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From: lendube
Date: 08-10-2006, 10:21 PM (1 of 8)
Anyone here have (or had) the H.V. #1+?? Just curious. I've had mine now for a little over a year. I've never had another emb. machine. I like this one just fine and have learned so much by trial and error. Think I've finally got it down though. Lennie
User: lendube
Member since: 08-06-2006
Total posts: 1548
From: esrun3
Date: 08-11-2006, 04:34 PM (2 of 8)
I dont' have that machine but am beginning to look for my first embroidery machine. have you had any problems with it? Are you able to take a picture from your computer and digitize it the machine to use?
User: esrun3
Member since: 12-02-2004
Total posts: 2345
From: lendube
Date: 08-11-2006, 05:00 PM (3 of 8)
Just happen to be online when I was notified of your post. Thanks.

No, I have not had any problems except for the operator type. I imagine all machines have their quirks but one thing on this machine had me pulling my hair out! My husband couldn't believe I hadn't thrown the thing out of the upstairs window onto our driveway! :mad:

The problem: I couldn't for the life of me get the design centered. On the computer it looked perfectly centered but when I tried to stitch it up it was off every time.

Seems basic, huh? I tried everything. I searched HELP till I was blue in the face. I called Husq. Viking themselves. I finally took the machine (after asking to no avail by phone) to the dealer and one of the ladies finally said, "OH, I remember on that machine the design centers on the lines BELOW the lines that look like the center." The center of the design was actually on the bottom 2/3's of the hoop!!! I went nuts with that one but the only fault was with the company's not making that clear in the paperwork.

No, I can't digitize unless I buy a digitizer for close to $1000.00 I was told. I already had to buy a reader/writer and program to go with the machine which was about $900.00. The program's terrific and serves all of my needs. I can import designs from the internet and modify/combine them if I want. I can do quite a bit of designing actually but haven't bothered extensively with that part of the program just yet.

The machine I have is an outdated model. It's about 10 years old and they have their new one out and it retails for about $7500. I got a super, super deal on mine (barely used) by a twist of fate. :bolt:

Bottom line: if you can get a good deal on this one, grab it. Everyone I've ever talked to with this machine loves it. I think the current "Blue Book" is about $2200.00

It's been my first emb. machine and I've had a blast with it. Any more questions, please ask. Lennie :bg:
User: lendube
Member since: 08-06-2006
Total posts: 1548
From: scjoan
Date: 08-16-2006, 09:57 AM (4 of 8)

I've had my 1+ for about 9 years, simply love it. I started out doing embroidery on this machine and it does beautiful work. It's a great machine for sewing too. It is one of the last machine made with metal parts, so things don't fall apart or break very easily. Alot of my friends who have purchased the Viking D1 or the new Viking SE, have kept their 1+ because it works better then anything else they have ever had. :bg:

One of you said something about digitizing. Chech out the program Embird. You can purchase it at, This is where I purchased it. You can do a trial with it for 30 day before you buy it to see if you like it. Marie there is wonderful in helping you purchase whatever you need. She also has a brand new forum that talks alot about machine embroidery and other related sewing topics. No I'm not affiliate with her, just like how helpful she is. Anyway, Basic Embird is $89 to start and can be used transfer any format of design to HUS which you can use. Going a little further into the program and purchasing other options will let you digitize, split designs, etc... :pc:

Back to the 1+. This little machine is a workhorse. :bg: I have sewn jeans, tents, lacie under garments, just about anything on this machine. I no longer use it for embroidery, as I wanted a bigger embroidery field. I looked at all in one machines like the 1+ is, so I could get a new sewing/embroidery machine, but in the end I purchased a Janome 300E a embroidery only machine, because I knew that none of the new machines could sew as good as my 1+.

I'll try to get mach here everyday for the next week or 2, so if you have any questions I can try to answer them.

User: scjoan
Member since: 05-13-2004
Total posts: 2
From: scotchbroad
Date: 09-06-2006, 09:37 AM (5 of 8)
I have the HUSQVARNA SE there newest one out, I have just done sewing with it, I have not done any embroidery with it yet, I also have the Husqvarna Rose embroidery machine, that is a nice machine as well.

Joyce. :Canada:
User: scotchbroad
Member since: 01-26-2006
Total posts: 7
From: DachsieMom
Date: 10-04-2006, 11:30 AM (6 of 8)
I have a HV Designer I and love it. I bought it in August 2004 primarily to make shirts and throws with my grandson's football team name, kickers, cheerleaders, footballs, whatever on them. Loved it. Then I went back to work and didn't get to do much. I have been off work since the end of April 2006 and have made lots of things using it. I have the 3D Professional Software too, so that makes it really nice to create the design on your computer and then stitch it out. I can't say I like the 'take a picture and digitize it'...on HV...The Auto Digitizing is no longer being supported by HV...they claim the 3D is excellent. I went for a demo this year and I brought a picture and said, ok, show me what this would look like...Sorry, not impressed with it. I don't have to stand back 10 feet when I look at other HV designs, I'm not looking at an oil painting..Other than that, I love the machine and the software.
User: DachsieMom
Member since: 10-02-2006
Total posts: 7
From: DachsieMom
Date: 10-31-2006, 09:47 AM (7 of 8)
Lyn, I saw your question and I have had my HV D#1 for about 2 year. I also bought the 3D Professional Software. I did take a picture and digitize it and finally decided to stitch it out on scrap material...Horrible. I asked the people at the HV sewing center where I had a demo on the SE and they told me that I would basically have to take the picture and do it manually. Then they said that HV had an auto digitizing program, for about $1000 but that HV wasn't supporting it anymore. I asked them to take a picture, I brought mine and they did. They told me "You have to step back to see it" it would come into focus if you would step you do with an oil painting. I wasn't impressed.

I'm going to check out what scjoan said about the Embrey software and see if that would do digitizing of a picture. All the other features on the 3D is fantastic. I can convert any format, split, edit, combine, change colors, thread, hoop sizes, etc and they work great and the 3D Professional cost me about $2000 and I believe it still goes for that amount.

Hope this helps.
User: DachsieMom
Member since: 10-02-2006
Total posts: 7
From: Tom Land
Date: 10-31-2006, 10:26 AM (8 of 8)
The only real complaint on the 1+ was that compared to most of the other brands at the time it was more difficult to learn. Once that hurdle was crossed most people loved the machine. This was the Swedes first attempt at a full blown sewing/embroidery machine. While the Europeans make by far the best machines they would sometimes forget how simple Americans like things. They have since started making things much more user friendly.
I have never seen a Photo Stitch program yet that I felt did a very good job. This is a complicated task. Give them a few more years. Actually, I think Sketch Artist does a better job on photos.
Have fun or don't do it, Tom
User: Tom Land
Member since: 09-21-2005
Total posts: 514
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