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starrbegley

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Date: 4/8/09 3:17 PM

Hello everyone. Does anybody have a Bernina 1005? I recently found a used one in good working condition with all parts and am hoping for some feedback. I wasn't able to find it on the sewing machine review pages, although i haven't quite figured out how to run an effective search yet.
Thank you in advance and i'm looking forward to all of your opinions!
Also, what is a fair price for one of these machines and what is the differece between 1005 and 1008?
i realize that becuase it's 2nd hand i lose the warranty.
thanks again!

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Date: 4/8/09 4:15 PM

Hi Starr!
This was my first Bernina, bought sometime in the late 1980's. I think I paid about $600 for it new. It is a great mechanical machine and I still have it as a backup. It has never given me any trouble at all and I enjoy sewing on it. I upgraded in order to get the needle up/needle down feature and the knee operated presser foot lifter, two features that this machine does not have. It has about 6 built in practical stitches, including a blind stitch and some great stretch stitches. It uses those great Bernina feet that clamp on securely without the use of any tools, so they are quick and easy to change. It makes a nice buttonhole that is not automatic but easy to operate by turning a dial on the front of the machine. The feed dogs drop and it has a free arm. It does not come with a hard case but a canvas cover. It is an excellent, basic, mechanical machine. If there is anything else I might be able to answer, let me know.
Catherine

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Date: 4/8/09 4:39 PM

I have one very similar to it. I googled images of the 1005 & it looks just like my 1000. The 1005 probably has a few more features or stitches than my 1000. Mine is a mechanical machine that works perfectly. I bought it at an Estate Sale for $125 about 6 years ago. They were asking more for it, but I did not need it since I already had a computerized Bernina, so I put in my offer, and the next day when the Estate Sale was finished, they called to say that no one else had shown interest in the SM & that I could come get it for my offer of $125 if I still wanted it. And I did! I just thought that if I could get a great price on it, it would be fun to have a 2nd machine, & it has been awesome when working on big home dec projects to have the computerized one set up w/embroidery thread for decorative stitching while the mechanical is set up with the basic color thread for doing long seams. I think their asking price was more than it was worth, and I probably got it for somewhat less than it was worth. It came with the canvas cover & little pouch of feet & accessories, & the instruction manual. And it even uses the same feet as my other Bernina! The original purchase receipt was even in the manual, & she had bought it at the same dealer where I bought my Bernina new. The original owner of the 1000 paid $599 plus tax in Nov 1991 if that helps at all. I am assuming that the 1005 would have been more, but would be just guessing at how much more. Do you know what they are asking for the 1005 you are looking at? Mine is a basic machine that has a 4-step buttonhole (but the buttonholes look VERY nice), and has straight, zigzag, & blindhem stitches plus 4 decorative stitches, for a total of 7 kinds of stitches. It does not have a wide range of features, but what it does, it does very well, and I can see this machine outlasting my computerized machines.

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Date: 4/8/09 4:47 PM

P.S. -- Take a look at Meggie Lulu's review of her Designer 1000. That is the same machine I have. These seem to be made about the same time as the 1005 you are looking at and they look almost identical. They must be sister machines with some small variation that differentiates the 1000 Designer from the 1005. If it is in good working order, I would say it is probably a machine that will last you a long time.

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Date: 4/8/09 10:34 PM

I have the Bernina 1001, and I love it! It doesn't have a lot of the new features, but it sews with a wonderful stitch. I think that it has 14 different stitches, 5 needle positions, and a free arm. I bought is used for $300 in 1998. It is totally reliable, and I would never sell it.

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Date: 4/9/09 6:33 AM

The Bernina 1005 and 1008 seem to be the same to me, except I think the 1008 may have a few more decorative stitches. We had both these machines in my sewing class and I got a chance to sew on them both quite a bit and I used them inter-changeably. The ad'l stitches on the 1008 are still quite basic, but I never used the decorative stitches, anyway, so it made no difference to me which machine I was on. If you can get a good deal on the 1005, by all means go for it! It is a good, basic mechanical workhorse, like the 1008.

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Date: 4/9/09 9:35 AM

And in my area, the 1008 is now selling for $1000 !

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Date: 4/9/09 9:50 AM

The 1008 comes with feet that snap on to a shank. The 1005 comes with the traditional one piece clamp on feet. I think that you can purchase the one piece Bernina feet for the 1008, it just does not come with them. Bernina feet are wonderful but expensive.
Catherine

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Date: 4/9/09 9:54 AM

Did you find out what they are asking for the 1005?????

starrbegley

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Date: 4/10/09 5:59 AM

Thanks Catherine! I've been searching the internet for days and you just told me just about everything I wanted to know!

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