Monday, October 31, 2011

Adler 87

You are looking at a rare, powerful, reliable Adler 87. It will easily sew through any type of fabric, straight stitch, zig-zag, and reverse. With the appropriate needle and thread combination your fabric choices are infinite.

Needles for this machine have been obsolete for years and are no longer made (System 1932) After extensive research I have found replacement needles that come in most sizes. (16x257, 1738, DBxF2) These needles have brought renewed life to this sturdy vintage machine.

This machine has been refurbished. I have sewn very sturdy material with it. Small, but heavy. This Adler 87 is very similar in size and function to a Pfaff 130, but rarer.

German engineering at it's best. This machine doesn't quit.  This is another wonderful vintage machine for which there isn't much info on the internet. It took me a long time searching and asking other collectors to finally find a replacement needle system for this one. I hope someone reading this will benefit from this info.

Pfaff 138

This is a Pfaff 138 I sold here in San Francisco. 

What a wonderful machine, it zig-zags and has reverse. Smooth and reliable - if you can find one in good shape don't hesitate to get it. Prices can range between $300-$700 for just the head. 

It is not as tough as a walking foot machine, but it will perform better than a household model like the classic Pfaff 130. Less suited for upholstery, but great for sewing clothing. These are also prized by sailmakers.

This was stored for years in a warehouse gathering dust, rust and guming-up from old dried-up oil residue. It took some love and elbow grease to bring it back from disrepair.

She now works flawlessly and serves a young student who has already demonstrated great talent and creativity.

I love it when my machines go to artists that appreciate them. 

See this machine in action in the video below.