When I read that the Husqvarna/Viking Opal had received the Consumers’ Digest Best Buy award, I simply could not wait to review it. That opportunity finally arrived and I immediately took advantage of the opportunity to review it.

The Opal comes in two different models, the 670 and the 650. On the day of my visit, I had an opportunity to review the 670.

At A Glance

One look at the Husqvarna/Viking Opal 670 is all it takes to recognize that this machine is somewhat different from all the other machines in the rather extensive line of Husqvarna/Viking computerized sewing machines.

Viking Opal 670

Viking Opal 670

The machine itself is a little smaller and the LCD screen is smaller. Upon closer examination, however, it is obvious that most of the other standard features found on Husqvarna/Viking sewing machines are right there at your fingertips.

Standard features at fingertips

Standard features at fingertips


The list of standard features available on the award winning Husqvarna/Viking Opal 670 includes:

  • 200 decorative and utility stitches
  • 4 alphanumeric fonts
  • Automatic thread cutter
  • Bobbin thread sensor
  • Monochromatic LCD backlit Touch screen with stylus
  • Automatic tension adjustment
  • Start/stop button
  • Variable speed control
  • Stitch memory
  • Fix function
  • Mirror end to end and side to side stitching
  • 3 bright LED lamps

Working on the Husqvarna/Viking Opal 670

Simple threading on-board guides

Simple threading on-board guides

On board graphic guides make winding the bobbin and threading the Husqvarna/Viking Opal is as simple as can be.

If you are accustomed to a mechanical sewing machine, there may be a slight learning curve when it comes to the stitch selection process.

The stitch selection guide beneath the lid is very helpful. The first thing you must do, however, is to go into the stitch/font selection menu to identify the stitch category you want to choose from and then dial up the desired stitch number.

As soon as a stitch is selected, the Sewing Advisor pops up on the LCD touch screen. It not only shows you a graphic display of the stitch, it will also tell you which presser foot to use and helps you determine the best stitch length and width that would work best for your specific sewing project.

The fix function assures that each seam is locked at the beginning and end points. The speed control mechanism is operated by touch, not by a slider like on many other machines.

The Husqvarna/Viking 670 runs quietly and steady. The construction is solid and there is virtually no vibration whatsoever, even when sewing at the highest speed setting.

Stitch selection guide beneath the lid

Stitch selection guide beneath the lid

The stitch quality is good. Stitches are tight and secure. Although I can’t pinpoint the specific reason, I wasn’t too impressed by the final look of the decorative stitches.

Tight and secure stitches

Tight and secure stitches

A comparison between the Husqvarna/Viking Opal 670 and the 650

Both the Husqvarna/Viking 650 and 670 are loaded with great features. There are, however, some differences. This table is a snapshot of some of the differences.
For a full comparison between the two machines, visit husqvarnaviking and click on the Comparison Chart link.

FEATURE  670  650
Total stitch options (including fonts, etc)  557  420
Utility & decorative stitch options  200  160
Exclusive Sewing Advisor®  Yes  Yes
3” Monochromatic touch screen  Yes  Yes
Programmable alphanumeric fonts  4  3
Buttonhole styles  7  7
Programmable My Stitches memory capacity  8  4
Bobbin thread sensor  Yes  No
Mirror end to end  Yes  No
Mirror side to side  Yes  Yes
Automatic tapering  Yes  No
Pictogram  Yes  No
Sew on button program  Yes  Yes
Automatic tension adjustment  Yes  No
Needle positions  29  29


  • 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


  • 7 snap on presser feet
    • 2 Utility feet
    • Buttonhole foot
    • Zipper foot
    • Blind hem foot
    • Sensor one-step buttonhole foot
  • Glide Sole
  • Seam ripper
  • Lint brush
  • Screwdriver
  • 2 Felt pads
  • 5 Bobbins
  • Spool cap
  • Extra needles


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

Too many options and features to choose from

Too many options and features to choose from

When it is all said and done, it’s easy to see how the Husqvarna Viking Opal won the Consumer’s Digest Best Buy Award.

In my opinion, however, there are a few things to be desired with this machine. That does not mean it’s not a good buy.

Personally, I would like to see the stitch selection process a little less complicated and the stitch quality a little better.

The Opal is a solid machine that runs quietly, has no vibration and once you get the hang of it, does a great job.

I believe the Opal is a good choice for those who are moving from a mechanical to a computerized sewing machine. There is, as I said earlier in this review, a learning curve, which is to be expected anytime you step up to a more complex piece of machinery.

As a rule, I hesitate to recommend computerized sewing machines for use by beginners. The Opal may be one of those exceptions.

Not only is it a good transitional machine for those who have worked almost exclusively on mechanical sewing machines, it could very well be an ideal choice for the older beginner who wants to dive into the deep end of the pool.

Someone with even a little bit of experienced on computerized sewing machines will be able to work on the Opal with just the owner’s manual to guide them.

On the other hand, if you have never worked on a computerized machine before and are interested in purchasing an Opal, make sure your dealer offers tutorials.

The 670 has more to offer than the 650, and the price reflects that. For the $500 difference, I think the beginner or anyone who has worked on a mechanical machine for a number of years might be happy with the less costly model.

The additional features are wonderful and a great advantage for the experienced home sewer. I sometimes wonder, though, if a beginner or a seasoned home sewer who has never worked on a computerized machine might be overwhelmed by suddenly having too many options and features to choose from.

