Finish Projects Faster with the Pfaff 1245 Walking Foot Industrial Sewing Machine

by Julie

Pfaff 1245 walking foot industrial sewing machine

Pfaff 1245 walking foot industrial sewing machine

I feel the need….for speed! Sewing is great fun when you’re actually making progress, right? Not so much when you’re fighting with broken needles, messed up timing, or a just plain slow machine.


The Pfaff 1245 is the ideal straight stitch machine for leather, upholstery work and production sewing of costumes and fashion products. The 1/2 horsepower clutch motor helps it sew up to 2800 stitches per minute, making it a true industrial grade sewing machine.

Features that make this machine awesome for high volume sewing include a compound walking foot and needle feed. They work in unison to provide excellent traction and prevent multiple layers of fabric from slipping and sliding and making a general mess of your project. The motor comes with an unassembled power stand, available in 110 or 220 voltage. (110 is standard house current, and 220 needs those giant outlets used for your washer and dryer.)

The machine comes with a vertical rotary hook (standard on most industrial sewing machines) but it has 60% more bobbin thread capacity than the standard size. The bobbin area also has an automatic hook lubrication system, which is good when you sew a lot and don’t have a mechanic on staff to do regular maintenance on your hard working baby.

The high top feed lift means heavy materials are no problem, even when going over bulky seams that can be 8 or 12 layers thick. No surprise since the machine was engineered to sew upholstery, drapes, furniture, tents, car tops and other heavy-duty projects. You’ll find loading and unloading is easy, too. The fabric clearance is 14mm, higher than most.

The Nitty-Gritty Technical Specifications:

  • Sews up to 2800 stitches per minute depending on motor speed and pulley size
  • Unison presser feet provide excellent traction
  • Even feed motion without any ply-shift of individual layers
  • Large vertical rotary hook includes 60% more bobbin thread capacity than any other standard-sized hooks
  • Automatic hook lubrication
  • Efficient hook protection due to standard built-in overload coupling
  • Rugged and durable
  • High top feed lift allows trouble-free sewing of thick materials and easy sewing over cross seams
  • Good control of bulky material – due to a high fabric clearance of 14 mm
  • Extremely quiet running and ergonomic design
  • Made to handle furniture, upholstery, drapes, and more
  • Needle system : 134-35R

Needle Size Information:
#207 top thread and #138 Bobbin thread use a #23/160 needle
#138 top thread and #138 Bobbin thread use a #22/140 needle
#92 top thread and a #92 or #69 bobbin thread use a #21/120 needle
#69 top thread and a #69 bobbin thread use a #20/110 needle

This item ships with an unassembled power stand and a 1/2 HP clutch motor.

Pfaff designs some of the best upholstery and leather machines in the market. They have been perfecting sewing machine engineering for over 145 years. Although they’re a German company, they’re well known all around the world for high quality precision sewing equipment.

How much should you expect to pay for a Pfaff 1245?

You’re unlikely to find this model in the fabric stores next to the brightly colored buttons. Most users find they have to order online. This model is currently listed right around $2500. I recommend you look at the prices at AllBrands.com. They usually have the lowest prices on any site and if you do find it cheaper, they’ll do their best to match it. The also have excellent customer service. It’s where I buy my machines, accessories, supplies, replacement parts and more. Whenever I have questions, it’s easy to contact an assistant by phone or email. They sometimes offer special sales, refurbished models and free shipping promotions, too.

Dont be fooled. These folks learn about their machines in great detail. While the AllBrands website does carry related categories of domestic items like ironing presses, lighting, tables, even vacuums. (I’ve always wondered why sewing machines and vacuums always seem to go together.) You can also rely on them to provide a completely updated, secure cart.

Want to see the Pfaff 1245 in action? Click once to view video.


If you run an upholstery business or work on related crafts and you sew lots of heavy-duty fabric, leather or canvas, this powerful model should suit you nicely.

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