Member since 8/19/12
Date: 8/19/12 9:12 PM
I inherited an old Pfaff 138-6 and am not sure what to do with it. I don't sew very well though I do have a boat and it would be nice to have something to repair sails with, and I've read this is an industrial machine. I'm not averse to learning how to use it, but is this the best thing to learn on?
The machine is black on an old oak table. It's very pretty, though I don't know how old it is or even if it's in proper working function. I've researched the model number and these seem to be very common machines.
Any tips on where to start? I'd take it to a sewing shop for a pro to look at it, but I don't have a truck and it's very big and heavy! Located in the SF Bay Area if that helps.
Thanks in advance for any advice!
Member since 11/13/04
In reply to pfaff21
Date: 8/20/12 2:14 AM
BrianSews has a Pfaff 138 industrial sewing machine.Here is his video.If you don't sew much now,you may sew more one day in the future.If you have the space,hang on to the Pfaff 138-6,it's a good sewing machine ! Some sewing machine repair techs make house calls too.
Member since 5/2/09
In reply to pfaff21
Date: 8/20/12 2:58 AM
Start by just threading it up and using it! Just like anyone learns on any machine. I think it's just fine to learn on. Any machine you got, is fine to learn on, and that would be a really nice one. Maybe oil it up first though, if it's been sitting a while unused.
Here is your book, it tells you how to thread up and oil.
Member since 3/28/06
Date: 8/25/12 10:49 AM
I use industrials at work though not your model. I too feel it is fine to get a manual and start trying it out with just sewing two pieces of fabric together. Just spend a little time in making sure you have the basics covered like proper needle, bobbin and thread. Industrial machines are in my opinion a bit easier to use as they normally do one thing, and are less complicated. A manual will help with issues like oil which are different than home machines too. A service mechanic comes to us for repair, because as you can see they weigh a lot and are not easy to remove from cabinet or motor. Good luck, it looks like a fine machine.
Member since 3/6/09
Date: 8/27/12 12:11 PM
I like my 138-6. It's great for garment sewing, except buttonholes. I think it's a better machine than current home machines on the market. You can still get parts for them, so I'd say it's a keeper.
If it's black, it's probably an older model. Mine is not black and dates back to 1956. They stopped making the model sometime in the 1980s.
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