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Equivalent machines: Viking, Pfaff, …

ma | Posted in The Archives on

Wondering if anyone knows the machines of the brands listed above that are equivalent to the Viking #1 (or 1100).

A recent email from an online buddy got me curious about the “other” brands I haven’t sewn on…or at least on the machine that’s the same level.

Also, wondering the same thing about the ones that are equivalent to the Viking 6000 series machines made in the 60’s.

Thanks again!


  1. Malinda_Meck | | #1

    I do not know which models would be comparable with the one you are looking at. I have two Bernina's and have used a Viking. I much prefer my Berninas to the Viking. Maybe the Viking my mother-in-law has is just a lemon but she has never had alot of success with it. As for the other brands I have never had any experience with them.

    1. Gwen_Frazier | | #2

      *Bernina....only way to go!

      1. Chris_B | | #3

        *I think a 7550 Pfaff would be as close to what you could compare with a #1 Viking,except you have to remember that Pfaff does a 60mm stitch not a 6mm like Viking or 45MM like the newer Bernina's.I grew up with a Viking and I much prefer my Pfaff!What's the old saying? Inferior product with superior marketing?

        1. Irene_Lumley | | #4

          *I think the Elna that comes close to #1 would be the CE20--which at the moment is the TOL. If you are talking just sewing then the Elna 6005.

          1. Annette_Vedder | | #5

            *Need new basic machine. Understand Magazine did a review of a group for comparison. Can I get a print out? Have Bernina 807 now 25 year old.

          2. Annette_Vedder | | #6

            *Have had no luck finding which past issue of Threads carried the review of different machines. Help?

          3. sandra_Bingham | | #7

            *Hi there -- can anyone help please. Have a Husqvarna Orchidea and wondered if I can use other makers' digitizing software i.e...Bernina's Artista V2.Have had this package offered to me but reluctant to load for fear of crashing my PC. Perhaps I need a conversion bit of SW ??Love to hear from anyone with any info re this. Thanks. e-mail or post message please.Sandra B [email protected]

          4. Carol_Arndt | | #8

            *I have a Babylock Esante and Babylock Serger Bl4482D. These machines are extremely easy to operate and are very dependable. I teach sewing in a shop that sell other brands, and also participate in guild classes. It seems to me that other brands have a higher degree of difficulty in operation and more fuss with accessories. The only thing I would wish for is a walking foot built in.

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