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From: GFranklin
Date: 07-28-2006, 01:11 PM (1 of 9)
I just bought a new Viking Designer SE (insane, I know, but sewing is my only vice :wink: and there was an incredible discount on it). Does anyone else have one of these? I get it next week, and I know I am going to be in technology shock. This could be dangerous!
User: GFranklin
Member since: 07-04-2004
Total posts: 101
From: SummersEchos
Date: 07-28-2006, 02:50 PM (2 of 9)
Oh that is a wonderful machine. I do not have that one but I do have the Designer II which I really like. I haven't really used the embrodiary part of it, but for sewing I like it. My dealer (who is in a JoAnn's) are very helpful and always answer any questions I have. Take all the classes they offer, they are fun and informative.

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From: GFranklin
Date: 07-28-2006, 04:16 PM (3 of 9)
The Designer II is a great machine, too. I started with that and moved to the Designer I. I love the embroidery feature, and I have done some heirloom sewing; garment construction, and home dec. Mostly, though, I do a lot of quilt piecing. I did keep my Designer I to take to classes. I took all of the classes they offered for the machine, but no many sewing classes because I hated to move that machine so much, even though my dealer assured me that I couldn't hurt it :nervous: I still was hesitant. Now, though, I have a back-up for when my SE is being serviced and a machine for classes. Am I obsessive or what :wink:
User: GFranklin
Member since: 07-04-2004
Total posts: 101
From: Chrysantha
Date: 07-28-2006, 04:29 PM (4 of 9)
I don't own Vikings, but once you have an embroidery machine, you have to have MORE...I'm addicted. Thats why I have 4 of'em...( I count the quilting machine because it does some simple embroidery too.) :up:

Have fun with the new machine !!! :wink:
User: Chrysantha
Member since: 09-06-2002
Total posts: 2414
From: ninifav
Date: 07-28-2006, 09:00 PM (5 of 9)
Wow, Gayle, am I jealous..I have the D1 and just salivate thinking about the SE...Everyone who has one thinks that they died and went to sewing heaven!!!
User: ninifav
Member since: 09-06-2004
Total posts: 204
From: GFranklin
Date: 07-29-2006, 11:59 AM (6 of 9)
Well, Chrys, I don't feel so decadent about having two machines, now :wink: It seems like most of my sewing friends have more than one. I just always felt like it was redundant. However, after having to live without my machine for three weeks, while it was being serviced, and after realizing that a "Trade-in" allowance wasn't that great a deal, I decided to keep my "baby" (that's what my husband calls it) for back-up.

As far as the DI is concerned, I thought I had died and gone to sewing heaven when I brought it home four years ago. I can't imagine how the SE will be. My sister says if I program it right, it will do the dishes for me. I don't know about that. But, I am hoping to really learn how to take full advantage of its features. I'll keep you posted!
User: GFranklin
Member since: 07-04-2004
Total posts: 101
From: bridesmom
Date: 08-09-2006, 12:49 AM (7 of 9)
Oh I am totally green with envy. I went in to look at some fabric and the woman started to show me the Designer SE, it was wonderful!!! It will be so much fun to play with. I want a new machine, but will have to wait til income tax return time, then I am going shopping!
Tickled pink with my Innovis 4000D
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Member since: 01-21-2004
Total posts: 2026
From: sweetpea1
Date: 08-09-2006, 12:30 PM (8 of 9)
Oh, new sewing machines. Now there's a topic right up my alley. In March I upgraded an old Kenmore sewing machine (nothing fancy at all) and bought the Viking Platinum 950E. I thought I was in sewing heaven. I had a ball with it for 3-1/2 months. Then, I happened into my local U-Sew Center at JoAnn's and was introduced to the new Designer I USB. The green sewing monster in me just had to have it. So, on a whim I traded in my BRAND NEW Platinum 950E for this lovely new Designer model (Viking has a 100% trade-in policy for machines purchased within the last 12 months). I told the saleswoman that I had better absolutely fall in love with this USB model or I'd be hoppin' mad. I told her that I just loved my Platinum and couldn't imagine anything better. Well, she was right, I now absolutely love the Designer I USB. I spend a whole lot less time at the computer and a whole lot more time making beautiful things. I can't get enough of this machine. I've got so many projects planned (and people begging me to make things for them), that I'll be busy even after I die (that is, of course, if I can take this machine with me).

I understand that the Designer SE is a great machine and I think it connects directly to your laptop or computer. That's got to be the ultimate especially if you have a laptop or sew in your computer room. I, however, do not have a laptop and don't wish to sew in my computer room. So the USB port is the cat's meow for me!

Enjoy your Designer and above all, HAVE TON'S OF FUN WITH IT!!!
User: sweetpea1
Member since: 10-10-2005
Total posts: 56
From: GFranklin
Date: 08-10-2006, 01:20 PM (9 of 9)
bridesmom, I have just gotten my new baby hooked up. I wanted to complete a project on the existing machine first. And, it took us three evenings to get the network link working. But, I turned it on last night (small ceremony:)) and the lighting is so incredible! I hope to get time this afternoon and tomorrow to play. I just have to pinch myself--of course, the one week sale while Martha Pullen's school was going on here in our city was a big help--it got the price down to a more manageable amount, and I didn't have to trade-in my Designer I. I'll let you know how things go.
User: GFranklin
Member since: 07-04-2004
Total posts: 101
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