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Top TEN reasons why I love the Husqvarna Viking Opal 690Q

After spending a lot of time with the Husqvarna Viking Opal 690Q, it was hard to choose just ten reasons why I love this sewing machine. Can you guess which one is my Number One?

Number Ten – Programming your own stitches

The ability to program and save my own stitch combinations or settings is awesome.

Let’s say that my favorite width of satin stitch isn’t one of the built-in ones – then I can create my own with my personal preference for width and length.

If I want to make a signature tag for all my projects – there’s no need to make hundreds at once. The stitch will be in ‘My Favorites’ menu, ready for me to stitch up the tags when I need them.

Don’t like the settings for the 1/4″ seam allowance?  – Create your own…

The possibilities with this feature are endless.

The settings for my personalized tag are saved in My Favorites menu
The settings for my personalized tag are saved in My Favorites menu

 

 

 

Number Nine – Ability to customize the sewing machine settings

I love the fact that I can change the way the functions work. So nice to know that I can put on the single hole throat plate or use a single hole presser foot and if I change the stitch, the sewing machine will remind me that I will have to make some changes. I can have the FIX, Thread Cutter and Sensor foot on automatic or I can use them manually should I choose.  There are times when you absolutely want these features turned on and others when it is best if the functions are done manually. Nice that we have the choice.

Page One of the SET menu
Page One of the SET menu

 

 

 

More options within the SET menu
More options within the SET menu

 

 

 

Number Eight – TouchScreen with the stylus

The TouchScreen is amazing. I love being able to see my stitches before I stitch them out. The TouchScreen is clear and responsive. I like the fact that while there are many stitches, options and settings in the machine, they’re all nicely tucked into their appropriate menus. This allows me to focus on only the function that I want. I’m not overwhelmed by a lot of choices at any given time.

The stylus is easy to use and in a very handy location.

Clear, easy to read TouchScreen
Clear, easy to read TouchScreen

 

 

Stylus conveniently located to the immediate right of the TouchScreen
Stylus conveniently located to the immediate right of the TouchScreen

 

 

Number Seven – Easy learning curve

The Opal 690Q is an easy machine to learn.  And if you are anxious to get quilting or sewing, you can take it out of the box, plug it in and start to sew. Check that stitch width though!  I would recommend spending some time with the manual so that you can appreciate ALL the features that this machine has. But none of them are complicated.

Number Six – Over 200 built-in stitches

That is a HUGE amount of stitches. While you would think that many stitches would be overwhelming, they are nicely organized into FOUR menu groups according to their purpose. The fact that each stitch can be adjusted by changing the length and the width means you have a LOT more than 200 stitches. The possibilities are endless and I would strongly suggest that you pick a couple and play with them.

The stitches are shown in the four menu groups on the inside of the pop up lid.The stitches are shown in the four menu groups on the inside of the pop up lid.
The stitches are shown in the four menu groups on the inside of the pop up lid.

 

 

 

A peek at a few of the built-in stitches in their respective four menu groups
A peek at a few of the built-in stitches in their respective four menu groups

 

 

 

Number Five: STOP function

While I greatly appreciate all the functions in the Function Panel, I love the STOP function.

When you’re sewing decorative stitches and want to completely conclude that stitch or you want to just stitch out ONE unit of a stitch, the STOP function takes all the guess work out of the job. The sewing machine then ties off the thread.

That is a hard one to beat!

The Function Panel
The Function Panel

 

 

 

Number Four: The Extension Table

What can I say – the curve of the Extension Table is gorgeous. The fact that your arms just sit on that table without the least hint of strain or stress makes me think that the Husqvarna design team spent a lot of time thinking about this element. For someone who spends a lot of time at the sewing machine, this small detail is HUGE.

The curve will also eliminate any drag when you are sewing big pieces together – like the backing of a quilt and when it comes to quilting a quilt? This is just a brilliant design.

The elegant line of the Extension Table
The elegant line of the Extension Table

 

 

 

See how nice you hands sit on this table. Yes - it really is as comfortable as it looks.
See how nice you hands sit on this table. Yes – it really is as comfortable as it looks.

 

 

 

Number Three – Exclusive SEWING ADVISOR

Imagine having someone setting up your sewing machine every time you start something new?  Yes – it doesn’t get better than that. You simply input the type of fabric you’re using and the style of stitching you’re undertaking and the Husqvarna Viking Opal 690Q takes care of the stitch length, the presser foot pressure, the tension and a whole lot more.

Yes – you can override any or all of those settings if you choose.

Highlight the type of fabric and the weight that you are about to sew.
Highlight the type of fabric and the weight that you are about to sew.

 

 

 

Choose the type of stitching that you are going to do.
Choose the type of stitching that you are going to do.

 

 

 

Number Two – Needle Stop Up/Down

This is another function on the Functions Panel that I just love. When this function is engaged, the sewing machine will stop sewing. The needle will stop in the fabric. This is an absolute when you’re doing applique or quilting. If you need to take a break, the needle will hold the fabric in place until you can continue. In conjunction with the Sensor Foot, this combination is brilliant.

The Functions Panel showing the Needle Stop Up/Down just to the left of the Speed control
The Functions Panel showing the Needle Stop Up/Down just to the left of the Speed control

 

 

 

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…And the Number One reason why I love the Husqvarna Viking Opal 690Q – did you guess?

Number One – SENSOR FOOT

Yes I love the SENSOR FOOT so much that I would NEVER consider purchasing my main sewing machine without this feature.

The Sensor Foot provides hands (and knee or foot) free control of the presser foot. This feature has FOUR positions for the presser foot and each of them is easily reached by using tapping the foot pedal, using the controls on the Functions Panel OR setting them for automatic pivot while you sew!

