PFAFF PFLASHBACK: Sewing With Nancy - The Best Of Tailoring (VHS, 1993)

Sewing with Nancy (The PFAFF Years) - The Best Of Tailoring




Nancy Zieman, hostess of TV’s Sewing With Nancy, brings her 3-part series on The Best Of Tailoring to you in this 60 minute video.


Highlights:
• Updated techniques for jacket construction
• Determining which areas of a jacket require interfacing; selecting fusible interfacing
• Making interfacing patterns
• Full fuse, partial fuse, and double fuse techniques
• Easing and setting in sleeves
• Adding sleeve heads; inserting shoulder pads
• Applying the under collar
• Assembling the lining unit; joining facings, sleeves; and upper collar :
• Joining and hemming jacket and lining units
• Finishing touches which produce a professional looking jacket


Reference Material:
To accompany this video, Nancy has written a book titled The Best of Sewing With Nancy.


In this video, Nancy used a PFAFF Creative 1475 sewing machine.



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 (up to 2005); as well as official PFAFF instructional, starter guide, and promotional videos (up to 2005).

PFAFF PFLASHBACK: The History of PFAFF -- Ownership Changes Part II (1993-2000)

This installation of PFAFF PFLASHBACK is part two of the popular History & Ownership Changes article that I wrote several months ago. Covering the years 1993-2000, it actually predates the time period covered in the last article. This is a rather bizarre and convoluted story, but clears up the many rumors of why PFAFF went bankrupt in late 1999, and why it was sold a few months later to Viking in April 2000.


1993-2000

In 1993, 72% of G.M. Pfaff AG (PFAFF) was sold to Hong Kong-based company Semi-Tech Global Ltd. for $73 million. Semi-Tech Global was controlled by a Chinese-Canadian businessman named James Ting, who was one of Hong Kong's most successful businessmen at the time, accumulating a large empire worth $5 billion. Semi-Tech Corp. (based in Ontario, Canada) owned Semi-Tech Global, along with various electronic companies including Singer N.V. (Singer), which was purchased in 1989 and rebranded. 

In 1997, Ting had Singer purchase PFAFF from sister company Semi-Tech Global (which now owned 81% of PFAFF) for $150 million. The other 19% remained on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange. This seemed like an odd acquisition because Singer was not doing well financially, and in the prior year PFAFF generated $448 million in sales. Clearly something was not right.


The black sheep of the PFAFF 7500 series -- the creative 7560. Originally designed for Singer during the mid-1990s while both companies were owned by related companies. This model was eventually released under the PFAFF brand for unknown reasons. It has no IDT dual feed and is different in appearance than the other 7500 series models. Later, a limited 7562 was released, which included the IDT.


In September 1999, both PFAFF and Singer filed for bankruptcy within days of each other. PFAFF's bankruptcy was partially due to Singer's debt. The Ontario-based Semi-Tech Corp., which owned around 50% of Singer's common stock, had filed for Chapter 11 protection one week prior. The company claimed Semi-Tech's bankruptcy was unrelated to that of PFAFF and Singer, but it was apparent all was not well within the group controlled by Ting.

Around this same time, multiple companies operated by Ting, including Singer and PFAFF, were all injected into a company called Grande Holdings. This company was also owned and operated by James Ting; along with Christopher & Stanley Ho (also of Hong Kong's wealthiest businessmen at the time). None of the shareholders or banks were notified, a highly illegal act that wasn't realized by the courts until many years later. As it turns out, there were bad bonds, bad behavior, and hundreds of millions of dollars had been stolen from Canadian shareholders. Vast sums of money went missing from the various companies owned by the Semi-Tech Corp. -- about $2 billion total in cash and assets.

The bankruptcy of Singer, PFAFF and the Semi-Tech Corp resulted in the collapse of Ting's empire. In 2000, with hundreds of millions (if not billions) in cash and assets still on hand, he was on the run and wanted in Canada, United States, and Hong Kong. He was eventually arrested in 2003 while getting off a plane in Macau, and imprisoned in 2005 on two counts of false accounting related to the fictitious purchase of a company called MicroMain Systems. He was released one year later following errors in the prosecution's case. Ting has not been seen since, with his whereabouts being unknown to this day.

It should be noted that in terms of product quality and production, amazingly nothing seemed to have changed at PFAFF despite all of the drama happening behind the scenes. Machines were still made in Germany and assembled in the Czech Republic by Zetina (these machines have "Made in Germany" on the serial plates). The quality during this era was very high. In fact, this time period is arguably when the best computerized models were produced, such as the 7550 and 7570; both of which are still highly sought-after models that have retained extremely steady values in the used sewing machine market.

