It was a pleasure to review the Husqvarna/Viking Sapphire 930.

At A Glance

The eye catching sapphire blue and white motif is truly an attention grabber. Once I sat down to really take a good look at the Husqvarna/Viking Sapphire 930, the first thing I really noticed was the monochromatic LCD screen; then the small lever on the front left side of the machine.

Viking Sapphire 930

Viking Sapphire 930

If you have read some of the other reviews on this site, you know how I feel about the placement of the drop feed control.

Function buttons

Function buttons

I was pleased to discover that the drop feed on the Sapphire 930 is right there where you can get to it without going through a lot of unnecessary steps.

The Sapphire 930 also has a numerical keypad for stitch selection… a great advantage for someone who is still learning to sew.

Other function buttons include the start/stop button; stop function; fix; tie off; speed control; presser foot up/down; needle up/down and reverse stitch.


  • 574 total stitches
  • 215 utility and decorative stitches
  • 7 perfect balance buttonholes + 2 eyelets
  • Adjustable stitch length and width
  • Stop function
  • Fix function
  • Needle up/down
  • Automatic bobbin thread pick up
  • Mirror edge to edge/side to side
  • Stitch re-start
  • Start/stop button

Working on the Husqvarna/Viking Sapphire 930

Threading the Husqvarna/Viking Sapphire 930 and winding the bobbin are very easy – easy enough for a beginner.

I like the fact that the stitch selection process is not as complicated as it is on some other Husqvarna/Viking computerized sewing machines.

The on board stitch selection guide is clustered in four separate groups. Each group has several stitches.

On board stitch selection guide is clustered in four separate groups

On board stitch selection guide is clustered in four separate groups

Use the arrow buttons on the touch screen to select the stitch group and then use either the arrows or numerical keypad to access the stitch you want.

The stitch quality is excellent. I really like the way the dense decorative stitches came out. Some of the decorative stitches – even on some of the higher priced Husqvarna/Viking models – do not measure up in my opinion.

Excellent stitch quality

Excellent stitch quality

Although it may not offer as many features and stitch options as its higher end relatives, the stitches produced by the Sapphire 930 are superior in quality, strength and appearance.


  • Natural fibers/cotton-linen-wool
  • Fine fabrics/silk-satin-taffeta/velvet
  • Knits(Medium to heavyweight only)
  • Synthetic fabrics/blends-rayon-polyester
  • Upholstery
  • Leather/suede
  • Fur
  • Reptile skin
  • Canvas/Twill
  • Plastic/Rubber
  • Extra thick fabrics or multiple layers


  • 9 snap on presser feet
    • Utility (2 different feet)
    • Non-stick glide
    • Buttonhole
    • Zipper
    • Blind hem
    • Edging
    • Embroidery/darning
    • Sensor one-step buttonhole
  • Accessory case with separate bobbin tray
  • Needles
  • Bobbins (5)
  • Pictogram pen
  • Felt pads (2)
  • Seam ripper
  • Lint brush
  • Screwdriver
  • Edge quilting guide
  • Extra spool caps (1 large/one small)
  • Multipurpose tool/button reed
  • Non-stick glide pads (2)
Accessories box

Accessories box


After each useMonthly*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

* more often if the machine is used for extended periods of time or if used frequently

**more often if the machine is used heavily or if it is not operating properly

Tying Off The Loose Ends

The Husqvarna/Viking Sapphire 930 is a very good computerized sewing machine. The stitch quality is its major selling point.

Compared to other computerized Husqvarna/Vikings, the stitch selection process is more user friendly, but in my opinion, it could still be simpler.

For some reason, it seems as though the folks at Husqvarna/Viking make things just a little more complicated than they should be. There are other machines on the market that offer much easier stitch selection options.

For this reason, I think the Husqvarna/Viking Sapphire 930 might be a good choice for a computer savvy beginner who is at least 16-18 years of age.

I hesitate to recommend it for use by a child in elementary or middle school because there is simply too much to remember before actually sewing.

