While strolling through Factory Sew-Vac in Lantana, Florida, I came across a Husqvarna/Viking Platinum 730. It wasn’t until I got home to see what the website had to say about it that I learned this machine has been on the market for a very long time.
At A Glance
The Husqvarna/Viking Platinum 730 looks very much like practically all of the other brand new machines offered by the folks at Husqvarna/Viking.
It has a monochromatic LCD screen and some of the touch controls that are offered on later model sewing, quilting and embroidery machines like fix, stop, and reverse stitch.
I couldn’t help but notice a couple of obvious omissions, however. The start/stop and presser foot up and down buttons were conspicuously absent.
Aside from that, the single most noticeable difference is that on the Platinum 730, these buttons are on the right panel rather than above the needle, where they are located on the crop of newer machines.
The touch pads for identifying the fabric you are working with help make sure the tension adjustment is just right each time you sew are located in the exact same position as on newer machines.
Another very important difference is the size and location of the presser foot lift. On newer sewing machines, the presser foot lift is behind the needle to the right.
On the Platinum 730, the presser foot lift is a huge lever – approximately two or three inches wide – directly behind the needle.
There is also an on board ruler, a see through bobbin cover that lets you actually see when the bobbin thread is low, a stitch selection guide inside the lid and an extra spool pin that can be used when winding the bobbin while sewing.
The Platinum 730 also has a brightly lit work surface, an on board accessories case that removes to reveal the functional free arm and the drop feed function is conveniently located on the very front of the machine.
- 42 decorative and utility stitch options
- 2 one step buttonholes
- Sewing advisor
- On board needle threader
- Left/right mirror imaging
- Drop in bobbin
- Reverse stitch
- Design stop
- Drop feed
- Manual tension adjustment
- Presser foot pressure adjustment
- Free arm
Working on the Husqvarna/Viking Platinum 730
Following the threading guides and the guides for winding the bobbin make preparing the Husqvarna/Viking Platinum 730 for work a breeze. Placing the bobbin in the drop in case is just as easy.
The menu icon next to the LCD screen is used to switch between utility and decorative stitch options. Utility stitches are clearly indicated on the numerical touch pad.
To gain access to the utility stitches, make sure the menu is set at ‘1’. If one of the decorative stitches depicted inside the lid are wanted, touch the menu icon on the touch pad, located next to the monochromatic LCD screen.
The function key on the touchpad allows you to choose one of three settings… normal, repeat or program. When it is set in the normal mode, you can choose your stitches from either menu and sew as usual.
If you want to repeat a decorative stitch, merely put the function setting on repeat. If, however, you want to produce a set stitch pattern or sequence, use the program function.
I found that although I used the correct fabric setting, it was sometimes necessary to still adjust the tension manually in order to achieve perfect results when working with very thin fabric.
This is no different than working with a machine that does not give you the luxury of telling it what type of fabric you are working with. This is, in my opinion, a very minor inconvenience.
However, a person with little or no sewing experience might get a bit frustrated if they are not aware that it is sometimes necessary to adjust the tension manually.
With the proper tension setting, I find that the Husqvarna/ Viking Platinum 730 produces perfect stitches. You will find that they are well formed, secure and very well defined. The default setting was ideal for the utility and decorative stitches as well.
- Natural fibers/cotton-linen-wool
- Fine fabrics/silk-satin-taffeta/velvet
- Synthetic fabrics/blends-rayon-polyester
- Reptile skin
- Extra thick fabrics or multiple layers
- Snap on presser feet
- 2 zigzag feet
- Buttonhole foot
- Blindhem foot
- Zipper foot
- Teflon foot
- Edging foot
- Sensor buttonhole foot
- Lint brush
- Stitch plate opener
- Seam ripper
- Clearance plate
- Felt pad
- Light bulb remover
- Thread net
|After each use||Monthly*||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|
Tying Off The Loose Ends
The Husqvarna/Viking Platinum 730 is an excellent machine for anyone who has never before worked on a computerized sewing machine. Although I hesitate to recommend computerized sewing machines for use by children, I have no reservations when it comes to this one.
With proper supervision, I have no doubt that a child as young as seven or eight will be able to operate this machine in no time at all.
It is extremely user friendly. Even people who have been sewing for decades but are technologically challenged will have very little trouble learning to use this machine.
It does not have some of the features that are standard on other computerized machines, like a start/stop button, buttons to raise and lower the presser foot, or to snip the threads for you, but it does have an on board thread cutter on the rear and all of the essential controls one needs to have an enjoyable sewing experience. This machine is solid, makes very little noise and does not vibrate at all.
The seam guide on the Husqvarna/Viking Platinum 730 is very small with only two markings on it. If you purchase this one, you may want to pull out that old magnetic seam guide you tucked away a while ago.
To sum it all up, the only true shortcomings I found on the Husqvarna/Viking Platinum 730 are some of the very same things those of us who have been sewing for a long time grew accustomed to ‘back in the day’ before sewing machines were built to do so many things that we were trained to do for ourselves in sewing class.
If, like me you are an ‘old school’ home sewer, if you are accustomed to a mechanical sewing machine and want to add some computer technology to your sewing room without going all the way, or if you are a beginner who may or may not be intimidated by some of the high tech computerized sewing machines on the market, you should take a very close look at the Husqvarna/Viking Platinum 730 before making a final decision as to which computerized sewing machine to purchase.
- 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.
- User friendly
- Easy to learn to operate
- Limited stitch options
- Manual tension adjustment