How to Troubleshoot a Designer II Husqvarna Sewing Machine

Updated July 20, 2017

Spend time checking for the most common sewing machine problems before taking your Husqvarna Designer II into an authorised dealer for costly service repairs. Thread tension, needle or thread breakage, jamming, improper bobbin placement and sewing technique are common issues with sewing machines. Quality thread, needles and stabilisers can improve machine performance. Corrections and adjustments should resolve complaints. This high-end and technologically advanced customisable embroidery machine will require an experienced technician to adjust or replace internal computerised components.

Embroidery enthusiasts who have invested a small fortune in this discontinued machine may find it difficult to obtain parts for service repairs.

Download the current version software update from the Husqvarna Viking website to your computer. Transfer the update file from the computer to the d-card Reader/Writer. Update the sewing machine with feature upgrades and performance bug fixes.

Remove lint from under the needle plate in the bobbin area, using an attachment for your vacuum. Use tweezers to extract thread bits or lint that appears to be trapped. Remove any dirt trapped between the feed dogs.

Determine the stitching technique to use for testing. Select the proper needle for the chosen type and weight of fabric. Insert the new needle into the sewing machine. Always make certain the needle is sharp and straight.

Inspect thread quality for strength, fraying or knots. Ensure the thread is compatible with the selected needle and fabric.

Insert a Husqvarna bobbin marked with an "H," ensuring a secure fit. Keep the sewing area clean to allow the sensors to work properly.

Thread the top of the machine properly to prevent nesting beneath the material. Check that the take-up lever is threaded. Let the presser foot down and pull thread through the needle.

Adjust the tension for balance. Increase tension if thread is looping under the fabric.

Prevent thread from kinking by placing the spool in the vertical position.

Attach the presser foot for design purposes. Make sure there is adequate pressure and the feed dogs are not dropped.

Perform a stitch test. If necessary, make additional adjustments.

Take your Husqvarna Designer II sewing machine in for service if the machine is slow, the timing is off, sensors are not working properly or for any additional technical problems.


For free motion embroidery and quilting, disengage the feed dogs, attach a straight stitch needle plate, and use free motion pressure feet. Lubricate your sewing machine regularly. Schedule a tune-up service annually.


Do not attempt to dismantle and repair your Husqvarna Designer II yourself, as this may damage delicate circuitry. Take caution when replacing bulbs to prevent burn injuries. Using canned air will compact lint and thread bits already trapped and jamming your sewing machine.

Things You'll Need

  • Husqvarna Designer II owner's manual
  • Computer with USB port
  • D-card Reader/Writer
  • Vacuum
  • Micro vacuum attachment
  • Tweezers
  • Scrap material
  • Thread
  • Needles
  • Bobbins
  • Presser feet
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Kimberly Contreras has been a freelance writer since 2005. She has written for several websites on women's issues relating to self sufficiency, single parenthood, small business and marketing. Contreras attended the University of Maryland where she studied English and journalism.