During a recent visit to Ace Sewing and Vacuum in Pompano Beach, Florida, I learned that the folks at Husqvarna/Viking decided to replace the Topaz 20 with an updated version. I reviewed the Topaz 25 and learned that it is indeed, and updated rendition of the Topaz 20.

At A Glance

When you look at it, the Husqvarna/Viking Designer Topaz 25 appears to be identical to its predecessor, the Topaz 20.

Viking Designer Topaz 25

Viking Designer Topaz 25

Function keys: start/stop; needle up/down; fix; cut; reverse stitch; and speed control are situated above the needle and across the top front of the machine.

A stitch selection guide is inside the lid and a backlit monochromatic LCD screen is on the front to the right hand side.

An automatic needle threader, a drop in bobbin, a free arm

An automatic needle threader, a drop in bobbin, a free arm

The Topaz 25 also has an automatic needle threader, a drop in bobbin, a free arm, and a seam guide etched onto the needle plate.

Features

  • 160 built in decorative and utility stitch options
  • 1 alphanumeric font
  • 75 embroidery designs preloaded on USB stitck
  • Upper and lower thread sensors
  • Updatable software
  • Needle up/down
  • Presser foot up/down
  • Start/stop
  • Speed control
  • Drop in bobbin
  • Drop feed
  • Free arm
  • Monochromatic LCD screen
  • On board stitch selection guide
  • On board accessory storage (when embroidery unit is not in place)
On board accessory storage

On board accessory storage

Working on the Husqvarna/Viking Designer Topaz 25

Winding the bobbin and threading the Husqvarna/Viking Designer Topaz 25 is made easy by the on board guides that are so clearly identified a beginner would have no problem navigating the process.

Touchpad for stitch selection

Touchpad for stitch selection

Once the machine is threaded, however, before you even select your stitches, it is necessary to identify the type of fabric you will be working with in order to assure that the automatic tension setting is properly engaged. Skipping this step could very well result in skipped stitches or worse.

The process is not a complicated one if you are accustomed to working with different types and weights of fabric.

You must use the buttons at the lower edge of the touchpad to indicate the type of fabric you are using and if necessary the type of overcast stitching you using. Buttons labeled A through G are for fabric identification:

A. Woven – light
B. Woven – medium
C. Woven – heavy
D. Knit – light
E. Knit – medium
F. Knit – heavy
G. Leather/vinyl

Buttons labeled 1 through 7 are to be engaged when using specific stitch options:

1. Stretch light straight
2. Overcast – light
3. Overcast – semi light
4. Overcast – baste
5. Overcast – 3x zigzag
6. Overcast – hem
7. Overcast – buttonhole

Once this task is complete, the process of actually selecting the stitch you want is quite easy. The first thing you must do is determine in which grouping your stitch is stored.

Different stitch groups

Different stitch groups

There are several different stitch groups, and each group has several different options. While this sounds a bit complicated, it is not as challenging as it may at first seem.

The on board stitch selection guide is quite useful in this process because you can see at a glance exactly which numerical grouping your stitches are stored in. After selecting the group, simply dial up the stitch number on the touchpad and you’re ready to go.

The stitches produced by the Husqvqrana/Viking Designer Topaz 25 produces what could possibly be the best quality I have seen in this price range.

The default settings need no adjustment or tweaking whatsoever to yield absolutely perfect, professional quality utility and decorative stitches.

Absolutely perfect, professional quality utility and decorative stitches

Absolutely perfect, professional quality utility and decorative stitches

Fabrics

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

Accessories

  • 8 Snap on presser feet
    • 2 Utility feet (1 for wide zigzag stitching and 1 for narrower stitching)
    • Buttonhole
    • Zipper
    • Blind hem
    • Edging
    • Embroidery/Darning
    • Sensor 1 step buttonhole
  • Thread net
  • Felt pad
  • Screwdriver
  • Lint brush
  • Seam ripper
  • 3 spool caps (1 large/1 medium/1 small)
  • 1 GB USB embroidery stick
  • Designer Jewel embroidery hoop (240mm x 150mm)
  • Downloadable software
  • Extra needles
  • 6 bobbins
  • Sample fabric
  • Stabilizer
  • Embroidery thread
  • Designer Topaz 25 Sampler book

Maintenance







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
Lubricate
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

The Husqvarna/Viking Designer Topaz 25 is a good sewing and embroidery machine that produces surprisingly high quality stitches.

