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Pfaff 7530 peeling finish
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Date: 2/18/13 4:25 PM

I have a Pfaff 7530, one of the last all metal machines made in Germany. I pampered it...yet from the early days little chips of the finish started to peel off. The shop I purchased it from went out of business shortly after my purchase. Instead of retirement, my husband/I decided to adopt two children...and live on a tighter budget to make that happen. So...my dream machine...keeps losing more finish...catching fabric and is such a sad sight. Sews well...like a good Pfaff should!!! Now the children are in school...
and I'd like to start sewing/quilting again...but here is this machine is pitiful shape! What to do???
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Date: 2/18/13 8:18 PM

I don't think the ordinary sewing machine dealer could do anything in the way of repair.

A proper restoration would involve dismantling just about the entire machine, prepping, and painting. Cost may be as much as a new machine.

To stay within your budget, look for techniques to smooth the chipped areas that will not scratch the surrounding surface.

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Date: 2/18/13 9:17 PM

I have the same situation with my Pfaff 7570. I even had it in for service and the owner of the shop - where I had bought about 15 years ago - was surprised to see the paint peeling. A friend of mine who has a Bernina had the similar problem and was able to buy Bernina paint from her dealer - which she did offer to me, but I just left it alone. Maybe Pfaff just got a bad batch of paint at some point? Needless to say, my 7570 still sews beautifully and even with peeling paint I would never give it up. But if someone out there knows of a solution to this problem . . . . .

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Date: 2/18/13 10:28 PM

Mine is chipping and peeling right at the bend.

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Date: 2/18/13 11:27 PM

I love vintage sewing machines and this is a common problem for machines older than 50 years. But a bad batch of paint can crop up anytime. What we usually do is to disassemble the machine (I keep egg crates on my workbench to contain all the little tiny screws and pieces in the order of disassembly and I recommend you take pictures as you go), use a chemical stripper or sandblasting to remove the peeling paint. Then have it repainted by an automotive shop with auto paint and finish. They do a very good job, though if you've ever done any spray-painting, you could probably do that yourself also. Just pick a non-breezy, non-buggy day.

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Date: 2/19/13 7:20 AM

What if you covered the bed with clear vinyl, like that used for wall decals. Would that make the surface flat enough to sew?

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Date: 2/19/13 8:39 AM

I have a clear shelf liner sheet pressed over the bed of my Brother PQ1500s to protect the metal surface. It works well for sewing, can be removed if needed. I have smaller pieces on the storage compartments of a couple machines to prevent pin damage, dye transfer from dark fabrics. With a computerized machine disassembly to take it in for painting not an option.

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Date: 2/19/13 9:38 AM

Would it be possible to sand the finish smooth, with extremely find sandpaper, and then put a Gel Skin over the bed?

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