Anyone who is adept at the basics of sewing machine operation would be able to make the adjustment much easier. The quality of the stitches would make anybody happy, regardless of how long they’ve been sewing.

If you are in the market for a new computerized sewing machine and if you don’t mind taking a couple of extra steps to perform simple functions, by all means, consider the Husqvarna/Viking Sapphire 930 before making a final decision.

Husqvarna/Viking Sapphire 930 Review
Link To Official Website
Skill Level:
Needs lots of help – able to sew a straight seam but unfamiliar with most sewing techniques; needs assistance and instruction on basic sewing techniques.
Competent – can make different clothing items without assistance or guidance, but not good enough to sew intricate projects or to sew without a pattern.
Expert – can sew anything without instruction or assistance; possesses an expansive knowledge of sewing techniques and terminology.
Stitch quality
Ease of use
  • User friendly stitch selection
  • Bright LED lighting
  • Free arm
4.5Overall Score
Reader Rating: (58 Votes)

32 Responses

  1. Name *

    Do I understand you right, that the Sapphire 930 is not good for sewing thick fabrics? What about jeans in two layers?

    • Diana

      The Sapphire 930 as well as all other Husqvarna Viking Sewing macines will sew thru 9 layers of blue jean material. They are awesome at sewing through extra thickness. Especially with the Sensor lift System-once you sew on one with it you’ll never want to be without it. I love my Husqvarna Viking!

  2. Viking Addict

    I absolutely love the Sapphire 930. It sews excellent through a variety of materials. I have owned three Vikings. I felt it was a good value for the price compared to the 960q. The only difference between the two, for me, was that 960 came with omni-motion ( which I rarely use on my other machine) , extra feet (I already have), and touchscreen (I still like my flip-chart). So the 930 was perfect. It is very easy to use, and I have worked on machines ranging from Janome to Brother. I’m not fond of Berninas and their big feet. This is another reason I like Viking with easy storage and a plethora of additional accessories that give good detail on how to use through their catalog. I chose the Sapphire as I could use feet that I already purchased. (The current Opals could not use some of my feet.). I bought it for my 5th grader who has been sewing on a little Janome for the past three years. She actually sews better on the Sapphire 930 than past machines. She finished her first quilt today and absolutely can not wait to start sewing on it again for her next project. Definitely a value buy. We got it at a good price due to a promotion, and I haven’t looked back or had any regrets.

    • Lynn

      I so agree, my first sewing machine was the Sapphire 835 and loved it, but got the fever for more and traded it in for a Topaz then up to a Ruby Royale. All excellent machines, but I wish I still had my Sapphire. I am hoping to purchase the Sapphire 930 in the near future.

  3. Gladys

    Can it sew leather? I’m looking for a sewing machine to sew leather shoe pattern and would like to know if this is a sewing machine that I can use. Any information would be greatly appreciated.

  4. Vernelle

    Hello, Gladys –

    Thank you for visiting Sewing Insight.

    If you sew leather on this machine, I would recommend only light to medium weight leather. If you wish to sew shoes and other heavy or thick leather items, I recommend an industrial machine specifically designed to handle leather.

    Happy stitching.

  5. Becky

    I would like to know how the tension issues are on this machine since it came out? Any problems?

    • Patti

      Very unhappy.
      Not even sewing on thick material and have intermittent tension issues that the dealer repair person says isn’t anything. Tell me that when I have to rip out numerous times

      • Bonnie Sanderson

        I so agree! Same issue when sewing through layers of fabrics! (Quilting as an example.). I tried numerous times to convey this to the seller with no help from them. Also, my machine sounded like a jack hammer whenever I used the quilting foot! Finally, I demanded they send it back to have it looked at. (They weren’t very happy with me.) it works better, but not like my old Husquavarna.

  6. Sp

    Is there a way to fix the tension issues? Has this always been a problem with Viking or is it related to the type of fabric and stitch selection you use?

