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Message Board > Sewing Machines > Viking S215-Started making sounds and smoking!! ( Moderated by Sharon1952, EleanorSews)

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Viking S215-Started making sounds and smoking!!
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Date: 6/26/05 6:00 PM

Has anyone had this experience? I have a Viking S215 (1993), which does not get used for long periods of time because I don't have time to sew--just alterations and some home dec. Today I was starting to work on the first of eleven pillows I need to make within the next couple of months. The sewing machine was plugged in and the light bulb was on. After it had been sitting idle for awhile it suddenly started to make odd noises and smoke started coming out of the place where the cords are inserted into the machine.

After I got over my shock--and unplugged the cord from the outlet--I did a Google search and found that in 2002 a Viking Designer 1 (an expensive machine) was recalled for "solder connections in the main power supply . . . overheat[ing]." I feel that's what has happened to my machine.

I emailed Husqvarna, but, of course haven't heard from them yet. I will go to a local Joann's tomorrow where a Viking dealer is located. But has anyone had a similar situation? With any machine?

I am so hoping Viking will replace whatever is necessary for free since it is not anything I did to cause such "fireworks." Even if you have not had this happen to you, what are your thoughts on the matter?

Thanks for any input given. I am depressed about this. I can't afford to buy a new machine, or even pay much to have this one repaired. Plus the time I will have to waste taking care of this matter is time I need for other pressing things--not to mention the time I am losing toward making these pillows.

Woe!!

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Date: 6/26/05 6:13 PM

I see you're in FL ... any chance you were having one of our daily thunderstorms while the machine was plugged in or was the machine plugged in during another t-storm earlier? Sounds like a power surge to me.

The D1 recalls only affected early models of that machine, not other Viking models.

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Date: 6/26/05 6:18 PM

Even if it wasn't a thunderstorm, many brands only warranty electrical parts for five years anyway. I always use a surge protector and unplug everything when I'm not sewing. We had a brand new TV hit by lightning a few years back so it pays to be extra careful with our machines.

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Date: 6/26/05 6:34 PM

I was going to say the same as posted above..sometimes the warranty only covers 2-3 yrs for electrical even less than the 5 yrs that Gigi posted. I don't know what the Viking warranty covers. I had an older AC catch on fire at the cord and wall outlet. I could not reach the on and off button which was way over my head ..so I just left it on and plugged it in when I wanted to use it. I came in from work one night ..plugged in the AC and went to walk my dog. I came back in to a fire on the wall..the cord on fire..the wall outlet in ashes..my sheer drapes were just a few inches away. The fire damaged my couch across the room from fly embers. I switched off the breaker and could not call 911 because my phone was near the flames. I ran to an apt next door and called 911 but the fire was out by the time the fireman came. The complex painted my wall and gave me a new AC unit. Thank goodness I was not the cause of a huge fire with other apts catching on fire. The cause of the fire..plugging in the AC with the unit on. The electrician told me..each time something is plugged in if an electrical appliance is already turned on..causes a different amt of electirical current each time it is plugged in to come into the machine and sometimes the current overloads causing the appliance to arc or ..catch fire. I was wondering if the machine in question had the same thing happen. Was it turned on at the time it was plugged in? Now I have an AC unit that I can reach to turn it on and off..I do wonder how many others in the 400 unit complex here plug in their AC to use because they cannot stand on a chair to turn it on and off. I wish you luck with your machine. Please keep us informed.
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Date: 6/26/05 7:44 PM

Thanks for all the input, everyone. No, there had not been a thunderstorm earlier or during the "smoking." I don't leave my machine plugged in when storms are going on. I do have a surge protector. Plus, I always unplug my machine when it's not in use--when I'm ready to put everything away. In this case, it was sitting idle only while I was finishing a task, then I was going to be using it again, so I had not unplugged it.

I know that I no longer have warranty coverage. I just wondered if this kind of occurrence warranted (no pun intended) free replacement because of the nature of the malfunction. Guess I'm naive.

As to other things being plugged in, nothing out of the ordiary at all was occurring when this happened. My AC has gone on and off many times when the sewing machine is in use, the iron has been used at the same time, and a lamp on my sewing table is always in use as well. Does it mean, however, that there could always be a first time that these simultaneous "actions" could trigger this type of accident?

Klynne2 (sp? from memory) that was a terrible episode you had with one of your machines. Glad you didn't have a worse situation, though that was bad enough.

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Date: 6/26/05 7:51 PM

I just reread your reply and realized that I misunderstood your meaning the first time I read it. No, I didn't have the sewing machine turned on when I plugged it in. It was just sitting there plugged in and turned on like it always has when I'm using it, with everything going on around it like it always has. Then it started making a weird sound and smoke poured out of the end where the cords are plugged into the machine. Yikes!

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Date: 6/26/05 11:19 PM

Regarding surge protectors ... they don't work indefinitely. After they've done their job a few times, their effectiveness is greatly diminished (they basically get fried out instead of the equipment plugged into them). They do need to be replaced regularly.

I'll be interested to hear what your repair person says the problem is. Unfortunately, as you said, I don't think you'll be covered by any machine warranty, but you should check with your homeowners insurance agent. You might be covered under that policy.

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