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Inserting the bobbin case / Adjusting the bobbin thread tension ... 9 - 3 Threading the needle thread / Adjusting the needle thread tension in the PFAFF 1245 ... 9 - 5 Threading the needle thread / Adjusting the needle thread tension in the PFAFF 1246 ... 9 - 6 Care and maintenance ...
Safety Safety 1.01 Directives This machine is constructed in accordance with the European regulations contained in the conformity and manufacturer’s declarations. In addition to this Instruction Manual, observe also all generally accepted, statutory and other regulations and legal requirements -including those of the country and all valid environ- mental protection regulations! The regionally valid regulations of the social insurance society for occupational accidents or other supervisory organisations are to be strictly adhered to!
It is the obligation of the operator to ensure that only authorized persons operate and work on the machine. Further information can be obtained at your PFAFF agent. Caution Do not operate without finger guard and safety devices.
Safety 1.05 Operating and specialist personnel Operating personnel .05.01 Operating personnel are persons responsible for the equipping, operating and cleaning of the machine as well as taking care of faults arising in the sewing area. The operating personnel is obliged to observe the following points and must: always observe the Notes on Safety in the Instruction Manual! never use any working methods which could limit the level of safety in using the machine!
Safety Danger A working area of 1 metre is to be kept free both in front of and behind the machine while it is in operation so that it is always easily accessible. Never reach into the sewing area while sewing! Danger of injury by the needle! Never leave objects on the table or in the needle plate area while adjusting the machine settings! Objects can become trapped or be slung away! Danger of injury!
Safety Fig.1 - 02 Fig. 1 - 03 1 - 5 Do not operate the machine without tilt-back safeguard ! Danger of crushing between upper part and table top! Do not operate the machine without belt guards 4 and ! Danger of injury by the revolving V-belt!
The PFAFF 1245 is a single needle, flatbed sewing machine with bottom, top and needle feeds as well as a large vertical hook for sewing lockstitch seams. The machine is designed for commercial use (industry). The Pfaff 1246 is a two-needle, flat bed sewing machine with bottom, top and needle feed as well as vertical sewing hook for lockstitch seams.
Top feed lift stitch lengths up to 6 mm less than 3.5 mm from 3.5 to 5.5 mm from 5.5 to 7 mm Max. number of Max. number of stitches/min stitches/min lengths from 6 mm to 8 mm 2800 2500 2000 for stitch 2600...
Disposal of the machine Disposal of machine waste The proper disposal of machine waste is the responsibility of the customer. The materials used on the machines are steel, aluminium, brass and various plastics. The electrical equipment consists of plastics and copper. The machine waste is to be disposed of in accordance with the locally valid environmental protection regulations.
Transport packaging and storage Transport to the customer’s premises Within the Federal Republic of Germany, the machine is delivered without packaging. Machines for export are packaged in a crate or wrapped depending on how they are transported. Transport within the customer’s premises The manufacturer carries no liability for transport within the customer’s premises.
Explanation of the symbols Explanation of the symbols In the following section of this Instruction Manual, certain tasks or important pieces of information are accentuated by symbols. The symbols used have the following meanings: 6 - 1 Note, information Cleaning, care Lubrication, greasing Servicing, repairing, adjustment, maintenance (only to be carried out by specialist personnel)
Fig. 7 - 01 (on machines with subclas -910/01) Fig. 7 - 02 Controls Turn the machine on and off by switching the on/off switch on and off. When the machine is on, the light in the switch is also on. The switch in the illustration can be found on machines with Quick motors.
Controls (on machines with automatic presser-foot lifter -910/98) Fig. 7 - 03 Fig. 7 - 04 7 - 2 With the on/off switch on 0 = Machine stop +1 = Sew - 1 = Raise presserfoot - 2 = Trim thread (on machines with thread trimmer) (for machines with backtacking mechanism -911/97) Switch to reverse sewing by pressing...
Fig. 7 - 05 Fig. 7 - 06 Controls The sewing foot can be lifted by raising lever . Adjust the stitch length by turning the knurled nut accordingly. Press knurled nut upwards as far as possible (position „R“). 7 - 3...
Controls Fig. 7 - 07 Fig. 7 - 08 7 - 4 (on machines with backtacking mechanism -911/97) You can set the length of the reverse stitch as large as is required, independent of the forward stitch. The forward stitch is set with knurled screw knurled screw .
