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Thread: Viking Sapphire Sewing Machine

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    I have a Viking sewing machine that I realy love, and my dealer is a wonderful person as well. One day when I was in for a lesson, another woman and her daughter came in with an old sewing machine that had belonged to another family member. The daughter wanted to learn to sew, but the machine wasn't working right, they wanted him to look at it, and thought they may buy a new machine rather than doing anything with the old one. My dealer took a quick look at it, saw the bobin had been wound with a few different layers of thread, pulled it all off, rewound, and sewed away. He did recomend a good cleaning, and said the old machine was better than the entry level machines he would have recomened for what they would want to spend. I've passed this story along many times, as I love to see good folks rewarded.

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    Have an old Kenmore that I sewed on when my children were small (now in their 40's) and it still works. Have a not so good 1 1/2 yr old Singer but it works. Have a small Janome for classes and like the way it sews. Recently bought a Singer Spartan (made in the 1950's) and is a workhorse. Have used Babylock and have an Elna Serger. However, saving the best to last, I have a Husqvarna Viking Designer 1 and nothing I have used holds a candle to it. Recently, hemmed a pair of jeans and it went through the folded cuff and seams like they were butter. I have never had a machine that I didn't have to pull from behind and push the fabric in the front and lift the presser foot over the seams in jeans. The Viking sews through silk organza as easily. I hope the D1 outlives me...LOL

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    There is a major decline with all manufactures Machines are being built in China etc with substandard materials and workmanship. That is why so many people are returning to vintage machines. I have what is considered an old machine by todays modern standards- it's a Pfaff 1475 from the early 1990s. IT is a great work horse but there are still things I wouldn't do with it because the repairs run in the hundreds. We deal in vintage machines and the quality and durability of those far out ways todays machines.

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    the viking and pfaff are not what they use to be since the new company bought them out and singer to. The old designer one was there best machine they made and a real work horse. The new machines are not what the old ones were before they were bought out by the new company

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    I had a Janome but can't remember what model but it was a lemon right from the factory and Janome wouldn't do anything to help me. I then got a Viking 500 and sewed it to death, literally as the mother board died. I then purchased a new Viking Sapphire 855 last August and I sure like it. The only dislike is it does not have a blanket stitch. My mother has a babylock serger and it doesn't hold a candle to my Viking serger. No matter what you buy you always have a chance of getting that "one lemon in the bunch".

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    I left my Pfaff 1473 in the UK for my daughter and bought a new Pfaff Creaive 4.0, have to say I notice no difference in the quality of the machine or the sewing at all, but this one of course has the embroidery part as well as all the old standard embroidery stitches, plus being computerised. I used to work in a Pfaff/Bernina sewing machine shop and always stuck with Pfaff. I think we stay with what we are comfortable with unless we find out from personal experience that things are not as good as they were? :)

    I agree, there is always the chance of a lemon no matter what make.

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    My very first new sewing maching was a Singer 2000. I bought a Singer because I learned on my mother's steel-head Singer. I have seen pictures of it on this board several times. It was the one with all the cams for different fancy stitches. I thought Singer was a good machine. Not anymore! I had so many problems with my Singer. I think it spent more time in the shop being worked on than I had sewing with it. I don't think I will ever have another Singer again. Their quality has gone way down. I now have a good Kenmore and have had this one for over 26 years and it is doing just great. When it comes time for a new one, it will be a Viking, Bernina, or Janome.

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    Viking is downsizing, but not because of quality. I love my Sapphire, and wouldn't trade it for anything.

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    I have a 830 and really love sewing on it :)

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    I have a 10 year old Husq./Viking Quilt Designer and love it. Had not had a problem with it until recently when my D-card came into contact with a magnetic pin cusioh (and I had always been so very careful, Humph). Went to Joann's and was told immediately that they didn't make that anymore. Asked them to check and be sure and wa-la, there in the list was the very card I needed. She ordered it and I had in within a week. Should have ordered two. THEN went to a quilt show and fell in love with a Saphfire 835. My DH bought it for me along with a really nice cabinet and a rolling desk chair. I'm now one happy camper. I also have a Singer Feather Weight (222) and it has the honor of going to my quilt meetings, smile.

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    I have the Viking Sapphire 850 and I love it. I never had any problems with it. I have not heard of any problems with Viking. I wouldn't worry about it if I were you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Candace
    Actually, because of the SVP buyout (do a search here for SVP) many dealerships are NOT carrying Pfaff or Viking anymore. It seems that unless a dealer has an agreement to sell only the one manufacturer, they aren't allowed to sell the machines anymore. My dealership, the largest in N. CA I believe, had their Viking and Pfaffs yanked because they also sell Babylock, Bernina, Janome and others. And yes, the decline in quality of both Viking and Pfaff since the buy out has been discussed at length here (again you can do a search).
    We must have the same dealership...

