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Pfaff from the 1960s

From 1959, after the Gritzner-Kayser takeover, Pfaff AG wanted to set up a joint sewing machine platform. With the Pfaff 8 grading machine (see below), the sedate forms of the 50s (types 230-332) were abandoned, and the purely functional form of the 330 was not pursued any further. Together with the structurally identical "Doria" (not to be confused with Dorina) Type 8 from the acquired company Gritzner-Kayser (see Gritzner), a new design language was chosen, the basic features of which remained valid until the late 1980s. Later it just got a little more angular. This design language was created by Johan Gugelot, who also significantly influenced the legendary designs of the Braun company, together with Herbert Lindlinger and Helmut Müller-Kühn. The following list gives an overview of the resulting models, some of which are described here in the directory:

Type 8 (almost identical to the Gritzner "Doria" type 8)

Graduated flat bed machine with cast iron housing without cover, tohne transport shut-off, pedal version or built-in motor

Type 9

Zigzag flatbed machine otherwise like 8, pedal machine or suitcase machine with backpack motor, motor bracket mounting rail cast on the housing

Type 80

Straight stitch flat bed with gray cast iron housing without cover, pedal machine or case machine with built-in motor, no transport that can be switched off

Type 81

Straight stitch free arm sewing machine, otherwise like 80

Type 84

Zigzag flat bed machine with aluminum housing and removable cover, no transport that can be switched off, as a case machine with built-in motor, as a table machine with add-on motor "DE70"

Type 85

Zigzag free arm machine, otherwise like 84

Type 90

like 80, but transport can be switched off, occasional pedal machine with handwheel with groove for leather straps, special solution for retrofitting with backpack motor

Type 91

like 81 but transport that can be switched off

Type 92

like 90, but with automatic decorative stitching by means of cams that can be inserted at the top

Type 93

like 92 but free arm machine

Type 94

like 84 but transport that can be switched off

Type 95

like 94 but free arm machine

Type 96

like 94 but with automatic utility stitch, switch on the lid

Type 97

like 96 but free arm machine

Types 280-297

modernized versions of the basic models 80-97, e.g. Sometimes with different utility and decorative stitching automatics, increased plastic content in the mechanics. Also as pedal machines with the option of adding a backpack motor through the mounting rail under the handwheel.

Hobbies series 8xx

based on types 280-297, new control elements.


The Pfaff 90 is a solid household sewing machine in the most beautiful 1960s design. Simple and clear, with a straight / zigzag stitch and retractable feed dog for embroidery work, it offers everything you need for basic equipment and for most sewing work. There are versions in Freiram and flat bed design (pictures above flat bed version with retrofitted external drive), with motor and with pedal / belt drive. The processing is usual Pfaff-solid, but a plastic gear was installed at least in one place, presumably in order to be able to make the price moderate. Nonetheless, a robust and durable machine that is still recommended today. A more precise presentation of the 90 series under Pfaff 93.


Rotary gripper


Plastic installed

Text: sewing machine directory

The Pfaff 92 is the flat bed version of the Pfaff 93 presented below.

The Pfaff 93 is a light cantilever model based on the Series 8, 9, etc., which still had "outboard" attachment engines and which can be traced back to models from Gritzner. From the 90 'models onwards there was an end to "outboards"! Your direct flatbed variant is the 90, typically the closed top part without a top lid, which is only known from commercial machines and is therefore often touted as such. The entire model family is equipped with the usual Pfaff double rotary gripper, which differs only insignificantly from others due to its various drive and installation variants, for flat-piston needles system 130/705, upright built-in motor, approx. 70W (intake) 5200-6000rpm with a rubber wheel, which - 40 years old - should be out of round and hardened, which brings uncomfortable running behavior and noises with it. New friction wheels are now available again. The capacitor is no longer available and, since it also has a mechanical function, it is not easily exchangeable. (If you are interested in an exchange, please contact us using the contact form, we will be happy to put you in touch with an experienced specialist.)

