I had been reading about the new Husqvarna Designer series and one day received an e-mail asking me to review the Designer Diamond Royale sewing and embroidery machine.

The timing was perfect. Just a few days later, I had a great time playing with several of the new sewing machines from Husqvrna/Viking.

At A Glance

The Designer Diamond Royal has a sleek blue and white motif, and comes equipped with a stylus on the right side, a full color touch screen, and a full complement of function buttons that control the presser foot up/down, needle up/down, stop, fix, start/stop, tie off, thread snip, reverse stitch, and speed.

Viking Designer Diamond Royale

Viking Designer Diamond Royale

The detachable embroidery unit exposes the free arm and makes room the accessories tray which can be attached behind the free arm.


The top of the line Husqvarna/Viking Designer Diamond Royale has so many standard features it’s difficult to see how anyone would actually use all of them.

Full color touch screen

Full color touch screen

  • Sensor system
  • Sewing and embroidery advisors
  • Full color touch screen 8” wide
  • 1250 built in decorative, utility, quilting, monogram and embroidery stitches
  • 233 embroidery designs
  • 4 multi-sized embroidery fonts
  • High embroidery speed
  • Oversized embroidery unit
  • Changeable embroidery screen appearance
  • On screen appliqué creation
  • Design shaping and positioning
  • Resize design/stitch recalculation
  • Thread cutter with automatic jump stitch feature
  • Extra large sewing surface – nearly 10” right side of the needle
  • Adjustable e-light system [change light brightness and color]
  • USB connectivity
  • Downloadable updates

Working on the Husqvarna/Viking Designer Diamond Royale

Most sewing machines beep when you turn them on or simply don’t make a sound. The Husqvrna/Viking Designer Diamond Royale, however, plays a whimsical tune when the switch is turned to the on position.

Winding the bobbin and threading the Husqvarna/Viking Designer Diamond Royale is the easiest thing about operating this machine. In my opinion, the stitch selection process is far too complicated for most beginners.

Complicated stitch selection process for beginners

Complicated stitch selection process for beginners

The first thing you must do is touch the stitch menu button on the touch screen. A series of different stitch options opens for you to choose from utility stitches, decorative stitches, embroidery stitches or quilting stitches.

Once the menu opens up, touch the stitch option you want and then touch the button to lower the presser foot and press the start/stop button.

The stop button is a great feature for ending a series of design stitches at the starting point, making it possible for you to complete a series of design stitches neatly.

For this review, although the Husqvarna/Viking Designer Diamond Royale is a sewing and embroidery machine, I decided to test several different utility and decorative stitch options.

I was very impressed with the quality of the stitches made on the Designer Diamond Royale. The utility stitches are clean and well formed and the decorative stitches have great definition.

Although I didn’t personally sample any of the embroidery options, Janet, the Husqvarna/Viking embroidery guru at Ace Sewing and Vacuum eagerly showed me the mask she made on the Designer Diamond Royale and a special embroidery project she did for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Both jobs were exquisite in detail and workmanship.

The clear bobbin cover is a plus, but with the on board sensor to tell you when it’s time to add thread, this feature isn’t really necessary.

I noticed that with all its features, there isn’t a drop feed. That’s because the feed dogs automatically drop down when you select a darning stitch or another stitch that does not require the feed dogs to be in the raised position.

Clean and well formed stitches

Clean and well formed stitches

The feature I like most of all is the fact that it is not necessary to remove the embroidery arm in order to sew.

This gives you an extra large workspace which comes in handy when working on those large sewing projects, like dresses, jackets, pants and coats.

When it’s time to use the free arm the embroidery unit slides off easily by pushing the lever on the underside and sliding it off the machine. It goes back on just as easily when you’re ready to get back to work on larger pieces.


  • Natural fibers/cotton-linen-wool
  • Fine fabrics/silk-satin-taffeta/velvet
  • Knits(Medium to heavyweight only)
  • Synthetic fabrics/blends-rayon-polyester
  • Upholstery
  • Leather/suede
  • Fur
  • Reptile skin
  • Canvas/Twill
  • Plastic/Rubber
  • Extra thick fabrics or multiple layers


Straight stitch plate

Straight stitch plate

The Husqvarna/Viking Designer Diamond Royale comes with all the accessories you could possibly want or need to have the most enjoyable sewing and machine embroidery experience possible.

