Question about Husqvarna Viking 1

1 Answer

Viking 1+--Thread breaks during embroidery

My husband got me a used Viking 1+ from off the internet a few months ago. It sews just great as a standard sewing machine. When embroidering, however, the thread breaks every five or ten stitches or so. One time, it seemed to be embroidering just fine when the needle hit the threshold plate, bent and broke. My husband thinks there is something wrong with the needle tension--when it spools up to "3" or "4" on the tension dial, it is almost impossible to pull the thread through the tension disk. It's not real easy to pull through on "0," for that matter. The tension dial moves back and forth automatically while embroidering, otherwise this would probably not be a big deal. I did not notice this problem when we first received the machine, but now it seems to be getting worse. I've already tried several types of needles and sizes of thread. Is this a tension problem? It this an easy adjustment fix? Thanks for your help.

Posted by on

  • LauriesMom Jun 08, 2008

    My Designer SE thread breaks when I embroidery. It has been repaired twice and now it is worse than ever. The needles are breaking. A new jump stitch was added to the machine when it was serviced last time. I bought the machine for enjoyment in March of 2007 but it sure is a pain.

    I have changed thread manufacturers and slowed the speed. Nothing seems to help.

  • Anonymous Mar 24, 2014

    Brother BES 1240 Embroidery 4Head machine. I have changed the needle, rethreaded, adjusted bobbing tension and changed thread and sprayed silicone on new thread dk what to do this is frustrating



1 Answer

  • Level 2:

    An expert who has achieved level 2 by getting 100 points


    An expert that gotĀ 5 achievements.


    An expert whose answer gotĀ voted for 20 times.


    An expert who has answered 20 questions.

  • Expert
  • 106 Answers

If the thread will not run through the tension mech on 0 then it is probably stuck on a tight setting. It can be a bit complicated but the tension mech can be stripped/cleaned/free'd up. Another possible cause is the path of the thread from the spool to the needle any deviation from the correct path increases the tension at the needle. If you do not know the history of the machine I would suggest a thorough clean and service.

Posted on Mar 26, 2008


1 Suggested Answer

  • 2 Answers

SOURCE: I have freestanding Series 8 dishwasher. Lately during the filling cycle water hammer is occurring. How can this be resolved

a 6ya Repairman can help you resolve that issue over the phone in a minute or two.
Best thing about this new service is that you are never placed on hold and get to talk to real repair professionals here in the US.
click here to Talk to a Repairman (only for users in the US for now) and get all the help you need.

Posted on Jan 02, 2017


Add Your Answer

Uploading: 0%


Complete. Click "Add" to insert your video. Add



Related Questions:

1 Answer

Husqvarna H class600

Take an example of the problem to a Viking store and talk with someone knowledgeable about embroidery. Generally, a "birds nest" under the fabric relates to improper upper thread tension but the additional variables of type of thread, type of fabric, type of backing, and needle size and type can all play a part.

Jan 03, 2013 | Husqvarna Viking 1

2 Answers

Husqvarna Viking Designer I breaking needles

Make sure that the metal plate is locked into position- Hope that helps!

Jan 20, 2010 | Husqvarna Designer I

1 Answer

When I sew with the regular portion of my Designer One, all is fine. I've been using the embroidery attachment and when I embroidery a simple design, the top looks great, but the bobbin thread is sooo taut...

The bobbin tension sounds ok if regular sewing is ok. The upper tension unit may be the culprit in that there are loose threads or fluff causing the discs not to tighten enough for embroidery. The best solution is to have it serviced by an authorized husqvarna viking dealer. You can locate a dealer near you by visiting the husqvarna viking website and clicking on the Dealer link on the left-hand side of the page -
Good luck.

Oct 30, 2009 | Husqvarna Designer I

1 Answer

Viking Designer 1 balleds / Birdnest / issues after repaired from Husk service center in midwest - replaced thread needle and adjusted tension .. freequilting and embroidery situations

birdsnest refers to a mess of thread on the underside of fabric when you start sewing (after a few stitches all looks good). if this is the case and it is happening during embroidery, switch off jump stitch thread cutting.

if it happens at the start of normal sewing, either hold your needle thread when you start sewing or make sure the needle thread is under the presser foot and held by the presser foot when you start sewing. this way you will have an inch or so of thread on top of your fabric which you can trim instead of a mess underneath.

if there is a mess underneath for more than first few stitches, either your check spring in the needle tension area is set incorrectly, or your needle tension is set too loose (adjustable in sevice menu by tech only) or there is foreign matter caught in tension assembly preventing proper tension.


Jul 26, 2009 | Husqvarna Sewing Machines

1 Answer

Husqvarna Viking Designer 1 keeps breaking needles

The threading may be out of the channels. Rethread. Put in a fresh needle. Make sure you are using an embroidery needle and a new one for each new project. You can't use YLI bobbin thread. It stinks. If all this doesn't help, take it in to be checked These work great when there is not thread stuck in the bobbin case and it is threaded properly. If all is well, it will go like gangbusters.

May 21, 2009 | Husqvarna Designer I

1 Answer

Viking scandinavia 400 everything goes to zero

To answer exactly, I need more information.
Is anything flashing in the main screen? The foot? the spool?

Mar 10, 2009 | Husqvarna Viking 1

2 Answers

Embroidery Hoop

Any authorized Husqvarna Viking dealer will be able to get the hoop for you. Replacing the screw is much more economical and that same dealer will have access to the part number so that they can order it for you. This will take longer but will cost about 1/10 as much.
To find your nearest dealer, or one a little farther away, check the dealer locator at:

Aug 27, 2008 | Husqvarna Viking 1

1 Answer

Thread get's tangled and attached to plate while embroidering

Just a thought. Is it possible that your thread is wrapping around your spool post or snagging on your thread spool?

Jun 09, 2008 | Bernina Artista 180

Not finding what you are looking for?
Sewing Machines Logo

206 people viewed this question

Ask a Question

Usually answered in minutes!

Top Husqvarna Sewing Machines Experts

Douglas Plant
Douglas Plant

Level 2 Expert

191 Answers

Tally Girl
Tally Girl

Level 3 Expert

1133 Answers

Derek Massey

Level 2 Expert

92 Answers

Are you a Husqvarna Sewing Machine Expert? Answer questions, earn points and help others

Answer questions

Manuals & User Guides