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Machine quilting frame for Viking Sapphire 830

Old 05-02-2011, 09:28 AM
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Does anyone out there use a Viking Sapphire 830 on a frame (like a Grace Frame)? I am thinking this might be the way I want to go so I am looking for all the advice I can get. Also, looking to buy the frame used. Thanks in advance!
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Old 05-02-2011, 10:35 AM
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Old 05-02-2011, 10:41 AM
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I just bought a used Grace frame this last Saturday. We haven't set it up yet but when we do I have two Berninas and other vintage machines. I am also wanting to know who sews with this combo.

My Grace frame was $400 on craigslist. It is in really good shape, broke down easily and fit in our mini van. It will hold a king size quilt. :-D
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Old 05-02-2011, 10:46 AM
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I have a Grace frame set up with a Pfaff 79 on it and it is so much better than on a table, but with the shorter space in the neck area, you just have to roll it more often.
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I would love to see a photo of a regular sewing machine on a frame.
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Originally Posted by MissSandra
I would love to see a photo of a regular sewing machine on a frame.
This is a photo of my original frame with a 9" domestic Elna 7200 Quilters Dream Pro sewing machine. It is on a different carriage than what came with the frame in this picture, though. The original carriage is wooden like the frame and has 2 sets of handles--upper & lower for stand up and sit down quilting. The carriage in the photo is for an add-on gizmo I used called "Free Motion Max Throat" which I think has been discontinued.

Elna 7200 on a B-Line Studio frame
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Thanks Beverly for your photo. Is the striped fabric your leaders for attaching your quilt to? :-D
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Thanks for the info. The only problem may be that the stitch regulator won't work on my Sapphire. Any thoughts on that? The Sapphire has an 11" throat. Seems a shame that it would not work.
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Originally Posted by SewExtreme
Thanks Beverly for your photo. Is the striped fabric your leaders for attaching your quilt to? :-D
Yes. That is my 12' set. I have another set (blue stripes) for 10'.
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Originally Posted by kheliwud
Thanks for the info. The only problem may be that the stitch regulator won't work on my Sapphire. Any thoughts on that? The Sapphire has an 11" throat. Seems a shame that it would not work.
You can learn without a stitch regulator. There wasn't one available for my Elna 7200 when I started so I learned without one. It was a relatively new invention for domestic machines and was only available for the straight stitch only types back then.

Have you checked with Quilters Cruise Control to verify there isn't one for the Sapphire? Grace has something called Sure Stitch so you might check with them, too.
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