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|Viking:Sapphire 830 (Sewing Machine)|
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|About keljo60 |
|Member since: 8/23/06 |
|Reviews written: 1|
|sewing machines reviewed: 1|
|Posted on:||7/13/13 12:37 PM|
|Approx price paid:||$1200|
|Had this machine for:||5-6 yrs|
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- Needle Threader
- Needle Up/Down Setting
- Embroidery Stitches
- One step buttonhole
- Drop-In bobbin
- Free Arm
- Adjustable Stitch Length and Width
- Adjustable Presser Foot Pressure
- Adjustable Needle Position
- Auto Threading
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|What keljo60 likes about this machine|
It is really good for general sewing and straight stitch/zigzag quilting. I have constructed many garments on it without any problems. The One-Step Sensor Buttonhole foot (it comes with the machine) turns out very nice buttonholes, and it also has 6-7 built in buttonholes that can be done with the basic zigzag foot. The needle plate that comes with it is metric, but a "regular" plate (inches) is available. I bought one at JoAnn's for about $30. I also bought the straight stitch plate for quilt piecing, same price.
While I originally chose this machine because of the large bed it offers (almost 10 inches!) for quilting purposes, it doesn't really like free motion quilting (more on that below). It does well with regular "straight stitch" quilting, or with the built-in quilt stitches. These can be done with the optional walking foot.
While not a new feature to many machines, I like the snap-on presser feet option a lot. I started sewing in the era of loosening the screw and changing the whole foot, so this is much, much better!! Feet for this machine are very easy to find (but expensive if you buy the name brand) but I have been able to use a lot of the generic feet I have already, thus saving some money.
The Sapphire 830 has 10 memories for storing favorite stitches and personal settings that you have programmed so you don't have to rebuild them each time. I haven't really used this much so I can't really speak on it, but it is a nice feature for the avid sewist.
It has 3 built-in alphabets, basic block (upper & lower case), Cyrillic (Russian), and Hiragana (Japanese). I like the upper & lower case feature (as opposed to only upper case on some machines) and I have used it a few times. I made a Christmas tree skirt that looks like presents under the tree and make name tags using the block alphabet n grosgrain ribbon to tie to the presents. Turned out really cute!
I have found very useful also the Stitch Selection Buttons. After I have changed the length or width or speed or whatever (!) all I have to do to put it back to "start" is press button #1 and it is reset. If I saved that setting to memory, I can get it back easily through the memory I programmed.
Since playing with other machines and doing research for future purchases, I have discovered that I really like and use quite a bit the Stitch Width/Needle position feature. I didn't realize how convenient it is until I started piecing together quilts. Sometimes I want a 'scant' 1/4" seam and this is just a matter of a button press to achieve it.
Needle up/down is a good one for quilters also because if you have to re-position your project, you want the needle left in the fabric so it doesn't mess up the sewing line. Also if you stop sewing and the presser foot is set to the down position, a slight tap of the pedal will raise the foot and leave the needle down (based on how you have programmed the settings).
Another benefit I'm finding even more useful as I get older is the dual lighting it offers. There is a light by the needle area and also over the bed. I have been playing with an older Kenmore that only has a light on the outside area by the needle and have found the dual lighting to be greatly beneficial to these older eyes!
It's big, and while it's kinda heavy because of the size, it is still portable enough so I (or hubby) can move it to my dining room table when I want to quilt a larger project. Oh, yeah, one more thing I find really nice is the cover. It has a cutout on the right side so it can be set over the machine without unplugging the cords and acts as a dust cover/protective cover when not in use. I have cats and we live in the country (dusty!) so this a a very good/useful feature!
I'm actually glad I finally did this review because I was considering selling my 830, but after going over the things I like about it and the things that tick me off, the pros outweigh the cons and I think I'll keep it! I have a lot of accessories for it that I have bought over the years, including 2 extension tables, large and small, (a must for quilters!), the walking foot, spring foot, stippling foot, and a number of other feet. I really like the needle position/stitch width/length features that most mechanical machines just don't offer.
What keljo60 does not like about this machine
I don't like the thread cutter, it seems dull and shreds the thread. I'll keep using my snips.
The needle threader has never worked since the beginning, I think the wire that goes through the eye is bent, but since the ankle is white I can see the eye just fine and have no problems threading the needle without the threader. If I was to get desperate, I can always use a manual threader.
The Viking/Husqvarna accessories are very expensive. $15-$20 for a basic foot? Get real! The walking foot can run from $60-$100! I got mine in the Quilting Kit on eBay, I don't remember how much I paid, but it wasn't anywhere near retail, I'm too cheap! I think I did spend about $40 for my spring foot at my retailer, but I wanted it then to do a project I was working on so I "sprung" for it.
While it does have "3" alphabets built in, how many of us are going to use the Cyrillic (Russian) or Hiragana (Japanese) alphabets in our sewing! Husqvarna should have really thought that one out better. They're a waste of programming memory space! A nice English script would have been a much better choice to go with the block.
There is an issue among the Sapphire users where the thread can jump off the thread take-up lever while sewing/quilting. Some stores/techs are adding a clip to the lever to keep the thread from jumping off. Some stores/techs charge for the "repair", some don't. I haven't had that repair done to mine though, when I'm threading I just wrap the thread from left to right (causing it to cross over itself) and I haven't had it come off.
I did buy this machine originally for quilting, mainly free motion quilting. It was advertised for that and Sapphires still are, but they aren't good for free motion because they have tension issues during FM. When I try to FM, quite often the upper thread breaks or loops on the bottom or creates nests underneath. I've done some research online and found that if the foot pressure (I think, it's been a while) is set at -2 (or something like that!) there is less FM issue. I tried it and it worked, but I can't remember exactly what the setting was. As I said previously, "straight" quilting with a walking foot works fine, but not FM without adjustments. A Sapphire can be a very good machine, but I would suggest Husqvarna re-evaluates it's advertising program because this machine is getting a bad rap in the quilting circles, and for good reason. When someone on a budget lays out that kind of money for a machine (and accessories) to do FM quilting and has these problems, it's not good and word of mouth is the best advertising.
I have also read on different forums, and I noticed it a bit myself, that it doesn't like to sew through thick fabric. Multiple layers of denim cause it to balk (error message about overheating if I remember right) and you have to wait for it to do its thing and reset. I did have success by "hand walking" the needle through the thicker spots though. When I hit a thick seam, I use a "Jean-a-ma-jig (tm)" and go slow and it works for me. I recommend this item for anyone who sews thick seams, it's awesome!
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