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Thread: Older Viking Sewing Machine

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    I have a chance to get an older Viking machine (metal, in cabinet) for free. Apparently it is in great working condition.
    I don't know what the model is, but the machine has 2 dials on the rt side and a sliding lever. I am guessing it is from the 50's or 60's.

    Should I take it? Assuming it is in working order, of course...or am I asking for trouble???

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    I would take it! I think there is a vintage Viking machine group on Yahoo. Should be lots of help and information there. Worst case, you can always donate the machine later if it doesn't work out for you.

    The difficulty is, you might get addicted to collecting and fixing up old machines. They are fascinating!

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    If its free, what do you have to lose. I think Vikings are great machines, probably works well. You can always take it to a viking dealer and have it cleaned and serviced, I think you will have a great machine

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    BUT - let me warn you , once you start getting the vintage machines one is never enough :shock: LOL get it , its free and might turn out to be a real jem :mrgreen:

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    machines from the 50s and 60s were still pretty basic compared to now, so if it works, definitely give it a whirl. have it cleaned out professionally and after that you can probably do it yourself.

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    I have 2 Vikings, one I bought new in about '85, and one I bought a couple of years ago from Craigslist, which is a '74 model. I love them both-they are awesome machines. Do take it to a Viking dealer for cleaning and service-should cost about $100 or so. worth it.

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    I would say definitely take it. I still have mine which was the top of the line in 1972. It works beautifully. The great thing about the older Vikings is you can get into the machine further (than you can with the modern machines) in order to do some self cleaning.

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    I am addicted to Vikings. They are the only machines I have ever used. Viking gear cases are generally good for 25-30 years. They are great for basic sewing, but the attachments are expensive. I tried to buy a walking foot for mine and it was $139.99. I will have to wait a bit before I can afford it.

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    I have two Vikings right now and these are my 3rd and 4th of my life... My family had a Viking as I was going to college and we sold it at our parents' estate auction in the cabinet.. It was green in color and had "cams" to change functions. I did blind-stitch hemming to many skirts and pants on that old green Viking...I got it ready for the auction and Mom had carefully saved all the parts, manual etc. It went very cheaply on the auction.Had I had room in my car to haul it and my house to use it I would have bought it...

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    I love my Viking machine. I think it is a great find for you.

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    take it. vikings are good machines... all metal...

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    You all are convincing me.....lol!

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    We're good enablers! :twisted:

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    Take it. I recently bought an older Viking (1975). It has the best straight stitch. I like to piece with it.

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    mine is all metal, 15 - 20 years old and i love it.

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    I would get it while you can. I love mine. I stopped in to buy some bobbins for my viking (it is a lily) and was told that they can sell some parts but no longer sell the machines. The viking factory in sweeden has been closed down and bought out by a chineese investment group. they are now made in china which means quality will be crappy from now on. he named four which had been bought by the group and I can only remember viking as I was so shocked. oh, pffat (Not sure on that spelling) is another and he said it will no longer be imported to US. Here I was considering buying another machine with a longer throat to quilt with. Mine is 7" and makes it tight on a large qult.

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    I definately agree! You should take it, have it looked at and cleaned! I have 3 Vikings and love each and every one of them!!

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    I have 2 Vikings also. Mine is the Lily that I have had about 12 years (I think?) and never a lick of trouble with it! My 2nd one was my Mom's which she bought used in the late 60's. When she passed away my step father was going to junk it; said it didnt work anymore. I brought it home gave it a good cleaning and it works like a charm. It has the cams for different stitches.
    You shouldnt be disappointed if you get it! ESPECIALLY if it is FREE!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sharon b
    BUT - let me warn you , once you start getting the vintage machines one is never enough :shock: LOL get it , its free and might turn out to be a real jem :mrgreen:
    Sharon is so right!!!!!!!!!! When I joined the board I had my Bernina and old Kenmore. Now I have 4 old Singers that I adore!!! lol :thumbup:
    And I now want a Treadle and and and .............. :D

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    They are work horses they can sew on practically anything. Take it.

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    Take it! Vikings are great machines. I take in old machines, clean them up, use them to teach kids to sew.So they won't use my Viking 500. I'm going to get a machine in a cabinet today,don't know the brand, but it's free.I collect old sewing machines, my son collects guns. I raise goats, he raises exotic chickens!

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    What have you got to lose for ??free? I still have my old 64 Elna which would be the same era and I sewed on that machine for over 30 yrs. It has never seen a day in a shop. I always cleaned and oiled her myself and to this day, she runs like a charm. She uses cams also. My neighbor who had 12 children had a Viking free-arm and it was so great, it inspired me to buy the Elna.

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    Sorry to hear about the Viking company being sold. That explains why some of the LQSs have stopped selling them. In our area they have moved into the JoAnn stores. I have two and love them. If I'm lucky enough to get another machine someday I guess it won't be a new Viking.

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    Definitely take it. Those older Vikings were great. Had one, now have two more.

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    Take it and run!!!! I have a Viking that I bought brand new in the late 70's and it has paid for itself maybe a dozen times or more. All metal, and a workhorse for almost anything you want to do. I have been looking for an inexpensive backup Viking but prices are all up there when all the attachments and cover are with it. I plan to do the yardsales this year. Will have to look up the yahoo vintage site. I didn't know mine was considered a vintage machine!! It's still my everyday machine!!

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