Viking Sapphire 870 Sewing Machine
(Coast of SC)
Excellent quarter inch in Quilt menu. It has an automatic thread cutter, presser foot raises slightly when you stop in needle down position--great for machine applique and piecing.
Large harp space. When using decorative stitches, you can restart the motif without reselecting the stitch. Has a start and stop button as well as speed control or you can use the foot pedal.
Bobbin is drop in.
My machine is recessed in a large table so that I can machine quilt with the push, pull, fluff, and puff method. I have a separate bobbin case that I can adjust for free motion quilting. My only concern with it--sometimes the thread jumps out of the take up lever which throws the tension off big time. It has been adjusted but still is problematic. My solution--thread the take up lever backwards. (Instead of right to left straight through the take-up lever, I go right to left under the lever and then left to right into the take up lever. In other words the thread loops around the take up lever.) The thread tension is increased a little but "my tension" is decreased a lot. I rarely use the built in thread holders. I use a thread stand in back so that I cane use cones of thread.
Yes, I would recommend it to a friend and I have. I received a referral gift certificate for it.
I am fortunate to have a shop that has an excellent service department and yes, I told them my work around with the take up lever.
I do not take it to classes, etc. It is my stay at home machine.
Husqvarna Viking Sapphire 870 Quilt
What I like: It has a large harp to fit a quilt.
What don't I like: It has been in for service for various problems many times in the 3 years I've owned it.
I am an occasional quilter but need a machine that is reliable. I don't feel this one is.
The last time it wouldn't sew properly, I took it in to the shop where I purchased it and they did some "recall" work on it as well as servicing and it sewed well for a while.
A week ago I experimented with the "hand-look" quilt stitch on a scrap "sandwich" and settled on the type and color of thread for the bobbin (Coats & Clarks polyester all purpose thread) and used Coats & Clarks polyester invisible thread on the top. The sample and several of the designs came out fine. While working on the inner border, the pre-programmed stitch went haywire. Checked the upper thread tension (set to 6 as it should have been) but couldn't get the hand-look stitch and basically ruined my work. The stitches are impossible to remove.
It is going back to the shop - again - in the next couple of days.
Service: Ranged from "we'll fix it at no cost" for the "recall" work to "you must be doing something wrong." In other words, not satisfactory. I've been sewing for 50 years and I can't believe I don't know when a machine isn't performing.
Education class: Available, in French, only.
Surprises after purchase: That it malfunctions repeatedly.
Recommendation to best friend: Don't buy.