Date: Mon Apr 28 13:40:50 2008

Author: Jerry DiMarco

Subject: Re: mystery gadget - tough sewing machines

You may just need a little luck. I came across an old Pfaff 1222E
(Electronic) in a second hand furniture store. The proprietor was selling
it because it had sat unused in the garage for 5 yrs. The price on it was
$25, which made me wonder if it worked. Well it does, which - being a
Pfaff - makes it worth at least 10x that in spite of its age. The
electronic feature is used to supply the power to go through tough material
even at slow speeds. And this machine can go very slow. Haven't done that
much with it yet but am altready satisfied that I got my money's worth. An
instructor here got a used Pfaff industrial machine for about $1000, put a
speed reducing pulley on it, and that works very nicely for what he does...


At 4/28/2008 10:34 AM, you wrote:

>Taplers, My mother taught me basic sewing on a treadle machine; then in
>the 1970s and 1980s I had an electric machine that I also used for making
>up to 1/4-inch thick paper bindings of my kidsschool work. The machine
>handled it easily. But no machine since has come close, and I forgot the
>model of the earlier machine, but it was an ordinary home model. My modern
>Singer is almost trash by comparison it hangs up at every opportunity and
>can hardly handle even a jeans seam. Anyone got experience in this
>area? Thanks, Bill Norwood