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.
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!