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ThePadre
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Date: 9/12/09 9:52 PM

I ran across a Viking Husqvarna 5530 (or 55-30. Can't really tell). I suspect the machine will need some intimate time with the sewing machine oil to get it running again. Didn't see any rust, although the paint is rubbed off in a few spots.

If the machine is complete, is it worth spending $15 on?

Thoughts and opinions on this model are appreciated.

stashblaster
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Date: 9/13/09 8:36 AM

I think that it would be worth it. Does it run at all? Does it have the cords and foot control? Those can be expensive and/or hard to find. I don't know much about this machine. However, the only Viking that I have that needs to be oiled is my serger. Do not use any oil on this machine until you find out if you can do that or not. There is a group on Yahoo that is for older Viking machines. My guess is that there is someone there who would be able to help you with this machine.
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ThePadre
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Date: 9/13/09 2:31 PM

Has all accessories and even the manual. However the handwheel is quite stiff to turn. I don't see any rust anywhere.

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Date: 9/13/09 2:49 PM

Maybe just a little bit of cleaning and oiling is all that is needed. If the machine has been sitting for a while the oil inside the machine gets solid and gunks up. If you do get it. open it up and oil it with sewing machine oil and leave set a while ontil the oil seeps in and then gently move the wheel back and forth. once loose use the foot pedal and run it at slow speed then to fast. Test for sewing and if it needs tuning take it in. It money well spent. Good luck

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Date: 9/13/09 7:53 PM

Certainly this machine sounds like a great deal. Are you handy? You may be able to find a repair/maintenance manual on Ebay. Here's a PR topic that may help.

Vintage machine care

I'm going to reiterate again to try the Yahoo group. I think Bill Holman is the owner of that group. He used to be a regular fixture here at PR. I believe he used to repair Vikings. Good Luck. I hope you are able to pick up a great bargain. I think if working correctly, this will be a fantastic machine.

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Date: 9/13/09 7:57 PM

Definately check out the Yahoo board. Many Vikings have sealed bearings are don't use oil. I had one that froze up from lack of use, and the lubrication had to be chiseled out and the whole thing redone and it's not with oil.

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