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Thread: Viking Designer 1 Embroidery Machine accessories

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    Viking Designer 1 Embroidery Machine accessories

    I have the embroidery bed and a tote full of hoops and about everything else to do with the Viking embroidery machine. I never use the accessories and am wondering if there would be a market for the embroidery bed and all accessories or should I just keep them stored. I love the machine and use it all the time for regular sewing and do not want to get rid of it. I am needing a little advice. Thank you for any suggestions......

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    Unless you have the dongle and software to transfer your designs or are willing to spend the money for the design cards (to transfer your designs you will need floppy disks which are very hard to get, plus a computer that has the old technology (like XP or maybe Vista to run the software and has a floppy slot) If you have all those things then I would say keep it as maybe you would want to try embroidery since you have the accessories anyway.

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    I also have this machine from back in 2000. Have most all the feet too. I use it for piecing and basic sewing only these days as I have another embroidery machine. I love my machine but the touch screen is starting to give me fits and I know it won't be a cheap fix. Been wondering if there is another machine in the Viking family that takes the same feet when this one takes a nose dive on me or do I just sale all the good parts such as embroidery unit and feet. Will be watching what folks say.

    Also I use Embird to transfer my designs onto floppies for when I do/did use it for embroidery. Have lots of floppies just for that purpose. Plus have a external floppy drive I got with my other embroidery machine though it takes a USB drive. Yes, floppy drives are hard to come by these days.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Snooze2978 View Post
    I also have this machine from back in 2000. Have most all the feet too. I use it for piecing and basic sewing only these days as I have another embroidery machine. I love my machine but the touch screen is starting to give me fits and I know it won't be a cheap fix. Been wondering if there is another machine in the Viking family that takes the same feet when this one takes a nose dive on me or do I just sale all the good parts such as embroidery unit and feet. Will be watching what folks say.

    Also I use Embird to transfer my designs onto floppies for when I do/did use it for embroidery. Have lots of floppies just for that purpose. Plus have a external floppy drive I got with my other embroidery machine though it takes a USB drive. Yes, floppy drives are hard to come by these days.
    This one I can answer, yes, they use the same feet. I have a Viking #1 and my Diamond Deluxe and my Ruby could use all of the feet. The only foot different is the walking foot, I think. I went top of the line and bought the newest walking foot. There may also be some hoops that can be used.

    As far as the Designer 1, there are lots of people using them still. My Viking teacher says even her mom won't give hers up. So if your emb part is still good you may be able to find someone that theirs may have worn out to buy it. You could also contact a Viking dealer and find out what other machines the hoops go with.
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    I also have a D1 and a Diamond Deluxe. The feet are interchangeable..

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    I have the D1 and the Ruby Deluxe and use them both for embroidery and sewing. If the Ruby is doing an embroidery, then I will sew on the D1. Both great machines. My D1 will have to croak for me to give it up!! I would sell the embroidery unit if I never would intend to use it. Embrillance is a good embroidery program and you can save your designs to the floppys with it and it isn't terribly expensive like the 6D I have. The feet are interchangeable.
    Last edited by quiltjoey; 12-07-2014 at 07:02 PM.

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    I'm glad to know that the feet will work with other Viking machines but hoping they will work on a non-embroidery Viking as if and when I have to replace my D1 I'd like to just get a regular sewing machine for my piecing work. I have a ton of the special feet too, most I've never used including the walking foot.
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    I have a 1990 White computerized sewing only machine that was manufactured by Husqvarna and I use the feet from my Designer 1 on it.

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    This is great to know as I'm looking into buying a sewing only machine next time for piecing. Can't see buying a machine with so many bells and whistles if I'm not going to use them but hate to see all the feet I do have go to waste and trying to sell them is a waste of time unless I can find someone that will buy them such as the walking foot. Don't think I ever used it and I now have a quilt machine so its just collecting dust.
    Suz in Iowa
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