Aftermath

Because PFAFF was essentially bankrupted due to a money laundering scheme by James Ting, Viking were able to quickly purchase the company, likely for a very small amount of money. Viking and PFAFF were then sold to the equity firm Kohlberg & Co. in 2006 to form SVP Worldwide (reuniting PFAFF and Singer), and in 2018 SVP was sold to another equity firm, Ares Management. 

So there you have it, some arcane PFAFF history showing the dark side of the sewing world!

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PFAFF PFILES: Spotlight: Features of the PFAFF Creative 7570, Narrated By Nancy Zieman (VHS, 1998)

Spotlight: Features of the PFAFF Creative 7570



What makes the Pfaff creative 7570 the best sewing machine you can own? Let TV sewing personality Nancy Zieman show you!

Get a close up look at some of the important, must-have features of this incredible machine and see for yourself how advanced electronics and options can make you sew more creative!

You'll see how built-in dual feed makes quilting a breeze... how pushbutton pattern mirroring can spice up your heirloom projects... how the 7570’s 19 needie positions give you precise topstitching and embroidery positioning...and much more!

Don’t forget to ask your Pfaff dealer to show you the wonderful stitch design and embroidery possibilities open to you with the Pfaff creative 7570's optional accessories, including the Pfaff creative designer, PC-DESIGNER Software, Creative Fantasy embroidery cards, Design Collections and more!

PFAFF PFLASHBACK: Sewing With Nancy - Stitching Strategies with Philip Pepper (VHS, 1999)

Sewing With Nancy - Stitching Strategies with Philip Pepper (The PFAFF Years)




Nancy Zieman, hostess of TV’s Sewing With Nancy, and Philip Pepper, Pfaff creative sewing specialist, bring the 3-part series on Stitching Strategies to you in this 60 minute video.

Highlights:
• Using sewing machine built-in decorative stitches
• Setting up your sewing machine for machine embroidery
• Choosing and using appropriate stabilizers
• Making an embellished Christmas stocking
• Combining machine bridging and decorative stitching
    - Stitching perfect embroidered circles
    - Hemstitching with a wing needle
    - Adjusting a sewing machine for using embroidery cards
• Making a comfort pillow featuring machine embroidery
• Adding dimensional embroidery to projects
Designing with built-in stitches and embroidery cards
• Sewing a multipurpose embroidered tote
• Designing with flowing stitch patterns and stitch stacking

Reference Material:
To accompany this video, Nancy has written a fully illustrated booklet entitled Stitching Strategies.



In this video, Nancy and Philip used PFAFF Creative 7570 sewing machines.


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 (up to 2005); as well as official PFAFF instructional, starter guide, and promotional videos (up to 2005).

PFANTASTIC PFAFFS: Creative 7530 & 7510: Computer Sewing Delights

Welcome to the debut edition of PFANTASTIC PFAFFS, which will cover various PFAFF models from 1983-2005.

This edition covers the creative 7510 & 7530 models. The following is the dealer brochure which covers all of the technical information for both models. Scroll down to view the entire brochure, or click the upper right icon below to pop out and view in PDF format.








PFAFF PFILES: PC-DESIGNER Software Ver. 2.0 for Windows Instructional Video Series (VHS, 1996)

PFAFF How-To Video Series -- PC-DESIGNER Software Ver. 2.0 for Windows (VHS, 1996)

Volume 1



***NOTE: The original VHS copy of this video had serious audio production errors (from the factory) with very loud music, low vocal volume, and background hiss. I did my best to remaster and even the sound out. Luckily, Volume 2 is in much better condition.*** 

Pfaff PC-DESIGNER Software Ver. 2.0 for Windows -- The creative link between the Pfaff creative 7570 and your home computer!

Ptaff Educational Consultant Linnette Whicker introduces you to a whole new world of creative possibilities using Pfaff PC-Designer Software and your Platf creative® 7570 sewing machine.

You'll love this complete video guide for using Pfaff‘s exciting PC-DESIGNER Software to create your own unique stitch motifs and embroidery designs. 

Beginning with the basics of PC-DESIGNER Software installation and configuration, Linnette covers everything you need to know to get you well on your way to becoming a PC-DESIGNER pro! Learn to master:

•P-Designs - Beginning with the menu commands
and a detail of toolbar functions, you'll even find out which
needles and threads make the difference. Linnette also shows
you how to use Fill-ins A and B, so you can sew beautifully
rich and colorful embroideries easily.

•M-Designs - from start to finish! You'll learn all
about the menu, toolbar functions, and the status bar. Plus,
we give you some examples to try step-by-step — sew along
with Linnette or try it on your own.

