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Subject: Viking Huskylock 234D: Parts? Date: 1/22/06 4:00 PM

A very nice lady my husband works with admires my sewing (he's a nurse and I sew his scrubs for him and such) and knew I wanted a serger, so she donated her old one to me. I have a Janome 4623LE sewing machine, by the way, that I love, but I have been longing for a serger. She gave me a Huskylock 234D with all the accessories and manual. It's been well cared-for, except for a broken looper (and that's as much as I can tell you -- I don't know much about parts).

I can't find any information about this machine. It must be an older model and I want to know if it is worth the effort to try and find the part for it. Never serged before, would consider myself an advanced beginner on my machine.

Anyone have any information? I couldn't find anything on ebay, the Husqvarna website, or Google that would help me.

Thank you (my first post, long-time lurker),

Trina
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Date: 1/23/06 11:36 AM

Hmmm. I think Janome (or is it Juki?) had or has a serger line of 234D and 634D sergers. I've heard rumors that many Vikings are made by Janome, so it be an older model that has since been relabeled. Can you give any details? Three or four-thread serger? Rolled edge capability? Differential feed adjustment? Two-thread adaptor or not? That may help you nail down when and where this machine came from. I'd call your closet Viking dealer and ask to speak with the owner or the person who repairs the machines -- I've found that they seem to know the most; the sales employees are often clueless about any machines not currently being sold new on the market ...

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Date: 1/23/06 1:03 PM

I'm trying to remember who made the 234D, and I believe it was Brother. If so, you can spot the older Brother built sergers because they were one of the few in which the hand wheel turned away from you. It would also use the round shank 16X231 needle.

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Date: 1/23/06 3:49 PM

Janome and White both have a 234D. Does Jaguar have anything to do with the manufacturing of these?

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Date: 1/23/06 3:58 PM

I have a Huskylock 240. The manual I have also mentions the Huskylock 240D (diff. feed)
I am sure yours is very much like mine. I love mine. I have had it for many many year and it serges like a pro. While I haven't looked at sergers in a while - Mine seems to do everything a normal serger should. I have 4 threads. I wish I had the diff. feed - but I try not to think about it too much. Everything that I have says it is a Husqvarna machine. I bought it from a dealer many years ago.
I don't know what it would cost to fix it - but if it is more than 200 dollars - perhaps look at buying a new one - The no frills models with comparable features are cheap now compared to the 20 years ago when I got this machine!

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Date: 1/23/06 4:31 PM

After my first post about Janome and White also making a 234D and wondering if Jaguar made those sergers I did some research and now see Juki makes an MO 234 and also Bernette has the Funlock 234 (probably Juki made)..no D included in either. I just sort of figured that the 234 meant threads and the D meant Diff. Feed. I guess Viking has the answers.

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Date: 1/23/06 4:33 PM

I forgot to add..Sew4less on line might have a looper.

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Date: 1/23/06 5:24 PM

234D was used by "just about everybody", so the number itself without the brand name, means nothing. All of the early Huskylocks were Brothers, while the Whites were Jaguars. A model that I believe was almost the same as the Husky 234D was the 535D. The previous Huskys were all 4 or 500 series, but Viking went with the 234D number to indicate more about its features, the same as others were doing. Shortly after this time, Viking had Jaguar make a Husky that was identical to the previous Whites, but carried the 340D designation. At this time, White got a brand new Jaguar built series.

So, despite all the guesses, I'm still pretty sure it's a Brother, and when you ascertain that the hand wheel turns away from you (as the older Brothers did) that will prove my memory to still be somewhat intact.

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Date: 1/24/06 0:32 AM

I think you are right, Bill. The machine says "Huskylock 234D" with the Husqvarna symbol right on the machine. You deduced correctly that it has a motor that turns clockwise, as opposed to the counter-clockwise direction of an ordinary machine.

So does that mean it was made by Brother and I must contact that company regarding a new looper? Also, my husband (who knows NOTHING about sewing machines) claims he can sauter the looper. I have my doubts about this. *insert skepticism here*

Now that I know a bit more about the machine, I need to solve the mystery of the missing part. Always love a good mystery!

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Date: 1/24/06 0:33 AM

Thank you very much, I will try them. I appreciate it!

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