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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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    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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    There is a vintage Viking group on Yahoo if you want a "consult".

    You can still take her to Goodwill even if she doesn't work; people buy machines there for parts as well as for working machines.

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    Oooooo-sorry, but don't blame yourself. It was partly broken already.

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    Sorry she arrested and CPR won't help! U can make her an organ donor!!

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    Call a shop and see what they charge just to check it out for you. Worth the call.

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    I would be very surprised if it can't be fixed. Those old machines are tanks, and I think if you contacted the right mr.fixit man, you could have her up and going in no time. I know, I live with my mr.fixit man. He fixes anything that goes wrong on my old machines. Don't throw her out just yet! Wait and talk with people, you might be surprised!

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    Quote Originally Posted by deedum
    I would be very surprised if it can't be fixed. Those old machines are tanks, and I think if you contacted the right mr.fixit man, you could have her up and going in no time. . . . . Don't throw her out just yet! Wait and talk with people, you might be surprised!
    I purchased my Viking 6020 in 1970. There have been just a few repairs over all these years. The beginning of this year, it needed a new motor and I asked if it was worth fixing. I was told, fix it, that I would never find another machine as good as this model. I would check the resources on the Board, the yellow pages, Google, LQS's, fabric stores. I have my machine serviced once a year and repaired by an independent technician. Hopefully, there is someone in your area who can give you an estimate on repairs, then make your decision about whether to let go of your machine or keep it.

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    OK, people. Here's another thought. I know my church thrift store has a 60 20 whose reverse button doesn't work (sticks in). It doesn't have accessories or a table, and I'm not sure if the dials on it are stuck or not. Once I found out the reverse wasn't funcioning, I walked away. I could perhaps rob that one for parts or visa versa. The machine is only $10 and I paid $20 for this one. Grand total of $30. I'm not sure I want to invest more into it. Anyone in central Wisconsin interested in taking the risk?

    Incidently, they also have a nice buttonholer for a Featherweight. Let me know if anyone is looking for one.

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    I would run, not walk to get the other one!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prism99
    There is a vintage Viking group on Yahoo if you want a "consult".

    You can still take her to Goodwill even if she doesn't work; people buy machines there for parts as well as for working machines.
    I'm the Goodwill sucker. I have bought items there which said they were working, but when I got it home the only part that worked was the light. :thumbdown:

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    I always try to test the machine in the store before purchasing. Our Goodwill has electrical outlets. Plus I usually buy only at a Goodwill that will take a return (and I keep the receipt!). Been stung once too often that way......

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    Did you know Goodwill has an auction site like Ebay? It's shopgoodwill.com I think. I believe that's why I can't find anything good in the stores anymore.....they take all the items of value to auction.

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