Saturday, August 8, 2009

Pfaff 1027 "Tipmatic"

Look at this Grand Dame of the sewing world!! She has had more projects under her presser foot than I care to contemplate. I found her languishing in the closet at church where we keep supplies for our women's group. Since we have our sewing group coming up and there are a few ladies who don't have machines, I thought I'd see if she could help us out.
I've never really played with a machine this old before. She is completely mechanical, without even electronic thread uptake or stitch selection. She also has a front loading bobbin, which I've not had any experience with. And, naturally, there wasn't a manual and the Internet failed me. There was not one to be had. So, I had to wing it. First was a thorough cleaning. Some past user had gotten a giant thread jam caught in her feed dogs, so I cleaned that out, dusted out all the lint, and took a stab at threading her. It took a few tries, but eventually I figured it out, and she sews!
Look at all these cool stitches!!
I had to try some of them out. I especially love the honeycomb stitch. Janome doesn't have that one. *pout*

Well, she still needs to really be put through her paces, so stay tuned for her trial run project. It's fun!

ETA (8/27/09) - I've noticed that lots of y'all are coming over looking for instructions or a manual. I was not able to find a manual online for this model (despite a few sites that said that they had one and took my money, but didn't deliver - be warned!). A friend of mine has a much newer model, and it is similar enough that the manual is actually very helpful. Hers is a 6152, but I suspect that any "Tipmatic" manual that you can get your hands on would give you excellent information. Good luck! You got a great machine!

ETA (10/9/09) Thanks to reader Simone who writes "I found a manual at:
http://www.service-manual.eu/model.php?id=180
it was my first hit on google! (you were second)

it is a service manual in German English and French. And it is avalable for free! Hope some people are helped by that!" Note that this is a service manual rather than a user or owners manual. Still very helpful, particularly is you are having troubles getting the machine to work. Thanks, Simone!

ETA (10/12/09) - Thanks so much to Anne, who emailed me my very own copy of the Tipmatic owner's manual!! It is in Dutch, but has plenty of great diagrams. If you are interested in it, please send me an email and I will be happy to forward it to you. Thanks again, Anne!!  If you leave your email address in a comment on the blog, I will delete the comment so that your email will not be available to spambots and the like.

ETA (12/31/11) Unfortunately, the Dutch manual has been lost in a computer crash, but I have since gotten my hands on the manual in English. If you would like a copy, I would be happy to email it to you.

14 comments:

  1. My Pfaff is a tipmatic, but it is 6152. If you want to look at the manual to see if it's worth copying, let me know

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  2. I found a manual at:
    http://www.service-manual.eu/model.php?id=180

    it was my first hit on google! (you were second)
    it is a service manual in German English and French. And it is avalable for free! Hope some people are helped by that!

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  6. you can get the tipmatic 1027 in most languages at http://manualfox.com
    Just send them a search request.
    Diane

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  7. Hi, I'm thinking of getting a used Pfaff 1027. I'm an intermediate sewing machine user. My usual machine is an old computerised Husqvarna. Would you say the Pfaff 1027 is easy to use? Any difficulties with the machine at all? Thanks.

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  8. I bought it in 1982 and stil use it every day. Jannie

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  9. I bought it in 1982 and I still use it every day. MAMS (meandmystitches)

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  10. I also bought mine in 1982; just had it in for service and the repairman told me to never sell it. I probably use it weekly and love it.

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  11. I am trying to find the elusive 1027 manual download for free. No success so far. Anybody willing to mail/email me a copy. Thanks muchly,
    Danna.

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  12. Please please please could you email me this manual?! I can't wait to get it up and running. Such a beautiful machine! sallyannfashion@gmail.com


    -Sally
    www.sallyannk.com

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  13. TipMatic that looks great, and high quality. Also see this!

    gritzner

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  14. could you please send me the english version instruction manul for the pfaff 1027 thank you dveenastar@yahoo.com

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