PFAFF PFLASHBACK: Creative 2140 Sneak Peek Advertisements (2000 & 2001)

In late 2000 and early 2001, PFAFF ran clever advertisements in some of the final issues of PFAFF Club Magazine (#29 & #30). These advertisements gave a sneak peak of what would become the future of PFAFF under its new owners (VSM) -- the awesome Creative 2140.

Interestingly, in an earlier issue of PFAFF Club Magazine (#28), there was a "trade in/trade up" promotional ad for the special edition PCD Creative 7570 model. With this promotion, one could have purchased a new PCD 7570, used it for one year, then traded it in (applying the full purchase price) towards the yet-to-be-unveiled Creative 2140. This promotion likely existed because the 2140 was delayed, and offering an upgraded 7570 (which by the year 2000 was already quite an old platform) kept customers satisfied until the 2140 was finally released.

Also note the subtle changes in the graphic design in the first two ads. These changes indicate that PFAFF was in a full transformation period under its new owners. Can you spot the differences?







PFAFF PFILES: 7500 Series - Top Ten Most Common Problems and How to Solve Them

I recently acquired a hard copy of this unusual (and seemingly homemade) problem-solving guide for the Creative 7500 series machines (specifically the 7550 & 7570), written by Steve Ward. Although the title says "Service Manual", it's mostly a simplified guide for troubleshooting common problems with these machines. It does however contain a few of the repair illustrations and self-test key functions from the genuine PFAFF service manuals.

Although this guide is short at only thirteen pages, it should serve especially useful for those who are usually too intimidated to work on their own machines, but have a small, common issue that can be fixed at home; possibly avoiding a costly trip to a technician.




PFAFF 7500 Series Ten Most Common Problems Guide.pdf (4.82 MB)

PFAFF PFLASHBACK: The Art of Creative Sewing with Vickie & Philip Pepper - Instructional Video (1996)

The Art of Creative Sewing with Vickie & Philip Pepper

Vickie and Philip Pepper enjoy worldwide recognition as colorful, creative specialists. In addition to their busy seminar schedules, they are also owners of a Pfaff Sewing Center, Peppers' Sew Unique, a fabric and sewing shop in Bel Air, Maryland. The Peppers are the perfect team to spice up your creativity.


Learn the art of creative sewing from the masters! Vickie and Philip Pepper, critically-acclaimed for their wonderful sewing techniques, demonstrate how you can achieve exciting, special sewing effects with your sewing machine. From bobbin work to dimensional work, and everything in between, you'll learn to easily create dozens of decorative embellishments that add a terrific new look to all of the fashions, home decor and craft projects you sew.






If you have older VHS tapes or DVDs that you would like to donate to be digitally transferred and added to the PFAFF Talk YouTube channel, please send an email. I am currently looking for older Sewing With Nancy episodes and video releases (pre-2003); as well as official PFAFF instructional, starter guide, and promotional videos.

PFAFF PFLASHBACK: 1990 Television Commercials

Here you can see some of the long-forgotten commercials that PFAFF ran during the late 1980s-early 1990s on The Learning Channel (when TLC was an educational channel). I believe these were also aired on PBS during Sewing with Nancy. These have a wonderful alluring quality to them that was typical of '80s advertisements.

Who else wishes they could drive to their local PFAFF dealer to pick up a brand new limited edition 1371?




Creative 1371






Hobbylock serger (starts at 1:01)





Creative 1475 (starts at 2:01)







PFAFF PFLASHBACK: Creative 1475 CD Instructional Video Series (1991)

PFAFF How-To Video Series -- creative 1475 CD: For the Look That's As Bold As Your Imagination

Training Manager Philip Pepper and Educational Consultant Crystal Thoma make it easy to use the Pfaff creative 1475 CD and help you realize you full creative potential.

Volume 1



In Volume 1, Philip and Crystal cover the basics of the machine including all of the keys and their functions, the automatic needle threader and exclusive built-in Dual Feed. They show easy step by step threading, bobbin winding, and provide an informative discussion of the threads and needles. Crystal shows the advantage of multiple needle position stitches, zig zag stitches and utility stitches. Philip demonstrates how easy it is to blindhem, flathem and sew corded buttonholes in both pre-programmed and programmable styles. You'll see how quick it is to program any of the alphabets into the memory using the Creative Designer. All new Maxi-Stitch, Maxi-Monogram and exclusive 0-way feed designs are highlighted. Ideas for appliques, twin needle sewing and using utility stitches decoratively give a new twist to machine embroidery.

