We are going in circles…using the Husqvarna Viking Circular Attachment. This attachment allows users to sew circles and semicircles using straight stitches, decorative stitches and other techniques like applique, couching or pintucks. Sew circles ranging from 2 1/2” to 10 1/4”.
The Husqvarna Viking Circular Attachment is designed to fit the Designer Diamond, Ruby, Topaz, Sapphire and Opal sewing machines. Check with your Husqvarna Viking dealer to be sure this will fit your machine. Husqvarna Viking does have other circular sewing tools for the older models. This particular attachment is not for use with DESIGNER™ SE series, DESIGNER™ I, II or QUILT DESIGNER™ II.
Since this is an “attachment” and not a foot, the foot selection can be changed based on the technique desired. For example, to couch yarn in a circle use the a couching or piping foot. Adjust the slide on the Circular Attachment to the desired radius and sew!
It is recommended to always stabilize the base fabric well using 2-3 layers of stabilizer. Select the stabilizer based on the project fabric. For the project shown in the video I used a layer of sticky tear away stabilizer. Its stiffness helped keep the fabric flat and stable throughout the entire circle of circles.
It is best to use this attachment with the Extension/Quilter’s Table, Sew Steady Table or a sewing cabinet. The support of these tables will keep the project flowing smoothly around.
Push the included push pin through the center of the fabric. Place the pin in the pin hole of the Husqvarna Viking Circular Attachment.
When using decorative stitches with the Husqvarna Viking Circular Attachment, with a watchful eye, you will be able to match the pattern up to the starting point. Use your fingers to tug or push the fabric as you approach the end of the circle. If the decorative stitch is coming up short, give it a little push. If the decorative stitch is sewing out a bit long, gently stifle the fabric to shorten up the decorative stitch.
One of my favorite functions to use the Husqvarna Viking Circular Attachment for is to make perfect machine appliqueable circles backed with woven fusible interfacing. Cut squares (not circles) of the fabric and woven interfacing. Place the woven interfacing with the fusible side next to the pretty side of the fabric. Pin the layers together with four pins. Set the Husqvarna Viking Circular Attachment to the size of the desired circle. Sew with a straight stitch. Remove the fabric and trim the circle using pinking shears close to the stitching line. Make a small slit in the interfacing to turn the circle right side out and then use your fingers to smoothen the edges.
I have found that sometimes I want to sew circles on something a bit to heavy. To keep the pin from moving while stitching, stabilize it with blue painters tape. Blue painters tape will not leave a residue on the sewing surface or the Husqvarna Viking Circular Attachment.
This new version of the Husqvarna Viking Circular Attachment includes templates to create extra special shapes. See our video or Husqvarna Viking’s video to see the templates in actions.
Sara’s 1-Yard Fabric Exchange/Challenge
I was inspired by Cheryl Phillip’s of Phillips Fiber Art’s free “Squiggle Runner” pattern. I first created a base fabric using the Cut A Round ruler before adding the embellished circles from the sewing machine.