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Message Board > Sewing Machines > What vintage machine should I get? ( Moderated by Sharon1952, EleanorSews)

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What vintage machine should I get?
Which machine to buy... Viking, White, Kenmore, or Singer?
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Date: 12/27/12 11:04 PM

Please help!!! I am buying my first very own sewing machine. For years I have been sewing on my mom's Viking 6690, one of the first computerized embroidery machines with cassettes. I have loved it and would love one.

I want to buy something that will be dependable and do a variety of things. So this is where it gets tricky. I found a few great deals on some older machines, which I believe will be more reliable than a new machine for the price. One of which is the same Viking 6690 my mom has. The others are a Singer Rocketeer 500, a White zig zag 596, and a Kenmore 1903.

My only worry about the Viking is that I could encounter computer problems. I don't know much about the background or shape of it. All I know is my mom's motherboard went out once and it was $250 to replace it. That could be a turnoff for me but I still love that machine.

As for the Singer, White, and Kenmore, they all come with cams and everything I would need. I just need to purchase a buttonhole maker for the White.

Does anyone have any knowledge about these machines to help me make up my mind??

Thank you thank you thank you!

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Date: 12/27/12 11:05 PM

Sorry, the Kenmore is and 1803, not a 1903.

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Date: 12/27/12 11:15 PM

The Kenmore is a nice machine - I am assuming this one works well? You will be able to get lots of information, a manual and probably easily obtainable parts - I hope so. I had a Kenmore 1602 - great machine - a flatbed without cams. About 1971 I got it. I wish I had kept it - it would have been handy from time to time.

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Date: 12/27/12 11:17 PM

I could not get the Kenmore 1803 to get the needle in the center position. Does anyone know if that's a problem with this or if I just couldn't figure out the knobs?

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Date: 12/28/12 5:11 AM

I had a similiar problem with an older Kenmore & decided it was too pricey a repair for me. ..... My sister has Kenmore Ultra Stitch & really likes it allot. She also has a Singer Rocketeer 503 which is fun to sew with but you have to use cams to get decorative stitches. ....It depends on how you like to sew ...cams vs built in stitches, horizontal drop in bobbin vs vertical bobbin. ....Rocketeer is drop in bobbin, Kenmore is vertical bobbin. A Kenmore ultra stitch has free arm capability the Rocketeer does not . ............... If it is a straight stitch only that you would need a Singer 201 is very very good, also Singer 99K is nice & takes up a bit less room both of these are drop in bobbin.
Please post what you end up buying .... I hope you find one you really will love. ....

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Date: 12/28/12 7:54 AM

Many of the Kenmore 158's have a left needle position. I know my 1913 does. It is still an awesome machine that will sew through anything.

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Date: 12/28/12 10:28 AM

I can address the Rocketeer - I have the 503 which uses cams vs the 500 with built in camstack. But otherwise they are identical (as far as I know).

I use this machine almost solely for the decorative stitches or zig zag needs. Otherwise, this isn't the best machine for straight stitching, especially top stitching. I have a slant shank buttonholer for it, and it works adequately, but still not as well as the buttonholer works on my 201 or 15-91.

It's a good supplementary machine to my straight stitchers, but would never be my all around go-to machine. A perfect straight stitch machine that can sew through almost anything without a hitch (i.e. the aforementioned 201 or 15-91) is well worth it's weight in gold!

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The other day I was using Bud (Singer 503) for some deco stitching and since I already had him out and threaded up, I ran up a few seams on my project while I was at it. A little while later, I switched over to Queen Margaret (Singer 201) and it was like going from driving an old Toyota Corolla to driving a Lexus! Bud is adequate and will get me where I'm going but QM will zoooom through it like a knife through butter. Fast, smooth and quiet with perfect stitches.

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Date: 12/28/12 1:58 PM

To tgm and Kittys, how much would it have been to fix the needle position problem? That could definitely deter me from the Kenmore.

I will let you all know what I end up with! I still might go check out the Rocketeer tomorrow.

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Date: 12/28/12 2:04 PM

On the sm I had thought was okay it was a broken needle bar problem & it would be around $160 to repair I was told plus quite a wait as parts had to be ordered. .....

If you can test out the bobbin spool winder too on Rocketeer. Sometimes that may need a simple fix but those little wires have to be found., it is a fairly cheap fix but waiting to get the little wire thing while the sm is gone......... of course very simple to use a Sidewinder bobbin winder if it is not working. .....just a thought. ..... I think I would definitely check it out, my sister has had hers for nearly 5 years & never had any problems. She paid $140 for it refurb from a sewing machine dealer......
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Date: 12/28/12 2:32 PM

If someone where to lay these all in front of me and say I could have any one, it would be the Rocketeer. Why? Because they are tanks; meant to sew heavy things, although not as much of a tank as a 201. And they are pretty mechanical and easy to fix. My first ever sewing machine was a New Home black model head; no cabinet, no case; it had the pencil shaped bobbins. Twenty five bucks and I was in heaven!

Edited to add: Here's a PR thread on the 6690: click here
And a PR thread for the Kenmore:
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I can't find anything on the White.
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