Friday, August 24, 2012

The new Pfaff

So I had her serviced and she purrs like a dream. I have it in the original 1954 cabinet. The one disappointing thing is that there were once four drawers. There were four drawers when it left California and in the moving around and shuffling of things, two of the drawers were lost. :( We’ve made some phone calls to the folks they stayed with along the way but, so far, no dice. I’m really hoping they can find the other drawers.


It has a decorative stitching function that I can’t seem to get to work. I need to write more on that OldPfaffForum and see if they can help me out. It zigzags and does straight stitches beautifully. I just wish I could figure out how to make it do the decorative stitches.


The two drawers that did make it to Alaska, contained a lot of cool, old stuff. I’m not sure what to do with it all. There are a ton of these sail needles. She used to make wedding dresses so it seems like delicate needles would be more of what she would use. These are really hefty triangular needles.


Here are three of them. See how big they are?? What did she use them for?


What do I do with all this other stuff? And look, only 15 cents!


This one’s only 8 cents.


And look at these cute little packages.


Is there any market for this kind of thing? Should I just toss it? The family took a few things out of the drawers (one of my fiance’s brother’s baby teeth, ewwwwwwwwwwwwww) and they said to throw away the rest. I have a really hard time throwing things like this away. What should I do with it?


lindaroo said...

Cool stuff! Don't you want to put it in a shadowbox frame, and make it part of your sewing space decor?

Judith said...

Don't toss them out! Try something like lindaroo suggested, as one day they will actually be as rare as hen's teeth...

Julie Ebeling Humphreys said...

Or sell them as a group on Ebay or Etsy if you think you'll never want them.

Rachelle said...

Are you sure your machine isn't one of the kinds that needs cams to do the decorative stitches? All of my really oldies need cams to drop into that port at the top of the machine, and the cams make the machine do all sorts of fancy things.

theperfectnose said...

Put 'em on ebay/ etsy. Do a search for similar things first (to get an idea of the price range you should list at). Or do a giveaway. The machine might neet inserts for the deco stitches. I think the male pattern boldness blog mentioned something about that. You should be able to find those on ebay though..

El said...

There should be a yahoo groups for vintage Pfaff machines that you can join and find out more about your machine. I know that there are groups for vintage singers and vintage viking machines. ;-) They are a wealth of information, and usually someone is able to come up with an answer!

beckster51 said...

I have used those big needles to repair leather purses, fix my husband's boat cushions, and to do upholstery projects. They are useful, not frequently, but nevertheless useful. You can still buy them, so I'm not sure they are valuable, but if useful they are!

Urbanite said...

Anyone in a coastal area will snap up those sail needles, no doubt. Those sails take a beating and those needles do come in handy

Meigan Sullivan said...

Those giant needles could be bodkins--you know to pull elastic or a drawstring through a waistband.

Patricia Clements said...

Dawn, I found this source for a photo copied Manual.