Excellent Basic Machine
I have had my machine for over 20 years and it is still going strong. I have made clothes, doll clothes, home accessories and quilt tops and have never had a problem. I would strongly recommend this machine to someone that does not want a lot of bells and whistles.
Sounds powerful, but won’t sew over 2 seams. And reverse munches fabric
I’m frustrated with my new machine. If it can’t sew through two seams (as any machine must), what good is it? Never had this problem with the machine before. Even my mothers ancient little black singer could go through two seams. And why when I back stitch at the end of a seam does it munch the fabric? It should back stitch just fine. It seems like the sea dog isn’t high enough to move the fabric freely.
Purchased in for $500.
would like to throw it out the window
I expected this to be a wonderful workhorse. I use it everyday on cotton medium weight fabric. I don't do anything fancy. It stalls at every little bump (i.e seam underneath, etc) I either have to pull it thru or push it thru or hand step each stitch over the bump, and then it buggers up the sewing. I have tried adjusting the foot and everything else but nothing helps. never have had this problem with any of the machines I bought at goodwill for $25. the cost to have it serviced is nearly as much as the machine cost to start with. my work is beginning to look very non professional and downright juvenile. sorry to say finally getting a Husqvarna viking, 'cause I am so worth it, didn't work out for me. m
Purchased in for $399.
very good service
I've had this sewing machine for over 5 years now. Excellent for doing household sewing & alterations. Never once failed. Sometimes the thread gets jammed in the bobbin, but thats if you dont get thread tension & stitch width right . Other than that works beautifully. Good for beginners too due to slow medium & fast switch features.
Purchased in .
Great for beginners, NOT a work horse
I make Dog collars and leashes, Kennel Tags, Kennel Covers, and bags. I sew 3-5 times a week, with several layers of cotton, silk, and heavy polypropylene. My machine worked for a number of years before starting to have the same problems others have mentioned. The wheel would not turn. I took it into to be worked on and a year later the same problem. Now it's every 6months, time for a new machine.
Second machine same problem
I use my Emerald 116 4-5 days a week on quilting cotton fabric.
This is the second 116 I owned that has had the same problem with the wheel seizing up. It just won't turn. This one is less than 1 year old. I always used Husqvarna. I am so disappointed.
Froze up, cannot turn wheel
This will be the second time that I had to bring sewing machine in to be repaired, because of freezing up. Can't move the wheel. I was told that my Viking machine doesn't need to be oiled. When I pick my machine up this time I'll asks more questions, to see if I can fix the problem next time it freezes on me. Also is there a trouble shooting Manuel that I can order, besides the one that comes with it?
Great for beginners and good basic for advance users
I bought this machine secondhand. Being a beginner I was looking for an easy to use machine but still with the ability to learn more when I get better. My sewing friend whom is an advance user found the machine great and easy to understand. Overall great for beginners that plan to learn more than the straight stitch.
Great sewing machine!!
I bought an emerald 116 as my first sewing machine since childhood and could not be happier. I was recommended the brand by a friend (who has much more experience than me) who swears hers Emerald is the best sewing machine she's had for the price. I read up a bit online before I purchased my machine and decided to go for it because of the reputation that it is a reliable brand and model. It is very easy to use and has all the functions I require - I've been using it for 2 years now and have not had a days trouble or ever wanted anything else fu...nction-wise, though maybe if you were sewing full time you might want something more heavy duty. My sister bought a similar level Singer machine a couple of months before I bought my emerald, and she has had to bring it in to get fixed/service many times (and once it was unfixable so she had to be given a new machine) so I certainly feel that I made the right choice! Reliable, affordable, easy to use
Emerald 116 Good, not great
This Viking Emerald 116 machine worked well until I started making outdoor gear, using a very sturdy Signature Sunstop thread and siliconized nylon fabric. The upper & lower threads locked under the fabric with the upper thread tension dialed to its highest. The machine doesn't permit easy adjustments of bobbin thread tension--one must remove the plate under the presser foot to get to the bobbin case tension screw. Even with loosening the bobbin thread tension, the stitch quality didn't approach the quality of the stitches that the saleswoman m...ade with the machine--for me it produces stitches neither straight nor consistently locked between the top and bottom of the stitching. I borrowed a Bernina to finish the project I was working on. A local sewing shop loaded my thread into an older Pfaff with a front loading bobbin. It sewed straight, well balanced stitches in both sheer fabrics and 12 layers of denim. Before dropping hundreds of $ on any machine, take your fabric and thread into a sewing shop to discover the machines that will handle your work. If you need to work on different materials in the future, you should resign yourself to possibly having to buy a more capable machine. In my case, I had no idea that I'd ever be using a thread that my Viking wouldn't handle. I might have done better by buying a used Bernina or other well regarded high end make. My Emerald 116 does NOT have needle up/needle down. The pedal is nothing special--very plain jane. It does have drop feed, and adjustable presser foot tension. The work-light is adequate. Birdnesting of the thread occurred occasionally. The machine will allow positioning the needle to the right when using a straight stitch. The one button hole I made turned out to my satisfaction.
