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Mkwatts

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Our local Goodwill has sewing machines on and off. Today they had a rusty Montgomery wards and a Viking with four cams, extension table, bobbins and needles, and eight feet. Spent a whopping $11 dollars.

I need to download a manual and buy the top of the feet attachment. It does sew and changes motion when I choose a different stitch.
This is not my normal purchase but a quick eBay search said it was worth the $11 if only for the cams.

I have read negative and positive reviews online. I wondered if you all would share your opinions. Thank you. marsha



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Honestly, I think you should have bought that German Model 12 copy instead.  [smile]
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Our local Goodwill has sewing machines on and off. Today they had a rusty Montgomery wards and a Viking with four cams, extension table, bobbins and needles, and eight feet. Spent a whopping $11 dollars.

I need to download a manual and buy the top of the feet attachment. It does sew and changes motion when I choose a different stitch.
This is not my normal purchase but a quick eBay search said it was worth the $11 if only for the cams.

I have read negative and positive reviews online. I wondered if you all would share your opinions. Thank you. marsha






Hello MKWatts.  If, after servicing; the Viking will do all of its stitches, than great!  If not it is usually the computer that controls the step motors that goes out.  Those aren't available to be replaced.  If nothing else you can likely get your $ back just in parts from that sewing machine as you saw on eBay.
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Hi. I did a quick eBay search while I was in goodwill. Two had sold for $150 and cams,parts, etc for $25-$35 each. Since this machine has all five cams, extension table and foot pedal, $11 seemed pretty good. Amazingly, with a quick cleaning of the bobbin plate area and NO adjustment it sews all the stitches and does the mirror stitching, pattern repeat ect. Pretty cool! They are small patterns and the florals are very pretty.
Of course it could die any day. But as you said, I can sell the parts when it does. I have gotten at least two dollars in enjoyment just playing with it already. So I am pretty happy with that.
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That is the tragedy of just about ANYTHING that has a computer attached to it. If the mfg would only release schematics after 20 years or so, it would be far more possible to keep some of them going. I had a similar Viking with computer problems that I searched everywhere for information and couldn't find it. I had to give up. I wasn't dedicated enough to trace out my own schematic, although I've done that in the past. Its bad enough when its a $2,500 sewing machine, its infinitely worse when its a $250,000 CNC mill.

Yet another reason I drive a 35 year old car.

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My dad, an electrician for a chemical plant, got forty years out of the two tone brown refrigerator. Mom replaced it only because it was ugly. The new one lasted eight years. I believe she is still hearing about it. :)
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There is a guy that our shop uses to rebuild the old Pfaff circuit boards.....  We replace some components inside of the Bernina foot pedals.  They are usually $320ish for a new foot control and we are able to fix them for about $45.  As far as a 35 year old car.... I am in the shopping phase of looking for a replacement car.  I keep looking for a late 1940's early 1950's truck either Ford or Chevy.....  I don't want a trailer queen.  I want a daily driver with a little character!  However, I have gotten more than $2 worth of fun chatting about your $11 Viking!!!  So your only about $7 short from being paid off!!!  LOL
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Go 60s GMC, and get their big block V6!
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