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Message Board > Sewing Machines > Repair Viking 6440 vs buy new machine? ( Moderated by Sharon1952, EleanorSews)

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Repair Viking 6440 vs buy new machine?
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Date: 2/20/10 12:25 PM

Hi! I've been browsing this website for a long time, but this is my first actual post!

Recently my old 1940's-era Brother machine broke, so I have no working sewing machine. I was given a Viking 6440 that has a broken cam & badly needs to be serviced. It wasn't used for years, so you can imagine the condition it's in. Repairs will cost several hundred dollars. It's at the shop now, and I'm waiting for their quote.

I've done my research and LOVE the idea of owning & using the Viking. It sounds like such a reliable workhorse, and I have all the various stitch cams, feet, & "extras".

I only have a small budget for machine repairs and/or buying a new machine. I would love your honest opinions about the Viking vs buying a new one in a similar price range. I could only afford $300 or less for a new one. I'd hate to fix the Viking just to have some other part break, but I'd also hate to buy a new machine & then have it die in a few years.

If it matters any, I grew up using a Brother that was made in the 60's, & I've since been using an even older model. So I have no problem with a lot of the "manual" aspects of the older machines. I'd love to hear ANY and ALL pros & cons or opinions about this! Thanks!!

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Date: 2/20/10 1:16 PM

2 years ago I repaired my 36yr old Viking 6030. It was costly about $330.00, but it was the best decision Iíve made, I have no regrets and would do it again in a heartbeat. A good repairman will let you know if heís not able to put the machine back in good working order. So once you get the estimate youíll have a better idea if the repairs are worth it for you. Hope my 2 cents were helpful, good luck to you.

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Date: 2/20/10 1:37 PM

I have a 6440, it got the motor replaced ~3 years ago, and I haven't had problems with the cams. The only caveat that I would mention is that Viking no longer makes replacement parts for this model, so if something breaks the part would need to be scavenged from another machine. You could talk with your repair person and find out whether they think this might be a problem for them in the future or not.

I use my 6440 a *lot*, and rarely have problems. I have thrown the gears out of whack once or twice when sewing through very thick or heavy fabrics (didn't break anything, but did have to take it in to get the gears realigned). I would much rather use the 6440 than a new low-end machine - I also have a 10 year old low-end White that I got new at the time, and the 6440 is way nicer.

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Date: 2/21/10 10:17 AM

Some nice features of that machine are the low gear and the narrow free arm.
I had 2 6460s, one I bought brand new, and I loved them. I have a more basic Pfaff 1530 with the IDT and I like it almost as much.

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Date: 2/21/10 10:25 AM

Spending the money you have on getting the Viking repaired will give you a much better machine than spending that same money on a new, low-budget machine. Those 64xx series Vikings are great machines. My mom bought her 6440 new and it's still her only sewing machine today. The thing is a tank, but has nice bells and whistles too.

Hopefully it's in a reputable shop that will not tell you it's hopeless so they can sell you a new machine. A good repair person should be able to tell you what to expect from it service-wise down the road.

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Date: 2/21/10 3:03 PM

Join the Yahoo group Viking Sewing Machines pre 1980. Really nice, helpful people who can give you advice about this machine. They have a list of recommended repairers or can walk you through repairing it yourself if you wish to do that.

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Date: 2/21/10 4:24 PM

Supposedly from what I have read, the Viking cams are the Achilles heel of these machines, and there are certainly a lot of them coming across the auction sites with broken cam mechanisms. However, they also have a great reputation otherwise. So, how much you want to use those cams might have an influence on your decision.

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Date: 11/18/12 5:38 AM

i have a 6440 and a 6030 that havent been used much. A repairman wants to trade me a viking 630 he says was just serviced for my 6030 and an additional $150. Cant find much info on the 630. should I trade off my viking 6030. He quoted about 150 to service the 6030 which had worked ok a few years ago.

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Date: 4/3/13 1:20 PM

Do you still have your 6440? I have one my mother bought for me 35+ years ago. She has passed now, and the machine is having major issues. It was a GREAT machine...it's sentimental and a real work horse, but it's not working. I'd like to get another 6440 and scavenge parts between the two to make one good working one.
Is yours still available? Does it work? How much do you want for it?
Thanks

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