So far, you’ve heard our review of the Opal 690 and hopefully you’ve checked out our Complete Guide To The Husqvarna Viking Sewing Machine. Today we will discuss another family of Husqvarna Viking Sewing Machines, which is deemed the Sapphire 930. With the word ‘Sapphire’ and higher model number (930 vs 690), we can expect that the Sapphire 930 is a higher-end model. And it’s true! The Sapphire 930 is also comparatively more expensive than the Opal 690.
In this review, we’ll have an in-depth discussion of the Sapphire 930 Husqvarna Viking sewing machine. We’ll also discuss the differences when compared to the 690 Q.
First, let us begin by discussing the key features of the Sapphire 930.
Husqvarna Viking Sewing Machine Sapphire 930 Key Features
574 Total Stitches with 215 Utility and Decorative Stitches
This is a significant difference compared to the Opal 690, which only have a meager 208 stitch selections. As a result, the Sapphire 930 provides more options and versatility. This is important for sewing practitioners to keep up with the modern demands. The adjustable stitch length and width found on the Opal 690 is intact and paired with the wide stitch options provided, the Sapphire 930 offers very nice versatility.
2 Eyelets and 7 Perfect Balance Buttonholes
Another feature not found on the Opal 690 and is a nice upgrade for efficiency and versatility. It also comes with a Sensor One-Step buttonhole also found on the Opal 690.
Stop Function, Fix Function, and Needle Up/Down
We have discussed how we really liked the Stop function on the Opal 690, and we were really glad to find it in the Sapphire 930. Paired with the fix function and needle up/down feature, the Husqvarna Viking sewing machine Sapphire 930 is an absolute timesaver.
The Sapphire 930 can automatically detect the thickness of any fabric and will adjust the thread tension automatically. Again, a major timesaver.
Other features you can also find on the Opal 690 include:
- Mirror edge to edge or side to side function
- Automatic bobbin pickup
- Stitch restart functionality
- The Sewing Advisor feature
- Start/Stop Button
The first thing to mention about the Husqvarna Viking sewing machine Sapphire 930 is that it is extremely easy to use. Winding the bobbin, which is often a hassle on many sewing machines, can be done seamlessly in this one (pun intended!). This is one thing that contributes to making the Sapphire 930 very beginner-friendly.
The stitch selection process is also relatively simple, even compared to other Husqvarna Viking sewing machine products out there. The Sapphire 930 provides 574 total stitches. This is a very nice feature to have and can save you a lot of preparation time.
You can do a stitch selection with the LCD display, where the stitch selection interface divides them into four separate groups. Simply use the arrow buttons on the touch screen to select the stitch group (which are grouped very nicely), and you can use the numerical keypad or the arrow to select the desired stitch. Very simple and seamless process.
The stitch quality provided is excellent, as expected of a Husqvarna Viking sewing machine. In our opinion, the decorative stitches of the Sapphire 930 are among the best, even compared to other more expensive Husqvarna Viking sewing machine products, or higher-priced products from other brands.
In the end, the Sapphire 930 might not offer a groundbreaking feature, but it provides decent features while being superb in stitch strength, appearance, and overall quality.
The Sapphire 930 can work with the following fabrics
- Medium to heavy knits
- Fine fabrics like silk, velvet, satin, and taffeta
- Natural fibers like cotton, wool, and linen
- Synthetic fabrics like polyester, rayon, and blends
These are the types of fabrics the Sapphire 930 can’t work on:
- Reptile Skin
- Plastic and rubber
- Extra thick or multiple-layered fabrics
The Husqvarna Viking sewing machine Sapphire 930 is a very decent, computerized sewing machine with LCD touch screen control (monochrome). In our opinion, the major highlight of its features is the stitch quality, which is excellent even when compared to more expensive competitors.
Compared to other computerized Husqvarna Viking sewing machine products, we felt that the Sapphire 930 is relatively easier to use, and is more user-friendly. The stitch selection process, especially, is very easy to use, although it can still improve in future products.
For those reasons, we feel that the Husqvarna Viking sewing machine Sapphire 930 can especially appeal to beginners, although with the overall stitching quality, it can also cater veterans and even commercial use. However, it might be a little complicated for young children, so we wouldn’t recommend it for educational use with children in elementary or middle school.
However, anyone with basic knowledge of sewing machine operations and a little bit of computer knowledge will find the Husqvarna Viking sewing machine Sapphire 930 extremely easy to use.
Overall, a very user-friendly Husqvarna Viking sewing machine with rich features and excellent stitching quality.