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Sewing machines and equipment / Re: Pfaff 138 6BS
« Last post by hutch-- on June 08, 2019, 10:02:52 AM »
Hi Graham,

Looks like a good score and a lot lower price than a plastic fantastic. I was impressed with the size of the motor as well. The only problem I can see is the start of the addiction where each time you see a good machine you add it to the collection.  ;D
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Sewing machines and equipment / Re: Pfaff 138 6BS
« Last post by Hendrick on June 08, 2019, 06:48:31 AM »
Congrats, it's a great machine! And don't forget to check if it has the binding foot with the slightly longer inlet that can take up thicker fabrics. These go for a small fortune in Europe...
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Sewing machines and equipment / Re: Pfaff 138 6BS
« Last post by peterle on June 08, 2019, 06:06:18 AM »
No I don´t know what the S stands for. I know that the 6 is for sewing clothing. I also read that the B stands for medium weight fabrics. I also read that the S stands for Stoff/fabric. That would make sense because there were also models for sewing leather.
There were a ton of Pfaff 138 underclasses with different purposes wich differ in the kind of transporter, stiching plates, needleholders or different attachments that came with the machine.
Your machine seems to be a machine that can be used with two needles because your needleholder looks different than mine for a single needle. Take a look with a mirror if there are three holes for needles in your needle holder (left middle and right)
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Sewing machines and equipment / Re: Pfaff 138 6BS
« Last post by Schneiderfrei on June 07, 2019, 09:15:48 PM »
Thank you for that background peterle. I certainly wondered what the K stood for.

I got a few accessories. It has 10 bobbins and7 special feet.  The manual comes on line.  Alas, no extra bobbin case. The seller didn't have anything else to go with it.

I know what the B means - its for medium weight.  Do you know what the S means?

Yes, front to back. Well, this seller was much more credible than the previous one.

I did forget to mention, it has been used for 30 years to make hundreds of ballet costumes. Consequently all the cracks are filled with glitter. :)
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Sewing machines and equipment / Re: Pfaff 138 6BS
« Last post by peterle on June 07, 2019, 06:34:01 PM »
Congrats, it´s a nice purchase.
I own the same but with 4mm stitch width ( model 138-6/1 BS).
Did it come with a manual and accessories?
As you can see there are two thread tensioning discs. Usually you use the right one. The left one is marked with "K" wich means Knopfloch/buttonhole. It has a stronger spring to sew buttonholes. When you are lucky there is a corresponding bobbin case marked with K or in a darker shade. Both are meant to avoid changing your normal tension settings just for sewing the buttonholes.

The needle is threaded from front to back ;)
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The Suppliers Directory / Re: High quality thread manufacturers
« Last post by Futura on June 07, 2019, 07:02:03 AM »
I bought my Gütermann Mara thread chart from Wawak. I think I bought a color chart for Sew-All from Minerva Crafts years ago.
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Sewing machines and equipment / Pfaff 138 6BS
« Last post by Schneiderfrei on June 07, 2019, 12:53:41 AM »
I saw this on ebay. It was a considerable distance from me but it stayed listed for several weeks. I finally realised that it was an artisan industrial, reasonably unique in that it had a few functions rather than a single application. I also helped that the seller spelled the name wrong Phaff and not Pfaff. It was $450.00 AUD

I finally realised that I could not live without owning it. So I drove from Adelaide to Melbourne - about 1700km round trip. Happily I managed to met a friend and drive back together to Adelaide, met another friend who manages a fancy South Australian winery on the way. Brilliant road trip. :)

Currently I am cleaning, oiling and getting to know the machine.

And, yes I did buy a Juki last year too. :D

G











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Good Books To Own / Re: Gewandsammlung
« Last post by posaune on June 06, 2019, 11:41:17 PM »
Sven Jungclaus has done a new book. I have it fresh out the press.
Handbuch des Herrenschneiders
Band 1
(Handbook of the custom tailor
part1)
it explained how to sew shirt, trouser and vest. It has about 400 pics which illustrate the sewing process.
Very nice .
https://www.die-gewand-sammlung.at/produkt/handbuch-der-herrenschneiderei-band-1-verarbeitung-von-hemd-hose-und-weste/
here you can have a look. In autuum there will be part 2 The Coat
lg
posaune
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The Suppliers Directory / Re: High quality thread manufacturers
« Last post by Schneiderfrei on June 06, 2019, 10:48:19 PM »
Here is a problem that I have.

My Juki twin needle needs s and z spun threads. I have also discussed the s and z threads with peterle before, but I have not found anyone else who knows anything about buying or selling the different types.

Can anyone say where to look for this distinction?

G
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Yes it has 'Made in France' on it. Thank you for clearing that up.
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