It’s a Husquvarna Viking 6030 from 1972. This machine is similar to the very first sewing machine I ever touched, when my mom (tried) to teach my how to sew on my grandmother’s Viking 2000.
When I saw the familiar dials and stitch samples in the photo on the Craigslist ad, I kinda fell for this machine.
Since the seller was just a few blocks from my work, it was super easy to go have a look at lunch. Once I saw the machine run, I scooped it right up and brought it home!
It’s yet to be determined if this was a mistake or not. Through subsequent research I’ve learned the 6000 series of Vikings have some problems related to the fact that they were designed to never be oiled.
Unfortunately, over time the self-lubricating parts freeze up and the machines stop working. However this machine seems to only be exhibiting one minor issue, which I think I can fix, so fingers crossed.
I’ve thought about getting an older machine for a while, but to be honest, I’ve been a little scared of it. I’ve also been thinking I’d like to learn how sewing machines really work, and how to maintain and repair them. But that also seems a little scary and overwhelming.
For me the best way to get past something that seems “to hard,” is to just jump in and learn as much as I can about whatever it is. So I did some research, heard about Ray White, who is known for teaching sewing machine repair classes around the country, and signed up for one of his classes. I also took the plunge and bought this machine.
I’m really excited! This fall I’ll be flying to Portland, OR for three days to take the basic repair class. If that goes well, hopefully I can take his advanced class in the future. I’d like to bring the Viking with me to class, but I’ve got figure out how to transport it. It weighs a ton.
The “I” cam with the little sailboats and doggies is my favorite! My grandma’s machine had these same kind of cams. I remember wearing handmade clothes my mom sewed for me when I was a little girl that had a lot of these same stitch patterns on them.
Do you sew on an older machine? Any words of advice?