Sewing Patterns, Pattern Review, Sewing Classes, Sewing Machines and Sewing Machine Reviews!
Platinum Sponsor: Stylish Fabric
Over 20,000 of high quality reorderable fabric

[SIGNUP - FREE Membership & 1 FREE Sewing Lesson ]
[Sewing Classes|Shopping Bag Your Shopping Bag|Login|Help]
Sewing Review and Pattern Reviews Sewing Knowledge Base Sewing Patterns Sewing Classes & Sewing Lessons Sewing Machine & Embroidery Machinery Sewing Message Boards Sewing merchants Blog Help/FAQ About Pattern Review
Enter your e-mail address:




Advanced Search
Tags
New to PR?
Sewing Machines
Compare Sewing Machines
Sewing Machine & Serger Reviews
Embroidery Machines
Sewing Reviews
Sewing Patterns
Review Gallery
Sewing Books
Sewing Supplies
Sewing Websites
Sewing Stores
Sewing Class Reviews
Sewing Expo Reviews
Sewing Tips & Techniques
Sewing Podcasts
NEW!Fabric Glossary
Sewing Review Requests Add a Review Request
Your Account
Edit Profile
My Page
Favorites
Wish List
Pattern Catalog
Notifications
Friends of PR
Join Friends of PR
Find a member
Deal Corner
Photo Album
Calendar
Chat Room
Chat Schedule
Chat Transcripts
Sewing Classifieds
Add a Classified
Sewing Contests
enter contest
contest report
contest gallery
Favorite Links
reviews with comments
merchant gallery
article archive
newsletter archive
Craft Resources
contact info
shipping rates
returns & refunds
testimonials

Platinum Sponsor - Stylish Fabric
Stylish Fabric
You are not logged in. Login here.



Message Board > Sewing Machines > I think I might cry... ( Moderated by Sharon1952, EleanorSews)

Please LOGIN or Join PatternReview
Go to Page:
I think I might cry...
I may need help with a new machine
Kalindi1121
Kalindi1121
Member since 2/8/13
Posts: 178
Login to reply to this post

Date: 9/23/13 4:20 PM

This is partly a cry with me story (at least some of you will understand how I feel) and partly asking advice.

So last Christmas I had my husband buy me a new to me vintage Viking 6460. I have always sewn on vintage machines. Mostly because when I learned to sew, I couldn't afford more than a $25 mechanical vintage model from my local thrift shop that someone got rid of. When that went up, if I couldn't fix it myself, I found another "great deal" and moved on. When it came time to buy a more expensive machine every one I looked at to me seemed plasticy and light weight, so I wanted to stick vintage.

He bought me a gorgeous red one, I brought it to a local Viking expert to have the interior gone through, the old oil pulled out and new teflon oil added so it wouldn't gunk up and freeze (as was the one major draw back to this model). What I thought I had after all this was a very nice, rebuilt, vintage, heavy duty machine with tons of power. Low gear to get through my tough sewing (and I do like to sew some heavy fabrics), small free arm for my kids clothes, even decorative stitches (which I had never had to this point).

That was Jan. On Friday I was sewing along happily when I picked my foot up off the pedal, but the machine didn't stop... it just kept on sewing......then the smoke started pouring out the top... then the horrible electrical fire smell It was so bad, I had to get the kids out of the house for a little while and open all the doors and windows to air it out.

I brought it back to my Viking expert today and am awaiting the estimate, if it can even be fixed. What I need advice on is whether it is worth it and at what price. I already have $400 or so into this machine. Should I give up on my vintage love? (I really, really, really still love this machine)

The sales woman did show me other machines today, but I feel like I would be back at square one choosing. She also showed me very interesting used models in my price range, a Pfaff 1472 and a Viking #1, but as I thought about it on the way home, I realized I would be replacing a mechanical vintage machine with a used digital machine. I don't think I want to do that either.

So, I don't really want to spend more than $500, considering I just bought this machine, this is kind of a stretch. Can I get a new machine that can deal with heavy fabric, mostly upholstery weight? I am an all over the board kind of sewer, so I want a machine that can handle whatever I can throw at it. I do quilt, so not a tiny space, I am right now working on sheers for my bathroom (that is what was in the machine when it went runaway train on me).

Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

JTink
star
JTink
Intermediate
VA USA
Member since 4/20/08
Posts: 5706
Login to reply to this post

In reply to Kalindi1121 <<
thumbsup 1 member likes this.


Date: 9/23/13 4:46 PM

I don't have any advice, but I must say that had to be awfully scary I know some of the Viking users will come up with the help you need to make your decision. I'm sorry to hear that your pretty red machine is having problems.

AdaH
star
AdaH  Friend of PR
Intermediate
IA USA
Member since 11/21/09
Posts: 2452
Login to reply to this post

Date: 9/23/13 4:51 PM

I really liked the Viking #1. It is a nice machine and I spent many happy years sewing with it.
Lots of feet that to the job they are designed for.

------
Ada

tgm and Kittys
star
tgm and  Kittys  Friend of PR
Advanced Beginner
WI USA
Member since 3/8/10
Posts: 7959
Login to reply to this post

In reply to Kalindi1121 <<


Date: 9/23/13 5:02 PM

Oh my that must have been terribly frightening! ....
One of my sm kept overheating & increasingly got worse ... I sent to repair shop & unfortunately the estimate about $300 for new wiring & probably also needed motor. It did not smoke just kept turning itself off & got hot faster each time I used it. ............ If it needs wiring it is going to be a bit expensive maybe depending on what is needed. .......... if you really love it & can afford to fix it then that is what I would do. ....................... in my case I could not afford to fix it as it cost twice as much to fix it as I bought it for. .......................
I am so sorry this happened.

------
Finally a whole week above zero! Whoo hoo! ~smile~
2 shots in DH eye down, 1 more to go. We hope the tumor is shrinking.
God is with us no matter what ...+


idahodogs
star
idahodogs
Advanced Beginner
ID USA
Member since 4/22/08
Posts: 432
Login to reply to this post

thumbsup 7 members like this.
Date: 9/23/13 6:02 PM

Personally I would put the $$ into getting a new motor/wiring/whatever instead of a new machine, if that's possible. The knowledge and habits you have with your machine are priceless.

Maybe I'm just a stick-in-th-mud, but I HATE having to get a new anything - car, washer, iron - it always seems like the new ones are plastic-y and, well, different!

ETA - also I refuse to use any machine that could be destroyed by a magnet. Investing in fixing a mechanical machine seems a lot safer than something with motherboard.
-- Edited on 9/23/13 6:03 PM --

anna53
anna53
Advanced
SWITZERLAND
Member since 12/11/12
Posts: 17
Login to reply to this post

thumbsup 3 members like this.
Date: 9/23/13 6:25 PM

Hello Kalindi1121

Keep the 6440...and repair it!...I know the 6000 series also inside...I restaured more than 25 of this serie...from 60xx to 64xx...
This failure you described and the 'electrical smell' is not a great desaster...mostly it's only the capacitor in the footcontroller or the one near the motor...has a shortcut and motor is running all time, because the rheostat is bridged. This capacitor can be changed very easy!...and is cheap...maybe your husband or a friend can change it himself...capacitor is < 1$ in the local electronic-parts-store...
...the motor seems ok...it's actually running at fullspeed

Regards from Switzerland
Stefan
-- Edited on 9/23/13 6:33 PM --
-- Edited on 9/23/13 6:35 PM --

cruzer2013
cruzer2013
Intermediate
Member since 8/11/13
Posts: 326
Login to reply to this post

In reply to Kalindi1121 <<


Date: 9/23/13 6:34 PM

Could I pm you? I might be able to help you with this.