  • 13 Snap on presser feet
    • Utility
    • Decorative stitch
    • Buttonhole
    • Blind hem
    • Zipper
    • Non-stick glide
    • Edging
    • Quilter’s
    • Embroidery/darning
    • Side motion
    • Clear decorative stitch
    • Sensor 1-step buttonhole
    • Interchangeable dual feed
  • Embroidery unit
  • Accessories tray
  • 3 Embroidery hoops
  • Large – Designer Royal Hoop (360mm x 200mm)
  • Medium – Designer Crown Hoop (260mm x 200mm)
  • Designer Splendid Square Hoop (120mm x 120mm)
  • Stylus
  • Thread net
  • Quilt guide
  • 1 GB USB flash drive
  • Screwdriver
  • Seam ripper
  • Lint brush
  • 4 Spool caps (2 large/1 medium/1 small)
  • Multipurpose tool/Button reed
  • 16 Embroidery hoop clips
  • Pictogram pen
  • 11 bobbins
  • Straight stitch plate
  • Complimentary downloadable software
  • Carrying case
  • Luggage style carrying bag
  • Scissors
  • USB cable
  • Needles
  • Designer Diamond Royale Sampler book
  • Owner’s manual
  • Classic collection CD
  • Microfiber cloth for cleaning the machine
  • Pieces of fabric and stabilizer for sampling embroidery designs


After each useMonthly*Once Each Year**As Needed
Clean race hook and feed dogs
Wipe head with soft dry cloth
Wipe head with soft damp cloth
Service by sewing machine repair professional

* more often if the machine is used for extended periods of time or if used frequently

**more often if the machine is used heavily or if it is not operating properly

Tying Off The Loose Ends

e-lights can be adjusted for brightness and color

e-lights can be adjusted for brightness and color

The Husqvarana/Viking Designer Diamond Royale is an interesting sewing and embroidery machine. This is the first machine I’ve ever seen with an appliqué program that allows you to sew on pieces of fabric, creating your own appliqués with ease.

It is also one of the few sewing and embroidery machines on the market that allows you to perform regular sewing tasks with the embroidery unit in place.

I also like the fact that the e-lights can be adjusted not only for brightness, but also to change color, depending upon your particular needs and whim.

This is definitely not a machine for beginners. I am tempted to add that it should not be used by people with intermediate sewing skills – those who can follow a pattern, sew basic patterns and are exploring machine embroidery.

A sewing and embroidery machine like the Husqvarna/Viking Designer Diamond Royale is far too complicated for someone who has limited sewing skills.

I believe if you are going to spend the monetary equivalent of a good used car on a sewing machine, you should be able to use it extensively in order to get your money’s worth.

Clear decorative stitch

Clear decorative stitch

If, on the other hand, you are already adept at machine embroidery and want to step up to a top of the line sewing and embroidery machine with computer capability and upgradable software, then Husqvarna/Viking Designer Diamond Royale is definitely worth a close look.

This is a perfect choice for the machine embroidery expert who is in the market for a fully computerized sewing and embroidery machine.

Husqvarna/Viking Designer Diamond Royale Review
Link To Official Website
Skill Level:
Needs lots of help – able to sew a straight seam but unfamiliar with most sewing techniques; needs assistance and instruction on basic sewing techniques.
Competent – can make different clothing items without assistance or guidance, but not good enough to sew intricate projects or to sew without a pattern.
Expert – can sew anything without instruction or assistance; possesses an expansive knowledge of sewing techniques and terminology.
Stitch quality
Ease of use
  • Sew with embroidery arm in place
  • Ability to create any embroidery font from your computer
  • Sensor alerts you when straight stitch plate is in place
  • No drop feed
4.8Overall Score
Reader Rating: (12 Votes)

25 Responses

  1. Nancy C

    I’ve been able to ‘play’ with the Royale at my dealer’s. If you are used to computerized embroidery machines, or if you have had another Viking embroidery machine, the learning curve is not excessive.

    Granted, it is an expensive machine, but if you are a serious machine embroiderer or quilter or sewist, this machine could last you for a long time. Viking continues to amaze me with their innovations in sewing & embroidery machines.

  2. Sunny

    It is Wonderful with a capital W. The screen that is always “in focus” no matter where you are sitting is so convenient. The neat way the machine automatically moves out of the way so you can change bobbins in embroidery mode is another hidden “gem”. There are absolutely dozens of improvements–too many to list. That said, I do have one problem–an old one from previous Viking machines: the thread coming from the 8-thread rack still gets messed up when feeding into the machine. I am using my “old” technique of bringing it down and through the upright spool holder where I lead it horizontally into the machine. Related to that: the metal thread guide meant to attach to the machine cover from the thread rack doesn’t fit right (too wide for the plastic holder) AND if attached permanently (after being squeezed somewhat narrower), it would interfere with closing the cover.

