Husqvarna Viking History

Husqvarna Viking is a prestigious name in sewing, both as a Swedish Producer of high-quality sewing machines, and as a worldwide organization marketing a complete line of sewing machines and sergers for home use. Founded as a royal arms factory in 1689, Husqvarna Viking has been making sewing machines since 1872.

Come with us as we take a trip back in time to experience the evolution of the Husqvarna Viking sewing machines.

1689
Husqvarna was founded as a royal arms factory. In the early 1870's, Husqvarna started finding it difficult to get orders for rifles. New manufacturing objects needed to be found. And that is how the arduous work of the little arms factory lead to the position Husqvarna enjoys as one of the world's most prominent sewing machine manufacturers.

1872
The Board of Directors decided on February 5, 1872 to start manufacturing sewing machines. The first model was given the name "Nordsjernan" (The Northern Star).

1883
The Freja model was an immediate success. It was capable of sewing stitches in a neat line - something earlier models could not do. This machine was driven by gears, and all small mechanical parts were enclosed. In various guises, the Freja model was manufactured until 1925.

1903
Introduction of the oscillating bobbin - "the sewing machine for families and craftsmen." This dominated the world market for more than 50 years.

1934
The 30's were characterized by functionality, which contrasted strongly to the earlier ornate styling. The style had become more strict when the first Husqvarna electric sewing machine was presented.

1947
The first free-arm machine was introduced: the Husqvarna Zig-Zag. The free arm offered easy access to tubular areas, while the zig-zag stitch opened the door to many new sewing possibilities.

1953
The class 20 was introduced. Exclusive features such as a gearshift transmission, a jam-proof hook that needed no oil, and one-piece, cast iron construction helped make this model a tremendous success.

1960
The biggest innovation yet brought the 2000, an easy-to-use machine, with color coded settings and automatic feed for elastic stitches.

1972
The Husqvarna Viking factory pioneered a development that led to the Husqvarna Centennial series, the first lubrication-free sewing machine. Also new were open thread guides, and easy to adjust foot pressure. Snap-on feet and micro-adjustment for buttonholes were also added.

1979
Model 6680, "the computer sewing machine" became a reality. Husqvarna utilized a micro-computer to electronically guide the formation of stitch patterns.

1980
The world's first "writing" sewing machine, the 6690, was able to sew letters.

1994
The Husqvarna Viking Orchidea was introduced offering sewers unlimited creativity. It gives sewers exclusive features, making the Orchidea exceptionally easy to use, such as One Touch Direct Stitch Selection, Sewing Advisor tm, Infodisplay tm, Programdisplay tm, and more. And it boasts an incredible plus - professional-quality machine embroidery.

1998
Husqvarna Viking introduced a completely new sewing experience: the Husqvarna Viking Designer I with such World unique features as The Sensor Foot Lift, Sensor Foot Pressure, Selective Thread Cutters, Colour Touch Screen and Built-in Disk Drive.

2004
The first Husqvarna Viking computerized sewing machine celebrates its 25th anniversary and the first embroidery machine from Husqvarna Viking celebrates its 10th anniversary!