This is a great beginner machine
I bought the husqvarna emerald 116 sewing machine from Sunlit Blooms in Townsville for my teenage daughter 2 years ago when she was 14. The machine has been great, she has completed several dressmaking projects and commenced a beginners quilt on the machine, and it has not missed a beat.
It's great that she has learnt on this machine because she now understands the basic operation of a sewing machine, it is a reliable and easy unit in a sturdy hard case and will see her through many more years of simple sewing projects. The ladies in the s...hop where we bought it are friendly and helpful, and the dressmaking lessons were great for both of us. I've bought 3 husqvarna machines (the emerald, a sapphire and an overlocker) in the last 3 years there and I'm immensely happy with them all. Reliable, good beginner unit, simple to use & cost was reasonable.
I've had this sewing maching for just over a year now and haven't had any problems with it. It may not do anything fancy like embroidery but you get what you pay for. It's quite easy to thread and use so even younger people can use it. There are many accessories that come with it that include an unpicker, the presser foot that you make button holes with, many other presser feet for different stitches, spare needles and a cleaning brush just to name a few.
It wasn't overly expensive and it does the job well. Also the case protects it and makes it look neater when you put it away.
none so far
I have 4 Husqvarna machines used daily 2x Emerald 116 and 1 x Saphire 835 and their overlocker. I think they are truly wonderful machines and excellent value. The 116 is basic and one of the cheapest in its range. Name me another basic make that comes with a hard cover. Extremely simple to use, beautifully compact with a full range of feet etc.
Fantastic value. Comes with hard cover. Has proper compartment for all extras. Has a needle threader.
I have not found a problem with mine. However, We have no agent to service them in my area and would like to train to service, but not found Husqvarna in UK able to help me at present. My only disappointment to date.
Very good machine for the money
I bought this Swedish design Taiwan made machine to my wife. She have played around and test the machine for weeks now, she do follow the instruction from manual...like nor run the machine when use needle threader... so no problem at all. We have been back to the shop where I bought it and they are very helpful with any hints you need. The shop Sunlit Blooms, Townsville, N.Q. have been very nice and friendly to us.
Great machine for the money. Easy to use.
Easy to use!
I am a beginner, and as soon as I started using the Husqvarna Emerald, I felt like I was a professional. Compared my past experiences with sewing machines, I have had no tantrums with it and the manual guide is very easy to read and comprehend.
inexpensive, reliable, easy to use
Questions & Answers
What is the size of the bobbin for this emerald 118 please
I bought a emeral 116 used and it was very dirty so I cleaned it up. After putting it back together it saws in reverse and if I press the reverse button it saws forward. Any Idea what I need to do?
I have rarely used my Emerald 116, but I just started making some bean bags for a corn hole game. The machine started getting slower and slower and finally came to a stop. Now it is totally frozen - can't turn the handwheel at all. Even the bobbin winder is frozen. The needle is new and I've checked for any fuzz or threads in the bobbin area - all is clean. I've even removed the bottom cover, and everything looks clean and nice inside. Any suggestions?
Also, does anyone know how to get the case off so I can get to the inside?
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