getting to know the DESIGNER EPIC™

For years before I became an official brand ambassador for HUSQVARNA VIKING® I was already spreading the word about this brand and telling anyone with an interest in sewing about everything it has to offer. So this past year as an official ambassador has been very special to me, and I’m very thankful for the opportunity to share my love of this brand with you. In 2017, I took four machines for a test drive, visited the headquarters in Nashville, partnered on a huge holiday giveaway event, and I’ve refined my own skills as a seamstress. It’s been immensely rewarding, and I think it’s quite appropriate that we capped off the year with DESIGNER EPIC™ sewing and embroidery machine. I remember when this machine made its debut a couple years ago. I was totally floored by it, and for good reason. With over 1200 stitches, more than 650 embroidery designs, an enormous tablet-like touch screen, built-in tutorials, WiFi connectivity, a larger sewing area with bright LED lights, and a fully automatic needle threader, this sewing and embroidery machine will absolutely spoil you rotten.

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I took this picture shortly after I turned the machine on for the first time. (And, side note, it plays a little song when the home screen comes on. It’s the cutest thing ever.) There was a brief moment when I wondered how I would even begin to navigate the screen, but you don’t even need a crash course to figure it out. If you’re even remotely familiar with a smart phone, you’ll have no trouble getting the hang of this. It’s so easy!

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Yesterday, I highlighted the embroidered jacket project I made on the DESIGNER EPIC™. Not only did I use the DESIGNER EPIC™ for the embroidery, but most of the designs on the jacket itself come from the machine too (651 designs come with it). I didn’t download anything from online – there’s plenty to choose from on the machine. That project was one of those “I pretty much know what I want this to look like, but I’m also kind of, sort of winging it” situations, so I actually embroidered one of the pieces twice when I saw there was lots of blank space that could be filled. I picked the designs from the EPIC (not the computer, ignore me when I say that), duplicated them, spaced them according to the size of the yoke piece, and embroidered them after I’d already done the chain stitch. The back yoke piece ended up being one of my favorite things about the jacket. It’s so interesting – and perfectly straight!

The really crazy thing about the DESIGNER EPIC™ is that through the mySewnet™ services cloud
you can access embroideries from multiple devices, including your computer or tablet or phone and even the DESIGNER EPIC™. The free mySewMonitor app sends you real time updates to your phone. So while you’re working on something else as the embroidery hums away in the background, you’ll get a notification to your phone when it’s time for a thread change or when the embroidery is finished. If you needed further proof that it’s 2017 and technology is crazy awesome this is it.

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Embroidery is just one of two things the DESIGNER EPIC™ is exceptionally good at, and the other is sewing – of course. After I embroidered this jacket I thought, “Okay, great, this embroidery is so awesome that I’ll just use the EPIC for embroidery” but this machine does everything with such precision and ease that to not take advantage of how beautifully it sews everything would just be silly. I absolutely want to make a leather handbag now!

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In a time of high tech gadgets (and sewing machines) and all the conveniences they bring, I still appreciate packaging and old school thoughtfulness. The DESIGNER EPIC™ is in a class by itself in terms of modern technology and sewing and embroidery capabilities, but it also comes with a canvas machine cover and a canvas suitcase for the embroidery unit. I wish I’d gotten my reaction on video when I unboxed all this. I mean, a machine of this quality should come with things like this, but that doesn’t make it any less cool in the moment. And, quite frankly, I’ve always wondered how/where to store embroidery units when they’re not in use but you want them easily accessible. Well, this is it.

In just about every HUSQVARNA VIKING® I’ve written this year, I’ve wrapped it up by encouraging you to familiarize yourself with the brand and visit a local dealer – most of which are in JOANN stores. I’m going to do the same thing today, because purchasing a sewing machine is no small thing. It takes research and thought, and seeing things in person and being able to do a little sewing for yourself before buying a machine is a huge benefit.

I always have been and always will be a cheerleader for HUSQVARNA VIKING®, and it’s been an absolute pleasure to shout from the rooftops how wonderful this brand is this year. I know this series has encouraged many of you to purchase new machines, and I’m very humbled by that – and I hope it continues!

Happy New Year!

-Emily

At the HUSQVARNA VIKING® headquarters in Nashville, June 2017. <3 

6 COMMENTS

  1. Marie | 4th Jan 18

    Hi Emily!

    I hope you’re feeling much better today. I first heard about you from Jennifer (sewing report channel on YouTube). She was not kidding when she said how talented you are. I love your creations. Just today I was reading Brittany’s blog (brittanyjjones.com) and she was saying the same thing; you are one talented lady.
    I was thinking about asking for your Epic after you got bored 🙂 but I see that will never be the case so I will just keep drooling.
    I have one of the older Husqvarna’s and I absolutely love it! I am looking forward to your 2018 makes. Oh, last but not least, that jacket is stunning!

    Have a great year Emily!

    • Emily | 9th Jan 18

      Hi, Marie! Thank you so much for this kind comment! Both Jen and Brittany are wonderful and talented and incredibly sweet for saying such nice things. And you’re right – I’ll never be bored with the Epic! Ha! It really is amazing! I have an older model Husqvarna myself, and the beauty of that brand is that the older models hold up exceptionally well. They’re workhorses, for sure! Thank you for taking the time to comment, and Happy New Year to you too! <3

  2. Tania | 31st Dec 17

    You have become a household name around here:) I love you as a seamstress, but was doubly impressed by your love of these machines. I’ve learned so much from you and am eager for what you have planned for next year!

    • Emily | 9th Jan 18

      Tania, you are too kind! You made my day! I’m so glad you’ve found the blog helpful – that’s what it’s all about! I’m excited about this year too. Reaching for the stars! 🙂

      Thank you so much for following along and commenting. I truly appreciate it! <3

  3. Marjorie Ruth Miller | 31st Dec 17

    I have really enjoyed each and every blog. I am inspired to get to work and try new things. The photos are great. My favorite were the misses and hits. What I enjoyed most is what you learned from each one and the challenges you gave yourself. I look forward to more inspiration in 2018.

    • Emily | 9th Jan 18

      Hi, Marjorie! Thank you for the comment! I loved the hits and misses too. Reviews are always so enlightening! Ha! There’s something to be learned from every project, if it’s success or failure. I always want to keep learning and do better! <3 Cheers to 2018!

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