I’m back! And I’m so excited to share another fantastic sewing machine this week. It’s all about the Husqvarna Viking Tribute 150C.
Did you know the company started in a town called Huskvarna, Sweden? And that it was a royal arms factory? Two centuries later, it turned its resources to manufacturing sewing machines. I didn’t know that!
And now, the Husqvarna Viking sewing machine family is 150 years old! That’s impressive, and we’ve seen tremendous changes over the years. I feel great pride in the Husqvarna Viking brand and know that to have been around this long, there are teams of brilliant engineers behind the scenes who continue to design and build quality machines with the features we love and use!
The design team still works in Sweden (wouldn’t it be fun to check that out?), and with the help of sewists worldwide, continue to bring innovative products to us!
Who should look at the Tribute 150C sewing machine? If you’re looking for a great sewing machine for a brand new sewist or a second machine to take to sewing retreats or classes with a reasonable price point, this is one to consider.
Buying a sewing machine for a new sewist is tough. How much should you spend, and where should you buy the sewing machine? If you purchase an inexpensive machine online with zero support, you may be extremely frustrated as you will have no one to turn to, to get help.
However, if you buy a more expensive sewing machine from a dealer, you’ll get support, which is crucial to properly learning how to use the sewing machine. I get asked what sewing machine I recommend, and my first response is to look at the available support in your area.
If you follow me on QUILTsocial, you know I’ve reviewed many sewing and embroidery machines and often work on top-of-the-line machines. I decided to put this sewing machine to the test and worked on various projects as if this were my only machine. You’ll be hearing all about my adventures as the week progresses.
Did you notice the color of this new sewing machine? It’s green and do you know why? It’s reminiscent of the Husqvarna Viking sewing machine released in 1953. How cool is that? Most sewing machines were initially black but switched to green around 1947.
Check out the timeline of Husqvarna Viking – it’s fascinating to see the progress through the years.
It’s interesting to look at the first sewing machine introduced in 1872 and ask ourselves how the world of sewing machines has changed. While the essential functions of a sewing machine haven’t changed a lot, we have many new features that make sewing pleasurable, easier, and faster than ever before.
One of the significant changes was the introduction of the motor in 1934. Then in 1979, the introduction of the computerized sewing machine revolutionized how we sew and what we can do with the sewing machine.
Today, we’ll look at what comes with the Tribute 150C.
One of the first things you notice when you unbox this machine is that it has no hardcover. WAIT – some people like the hardcovers, but seriously, how often do you use them? Most of my sewing machines are in constant use, so they are not covered, although they should be. And I find the hardcovers are bulky and hard to store.
The Tribute 150C comes with a soft cover, meaning I could put it on the sewing machine at night to keep the dust off of it. I love this idea and wish I had soft covers for all my sewing machines. OK – so I should get busy and make some. You would be shocked at how much lint collects in your sewing room!
The soft cover is convenient for transporting the machine to a retreat or class. I don’t have the travel case, which takes up a lot of room in my small car. And I rarely use the hard case to transport my sewing machines, as it also takes up a lot of space.
However, you want to protect the screens, so you don’t get scratches on them, and the soft cover is perfect. It’s super easy to tuck this small machine into the car along with your projects and be off to retreat or sewing day.
Do I love the softcover? You bet! Protection without the bulk. Now – a word of caution when transporting your sewing machine. Make sure it’s secured in the car – I don’t mean that you strap it down, although you could. But make sure the machine doesn’t tip over when you turn a corner. Tipping over in the car would be bad, even with a hard case. And make sure to position the machine, so it doesn’t get damaged by other objects. I often pack the machine between my soft project bags or invest in a travel bag.
There’s a flap at the top so you can easily access the handle, and the flap helps keep the dust out of the machine if it’s sitting. You can tell that thought went into the design to make this soft cover practical and functional.
Of course, there’s the User’s guide. It’s not huge, but it has all the information you need to start. If you’re new to sewing or need a refresher, it’s always a good idea to check the User’s Guide! I’ve mentioned before that even after sewing for many years, I’ve learned a lot from reading it.
Please do yourself a favor and read through it; check out the list of included accessories and the outline of the stitches in the A Menu. You don’t need to read it all at once but set aside a couple of hours here and there. Understanding the features and how to use them will ensure you get the most from this fantastic sewing machine.
There’s an accessory box at the back of the sewing machine where you can put all the included accessories. Again, if you read the User’s Guide and identify each of the accessories, you’ll be more innovative. I still hear from people who never knew what certain accessories were, nor did they know how to use them. If they’d read the User’s Guide, they’d know this information!
Speaking of accessories, here’s the bag with all the accessories. There are several different-sized spool caps, a Sensor One-Step Buttonhole Foot, six other presser feet, and other accessories, so you have everything you need to get started.
The one thing I’ll say about these accessories is that they are of good quality. Again, this goes back to having the right tools to do the job. If the tools you get aren’t great, your results may not be so good.
It doesn’t matter what kind of a sewist you are – quilter, garment, home dec – those six included presser feet allow you to sew seams, make buttonholes, insert zippers, blind hem a garment, use decorative stitches and more.
But as a bonus, the Tribute 150C has a pack of five additional presser feet. OH – I love extras, and these extra feet are five of the most popular feet purchased. They come in a nice little box, perfect for storage.
What? Do you want to know which feet are in the bonus box? Can you guess some of them? Do you recognize some of them?
Here’s a close-up of the feet. There’s an Invisible Zipper Foot, The Open Toe Applique Foot, the Clear Piping Foot, the Adjustable ¼” Piecing Foot, and the Edge/Joining Foot. WOW – that’s a bonus, alright – I love those feet. OK – I haven’t used an invisible zipper foot much. But the rest of them – yep – I love them all.
I’ve decided not to do a specific project but instead will be substituting the Tribute 150C for my regular machine to see how it stacks up.
Be sure to come back tomorrow as I’ll show you the features of the Tribute 150C. Then we’ll get into piecing and applique!
Have a great day!