Husqvarna Viking Designer I Computerized Sewing Machine Reviews

Husqvarna Viking Designer I Computerized Sewing Machine

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  • Seeing is Believing!

    Sep 26, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Thoughtful features and design, excellent manual, user-friendly
    Cons: Must buy Customizing System 5 in order to create floppies for the machine

    Summary: I cannot get over how incredible this machine is! I've owned my Designer 1 for four months at the time I am writing this. I purchased it in May of 2001, from my trusty local dealer where I bought a Huskylock 905 serger in 1999. The ... read more

  • Problems from Day One

    Oct 27, 2013 by
    Not yet rated.
    Pros: Good utility stitches that were sturdy and beautiful.
    Wonderful decorative stitches as well.
    Cons: Unpredictable embroidery and buttonholes
    Thread cutter never worked 
    Obvious tension problems never fixed

    Summary: There are many good features about the Husqvarna Viking Designer I, but far too many issues that cannot be resolved.  I purchased it a bit hastily due to Viking's good reputation, and assumed it would be a good buy as it was top of the line at the ... read more

  • I Want My Machine To Work

    Nov 24, 2008 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: I love Viking products. I love the large and mega hoops.
    Cons: USB connection seems to be inadequate....

    Summary: I purchased my Designer1 machine after using the Viking Rose for 10 years. I was very satisfied with my experience with Rose and decided to get the designer. I have been crying every since. I have the USB, Designer. Since day one the USB that came with ... read more

  • Think carefully before purchasing this machine.....

    Aug 28, 2007 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Nice machine, great features.
    Cons: No embroidery software to transfer designs included with purchase of machine, poor customer service.

    Summary: I have a Viking Designer 1 USB machine and it sews beautifully. The best thing about the machine is that when you take your foot of the pedal, the needle goes down and the presser foot goes up, making for easy sewing. It also does a lockstitch, cuts the ... read more

  • Poor service and can't change my dongle

    Jan 20, 2005 by
    Not yet rated.
    Pros: The machine does a nice job on regular sewing.
    Cons: The service from both Viking and the dealership is non existent.

    Summary: I purchased my D-1 to get a machine that would embroider and so I could manipulate designs using my computer. The machine had a pretty large learning curve. My dealer offered a machine mastery series that introduced me to my machine. Sadly, the ... read more

  • Machine works beautifully (when it works)

    Dec 10, 2004 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: When the machine is working, it's marvelous. Love the ability to input designs w/floppies.
    Cons: Service....service....service....price....price...price.

    Summary: Beware of the problems with the Designer 1 when you purchase it from any place than from their dealer. I purchased my Designer 1 with the Professional Plus software from an E-Bay seller for a good price. The item was not cheap (even with E-Bay). It ... read more

  • My Designer 1 is wonderful!

    Sep 2, 2002 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: It sews like a dream and embroiders beautifully.
    Cons: It is expensive, but you get what you pay for!

    Summary: I recently bought a Designer 1ESS and I find it to be a truly wonderful machine. It comes with three sizes of hoops and sews small and large embroideries with ease and beauty. Just push the button and away it goes! It has so many stitches ... read more

  • Think twice before you buy

    Jul 26, 2002 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Sensor foot. Dealer Support. Frequent software upgrades by Viking
    Cons: Increasingly frequent trips to the repair shop as it ages. Cost.

    Summary: The software for the embroidery is great although only IBM based. Updates that add new stitches and features to the machine itself can be downloaded from the internet. Updates to both the embroidery and machine can be easily downloaded from the Viking ... read more

  • Has to be the best!

    Dec 4, 2001 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: The best machine on the market! Does it all.
    Cons: For some the cost, but worth every penny. Only for the true seamstress!

    Summary: This has to be the best machine I have ever owned! I have taught sewing for 30 years, and when I went to a Viking seminar I knew with in the first 10 minutes of operating this machine it was for me. The embroidery designs are just beautiful, with ... read more

  • Why I love the Designer 1 by Viking

    Sep 6, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: I simply love all the features of this top of the line machine
    Cons: Accessories are expensive, you will become a Fabric-holic

    Summary: If you knew me about a year ago, you wouldn't believe what I can do today. The Designer 1 has fed my obsession about sewing and embroidery, long dormant since High School Home Ec. The Designer 1 can embroider and sew equally well, but the neatest thing ... read more

  • Just Itchin' to be Stitchin'

    Jul 24, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: There are so many things that you can do with this machine.
    Cons: Cost. Not only for the machine but for thread and other supplies.

    Summary: The Designer 1 is a dream to sew and embroider on. I had a couple problems with the tension settings in the beginning but my dealer made some adjustments and it sews perfect now. I first saw the Designer 1 at the Fair. A friend of mine, who ... read more

  • Stop Talking and Get Sewing

    Nov 28, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Ease of sewing, large hoop, upgrading from the internet and all of the features.
    Cons: Slow processer

    Summary: Stop talking and get sewing with the Designer 1. The ease of sewing is fabulous. The cutter on the machine not only cuts the thread, it pulls the bobbin thread and top thread to the bottom locking them. I love the pressure foot auto. lifter when you ... read more

  • Simply Fabulous

    May 5, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Easy to use, good tech material, fabulous embroidery
    Cons: COST, COST, ONLY IBM platform

    Summary: I have had a Brother sewing machine for about 30 years and it works great. For the past 2 years, however, I have been looking for something with embroidery capability. I checked out the Elna brand and was concerned about some of the software ... read more

  • Finally A Sewing Machine That Does it All!

    Jan 19, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Very Easy to Use & wonderful for Options for Home sewers or Professional Sewers!
    Cons: It is a very Large Machine and needs quite a bit of space once the embroidery unit is attached

    Summary: ! I have owned Viking Sewing Machines for many years. I also worked for a Viking dealer and taught new owner classes and computer classes for the embroidery machines. The Designer 1 is the most innovative machine on the market today. ... read more

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  • I'd be lost without my Designer 1

    Mar 23, 2006 by
    Rated Show
    Pros: Ease of use, lots of extra features that makes sewing fun!
    Cons: Heavy!

    Summary: I love this machine! My sewing has gotten considerably better since owning this machine, mostly because of its ease of use, outstanding features and just because it makes you want to sew! It has the neatest features, including automatic thread cutting, ... read more

  • Husqvarna Designer I always needs repair

    Jan 25, 2006 by
    Rated Show
    Pros: When in working order it is great, needs repair much to often
    Cons: Very disappointed in the time it takes to repair such an expensive machine.

    Summary: I have had my Designer I for 18 Mo. and every time I need it repaired I have to leave it for 8 to 12 weeks and we live in the 6th largest city in the ... read more

  • designer 1

    Jul 14, 2004 by
    Rated Show
    Pros: Ideas, updates, sewing ability, computer packs which convert, embroidery simplicity and quality. Unbelieveable!!! Still!!
    Cons: Service seems non-existant.

    Summary: I love this machine which I bought in 2000, along with the professional pack. I read about it in my magazine and was looking to add to my patchwork expperiences. I love the embroidery, computerised system and sewing part of the machine. It is second to ... read more

  • Designer 1

    Jan 8, 2004 by
    Rated Show
    Pros: This machine comes with everything. You don't have to invest in a lot of extras.
    Cons: The price is the only con. It is pricey but well worth it.

    Summary: I bought the Designer 1 this past summer. I love it. It not only embroiders very well but also sews all fabrics very well. You can even get some free embroidery designs on the ... read more

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