Pfaff 130 Sewing Machine / Pfaff 130 Embroidery Attachment 50010 / Pfaff 130-6 Parts Diagram

Sewing machine Pfaff 130, the beginning of production is in 1932 and the end after 1950. Back then, at the time, the Pfaff 130 was an innovative and powerful machine, a home sewing machine that had parts an industrial Pfaff. Many today call it a semi-industrial sewing machine, I don't think that's true. Pfaff 130 is a home sewing machine, the prefix "semi-industrial" was created due to its robust metal construction, at that time it was such a technology,
Metal was used far more in the manufacture of household appliances and even sewing machines than it is today. 

In addition to the robust construction, the Pfaff 130 was among the first home sewing machines with a zigzag stitch, which was variable in width. Another innovation is the shuttle hook (upper thread catcher) which is a rotating type. Until then, sewing machines were mostly manufactured with oscillating hooks. The drive for the rotating hook is by means of a timing belt made of special fibers with matal rings. That belt is a "sore spot" code Pfaff 130-6. 

Namely, over the years, these fibers lose strength, due to aging and penetration of lubricants, the fibers loosen and it often happens that the belt on such old machines is cracked or significantly damaged. Replacing the belt is a rather complex job for professional mechanics of sewing machines, and the price of the belt itself is quite high.

And the best sewing machines have shortcomings, Pfaff 130 is a good sewing machine but it also has shortcomings, in my opinion it is: timing belt and two plastic (nylon) gears, one is located in the upper part of the machine on the zigzag mechanism and the other gear is on a rotating hook. The Pfaff 130 has an electric motor on the outside and the transmission is done using a V-belt.

The original electric motor with the associated foot control is a very durable circuit and no special problems should be expected. Pfaff 130 is in many ways a "cult" sewing machine, many love it, and today it can be found in tailoring workshops and homes as well as among enthusiasts who like to restore old sewing machines.

It is interesting that later, I don't know what year, an accessory for the Pfaff 130 will appear, it was placed on the back of the machine, and with the help of that accessory, the machine could make a large collection of decorative stitchs. Some call it a “coffee grinder” because of the specific sound it makes when working 😃 Below the installation guide, Pfaff 130 with embroidery attachment:

How to install the automatic (pfaff 130 Automatic 50010):

1. Shift switch button G to zero-position and loosen fastening screw a (photo 7). insert a new switch button with piston and softer springs (photo 8) so that there will be no distortion in the position of the shaft, at this woult upset the zero position of the scale in relation to the adjustment of machine for straight stitch.

Important: When tightening screv b, press the dial against the machine arm and, through the rear opening, hold the stitch regulator in its proper position.

2. Make sure that machine is not zigzaging when switch button G is in zero-position. Otherwise, slightly loosen fastening screw b, run machine at low speed and turn shaft with the screw-driver, pressing switch button G against machine arm, until needle is  stitching exactly straight. Then tighten screw b carefully.

3. Remove arm cover and tilt head over.

4. Insert cčamping part D in gouge E (photo 9), apply thelatter on the feed lifting rod (photo 10) by setting opening F on bolt head H.

5. Lift machine up, tighten screw k on clamping part D (photo 11) and removegouge E.

6. Before installing adapter, insert piston rod K (photo 12) which had been taken off prior to shipment and fasten it with screw f. Tighten setscrew g and secure it with nut h.

7. Fix Pfaff Automatic to machine by inserting screw c in hole d (photo 13).

8. Open cap and fosten base plate of adapter with screw e in the threaded hole of arm cover (photo 14) When installing Pfaff Automatic, lever 8 must be in zero-position. Pfaff Decorative Stitch Pattern Wheel is required for successful use. It is advisable to share your experiences and tips if you are the owner of Pfaff 130.

Note: For older models Pfaff 130, folow instructions as above outlined, with the exception of using an unthreaded stud and fastening this position with vertical head screw. 

Pfaff 130 Service Manual / User Manual 


  1. Anonymous10.5.23

    Thank you for the information! I am fascinated by these pre-wod war two mechanical engineering marvels. I have a Singer 316G, but only with 6 disc cams, still trying to acquire the remaining disc cams, also looking for a Bernina 117 with the embroidery function, as well as a Pfaff 130 with similar function too. I understand that several other companies have it too! Would love to acquire them all and make a comparison.


    1. These are good old sewing machines, I don't know which one I would single out, they are all good in their own way, a small correction, I think the Singer 316g is not a sewing machine from before World war II, the Singer 316G was made in the Karlsruhe Germany in the 1960s, you can check this based on its serial number.

  2. Anonymous5.2.24

    I m looking for a 50010 embroidery attatchment to fit my Pfaff 130 vintage machine. Do you know where I can find one and how much would it cost in American currency? I would greatly appreciate any information you can provide. Thank you

    1. I'm sorry, I don't have that information, look on one of the famous sites for sale, i guess it's rare and relatively expensive.

  3. Anonymous8.7.24

    Pfaff embroidery machine 130 price please I am from Pakistan

    1. I don't have it for sale, but even if I did I wouldn't be able to send it to Pakistan because it's too expensive. Try to find a sewing machine for you in your country.