Philip Pepper is a well known designer and instructor. He's taught classes and demonstrated across the United States as well as in Australia and Canada.

Crystal Thoma travels the country giving seminars and classes. As well as being an accomplished tailor, she's worked many years in television broadcasting, both in front of and behind the camera.


Volume 2



They take you step by step and teach you how to draw and enter your own designs into Pfaff's exclusive free programming P-Memories. Philip demonstrate heirloom techniques including rolling and whipping, bridging, corded pin tucks, entreduex and cutwork with Richelieu bars. Crystal adds to this the pin stitch, bridging with the cording blade and several Swiss insertions to embroider. They also show you how to use extra accessories like the ruffler, fringe foot, applique foot and new ways to use the fringe foot and some unusual eyelets. They also demonstrate how to adapt hand cross stitch patterns for the 1475 CD and provide tips on combining them into a simple border. The Maxi-Stitches are given a whole new look with a technique called bobbin work.

Philip Pepper is a well known designer and instructor. He's taught classes and demonstrated across the United States as well as in Australia and Canada.

Crystal Thoma travels the country giving seminars and classes. As well as being an accomplished tailor, she's worked many years in television broadcasting, both in front of and behind the camera.



1991 Copyright by PFAFF AMERICAN SALES CORP.


If you have older VHS tapes or DVDs that you would like to donate to be digitally transferred and added to the PFAFF Talk YouTube channel, please send an email. I am currently looking for older Sewing With Nancy episodes and video releases (pre-2003); as well as official PFAFF instructional, starter guide, and promotional videos.



PFAFF PFILES: Creative Designer Instruction Book / Programming Sheet & Program Card Scans (PDF)

Here you will find a full-color PDF scan of the rare Creative Designer Instruction Book.

I have also scanned the programming sheet and program card (alphabets), and combined them in one easy-to-use PDF. To use with your CD unit, simply print these at 100% scale (or "actual size"), and cut around the green border.


Happy Holidays! 🎅🎁
-PFAFF PFANTOM


PFAFF PFILES: Creative 2144 Tutorial CD (2004)



For your pleasure is the hard-to-find official PFAFF Creative 2144 interactive tutorial, originally released on CD in 2004. Everything in this tutorial also applies to the Creative 2140 & 2170 models.

To use the tutorial, simply extract the contents of the ZIP file to any folder on your hard drive, and click Pfaff.exe to begin the experience.

PFAFF Creative 2144 Tutorial CD.zip (562 MB)

Happy Holidays! 🎅🎁

-PFAFF PFANTOM

PFAFF PFLASHBACK: Creative 7570 Instructional Video Series (1996)

PFAFF How-To Video Series -- creative 7570: The ultimate technology for the ultimate in creativity!

Creative Sewing Specialist Philip Pepper and Pfaff Educational Consultant Linnette Whicker introduce you to a whole new world of creative possibilities as they demonstrate how to use your Pfaff creative 7570, step-by-step. 

Volume 1















Together, in an easy to follow format, Philip and Linnette cover all the need-to-know-basics of the Pfaff creative 7570. Beginning with a brief explanation of various types and uses of threads and needles, they'll cover automatic needle threading and bobbin winding on the 7570, entering and deleting security codes, basic maintenance procedures and offer a detailed description of each individual operating key and its function. You'll also get a demonstration of Pfaff-exclusive built-in Dual Feed and see the advantages of multiple needle positions. Find out how to create interesting effects with the hemmer foot, as well as other accessories that come with the 7570. Follow along as Philip and Linnette show you how to create your own cording for buttonholes, how to sew a variety of button-hole styles and to sew on buttons. Additionally, you'll learn how easy it is to program alphabets and decorative stitches into M-Memories, step by step and pick up some interesting ideas for sewing Maxi-Stitches, Maxi-Monograms and eight-way feed designs. Plus, you'll learn some valuable tips on twin needle sewing and other exciting specialty sewing techniques. There's also a special section on the 7570's unique Design Card system, featuring how to access Maxi-Design stitches and using blank Creative Cards to store your own original designs. 


