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Message Board > Sewing Machines > Holy Cow ... My Pfaff 7530 has started peeling ( Moderated by Sharon1952, EleanorSews)

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Date: 5/31/12 2:00 PM

I bought the Pfaff 7530 new and it's been my backup SM so even after all these years it's only had a modest amount of use. It's not been in any weird or caustic environment and I've not mistreated it. I last used it about a year ago and it was in perfect condition. On Memorial Day I took it out of my closet only to find that the finish on the body of the machine was peeling like an old barn door. I could not believe my eyes! I've NEVER seen anything like it. The plasticy finish is lifting up exposing the bare metal. The 2 Pfaff dealers I could call (where have they all gone?) to ask about it seemed as shocked and clueless as me. The machine runs like a champ but the finish is quite rough where it's peeled and it promises to peel more. Any thoughts or suggestions???

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Date: 5/31/12 2:39 PM

Sounds like an opportunity to strip and re-paint! Oh the possibilities...

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Date: 5/31/12 2:53 PM

Has this closet been damp? That's the only thing I can think of. My 35 year old Pfaff has not peels and no blemishes where it might start to peel. HHhmmm....I would take everything out of that closet and look for dampness in a wall, you never know. Just a thought.Good luck. Like Soolip says - you can now paint it with auto enamel in any color you like! I wouldn't because I would completely mess it up and probably paint over something vital myself, but some people have had lovely results with a new paint job on a sewing machine!

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Date: 5/31/12 2:55 PM

Crazy, I have a used 7510 and it doesn't even seem like it could peel...

Whereabouts in IL are you? I only know of Roberts sewing and Linda Zs in Arlington Heights, for Pfaff dealers...

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Date: 5/31/12 5:50 PM

Thanks, good idea ... would you take the housing (not the innards) to an auto body or motorcycle place? Do they dip it acid to remove all of it first?

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Date: 5/31/12 5:52 PM

Nope, closet is as dry as a bone. I did take everything out of it because I'm moving (aaaaarrrrgggghhh). I also have a Pfaff 2144 and she's fine ... at least so far. This kinda gives me the willies.

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Date: 5/31/12 5:53 PM

I'm in Southern Illinois, about 40 minutes east of St Louis. Good to know about Roberts and Linda Z though, thanks.

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Date: 5/31/12 6:19 PM

I think I would take everything out of the closet and check everything else in there. Maybe an open can of something in there, or something leaking from someplace, that is putting out fumes, or something like that? Or just a bad batch of something with a shorter shelf life than normal, in your particular machine. But I would suspect it would have to be reacting to something in it's environment, (don't know what maybe glue in the carpet or something you store in the closet?) or I would think it would not even be doing that at all.

I think it would be a real big deal, and not worth it, to try to refinish one in any way. Globally. It's not really the kind of machine, you would want to take everything out of, and then stuff with paper and try to spray paint or such. There is a computer board in the base of it, and more behind the LED screens and you would not want dust and anything you put on top of it, to get inside of it. It would take forever to get all that stuff out of it too, and then do anything and then all put back in there later I think.

If it were mine though, I think I would at least take a only slightly damp cloth and wipe it off carefull, without letting anything wet drip inside, just in case something sitting on it or it was exposed to outside of it, was still there, and not stick it back into the same closet in the same place there.

Maybe you should/could yourself or have someone look all inside of it too, to just even see what it looks like inside there. That is really weird though.

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Date: 5/31/12 6:38 PM

I don't see how all the plastic stuff on and in it, could even peel and lift up, I bet those are all solid colored, more all the way through the all the pieces even. Unless something is making the hard plastic decompose? What kind of rooms with what kind of stuff in them, might back up to your closet against it's back and side walls, if they share some common kind of wall?

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Date: 5/31/12 6:44 PM

I haven't looked inside beyond the bobbin case and that seems quite normal but it's a good idea to take a look so I will definitely do that. The closet contained my fabric stash ... do you suppose the concentration of fabric finishes could have been caustic enough? I do have a respectable stash and when I opened the door, could smell the finish on the fabrics. Other than that, the closet is perfectly normal in every way. I agree, it's very weird.

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