The Bernina sewing machine first made its appearance in 1932. It was considered as a household machine. The second Bernina was released in 1938 and made the first zig-zag stitch. Other sewing machines include the one introduced in 1954 model that featured "patented attachable presser foot and function for semi-automated sewing of buttonholes." The Bernina 1008 is another in the long line of sturdy Bernina machines.
The Bernina 1008 sewing machine has a thread cutter, a free arm, buttonhole capacity, with adjustable stitch and needle position, presser feet, stitch selection, as well as needle positions, a feed-dog drop, and a bobbin winder. The machine also comes with a needle assortment, as well as a so-called Lady's Knife. The machine is mechanical and is considered as a good, basic machine for beginners. Many people have commented on the construction of the machine, which has been mostly termed as "A work horse," as one woman declared. More than one user wrote in to describe to use the machine for many years without major issues and many people would recommend it to others who are looking for a machine.
Since this is a basic machine, it works well for making quilts and for sewing garments (as well as pant legs, thanks to the free arm). It also works well for sewing curtains and costumes as well. It will also allow the user to take advantage of 16 stitches that are both decorative as well as practical. If you are not sure which stitch length or presser foot to use on a certain project, the machine will be able to tell you.
- Some people did find some details about the Bernina 1008 that they did not like. More than one person complained about the tension, describing it as difficult to get the right one. - The presser foot is not adjustable, which is something that a more experienced sewer would miss. - The needle has to be threaded manually as it is not automatic. This can take some time to do properly. - Due to its construction, the Bernina 1008 is a heavy machine. It is not like the feather-weight versions of today. - Some users complained that the Benina 1008 has a tendency to vibrate at higher speeds. It can be considered to be noisy.