The Pfaff 332-260 came from Wainuiomata in a cardboard box and later that day it was joined in the boot by a Brother.
It was, of course, filthy.
The machine hasn’t been inside it’s own suitcase for many years, the zipper seized shut.
The top cover came off easily revealing all the little fingers and internal dials that work the stitches.
And the years of grime.
I have a service manual with beautiful diagrams like this:
Inside the tin were some things that belonged and others that definitely did not.
I love her little collapsible table that reveals the free-arm when stowed.
She’s from the 1960s and I’ve been looking for one ever since someone told me they were “chain-driven, like a motorcycle”.
It’s not exactly a chain but the timing and drive belts are really interesting and unlike anything I’ve seen before. They’re multi-stringed and held together with metal cleats which slot into the grooves in the sprockets, driven by a 30-watt electric motor.
I’ve read it’s very hard to find replacements.
Along with the manual there should have been a double sided stitch dial card that revealed the dial positions for a vast array of embroidery stitches.
I easily found a pdf of the card online, there are 80 stitches in total. On my to-do list sometime I will print it off and make a working copy of it.
While working on this machine I kept thinking, “this must be the heaviest VSM I own by far!” and that got stuck in my head so much so that I decided I’d have to check.
Brother 190: 15kg
Singer 99K-13: 13kg
Apollo HA-1 Generic: 13kg
Pfaff 332-260: 11kg
Bernina 125: 9kg
Singer 348: 9kg
Bernina 1150MDA: 8kg
Janome 1000cpx: 8kg
Elna One: 6.5kg
Elna 2130: 6kg
Singer Featherweight: 5kg
Harriet for reference: 4kg
And no surprises for the lightest, living up to it’s name.
And because I put something down on the floor and paid close attention to it of course the Sewing Cat wanted to play as well.
It’s no use arguing with a cat.
Meet the rest of my VSM collection here.
More photos of the Pfaff here.