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|Viking:Sapphire 960Q (Sewing Machine)|
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|About berngard3 |
|Member since: 12/18/06 |
|Reviews written: 5|
|sewing machines reviewed: 1|
|Posted on:||11/27/13 4:42 PM|
|Approx price paid:||$2700|
|Had this machine for:||2 months|
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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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1. Adjustable Tension on every type of stitch, as well as adjustable length and width. But, you can't adjust the bobbin tension. I purchased this machine because I ruined the tension on my old Viking 500 by making handbags (lots of bulk in some of those seams). I love being able to adjust this tension so precisely.
2. So many programmed stitches! I think this machine has close to 350, including heirloom, quilting and embroidery stitches. I doubt I will ever use them all, but they're there.
3. Automatic notifications for all sorts of things: low bobbin thread, machine overheating, etc. I've had to turn off some of the "beeping", but left it on for major issues.
4. This is a truly computerized machine. It is built on the Sapphire/Diamond body, so it is larger (won't fit in my old cabinet). But it's not heavy like the Berninas. (I actually ended up buying this Viking because Bernina could not (or would not) give me a pricing on the new 560, nor would it stock the number of machines my dealer needed to meet the demand.) The learning curve can be high on switching from a manual machine to fully computerized.
5. Touch screen: everything is on the screen--changing stitches, tension, length, etc.
6. Screen Advisor: the machine is programmed with a Help feature, and the screen will answer a question, such as "What is this?" The machine will also tell you what size needle to use, what tension the material requires, what foot is appropriate, etc., although I found the choice of fabrics upon which to sew is quite limited.
1. Lighting: have had to add a SewLite from Neulux to the inside arm (no space on the needle housing). I really like having LOTS of light on my project when I sew. The machine comes with a needle light, and a light on the arm, but I found the throat just too dim for my liking.
2. Needle Threader: I find manually threading the machine much faster than using the threader. Could be I was just raised on a machine where I did this myself. And this mechanism gets in the way of threading that hook immediately above the needle.
3. Automatic Thread Cutter: does not cut the bobbin thread when I am free motion quilting 50% of the time.
4. Stop/Start Automatic sewing button: WOW! That goes fast, even on the slowest speed setting. I really have no control over the machine or my project when using this feature.
5. Needle housing sits a little low; hard for my fat fingers to get in there. And I have to contort to see the screws for changing the needle and the foot collar.
6. Changing stitches? I had the machine change stitches on my by itself several times while sewing today. I'm hoping this is just a glitch (or maybe my finger or wrist touched the screen). This is a touch screen machine (which I love; IMHO the stylus that comes with the machine is old technology), and the screen responds quickly when touched.
7. Presser Foot Up/Down button: I found even while using this I was unable to sew very small areas (such as a 3/8" grossgrain ribbon end); small items are not always wide enough to span the feed dogs, and without those you cannot advance the item through the needle (the presser foot rests on the needle plate so you can't push the item under it to force an advancement either). And the width of the presser foot arms may also not hold such small items in place to sew them. With more manual machines this is something the sewer can control.
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