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HELP QUICK! Buying Used D1…

swedishmoose | Posted in General Discussion on

Hi everyone!
I have the option of purchasing this used Viking Designer 1 machine (below) and I need the expertise of all of you out there with much more experience than I have. I am recently retired and plan to use the machine to create a small side income for myself by putting items in one of those craft malls. Things like embroidered towels, shirts etc…
The machine is 2 1/2 years old, has been used for personal embroidery projects only and a little sewing. It is one that has been recalled but has had the recall adjustment made to it. The owner states she has taken very good care of it and has it checked and cleaned yearly. Here’s the deal, I go to look at it tomorrow at 12:30 and need to know what a fair price would be…PLEASE HELP ME QUICK!


Make and print your own designs from your computer
Download designs from your computer to the machine
Download designs and stitch options directly to disks
Use easy-to-read, color touch screen
Enjoy hands-free sewing with the exclusive sensor foot lift
Work with any fabric, any thickness with the exclusive sensor foot pressure feature!
Customize designs by combining designs and letters
Instantly set the stitch, length, width, speed and tension with the exclusive sewing advisor
Cut top and bobbin thread or only top for embroidery color changes with the exclusive thread cutter feature
Sew in any direction with the eight-way stitch feature
Store up to 930 stitches in memory
Use the convenient help menu as your guide on any project
Enjoy the 600+ utility and decorative stitches built in the system
Create flawless designs using the lighted areas above the needle and work area
Upgrade your system free at anytime to extend your capabilities

Included with the System:

Mega Hoop Size 150 x 360;
Medium Hoop Size 150 x 240
Small Hoop Size 100 x 100
Spring Hoop Size 100 x 100;
Mini Embroidery Spring Hoop Size 40 x 40
Professional System 5 Digitizing Software Package, which includes Customizer
Stitch Editor
Picture Stitch,
Format Conversion
3D Stitch and Disk Manager
Cross Stitcher Software Package, which digitizes cross stitch designs
You CAN Digitize by Karen Hinrichs – A step-by-step book to perfect digitizing
Viking Embroidery Disk (#103) that includes 15 floral and border designs
Quilter’s Kit III with Free Motion Guide Grip, Free Motion Guide Foot,
Open Toe Stippling Foot, Dual Feed Foot and Quilter’s Table
Heirloom Kit with Gimping Foot and Braiding Guide, Gathering Foot,
Lace Shaping Board, Rotary Cutting Board, Glass Head Pins,
Twin Needle 7 Groove Pin Tuck Foot, Wing Needle,
Edge Foot and Knife Edge Pocket Scissors
30 extra bobbins
The system, attachments, software and guides – everything you need bundled together in one great package!

She is asking $4000.00, but since this machine is older is this a fair price? I know that it does have alot of extras that would cost quite abit by themselves to add on.

I need opinions on a good price for this machine and questions that I need to ask her.

ANY and ALL advice is deeply appreciated.



  1. sueb | | #1

    I don't have a designer 1 machine, I have the Rose model but I have to say that 4k for a 2 year old used machine seems a little steep.  The designer 1's sold for about 5K new in 99 and 2000 so I think she may be a little overpriced.  A couple of things you may consider doing before you buy:  call a machine dealer and ask what the trade in value would be for the machine.  There are a few dealers in my area who offer this type of service to it's customers who want to upgrade their machines.  Also: there are a couple of upgrades available for the designer 1 on the huqvarna viking web site - make sure that you'll be able to get these upgrades if you're not the original owner of the machine.

    Good luck !

    1. swedishmoose | | #2

      Thanks for your advise, I will check it out. Those are things that I didn't even think of. I an taking my time, I just want to make an informed decision.

  2. AZSEWQWIK | | #3

    Andi, I just looked at this machine new last week and I believe it was $4,000, and I also looked and the Husquevarna Designer I and it was $4,500 new. Consumer Reports lists it as the Creme-de-la-creme. Of course, I haven't decided yet what I'm going to buy.

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