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    Quote Originally Posted by donnalynett
    No matter what you buy you always have a chance of getting that "one lemon in the bunch".
    Hah - We bought a Cadillac once that should have been painted "yellow" (for lemon) at the factory !! :lol:

    Marysewfun

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    I have always been a Pfaffee; from the Pfaff 130 to the Pfaff 2170 with a Pfaff 262 in between. But guess what??? I am going to get the new Viking Husqvarner Designer Diamond DeLuxe. Viking just had the convention last week in Reno and unveiled this marvelous machine. I did test drive the Viking Diamond at LQS a week ago and it blew me away so the deLuxe is even more fantastic. Check it out:
    Well it won't do the dishes but.......

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M8YhijuCEys

    From the Reno convention......check out Marilyn Monroe and the pretty stuff that are displayed done on this machine!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qcrk8wxh4No

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    I have a Pfaff 2170 embroidery machine and have been sewing on it for 2 1/2 years. I love it. But it is limited without the software for large embroidery fields. I don't see a quality problem here.

    I just bought and picked up last week a Viking Designer Diamond Deluxe which was unveiled in Reno about three weeks ago at Viking Convention. I get my first orientation on Tuesday on the basic machine itself, the feet and what all they do. I have not even had time to play with it myself and it is still in the box. I am retiring and today is my last day at work!!! WooooHOooooo!

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    Congradulations Vschieve! Enjoy your retirement and your new machine. How perfect!

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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltforPD
    Congradulations Vschieve! Enjoy your retirement and your new machine. How perfect!
    THanks for I am so looking forward to Tuesday, to pull that Diamond out of her box and get going on her!

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    you are going to love yur new diamond. you can not wear it on your finger but what it can do will make you a star. I know . I love mine and even more everytime I use it
    Heather

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    Quote Originally Posted by jobo49
    you are going to love yur new diamond. you can not wear it on your finger but what it can do will make you a star. I know . I love mine and even more everytime I use it
    Heather
    Thanks Heather! I appreciate that positive feedback. As they say in the ad, "Diamonds are a girl's best friend, and this one is a real gem!" Can't wait!

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    I have 2 Vikings, one Scandinavia 200 and one Sapphire 835. I had always wanted a Viking, for like 30 yrs or so. I have a Singer from 1934 and a old (workhorse) Kenmore (that I used for 30 yrs; until I gave it to my daughter. I have never had any problems with ANY of my machines. I bought my daughter a small Janome, that weighs about 4 or 6 lbs. She loves it and uses it for everything, including quilting.

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    Hi, this is a very interesting thread. I recently purchased a Viking 835 and am very happy with it. I have always owned Pfaffs so I was a little hesitant to make a change. My dealer offered a fantastic price ($750) so I thought I'd try it. She told me that some (not all) of the Vikings in the 830, 850 and 870 models did have tension problems when the line was first introduced, but that Viking corrected them and then changed the model numbers to 835, 855 and 875. She also said that there was an older style 1/4 inch foot that would also cause some problems but the new foot is fantastic. I don't know if that is a story, but it's what she told me :).

    Anyway, I am very impressed with my Viking 835. It lays down a perfect stitch and I LOVE the buttonholes. They turn out simply perfect every time. The FMQ is a breeze. The pressure foot seems to float on the fabric like magic. The extra lighting and 10" throat really make the machine a keeper too.

    Mary

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    Mary, that is similar to the Pfaff Creative Vision5.0- the newer one, the Pfaff CV 5.5 is now the upgraded one with all the flaws taken care of. Did you know that Pfaff is coming out with a new Top of the Line in August? It is all new shape, everything. I think they are calling it the Pfaff Creative Sensations.
    Vernell

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    Quote Originally Posted by vschieve
    Mary, that is similar to the Pfaff Creative Vision5.0- the newer one, the Pfaff CV 5.5 is now the upgraded one with all the flaws taken care of. Did you know that Pfaff is coming out with a new Top of the Line in August? It is all new shape, everything. I think they are calling it the Pfaff Creative Sensations.
    Vernell
    Hi Vernell.....Yes, that's right! I had amost forgotten about that. We puchased a CV 5.0 floor model. Never had a lick of trouble with it, but of course they always keep the floor models in tip top shape. I had heard of other CV5.0 owners who were not so luckly until they upgraded to the 5.5. But then again, some folks had great luck with their 5.0 and others didn't.

    I would never hesitate to buy a floor model again after buying the CV. The price was right and we knew the machine was in perfect order. My Sapphire was not a floor model, but everything is working great so far. I'm a very happy camper with both Viking and Pfaff.

    Mary

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    I work on a Sewing store and we sell the Sapphire's. I think there a great machine
    Also sell Baby lock
    Personally I have a Pfaff, Brother Nouvelle Quilter, Bernina. I like all of them

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    I have a dealer that is about an hour from me. She is a large store (actually has 2) and she switched from Viking to BabyLock a couple of years ago. She said it was for the same reason. She also carries Bernina.

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