The 91 is the little sister with ZZ, the 93 from 1967 presented here is an automatic machine with exchangeable sample disks that have to be exchanged at the top of the ZZ device; the ZZ disk is inserted as standard. There is also a 93 with the "bone free arm", which has the oddly angled, protruding free arm extension (picture follows).

The machines of the 90 series are sufficiently motorized with the 30 watt motor only if the machine is very well maintained, if the last revision was years ago, you can only expect poor performance and have to endure some noise. Under these circumstances, the motor suffers twice when you consider that it may have to move a sluggish machine with or without a defective capacitor - it can also start smoking. Here it is immediately clear that this is not a professional or industrial device, but with good maintenance you could almost believe it, then it has really very good sewing performance with the best stitch formation. This is ensured by the perfect looper and the finely adjustable, very precise, upper thread tension unit, which often releases a lot of foreign bodies when dismantling (see Fig. 13), which admittedly had a negative effect on the seam appearance. Careful handling is essential in order to maintain the very good performance and the pleasantly dynamic work. For example, after work, the machine has to be "put out of operation": a piece of fabric under the foot, needle down, handwheel on (as for bobbin winding) and with the friction wheels installed here, decouple the motor from the handwheel. This is possible with the lever, Figure 7, under the handwheel, unfortunately the cam of this lever is THE failure part of these machines, the plastic part is usually broken, certainly not infrequently due to the carelessness of the mechanic who installed the motor too hastily, is myself already happened (ashamed). The missing part initially has no effect on the performance and quality, but since the friction wheel is now constantly loaded with the same spring force that presses the motor and the friction wheel onto the handwheel, a pressure point arises in the rubber if it is not used for a long time Makes the machine loud and uncomfortable during operation. In this case, you could completely loosen the handwheel, which also takes the tension off the spring. That is purely hypothetical, hardly anyone will do it.

Like its sister, the 93 is suitable for beginners as well as ambitious hobby sewers, ideal 2nd and 3rd machine, for external use, as less than 10 kg is very light, if straight stitch and ZZ are sufficient. If you have stitch pattern discs, the sewn ZZ and blind stitch are also possible. The 93 is partially equipped with gunmetal parts and gunmetal bearings, as well as safe nylon parts and can be described as high quality. She can work with every conceivable material, a leather strap or roller shutter belt, she can really sew every lump, that doesn't impress the 93 either, let's be honest: "Who needs that, who does that impress?"


a bit of maintenance, should also go to customer service and then play a league better


very light, compact, very simple, self-explanatory, suitable as a school machine, flat-piston needles, almost all Pfaff bobbins, capsule feet and starters fit

Text: M. Maag

The Pfaff 260 is the flatbed version of the Pfaff 360 Automatic (but without automatic). For more technical information, see there.

The Pfaff 260 Automatic is the flatbed version of the 360 ​​Automatic. For more technical information, see there.

The second life of the PFAFF 260 Automatic (SN: 7529347)

Of course, a machine does not live in the sense that it lives biologically. If you look into such a mechanical masterpiece, see the levers, shafts, belts, gears, see the movements and the necessary fine oil, it is not just dead matter.

However, all of this played no real role in the purchase, here acquisition in a training school. The criteria were more likely the aesthetics as understood at the time and the variety of applications. In the procurement application there was probably something about technical reliability. Otherwise, such a large amount of money for the housekeeping maids would certainly not have been approved.

In fact, it played a role too. Many different students were allowed or had to use this sewing machine. Actually, they should be trained to take care of the family with sewing technology. Use in homes etc. has also been considered. It was not uncommon for this beautiful sewing machine to be looked at with evil looks because it did not do what you wanted it to do. For no apparent reason, the seams were suddenly no longer straight but in irregular arcs. The hem ran out of the foot and the thread broke before you really began to work. Sometimes even, the seams were white, even though they had threaded blue thread.

However, there have been constant complaints about the sewing machine's function, which seemed to take on a life of its own. Finally the teacher declared the sewing machine to be irreparably broken.

