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NanG2

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I am looking for a Pfaff 280 sewing machine and/or a Gritzner 280. These machines are “sister” machines to the Lady Kenmore 89 sewing machine. All were made in West Germany, I believe @1959-1960. The Lady Kenmore i have is a light rose and cream color. The picture I saw of the Gritzner 280 showed a green sewing machine. I have not seen a picture of the Pfaff 280. I would appreciate any information anyone can share. Thanks in advance!

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Indeed they are. The Gritzner 280, Pfaff 280 and Lady Kenmore 89 are indeed the same machine. Here in the US, the Kenmore isn't all that difficult to find (I have 2), but the other two labels are rare. It's almost easier to find the Gritzner than the Pfaff. There was a person selling off his German made collection of sewing machines in Raytown, near Kansas City MO. If I'm not mistaken this may be one of his current Craigslist ads:

https://kansascity.craigslist.org/art/d/kansas-city-kenmore-sewing-machine-made/6788242546.html

I would write email the seller with what you are looking for, I'll bet he has one, but what he wants for it, and shipping is all speculation on my part.

If you need a photo:
Pfaff 280:
Pfaff280a.jpg 
The Gritzner 280:
Gritz280.jpg 
I wish you luck. I can't find a nice 117.841 (the later model with two bobbin covers) locally for trying....
I may have to get hold of him, LOL


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Thank you for the tip and pictures! I have one LK and am picking up a second one this weekend. Finding those 2 in good condition and in good cabinets was difficult enough, although I don’t mind some repair on either. I am intrigued by the 3 versions of this machine, but agree that these 2 are difficult to find. Of course, the hunt is part of the fun! Thanks again!!!
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Nan, You're lucky in a way. There are 6? different labeled versions of the Kenmore 117.740 - the Gritzner-Frayer model that was so good Pfaff bought the company. The Gritzner 35, Pfaff 139, Kenmore 117.740, White 651, White 666, and the Domestic Imperial Automatic. I wouldn't turn down any of them.

Ken6.jpg 

The other place I would look for the Pfaff 280 is a little more difficult but I have seen them before on the German ebay:

https://ebay.de/

Good luck, and if you run across a third LK... do let me know. I'd love to have one. =)


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