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Viking Interlude 435
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Date: 5/9/12 4:44 PM

I found it on a local classifieds site for 250.00. Is that a decent price and does anyone here have one? I found some reviews of this machine on PR and it seems like it could be a decent machine. I am thinking of getting it for my daughter(I'll sell her Singer machine) or for my back up machine and to use for classes(I was planning on selling my back up machine(s) for a better back up machine). My husband is showing an interest in sewing too...but not with the intention of doing it regularly. I'd like a machine he could use that has more features then my son's Viking. It doesn't have to be a Viking, but this machine is intriguing!

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Date: 5/9/12 6:42 PM

I've always thought the 435 was a very nice machine. Betakin has one and I'm sure she'll pop in to tell you what a great machine it is.

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Date: 5/9/12 7:25 PM

I have the 445 and Betakin also. I don't recall the differences between the 435 and the 445 but Betakin will know. It is one of three modern machines left in my dwindling herd and the one I've had the longest bc it is one of the best machines I've owned and I've owned a few. I'd use it more if it had a thread-cutter and some of the other perks my newer machines have, but it sews an amazing straight stitch, is easy to use, powerful and reliable. I love Viking feet! The 435 is most likely very closely related and may just have fewer stitches. I think it retailed for around $600-$700 when it was new about 10-12 years ago. These I believe were among the last great vikings before SVP took over. My "lude" as i call it FM's very well. In fact it does everything well. The needle is right up front, so visibility is far better than any I've owned and while it is computerized, it sews much like a mechanical machine which is just one more thing I like about it. I feel $250 is a fair price if it comes with everything, including the manual and if it has been well-cared for.

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Date: 5/9/12 11:21 PM

It comes with everything. It appears to have been very well cared for. We have 3 Vikings. 2 are brand new and one is 16 years old but new to us. I love my Vikings so far! I am still in the honeymoon phase though so my opinion might change. Thank you for your feedback. I may call the seller of the machine tomorrow. It looks like a fabulous machine!

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Date: 5/10/12 2:32 AM

Yep..I popped in lol. I love my Interlude 445. Some of the reasons that SF and I love our Ludes is as she posted already..great stitches and the arm is right up front and I do love that feature as it helps me see better when I applique and also have more control.
I really love everything about these Swedish machines even their silvery blue color. The Interludes came out just before the Viking Platinum models were introduced and are very similar to them.

The 445 does have more stitches than the 435 and I think an extra buttonhole which I think is a straight stitch BH for leather. I don't think that the 435 has the sewing advisor which shows on the screen the best settings for the fabric used.
I think both the 435 and 445 Interludes have the auto taper stitch which is a fun stitch to use at the touch of a button. The deco stitches are so beautiful and they can mirror image and are more delicate compared to the deco stitches on my other machines and the stitches can be combined and programmed and stitch out lovely.
The buttonholes also stitch out so beautifully. The 445 has an optional and rather expensive auto electronic foot that plugs into the machine that I have never purchased at around $100 because I love the buttonholes on my machine the way they are. I think this expensive plug in foot might have come with the purchase of Viking Platinum models. I don't think that the 435 can use this optional foot being I think it lacks the plug in for it which I think is near the light.

I think that $250 is a very good price. If you like to FM you might want to get the open toe FM foot. I love that foot. It is so easy to see where you are going with it as you sew.

If you get the 435 Lude, I would love to hear how you like it. Really I have found there is nothing not to like..other than a few missing features like auto threader and auto cutter etc. that came out on newer models. The 445 has a fix button which is an auto lock tie off stitch too which the 435 probably also has. I think these are wonderful machines.
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Date: 5/10/12 10:23 AM

Thank you! How is the weight of this machine? Is it light enough to use for classes? I just got the Viking Sapphire 835 for my Mother's Day gift and I really like it, so far. We also got a 16 yr old Viking 205 for my 11 year old and I am so impressed by the quality of such a basic machine that I want to replace my back up with another Viking.I think the 435 looks like a fabulous machine. I got the FM open foot when I purchased my Sapphire, so we could use it on this machine too. I also have a walking foot.

The problem I am having now is that I need to sell some stuff to buy this machine. dh has a deal in the works so it might be possible to pick this gem up! It all depends if it is still available! Thank you for your great review!

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Date: 5/10/12 10:34 AM

I too have the 445 and the differences are described by Betakin. I don't have the additional button hole attachment but have purchased a few extra feet including the walking foot (pricey but I love them all). If there was anything I could change about my lovely blue machine, it would be to add an alphabet.

I took mine took classes and found it to be quite lightweight, (mind you my last was a 25 year old Kenmore). Everything packs up so nicely and fits in the hard shell case, you just grab the handle and away you go!

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Date: 5/10/12 10:55 AM

For my part, I'd say they are portable but not really light like some of the 12-lb models. It should be no problem to take to classes. The light-weight models are fine for classes but for a machine you use apart from class--especially one to quilt on--they can be less than ideal. The 435 should make a great back-up machine for you. There are 6 (or 7) classes of viking feet and I do believe the interludes share feet w/ the sapphires. If you have the walking foot, it is one of the best on the market. Worth the cost moreso than some others I've used.
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Date: 5/10/12 11:04 AM

Fantastic machine and a great price... Get it!

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Date: 5/10/12 11:14 AM

My dealer included a fantastic package when we bought the Sapphire last week. It included the walking foot and the open toed(I think that is what it is called!) FMQ foot. I don't know how to quilt, so I have no idea how to use this foot, but I am glad I have it in case I decide I want to give it a shot.

It sounds like this machine might be a good buy. I texted the seller and it is still available. I may set up an appointment to see this machine today. I have asked if it needs servicing too. 250 seems to be a fair price. I am falling in love with Viking quality. Like I said, my son's Viking impressed me. It is relatively quiet and is such a nice machine. I honestly did not expect it to be this nice! Must be that Swedish quality every talks about in the older Vikings. I just hope I am not disappointed by my Sapphire's quality as time moves on.I am thinking we need to check this Interlude out! The seller is selling it for her mother in law and said she was sewing on it until she bought a new machine a couple of months ago. Hopefully that is a good sign that this machine is still working well!

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