Filed Under (Boat/Trailer Maintenance) by Debbie on 08-05-2009

As sailors we are often faced with repairs to sails or canvass and I’ve been doing some research on what type of sewing machine would be strong enough to work through this tough stuff.  My little home machine certainly didn’t want to do much when I had some stitches give way on my roller furling head sail.  My research showed the Pfaff 130 sewing machine while old, seems to be the one praised most.

I’ve been watching on the Internet for them off and on for the past year or so.  Ideally I wanted one with just a case since even at home space is limited.  Although a recent posting on one web site showed a Pfaff 130 in a price I could afford and within driving distance.  A few emails and phone calls later I’d made a date to go and look at it.

It was in wonderful shape!  The seller had bought from an estate a few years ago and boy could you tell this was someones baby.  I’m very luck to have found it!  The only draw back for me was it’s in a cabinet.  I have a cabinet already for my little one so that was not really something I needed but other than the top even the cabinet was in great shape plus it came with a cute little needlepoint chair.  A chair was something I didn’t have.

We brought her home and I oiled (with the original Pfaff oil can no less) all the parts needing oil.  The power cord had bare wires showing through the cover so my hubby replaced the wiring to the motor.  We also sanded down the damaged top on the cabinet and did walnut stain and shellac to match.  It looks pretty good!

I did my first repair last week and am I impressed!  The machine doesn’t vibrate and shimmy and it smoothly sewed through the thick garden tool belt I use.  I’ve tried running through some scrap Sunbrella and it ran through that as well as several layers of denim.  I think I’ll be able to fix the broken stitches on our sails this winter if not sooner.

If you’re looking for a sewing machine to repair your sails with then I’d sure suggest you look for a Pfaff 130.  I can’t even believe something made in 1952 (gads, it’s even older than me!) works so well.  The manufactures today could take a lesson there.  A free arm would be nice but boy what a smooth running machine.  Yep, my Pfaff 130 is my new best friend!

5 Comments posted on "Pfaff 130 Sewing Machine"
elizabeth spearman on December 14th, 2012 at 11:14 am #

I have a pfaff 130 sewing machine im trying to sell for 200.00 . May i ask what u gave for the one u bought?

Debbie on December 16th, 2012 at 3:49 pm #

I think I paid the same, it has a full size cabinet and a chair that the orginal owner did in needlepoint.

Vicki on March 4th, 2013 at 9:09 am #

Elizabeth, have you sold your machine yet? I’m looking for one.

Debbie on March 4th, 2013 at 9:28 pm #

Hope Elizabeth still has hers for you Vicki. I can’t tell you how very nice these machines are. So solid by comparison to todays machines. I love mine.

Becky on March 27th, 2013 at 9:41 am #

Debbie, I ‘am a seamstress and have several 130 Phaff sewing machines/. they are great!! the first year for the 130 Phaff zig-zag machine was 1932 Germany.

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