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  1. Download service manual for 1245, like this one: https://www.supsew.com/download/Pfaff/Pfaff 245, 1245%3B 246, 1246 Service Manual.pdf. follow the whole process from the beginning to the end. There is written which step to skip if you don't have 4 motion drop feed. You don't need all the tools but for sure it is easier with a c-clamp and those measurements things (I finally found them somewhere on the net). I have an older 1245 without 4 motion drop feed, and this was my first machine that I timed with the help of this manual. I did have problems with two baked screws and at some point I also came to a something similar situation as you. Everything was somehow off. I just started again, being sure that each step is properly done. It took me few evenings, now I think I would be done in two hours :))))
  2. I have a similar Pfaff 1245, it doesn't have an oil reservoir. It has exactly the same original plastic casing for grease as yours. Online you can find different manuals with exploded view for the machines through the years and you will see there are many versions. Also, for timing I mostly followed the old engineering manual but for one setting I found information in the engineering manual for the new machines. I would say the changes came gradually through the years and some things you need to find for yourselves. Btw. machines in production could be set very differently than the original version, my was using different needle system (much shorter), I just timed it back to original.
  3. I don't have any problem downloading them, either you were not logged in when you were trying to download them, or some other safety settings of your browser / system are preventing it.
  4. Which needle system is using your Pfaff 145. As I can see in the manual it is: H1-H2 system 134, H3 system 134-35, H4 needle system 190 which are all needles with 2mm thick shank,. Is yours one of those? Here are few more links: I think this is the manual for the old type, but without parts: https://www.supsew.com/download/Pfaff/Pfaff 141, 143, 145, 151, 153; 142, 144, 146 Instruction Manual.pdf diagram with wth parts and remark (old), but the number of the needle bar is the same as above: https://www.supsew.com/download/Pfaff/Pfaff 145, 145-6, 145-906, 145-225, 145-333 (Old).pdf
  5. I own a Pfaff 1245, old casting, and am very positive about it. First a disclaimer, I am a hobbyist and I make projects, not products, so my experience is limited. I have owned the Pfaff 1245 for half a year and it is my first industrial sewing machine for heavier material after the Pfaff 138 and Bernina 217, both zigzag machines for light material. I learned most of what I know reading this forum, or at least it was the starting point. Why did I choose it? Mainly because of the second-hand market where I live in Switzerland. In short, Singers are rare and Adlers, like older Pfaffs, have a certain cult status and are illogically expensive, going up to €2,000, whiled at the same time sellers don't even know what exact model they have. The Pfaff 1245 seems to be underrated, I guess it must have been the main machine in the automotive/upholstery industry at some point when it was still present in Central Europe. So far the 1245 has worked without a hitch and here is what I like about it: - You can find comprehensive instructions on how to time it. I have learnt the skills on it and it has given me the confidence to tackle the other two machines. It is very helpful that these are the original Pfaff instructions and not the various bits of advice you can pick up here and there on the web without knowing who to trust. - As this model is still in production, it is easy to get spare parts, especially from the aftermarket. Unlike the Bernina 217, but also the older Pfaff 138, where finding the right screw can sometimes take days and be expensive. - I find it quite robust, to be honest I'm still in the testing phase, trying different needles and threads without going to extremes (Tex 40 - 90) and I haven't encountered any major problems yet. My limited advice is to check the availability of documentation, spare parts and especially needles and presser feet. As you are in the EU you should contract what is available there. Sometimes it is really hard to find the right supplier so that postage is not prohibitive.
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