An ode to an Old Pfaff

I remember growing up my grandmother used to sew all kinds of garments for us. Me, my two sisters and our nise and cousins came over for a fitting session (and to eat cookies) ever so often. The prints where over the top, the puffed sleeves even more so, and there was more than a few stray needles to get stung by. I don’t know if I appreciated it as much as I should when my grandmothers was still alive, but today these are heartwarming childhood.


Me (and my beloved thumb), my cousin, and my two sisters—all dressed up in my grandma's creations

I inherited my grandmothers interest in sewing early on. In the beginning I was mostly keen on making covers for my pony, and my poor mum had to model when I was doing the fitting. It must have taken a fair share of motherly love to willingly play the part of a pony for your daughters new sewing hobby.

As I was moving on from animal fashion to people fashion, I also inherited my grandmothers old Pfaff and a lot of great patterns. My Pfaff has been a trusted ally for some years now, but its old age is starting to take a toll on him. I have to warm it up for several minutes before I can use it, and it needs oiling every single day. I was hoping to keep my old Pfaff for a couple of more years, but I think it’s time for him to retire and let a new younger model take over the workload.

So here’s to you my old Pfaff! It’s been a blast.



  1. Godt nytt år Nina!! :-) Håpe du og dine får eit strålande 2016 med mange nye plagg! ;) Stå på!! Du e drit flink!! ;)<3

    January 1, 2016, 9:56 am
    By: Maria

    1. Takk, Maria <3! Godt nyttår til deg også :-D

      January 1, 2016, 5:40 pm
      By: ninahso I Link

  2. I see on a vintage Pfaff, looks something like yours...I love it! Did you get another one. Saw your latest SFD looking coat on Facebook...beautiful work.

    November 17, 2016, 11:40 pm
    By: Angela Leeds

    1. Me too! Too bad it gave up on me, but it really was a great machine. Yes, I bough a Pfaff ambition essential. Really great machine too. Thank you, Angela!

      November 17, 2016, 11:59 pm
      By: ninahso I Link

  3. Beautiful! I love Pfaff sewing machines, I have the old Pfaff 1199 that I bought used in Germany 25 years ago- stylish but still sturdy and reliable.

    October 28, 2018, 12:38 am
    By: Yasmine



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