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By Jace
#3447
@Cody You’re so right.

I just came across this Pfaff on Ebay- does anyone know which model it is? Just looking at the photos and comparing on Google I’m guessing an old 1245??
Any good?
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By John
#3450
Jace wrote: Wed Nov 14, 2018 2:34 am Hey, any thoughts on top load vs side loading bobbins?
It doesn't really matter but I feel like the side load bobbins are a little easier and faster to install.
By IvanD
#3456
I'm just not sure about eBay part. Used machine IS ok. But It's nice if you can come in and see it working before buying. Preferably bring material you want to sew and maybe even thread. Let owner show you how to thread it and do couple seams. Takes 15 minutes but you will know that they know how to use it and it works.
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By Jayscanvas
#3457
My thoughts on side load verse top load bobbin machine. Top load machines are a lot more picky if you don’t hold your threads super tight you will get a crazy jam. Top loading machines usually have larger bobbins so that a benifits. Also top loaders are easy to check how much bobbin you have left when you are sewing
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By Jace
#3459
Thanks for the info on the bobbin loading difference. :thumbsup:

@IvanD I found that machine on ebay but what’s great is that it’s only about an hour drive from me and the seller recommends coming out to check it anyways. It couldn’t be more perfect!
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By IvanD
#3460
Does it have servo motor? Mine is newer 1245 and I like it a lot. This one is German made. If it works- it’s great machine. There is a lot of aftermarket parts available
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By EmmaLove
#9587
Buy old quality portable ones on eBay. I recommend Elna machines from the 1970s. Or a Singer grasshopper.

I purchased an Elna TSP for under $150 including shipping. It stitches absolutely beautifully and also does buttonholes & decorative stitching.

In addition to quality needles, use high-quality threads in all machines. Mettler is best, Gutterman is good.
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By Jace
#9591
Thank you for the info 😊
I ended up buying a new Singer Heavy Duty 4423 for AUD 300 but I would still like a “real” upholstery machine.
I’ve not run into any problems sewing relatively thick material yet- denim with scrim and piping no problem with the “walking foot” attachment . My only complains so far is the short stitch length- max 4mm. Top stitching just doesn’t look good at that short a stitch length.
I’ve even been able to run M20 thread (T-135) and a size 20 needle.
Definitely not my dream machine but it does the job for now.
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