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Husqvarna Viking
6170 (Zig Zag)

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The Viking 6170 ZZ (or Zig Zag) was produced from 1979 through 1980. It actually came after the popular 64xx series!

It's a completely manual mechanical machine. It has two stitches -- straight and zig-zag. You can vary the widths and stitch lengths (including a 6mm basting stitch length) and it also does a nice four-step button hole.

It uses the same snap-on feet as other Viking machines. I've swapped foot speed control pedals with my 6460 and they interchange.

It has a metal case -- this is a solid and sturdy machine; they tend to be pretty inexpensive when you find one.

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Here's a quick peak at one of my favorite Viking features, the bobbin. What I like about it is that it always, always, always, works.

It never knots up, rats nests, eats thread or needles, or any of the typical bobbin mischief you worry about.

This same bobbin mechanism is found on the 2000 series (the 64xx) and the 1xxx series. As far as I know, it's the same bobbin mechanism found on all Vikings (if it's not broke, don't fix it!)

By the way, there's alittle black rectangular button on the top right-hand side of the bobbin case (you see screw at 10 o'clock, screw at 8:00 o'clock, screw at 4:00 o'clock, and button at 2:00 o'clock). If you press this button, you'll release the needle plate. Do it every now and then and brush all the lint out!
Side view of the 6170. Handwheel at the top (of course); bobbin winding mechanism on the bottom. You can wind the bobbin directly from the needle thread (a nice feature). Just guide the needle thread underneath the foot (important -- the needle might bend if you don't do this!), then along the back of the machine and around the thread-guide post at the rear right hand corner of the machine, then on to the bobbin. The winder does not stop automatically!

Also, you can pull the bobbin winding mechanism out to engage a high-torque, lower speed drive. Great for extra control and heavy-duty fabric!
Not much to say about the controls -- you got your straight stitch and you got your zig-zag! You can adjust the stitch length and width. You can also press a quicky reverse button (black button in center of top dial), or you can lock the machine into reverse mode (white button underneath bottom dial).

Be careful, it's easy to think you've unlocked reverse when you really haven't. The white button isn't really a push on, push again off button. There's a notch that catches when you push the button. To release it, you have to push in again and kind of press up a little bit.

There's also a four-step button hole. It actually works quite well.
I didn't get a table with my 6170, but I tried the table from my 6460 and it fit fine. I normally keep it free-arm, but it's sometimes handy to slip on the table.
Finally, a quick peak at a project I did with the 6170. This is a Hawaiian type shirt -- I used Margaret Islander's "burrito" method with the double yoke. I'm always amazed every time I roll everything up, then pull the innards out of the neckhole to reveal a slick finished yoke!

So where does the 6170 fit in? I think of it as a more-capable Singer 301 -- it's metal, sturdy, has a free-arm and does a nice straight stitch -- but it has a zig-zag as well. If you figure that the 6170 (sometimes called the Viking ZZ or Viking ZigZag) is usually priced less than a 301 -- AND the bobbin-works are always creamy smooth and NEVER botch up, then I consider the Viking 6170 a better buy.

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