Summary: Unfortunately the machine I purchased was well used and abused with the cost of repair prohibitive. The machine was returned to seller. Another Bernina 1008 was acquired and works beautifully. Sound inner workings, easy to use. A good purchase for the beginner.
Summary: I wanted a basic mechanical sewing machine to do basic sewing projects. This machine is solid, and relatively simple to use. Sews sheer as well as thick denim hems w/ no problems. I was surprised though that it needed oiling after 3-4 hrs of sewing.
Summary: My Bernina 1008 has a great stitch and seems to adjust the tension to whatever I am sewing - typical Bernina quality here. It is very easy to use-just sit down and go. It is a basic machine and as such functions well. I have had two issues with it.
Summary: As a professional costume designer, I need a sewing machine that is sturdy, well-constructed and reliable. The Bernina 1008 is my all-time best-pick. What it lacks in "bells and whistles" it makes up for with speed, all-metal construction and a solid stitch.
Summary: The Bernina 1008 has 16 built in stitches, as well as having a built in 6 step buttonhole. There is a chart with the stitch settings right on the top of the machine, making all of the different stitches easy to use, because it even tells you what presser foot to use!
Summary: Bought this machine for my daughter for Christmas. She uses the identical model at college and wanted the same one because she was very familiar with the way it works. These machines are very expensive, but are supposed to last a lifetime.
Excerpt: I am a keen seamstress. I used to tailor a lot, but these days, I do a lot of freestyle artistic work with my machines. I actually draw pictures with thread and make silk dolls.This is important, because freestyling with the feed dogs down for hours will cane an inferior machine and the motor can...
Excerpt: I am a teacher of textiles technology in secondary education and this machine is used by all ages and abilities at my school. It is also used by some of the clumsiest people around. This machine can with stand a fall from a meter off the ground without a wound in sight.