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Pfaff 230 - any experience?

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There is a Pfaff 230 up for auction near me and some online descriptions and video say it is industrial heavy duty fro leather, canvas, vinyl - not too serious about it but did make me wonder if anyone has experience with this machine as it could go very low ball.....

 

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funny little domestic sewing machine - well engineered - long lasting but no serious industrial strength sewing machine - you can sew some 96 thread with it - this is not a heavy duty machine for leather - by far not! You can sew "heavy" denim or some heavier canvas or garment leather but thats it.

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Thank you sir.

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Old thread I know but I'm looking at picking up a nice used one of these for sewing waxed duck canvas. Sounds like it should be a good option for about $100?

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Hi,

 

the 230 uses householdmachine needles only, which may pose a restriction or two. There have been no variants for roundshank needles. Wheather it will cope with waxed duck canvas will depend on how many layers of what thickness of how tightly woven canvas with how sticky waxing you try to sew with what needle point and what kind of thread driven by what exactly kind of motor. Also there have been different needle plates with different sizes of needle holes and different feed dogs. Teflon presser feet might help a bit.

The machines have been designed with profesional seamstresses in mind working from home on bedsheets, table cloths and normal clothing. With the standard motor KU52 they do 1500 stitches/min at 40 Watts output resulting in 0,25 Nm torque. That is only half the power of a cheap China made entry level sewing machine from a discount store with 35 watts/650 stitches and 1/6 of the power of a Sailrite. And the 110-volts-KU52 have even been a bit weaker than the 220 volt ones, but in the US the Pfaff 230 often has been sold with other motors. If it is used in a table you can fit the machine with a servo motor, bit if you are setting up a fixed table i would probaby look at a proper tailor's machine in the first place.

 

Greets

Ralf C.

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