Husqvarna/Viking Opal 670 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
  • Good transitional machine for people moving up from mechanical to computerized sewing
  • Fewer features and accessories than many other computerized sewing machines in its price range
4.5Overall Score
Reader Rating: (35 Votes)

17 Responses

  1. Kitty

    On Oct 23, 2013 I purchased the Opal 670. Brought it home and opened the box the next day to use the machine. The machine clanked, and clunked, the cutter didn’t work and the top tread kept bird nesting on top of the bobbin. Took it back and another Opal 670 was given to me. Take it home and a few days later I take it out of the box and set up to sew. The machine sounded like a Mack Truck changing gears.

    Not wanting to drive 50 miles back to where I purchased the machine it was taken to a Viking Repair shop. 2 weeks later the machine comes home.

    I feel that the Opal is not a quality machine. The repair shop stated they are starting to see more of these machine come in for repairs before you get a chance to sew on it.

  2. Trisha

    I am in love with this machine! I was using a 20 year old Brother machine before I purchased the Opal 670. I didn’t know what I was missing! This machine is a dream. I find it very easy to use. And I find the stitching is beautiful. And mine is quiet and works like a champ. You will not regret this purchase!

  3. Pam

    You mentioned that the Opal 670 has fewer features and accessories than its counterparts in the same price range – can you give a few examples for comparison? Thank you.

  4. zilla

    The jury is still out on this machine as far as I am concerned. I have had quite a few incidents of machine overload while doing routine tasks. The thread cutter works about half the time. I took it back to the dealer concerning both these issues. They were unable to duplicate the problems but did replace the thread cutting part. I still continue to have the same problems. Now the tension is off when sewing denim and I have not been able to adjust it to right the tension. I’ve had it about 10 months and am about to send it back to the dealer, 125 miles one way. Not convenient! For almost $1000 I expected a more reliable machine. On the other hand. . . The many decorating stitches are fun, needle threader is helpful, but the perks are, so far, way outweighed by the problems.

  5. Mary

    Oh Yikes! I’m to the point where I HAVE to purchase a new machine, as I was forced to give up my 30+ year-old Kenmore mechanical machine due to continuous tension problems (I was advised to get rid of it, because it would cost at least $90 just to have someone look at it, and it being so old…parts availability, etc.). Reluctantly I parted ways with my Kenmore and am now without a machine.
    Just when I think I’ve made a decision on a replacement machine, I’ll come across a post that advises against that brand/style/model! Help!
    I want a high-quality, dependable machine. I don’t need every last bell-and-whistle. It would be fun to do a little embroidery, but the truth is…I’ll mainly be using the machine for basic sewing purposes (clothes, curtains, tablecloths, hems, etc.).
    Any help is greatly appreciated!

    • Marcia

      The Opal 670 is a great all purpose sewing machine, I have used it for multiple projects light to heavy duty. The presser foot tension is on a manual dial instead of computerized and easier to use. As with any machine if you use the right thread/needle combination and tension you will have great results. Anyone who has sewn on a machine beyond the occasional use will enjoy great functionality with this machine. The touch screen is simple and easy to remember the steps once used once or twice.

    • Vernelle

      Hello, Mary –

      Thank you for visiting Sewing Insight.

      Unfortunately, this advice is late, but you should have spent the money to fix your old Kenmore. The good news is there are several very good basic sewing machines on the market. If you are in the market for a basic sewing machine that can perform the tasks you described here, I suggest you look at one of the machines in the new Q line from Brother or a machine in the Juki Exceed series. Juki, however, does not offer an embroidery machine for home use at this time.

      • Mary

        Thanks Vernelle for your input! I’ll see if I can find anyone who has a floor model of either the Brother Q Series OR the Juki, which I hadn’t even heard of!
        If I don’t pick out a machine before Christmas, I’m afraid my husband will think I wasn’t serious about wanting a sewing machine and instead surprise me with matching his-and-hers cammo coats, so that I’ll join him for winter hunting!!!

    • Sarah

      I just got the opal 650 after my 25 year old Kenmore started slowing down. The tension was terrible and the stitches looked sloppy. I did have it serviced, which helped, but it wasn’t sewing perfectly, and the people that serviced it said that was the best they could do, the machine was just getting worn down. I have only had the 650 fit a couple weeks, but so far it’s working great. It sews very smoothly. I’m still deciphering the stitch menu and some of the computerized functions, but to me it works great, much better than my Kenmore ever did. Good luck!

    • Linda

      I sure do hope you have a machine by now…but in case you don’t I’ll tell you a little of what I know about my Opal 670. I also had to unload my 80 pound Kennmore sewing machine that I had gotten in the ’70’s. The Opal is very easy to understand, sews like a dream and had far exceeded my hopes and dreams. I make bags, clothing and quilt. I couldn’t ask for a better all around machine. Hope you have one already.

  6. Jane Camero

    I was looking for reviews of the Opal 670. I purchased mine in September 2015. I have never been able to get the needle threader to work with any regularity. It just doesn’t. The other big problem I have is the bobbin threader always birds nests the thread under the bobbin. I can’t figure out why but I’ve probably wasted a ton of thread with this machine. I don’t know if they still sell it or if it’s been replaced by a newer model. I bought it for 2 reasons – I was “camping” in Virginia and we purchased a new destination trailer and I wanted to make drapes for the sliding glass door and my sewing machine was in Florida at home. Secondly, my old machine was from the 60’s – it worked fine and I should have just looked for a cheaper or a used model for the camper. I now tote the Opal between Florida and Virginia. If I knew then what I know now, I’d have gone out and looked for a good used older machine – I’m just not impressed with this machine. That’s my “for what it’s worth” comments.

  7. Mel

    How much does the Opal 650 cost, pls? I’m not finding the cost online.


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