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.
- User friendly stitch selection
- Bright LED lighting
- Free arm
- Easily accessible drop feed control
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.
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.
- 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.
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.
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
- Reptile skin
- Extra thick fabrics or multiple layers
- 9 snap on presser feet
- Utility (2 different feet)
- Non-stick glide
- Blind hem
- Sensor one-step buttonhole
- Accessory case with separate bobbin tray
- Bobbins (5)
- Pictogram pen
- Felt pads (2)
- Seam ripper
- Lint brush
- Edge quilting guide
- Extra spool caps (1 large/one small)
- Multipurpose tool/button reed
- Non-stick glide pads (2)
|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
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.