Today we’re going to have a look at some of the embroidery stitches: let’s get FANCY on the Husqvarna Viking Opal 690Q. There are so many stitches and options within each stitch – the potential of the sewing machine is endless.
If you’re doing decorative stitching, this is one place where you can really get full use of those features on the function panel. I placed the fabric underneath the presser foot. Then using the Sensor Foot Down/Pivot Position button, I was able to ensure the presser foot was where I wanted it to be before I started stitching.
Then instead of using the foot pedal, I used the large Start/Stop button to start sewing. I simply had to hit the STOP button and the Opal 690Q completed the stitch unit. The threads were tied off and I used the scissors to cut the threads which were brought to the under side of the work.
Just a word of caution – if you are using the Start/Stop button for this kind of work – you’ll have to reduce the speed by several levels in order for the sewing machine to stitch properly. .
I would liken using the functions on the Husqvarna Viking Opal 690Q to using speed control in a car. Once things were set up, I basically had to steer the fabric and hit stop when I was done.
The best part – there isn’t really a learning curve. The biggest problem is knowing that the features exist which you can get by reading the user’s guide.
Everything is easy to do – once you know the feature is there!
Mirror mirror on the wall………….
Another option is to mirror the stitches. You can either mirror the stitches side to side or end to end.
This option opens up a whole realm of possibilities. You don’t need to manipulate your fabric in order to get the stitches in the direction you want. Plus you can stitch symmetrical designs by mirroring the stitch position.
AND you get to see everything on the screen BEFORE you start stitching which helps to reduce errors.
I have a great project lined up for next time I’m the guest blogger and the bicycle stitch gives me an idea.
We’re going to make our own decorative trim that we can use in that project. I’m going to make a small ribbon tag. Look at the decorative stitches available on your machine or if you have an alphabet – you could stitch out your initials and make a small personal ribbon tag to insert into your finished projects.
When I made the first tag, I used the Start/Stop button and let the machine stitch out one bicycle. As it started the second bicycle, I hit the STOP button. Once the machine had fully stitched out the second bicycle, the thread ends were tied off and the thread was cut using the scissors. The end result is the top tag.
Then I thought – I could use the mirror feature and reverse the direction of the second bicycle. I used the Start/Stop button and then hit the STOP button. The Opal 690Q stitched out the first bicycle and then stopped. I hit the Mirror End to End to reverse the direction of the bicycle. Then I hit Start/Stop again. Once the machine started to stitch, I hit the STOP button. Again the sewing machine stitched the complete bicycle and then stopped.
Now – if I were going to do many or even several of those tags – I could PROGRAM all those steps into the sewing machine. Then I would just have to hit Start and the machine would do the entire stitch out on its own. Brilliant!
The more you stitch and become familiar with the capabilities of the Opal 690Q, the more the ideas come. The Husqvarna Viking Opal 690Q offers the sewist endless possibilities and the only limitation is going to be your imagination.
I hope you enjoyed my tour of the Husqvarna Viking Opal 690Q, especially embroidery stitches: let’s get fancy! I thoroughly enjoyed sharing its many features with you. I’ll be back in a couple of weeks with a great project and MORE features of the Opal 690Q.
Have a great day!
I have been going back and fourth between this machine and the 670 but now after reading this review, I will be settling on this one. I can’t wait to get my new machine!
RAchel – let us know when you get your new machine. Better yet – send us a project that you made with it! I’d love to post a picture on the blog. Elaine