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Sewing Machine Reviews> Viking> Sapphire 930

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Reviewed by:MysticStitching
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Posted on:4/7/14 3:35 PM
Approx price paid:$1299
Had this machine for:2 weeks
Recommended? Yes
Online Merchants:Amazon.com
Viking :Sapphire 930 (Sewing Machine) by MysticStitching

Features
  • Computerized
  • 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
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This is a great machine.... Especially for the price. The Joann VSM dealer in my area had this machine for 1299.00 in March. It normally retails for 1999.00. I have sewn with Viking and Bernina machines for years and I have to say there are lots of nice features and stitches on this Sapphire 930.. This machine has 215 stitches, and 2 English alphabets. It also has the auto presser foot lift/pivot function, a FIX function, auto thread cutter, needle stop/up/down, lots of memories and 3 built in satin stitches which I use all of the time for applique. No fooling with the zigzag stitch to get a perfect satin stitch. This, I LOVE!

I do all types of sewing and I like the larger size of this machine for quilting. I have a Bernina 380 that I LOVE for doing patchwork piecing. This Sapphire 930 is a 7MM machine and it has a 1/4" stitch so this machine does patchwork piecing beautifully as well.

The 930 has a sewing advisor that sets tension and presser foot pressure automatically based on the fabric and function... It sews cleanly and over anything that I put through it. You can go in and manually set tension and presser foot pressure through the settings menu though.... I do use a walking foot (purchased separately) for when I am quilting or sewing knits.

I have not tried Free motion Quilting yet on this machine. Just ditch quilting, seaming, applique and decorative stiching so far....

Threading is easy, the drop in bobbin is easy and no oiling is required. The stitches are beautiful.... I love the fact that you can wind the bobbin while the needle is still threaded.

THis 930 has LED lighting that is really bright.

THis machine is similar to the 875Q but has more stitches and the newer front key tab/display. BUT the 930 is a lot less money than the 875Q was.

All in all, A really great machine for the price.

HV has gotten a lot of bad press since SVP took them over.. However, I think that they have really come around and are offering great features, reliability, at a low price point.... I would highly recommend this machine.

Troubleshooting:
Start up of the machine is noisy... But that is normal for HV machines. The needle threader is OK..... a bit tricky to get used to. The autosensor buttonhole starts in reverse. That takes some getting used to. It works well, pretty buttonholes.

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LPGA said...
MysticStitching, thanks for your review. You seem to be quite enthousiastic ! Can I ask you what happened with your Pfaff Expression 3.2 that you had reviewed last October ? Did you decide to replace it by the Sapphire 930 because of all the issues you had with it ? Thanks in advance and happy sewing.
4/7/14 7:40 PM
Mufffet said...
Sounds like a great machine! Glad to see these new Vikings doing so well!
4/7/14 8:43 PM
SewLibra said...
Great review and beautiful machine! I had a Viking many years ago, as my only machine. It lasted 17 years, which is pretty good for a computerized machine back then. Enjoy!
4/8/14 0:14 AM
PortlandMaine said...
I have this machine also. I agree that it is a wonderful machine. At the price it is being offered it feels like a steal.
4/8/14 6:42 PM
MysticStitching said...
To LPGA. I sold the Pfaff 3.2 online. So yes, this 930 is a replacement for that. The 930 has presser feet pressure and the Pfaff 3.2 did not.....
4/10/14 1:53 PM
LPGA said...
Thanks for answering my question !
4/11/14 11:28 PM
Sewthumb said...
I have owned this machine for 9 months and at first thought it was great too, I sew nearly everyday and alternate between my 20 year old Bernina and the new saphire. lately I havent bothered turning the saphire on because the bernina is so much easier.Today, the automatic tension is not working on my new saphire, leaving a very tight top thread. Nor is the automatic cutter working. I have perused the manual, defluffed the bobbin,checked threading and needles. Next step will be taking it across Brisbane for a service. Mine was not a steal, In Australia they retail for around $3200.I really do hope that yours continues to run well for you.
6/15/14 8:54 PM
 
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