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Husqvarna Viking 6440 buttonholer, reverse frozen

My Viking 6440 will straight stitch, but the buttonholer, reverse, stitch adjustment are frozen. The cam will turn and is not cracked at the assembly, but it is stiff & hard to rotate. The local Viking dealer wants $379 to service this. Does anyone know where I can buy a service manual for this machine? I've had it since it was new in 1976, over half my life, and I don't want to part with it, but can't afford that expensive of a service. My husband can fix anything if he has a manual or someone to answer questions (like what type of lubricant to use).

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  • Anonymous Dec 11, 2007

    I had my viking 6440 tuned up a year ago, I hadn't used it much since. I went to use it the other day and it got stuck in reverse. It sews fine in reverse!! Any way the dealer said I probably need a new cam stack (?). I am going to use some electronic lubricant to see if it is just gummed up in there, Otherwise it'll be between $200-$300.

  • Anonymous Dec 11, 2007

    My 6440 is stuck in reverse, it sews fine in reverse.

    A repairman pulled out the cam and briefly glanced in and said the cam stack (?) is broken...... $200-$300, I am going to use some electronic lubricant, to see if it is just gummed up.

  • dk_0000 Sep 27, 2008

    My Husquarva # 1 is stuck in reverse. I've heard it is expensive to get fixed ($300.00 ouch!) Any ideas on what to check before I take it in for service?

  • Sally79 May 04, 2009

    I have the Viking 6440 and have a similar problem. It straight stitches forward fine (so far) and the reverse buttom is working for straight stitch . The problem is it stitches in reverse when I program for zig-zag or one of the decorative stitches using a cam. The cams insert smoothly and rotate, but do not produce a decorative stitch. It sews in reverse. Any one have any solutions short of a $379 repair. I love the machine and don't want to part with it ever.

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Hi,
A seller on e-bay who redoes Viking machines says the the grease they put in them (the older vikings) becomes too stiff and the knobs stop turning. He cleans them out and then he adds some kind of teflon lubricant. Probably can find him on e-bay still. He is informative.
Kathy

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