    • Lynn

      My first sewing machine was a Sapphire 835. I would sew and then it would start clicking and knocking, finding out it was the tension slipping. Since it was only 2 months old I asked for them replace with a new one, don’t think my dealer was too happy with me either, but you pay that much for something it should work. That was 5 years ago and even though I have traded up and looked at other companies sewing machine I always go back to Hasquvarna.

  7. Bonnie

    Gosh, I have the same question. Whenever I sew through thick fabric my screen says my thread broke, or the needle jams, whatever! It is pretty noisy too! Took it to my dealer and they thought it was unusually noisy, but blamed the needle (so we changed the needle and it sewed good for a few stitches, then reverted back to being noisy); they were stumped, but offered no solutions! Said it wasn’t that unusual!!! My older Husqvarna was an amazing machine, NEVER had a problem with it! Wish I could get it back.

  8. Lady

    Never, ever buy a Husqvarna Viking sewing machine. They are the worst machines, constantly breaking down and the customer service through this company is atrocious. By far the worst I’ve ever encountered.

  9. Sapphire 930

    Have you actually used this machine?? The review is about the Sapphire 930. I’ve had mine over a year. It’s an amazing machine that stitches great on all types of material. I’m a seamstress and do a lot of sewing. I haven’t had a problem. Most problems are user error when it comes to machines. I have helped many people on all types of machines. I repair and restore vintage machines. The Sapphire 930 is my go-to machine. With various feet available for it makes doing many techniques a breeze. I recommend trying one out. The warranties and SMAs available are there for you. I send mine out to clean twice per year due to my use of it. With my SMA, I don’t pay anything for this. Love the machine and the service.

  10. Gigi Johnson

    I am buying a new Viking 930. ($1,200) I’ll be able to take lessons from the dealer next month. Any advice, help, suggestions from 930 owners will be very welcome.

    This is my first computerized machine. I’m excited, but also wonder if I’ll be able to ‘get it’. Positive vibes from you will be appreciated.

  11. liesbet

    This afternoon I will get my new Husqvarna Sapphire 930. In the past I already bought 2 Husqvarna sewing machines en I hope my new machine will be as good as my others. 35 Years ago I bought a basic Husqvarna to learn to sew. 10 year later I bought a Husqvarna 1100. I used both of my machines very much and a few weeks ago the 1100 had problems. I took the machine to the sewing shop and they could repair the machine but it wasn’ cheap. I decided to buy a new machine instead of letting repair my 25 year old one. I choose a Sapphire 930 and I hope it wil be an good choice.

  12. Brenda Darbyshire

    I bought a Sapphire 930 at Hahira, GA for $1200 which was a great sale that week. I love the wide throat because I do mostly quilting. I have a Designer SE which I only use for Embroidery now. Some folks say it is loud, compared to what?? It is louder than a Bernina, but not as loud as a Designer. Since I already knew how to use it because the feet at the same. I am very happy with my purchase. Glad I bought it on a whim!

  13. Toni Noe

    After a 25 year work sabbatical, I want to go back to sewing. Since Bernina can not repair my 70’s Bernina and cannot set the tension on my featherweight, I am looking for a new machine. Your web sight is the only one I have found that is helpful. I also am having sticker shock. Do they know I want to buy a sewing machine not a car? In the 80″s I make some very nice tailored blazers.. I then when into quilting, piecing and a lot of applique. I want to quilt and light clothing construction. Could you possibly recommend something that is not from Walmart and below the price of a used car? Or at least point a direction. I would sincerely appreciate the help

    • Vernelle

      Hello, Toni –

      Thank you for visiting Sewing Insight.

      First of all… There is SOMEBODY out there who can repair your Bernina and Featherweight. Find an authorized sewing machine repair dealer in your area. If you cannot locate one, it may be worth a trip to another town or city to get the job done. If you want me to help you locate one, please send me your city/town and state via the ‘contact me’ link on this site. If, indeed, there is no place within reasonable distance where you can get your machines repaired, you do have options.

