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naturopatica
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Subject: which sewing machine? Bernina 830 or Bernina 1008 Date: 12/17/11 12:23 PM

Hi everyone, I am a very beginner looking at buying a second hand machine. I intend to sew for learning to make clothes mostly (and the occasional toys) and to expend from there. Interested in discovering quilting. I have found 2 possible machines, both of which are too far to try (although I have tried a 1020 in secondhand shop and loved it - unfortunately the price was not right).
There is a 380 with 9 Bernina feet, appears in good condition and has been serviced last time 2 years ago and left in cupboard, for $200 AUD (sold by private sale). Or a 1008 with 7 clip on feet, looks new, has been serviced, has a 3 months warranty for $550AUD (sold by a machine mechanic). Input and words of wisdom would really help make a decision. What are the difference between these 2 machine? Many thanks.

Oh no, I have noticed the typo - I meant 830, so another mechanical machine!
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Date: 12/17/11 1:59 PM

The 380 is a newer machine-- I don't think it's even been two years since they've been introduced. The current price for a new Bernina B380, with warranty, is about AUS $1799.

Perhaps it's a 830 Record, with some digit interchange? If so, and if it's in good condition, it's a good price for a good machine.
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Date: 12/17/11 1:59 PM

I can tell you about the 1008, a mechanical machine essentially identical to the 1020 you tried (with maybe a few more decorative stitches?). I have a 20+ year old 1020 and absolutely love it.

I've never felt the need to upgrade my machine, so I'd be no help with the 380 except to say it's a computerized machine and has more automatic functions. Assuming the 380 works, I'd suggest going with that as it's a really great buy.

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Date: 12/17/11 4:26 PM

Thanks for taking the time to answer, you are right, it was an 830!

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Date: 12/17/11 7:39 PM

The 830 is a classic Bernina, and it is mechanical like the 1008. The 1008 is much newer. Have you sewn on these machines? I would probably go for the 1008, since they are solid as well, and have a long lifespan and parts are readily available, but for all I know there are lots of parts for an old 803 - I say "old 830" because there is a new TOL 803 as well which is thousands of dollars and all computerized and has embroidery as a function.

Anyone know if the present Bernina feet fit the old 830? I don't think the 1008 would take the same feet would it?

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Date: 12/2/12 8:19 PM

I know this is an old post, but the Bernina 1008 takes the "old style" feet so they are the same ones the vintage 830 takes. Both are great machines. There is more to cleaning and oiling the 830 though and of course the internal parts are older than the 1008. I have read that the foot pedal of the 830 tends to break and need replacement from time to time. I am curious what you ended up with?

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Date: 12/2/12 9:38 PM

The 830 has more toys, as it was the top of the line machine at the time. The 1008 always was an entry level machine. For instance, the 830 has a knee lift, and the 1008 doesn't.

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Date: 12/2/12 10:35 PM

I have a 1008 and I love it. However, I would switch to a 930 in a heartbeat if I could find one. They are pure gold. I have heard the 830 has a reputation as good as the 930 (my mom has a 930 so I am more familiar with it).

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