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Viking Husqvarna model 6440 gets stuck in reverse

I have an older Viking sewing machine that is stuck in reverse. The button was pushed in and it won't come back out, therefore, it is only sewing in reverse which is difficult =D

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  • Anonymous Jan 07, 2009


    We have 6440 Husqvarna - the zig zag does not work - something went bang. Straight stich is ok. Any ideas please?

  • jan8556 Apr 15, 2009

    I have the same machine a model 6440 . I would say the zig zag is more like a wave, and when back stitching in the zig zag it more of a straight stitch but is not catching all the stitches and will break the tread in the stitch with big loops. Also the knobs are hard to turn and once in a while the back stitch button sticks.

  • Anonymous Mar 17, 2014

    when i push the button for reverse it doesnt work butnow the machine will only go in reverse.

  • Anonymous Mar 20, 2014

    Hi! I have a Fleetwood Model 5400 sewing machine and it is stuck in reverse. Any idea on how this can be repaired at home?

  • Anonymous Mar 25, 2014

    Not sewing stitches

  • Teresa Jones
    Teresa Jones Dec 18, 2016

    opal viking 690Q needle keep tapping and won't sew plate under neath and over loaded symbol keep comming on is needle in wrong position



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There are numerous things that can cause this, some very simple, some less so.
1. Fortunatly, the most common one is also the simplest to cure. When you turn the selector (upper left) knob between stitches, one of the things that is happening when you feel the resistance is that it is lifting the followers off the camstack so that it can move to another stitch. When the camstack is normally doing its job, lifting the feed cam follower is what puts the mechanism in reverse. So, while the selector is between stitches, the machine is temporarily in reverse. Also, the dots where the dial is to be placed to change the camstacks is between stitches, so if the dial is on these dots or anywhere else except snapped into a stitch, you will get nothing but reverse.
2. The buttonhole mechanism is stuck in the reverse portion of the buttonhole. Usually if this is the case, the needle position will also be stuck on the left side, and the width control /buttonhole control will not function correctly. Usually you can correct this yourself and I'll explain how in a bit. It is usually caused by lack of use of the buttonhole mechanism.
3. Either the arm that connects the camstack to the stitch length block or the block itself is stuck. Both these parts are spring loadedto bring them in the forward position, so long periods of rest are a contributing factor.
All of these causes except for the first one are because of the mechanism not being exercised frequently enough. These older Vikings do not like to sit still very longYou should fully exercise all the knobs at every sitting.
Ok, try this fix. And this is to free up the mechanisms that are probaby stuck from non use and old oil and grime buildup. Take your seamformer (cam) out of the back. Find a hairdryer and blow some heat in there for awhile. This will soften up any hard oil or grease that may be causing the mechanisms to stick. Then if you can it would be best to have what is called TRI-FLOW oil (the BEST) and spray or drop quite a bit into there covering the mechanisms and let it soak in. You might try a good sewing machine oil soaking or WD-40 in small amounts. Little by little test your knobs, slowly working whatever is stuck lose. Never force the issue. Small amounts of movement little by little will eventually free it up.
Good luck. Hope this helps. If this does not help you may have to take it to a technician and hopefully you won't find out that your take up slide isn't broken which is a major job.

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    sarahwill214 Jan 23, 2012

    Thank you so much Rick. Blowing the hairdryer on it did the trick. You saved me a trip to the sewing repair shop and a day without sewing.

  • De Anna Caiozzo Mar 03, 2013

    wow! this worked! my machine was stuck in reverse. after a couple of minutes of the hair dryer and a quick spritz of WD40, it is up and running again! Thank you!

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    amused Mar 23, 2013

    Huskvarna 2000 SL The stitch selector button (top rleft) is stuck in the button hole position. It is true I have not moved it from there in years. I tried the Hairdryer and it feels like it moved a little but I cannot move it to another position. Anyy suggestion?

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    R.A. Ellis Jan 15, 2017

    If you used WD-40 to unstick the machine, you may want to follow up with Tri-Flow. WD-40 will eventually dry out, turning to a glue-like substance that, over time, will cause the same sticking issue. Tri-Flow has Teflon that will prevent the glue-like effect.


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