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Hendrick

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Re: Sewing Machine Advise
« Reply #15 on: April 08, 2020, 05:48:06 AM »
Both machines will sew anything you can cramp under the presser foot, but especially the 15k is good at heavy stuff like denim and the occasional bit of leather and ducking. I suppose the quilting and darning feet that came with these were as frequently used as the straight stitch foot…
But again; don't use a 15k for speed sewing; it'll walz right off the table!  I own two 15 k's; one built in the very late 30's that sews really nice and was offered to me by a tailor who told me it cost him three months' wages. Another, really late one that has the retractable feed dogs (for embroidery  and stuff I never use), that has a little more "clicketyclack" than the older one. Someone offered it to me; must have thought it was time to replace the old one. Then, last year, the retired tailor asked me to pick up his little 99 Singer; he was moving out of his house and wanted to get rid of it. So I gave him 50 Euro as a gesture and took it home. It is a cute "3/4" size machine that I would actually recommend anyone who sews fine and light fabrics; the needle opening in the stitch plate is the smallest I have seen to date. My 201 is from the early 50s, the latest batch of the cast iron black beauties and a dream to sew on, my absolute favourite. Like you, I use computerised machines (Bother) to do buttonholes, bar-tacks and things but I have never sewn a straight seam with them; the buttons and needle-up and controls drive me batshit-crazy...

Schneiderfrei

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Re: Sewing Machine Advise
« Reply #16 on: April 08, 2020, 09:54:45 AM »
That is interesting to hear you say the newer one has more Clickety Clack than the older one. I have noticed the same with my Pfaff 138s.

I thought it was due to the older one haveing less time at commercial use, but maybe the construction is different?

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Re: Sewing Machine Advise
« Reply #17 on: April 08, 2020, 10:00:19 AM »
Thank you Hendrick, I will try that out.

Tom Bennet, I rejected writing many comments about one man bands. Somehow none of them could be construed as polite. :D

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Re: Sewing Machine Advise
« Reply #18 on: April 09, 2020, 12:26:58 AM »

Schneiderfrei, for a Pfaff class 138 I would try to get my hand on lightweight aluminium bobbins. You are right; later 138's have the newer and evre so slightly different hook configuration with a minimally different bobbin capsule. This allows for much higher sewing speeds. Pfaff, however, recommends you use lightweight bobbins for these, especially for high speed sewing...

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Re: Sewing Machine Advise
« Reply #19 on: April 09, 2020, 11:00:12 AM »
Brilliant advice Hendrick, thank you.

I was supplied with 20 odd aluminium bobbins when I bought the machine. But, I do appreciate knowing the reason.

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