If it were not for the prolonged process in setting up the machine for sewing the right fabric and the rather involved stitch selection process, I would not hesitate to recommend it for use by beginners.

I cannot in good conscious say that a beginner would be able to do anything more than thread this machine and wind the bobbin because there are entirely too many steps required before you can expect to begin to sew.

Very little noise and absolutely no vibration

Very little noise and absolutely no vibration

In my opinion, a true beginner should be able to thread the machine, wind the bobbin and sew without having to go through the additional work of understanding enough about fabric to be able to tell the machine what kind of fabric they are using.

Most beginners use simple woven fabric anyway. In my opinion, learning how to set or adjust the tension is part of the learning process.

Therefore, any machine that can be adjusted to set the tension for you is something that should be reserved for the more seasoned home sewer, who knows what the machine is doing and why.

Anyone who has mastered basic sewing techniques, has a full understanding of sewing machine operation and maintenance and is ready to step up their game with a computerized sewing and embroidery machine might be happy with this one.

If you ask me, there are other machines on the market that do not require as many steps to achieve equal results. This does not mean, however, that I do not like the Topaz 25.

I like the feel of the Husqvarna/Viking Designer Topaz 25. It is solidly constructed and comfortable to sit at. There is very little noise and absolutely no vibration.

I believe that it is entirely possible to work on this machine while talking on the telephone, listening to music or watching television at a normal volume level.

With all this in mind, I urge anyone who is in the market to add a new sewing and embroidery machine to their sewing room inventory to visit their local Husqvarna/Viking dealer and ask for a demonstration of the Designer Topaz 25 before making a final decision.

Although there are other sewing and embroidery machines on the market that offer many more stitch options, I wonder just how many of those stitches are really being used.

If you are one of those people who likes having access to lots of decorative stitches, but does not need to have thousands of stitches to choose from, this just might be the machine for you.

Husqvarna/Viking Designer Topaz 25 Review
Link To Official Website
Skill Level:
Beginner
Needs lots of help – able to sew a straight seam but unfamiliar with most sewing techniques; needs assistance and instruction on basic sewing techniques.
Intermediate
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
Expert – can sew anything without instruction or assistance; possesses an expansive knowledge of sewing techniques and terminology.
Stitch quality
Speed
Ease of use
Maintenance
Pros
  • Recipient of the Consumer Digest Best Buy Award
  • Excellent stitch quality
  • User friendly
Cons
  • Fewer stitch options
  • Smaller embroidery unit
5.0Overall Score
Reader Rating: (24 Votes)

19 Responses

  1. Kathy Hof

    I don’t have a comment, but rather a question. You said you would not recommend this machine for a newbie, so I am wondering what machine you would recommend? I have sewn for years, but am by no means great at it. I just like to dabble.

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    • Heather

      I just bought the Topaz 25 sewing machine and I LOVE IT! It’s actually pretty darned easy to use, but I can see how someone with no sewing experience might get frustrated. I think because I had experience with a Singer embroidery machine, I was light years ahead on figuring this one out. I did have to call my HV folks a few times in the very beginning to get the machine off of free motion sewing and to get the safety stitch off, but other than that, I’ve got everything figured out on my own. I’ve embroidered and I’m working on my first monogramming job today.

      Long story short, I would think you would be fine purchasing something like this since you have experience with sewing.

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  2. Patricia Smith

    I am in the market for a embrodied machine . I have been sewing since I was 10 yrs. old.& now at age 62yrs. I am entering my retirement. I am interested in embrodied. What is the best for a starter. I want to be able to make christening gowns , pillow cases, embroidery, vestments for the priest, embrodied trim ect. Please advise. I am looking at a viking topaz 30 but the reviews are very questionable.

    Sincerely,
    Patricia Smith

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  3. Lucy Wilkinson

    I have had the Topaz 25 for 4 months and it is starting to freeze up on me. Sometimes when I want to select a design and it has also happened when I am embroidering in the middle of a design. Any thoughts?????

