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« on: September 12, 2016, 12:33 PM »

Ok I've been doing all my kite work on a few machines. A singer golden touch and sew, singer 3317 portable and my main machine a singer 500a rocketeer model. All work great but I've burned out the plastic gears on the golden a few times and the motor on the 3317. The 500a is really good and has been a workhorse but it's getting harder to get fixed.

I have an opportunity to get ahold of a Pfaff or a few other more industrial machines that my sewing repair guy Has in his trade in stock of reconditioned machines but I haven't looked at the details of these machines.

What brands and models do some of you other guys like. In particular are there any Pfaff models to avoid?
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« Reply #1 on: September 12, 2016, 12:36 PM »

I would shoot over to Kitebuilder...there is a section on "tools" there in the forum and there is much discussion about Pfaffs and which are best and which are not as good for what we do..

Personally I am still plugging away with a Singer touch and sew (600 the last model with metal gearing)
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« Reply #2 on: September 13, 2016, 12:28 PM »

I don't recall specific models, but should you get a pfaff, you would be doing yourself a disservice if you did not get the IDT top foot they are known for (some of their entry level machines did not have this function). 

I personally use a Bernina, which has metal gears.  It sews wonderfully, but is sensitive to needle and thread combinations.  I have considered getting a used pfaff in order to compare the two, but have not found the "right" deal so continue to sporadically look on craigslist and eBay. 

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« Reply #3 on: September 14, 2016, 09:15 AM »

My sewing repair guy has a few used Pfaffs that have the walking foot(IDT) built in, but not sure which models. I've also found a used Bernina 950 at a moving sale and a few other options. My rocketeer model singer is great and I'll keep using it but I want a second machine.

Eventually I'll have 3 machines at least since I've gotten more custom banner and awning cover work lately. A dedicated straight stitch and two "all around" types.  I have the walking foot add on for my main singer and it's a godsend for sewing sail cloth and multiple layers of cloth on appliqué and edges.

I'd love to have a more industrial machine I can use spools on instead of bobbins but those are out of my budget. I'll be talking to my repair guy more on what he has in the next few days. If the prices are good and he's willing to ship I'll post the info on here.
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« Reply #4 on: September 14, 2016, 09:45 AM »

As you can see a Bernina is good enough for Tim Benson



and he makes, without question, the finest made kites available.

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« Reply #5 on: September 14, 2016, 10:13 AM »

oooh - that's my kite :-)
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« Reply #6 on: September 14, 2016, 10:35 AM »

I love my ancient but well set up Bernina 730, never felt the need for a walking foot

... and I make, without question, the worst made kites available  Tongue
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« Reply #7 on: September 14, 2016, 10:43 AM »

I love my ancient but well set up Bernina 730, never felt the need for a walking foot

... and I make, without question, the worst made kites available  Tongue
me thinks perhaps you need said walking foot ...

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« Reply #8 on: September 14, 2016, 11:26 AM »

As you can see a Bernina is good enough for Tim Benson



and he makes, without question, the finest made kites available.

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Tim iirc uses a Bernina 950 which is a more industrial grade machine. Talking to him a while back is what convinced me to add that model to my list.
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« Reply #9 on: September 14, 2016, 01:58 PM »

I believe the recommended Pfaff models are the 12xx, specifically the 1222, and most of the ones that come with the IDT.
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« Reply #10 on: September 14, 2016, 02:31 PM »

check this thread for info on what PFAFF machines to look for:  http://www.gwtwforum.com/index.php?PHPSESSID=vtdq63eaec53ktmv9daq25h3b7&topic=3988.msg36470#msg36470
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