Husqvarna/Viking Sapphire 930 Review

Husqvarna/Viking Sapphire 930 Review
Husqvarna/Viking Sapphire 930 Review
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Users
  • Stitch quality
  • Speed
  • Ease of use
  • Maintenance
Beginner
Needs lots of help – able to sew a straight seam but unfamiliar with most sewing techniques; needs assistance and instruction on basic sewing techniques.
Intermediate
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
Expert – can sew anything without instruction or assistance; possesses an expansive knowledge of sewing techniques and terminology.

It was a pleasure to review the Husqvarna/Viking Sapphire 930 on a recent visit to Ace Sewing and Vacuum Center in Pompano Beach, Florida.

Viking Sapphire 930

Viking Sapphire 930

Pros

  • User friendly stitch selection
  • Bright LED lighting
  • Free arm
  • Easily accessible drop feed control

Cons


At A Glance

Function buttons

Function buttons

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.

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.

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.

Features

  • 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.

Fabrics

  • 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

Accessories

  • 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

Maintenance







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
Lubricate
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.

7 Comments

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

    • 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. 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.

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

    • 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

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