Volume 2















This exciting video picks up where Volume One leaves off, bringing you more advanced creative sewing techniques including how to draw, enter, delete and insert stitches in P-Memories, creating beautiful entredeux and using wing needles, pinstitching for shadow applique and appliqué, and much more. You'll also learn to master the arts of cutwork with Richelieu bars and terrific bobbin embroidery from Philip, the renowned master of these sewing artforms. 

Plus, Philip and Linnette cover the Creative Fantasy embroidery unit in detail. They'll show you how to



  • Attach the unit to your sewing machine and cover the functions and screens 
  • Get the most from your Creative Fantasy Cards 
  • Use M-Mernories with the Creative Fantasy 
  • Combine alphabet styles and designs from a card 
  • Move individual letters
  • Embroider only the outline motifs 
  • Accurately position designs, including making templates and creating work using large scale letters 
  • Embroider specialty fabrics 

There's so much useful information packed into this video, you'll find yourself viewing it over and over!



1996 Copyright by PFAFF AMERICAN SALES CORP.



If you have older VHS tapes or DVDs that you would like to donate to be digitally transferred and added to the PFAFF Talk YouTube channel, please send an email. I am currently looking for older Sewing With Nancy episodes and video releases (pre-2003); as well as official PFAFF instructional, starter guide, and promotional videos.

PFAFF PFLASHBACK: The History of PFAFF Pamphlet (1862-2005) & Ownership Changes

To start off with the first installation of PFAFF PFLASHBACK, this is a pamphlet printed in 2006 which provides a condensed history of PFAFF from 1862-2005. This is one of the last print pieces from VSM before the SVP acquisition (more on this additional information below).







Ownership Changes: 2000-2006

The domestic division of PFAFF was purchased by Viking Sewing Machines AB in April 2000 (later changed to VSM Group in July 2002), eventually ending the German-made era of PFAFF. During 2001-2002, VSM moved the production of new PFAFF models to Sweden. However, existing models (pre-VSM acquisition) were still made in Germany until at least the first quarter of 2001, possibly later (if you have a post first-quarter 2001 German machine, please comment). Although the quality of the new Swedish models were still fantastic, a few corners were cut.

In 2001, VSM moved PFAFF production from Germany to the Czech Republic. To do this, they created a company called VSM Production s.r.o., which allowed PFAFF to fully operate under its own management. Previously since 1991, a company called Zetina had been performing final assembly duties on PFAFF machines in Brno, Czech Republic (meaning some, or possibly all 1991-2001 German-made PFAFFs were made in Germany, but actually assembled in the Czech Republic). VSM Production s.r.o. operated in the existing Zetina premises in Brno because VSM had already invested so heavily in the facilities, therefor it made no sense to build a new factory. They also retained some of the Zetina employees. Product quality remained the same after the move to the Czech Republic as little had changed.

During this time, some PFAFF machines were still being made in Sweden, but it is unclear as to how both factories were simultaneously operating (for instance, I believe all 2140 models were made in Sweden, as well as some 2144s; with the rest being made in the Czech Republic). I think at some point around 2005-2006, all PFAFF production moved to the Czech Republic factory.

In 2006, the VSM Group was acquired by the American equity firm Kohlberg & Company (who already owned Singer), leading to the formation of SVP Worldwide (Singer, Viking, PFAFF). Interestingly, PFAFF and Singer already had some history together as they had failed to merge at some point during the 1990s (which would have been much different than this acquisition as Singers would have been made in Germany, starting with what would end up becoming the Creative 7560 model). It is worth noting that by this time, PFAFF's IDT patent had, or was set to expire (ending their exclusive rights to use to the dual feed system); and VSM sales in the United States had fallen quite a bit -- both of which likely had something to do with the sale of VSM.

After this acquisition, new PFAFF models were given a complete overhaul, essentially becoming Vikings with dual feed (AKA Pfikings). At some point, new PFAFF models were once again produced in Sweden, but eventually moved to China (where they are currently made). I am under the impression that during this time the Czech Republic factory was still producing older PFAFF models, such as the 2170, until discontinuation sometime during the late 2000s. The SVP machines produced in Sweden and the Czech Republic are some of, if not the last European-made sewing machines in the world.

All of the changes PFAFF made from 2000-2007 is somewhat convoluted -- I've done the best I can to piece all of the above together. Corrections and additional information via the comments or email will be much appreciated.