My New Viking Designer Ruby Royale!


I added a new-to-me (previously loved) Husqvarna Viking Designer Ruby Royale to my collection this past week. I had been dreaming of adding a second machine to my creative workflow for quite some time.  It always seemed that when my Designer Ruby was stitching, I wanted to be doing stitching on another portion of the project. Now that I have two machines, I can do just that!

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Husqvarna Viking Designer Ruby Royale
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Sewing on the Designer Ruby while the Designer Ruby Royale is embroidering! This is happiness. Yes.
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Designer Ruby (left) and Designer Ruby Royale (right).

At first I was worried about the machine; it was breaking thread left and right! Very frustrating. I kept at it, learning about threading techniques based on the spool orientation, but still had problems. I learned about the thread portioning tension (the deLuxe stitch system) and experimented with that (see the Twisted Tree below), but still had problems with the thread breaking. Slightly troubled, I went to sleep and planned to address the issue the next day. Starting fresh, I decided to put in another new needle. As I removed the old one and inspected it, I discovered that it had a burr in the eye! Indeed, all the problems from the day before were due to a bad needle (which was new). With a fresh and slick needle newly installed, I had no more troubles! Stitched like a dream.

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Twisted Tree on the left was stitched using Ruby Original. The Tree on the right is after I decreased thread portioning tension in Ruby Royale (aka Ruby 2). It ended up bulkier, but looked very nice.
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With a lower thread portioning tension, the thread didn’t get buried in the fabric, rather it sat on top quite elegantly.
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Miniature Free-standing Lace Christmas Charms — one of the first designs I stitched out with my new Ruby Royale. I am fairly sure that the machine accomplishes 3 stitches before my brain even registers one. No kidding, it’s that fast. Advertisements boasted that it sews 20% faster, and I will confirm that (I stitched a free-standing lace doily that took Ruby Original 5 hours, and Ruby 2 did it in less than 4 hours).

Overall, I’m super pleased with my new embroidery machine. Stitches beautifully, even on super warp speed! Next up, I’ll show some details on the dimensional stitches, a new feature with this machine.

  • Stephanie
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