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Thread: I wrecked a vintage gem....

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    Senior Member so-sew's Avatar
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    and I feel aweful. I bought a Viking 60 20 at a thrift sale and while trying to "unstick" the dials, I broke a pin that appears vital to the machine's ever sewing another stitch. The cam's stuck, the dials are stuck, and I'm so sad to admit that the old girl is fatally wounded. When I bought her, she sewed beautifully, but only a straight stitch, and she had a soft smooth purr that I LOVED. Now she doesn't even do that. I should have been happy with that perfect straight stitch and left her alone. Now what do I do with her "remains"? I can't take her to Goodwill because she isn't working, but I can't stand the idea of throwing her away. I'm not an ebay seller, or I could at least salvage her best parts. Tears.... :cry:

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    you could check some of your local sewing machine repair shops to see if they have parts. I know near me they buy older non-running machines for the parts.

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    I'm so sorry!!! :(
    Are you positive she can't be fixed??
    Why not run over to the vintage shop here on the board and ask Billy??

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    Contact lostin51 on our board. He might have some comforting words for you. He is our resident expert on vintage machines.

    Edit. When I sent this, I noticed someone told you to contact Billy. He is lostin51.

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    Quote Originally Posted by so-sew
    and I feel aweful. I bought a Viking 60 20 at a thrift sale and while trying to "unstick" the dials, I broke a pin that appears vital to the machine's ever sewing another stitch. The cam's stuck, the dials are stuck, and I'm so sad to admit that the old girl is fatally wounded. When I bought her, she sewed beautifully, but only a straight stitch, and she had a soft smooth purr that I LOVED. Now she doesn't even do that. I should have been happy with that perfect straight stitch and left her alone. Now what do I do with her "remains"? I can't take her to Goodwill because she isn't working, but I can't stand the idea of throwing her away. I'm not an ebay seller, or I could at least salvage her best parts. Tears.... :cry:
    PM tomilu--she just worked on my vintage Vikings!

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    Senior Member so-sew's Avatar
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    I wouldn't know where to begin if I were to consult someone with sewing machine wisdom. Two of the three dials were stuck, and because they were stuck, I couldn't remove the cam. If I can't remove the cam, then I can't take off the back panel to try to free the dials. It's a catch 22.

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    I have a husqvarna SL 2000..... for about 45 years now and mine has the same problem...only stitch i have now is straight...gear seized...apparently it can`t be fixed...thy don`t make parts anymore....wondering if it is the same problem...

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    that's horrible :( you could sell it FOR parts on ebay for the people who like to refurb them.

    so sorry for your loss :(

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    Quote Originally Posted by so-sew
    I wouldn't know where to begin if I were to consult someone with sewing machine wisdom. Two of the three dials were stuck, and because they were stuck, I couldn't remove the cam. If I can't remove the cam, then I can't take off the back panel to try to free the dials. It's a catch 22.
    pm tomilu to see if she can tell you--she has the repair manual....

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    I hope she just fainted and will be OK with a little TLC.

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