  3. Diana

    You can do free motion on the Designer Diamond by touching the icon on the home screen that looks like Stippling. From it you have a choice of Free Motion Floating or Free Motion Spring Action. When you pick one of these two options the feed teeth automatically drop so you don’t need a separate drop feed teeth.
    Also I have the metal thread guide attached to my machine cover and my lid closes perfectly. I use the thread rack and love it. This is an awesome machine! So many techniques to try and so little time!

  4. Judi Malott

    I don’t have a comment just a question. What is the difference between a Designer Diamond and a Designer Diamond Royale?

    • Vernelle

      Hello, Judi –

      Thank you for visiting Sewing Insight.

      Aside from some changes ‘under the hood’, the biggest difference between the Designer Diamond and the Designer Diamond Royale is the fact that the Designer Diamond Royale has about 100 more stitches than its predecessor.

      • sue

        hi, i have the designer deluxe, and they are trying to get me to upgrade to the royale, what would my benefits be to do that? thanks sue

      • Lea

        Between the Designer Diamond and Designer Diamond Royale they are also the fact, you don’t have to write which stiches you are stopping your project, you just save it, and it will remember exactly where your design will be in your hoop. very useful if you hydro go out

  5. Audrey

    I am very disappointed with the Diamond Royale. This is my 3rd machine that the dealership had to change since purchasing it in May and each one has had problems.. V

    • Cecilia Allard

      What were your issues? I purchased a new machine two months ago and it’s worked very good until yesterday when, while embroidering, I started to hear a clunking sound on the arm. I had to stop the machine and take it in. I was told they would have to send it in for service to see what the issue was and that would take up to 10 days. I’m not happy that a 2 month old new machine had any issues. This is my third Viking Sewing machine and until now I’ve been very happy.

      • sandy

        thinking of changing my designer diamond deluxe for a designer diamond royale…..should I? I do love ny diamond deluxe!

      • Sunny

        5-stars all the way! I love my Royale. Have had it from the first shipment of those machines in the USA. It is terrific. Once I said I had a problem with the 8-thread rack but found out that was me. The Royale is my best machine ever. I would recommend it to any and all.

      • debbie

        No keep your diamond deluxe as a second machine… I have a designer 1 w/floppy…..thought about trading it in … but traded in other Machine … purchased diamond royale and kept my designer 1 as a back up… Glad I did.. And yes I do love my royale… It is my machine of choice.

      • Carol Alaniz

        I understand you being upset. I’ve learned through over 11 years using Viking that some machine don’t work from the get-go and others are great workhorses. One thing is, UPS drivers throw these machines around like they’re nothing. My dealer told me about how she told a UPS guy off because he was throwing machines all around at the Viking dealership. He told her had no choice, as he had a route time to stick to and had to hurry. In that group of machines, I actually got a Ruby that didn’t work. It didn’t turn on or do anything. I got full refund and decided not to stick with Rubies, but to upgrade to Diamond Deluxe. It’s be great, with only a couple minor repairs. I would suggest that you have an honest talk with your dealer (not an angry one) and ask if you could get a replacement. It would be up to the dealer if you get one, but ask and see if you can get a better running machine.

    • Lea

      they don’t want to change mine, today is the 10th time that broke down.

      Husqvarna mention in one email they will contact me, no such luck yet

  6. ilia

    I have a question. My husband bought my the designer diamond Royale this week from a dealer who is closing. So I have done two designs and on both of them, it was going great and then it began to pull the bobbin thread into the pattern. What am I doing wrong?

    • Lea

      when this happen to me, I retread the machine, and remove the bobbin and replace it, this help resolve the problem

    • Carol Alaniz

      Since bobbin tension is automatic, clean the bobbin area. Then, make sure the bobbin race is seated in the machine correctly, the instructions in the book tell you how. Then carefully rethread, making sure your pressure foot is up and the thread take-up (on the top left of machine) is at the top, not down towards the needle. If you still have a problem, turn it in for repair. It may be that the machine is ‘out of sync or timing’ (like bad timing on a car causes problems).

      Also, I was told to use only Gutterman thread or Madiera (spelling?) I have used Aurifil, and my Diamond Deluxe machine shredded it to bits. So, I stick to Gutterman only and no more problems. OH–and NO Coats and Clark’s thread…it will cause your machine to malfunction. Hope this helps.

