sewing machine - and even then there is conflicting information with part numbers for the presser feet, so the further evidence for what presser feet will work helps immensely. (It still has me puzzled how it became so confused over the years and why official information is seemingly non-existent.)

In any case, my hope was to order specialized presser feet and thus I have been trying to figure out a fail-safe approach, which with the help of those in this forum verifies 'category D' as the answer.

Thank you again.

Brian

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Date: 1/5/11 8:38 PM

Brian,

Go to the www.pfaffusa.com
website:
1: click on accessories on the home page.
2: click on feet
3: click on the little down arrow in the box next to the pic.
4: every pfaff machine made will show up on the list
5: scroll down and click on stretch and jeans 6091 (same machine)
6: a list of all the available feet for the 6091 will come up.
Have fun. Check e-bay and Pfaff dealers for the feet.
HTH, Barbara Allino

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Date: 1/17/11 11:12 PM

Thank you Barbara - I will do that. Brian

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Date: 1/20/11 2:19 PM

Thank you for posting about this. I was just given a Pfaff Varimatic 6091 and was confused when I went to the Pfaff site that they didn't list this exact machine. I am looking to get a couple of new feet.

For some reason my machine is missing the bobbin winder stop though, I'm hoping this is not an issue.

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