Emerald 118 Husqvarna Viking Sewing Machine Review with Daisy Chain Creations

I’m double excited today because not only do we have a fabulous, talented blogger giving us sewing machine advice, but we also have a Sewistry first– a review on a Husqvarna machine.  Sally blogs at both Daisy Chain Creation and Sew Cool For the Tween Scene. Be sure to check out her awesome series starting next Monday! It’s all about swim gear for the tween set.

Sally here, from Daisy Chain Creations…my little neck of the blogging world where I keep track of my creations (You can also find me over at Sew Cool for the Tween Scene).  First I just want to say thanks to Palak for having me here to share my machine. This has been a fun series to keep up with and learn about all of the different machines and brands out there.
Now on to my machine: I own a Emerald 118 Husqvarna Viking and I’ve had it for almost 7 years. I didn’t realize how long I’ve had this machine…wow!
 The thing I love about this machine is actually the simplicity of it.  When I went shopping for this, my first machine that I was buying…I had gone through 2 free ones before this, I wanted something reliable, easy to carry around, and non-computerized, which to me meant non fussy and cheap to fix. I basically went for the top of the line non-computerized. This machine does all I need it to do with out all of the bells and whistles I don’t need. I sew…that’s it, so I wanted a machine that would let me sew what I wanted to. 
The other great things about this machine is that I can get tons of different feet,
(here are my most used ones)
Zipper Foot used not only for zippers but adding piping
Rolled Hem Foot…I use this one whenever I can for hems
Pin Tucking Foot…I have a thing for pin tucks
 it handles different fabrics well 
I made 30 of these hoods out of crazy slipperyyet metallic fabric with velveteen edges
It does GREAT with knits
It handled wool and velvet like a dream
and that it’s easy to service (see the no bells and whistles thought). 
 The only thing I’ve ever had a problem with and the only time I want to throw it out the window is when I try to sew the top button hole with the button hole foot…it does not like the extra thickness there and will not make a decent button hole, so I end up doing it with a regular foot.  Really that is the only thing.
If my machine suddenly disappeared I would look for the same thing again: 1. Something simple, non-computerized, 2. Something durable…a machine that will last and is well made (fewer plastic parts the better), 3. Something that I can get serviced easy, 4. One that I can get parts ie. feet and needles easily
I would totally recommend this machine to a friend. That being said, I bought mine 7 years ago, so I don’t know if the more recent ones are made as well or not.
My all time favorite creations with my machine are these wool coats I made for my girls 2 Christmases ago.  I put my heart into these coats and expanded my sewing skills at the same time and my machine allowed me to do it.  We’re talking layers of not only wool (see all of that piping?) but velvet as well.
 Finally, to answer one last question: What traits do you and your sewing machine have in common?  This one was easy…we are both pretty simple yet hard working. Just like my machine there aren’t a lot of frills and fancy things about me. I just like to get the job done and do my little part in making things happen, but not show off or have a big fit (as in the machine doesn’t cause me problems) while doing it.

Such gorgeous sewing! Although I have never sewn on a Huskvarna before, I’m seriously considering it after this review. Not only is Sally a great sewist– she’s also a wonderful teacher.   Here are some of my favorite tutorials from Daisy Chain Creations!

This gorgeous kick pleat skirt would be great on a little girl, or, with smaller bows even be appropriate for the office! The tutorial takes you through drafting the pattern all the way to sewing!

I also love this top with ruched sides.

And this elegant toddler dress looks easy make.

Thank you so much for stopping by Sally!!!!


  1. says

    The Viking Emerald 118 still sews well. I bought it because I’d used one once and fell deeply for it’s smooth action and relatively powerful motor. It ain’t workin so great, I finished a quilt,that went without problems. But today while puttin in some zippers and doing some simple seams the needle thread began to loop. I am seeking a solution as we speak..(figuratively) . This may be the second time I need to use the 5 yr guarantee.$400 +

  2. monica smith says

    Three years with an emerald 118.has a broken ankle ( plastic ) I’m having one wasteful time getting a new one. I’ve got three Brother machine rd

  3. Alice Moore says

    I can’t install a presser foot. The instructions say “press the foot in until it snaps into place.” So far it’s been impossible. The slot is very small and tilts up…I have not been able to force it in. Any suggestions? I’d be so grateful for any help. Alice Moore.

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  5. says

    I am looking for a sewing machine that can sew light to heavy decor fabrics. I had a Viking sewing machine for 40 years and sadly I had to retire it. I am looking at the Viking Emerald 116 or the 118, which would you recommend?

    • Cynthia says

      Gloria did you get a response to your question? I too am looking at the viking emerald 116 or 118 and can’t find what the difference is between the two.

      • Anonymous says

        The difference between the Viking Emerald 116 and 118 is that the 118 has a up/down button for the needle and a speed control for stitching. Plus the 118 has a few additional stretch stictches.

        • Lucie Hale says

          I’ve also been comparing the two models and my question is how necessary is (1) the needle up/down feature and (2) the variable speed? If I am using the foot pedal, can’t I just go faster or slower as needed? And if I need to pivot, can’t I just leave the needle in, lift the foot press and pivot my material? I’m not sure that 2 extra stitches and the above 2 features are worth $100 extra dollars.

          • Teresa says

            I am trading in my Viking Daisy 350 for an Emerald 118 to get the up/down button. After 18 years, my Daisy is still in great shape, but my hands just can’t turn the wheel as well as they used to. Also, the slow speed is useful for piping, quilting, binding and such. I think it’s worth the extra hundred. Thanks, Sally for the great review and your lovely pictures. And on second thought, I might keep my Daisy as a backup.

          • Bill says

            For me, the speed control is great, since it allows you to set the maximum speed. You still use the foot pedal to control the speed, but it won’t run away if you push the pedal to the floor.

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  7. Aida Barsegyan says

    Hi! I purchased the Viking Emerald 118. It was working perfectly at first, but recently I’ve been having a problem. While sewing, I get a buildup of thread on the backstitch. Why does this happen, and how can Iprevent it?

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