Once you've completed all the exercises in this video, be sure
to look for the PC-DESIGNER Software video, Volume 2, and
take what you have learned here to new heights in creativity.


Volume 2




Pfaff PC-DESIGNER Software Ver. 2.0 for Windows -- The creative link between the Pfaff creative 7570 and your home computer!


Ptaff Educational Consultant Linnette Whicker introduces you to a whole new world of creative possibilities using Pfaff PC-Designer Software and your Pfaff creative 7570 sewing machine. 

Take your creative sewing skills to the next level with Pfaff PC-DESIGNER Software. This video shows you how to achieve interesting sewing effects and master a variety of techniques with P-Designs and Creative Fantasy embroidery hoop motifs. Linnette shows you how to experiment with Maxi-Stitches, combining some with 9mm designs, adding free motion directional stitches to others, and manipulating Maxi-Stitches to create unique patterns. She'll also cover P-Design pattern sizing and merging selected stitch sections into one design.

You'll find out how to maximize your creative potential when you use your Creative Fantasy with Pfaff PC-DESIGNER Software. Learn step-by-step how to design from a BMP file, how to create your own BMP file from Paint Brush and how to scan a design and turn it into a BMP file. Plus, pick up creative lettering techniques, too.

You're sure to find hours of enjoyment and lots of sewing and designing tips from this complete tutorial.


Linnette Whicker, an Educational Consultant for Pfatt, develops educational materials and conducts seminars and classes worldwide.




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 (up to 2005); as well as official PFAFF instructional, starter guide, and promotional videos (up to 2005).

PFAFF PFLASHBACK: Sewing With Nancy - Sew Again -- A Refresher Course (VHS, 1991)


Sewing with Nancy (The PFAFF Years) - Sew Again -- A Refresher Course




Nancy Zieman, hostess of tv's SEWING WITH NANCY. brings her 3-part series on Sew Again- A Refresher Course to you in this 60 minute video.

Highlights:
• Eliminating bulky neckline and armhole facings
• Fine tuning neckline facings with slit openings
• Providing for easy waistline and hemline adjustments
• Worry-free gathering techniques
• Stitching a 30 minute patternless skirt
• Inserting lapped zippers with only two lines of machine stitching
• Adding professional looking waistbands
• Stitching perfect buttonholes
• Mastering knit sewing techniques

Reference Material:
To accompany this video, Nancy has written a fully illustrated booklet titled Sew Again—A Refresher Course.

In this video, Nancy used a PFAFF Creative 1475 sewing machine.



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 (up to 2005); as well as official PFAFF instructional, starter guide, and promotional videos (up to 2005).

PFAFF PFILES: PFAFF creative 2140 Quick Start Video (VHS, 2001)

PFAFF creative 2140 Quick Start Video




-Setting up your creative 2140
-Your personal creative computer
-Machine assistant
-Sewing basics
-Sensormatic buttonholes
-creative 2140 Decorative Sewing
-creative 2140 Maxi Stitches
-creative 2140 Embroidery

VHS video 412 70 02-27
2001

This video also applies to the creative 2144 & 2170 models.


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 (up to 2005); as well as official PFAFF instructional, starter guide, and promotional videos (up to 2005).

PFAFF PFIX-IT: Detachable Work Support/Accessory Tray Compatibility List



I frequently receive questions from PFAFF owners regarding the compatibility of detachable work supports. Many people have and will purchase a used PFAFF machine with a missing or broken work support -- with there being so many different types, and with some of them being almost identical, it can be very confusing to find the correct replacement.

In the future, I will update this post with photographic examples and part numbers of each work support type to create a more thorough list, but for now this should serve as a basic guideline for anyone needing to find a replacement for their machine.


    Type 1: 1006 through 1171, 1371 and the entire 1400 series (with some having different accessory trays depending on whether or not it's an IDT/IDF dual feed machine)
      Type 2: 6000 series, Hobbymatic series
        Type 3: 7510/7530/7550
          Type 4: 1500/6100/6200 series
            Type 5: 7570
              Type 6: 7560
                Type 7: 2000 and 2100 series


                For those who are looking for a replacement work support, I recommend searching eBay, or contacting Brubaker's.


                PFAFF PFILES: Expression 2014-2024/Lifestyle 2022 Quick Start Video (VHS, 2002)

                PFAFF Expression 2014-2024 Quick Start Video




                Please note the Expression 2014 portions also apply to the Lifestyle 2022 model.


                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 (up to 2005); as well as official PFAFF instructional, starter guide, and promotional videos (up to 2005).