Michele Lommasson
star
Michele Lommasson  Friend of PR
Advanced
NM USA
Member since 7/23/07
Posts: 880
Login to reply to this post

thumbsup 4 members like this.
Date: 9/23/13 6:40 PM

What do I know? I'm not in your shoes. That said, if I were, I most likely would try to get it going again. (After all, it is red!)
It sounds like you already did research concerning the foibles of that particular model. If you haven't, check it out and find out if it's a machine which deserves fixing.
If so, definitely go for it. You love vintage machines. You've been sewing on its since January, and you seem to like it.
I love my computerized machines, but I also adore my mechanicals. If something happened to one of my old machines, I'd definitely get it fixed.
Here's the thing: I think it's time you had a back-up machine, mechanical or otherwise. Elderly machines sometimes develop issues, and have to go into the shop. New machines sometimes have issues and have to go into the shop. It would be sad for you not to have a machine to sew on.

------
Michele Lommasson

ajoseph
ajoseph  Friend of PR
Member since 10/10/12
Posts: 176
Login to reply to this post

In reply to Kalindi1121 <<
thumbsup 1 member likes this.


Date: 9/23/13 7:17 PM

only you can really decide. if you are so in love with the older mechanicals.........i'd stick with them. "smoke pouring out of the top".....of the machine? was the foot pedal at fault or the machine? if the pedal was at fault.....it may pay to keep the machine. maybe the motor? still may be worth keeping? what was the first $400.00 for? repairs?

PortlandMaine
star
PortlandMaine  Friend of PR
Advanced Beginner
ME USA
Member since 1/29/11
Posts: 2181
Login to reply to this post

Date: 9/23/13 8:06 PM

Im hapoy to see some people with know-how think it is worth a fix.

I would have wanted to fix it, too. But, I know nothing about machines and have to rely on the nice people here to help be try to have a few ideas before trusting shops.

------
Quilting up a storm!

Go to Page:
Please LOGIN or Join PatternReview
printable version Printable Version

* Advertising and soliciting is strictly prohibited on PatternReview.com. If you find a post which is not in agreement with our Terms and Conditions, please click on the Report Post button to report it. Sewing Machines >> I think I might cry...

Merchants on PR
Fitz Like a Glove Ironing Board Cover
Made In Australia
Deals!
SewBaby
Unique Sewing Patterns
Deals!
Budo Bear Designs
Asian Designs
Web site
Patterns from the Past
vintage sewing patterns
Deals!
Elliott Berman Textiles
Fabrics for Greater Ideas
Deals!

Copyright © 2014 PatternReview.com® , OSATech, Inc. All rights reserved.
Conditions of Use | Posting Guidelines | Privacy Policy | Contact Us
Online Sewing Classes
Beginners Guide to Dyeing Fabrics
Fee: $29.00
(Regular $49.00)
Beginners Guide to Dyeing Fabrics

Online Sewing Classes
Fun with Fitting - BODICE w Darts
Fee: $39.99
(Regular $39.99)
Fun with Fitting - BODICE w Darts

Vogue Patterns 2676
photo
Review by arianamani... on 6/19/09
Read Review

Butterick 5794 Pattern ( Size 18W-20W-22W-24W )
Butterick 5794 Pattern ( Size 18W-20W-22W-24W )

Details
Price: $19.95
Add to Bag Add to Bag

McCalls 5847 Pattern ( Size 14-16-18-20-22 )
McCalls 5847 Pattern ( Size 14-16-18-20-22 )

Details
Price: $16.95
Add to Bag Add to Bag

Simplicity 5594
photo
Review by andread on 2/23/07
Read Review

Oliver + S Badminton Skort, Top + Dress Digital Pattern (6m-4)
Oliver + S Badminton Skort, Top + Dress Digital Pattern (6m-4)

Details
Price: $15.95
Add to Bag Add to Bag

Megan Nielsen Tania Culottes Digital Pattern
Megan Nielsen Tania Culottes Digital Pattern

Details
Price: $12.00
Add to Bag Add to Bag

Sewing Workshop Quincy Top and Pants
Sewing Workshop Quincy Top and Pants

Details
Price: $22.95
Add to Bag Add to Bag

Favorite Things Blossoms & Bloomers Pattern
Favorite Things Blossoms & Bloomers Pattern

Details
Price: $14.00
Add to Bag Add to Bag

Subscribe to PR Message Board Feed Subscribe to the PR Message Board Feed Add to My Yahoo! Subscribe at NewsGator Online Subscribe at Bloglines Add to MyMSN