Mounting and commissioning the machine The machine must only be mounted and commissioned by qualified personnel! All relevant safety regulations are to be observed! If the machine is delivered without a table, it must be ensured that the frame and the table top which you intend to use can hold the weight of the machine and the motor, even while sewing.
Mounting and commissioning the machine Adjusting the V-belt tension 01.02 Fig. 8 - 02 Mounting the upper V-belt guard .01.03 Fig. 8 - 03 8 - 2 Fig. 8 - 02 shows a Quick motor. If another motor is used, proceed as described in the motor’s instruction manual.
Mounting the lower V-belt guard .01.04 Fig. 8 - 04 Fig. 8 - 04 shows a Quick motor. If another motor is used, proceed as described in the motor’s instruction manual. Mounting tilt-over safeguard 01.05 Fig. 8 - 06 Mounting and commissioning the machine ●...
Mounting and commissioning the machine Mounting the spool holder .01.06 Fig. 8 - 05 Mounting the sewing lamp 01.07 ● Screw the sewing lamp onto the table top (wood screws 5x35) and have it connected by a specialist. ▲ The sewing lamp is not included in the normal delivery package. 8 - 4 ●...
Commissioning the machine ● Before commissioning the machine, check the electrical leads and pneumatic hoses for any damage. ● Remove pin 1 of the oil reservoir 2 (Fig. 8 - 06). The pin serves only to protect the machine from damage during transport and must not be used when sewing. ●...
All regulations and instructions in this Instruction manual are to be observed! Special attention is to be paid to all Notes on Safety! All preparation work is only to be carried out by appropriately trained personnel. Before all preparation work, the machine is to be switched off via the on/off switch or to beseparated from the electricity supply by removing the plug from the mains! Fig.
Fig. 9 - 01a Turn the machine off! Use only system 134 - 35 needles! Loosen needle retaining screws . Insert needles as far as it will go (the longitudinal needle groove of the left-hand needle must be pointing to the right and that of the right-hand needle to the left).
Fig. 9 - 02 Place an empty bobbin onto bobbin shaft . Thread the bobbin in accordance with and wind it clockwise around bobbin a few times. Switch on the bobbin winder while at the same time pressing bobbin winder spindle and lever .
Fig. 9 - 03 Fig. 9 - 04 Turn the machine off! Removing the bobbin case. Open the bed slide. Raise latch and remove bobbin case . Inserting the bobbin case. Insert bobbin case so that it clicks into place. Close latch and close the bed slide.
Fig. 9 - 06 Maschine ausschalten! Thread the machine as shown in . Care must be taken that the left-hand needle is threaded from the right and the right-hand needle is threaded from the left. Adjust the needle thread tension by turning knurled screws .
Check the air pressure ... daily before use Clean the hook compartment ... daily, more often if in continuous operation Check the water container of the air filter ... daily before use General lubrication ... twice a week Lubricate the front parts ... twice a week Check the hook oil-container ...
Turn the machine off! Lubricate all bearings marked in Open the bed slide to gain access to oiling point . Pull the knee lever out to the front and lay the machine on its back. Lubricate all bearings marked in Setting the machine upright Hold the machine, press tilt safety device upright position with both hands.
Only use oil with a mean viscosity of 22.0 mm /s at 40°C and a density of 0.865 g/cm at 15°C. We recommend PFAFF sewing machine oil. Part no. 280-1-120 144. Turn the machine off! Open cover on the back of the machine.
Fig. 10 - 07 Fig. 10 - 08 Before each use of the machine, check the air pressure on gauge . The gauge must display a pressure of If necessary, alter the pressure to this level. To do so, lift button and turn it so that the gauge shows a pressure of Press button...
The illustrations in this section show the For the twice, i.e. to the left- and right-hand sewing hooks. This will be pointed out in the respective sections, whereby it is often possible to apply the mirror image of the illustrations. Screwdrivers with blade widths from 2 to 10 mm Screwdrivers with blade widths from 7 to 14 mm Allan keys from 2 to 6 mm...
Positioning the feed dog across the direction of sewing 04.01 The bottom feed dog must be the same distance from the left and right side of the needle- plate cutout. Fig. 11 - 01 Loosen screws Laterally align rock shaft Now tighten screws .
Positioning the feed dog in the direction of sewing 04.02 With the longest stitch set, the bottom feed dog must have the same clearance the front and the back with respect to the needle-plate cutout when feeding both forwards and backwards.
