It is a Bernina 1008. Not unsimilar to my previous machine 1020 that I was told needed stripping back and rebuilding again (after a disastrous repair experience) I chose this model solely because it was the nearest to that machine which I loved, and I could use all the accessories that I already had.
The machine is a lower spec machine to my 1020 and when I first started testing it out, I couldn't help but compare it. There are less fancy stitches, no half speed option, no knee lifter,no tacking stitch and no auto bobbin wind. If I'm honest (without sounding ungrateful) I was a tad disappointed. I thought It would always be in the shadow of my beloved 1020.
But there is good news. When I got sewing properly with it all thoughts of the 1020 disappeared, its all about how it handles when you are sewing with it, it felt good like I hoped it would. I can control the foot pedal so it can go really slow. The fancy stitches, well I only used a few, and I'm sure I will get used to the bobbin winding. The machine sews like a dream.
I like heavy metal machines not plastic ones. I'm not into fancy stitches but techniques. I just want a good buttonhole and a reliable machine (touch wood) that purrs like a kitten, and if that is what you like you will love the Bernina 1008.
I shall call her Lucky wish is how I feel. Now to plan some sewing.