  7. Kelly L

    I was thinking about upgrading, but my dealer told me to keep my Designer 1 (w/floppy) as a back up and just buy a different machine. She said I wouldn’t get very much for my D1 and it would just be best to keep it as a backup.
    I would LOVE to have the Diamond Royale, but doubt I can afford one. :(

    • Carol Alaniz

      Did you try to sell your D1 locally? I sold my Janome some years ago and got 3K for it. Sometimes selling like that works, and sometimes not. I had the Floppy D1, and it drove me nuts, I hated it and got the Diamond Deluxe. I am tech savvy and hated that the D1 was so out of date. I had lots of trouble with designs on floppy. Some of them I bought were digitized incorrectly, so they stitched out all wrong..then I couldn’t get the same designs again because they were off the market. Now, with downloadable designs to my USB stick, it’s much easier and I haven’t had any trouble with the designs I’ve bought being drawn incorrectly by the designers or the design companies.

    • Carol Alaniz

      Try and get an ‘open box’ Royale. It’s a trade in machine, and likely has low sewing hours on it. You get a 1 yr. warranty on it, just like new-in-box. My dealer quoted me $6400.00 with $2,000 trade in for my Diamond Deluxe if I wanted to.

  8. Lea

    I purchased a Diamond Royale October 2013, it been repair 9 times so far, first time was the mother board needed to be change…7 times for the same problem broken shaft, after only a few hours continuously the shaft broke.
    I love all the others features, easy to learn to work with, after you try this machine and see all the features that she can do you’ll fell in love with this machine, but I’m getting frustrated of losing my machine every time you need to be sent to be repair.
    Right now waiting for them to repair it again!!!

    • Carol Alaniz

      What you’ve gone through, I’d be fighting for a ‘open box’ machine as a replacement for your troublemaking machine. Just my 2 cents….In my opinion, you’re getting ripped off. My dealer replaced a machine I had when it acted up, no questions. I guess it depends on the dealer. Have you contacted Viking corporate?

      • Lea

        yes I did, they said someone will contact me, but so far nothing, its been over 2 months. I keep trying to contact them, but no luck, it look that they don’t want to talk directly to the customer !!!1

  9. Ramona

    I have owned the Royale since about 7 mos after it came out. I LOVE IT. I have used Vikings high end machines for many years. Some things about the Royale that may help solve some problems: it is thread sensitive. Don’t use cheap thread. I have no problems with Floriani embroidery thread. The cheap threads will not stitch well. Rethread and remove bobbin and make SURE to hear the CLICK as you reinsert the thread. This is a computer sensitive machine and should be to give you the best. The stitches on the back of my embroideries are as beautiful as on the front. I use it nearly every day. It is flawless. I run it full speed to test all the claims and it has done all flawlessly. It has been to the shop only once and I discovered that it was the quality of the these. I was using an old metallic. It has run non stop with a good metallic thread for hours without even breaking a thread. You do however need to know how to place thread holder and prepare and run machine speed correctly. This machine is a workhorse. Get to know it better and watch you tube videos for a new technique you wish to try.

  10. Carol Alaniz

    I don’t own the Royale, but I own the machine ‘below’ it in the Viking line, the Diamond Deluxe. I disagree strongly with the reviewer’s comments that the machine is too advanced for anyone who doesn’t have experience in sewing or embroidery. That’s simply not true. A beginner could easily use this machine and learn as she goes. There are classes available FREE to Viking machine owners. All you have to do to learn about the Royale (or any machine) is ask the dealer to teach you. They will give you an appointment to sit and teach you anything you want to know…even the embroidery functions. There’s NO excuse not to learn and grow with a Viking embroidery machine. I have owned my Deluxe for 1 1/2 years and I love it. I have sewn quilts, done repair sewing for my husbands’ work uniforms and made things for my home and also done some embroidery. The machine is easy to use, just follow the owner’s manual. Over time, the functions will be second nature to you and embroidery will be easy to do. I have seen other Diamond Deluxe owners from my local Viking dealer bring in items they’ve made with the embroidery unit, and everything was simply beautiful. This reviewer’s comments were slanted towards the negative. Instead of believing her, GO to your local Viking dealer and see for yourself. Sometimes dealers will have ‘open box’ machines available for a discount, so you don’t have to pay full price. As soon as I can afford it, I’ll be upgrading to the Royale machine.


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