Sunday, November 18, 2012

Husqvarna Lily 555 - new to me sewing machine

Look at my new toy!  Manufactured in Sweden in the late 1990s. This machine has 120 stitches on six menus, including three uppercase fonts.
Operating instructions, tension settings, feet selection are easy to follow.
Simple snap on feet.  The manual is available for free downland from Husqvarna.
  Lily is an excellent machine for free motion quilting. 
Regardless of thread choice, she sews beautiful, precise stitches and purrs like a kitten.
November's free motion challenge will be quilted with this beauty.
Lily's script font in navy blue.
 Little blue butterflies and fmq spirals.
Backside of spirals, butterflies and my name.  Pretty sure I'm in love!  It is just wonderful to operate.  How I wish the harp was larger, as that is really the only flaw I see with the Husqvarna Lily  555.  Happy stitching all.

15 comments:

  1. Happy New Sewing Machine to you! ;D

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  2. I love my Lily! It is excellent for piecing, applique and definitely free motion! Yay you! You'll love it I bet.

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  3. Congratulations! I'm happy to see someone else who has a hard time downsizing their collection Ha ha. Lovely free motion work. I have dropped the ball on the challenge. Hopefully there will be something like it next year too.

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  4. Hi,
    I have the opportunity to purchase a Lily 555, and I wonder what a reasonable price is for the machine. Sorry to bother you, but I found you on google and don't know who else to ask!

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    1. The Husqvarna/Viking 500 series machines are some of the best machines ever manufactured by Husqvarna. I purchased a 500 new in 1997 for $1700 CAD. In 2011 I bought a Lily 530 for $350 CAD, then I swapped it for a Lily 555. I sold that Lily 555 for $300 and bought this one for $400. The first 555 I had was well used and showed her age in several places, my second 555 is in pristine condition. If the machine is in mint condition with the manual and all the accessories including the extension table and hard cover carrying case, in Canada you should be able to buy it in the $300 to $500 range. If you can get one for less than $300 you have found a real bargain.

      Hope this helps.

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    2. Hi!
      I will know later tonight if I can make the deal I am looking for, but I so appreciate your answer! If I manage to pick up this machine I'll write back.

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    3. I;m happy for the info on prices too - I just found one on kijiji....And thanks for the fabulous review

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  5. I just found your blog Googling! I have this machine - I was lucky enough to have it gifted to me. But I can't find an instruction manual anywhere so I feel like i'm not using it to it's full potential. I saw your manual and was very jealous!! Any hot tips out of it?

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    1. Hello ZoSews,I sent you a private message in facebook.

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  6. How do I get the front off the machine. There is some thread stuck in the take-up lever and I can't get it out. It is hindering the operation of the machine. Any ideas?

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    1. i would take it to a sewing machine mechanic to have it professionally serviced.

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  7. ok, i don't know where else to turn, i inherited a 555 from my niece, who has passed away. I have alot of feet, accessories, etc, BUT cannot get it to free motion quilt. I drop the feed dogs and when i start sewing they pop right back up. The accessory guides etc. say to choose a particular stitch from the "set" menu and i can't find a "set" menu. have prog, rep and norm on menu choices. what am i doing wrong? have been searching, to no avail, to find a video online. Thank you! rlvind2@yahoo.com is my email.

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    1. Hi Rhonda, I posted how I free motion quilt with my Husqvarna Lily 555
      http://tammyscraftemporium.blogspot.ca/2014/07/husqvarna-lily-555-free-motion-quilting.html

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  8. (Wendy) I have the Viking Husqvarna Lily 555. How can I position the needle right or left in small increments?

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    1. Use the stitch width button
      (+), 0 is the center position, width
      6 is left needle position, width 6
      mirror imaged is right needle
      position. To return to center position,
      use the stitch width button (-)
      and step back to 0. Adjust the width
      between 0-6 for additional positions. The manual is available for free download here:
      http://www.husqvarnaviking.com/support/LILY-555

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