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Date: 1/15/14 9:43 PM

I get to test-drive the new Viking Sapphire 930 tomorrow! I have researched on here about what things to ask about and how to get a better deal. They seem to be $1699 across the board. Should I take anything with me? I thought I read somewhere that some take fabric with them?

I posted a few months ago that I was really wanting the Sapphire 875Q...this essentially replaced it and I'm excited to finally see for myself what a Viking feels like.

Thank you in advance for your help!

Erica

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Date: 1/15/14 9:56 PM

I have never taken anything with me, but it might be a good idea to take a scrap of knits and women's in a few different weights. The dealer will have some fabric too, although maybe not a variety.

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Date: 1/15/14 10:01 PM

Bring the type of fabrics you like to sew. If you hem jeans, bring some denim. If you like to piece bring some squares. If you want to free motion, bring a quilt sandwich. I sew alot of knits, so I always bring knit scraps.

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Date: 1/15/14 10:03 PM

It's a good idea to take samples of fabric that you plan to use, especially if you work with heavy or delicate or unusual fabrics. The dealer will probably have only simple woven cotton and it may be stabilized or starched to show stitches at their best. You will want to try the stitches and features that you will actually use. The last time I tested a machine, I took some quilting cotton to sew togehther, cut some appliques to stitch down with blanket stitch, and made a sandwich with batting which I then quilted. Essentially I made a quilted potholder to test a bunch of features in a real project. Try to have fun, too! Good luck!

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Date: 1/16/14 12:15 PM

Thank you for the advice...I'm still relatively new to quilting and I just do alternating color blocks. What is the pattern called that's in your username picture?

And I'll take some different scraps with me, thanks.

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Date: 1/16/14 1:13 PM

See if you can test the machine with the extra table that you can buy to go with it. I don't have that, but I can see how that might come in handy if I were sewing larger pieces. I am curious to see how much that costs.

You might check out the quilting feet that come with the machine or that are available to see if they would fit your quilting needs.
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Date: 1/16/14 2:28 PM

The pattern is actually a Bear Paw in a Bear Paw. I photographed only 1/4 of the whole. The white section shows an entire Bear Paw, but the red in the picture only shows one "paw" of the big Bear Paw. I like it too! But it was so tedious to make I only made one!
-- Edited on 1/16/14 2:30 PM -- Edited to correct "Bear Claw" (a pastry) to "Bear Paw" (a quilt block)!
-- Edited on 1/16/14 3:24 PM --

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Date: 6/10/14 12:28 PM

Erica,

Did you end up buying the Sapphire 930? If so, how happy have you been during these past 5 months with it? Any tension issues? Are the zigzag and decorative stitches neat and pretty? Do you use lettering? I was considering the purchase of the machine on sale at the local dealer but read nightmarish reviews about specific tension issues and poor stitch quality. The worst seems to be the extreme difficulty to get things fixed when something goes wrong with a Husqvarna machine - while maybe not specifically this model.

Anybody else is happy with their Sapphire 930?

Thank you in advance, I would greatly welcome your feed back.
-- Edited on 6/10/14 12:29 PM --
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Date: 6/10/14 4:01 PM

I got the 930 about a month ago. So far I'm very happy with it and have had no problems that weren't user error. I've done everything but quilt with it. I am waiting to post a review until I actually make a quilt (not just piece the top) and own it for longer.
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Date: 6/10/14 5:48 PM

OH MY GOODNESS!!!! Good for you! How did I miss that in the other topics?! What a lovely machine you have. :)

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