Not only is this feature a MUST for applique, but when you’re piecing, the sewing machine will stop and the press foot will raise up slightly – just enough for you to tuck the next piece under the presser foot without having to lift the presser foot and without having your fabric shift.

This feature is a definite deal breaker for me. To buy a sewing machine without the Sensor Foot is like buying a car without a steering wheel. 

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If you weren’t convinced that the Husqvarna Viking Opal 690Q is an awesome sewing machine before… you should be by now. I hope you’ve enjoyed counting down the top ten reasons why I love the Husqvarna Viking Opal 690Q.

I can’t think of anything that’s missing. The Opal 690Q will meet the needs of the new and experienced sewist. It provides room to grow and the endless possibilities – you’ll never tire of finding something to sew.

Have a great day!

 

Ciao!

Elaine Theriault is a teacher, writer and pattern designer who is completely obsessed with quilting. Elaine’s Tech Tips column (originally published in A Needle Pulling Thread magazine) is now available online in e-book format at QUILTsocial.com. When not quilting, she enjoys spending time with her two dogs, Lexi and Murphy, or can be found cycling across the country. Her blog is crazyquilteronabike.blogspot.com.

15 Comments

  1. Sue

    Im looking at the Saphhire 965Q and the Opal 960Q I dont need all the fancy stitches or the ten inch throat really but there does seem more on the sapphire would you say there is a fast difference between the two of them , I cant see a lot just the size. Love your reviews

    • Hi Sue
      Good question. The Opal is a lighter (weight) machine if you will be transporting it a lot. Many people who chose between the two that chose the Sapphire were glad they did as they appreciated the space even for piecing. I would also get the feature list of both from Husqvarna web site and go through it line by line to compare. I think it boils down to weight, throat size and money.

  2. Shelley Troupe

    Dear Elaine,
    Spologies if this is a duplicate post. Do you know the approximate weight of the HV690Q? I’d like to know if it is light enough to take to classes.
    Thanks very much, Shelley

    • Shelley – sorry – your e-mail got lost in cyber space and only now coming to my attention. I know what you mean about the weight of the HV MegaQuilter. Nice machine – very heavy and not really practical for workshops. While I don’t have the exact weight of the 690Q, it definitely is a manageable sewing machine to take to class. Some of the ladies in my weekly sewing group have this sewing machine and they have no issues to carry the sewing machine from the car to the sewing room. Good luck and hope this information arrived in time to help you. Thanks for following QUILTSocial. Elaine

  3. Shelley Troupe

    HI Elaine,

    I have a HV MegaQuilter, but it is SO heavy and only does straight stitches. The 690Q is currently on sale for half price, and I’m thinking of buying it. I can’t find any information on the weight of the machine in the online user’s manual, and I would like to know if is light enough to take to classes. Any information you can provide would be appreciated.

    Thanks a million, Shelley

  4. Helene

    Hi!

    Thank your so much for writing this review! I have just ordered this machine myself and have a question I hope you could answer.

    Does this machine require a walking foot for feeding multiple layers of fabric? Or is it capable of doing this well due to the sensor foot?

    Thanks for a great post!

    • Helene
      Thanks so much for the great feedback. You are going to love your new sewing machine. If you are going to be quilting (3 layers), I would recommend that you buy the walking foot as well. It will help to keep the quilt top and back from shifting out of place during the quilting process.
      Enjoy your new machine and send us some pictures of your creations. Thanks for following QUILTSocial.
      Elaine

  5. Renée

    Great posts about the 690. I want one now!
    Do you know if the the 690 could use feet from a Juki machine? I’m thinking of making a switch, but I have so many feet for the HZL300. Thanks!

    • Woo good question. I know what you mean about having all those sewing feet and accessories, it’s hard to part with and you would want to reuse these. Personally, it never hurts to explore and try it. Otherwise, ask your dealer when test driving the sewing machine.

    • Renee – The presser feet are interchangeable between different models of the SAME brand, but not interchangeable between different BRANDS. So Juki feet won’t work on Husqvarna and vice versa. So sorry – I know it is hard to switch when one has an investment in presser feet. Evaluate how many of those presser feet you actually use and would have to replace if you purchased the 690. You should be able to sell the Juki presser feet. Let us know how it works out. And thanks for following QUILTSocial. Elaine

  6. Kelly Otto

    I read this review and purchased the machine with the extension table ( I agree a must) I came from another brand of machine and there is truly no comparison. Love how the foot just sets itself down and takes off. Also being able to adjust the needle to a true 1/4 from how I personally sew and saving that to memory. I am looking forward to hours of sewing.

  7. Staci

    Thank you for your review. I wasn’t even really interested in a new sewing machine until reading this review and learning about all the things a sewing machine can do. Thank you so much. I have ordered this very machine and am looking forward to receiving it. I have just one question, where did you find the extension table. I looked on the Husqvarna website, but I don’t see it listed as one of the accessories. Thank you again for the awesome review.

    Staci

    • Staci
      I’m so excited for you. You are going to love the Opal 960Q. Make sure you explore all the functions and let your creativity go wild. As for the extension table, here is the link to the table. http://www.husqvarnaviking.com/en-CA/Accessories/Extension-Table-with-Adjustable-Guide-en. If that link doesn’t work, search Husqvarna Viking Extension Table, it should pop up. The extension table works for many of the Husqvarna Viking sewing machines so don’t be alarmed when you see the table (on the link) is hooked up to a different sewing machine.
      Enjoy your new sewing machine. Send us a photo of some of your projects.
      Have a great day!

  8. Rachel Hanig

    Thank you for the reviews, I am now very eager to buy this machine for myself.

    • Rachel – thank you so much for your comment. Hope you had a chance to have a better look at the Husqvarna Viking Opal 960Q. I’d love to see some photos of something you’ve created. Have a great day! Elaine

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