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Message Board > Sewing Machines > Portable Berninas ( Moderated by Sharon1952, EleanorSews)

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Portable Berninas
Bernina 801 sport vs 802 vs plain ole 801
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Date: 7/17/08 8:17 PM

I'd like to buy a portable Bernina and have been surfing eBay. Terribly confused by the selection. Does anyone know what the difference is between a Bernina 801 and an 801 Sport? Is an 810 small too? I also saw an 802 - where does that fit in? Any suggestions where to go to get info? Also, am I right in assuming that the 801 Sport is the ONLY portable machine Bernina makes?
The Berninausa site is useless for older machines. Is there another site? It's terribly frustrating. I welcome any and all help.
Kate

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Date: 7/17/08 9:03 PM

I have a Bernina 1000 Designer which I would definitely consider portable--it has a handle & is much lighter weight than my Bernina 1090. The 1000 Designer is a basic machine that appears to be all-metal & it came with a heavy-canvas cover that has a sturdy pocket for holding the foot pedal, cords, etc. It came with 4 feet and does several stitches and has a 4-step buttonhole which I actually like better than the one-step automatic buttonhole on my 1090. The receipt was left in the owners manual, so I can see that this machine was bought new by the original owner in 1991 for $599. I got it at an estate sale a few yrs ago for $125 & I have never had it serviced---I just clean & oil it myself, & it sews beautifully. My Bernina dealer said that if someone traded in a 1000 Designer in good condition, they would resell it for around $200. I was buying it for my girls to learn on, but I got in the habit of taking it when I needed to go help a friend with a sewing project or on a trip, etc, and I really like it, so I selfishly decided to keep it for myself! I agree that it's hard to find any useful info on the Bernina website about old Berninas. There are several PR folks who know a lot more about Berninas than I do, so hopefully one of them will reply with more of a list of the portables. I only know of the 2 Berninas that I own.



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Date: 7/17/08 9:52 PM

Quote: KateB
I'd like to buy a portable Bernina and have been surfing eBay...... Any suggestions where to go to get info?

The Berninausa site is useless for older machines. Is there another site? It's terribly frustrating. I welcome any and all help.

Kate

http://www.mariamichaelsdesigns.com/BerninaComparisonCharts2.htm

Take a look at this too.

EBay Sewing Machine Buing Guide/Tips
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Date: 7/18/08 7:54 AM

Kate, I don't know if you were definitely looking for the 801 thru 810, or if you just want a reliable mechanical portable Bernina. Anyway, just wanted to tell you that I just saw a 1006 & two 1008's on Ebay this morning. One 1008 has no manual or extra feet, but the other 1008 comes w/everything. I can tell from the photo that the 1008 is the same machine (same colors/design on front) as my 1000, but the 1008 is probably a nicer version of it w/more features. It is still a fairly basic mechanical, but solid & reliable, probably sold new in the early 1990's. I would recommend any of these from 1000 to 1008 based on my experience w/my 1000 which is the most basic of this line. It's not as light weight as the little portable Kenmore I bought my daughter to learn on & take to class, but it's more solid & sturdy, and this Bernina will last much longer. Good luck!

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Date: 7/18/08 8:08 AM

Oopps---I have to correct what I said about the date on the 1008's. Looks like they came out in the late '90s. The color/design on front is just like my 1000Designer which was new in 1991. So the 1008's are newer, but seem to be basically the same w/some additional features or upgrades. Still, it seems to me, a very good & reliable mechanical machine w/carrying handle that I would consider portable.

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Date: 7/18/08 2:28 PM

I think the new 1008 is made in Taiwan or Thailand where the older Bernina models were Swiss made.
I have always wanted a mechanical Bernina.
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Date: 7/18/08 2:46 PM

The Bernina 1008 mechanical along with the entire Activa line is made in Maylasia at the Bernina assembly plant using parts made in Switzerland and local Maylasian labor to assemble them. This cuts down on the labor costs which would otherwise put the machines out of reason as to pricing, for this price point of machine, if they were still totally assembled in Switzerland. The only thing about them that isn't Swiss is the labor used during assembly. I have had an Activa in the past and didn't like it. I have a 1008 now and it is my favorite machine. I use it for almost everything I sew and and everything I quilt. I am going to get a second one so that I have an exact match for a back up machine for when I take the first one in for service. How's that for a testimonial? The only thing wrong with the 1008, out of the box, is that it comes with generic snap on feet like those that are found on many imported machines. But it is a simple matter to buy some Bernina feet for the type of sewing you do, and you will be set up to sew anything in a truly professional manner. I am happy that Bernina still provides this machine. It is truly a work horse. I also have a Bernina 430 Aurora, and it doesn't get used as much as my 1008. I love the mechanical machines.

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Date: 7/18/08 6:09 PM

Thanks for the info. I have never heard anything bad about the 1008 other than it being very basic as compared to some of todays models.
I do hope the 1008 continues to stay around for a long time and maybe some day I will own one. I think this is one of the last models made that might outlive their owners.

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Date: 7/18/08 10:31 PM

Kate B. I used to own a Bernina 801 Sport. It is a 3/4 head, with basic utility stitches. It is very "Heavy". About 25 pounds. A solid little rock! And it does a rock solid stitch. It is a mechanical model.

I bought a Bernina Activa 220 ( about 18 pounds) and used the 801 sport as a trade in. The 801 iis considered a desirable older model so I got a nice deal. The 220 is pretty much a lateral move with the following exceptions-- lighter weight, needle up down, computerized, decorative stitches and the pressor feet it uses are interchangable with my stay at home Bernina 630.
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Date: 7/31/08 1:14 PM

The first sewing machine I bought was an 801 Sport, new in 1985. It weighed less than 20 lbs, and sewed beautifully. I made everything from winter overalls to diapers to my husband's shirts on it. I sold it to a friend a few years ago after I upgraded to a Virtuosa 150, but I should have kept it. The old mechanical Berninas are wonderful. I'm sorry I don't know how it's different from the plain 801 or 810.

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