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Old 05-24-2011, 04:05 PM
 
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Husqvarna Viking Emerald 118 Sewing Machine

Rating: 4 out of 5
  • Currently 4.0/5.0

When it comes to sewing machines, Husqvarna Viking is the brand for me. After sadly leaving my first Viking machine in England after 20 years of reliable service, I longed for a replacement in the US. I have now had the Husqvarna Viking Emerald model 118 for a couple of years and am glad I maintained my loyalty with this Swedish brand.

The Emerald 118 is a machine designed for basic sewing needs, but it comes with one or two perks. 18 different stitches can be created from a combination of 70 stitch functions and the Emerald has a great slide-out sewing reference guide on the front of the machine that recommends the right presser foot, stitch length and width, thread tension and pressure for a range of stitches so you don't need to consult the instruction book when you're doing something a bit different.

To get started, there is an easy step-by-step process to threading and loading the spool. There is also a handy needle threader--which I find I need now I'm over 40--and a thread cutter, for when you can't place your hands on those scissors. The accompanying accessory kit contains eight different presser feet, spare spools and needles, a seam ripper and screw driver. These can be handily stored in the cubby inside the pull-out extension table.

When you need to change a presser foot, the one in use simply snaps off with a gentle pull toward you and the new one easily snaps back in place. Once the needle is lowered and the foot pedal pressed, the needle engages and sewing begins. I like the hand-controlled electric speed adjustment and I also like the useful seam guides on the needle plate.

The Emerald 118 has a manual and automatic buttonhole function, both of which are easy to use and there are special presser feet for zippers, blind hems, gathering and quilting. I like the modern slim-line foot pedal that is far less bulky than my old one, but I find the bobbin holder a bit flimsy. I also don't think the protective cover sits very well over the machine, but for the MSRP of $349, I really can't complain.

Review by professional reviewer, Oct. 2, 2010
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