I just recently did a survey for names for a new HV line. They didn't
have open suggestions, just asked for their suggestions to be ranked,
and why those were preferred. Curiously, a lot of the names were
offered in English then again in Swedish, like they would consider using
Swedish names on machines distributed in English-speaking countries.
It isn't so much that one is newer than the other. They are both of the
same line-up of machines one just has more features than the other. I think
the Rose was the step up from the Lily but you'd need to ask HV about that.
Or possibly you could check out eBay and see the specification details on an
individual offerings of both machines to find out the differences.
Hope this helps,
AK in PA
The Lily 450 & 550 came out at the same time. Later, HV changed the 550
cosmetically (the colours on the trim changed to harmonise with the rest
of the range) and they called it the 555. I bought my original Lily in
1998 when they were HV's latest thing, and it's replacement (stolen -
long story!) in 1999. I think it changed to the 555 the following year.
The Rose is an embroidery machine, the Lily is not. It has a raft of
utility and decorative stitches (240 of them) but does not do full
embroidery. Your decision should be based on what you want to do
(embroidery or largely garment construction), not the age of the
machine. That will only be relevant if you have two on the bench the
same to choose from, and even there I'd go for evidence of use rather
than calendar age.
Mind you, I've used mine HARD (I sew professionally), and it shows
little evidence of it so far... A little cosmetic damage to the
extension table (where a customer's cheapo fabric dyed it! Grr!) and a
few dints and scratches on the case (I carted it to class for a while
and now occasionally cart if off to strange places to teach on it). It
shows no marks from when I had to haul a horrid brat off it as she tried
to use it to boost her way onto a table, using it as a stepping stool...
The Lily 550/555 was the top of the line non-embroidery machine, with
240 stitches and memory functions. The Rose was an embroidery machine:
fewer built in stitches (nothing like so many decorative ones, but I
think it had all the utility ones), but full embroidery functions, fed
in on cards. The Orchidea was the top of the line embroidery machine in
this range. The Designer range was based on the Orchidea.
Dunno... Probably. I never looked into it as I was looking more at the
Lily. I didn't want embroidery. I rarely use the decorative stitches
(though the kids like them), and got the 550 for the raft of utility
stitches, the letters and numbers, and the 10 different buttonhole
styles. I'll have a poke about and see if I can find out for you.
If you are looking at buying a Rose, it will be used. Make sure you get
all the embroidery cards you can with it: I don't know what is still
available, nor do I know if new designs are still coming out for it. I
have a feeling that it isn't one of the machines you can put your own
They were very good machines, but embroidery machines have moved on in
leaps and bounds in the last 8 or 9 years.
You can put your own designs on the Rose. You need a reader/writer or
amazing box and a programmable card to convert designs from your
computer to the card. There are tons of designs available commercially
or you can invest in digitizing software and make your own.
If you are really wanting to get into embroidery you'll really want to
consider a larger embroidery field. While you can do designs larger
than 100 cm x 100 cm it is a tedious and not always accurate thing to
I have a a 555 and it's excellent. I bought it because I wanted to do
dress making rather than embroidery and it's a top of the range dress
making machine. I looked at the embroidery machines and it seemed to me
that they might have fewer dress making functions thought I wasn't
completely sure. I see that the orchidea is really coming down in price
now but when I bought my mahcine they were really expensive and I
wasn't sure that they did all I wanted.
I bought used, and though I found many machines on ebay I actually got
one from the for sale section of a sewing magazine. The prices were
good and I gave an offer =A350 below the asking price. I got the
impression that they were definately being sold by the owner rather
than someone who had picked up the machine in a sale, which was
reassuring. I got the feeling that an owner who was involved enough to
read a sewing magazine would have taken good care of the machine too.
One slight concern that I had about buying used was that they computer
parts of the machine are only meant to last six years or something but
my machine is going fine and I use it a lot.
Well, I've used mine heavily since 1999, and the only problems I've had
were mechanical! The handle mounting broke and was fixed under
guarantee Faulty moulding), and thread caught in an inaccessible place
in the tension mechanism and gave symptoms of step motor problems. Both
were easily fixed by my OSMG. I get her serviced regularly, and in the
seven years I've had her, she's done a LOT of miles on some tough stuff,
and there's very little she cannot cope with.