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Thread: FMQ on Husqvarna/Viking Designer SE

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    Senior Member qbquilts's Avatar
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    FMQ on Husqvarna/Viking Designer SE

    Does anyone have (or has had or uses) a Designer SE that could answer a few questions for me?

    My mom has one and I'm thinking it might be easier for me to do my FMQ on it than on mine since the throat space is bigger.

    Does it have a stitch regulator for FMQ? I know when I drill down in her quilting menu and get to the 1/4" seam option, there's two options for some type of FMQ, but I haven't used them yet. Do I need a darning foot (or other special foot) to use these? I can only try the FMQ on her machine if I don't have to get any other accessories and I'm not sure what she's got.

    Thanks for any help you can give!


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    Super Member KathyKat's Avatar
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    I don't have that Viking machine ( I have the Sapphire 875) but if she has a darning foot attachment, you can certainly use that. The two FMQ options I have on mine are FreeM Floating and FreeM Spring Action. If that's what is on her machine, choose the FreeM Floating with the darning foot. The FreeM spring Action is for the spring action FMQ foot that I purchased extra. Mine does not have a stitch regulator for FMQ but it has a speed control and that helps me a lot.Hope this info helps you!
    Kathleen, a lass with a bit of the Irish in her blood and a whole lot of Irish in her heart

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    Power Poster PaperPrincess's Avatar
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    I do it all the time. Do you have the manual? There's a setting you need to choose (not near my machine to look) and I want to say the stitch on the "V" menu... I got the hopping foot which I love, but there is a clear darning foot that comes with the machine. There is no built in stitch regulator, but after some practice your machine speed and hand motion will coordinate. I never have had any problem with the tension, just left it at the regular setting for wovens.
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    My D1 free motions pretty well IF I stick to cotton threads. It will not take any kind of specialty thread and behave itself. I have heard this about SE's as well although some ladies seem to do fine with them. Make up some practice sandwiches, and go over and play! The Yahoo group for this machine should be helpful as well.


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    I don't have that Viking but I do have 3 different ones and they ALL come with a FMQ (darning) foot. I'm sure hers would too. When I am interested in what I can get for any of my machines I go to Vikings web site and they have a PDF book with all of the attachments and what machines take them. Her machine might show up under the machines and give you more info on what it does as well. The only other suggestion is that if you have a dealer close to you is to call them. They have all of the info on hand; not sure where you are or I'd give you my dealer/LQS name to call. Good luck.

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