      I know what you mean about sticker shock, and agree with you wholeheartedly. Sometimes you will be able to get a good machine from an authorized independent dealer that has been used as a trade in on one of those ‘used car’priced sewing machines. Also… You may be able to find a good deal on a refurbished machine at a shop where good used sewing machines are being sold on consignment or where machines have been repaired and then not claimed by their owners. [The same type of establishments that I believe can help with your current machines].

      You are right about one thing though. DO NOT PURCHASE A SEWING MACHINE FROM A BIG BOX STORE. They are the bottom of the barrel when it comes to quality and are known in the sewing machine industry as ‘throw away’ machines. Anyone who purchases one of these machines can be assured that they will be in the market for a replacement within a few months.

      Happy stitching.

  14. marolyn Fritschi

    I would like to know the price of the top of the line Sapphire. I can’t find a price anywhere. I think I am going to be overcharged at the quilting store where I had planned to buy it. He quoted me $2,700.00. Is that a fair price?? I bought an Opal on Saturday and returned it Monday. I paid $1,600 for it. It was very loud and seemed clunky. He still has my $1,600 so i have to make a decision soon.

    Thanks for any information Marolyn

    • Toni

      Purchased a Sapphire 960Q at Thanksgiving. Holiday sale, I was quoted 2199.00. They did not have a new machine. I offered $2000 for floor model. With the holidays I am just now getting to play with it. So far it is fun. Like the stitch and the way it sews. Fairly quiet. Am getting used to not lifting the pressed foot. Love the thread cutter. Have not sewn for 25 years. Was very shocked at prices of machines. Knew I did not want the Wally-world version of a sewing machine. In the $1500 to $2000 price range I am very happy with my new machine.

      • Terri

        Hi Tony,
        I went into Joann Fabrics and bought a Viking 930, yesterday and I paid $1500, for it. I told them I would take the floor model if they threw in an extension table for $50.00 more. They did! I fell right in love with this machine yesterday. I have been a Singer fan for years and had been hesitant to try something new. I am glad I did, still love the Singers, but I think this is going to be a really good investment. A neighbor went with me and she has had a Viking for years and swears by hers, she fell right in love with the Sapphire 930 and told me you cannot go wrong with it and you will LOVE IT!!

      • Toni Noe

        Last year at Thanksgiving I governed the husbands Viking dealer $2,000. They took it very quickly. Wondered if I should have offered less.

  15. liesbet

    I bought in august a Sapphire 930 and the machine has tension problems. I brought the machine back to the dealer but a few days after the machine was back, the problems began again. Now the machine is back at the shop and I hope they can fix it. I am disappointed in this machine. 25 years ago a bought a platinum and I was very happy with it. The machine never had problems til several months ago. The cost to repair the machine was to high and the dealer advised me to buy another. I choose the Sapphire 930 but the machine is more at the shop to repair then she is at home. I regret I bought that machine

    • liesbet

      My Sapphire 930 has again problems with the tension. I brought it back to the dealer and after 2 weeks I got the machine back.
      I tested the machine and she sewed perfect.
      A day later, I started to repair clothes. I used a right stitch to repair a sheet in cotton : above it looked perfect, at the bobinside the stitch was irregular.
      I placed another neeld and tried again on another pice of cotton. Now the stitch at the bobinside is perfect but above it is awful totally irregular.
      It was the second third time I brought my machine to the shop to repair.
      Today I’m going back to the shop with my machine (fourth time). I hope the dealer can repair it because the machine wasn’t cheap. I payed 1299 € for it and I can’t use the machine. Very frustrating….. I regret I bought that stupid machine….

  16. Pat

    I bought a 930 about 6-7 months ago and this is the second time that the part that secures the needle in place has broken. I’m very careful in changing the needles but it doesn’t seem to matter. Has anyone else experienced this? It is so annoying!

    • DM Dyer

      Viking has a needle bar replacement for this problem They know about it and are replacing the assembly with the same needle holder that the Epic has. Contact your dealer.

  17. Belinda McCoy

    Need help my automatic cutter fall out don’t know how to get it back in. Please help


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