That is when I first got in touch with her.

I looked at the machine. I wasn't a sewing machine mechanic. My father repaired sewing machines. I saw many machines and was enthusiastic about its capabilities and the technology that was present in such an iron body. I had seen long boats, swing boats and even double rotating glasses grippers. As a haptic I immediately turned the drive wheel. Everything seemed wonderfully harmonious and easy to run. Of course I tried to convince the teacher that the loops that were created in the seam were due to an incorrect setting of the thread tension. I immediately noticed that my arguments were not followed in any way. The old monster should simply be disposed of. I asked to be given the machine.

Today I don't know exactly whether it was 20 DM that I had to pay as the purchase price for the scrap metal. I knew it was a fully functional sewing machine, albeit without a free arm.

I brought the sewing machine to my beloved mother. My mother was a seamstress and had learned to sew by hand. In the chaos of war, she had to finish her training before taking the journeyman's examination. She was brilliant with the scissors when it came to cutting and the electric sewing machine. Many were happy to have a machine with a foot drive. The possibilities suddenly became extremely advanced in the middle of the last century. Zigzag, needle offset, automatic patterns, that was a dream of needle artists. My mother, as a trader, owned a Zündapp Elconamatic. As far as I know, the only sewing machine that also made embroidery patterns in the forward and reverse transport of the fabric. The programming disks ran slowly, contrary to the machines that positioned the needle directly and ran correspondingly fast. This machine with the fast-running gripper was a bit worked out after really many hours of operation.

Now I brought this PFAFF scrap machine to my mother. She knew these machines, of course, as she had sold a few of them herself. The family's budget was too small to buy such a machine. To my surprise, the joy was really huge. It was really like Christmas and Easter together. My mother loved it. Enthusiastic about the precision and the completely safe function. With fading eyesight, the threading aid was an indescribable addition. This is how this sewing machine made someone happy. Yes, the eyes were wet. It is certainly not an exaggeration to say that the machine has been cared for and petted.

Unfortunately, my textile artist then became completely blind. The sewing machine was of course not removed from the household. It represented a good memory, a technical development that made the work of tailors much easier.

After my mother died, I couldn't make up my mind to dispose of the machine. But now, in 2014, the time was ripe. The storage of inherited objects that had no function in our household had to be dissolved. The sewing machine was already on the roadside for tomorrow's bulky waste, but at the last second I was able to give it to someone who could keep it for a while. I would like young people to look at the technical development of mechanics. Even if computers are the benchmark of all things today, it has also been the use of increasingly improved mechanical technology that makes our life in this form possible today.

Text: Erwin Scissek

The Pfaff 261 Automatic shown here is the commercial version of the Pfaff 260 Automatic. It differs from this in the color scheme (cream white instead of gray), has a knee lever for lifting the foot and also has a different serial number than the one assigned to household sewing machines. Therefore an exact dating is not possible (but presumably later 60s, early 70s.

Text: sewing machine directory

The manufacturer Pfaff has equipped the household sewing machines of the new series 260 - 360, to which the Pfaff 360 Automatic shown here belongs, with many technical innovations. Nothing has changed in terms of the optimal shape and the high-quality mechanics, but there are many technical changes compared to the Pfaff 332 Automatic. In the new series we find a new thread tension, an improved zigzag operation, an even more precise stitch length setting with the reverse button and a modified threader.

The change to the zigzag adjuster was overdue at Pfaff. The new one is easier to use and less vulnerable. A special novelty was the equipment with the zigzag momentary key for the time. It causes a quick changeover from straight to zigzag and vice versa and when sewing buttonholes, with the setting 2 mm, is used to quickly create the start and end borders with the 4 mm wide zigzag stitch.

The stitch length setting has also been improved; it can be set even more precisely on the new models, which is an advantage for embroidery. There is now also a button that has been optically adapted, which is used for fast reverse sewing (e.g. to lock the end of the seam).