How to Service a Pfaff Sewing Machine

Updated February 21, 2017

The Pfaff Company has been manufacturing sewing machines for over 140 years. They are a consistent presence in the marketplace and are known for producing machines of quality and substance. Most Pfaff machines offer hundreds of sewing and embroidery stitches that provide long-lasting enjoyment and creativity for today's modern sewer. These machines are among the top of the line in terms of pricing because of the many techniques they offer, so proper care and maintenance is essential to keeping the machine running at peak performance.

Clean the machine after 10 to 15 hours of operation. Begin by turning off the main switch.

Remove the needle plate and lower the feed dogs. Clean the feed dogs and the hook with a lint brush or a vacuum attachment. Use canned air to blow out all excess dust and lint.

Add one drop of oil on the hook and replace the needle plate.

Wipe down the surface area and window with a soft dry cloth. Do not use abrasive cleansers.

Turn off the main switch and disconnect the lead cord and foot control plug.

Remove the accessory tray. The light bulb is located inside the machine near the needle threader.

Push the light bulb changer up as far as it will go and turn the burnt out bulb half a rotation counter-clockwise to remove it.

Guide a new bulb (12 volt, maximum 5 watts) into the diagonal holder and turn it until the pins of the bulb engage.

Push the bulb up into the bulb holder and turn half a rotation clockwise. Remove the bulb changer from the bulb.

Use the special cable that came with your machine. It will have the USB connection on one end and a creative card on the other. Connect one end to your sewing machine, the other to your computer.

Connect your computer to the Internet and visit the Pfaff website home page.

Click on the button to update your machine and the model. You'll need to register your machine and enter your e-mail address to update.

Download the program update directly from the Pfaff website to your machine.


Computerised machines differ from regular sewing machines in the amount of oil needed for its moving parts. Do not over-oil your Pfaff sewing machine.

Things You'll Need

  • Sewing machine oil
  • Lint brush
  • Canned air
  • Dry cloth
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