11.04.03 Height of the bottom feed-dog With the stitch length set at „0“ , the bottom feed dog must protrude over the needle plate as high as the teeth when at TDC. Fig. 11 - 03 Set stitch length „0“ . Bring the bottom feed dog to its TDC by turning the handwheel.
Pre-adjusting the needle height 04.04 With the needle bar at BDC, the distance between the needle bar and the needle plate must be Fig. 11 - 04 Move needle bar laterally. (screw ) in accordance with the without moving it 11 - 5...
Centering the needle in the needle hole 04.05 With the stitch length set at „0“ , the needle must enter the needle hole exactly in the middle. Fig. 11 - 05 Unscrew vibrating presser Set stitch length „0“ and bring the needle bar to its TDC. Insert a new needle.
Lifting motion of the bottom feed-dog 04.06 This adjustment does not apply for machines without a bottom feed lifting phase (without P). 1. With the needle bar at its BDC, the bottom feed dog must be at its TDC. 2. With the longest stitch set, the bottom feed dog must reach the top surface of the needle plate at the same time as the needle point when the handwheel is turned.
Driving motion of the bottom and top feeds 04.07 With the longest stitch length set and the needle bar at its BDC, the top and bottom feeds should not move when the reverse-feed lever is activated. Fig. 11 - 07 Set the longest stitch.
Hook-to-needle clearance, needle rise, needle height and needle guard 04.08 (On Model 1246 make these adjustments on both sewing hooks.) With the stitch length set at „3“ and the needle rise at on model „B“ and must be true: 1. The distance to the needle must be to the middle of the needle.
Top-feed stroke 04.9 At the largest top-feed stroke setting and stitch length „0“ , presser foot presser foot must lift Fig. 11 - 9 Set the largest top-feed stroke and the stitch length at „0“ . Bring presser foot Turn the handwheel in the direction of rotation until vibrating presser foot 2 has reached its highest point.
Lifting motion of the top feed 04.10 When presser foot point of the needle must both reach the needle plate at the same time when the top feed stroke is set at maximum. Fig. 11 - 10 Allow presser foot Loosen screws Turn feed lifting eccentric Tighten screws .
Bobbin-case opener 04.11 (On Model 1246 make these adjustments on both bobbin openers.) The needle thread must not be clamped between the bobbin-case opener bin-case base 3 nor may it be clamped between projection needle plate (see arrows). Fig. 11 - 11 Thread the machine, insert test material and allow the presser foot to rest on the needle plate.
Safety clutch 04.12 Fig. 11 - 12 Remove the jammed thread. Press piston 11 - 14 The safety clutch is set by the manufacturer and screws 5 are sealed. If the thread jams, the safety clutch snaps out to prevent damage to the hook. A description of how to snap the clutch back in follows.
Needle thread tension release 04.13 With the presser foot raised, both of the tension discs must be at least The clearance of 0.5 mm is a minimum and can increase to more than when using thick threads. Fig. 11 - 13 Align pressure plate If the tension is correct, release pin behind tension carrier plate...
Thread check spring 04.14 The movement of thread check spring material (approx. Due to technical reasons, the length of the thread-check spring path can vary a little in either direction. Fig. 11 - 14 Thread the machine, place test material under the presser foot and allow the presser foot to rest on the fabric using the presser foot lifter.
Thread check spring on PFAFF 1246 with thread trimmer -900/56 04.15 The motion of thread controller springs penetrates the material (= about Due to technical reasons, the length of the thread-check spring path can vary a little in either direction.
Bobbin winder 04.16 1. With the bobbin winder switched on, the bobbin winder spindle must engage reliably. With the bobbin winder switched off, friction wheel must not touch drive wheel . 2. The bobbin winder must switch off automatically when the thread level is approximately Fig.
Pre-adjusting the control cam 05.01 1. The eccentric bearing-surface of control cam 2. With the take-up lever at its TDC, the beginning of the largest eccentricity of the bearing surface (in the direction of rotation) must be underneath the point of pawl Fig.
Tripping lever 05.02 In needle rise position, the flattened pin of control lever the track of control cam Fig. 11 - 18 Screw out screw Loosen screws Bring the needle bar to needle rise position by turning the handwheel. Bring clamp to rest on the right side of the housing.
