13 July 2012

Bargain Vintage Viking

Okay so I didn't plunder a village and bring home a real Viking, but I did feel like I did some pillaging when I snagged this Viking Husqvarna for $20 last week at a church "White Elephant" sale (amongst other goodies I'll try to show off soon.) 

There isn't a copyright date on any of the booklets that came with it, but judging from the fashions in the "For Fashion or Fun" booklet I thought it to be late 60's early 70's. Upon further investigation I found a date written by the owner on the inside of the "How to sew with your new VIKING Husqvarna 6000 Series" booklet, saying 30 Nov 1971, a day after my birthday! (Ahem, and some years after I was born.)

Still with the $20 price sticker!

I was told that the woman who donated it was the original owner, said it does work, and is a "workhorse" but she was elderly and didn't sew anymore so she donated it. I love that it has a sticker inside with her name and previous address, as well as a receipt for some repairs made in 1998. Imagine that -- she owned the machine for 27 years before needing to do any repairs! (That's what I'm presuming since she kept everything else with the machine.)

Look at the pristine striped interior! The piece covering the machine is a piece that comes off so you have a free arm to work with -- great for doing things like leg or arm seams.
Still in the box, but looking good, quite clean and well-cared for!
I'd been told that Vikings are one of the best (if not the best) sewing machines around however new ones are cost prohibitive, and vintage ones are pretty pricey as well. After sleuthing a little on eBay I found one a bit newer to mine (just by a little, model 6030, mine is a 6020) had manuals as well as cams A-D (a "cam" is the piece you insert to get different stitches on older machines, new machines just have a dial you switch to and it will sew in that stitch) like mine, sold last week for $281.85 plus $37.07 shipping (these suckers are HEAVY nearly all metal!) But others without the case or any manuals, and only one cam sold for $49.99 to $75.00. This week there are more active listings and the prices are all over, going from $30.00 to $249.99. (There is one I found amusing because one of the booklets has the date of 28 Dec 1973, a day before my husband's birthday! How bizarre to find two manuals with dates so close to me and my husbands birthdays!) So I'm not really sure what mine is worth... as I used to say when I had the flea market biz "it's only worth as much as someone will pay for it!" To me, its still a steal as a working machine for $20 is pretty damn good, especially one that has so many of its original components.

The booklets that were included.


At look at the fashions in the "For Fashion or Fun" booklet.

The only thing it looks like I might have to fork over some cash for is if I want a different presser foot (or possibly "feet" should I need more which are used for different stitches) and cams E-K if the stitches they create of use to me. All these little parts add up quickly, so if I do need extras I'm hoping to run across bulk lots to keep the prices down. Who knows, I haven't even taken it out of the case yet to play, so there may very well be more presser feet hiding in there somewhere, now wouldn't that be a nice surprise?

XXX
Jet

8 comments:

  1. Wow, what a find. My boss have been buying old Berninas on ebay for our costume shop, they've been running over $100. You got an awesome deal!

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    1. Thanks! I would love to run into an old Bernina, at one point I had a Necchi and that was lovely too! Thanks for stopping by and commenting! XXX Suzanne

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  2. What a cool find! I had a Viking 1950s toy sewing machine when I was a little girl, I've never seen an adult model! x

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    1. Oo a toy Viking? How cool that must have been! From what I've been reading the 6000 series is quite desirable and easy to find parts for so I'm pleased. Now to get a crane to hoist this baby up so I can fire her up and get sewing! (Exaggerating but It is awfully heavy!) XXX Suzanne

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  3. I have one of these machines, they are great! There is a knob on the right side where you wind the bobbin. Pull it out. It now goes VERY slow. this is the viking low gear. lots of power that way.
    You need to oil this machine. read over the book. Also, the weak area that breaks on these is the cam stack in the back where the A cam goes in. It is fixable but expensive. Also, don't force any knobs. I would recommend you join the vintage viking sewing machine group on yahoo groups there is a slew of info in their files there and an older guy who used to fix them for a living. God bless, Ann

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    1. Wow thanks for all the info Ann! I did going the group after searching around for a little more info. I've yet to fire it up, as its been too nuts with summer stuff but hopefully will have some time in a week or so. Thanks again, and also for stopping by and commenting! XXX Suzanne

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  4. What an awesome find! That machine looks like it's in excellent condition. And the price...what a deal!

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    1. Hi Maggie, Thanks so much! Would you believe I still haven't had time to fire her up? Hopefully in the coming week as I'll have some free time and have a few little projects I'd like to finish. XXX Suzanne

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