Discussing machine embroidery

An update on my Epic 2

My Husqvarna Epic 2 has been keeping me busy for well over a year now, which is probably why I have not got around to sharing my opinions and experiences on this machine. Firstly I have to say that it is true to its name: EPIC!

I do actually have my original Epic too but I prefer the newer machine, and not just because of its wonderful colors.

I have not been very imaginative in naming my Epics, as my first Epic is called Graceful!! As I sit between them both, writing this blog, I can think of nothing that really disappoints me in my Epic 2. It has faithfully kept embroidering throughout lock down without a service. Although I do treat it with extra care by doing my regular Monday maintenance programme.

To keep it running smoothly I find that turning off the trim function prevents threads from accumulating in the bobbin area when they are cut.

Pushing this little bar over can reveal extras threads which are not always visible. BUT if you do this be sure to push it back again. As well as a brush to clean out the bobbin area I also use pipe cleaners to make sure everything is lint free. Although you may have a time like I do on Monday mornings to clean your machine ready for the weeks embroidery, you also need to be aware of the type of embroidery projects you have been working on. Some fabrics like felt and batting can cause extra fluff and lint to collect in the bobbin area. Some threads, like cotton and wool ones that you use will also do this. I always do this check after using metallic thread too.

I change my needle VERY frequently. Please do not be tempted to use a needle for too long! My theory is that considering the price I paid for my machine it requires the very best in nice sharp needles and quality threads. My favourite thread continues to be Sulky Rayon 40 wt. I have sourced Schmetz top stitch needles in little boxes of 100’s which works out very economical. I love large cones of my favourite Sulky Rayon for my machines as they work out much cheaper too.

Every day when I turn on my Epic 2 this laser light welcomes me and reminds me of all the amazing functions that I have in this incredible machine. Many of which I have yet to use!

I have no regrets that I opted for the default colour scheme as I adore the rose gold of my machine. The screen is SO responsive and a delight to work with. It really is like having an iPad incorporated into your machine. I confess that due to the amount of work I do on my Epics I do not cover them but they get a regular dusting. At least one of them gets turned on most days.

Now if you ask me what I love the most about this machine I could not say just find one special feature that stands out above the rest. My favourite hoop is the 260 x 260 but I am able to use that on both my machines, so it is not an Epic 2 exclusive. When I first started machine embroidery on my Husqvarna Designer 1 I loved the 360 x 150 hoop that had 3 positions. I love that hoops are nearly as wide as they are deep, so that embroidery designs do not have to be so rectangular now. What a long way embroidery machines have come. (By the way the fabric behind my 260 x 260 hoop is the fabric block from Cassandra’s White work, but it was not stitched out in this hoop.)

That was stitched out on the mighty 360 x 200 hoop and the beginning can be seen here. Those who are not familiar with this superb embroidery machine may cringe at its price, but I honestly believe that it is worth every penny. ( Sorry I live in the UK) It graces my embroidery studio and looks great even when it is not embroidering. The lines and colours still bring a HUGE smile to my face and I believe that I am very privileged to own such an enormous treasure which enhances my love and passion for machine embroidery.

I tend to use both Vp3 and Vp4 format designs for my embroidering. I need to do more research into the difference. One thing I would say is that you need to be careful how you transfer your designs to your machine. Exporting them never sends up error messages like saving them does. I think some properties are lost. The wireless connection to MySewNet is not that good here in the UK so I often cannot export to the cloud on my machine but this is not the fault of the machine. Hopefully once the new cloud based software is rolled out here in the UK I will be able to of this all the time. I have a couple of USB sticks for the transfer of designs.

I tend to use my first Epic for ordinary sewing so I confess that I have not sewn on the Epic 2 very much except when I want to take advantage of that laser guide. Never being that accurate at sewing “straight” lines this feature is incredible and has solved my problem.

I wonder sometimes when I am in day-dreaming mode, what those marvelous people at Husqvarna are designing to replace the Epics. Just finding a better name for any future machine will be a big challenge for them, let alone more wonderful features. I cannot imagine a realistic improvement on this machine. Well that’s altogether true, bigger hoops are always welcome here. LOL!

Happy embroidering from Hazel

5 thoughts on “An update on my Epic 2

  1. It does look a wonderful machine. I hope eventually to upgrade on my pfaff but had ruled out HV and Pfaff but maybe I will rethink

  2. Hi Hazel – the VP4 format is not a better/ newer format for stitching. VP4 contains design information to make it easier to edit and change the design. So, if you did something with words or lettering and have the VP4 file you can go in and change to a different font easily with no re-typing or change some of wording right in the software lettering box. You machine doesn’t care about that extra info, it only wants the stitch file. So your machine basically has to ignore the extra commands. The software team in England did recommend that people be in the habit of exporting to VP3, although the VP4 doesn’t hurt anything for machines that can do the extra work of ignoring all that extra information. Unfortunately it’s one of those bits of info that have not filtered down to dealers or all the tech support. ( I’m one of the folks who test the software for the company).

  3. Lovely to read about other machines. I have a Husqvarna Designer SE LE ll which eats money. Nice to know other machines by Viking have a better reputation. The background shots show your lovely studio. I wish!

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