In 1689 a royal arms factory was born in Huskvarna, Sweden. Almost two centuries later in 1872, facing declining demand for firearms, the artisans of the factory were inspired to make a more peaceful product—sewing machines. Today, Husqvarna Viking® is a worldwide organization that still designs high-quality sewing machines in Sweden and markets products to passionate sewers all across the globe. 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 Lighting the way 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 A leading line 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. 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 Freedom creates possibility 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. Taking the lead The biggest innovation yet brought the 2000, an easy-to-use machine, with colour coded settings and automatic feed for elastic stitches.
1980 The arrival of lettering The world's first "writing" sewing machine, the 6690, was able to sew letters. 1998 A novel introduction Husqvarna Viking introduced a completely new sewing experience: the Husqvarna Viking Designer 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 Ingenuity worth celebrating The first Husqvarna Viking computerized sewing machine celebrates its 25th anniversary and the first embroidery machine from Husqvarna Viking celebrates its 10th anniversary! 2011 Setting new standards For the DESIGNER DIAMOND deLuxe™ sewing and embroidery machine.
Now you know their story–how it all began and the tremendous developments they have made in sewing and embroidery. Husqvarna are proud of their heritage. The mission of Husqvarna Viking has always been to provide sewers all over the world with inspiration and a wide range of tools that make it easy and fun to sew.