“You are the sewing lady aren’t you?” said the UPS courier when he called this week. That was a surprise.
The Husqvarna Viking’s Designer Epic was launched last year but I wanted to wait and see how the embroidery world accepted it, watching the internet for comments and also letting it prove itself. When I was last at my wonderful dealers, Coles Sewing Centre, in Nottingham UK, I had seen the machine and was smitten as it had so many wonderful features that would benefit Graceful Embroidery. The best feature was the 10.24″ wide hoop and the responsive screen. My first concern was how much bigger the machine is to the Designer Royale and their other machines. It is an Epic machine in more than size.
Once out of the box, I had a little look on its first evening with me. There was no stitching as it was completely new, a very different experience entirely but I did wind a few of the nice large bobbins. (Shame they are blue, as I really do not like all the blue of this machine, and would have preferred green – LOL -don’t tell Husqvarna!) The Epic is really not like my other machines as when I first used them, I started sewing or embroidering getting used to the new features as I played. Before I turned it on my Epic I set up my Sewnet account and downloaded the app as instructed by the piece of paper under the footer. Then as soon as I turned it on it wanted to join my wireless network. I wondered if it would remember my password. This was exciting as this was quite revolutionary, no more cables and maybe less use of USB sticks? I logged into my new SewNet account which has its own cloud storage but it only has 100 MB’s of storage! Hope that will be increased as my average collection is around 12 MB’s, so hey I need much more than that Husqvarna. (Always keep your precious embroidery files on a cloud storage server so they cannot be lost)
The controls and layout are quite different. After looking at the machine and being a little confused I realised that with this machine you have to think tablet, so I determined to imagine that I had fixed my iPad to my machine next time I turned it on. Now I can imagine getting used to the machine would take longer if you are not used to tablets like iPads.
Bobbin winding was easy and I noticed that the bobbin area cover has a little button to release it. Here is the inside. I was not so successful with the automatic threading but I managed to get my Sensor Q foot ready for my first embroidery.
As I turned it off I was glad I still have my faithful Designer Royale which I could turn on quickly and use if my confusion lasted. It felt like it would take me a couple of days to fathom all the features of the Epic. Not having a stylus felt strange too but I use a Wacom bamboo stylus solo with a carbon fibre nib for my iPad and that worked perfectly on the Epic. In particular I loved the scrolling in and out of the loaded design, once I managed to get it loaded, as there is no delay. I knew after that first encounter that I was going to love my new machine dearly once I understood a little more about how to use it.
Now back to my UPS man who delivered my machine, as Coles Sewing Centre is based 150 miles away, he was very friendly and knew that I was a sewing lady, but he could not help me with my machine, so my suggestion is have a class at your dealer before taking this beast home if at all possible, especially if you struggle with new technology. More later.
Happy embroidering from Hazel