A German love affair.....

I know it was just a few posts ago that I was professing my love for my new sweet Italian Necchi and justifying my need for two at the same time but I've found a new love.  I'm sure once the newness wears thin I'll reevaluate but for now...

I'd like you to meet Pfaff 260.  

A functional if not beautiful German treasure I picked up yesterday for the bargain basement price of only $25.  You may remember me mentioning that I had briefly owned a Pfaff 360 but that poor machine had so much previous damage it was unrepairable.  The 260 is identical to the 360 but without the free arm.  Some people swear by their free arm machines but I've never owned one and have never seen the need for my own sewing projects.  I've been told that a free arm is indispensable for sewing children's clothing and I can totally understand that.

There's so much to say about this machine!  First off it totally passed my super thick jeans top stitching thread in the bobbin test with flying colors.  Woohoo!!!  Besides my beloved Supernova(s) this is the only home machine that's been able to do this.  It also has a full rotary hook which is indispensable when sewing over elevation changes, simply put, it almost never skips a stitch no matter what.  The embroidery setup on this machine is mechanical and complicated but doesn't produce the same sophisticated designs as the Necchi.  That's ok, how often does one use those stitches anyway?

This machine is a direct drive type, meaning the motor is tied directly to the machine by a metal cogged belt and can't slip.  Personally I don't mind a machine with a regular belt but this is certainly an interesting setup.  I hear these cogged belts are difficult to get and not cheap so hopefully I won't need to replace mine anytime soon.

As always it totally intrigues me how the previous owner had the machine set up.  I have a feeling I might be the third owner of this machine because  to my eye it's obvious it's been used but not by the person who had it before me.  It came loaded with a class 15 bobbin which is not the right bobbin for this machine and the needle was also so blunt I could actually capture it's bluntness, take a look!  Can you imagine trying to sew with that?

What you say, not a class 15 bobbin!  Not a class 66 (L) either.  It uses the same bobbin system as my Pfaff 138 industrial does.  Here's a photo of the three bobbin styles side by side so you can see the differences.  The class 15 on the left, 66 middle and the "M" class bobbin on the right.  I've always found it strange that the industrial uses a smaller bobbin.  Normally I might be a little irritated at having to have another bobbin system to deal with but since I already had this size I got over that irritation a while back.  I use those silicone rubber doughnuts to keep each system tidy and it works out really well.

The machine came with a full set of manuals and supplemental books with some very funny illustrations and projects.  This one with the spools of thread walking around is very...  German?  I also gave it a good cleaning with my favorite machine wax.  This stuff is awesome and easy to use.  I think I picked it up at Walmart.  A bit on a microfiber towel and you'll be amazed how much dirt and grime come off your old vintage machine.

Because you know I love creating these little sewing machine music videos....  I'll also be doing an actual video review where I demonstrate stitching and other functions this weekend.  Which reminds me I have a pair of Burda shorts I need to photograph and show off as well.  It's going to be a busy weekend!

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16 comments :: A German love affair.....

  1. Brian, I found your blog by way of the Selfish Seamstress, and what a deal you got. I have two Pfaff 230 machines; actually started my slipcover business with one.

    I'm constantly on the lookout for these machines and will snap up any I can get. I also had a not so great experience with the 330. Just couldn't get it to sew right.

    Love your blog!

  2. G'day Brian here's a modification I made to my 260. Now is does all I want it to do.. Knee lift and needle up/down sensor Cheers Trev

  3. I just got this wonderful machine, but I have the feeling is not for knit fabric or lycra. It is making irregular stitches on my swimwear. Can you give me your opinion? Thanks a lot!

  4. I have a pfaff 230 and am looking at re-homing it. is anyone interested? Angie? I'm in Georgia so don't know how much shipping would cost...

  5. I'm interested. If it is fully functional.
    What are your proposed terms?

  6. I'm interested, if it is fully functional that is. What are your proposed terms ?

  7. Hi, Brian. I have a 260 too, recently acquired . Trouble is the needle wont center. Literally, the needle position cam does not engage the needle position finger so the needle is parked to the far right. And the finger is sitting too high by almost an eight of an inch. Service manual was no help and the only 'service center" around killed my 230 a couple year back.

    Any suggestions?

    Thanks :-)

  8. Astra,
    it is functional. I had it serviced but really haven’t played with it a lot to work with the various stitches. The man said something was broke that made the decorative stitches work but that it was fine for straight stitching. The thing about it is is that I don’t know how it is supposed to be. I would assume that parts are still available seems like the machine is sturdy and would last forever….

    I have no idea how much shipping would cost—that thing is HEAVY. I have it listed on craigslist at $150 but that’s no shipping and I would really like to get it to someone who knows how to use it. Pictures on the Craigslist link.

    If your still interested you can email me through craigslist

  9. Hi Brian,
    I'm wondering what you might think of a Pfaff 260 for kids to learn on? I have 3 daughters, who are starting to get interested in sewing and I found one of these on Craigslist. I'm thinking of acquiring it for my daughters to sew to their heart's content.
    We currently have a Juki 555, and that is just way too fast for my daughters right now. They are 9, 7 and 4.
    I would just love to hear your thoughts!
    Thank you,

  10. Hi Brian, long time no hear, I have a question for you about the Necchi Nora, can you help?
    will mail you,

  11. Hey Odessa (and Brian) - I'm wondering if you ended up selling your machine, and if so, what the weight/shipping cost ended up being? I have the option to get a Pfaff 260 for free from my boyfriend's grandma, but I have to deal with the shipping, from Texas to Washington State. Thanks!

  12. I have a pfaff 230 in its cabinet with a tin of legs and needles but it has no power cord and i don't know anything about it i dont sew. I've had it about 12 years just taking up space.


  13. I have a pfaff 230 in its cabinet with a tin of legs and needles but it has no power cord and i don't know anything about it i dont sew. I've had it about 12 years just taking up space.


  14. Erin,
    I ended up keeping mine and moving it with me so I don't know what shipping charges would be. Might see what ship.com could do. Good luck.

  15. If anyone is interested there is one 260 for sale here:

  16. I do need a pfaff 362 belt

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