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The Pfaff Tipmatic 1035 is an "automatic utility-stitch free-arm sewing machine making 7 forward and 7 forward/reverse-controlled utility stitches; stitch combinations are possible. Buttonhole mechanism and optionally equipped with either a low-impedance foot control (hot) or an electronic foot control with motor torque boost and switch for hand and full top speed."

Whew! That's a long sentence -- but it means this is a medium end mechanical German engineered and built sewing machine. If you combine the stitches enough ways, you come up with about 30 different stitches. Still, it's mainly just straight, zigzag, and the key utility combinations of each.

The Tipmaticseries was introduced in the late 1970's and 1980's. I was really lucky to find this one in a consignment store for less than $50.00!

The machine comes with a nice PVC case. It slips over the top of the sewing machine; the machine's handle becomes the case handle.

Be wary when you first try to cover the machine with the case, because ...
... because, there's a detachable thread spindle that slips onto the edge of the sewing machine handle!

Works great, but the case will not fit on the machine unless you pull the spindle off the handle first (it slips right off).

If you press hard enough, you'll probably break the spindle.

The spindle is there mainly for a second spool of thread. If you're only using one spool, there's no need to install the spindle in the first place.
The main spool of thread sits in the recessed slot on the top of the machine. I like this arrangement -- you see it on many modern machines.

Note that I've got a slight melted "depression" on the front top edge of the machine. It's almost like someone rested a hot light bulb there! I have no idea what caused the melting, but it's not affecting the performance of the machine any.
Here's a quick view of the "tower". Note the second spool of thread on the detachable spindle.

The controls on the base of the tower cover reverse feed, off/on switch, stitch length, and stitch selection.

While there are only 9 or 10 stitch buttons, you can press combinations of buttons to yield about 30 different stitches -- although most of them are variations on zig-zag and straight.
While this is a free-arm machine, it does come with a detachable bed. Like most detachables, the bed does double duty as storage space.

The brown tray at the top holding the bobbins and feet also removes to reveal even more storage space.
Here's a neat feature -- rather than "sliding off" like many detachable beds, this one actually swings on a hinge!

Swing it forward and to the left to move the detachable bed out of the way ...
... then just lift up to remove the bed. The hinge bar just slips into a round slot on the base of the machine; there's no unscrewing or anything involved.
Here's a view of the needlebar portion with the bed removed. You can see the door where the bobbin works are.

There's a tension control on the front face of the machine -- I set it to "normal" tension during the project and had no problems.
Switching focus to the other end of the machine. You see the handwheel and the power cord slot.

Something I really liked about the power cord. The fitting is arranged so that the cord naturally flows to the side of the machine once you plug it in. I've seen several where the cables want to snake to the front of the machine, so you end out twisting them around to the handwheel side -- very messy! This one is well-engineered.

By the way, my definition of "well engineered" is Yes, it is simple -- but why didn't anyone else think of doing it this way?
Back to the front view -- I've opened the bobbin door to reveal the bobbin race and the bobbin case. Works just like you would expect -- nothing fancy or unexpected here.

The brown "slide" to the right of the bobbin race raises and lowers the feed dogs. Actually, I think it's more of an "enable/disable" method.
Threading the machine from the main thread spool -- again, follow the usual suspects. Threading was very simple and easy to figure out.

You can also view this threading and bobbin winding diagram.
Just in case you're interested, I removed four screws and popped the top to reveal the innards. Things look simple and easy (I like simple and easy!)
Everything back in place, threaded, and ready for a project!

Note how neatly the power cord leads around the side of the machine!
And here's the project -- a simple tote bag I made from a dish towel! Check it out if you'd like to see the Pfaff 1035 in action.

Took about 30 minutes -- would be less if I weren't stopping to take pictures during the process!

Click here to go to the Dishtowel Tote Bag project

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