A Husqvarna Opal 670 review
I’ve started the New Year off with a very exciting purchase, a new sewing machine.
My previous sewing machine was very basic so anything new would have been exciting but the Opal 670 is VERY exciting.
For £700 it’s got all the top features you’d expect, but it’s worth mentioning the features that I’ve found really help when sewing:
- Automatic Thread Cutter, very useful for certain work.
- Bobbin low sensor (though it does tell you quite a bit before so as long as you ignore the message you can sew to a convenient place to stop and then change bobbin, if you press OK it will just cheap reminding you until you change it)
- Needle threader- I don’t particularly find this feature helpful but in fact prefer the MAGNIFYING Bobbin case, what a great idea, its just a bit of plastic covering the bobbin but now it’s also a magnifying glass which I use to help me thread the needle.
- Actual Size stitch display, this is really useful for getting your sizes right.
- A great range of pre-programmed stitches, including bows, snowflakes, cars, caravans and sweets as well as 4 alphabets.
- You can also create programs combining various stitches and functions (Stop, Cut Thread etc.) and save these to My Stitches.
- The Sew Advisor is very useful as well, you select your fabric type and what you’re doing (seaming, hemming etc) and it recommends foot, needle size, stitch size and tension. I find the automatic tension very very helpful.
- It’s worth mentioning it also has a speed control, so you can set it low for tricky work and even if you press the peddle all the way it won’t go any faster than you’ve set. There’s even a START/STOP button so you don’t even have to press the peddle!
You can also do Pictogram stitches that are similar to what an embroidery machine can do on a simple level but I haven’t had time to attempt one of these yet. I do have something under way though…
And I’ll have another post coming soon with an update on my News Years Resolution not to start a new project until one has been completed.
You can find more out about the Husqvarna here
If you’re looking to buy a Sewing Machine Sew Master who I bought mine from in Guildford were very good and I would highly recommend them.