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!
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.
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.