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      • Menna

        Hi. Seen that u have topaz 25. Have u had any problems with the bobbin. Took it out and casing to clean. But unsure if i have put casing back in right as my machine wont work properly now

  4. Kaye Wade

    More a question than comment. What do you know about the Designer Topaz 50? I have tried out the Designer Diamond Royale and have seen the Ruby Royale perform. I have not seen comments/reviews on the Topaz 50 or seen it work. The Diamond Royale is pricey as is the Ruby, but the price quoted on the Topaz 50, is more in my price range. I have read all reviews on the Viking machines you have posted and the thing that concerns me the most is what I have read regarding the service. My dealer says they have a maintenance guy in town that works only on these machines. Thanks for any comments you have.

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    • Vernelle

      Hello, Kaye –

      Thank you for visiting Sewing Insight.

      This link will take you to my review of the Topaz 50. I strongly suggest that you visit your local Husqvarna/Viking dealer and ask for a demonstration of each of the machines you are interested in. Then after you try them for yourself – side by side. you will have a better idea of how each one operates and feels to you personally. The 20 and 25 have higher ratings than the 50, but the 50’s rating is still very high. Since all of the machines in this line that I reviewed were brand new out of the box, I cannot speak to their maintenance records or long term reliability. If at all possible, I think it would be a good idea for you to talk with people who actually have these machines in their personal sewing rooms. It is only after use in real life settings that a sewing machine’s attributes can truly be observed.

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  5. Dianne

    In general, I love my Topaz 25, which I use almost exclusively for embroidery. But now, just as my one-year warranty ends, it has started randomly refusing to read 6×10 designs–even some which it read and stitched without issue before. I already have a machine that can only read up to 5×7 designs, so needless to say this is a bit upsetting.

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    • Marilyn

      Make sure the designs you are trying to load are .VP3 files. Make sure you are giving the machine enough time to load what you have on your USB drive especially if you have a lot of designs on it. Watch your design size though because if it has one stitch out of the hoop it won’t sew it.

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    • Jan

      HI
      I Just into this sight because I too am having problems with my topaz 25 reading my usb. I have been sewing/embroiderying for over 3 years. I understand your frustrations. Although you mentioned your one year warranty ends, this problem is covered for 5 years. So bring it to the dealer you purchased your machine. I did take mine to my dealer and they installed another new usb but it is still giving me problems. The tech told me it may be the mother board. So I would not hesitate to take heed and make sure the problem is taken care of before your warranty is up. (as I am doing the same) Good Luck.

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  6. janet butler

    I bought a topaz 25 in march of this year and although i am happy with it, it seems very noisy on the embroidery is this normal?

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    • Marilyn

      Yes they will be louder during embroidery. As the arm moves the hoop in different directions it will change the sound and that is normal.

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    • Jan

      Great little machine, but yes they are noisy. I have owned my machine for over 3 years and love it. Although having problems now with it reading the usb. Tech still working on the problem. Also the company now is replacing the cutting knives larger which keeps that message from continually popping up to clear stitches under the hoop. Next time you get your machine serviced asked to get the knife replaced. Great update in my opinion

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  7. pam

    My topaz 50- just froze and is making a reving noise like a lawn mower- I was embroidering – nothing unusual – I have unplugged everything , let it rest. I started it again in sewing mode – same thing happened – Anyone have answers- ideas-

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    • Marilyn

      check to make sure your bobbin winder isn’t engaged, otherwise it sounds like an authorized Viking repair service may be needed

      Reply
  8. Marcy

    Hi, I have purchased this embroidery machine for my mom. She has never used an embroidery machine before but I was wondering if it is possible to upload for instance a logo of some sort or like an actual picture or image that I have saved on my computer? If so, what software do I need?

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    • Marilyn

      There is Viking software you can get. They make PC software and Mac software. Embroidery machines read stitch files. Your logo and other things you mention are image files. Basic software lets you work with already existing designs (stitch files) but you need to get software that will let you create a design from your image and that is more expensive. Go to your Viking dealer and have them show you the Premier+ Extra software. It will let you make a basic design with a wizard, along with letting you make a photo into stitches. It does loads of other stuff too and has many built in fonts, designs, frames, and too much more to list.

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      • Jan

        Google “embrilliance” it is the software I purchased and I love it. Cost a fraction of the software out there. (150.00)

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