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Message Board > Sewing Machines > Husqvarna Viking Platinum 730 & 735 ( Moderated by Sharon1952, EleanorSews)

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Husqvarna Viking Platinum 730 & 735
Help!!! What is the difference between them?
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Date: 7/8/06 3:00 AM

Today I purchased the HV Platinum 730. I had the choice of purchasing the Platinum 735 at the same price $688.00. The salesperson said there wasn't much of a difference between the 2, maybe 1 more stitch and a minor display change. The 735 was on display and the 730 was not. Therefore, I could not do a side by side comparison. The 735's for $688. were demo models and the 730 for $699. was brand new in a sealed box and was offered to me at $688. I thought, brand new would be a wiser choice. Not sure now and at the time my head was spinning with models, features, and prices on Viking machines and Bernina machines. I went to HV's website and they show the 735 which makes me think this is the upgrade to the 730. I have emailed them but will not hear from them until next week. I have 5 days to return this unopened machine. Any and all input to this matter will be helpful. Many Thanks, Cheryl











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Date: 7/8/06 8:20 AM

Cheryl, when I bought my Viking 550, the 555's had just arrived, or were soon to arrive at the shop. When my 550 went in for service, I borrowed a 555 from the shop to finish my project. The only difference I could see was that the decal on the front was a different color, and it had a set screw rather than a friction fit to hold the quilting guide in place. Thats it!

Enjoy your machince, and like you, I went for the one "in the box". I've enjoyed tht machine eery time I've used it.

~Ann

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Date: 7/8/06 10:48 AM

Thank you Ann, that makes me feel a little better. She the salesperson/owner was making me feel rushed after being there almost 2 hours. She didn't even mention the warranty on my machine or any other machine. The first machine she demo'd was the Bernina Quilters Edition, which I was impressed with too. Did I purchase all the machine I needed??? Cheryl

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Date: 7/11/06 4:20 PM

I'm not sure which quilter's edition you looked at in Bernina but if the price was roughly what you spent on the viking, it must've been the Activa 230. Very nice machine but small harp for home-dec and quilting! The Viking that you bought has a gorgeous straight stitch equal to the Bernina's. The satin stitches are fabulous also and you get the adjustable presser foot pressure. The 230 does not have that feature and Berninas are heavy-footed so certain fabrics are challenging. For the type of sewing you intend to do, I think you made a wise choice. The walking foot is a necessity for the Bernina machines without adjustable presser foot pressure and that only comes on machines in the $2000 price range.

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Date: 7/11/06 5:01 PM

HI Sewfrequent,

The Bernina she demo'd with was the 153QE. And the one I test sewed with, I believe was the Activa 230. I just didn't like the feel of the machine. So, that was it in a nut shell for me with the Bernina's.

Then I thought maybe I was to hasty in my quick decision. I did like the Bernina 153QE so I went back on line for more information. To find out that Bernina's need to be lubricated and some often, after 8 hours of use. I am happy that I chose Viking having a permanent lubricating system. I remember oiling my Singer. Won't miss that.

Cheryl

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Date: 7/12/06 7:10 PM

I just bought a 735 last month and did a little research about the difference. The 735 has all the features of the 730 with (I believe) an extra "menu" of decorative stitches. The 735 has 42 dec. stitches in all, and I believe that the 730 has 21. . If you go to husqvarnaviking.com you can find the "features and benefits" to compare the two if dec. stitches are important to you. If not, I think you are best off with the brand new machine. I've found that trade up's and floor models are so often incomplete (missing feet, manuals etc...)

To respond to someone else's question, neither machine has needle up/needle down. To get the needle down you need to tap the foot control. I find this to be painless, but I'm not a quilter.

I think you can be very comfortable with the price you paid. I paid $899 and other dealers in my area were unwilling to touch that price.



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Date: 7/13/06 12:54 PM

Hi Ayin,

I contacted HV last week, the day after I purchased the 730, thinking I should have purchased the 770/775. They replied that the difference is a cosmetic one. The 730 and 735 machines are the same and the entire line of the Platinum Series machines have the same motors and same size sewing harp opening. The rep made a suggestion, one of which the salesperson/owner did not. That I could trade up if I found the 730 did not meet my sewing needs. With that info I contact the sewing center, I have a 1-1plus year trade up for her repeat customers.

I'm happy I have sewing people out there that I can talk to.
Thanks again, Cheryl
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Date: 7/13/06 1:34 PM

Enjoy your 730! I do think it is smart to get to know a simpler machine and then upgrade if you need to. It is so easy to be enticed by those extra stitches and functions even when we are straight stitching 99% of the time. I hope to keep the 735 for a long time.

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Date: 7/13/06 1:47 PM

Enjoy your 730! I do think it is smart to get to know a simpler machine and then upgrade only if you need to. It is so easy to be enticed by those extra stitches and functions even when we are straight stitching 99% of the time. I hope to keep the 735 for a long time.

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