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|Viking:Emerald 116 (Sewing Machine)|
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|Reviewed by:||with love Heidi|
|About with love Heidi |
|Member since: 11/26/12 |
|Reviews written: 3|
|sewing machines reviewed: 2|
|Posted on:||10/15/13 1:28 AM|
|Had this machine for:||12 Months|
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- Needle Threader
- Embroidery Stitches
- One step buttonhole
- Drop-In bobbin
- Free Arm
- Adjustable Stitch Length and Width
- Adjustable Presser Foot Pressure
- Adjustable Needle Position
- Auto Threading
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I have had the opportunity to borrow this machine for about a year while I saved up to buy myself a new machine. My machine had died and we did not have the money to replace it. I have done all my sewing, generally 5 to 20 hours a week, on it. I am primarily a garment sewer but I machine quilted my first quilt on this machine.
This machine basically sews well. It has sewn everything I have thrown at it including polar fleece lined courduroy trench coat, cargo pants with double knees and lots of top stitching, messenger bag, straight line quilting, ruffles, 20 Deiner nylon, chiffon, knits. It has sewn through it all. Sometimes it needed the hand wheel to be turned manually to begin a very thick area of sewing like bias binding on a messenger bag (10 layers) but otherwise didn't faulter.
I was able to use my vintage Ruffler and zipper foot with ease (I never used the included zipper foot) as well as my Janome walking foot. This machine quilted straight lines beautifully. I machine quilted, stitch in the ditch, my first quilt on this machine and it was a dream! It made me consider it long term if only for it's straight line quilting! I also made some dolls blanket with cotton on on side and polar fleece on the other, a combination I have had a lot of problems with creepage on other machines however the Emerald handled it beautifully even using decorative stitches and minimal pinning with regular pins. I have not done any piecing on this machine as I generally use my overlocker for piecing.
I have used the adjustable pressure foot much more than I expected to. It has been great for knits, fleece, bulky seams and darning/mending and very fine fabrics. It is quick and easy to use there is a dial on the left hand side of the machine with 4 different values 0-3.
The position of the reverse lever is convenient, easy to use and gentle on the hands. I have RSI (repetitive strain injury) and the reverse lever was a problem on my previous machine.
It has ample stitches for my needs including zigzag, 3 step zigzag, blind hem (both sides), stretch blind hem, feather and honeycomb stitch. As well as straight stitch ;)
I have a number of significant major dislikes about this machine.
Although there are multiple needle positions they are only on the left hand side of the needle. Basically the needle will move from centre to far left but not to the right. I find this very frustrating especially for top stitching or other stitching where the right hand needle position would allow more of the fabric to have contact with the feed dog's.
Related to the needle positions, is that the Zigzag stitch is not centred! The zigzag stitch is anchored on the far left and the width is determined by how far it swings to the right rather than swing the same amount both sides of the centre line. This is a major frustration as I cannot use the needle plate markings for getting consistent 1/2" seam.
I dislikfe the stitch selection dial because it only has numbers on it which correspond to the stitches. I find it annoying because to work out what stitch I am on I have to look at the number and then cross check to the corresponding stitch at the top of the machine.
I feel the buttonholes made by this machine are less than ideal. I like a dense buttonhole that looks like it was done in satin stitch however I found the buttonholes produced by the automatic buttonholer seemed to have an open zigzag texture and when I tried to adjust the density it only made about one buttonhole in 6 without getting stuck. I really wanted the automatic buttonhole to work but I ended up having to use another machine to get A great buttonhole. I would recommend trying out the buttonhole on your own fabric to work out if they are acceptable for you.
The needle plate is held one by two screws, I find this annoying especially as it is difficult to get the screwdriver in position around the needle threader on the left hand side. I feel the screw off needle plate discourages me from cleaning the bobbin area regularly and downright frustrating when I need to remove it if there is cotton stuck in it.
My last major frustration with this machine is that I am unable to see the needle easily when the machine is sitting on the table. I am very tall and the combination of the largeness and position of the head combined with the top loading bobbin in front of the needle means that the needle is set a long way back in the machine and the head obscures my view of the needle and needle plate markings. This may not be a problem for quilters however I am primarily a garment sewer and therefore sew lots of curves necessitating me being able to see where the seam and allowance is just as it enters the needle. I have solved this problem by sitting the machine on a 4" high box however this is not ideal as I cannot use the free arm in this position.
A couple of other niggles, I am not keen on the horizontal spool pin and I dislike having a separate tension disk for bobbin winding. Neither of these things are make or break issues though. Wow, I didn't expect to write such a large essay, I hope it is useful to someone!
Overall I am very grateful to have been able to borrow this machine while I save up to replace my own machine, however I would not buy one of these due to my major dislikes.
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