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SewSewBizee

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Date: 11/27/06 5:21 PM

I searched all over my town today for machines. There just aren't many dealers anymore. I ordered a Viking Lena from a online shop. I have a Viking 1100 that needs to be repaired, but I need a back up. I've been researching something that has the basic features I need, and within my budget. The Lena seemed to fit.
I just wanted some feed back on this machine.

Thank You,
Debbie

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Date: 11/27/06 9:03 PM

Debbie -

I have had a Lena for almost two years - and no complaints. I got it as my first machine, and I am still using it. It sews very nicely, has never needed service yet. Sometimes I wished I had some more bells and whistles, like an "auto" fix to start stitching and more needle positions for topstitching (has only two positions). I am planning on eventually upgrading, but still plan to keep this machine for quilting, it stitches very nicely and sews thru anything, I have machine quilted a number of quilts on this and never had a problem. It can be a little fussy on thin, very lightweight fabrics, just starting out. I have also sewn some silks and linens on it and it still did a good job and I was pleased with the results. It was definitely worth the money - I paid around $350 for it. All around, I think it is a great basic machine. Hope that helps! Katy

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Date: 11/28/06 9:59 AM

Thank You for taking time to let me know your experience with the Lena. I'm looking forward to getting it home and trying it out. I'm a little nervous about ordering a machine I have not test drove. I did look at it and a dealer did show me how to move the knobs and adjust the width and stuff. I can't remember if it is twin needle capable. I believe it is. Can you tell me if it is.

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Debbie



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Date: 11/28/06 11:16 AM

Quote: Katy_bee
Debbie -


It can be a little fussy on thin, very lightweight fabrics, just starting out.

You might try the trick that quilters sometimes use when they start sewing the 1/4" seam when piecing. Use a small square of fabric, folded in half, and place it just behind your fashion fabric and start stitching on the little square of fabric first. That will feed your fabric through the machine without sucking that lightweight fabric into the needle hole, which can happen easily with those types of fabric. You just clip the thread between the end of your "starting scrap" and your fashion fabric after you have sewn the seam. I hope this makes sense. You didn't say your fabric was being pulled into the needle hole but that is the problem that I most often encounter when sewing difficult or delicate fabrics. Also make sure your fabric is all the way under the presser foot so that the needle is entering the fabric a stitch or two from the top edge instead of trying to start sewing with the needle right at the top edge. And it always helps, with tricky fabrics especially, to hold your threads behind the presser foot when starting a seam. If you already know all of this, please excuse me for posting these hints.
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Date: 9/13/12 7:09 PM

good to know all of this. My DIL has one that her mom gave her years ago and she has never used it. I am trying to learn about this machine.

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Date: 9/17/12 1:10 AM

I have one and it is twin needle capable. I haven't used twin needles myself but I was shown in the machine class I took.

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