The Husqvarna/Viking jewel series includes a line of sewing, embroidery and quilting machines that in some ways set the standard in their class.
The top of the jewel line – the Designer Diamond deLuxe – is the epitome of affordable home sewing and embroidery machines.
The Sapphire 875 is the equivalent when it comes to home quilting machines designed to fit the household budget.
There are three sewing and quilting machines in the Husqvarna/Viking Sapphire series… the 875, 855 and 835.
The 875 is the leader of the pack, offering the user more stitch options, features and accessories than the other machines in the Sapphire series.
- Fix function
- Exclusive Husqvarna/Viking Sewing Advisor
- Ergonomic design
- Sensor buttonhole foot
- No presser foot lever – learning curve for long-time sewers
At A Glance
We hesitate to use such a trite comparative phrase, but when you first look at the three machines in the Husqvarna/Viking Sapphires series, they all look alike. On there surface, there really isn’t any perceptible difference.
Each machine has an eye-appealing pastel blue face plate; an LCD screen; a touch pad for selecting stitches; a stop/start button; and buttons that raise the needle and presser foot, reverse the sewing direction, cut the thread, and tie it off at the end of a seam or a series of design stitches.
There is also a needle plate with seam guides conveniently etched onto it and a ruler decal on front that is marked in inches and centimeters.
The accessories case conveniently doubles as part of the oversized work space, putting presser feet and other sewing room essentials right at your fingertips.
To expose the free arm, simply slide the accessories case is to the left. When the free arm is no longer needed, simply slide the accessories case back on and snap it into place.
Although all three machines in the Husqvarna/Viking Sapphire line appear the same, there are some distinct differences when it comes to the features available on the 875.
In addition to the features described above, the following standard features are also available on the Husqvarna/Viking Sapphire 875:
- 175 utility, decorative, quilting, heirloom stitch options
- 5 alphanumeric fonts
- 7 one step buttonholes
- Decorative tapering
- Built in needle threader
- Fix function
- Bobbin sensor
- Automatic tension adjustment
- Mirror side to side and end to end
- Sewing advisor
- Two bright LED lights
- Extended work space
- Pattern restart
- 5 speeds
- 12 languages
Working on the Husqvarna/Viking Sapphire 875
Threading the Sapphire 875 was easy… that is until we attempted to raise the presser foot lever.
This computerized sewing and quilting machine doesn’t have one. Rather than the customary lever to raise the presser foot, there is a pair of buttons conveniently situated on the front of the machine that raise and lower the presser foot.
After many years of sewing and raising and lowering the presser foot the old fashioned way, this new feature took some getting used to.
We were impressed by the fact that the bobbin could be wound while the needle was still threaded.
This is an excellent and much appreciated time saver when working on large projects with a single spool of thread… no more removing the thread from the needle to wind the bobbin and re-threading it after the bobbin is in place.
With all of the wonderful standard features on the Husqvarna/Viking Sapphire 875, this reviewer believes the most valuable feature is the way the machine is programmed to display the all of the setting requirements for each fabric type on the LCD screen based upon the selected stitch.
The first step is to identify the type of fabric by weight and thickness and program it into the machine by selecting one of seven buttons, labeled A through G.
A represents light woven fabric, B medium weight woven fabric, C heavy woven fabric; D lightweight knit, and so forth. G, the highest setting, is for heavyweight leather and vinyl.
An on board quick reference stitch guide is inside the top cover, making it as easy as possible to Identify the desired stitch.
Once the stitch is selected, the LCD screen will display the needle type, presser foot and needle type best suited for executing the stitch on the type of fabric with which you are working.
For this review, we used a medium weight woven fabric and tested several utility and decorative stitch options.
Selecting the stitches and getting perfect results were possibly easier on the Sapphire 875 than most of the other machines this reviewer has ever had the pleasure of working on.
Each of the stitches we sampled came out perfectly. The quality and speed were exceptional, so fast, in fact that we were temped to change the speed setting from the highest setting to one of the slower speeds.
- Natural fibers/cotton-linen-wool
- Fine fabrics/silk-satin-taffeta/velvet
- Synthetic fabrics/blends-rayon-polyester
- Extra thick fabrics or multiple layers
Just as there are more features available on the Husqvarna/Viking Sapphire 875, it comes with more standard accessories than the Sapphire 855 or 835.
- 11 snap on presser feet
- Accessories case
- Lint brush
- Seam ripper
- Quilting bar
- Extra bobbins
- Extra needles
- Spool pin
- Spool caps (2 – 1 large/1small)
- Owner’s manual
- Hard cover
|After each use||Monthly*||Once Each Year**||As Needed|
|Clean race hook and feed dogs|
|Wipe head with soft dry cloth|
|Wipe head with soft damp cloth|
|Service by sewing machine repair professional|
Tying Off The Loose Ends
Of all the sewing machines we have reviewed, the Husqvaqrna/Viking Sapphire 875 is the only one with so many features and bells and whistles that we feel comfortable in recommending for use by beginners of all ages.
The reason for this unusual recommendation is the easy to follow graphic tutorial. The people at Husqvarna/Viking have named it the Sewing Advisor, and that’s exactly what it is.
With this feature, almost anyone could sit down and virtually sew like a pro in no time at all.
While we recommend this machine for sewers of all ages, we strongly urge parents and teachers to be around to provide close supervision for sewers under the age of 12 or 13 years.
The Husqvarna/Viking Sapphire 875 is easy enough for a child to operate, but no sewing and quilting machine in this class should be operated by a child who is not fully cognizant of basic sewing machine operation and safety precautions.
Nor should a child be allowed to operate the Sapphire 875 without having an adult in the room at all times.
The manufacturer’s suggested retail price … $2,499… makes the Husqvarna/Viking Sapphire 875 affordable, and within the reach of many household budgets, but definitely not a child’s machine.
This is the type of machine that is used primarily by a proficient intermediate or advanced sewer in a home were sewing is taught to other members of the household under close supervision.
In time, as they become adept at working on the Sapphire 875, beginners will be able to work alone, confidently producing professional looking garments, accessories and gifts for friends and family as well as accent items for the home.
The intermediate or advanced home sewer who chooses the Sapphire 875 will not be disappointed.
It is definitely among the most ergonomically designed sewing machines on the market today, reducing the possibility of aching shoulders, necks and backs after long hours of sewing.
In addition, the fix function which cleanly ties off seam ends, and other state of the art features are all designed to save time and energy while helping to make the overall sewing experience fast, enjoyable, efficient and comfortable.
The only adjustment we anticipate would be the same one that we had to make during the review… pushing buttons to raise and lift the presser foot … a minor inconvenience that is quickly and easily overcome.