Pawl 05.03 With the cut-off mechanism in resting position, there must be a distance of between the largest eccentricity of bearing surface Fig. 11 - 19 Position the largest eccentricity of bearing surface handwheel. Move bearing bolt 11 - 22 and pawl .
Engaging solenoid 05.04 In needle rise position and with engaging solenoid between engaging lever Fig. 11 - 20 Bring the machine to needle rise position by turning the handwheel. Loosen screw Manually activate engaging lever 2 so that pawl Press magneto inductor solenoid housing and the magneto inductor in accordance with the In this position tighten screw .
Release trip 05.05 In needle rise position and with control lever approx. Fig. 11 - 21 Bring the machine to needle rise position by turning the handwheel. Manually activate engaging lever 1 so that pawl Taking care to ensure that screw of the track of control cam .
Engaging lever 05.06 With the needle bar at TDC and with control lever distance of approx. Fig. 11 - 22 Bring the needle bar to TDC by turning the handwheel. Turn screw (nut ) in accordance with the Carry out a check by tapping control lever . at starting position, there must be a between bolt and the outer diameter of control cam .
Linkage rod 05.07 When shaft Fig. 11 - 23 Affix spherical head Loosen nuts Bring the machine to needle rise position by turning the handwheel and activate engaging lever . Taking care to ensure that lever accordance with the In this position tighten both nuts . Carry out a check in accordance with the 11 - 26 begins its sliding motion, lever...
Final adjustment of the control cam 05.08 When control lever coming from its BDC, the motion of the thread catcher Fig. 11 - 24 Bring the take-up lever to just past its TDC by turning the handwheel and loosen the accessible screws on control cam .
Catch 05.09 With the cut-off mechanism in resting position, there must be a distance of approx. between catch Fig. 11 - 25 Lightly affix catch Move catch accordance with the In this position, tighten screws . Using screws , screw plate 11 - 28 and control lever .
Connecting rod (for PFAFF 1246 only) 05.10 When the cutting device is in the off-position, the length of spacer rod the distance between shafts Fig. 11 - 25a Loosen nuts (right- and left-hand thread) when the cutting device is in the off-position.
Thread-catcher height 05.11 (On Model 1246 make these adjustments on both thread catchers.) When thread catcher 2 is pushed forwards manually with the take-up lever at its TDC, the lower point of the thread catcher must pass Fig. 11 - 26 Loosen screw Loosen the screws in retaining collar .
Knife 05.12 (On Model 1246 make these adjustments on both knives.) 1. The elongated hole of knife be touching the casting (see arrow). 2. When the point of needle catcher the knife, knife Fig. 11 - 27 Loosen screws . Move knife 3 in such a way that it cannot collide with thread catcher .
Thread catcher reverse position 05.13 (On Model 1246 make these adjustments on both thread catchers.) At the front point of reversal of thread catcher , its rear edge must be flush with the cutting edge of knife Fig. 11 - 28 Taking care to ensure that screw position and activate the engaging lever.
Bobbin-thread clamp spring 05.14 (On Model 1246 make these adjustments on both clamp springs.) 1. Between clamp spring 2. At the front point of reversal of thread catcher , the points of clamp spring flush with the back edge of catcher Fig.
Bring the machine to needle rise position, activate the engaging lever and bring the thread catcher to its front point of reversal by turning the handwheel. Align clamp spring (screws ) in the elongated hole in accordance with if necessary carrier (screws ) as well.
Tension release bar 05.15 1. With the cut-off mechanism in resting position and the presser foot raised, there must be a distance of approx. 2. When the point of thread catcher of the needle plate (see arrow) with the presser foot resting on the needle plate, the tension discs must be loosened to such an extent that the needle thread can be easily pulled through them.
Allow the presser foot to rest on the needle plate. By continuing to turn the handwheel, position the point of thread catcher at the same height as the edge of rear stop trip of the needle plate and press release bar to the left in accordance with using retaining collar .
Positioner 05.16 When interrupting the sewing process, the machine must position itself at approx. After trimming the thread, the machine must position itself at the Carry out the adjustment as stipulated in the instruction manual of the motor. 11 - 38...
PFAFF 1245-6/07 PFAFF 1245 11-108 093-15 11-330 082-15 11-174 089-15 PFAFF 1245; 1246 91-140 538-91(Version B) 91-140 539-91(Version C) This list indicates the most important wearing parts. You can request a detailed parts list for the complete machine under parts number 296-12-18 085.