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Date: 2/23/13 8:20 AM

I seem to be reading completely mixed reviews on this collection... though it looks like there was an earlier series that was updated to a "better" series? I'm considering adding another machine for the larger bed and a nearby dealer has the 835 on closeout for 799. Does this seem a good price? I'm not sure I could get used to not having a manual presser foot lift though.
Also is the light blue color the same on all three? I generally like a really plain front, no colors, the light blue seems unobtrusive enough (the new pink one's really pretty but more $ and while I like the color I know it would drive me nuts!). On their brochure it looks like it's a light sky blue, my friend's Saphire quilting model looks like sort of a pearly blue with (I think) darker blue around edges. My eye tends to drift toward color when it should be on what I'm sewing.

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Date: 2/23/13 10:18 AM

It was a nice machine but for precise positioning of the needle the lack of a lever did make me nuts.
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Date: 2/23/13 10:38 AM

I have a couple of lever-less machines, and all I do is set the fabric under the presser foot, and use the handwheel to lower the needle so it's hovering right above the fabric. Then just align the fabric to where it needs to be, bring the needle down into the fabric, and press the button to lower the foot.

I do exactly the same thing with my machines that do have the manual presser foot lifter, except I manually lower the foot after anchoring the needle into the fabric at the correct spot.

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Date: 2/23/13 2:09 PM

Currently the 835 and 875Q share the blue color. I would liken it to a soft denim blue color with silvery undertone. It's a color that doesn't glare at you. I was wondering if I might start feeling sleepy sitting in front of it...how's that for focusing on color?

The 855 used to be the same blue but was replace with the red Tribute 140C (my local dealer has it on clearance for $1099), which has been replace by the pink Eden Rose 250C, which actually doesn't look bad in person, and I am not a pink person. A vac/sew dealer already has one listed on eBay! I would not buy a new one online, it seems these Vikings really need good local dealer support. I have a really nice Viking person at our local Joann and it just happens her husband who owns the Janome/Babylock shop would be the one servicing the machines so I would feel OK about buying a Viking.

The previous 8 series ending with even numbers(830,850,870) had issues but the bugs were worked out when the odd-numbered models came out.



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Date: 3/2/13 1:37 PM

suesewserge, did you decide to get the 835? It seemed like a good deal!

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Date: 3/5/13 5:45 PM

I didn't, I wasn't able to get to the one who had the closeout/floor model that weekend. I did look at the Tribute at a Joann's gallery, very pretty! It was 1049. But they send them out to get serviced. I know sometimes you can't fix something on the spot but I'm reluctant to buy where there's not someone who can at least troubleshoot with me if I can't figure out what's going on. My other reservations - besides the fact I'm wondering if I'd get more out of adding a smaller more portable Bernina version to take around vs. investing in something bigger which is what had me thinking about these - is that while it sewed well through thickness, it left a long stitch going over a lump. It was better with the hump jumper but still not as tight a stitch as I'd like (think seams on hems). The pink one (Rose?) next to it was a little better. I can't help but wonder if all in the line wouldn't be the same? The stitching was not a perfect ss on the tribute either, again better on the Rose, and I don't mean the typical "not perfectly exactly straight" you see on machines with wide deco stitches vs. a straight stitch only, I mean just not consistent particularly on bottom. I wouldn't have wanted to have to top stitch something or stitch right side down on something that would show. Again better on the rose but if there's that much variation from one to the next that's virtually the same you don't really know which way yours may sway. ANd it may be adjustable but then it's gone for a week to tweak. I'm on the fence.... The other thing was the light looked nice and bright on the website but it wasn't the led type I was hoping for, I do have Ott type lights but boy you get spoiled with that flourescent light on the Bernina!
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Date: 3/5/13 6:20 PM

I thought there was a lot to like on the Sapphire. If it had been my only machine I think I would have gotten used to it. With the addition of a knee lift which I have used for 20 or more years I probably could have even loved it. I wouldn't be put off by some of the negative comments. Look for a real Viking dealer who can dependably adjust it. The feet are nice and the foot pedal is nice too. I don't remember that it was overly heavy either.
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