Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Husqvarna 530 Lily

In July 2011, I gave Heidi my Husqvarna 500 Computer to my daughter.  There was a brief period where I thought or hoped that my Bernina 930 Helga would be my new "go to" machine.  I guess old habits die hard,  I missed my Husqvarna.  So I bought this one.
Manufactured in Sweden in 1997 the 530 Lily is a scaled down model of the 500.  Lily does not have as many features or stitches, there is no alphabet, but the body of the machine is identical to the 500.  I bought the 530 Lily in Kanata, Ontario.  She arrived on bus this morning.  Look what a fantastic job the previous owners did packing her up.
The bobbins were in a zip lock bag, the accessories and feet were individually wrapped in bubble wrap.  A surprise bonus in the box was a free motion quilting/darning foot and walking foot.
Lily just happens to have the same name as my dog.
She has an extension which I won't be using because she fits so well in this 1914 Singer treadle cabinet.
This is a shot of the bobbin winder and control panel.  It has a sewing advisor, that includes a selection for leather and vinyl sewing.
The stitches in purple thread were made with the Husqvarna/Viking Lily 530.  She sews lovely, precise stitches.
The Lily 530 wears low shank snap on feet, uses standard needles and the same bobbins as my Pfaff Creative 2.  Welcome home my new "go to" machine.

December has been a great month for me, I sold two sewing machines (Elnas) and bought two sewing machines the Pfaff Creative 2 and this one.   Currently, I own 12 machines, three are listed for sale and one will be given to my son in 2012.  See, I'm getting so close to my goal of owning only 8 or less machines.

Three more sleeps till we fly east to spend Christmas with our daughter and son-in-law.  Happy holidays all.

20 comments:

  1. Yay!! We all love new machines!!!

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  2. Hey, thanks for your account on your Lily 550 - I am about to possibly 'inherit' one and was wondering if you are still thrilled about it. Does it do no letters at all i.e. monograming? Thanks and regards, le03mouse

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    1. oh yes, I continue to be thrilled and delighted with my Lily 555. It has several built in decorative stitches and an alphabet which stitch out beautifully.

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  3. Lovely to see an old table with a new machine. I have a Lily 535 and was wondering if I might be able to do this. Now I know!

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  4. I had a lily, but traded up for a Designer1. Big mistake. D1 turned out to be a lemon. Sold my D1 and bought a Freesia on eBay and love it. I think it is a "cousin" of the Lily. This group of machines may have been Vikings best modern machines. Your blog is fun to read

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  5. I have the same machine, my daughter bought it for me about 14 years ago, I have used it so much as I am a keen quilter, I love the machine

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  6. Is the Lily 530 for sale. Mine has stopped and I would like to replace it with the identical machine. Anne

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    1. Sorry my Lily is not for sale. I would check craiglist, kijiji, ebay as well as estate sales and local online classifieds.

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  7. I am looking to buy a sewing machine and have looked at a used Lily 535 or a new Rose 250m... Would you recommend the old Lily or a new simpler sewing machine? Seems like you have some insight in which sewing machines you want for "go to"...:-)

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    1. I would recommend the used Lily 535 in a heartbeat! Love, love them.

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  8. I just got one as a gift, I need help to learn how to use it. "Lily 530" I will appreciate your help.

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    1. Great gift. the manual is available for free download here: http://www.husqvarnaviking.com/support/LILY-530

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  9. I have a Husquavarna 500 and would love to know how to Monogram using it. Any assistance you could lend would be greatly appreciated! It is very difficult to find help for with machine because it is so old, but it is a wonderful machine!

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    1. Hi Carol, do you have the manual for your machine? I sold my Lily last year when I upgraded to the Husqvarna Sapphire. On page 37 of Lily 535 manual it states - Automatic taper stitch
      The tapered satin stitch, No 26, is a tapered zigzag which makes it suitable for sewing monograms
      and other embellishments.
      Use presser foot B.
      1. Trace the monogram on the fabric and sew over the lines.
      2. Select tapered satin stitch looks like up and down arrows.
      3. Sew until the desired length is reached.
      4. Touch the reverse button to taper the end.
      5. Touch STOP and sew. The stitch will be repeated in succession and the machine stops automatically when the stitch is finished.

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  10. Hi! I'm sewing on my Lily 530, working on a quilt and can't remember how to mirror image the needle to use my quarter foot! It's been a few years since I've quilted and can't find my manual.Any help would be appreciated! Thanks! K

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    1. Hi, the manual is available for free download here:http://www.husqvarnaviking.com/support/LILY-530

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  11. Hi Tammy, I have a Husqvarna Lily 530 machine and am intersted I selling it. I paid $395 in 2012 and it came with tons of accessories. I have made several projects with it, mostly quilts! I am now selling it. Do you have a sense of where I should price it?

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    1. The Lily is a fantastic machine, a dream to sew with. New in Canada the were around $1500. When I sell a used machine I list the asking price $50 more than I want. I'd list yours at $375 hoping to get $325. Hope this helps you out.

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