I found this baby at a yard sale today, completely unexpected. It’s an Eaton’s department store Viking 164. It’s a straight stitch only machine with a 3 setting for the feed dogs. It’s built like a tank, the main body seems to be a solid cast with no way to get to the inner gears. There are oiling points — holes on the top where you’re to oil once a year.
Access to the bobbin is via a trap door to the left of the needle, which is threaded left to right.
Leave a comment if you’d like a copy of the manual, I can scan it for you.
This sewing machine is remarkably quiet and smooth, a real work horse. The down side is that the case is in bad shape, the vinyl is starting to come off and someone doodled on it. If anyone knows of a way to restore it, please let me know!!
Other finds at yard sales today included a teak table with 2 leaves and 6 chairs for $84.00 as well as a full set of German knives for only $3.00 and a vintage black vinyl purse in pristine condition for $1.00. I’m a happy sewer!