The Husqvarna Viking 690Q has so many features – it would be easy to get overwhelmed. I’m happy to say that if you just want to sew – it’s easy. Just turn it on, add your 1/4″ piecing foot and sew. Leave all the fancy stuff for another day when you’re more comfortable with the machine.
Let’s have a look at how easy it is to get sewing: more brilliant features.
Let there be light!
1/4″ Seam Allowance
There are several ways to set up the Opal 690Q for the 1/4″ seam allowance.
Now, you’re NOT allowed to laugh at me, but I always thought that a couple of the stitches on most machines were a form of applique stitch including a SLANT blanket stitch although, why you would want a slant was beyond me.
However AFTER reading the manual – I learned that these stitches are in fact overcast stitches. AHA. I told you that I’ve been learning a lot by reading the manual.
OK – so I do NOT need a serger to finish the edges of clothing or fabric that frays a lot. I must admit that I didn’t know how to do this. A quick visual in the User’s Guide and oh…this is going to be easy.
Reading the manual makes me laugh. It reminds me of getting a new cell phone – we tend to just scratch the surface of what our devices can actually do. Since we tend to keep a sewing machine longer than a cell phone – I highly recommend reading the manual.
Sometimes the biggest issue is NOT knowing the capabilities of our sewing machines.
Buttons and buttonholes
The Extension Table
Although I did admire the design and shape of the Extension Table when I set up the Opal 690Q, I did NOT appreciate it until I started to sew. The curve on the front of the table is a BRILLIANT design. Your hands sit so comfortable on the table, there’s no sharp edge to dig into your wrists. And imagine what it’ll be like to sew or quilt something large. There’s NO danger that those items are going to be hampered by drag as the edge of the extension table is so smooth – the items will just glide over the curved edges.
Kudos to the designers for this ingenious touch!
The Husqvarna Viking Opal 690Q is a sewing machine that’s rich with amazing time saving and safety conscious features. In addition, the design elements show that much thought went into how we actually sew. These new design elements and features will make sewing more comfortable and rewarding. Sewing: more brilliant features!
You won’t be disappointed. Tomorrow, I’ll show you my favorite applique stitches.
Have a great day!