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PFAFF Expression 3.2 vs Viking Sapphire 930
PFAFF Expression 3.2 vs Viking Sapphire 930
Maddie964
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Date: 6/1/14 1:23 PM

Hi!

I'm going back and forth between PFAFF Expression 3.2 and the Viking Sapphire 930. From forums, it seems like the PFAFF is a better machine, but one said that it didn't have an option to change the presser foot pressure. Does anyone have an opinion or experience with either of these machines?

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Date: 6/1/14 1:38 PM

Have you had a chance to try out both of them? I've had a Pfaff and a Viking. They are both great brands and now share some features as they are under the same "umbrella" ownership. It comes down to your personal preferences and which one you would most enjoy operating. Do you like where the screen is placed and what information is displayed? How about where you have to reach for the buttons? Sound? Color of the machine? Available accessories?

Try out samples of the same materials on both machines to find out which one appeals to you.

I think Viking and Pfaff stepped it up a bit with these new models. I bought a 875Q last year and traded it for the new Sapphire 960Q. Personally, I love it and the way everything is set up on it. I was considering a Pfaff but a dealer was simply too far away.

There are several recent happy owners of the Sapphire 930 that I'm sure will show up.

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Date: 6/1/14 1:41 PM

My husband got me the Sapphire 930 as a graduation present recently. I haven't used it much because I'm still in the process of graduating. What I have done on it has been awesome. I wasn't sure if I would but I actually love the auto hover. I find the computer interface really intuitive. Winding from the bobbin is great. Even though the sewing advisor issuperb, you can go into the tools menu and adjust anything. I saved my applique stitch to the favorites menu and it saved every setting. I'd adjusted the stitch length, width, top tension needle position, and presser foot pressure and it saved all of those when I put the stitch in memory. I like that the screen shows you how you've modified the stitch, if you're programming stitches you see them on the screen so if you want to mirror image you can see what that looks like before stitching. I wish it had come with more feet, I did end up purchasing more feet. I have a sewing mates sew adjustable table that did fit the machine so I didn't have to purchase one.

I've never tried a Pfaff so I have no idea what that one is like. The Viking Sapphire is pretty cool though. The harp space was nice for altering my daughters dress.
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Date: 6/1/14 4:11 PM

Hi Maddie,

Are you limited by price to the 3.2? It's just that the 4.2 has many extra features like adjustable presser foot pressure and a knee lift to keep your hands free, if those are important to you. Being able to adjust the presser foot pressure is a deal breaker for me, but many people don't mind. That's one for you to decide.

I have sewn on the expression range, only the 4.0 and that was solid, fast and the stitch was crisp and consistent. Lovely decorative stitches too.
Pfaff do some innovative feet, but Viking might do too.
Hope that is of some help, enjoy choosing.

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Date: 6/2/14 0:01 AM

I have a Pfaff and a Viking in my sewing room. The Viking is a Sapphire twin and the Pfaff is mechanical. I like them both and they are very good at different things.

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Date: 6/2/14 1:33 AM

I have the expressions 3.0 and I am not sure what you are referring There is a little wheel at the front next to the first four buttons where I adjust my pressure to the feet
I was under the impression that this is so common that it is no longer listed as a feature.

It is in the same place as the 3.2 But maybe you mean something else

Gilraen

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Date: 6/2/14 7:14 AM

As a Husqvarna 960Q owner I would choose Pfaff Expression 4.2. It has more features such as knee lift, automatic thread tension and adjustable presser foot. Price is higher but you get more machine. And true 9mm stiches, HV has 7mm. IDT, feature you try once and fell in love. It is far better than clumsy walking foot and IDT is always there when you need it.

There is one thing I hate about new Pfaffs and Husqvarna Vikings. They use top loading bobbins But this my very personal opinion

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Date: 6/2/14 9:25 AM

The wheel on the front left of the machine by the 4 buttons adjusts the top tension of the thread. This machine dosn't have a pressure dial. Enjoy your machine, it's a great machine.

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Date: 6/2/14 3:11 PM

The 960Q has thread tension and pressure adjustment. You can adjust the tension for each stitch on the info screen. The pressure can be adjusted in Settings:Tab with zig-zag logo.

I can do without the knee lift since the 960Q has auto lift or I can use the buttons on the front of the machine.

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Date: 6/2/14 3:24 PM

karen149, I know To be honest, 960Q is a beautiful machine, but I have love you/hate you-relationship with my 960Q. She is a big diva I'm dreaming about Pfaff Performance 5... Maybe one day...

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