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Thread: Oh NO!! I've done it again

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    Super Member nanna-up-north's Avatar
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    Oh NO!! I've done it again

    What is the matter with me? I don't need another sewing machine ... I already have 2 Vikings, and 3 FWs. Well, you'll have to up the numbers because I bought a couple more machines this morning.

    The Viking is a Cl 21 A. Does anyone know how old this one is? I don't know where to look for a serial # and don't know where a chart is that tells the age. It runs but really needs a good cleaning..... it was sitting on a sewing stool for I don't know how many years.... I'd say quite a few. It is laboring to sew so she'll get cleaned before I try anything on her. The lady had to search for the case but found it with the table that covers the open arm. There was a white box with attachments, etc. And the manual was in the sewing stool.... I got those, too. There are some rubber looking spots (3 on top and 1 at the front of the motor) that I'm wondering are for grease? It doesn't say anything about them in the oiling section of the manual. But why are they there?

    The FW is 1955 and has that modern looking stenciling.... very cool! It works, has the bobbin case, is in a case but doesn't have any additional attachments...... except...... a zigzagger....YEAH! I've been wanting a zigzagger. There is a box with 4 extra cams, too.

    I gave the woman my name and number and ask her to call if she finds any more sewing stuff as she cleans out the 3generation house..... I really wanted to stay and help her because she was really overwhelmed!! And the estate sale doesn't start till Friday so she has time to find some really cool things, I figure.

    Where is Charlee's 12 step program... I need it badly!!

    Nanna
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    I also have a Viking (circa 1998) and a FW (1950) Love them both!!

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    Great looking machines.

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    Terrific machines!
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    I'm not familiar with this exact model, but the vintage viking group on yahoo is great and has all the info. you need. I want one!

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    Thank you Sandra and Mariposa. I just love all those old machines.

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    Great looking machines!

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    Love the viking, gorgous machine but have to restrain myself on getting more machines. Sad, had to give away five recently, no room. Enjoy.
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    Thank you Sandra, Mariposa and Auntie D.......

    Candace, do I just search for vintage viking on facebook?

    Jabese Rose, you didn't give away your beautiful FW did you? Let me know if you are giving away any more. My son is going to kill me when I drag in more machines this winter but I figure I'm just investing..... they are all worth more than I have in them.

    nanna
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    The yahoo group is called "Vikingsewingmachinespre1980" that has a lot of information. They have a list of the models and when they were built, the 21 was produced from 1961-66. It also says that it would have the reduction gear (pull out the bobbin winder knob, it will engage the reduction gear for full power at 1/5 speed).

    I have a Viking 6020 (built 1969-72) that I love and have especially because of the reduction gear. My husband does black powder shooting and rondevous reenactment. He makes a lot of stuff with canvas and wool-type fabrics. this machine is his go-to machine because it sew the heavy stuff with this gear. The old 6000-series Vikings are great machines but have a serious flaw, the internal cam shaft. In most of them, it has cracked and needs to be replaced (a $250 repair if you can find someone who knows how to work on them). I got my 6020 for $5 at a thrift store after I pointed out the cracked cam. Fortunately I know someone in the Portland area who works on them and has lots of spare parts. Viking no longer makes the replacement cam shaft but there is a good aftermarket one. It didn't come with any of the attachments but a few months ago I found the accessory tray with the attachments at an estate sale for $3 and did the happy dance!
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    Thank you so much, skyangel. I have a 6440 that I bought brand new in 1970. It's the brown one and I've always loved it. I bought a used machine around 2002 from a friend that was retiring and updating. That one's a 1+. It does embroidery so I use it when I'm doing something for my great grandbaby. I knew this one was older and I wasn't even sure it would work but figured I would take a chance........ it runs but I can tell it needs some cleaning up. In the trouble shooting section of the manual it says to put kerosene in the oil holes and run for a few seconds, then oil it so I may try that.... but I'll try just oil first

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    The later 6000 series (6030 and later) Vikings were designed to be self-oiling so they don't give you oiling directions and the covers are a pain to open. They also can get stiff if they aren't used regularly. I've always thought that rather silly, I mean they aren't going to keep that oil-impregnated bearings going indefinitely. That was also why I decided to keep the 6020 for myself, it was the last TOL Viking machine that wasn't self-oiling.

    I had a brown 6440 that I got for free from someone on freecycle and it had everything with it. It also needed the internal cam replaced and was really stiff until my Viking guru worked on it. He removed and steam cleaned the pattern mechanism and everything purrs now. My sister-in-law bought it from me for what I had in it and it is the perfect machine for what she does. BTW, the yahoo group list says the 6440 was produced 1975-77.

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    Intriguing machine....I like it.

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    I caught it too...I was just browsing on ebay and a 1947(my birthyear) fw jumped into view. I don't know what happened, I must have passed out or something, but next thing you know, my fingers had entered a bid. Yikes, I won the fw. Oh no, I now own a 1947 fw that I've been looking for a year for. Yikes, I don't know what happened..but I'm doing the happy dance.

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    Good for you..... you'll love the FW.

    Quote Originally Posted by sheri View Post
    I caught it too...I was just browsing on ebay and a 1947(my birthyear) fw jumped into view. I don't know what happened, I must have passed out or something, but next thing you know, my fingers had entered a bid. Yikes, I won the fw. Oh no, I now own a 1947 fw that I've been looking for a year for. Yikes, I don't know what happened..but I'm doing the happy dance.

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    Oh, maybe I have the exact number wrong. I know I bought it in 1970 because that was the year my oldest son was born. I had been teaching and bought the machine with a great discount for teachers (sewing teachers). I'm up at my cabin and the machine is 500 miles away right now. I'll have to check once I return.

    Quote Originally Posted by Skyangel View Post
    The later 6000 series (6030 and later) Vikings were designed to be self-oiling so they don't give you oiling directions and the covers are a pain to open. They also can get stiff if they aren't used regularly. I've always thought that rather silly, I mean they aren't going to keep that oil-impregnated bearings going indefinitely. That was also why I decided to keep the 6020 for myself, it was the last TOL Viking machine that wasn't self-oiling.

    I had a brown 6440 that I got for free from someone on freecycle and it had everything with it. It also needed the internal cam replaced and was really stiff until my Viking guru worked on it. He removed and steam cleaned the pattern mechanism and everything purrs now. My sister-in-law bought it from me for what I had in it and it is the perfect machine for what she does. BTW, the yahoo group list says the 6440 was produced 1975-77.

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    Congratulations on your lovely machines! Enjoy!

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    LOL! You can never have too many sewing machines, too much fabric, or too much sewing time. Enjoy yourself. I wish I could find just 1 FW!!!!

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    Oh, you'll find one Mimi. You just have to keep looking. I've found 2 this summer.

    Quote Originally Posted by MimiBug123 View Post
    LOL! You can never have too many sewing machines, too much fabric, or too much sewing time. Enjoy yourself. I wish I could find just 1 FW!!!!

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    Know what you mean! I am picking up a little beauty today and I don't even know what model it is, but she is cute! Like I need another, but then that doesn't really enter into it does it. Love your little featherweight, maybe some day I will stumble upon one. Have fun with them

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