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Viking Husqvarna Classica 105
repairs etc
sewknitcrochet
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Date: 6/29/13 12:40 PM

Hi!

My friend gave me a Classica 105 that her mother had abused/not maintained. I cleaned an enormous amount of crud/fuzz/lint out of it, lightly oiled gunky internal parts that were sticking and fixed a timing issue after viewing some YouTube tutorials. I found the instructional manual via the Husqvarna website and I'm working on understanding the dials etc.

I can make stitches with it but I feel it should be professionally cleaned and adjusted/repaired. I'm not mechanically oriented and everything I did was a la YouTube etc. It does need new needles and it didn't come with a dust cover or accessories. I'm having some tension issues but I learned how to adjust that via the internet. I'm still tweaking that.

I have questions:

Professional cleaning/repair is expensive. Is it worth it to take in at a cost of probably $90 (plus parts?) This machine was made in Sweden back in the day.

How hard is it to sew a dust cover?
-- Edited on 6/29/13 1:39 PM --

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In reply to sewknitcrochet <<


Date: 6/29/13 9:04 PM

When a machine sits too long, the old oil kinda turns into a tacky mess that can seize-up your machine. If you turn the hand wheel, and it's binding, then you'll know that it needs a deep cleaning. Otherwise, you may be able to talk your sewing machine mechanic into just tweaking the timing and not charging so much.

Sewing a dust cover is pretty easy. Your machine has a handle on top, so you'd want to make a hole in the top of the cover to accommodate the handle. And you may want to add a pocket to hold the cord. Your machine probably has a hook on the back to hold your foot control. But pockets are always good.

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Date: 6/30/13 1:03 AM

If the machine is in good condition, other than cleaning - I would say take it in. The old Vikings are truly workhorses and worth rescuing!! Usually the repairman will give you an estimate before doing any repairs, then you can decide.
I took my old Viking Selectronic 190 in for a cleaning/tune up, cost $67.00 and that was including a new speed switch. Granted, it was in great shape to begin with, but I want to keep it that way.
Just put "sewing machine dust cover tutorial" in you search engine and I'm sure you will get some instructions.
Good luck!

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Date: 6/30/13 8:22 AM

Thanks guys!

I would also like to get the accessories (compatible new ones) it originally came with (presser feet et al...) I bought needles for it off eBay, just waiting for them to arrive. Does it have standard bobbins, presser feet etc?

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Date: 6/30/13 8:26 AM

I just noticed it's missing its bobbin winding arm!!! Can it be replaced?

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