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Date: 5/29/10 1:17 PM

I have a friend who was asking me about this machine and we discovered that it's no longer on the bernina usa website. I know it was on there not too long ago and am just wondering if they discontinued it.

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Date: 5/29/10 2:46 PM

I bought my 1006 in 1992, so they are pretty old, but good machines

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Date: 5/29/10 4:43 PM

Hi,

I was just at a Bernina dealer a few weeks ago and I was told that the 1008 had to be special ordered. I didn't ask any more information about it after that. Hope that helps.

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Date: 5/30/10 7:28 AM

There were some rumblings about it being discontinued about a year ago. I guess its still rumor at this stage but if it isn't on the website and dealers aren't carrying stock, then it will probably be a special order item til all are gone. Very sad that everything is going computerized except the lowest end models in most brands and they are not usually the quality of the 1008 but let's face it--$1000 for a 1008 is just too much. I don't think they sell many of them for that reason it is too tempting to buy equally good or better vintage for a fraction of that price or to be swayed to the Activa series for a tiny bit more.

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Date: 5/30/10 9:45 AM

They might be having problems with their website. Last week the Bernettes disappeared, and now they are back.

I agree that it's too expensive. I paid $1200 for a Swiss-made 930 in the mid 80s. The 1008 is practically the same machine, minus a few stitches. Is the housing of the 1008 metal or plastic, or both? On the 930 it was metal with one plastic side. The 1008 also comes with fewer accessories, and it's made in Asia. I think $400 is a fair price.
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Date: 5/30/10 11:40 AM

I agree, it's too expensive for what it is but my friend is still interested in it. I think it's more so that it's a "Bernina" and mechanical. Insert sarcastic statement here-- You know, because they are perfection! --I also don't like the fact that it doesn't have adjustable foot pressure. You would think at that price it would, but I don't think many of their older machines have it either and people still rave about them. Anyway, I'm trying to get her to look at the Janome threadbanger TB-12. It doesn't have adjustable foot pressure either BUT it's only $200 compared to $1200 and people have been speaking quite highly of them.
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Date: 5/30/10 12:00 PM

Well, the TB12 won't even be in the same ballpark with the Bernina 1008. But it is hard to find a current mechanical. The TB 12 is the same as all the bottom line Janomes etc. It is a good machine for what it is. But the Bernina is sturdy, heavy, and will last a whole lot longer. I am prejudiced because I have a bottom line mechanical Elna (which also is not in the Bernina 1008 ballpark), and it is nicer than the TB12. The 2100. Has presser foot pressure, nicer accessory case, nicer markings on the bed, and a nice hole you can put a pushpin in to sew in circles if you want to. I have been really impressed with it. It does take all the front-load Janome feet because Elna is owned by Janome. Elnas have a few nicer touches for sure.

If I were your friend, I would be looking for slightly older machines. A mechanical from several years ago, or even older. A good solid New Home from the 80s, or Janome which owned New Home, and so on in one price range, older Kenmores and Singers, etc.

I sold a friend my older New Home several years ago - I bought it at a local dealer used, and it is such a nice machine. It takes low shank feet and there are so many out there. A shank that allows snap on feet is readily available for those machines, even Sears sells one.

Happy hunting!
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Date: 5/30/10 12:55 PM

And you can find a vintage Kenmore for about $100 that will outlast and outperform both the TB12 and the Bernina.

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Date: 5/30/10 2:46 PM

Yup - if you have that in your neck of the woods...:) And you are lucky. The one thing about the vintage machines though is the wiring - if a person can do it or knows a good tech who can and will, I would get new wiring. And not everyone loves old vintage machines - newer ones (even the last 30 years) have some other stitches etc., and most of us don't really care if our machines last 50 years, but yes, sometimes older is good! SO many nice machines out there looking for homes.

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Date: 5/30/10 5:35 PM

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and most of us don't really care if our machines last 50 years, but yes, sometimes older is good!

At my age, my machines will probably outlive me.
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