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Thread: What did you pay for your Bernina 1030 or 1031 when it was new?

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    What did you pay for your Bernina 1030 or 1031 when it was new?

    Did any of you get this machine when it was new? If so, what year and what did you pay? And is it still working well?

    I'm looking for a "workhorse" for a friend and there is one for sale here. She needs quiet and totally dependable. This one has come up for sale, but it is old (?) I have no idea how old...that's why I'm asking you all here.

    I've tried to google it and all I can find is that it is called a vintage machine, but still fetches a decent price on the used market. I can't find anywhere what year these were 'released'.

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    I don't have one, but found this current listing on eBay:
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Bernina-1031...item27d5215019

    Berninas tend to hold a lot of value over the years. If this is a non-computerized model, which I think it is, it is strong and should last a very long time. I have an earlier vintage Bernina that is still a dream to sew on.

    If you create an account at http://www.patternreview.com so you can look at older reviews, you should be able to find some reviews such as this one:
    http://sewing.patternreview.com/Sewi.../Review/1/4548

    Also found this comment (do a ctl/F on Bernina 1030 to find the comment):
    http://www.burdastyle.com/discussion...sewing-machine
    "The very best sewing machine I know of is a mechanical Bernina. I have the Bernina 1030 I bought almost 20 years ago. I have since purchased a Bernina Artista 200E and have never used it like I have and still use my 1030."

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    This isn't exactly what you asked, but my Bernina 830 was around $1080 back in the seventies when it was new. A small fortune but you got the best machine in the world!
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    Quote Originally Posted by sewbizgirl View Post
    This isn't exactly what you asked, but my Bernina 830 was around $1080 back in the seventies when it was new. A small fortune but you got the best machine in the world!
    It helps a bit, but I can never tell by the numbers if an 830 is a newer or older machine than a 1030... I'm going to assume because the number is lower, it is an older machine, but I'm not sure.

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    Yes, the vintage 830 is an older machine than the 1030.

    Found a little more info:
    http://answers.yahoo.com/question/in...6074348AA8G1US
    Last edited by Prism99; 07-22-2013 at 11:43 AM.

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    I bought a Bernina 1260, perfect condition with accessories, one owner for $450. I wouldn't pay much over that for any older Bernina that uses the older style feet.
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    I bought my Bernina 830 Record in 1972 for $329. It was the top of the line then and it was a lot of money for a nursing student working part time in a department store fabric department. I still have that machine 41 years later and it sews beautifully. Guess it was money well spent. Mind you, I spent way more then that for my Aurora 440QE and way-way-way more for my Bernina 750QEE. Gotta love those Berninas!

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    I have a Bernina 1008...bought it new but don't remember for how much...but pricey back then. It has been working non-stop for the past 18-20 years, has had one repair to the bobbin casing. Perhaps you could find one of them....in fact, I think they may still sell them.
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    I have the 1031 and can't remember for the life of me what I paid for it at the Houston Quilt Festival. But I also have bought three vintage 830s over the past 18 years and paid $400 - $550 for each of them over that period.

    The 1031 is virtually identical to the vintage 830 and I adore them both. I have NO desire to replace my 1031 with a more modern "top-of-the-line" machine. If I were trying to find a 1031 to buy today I'd expect to pay about the same as the vintage 830 would command. And I'd be delighted to have it!

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    Current listings on ebay don't help you much to gauge price. That's only what people WANT to get. Shoot, I could want a million dollars for mine, it doesn't mean I'll get it. Look under closed auctions or sold auctions in ebay under the 'advanced' button. There you can see what sold machines went for. Even then, ebay is higher usually than what I'd pay, but you'd at least get an idea.

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    Bernina 830 can fetch $830 or up in $ if in good shape with all the feet and case.
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    I have a Bernina 1020 which I bought in 1992, it cost $1300. Still going strong and love it! I do have it tuned up every 1-1 1/2 years. Works like a charm, never had a problem.

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    Thanks. There is one here for about $300, used, of course, but I don't know HOW used....just wondering if that was a good price if the machine is in good working condition...

    From what I've seen the people who have them pretty much all seem completely in love with their machines and convinced of their durability.
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    In my opinion, that's a fabulous price for a 1030/1031!!

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    I don't think many Berninas, Pfaffs, Necchis, or Vikings are found at garage/yard sales! (Maybe Janomes, too?)

    I think most of the people that have them - if the original owners - are reluctant to part with them.

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    OK, I have a Bernina 1020 and yes it has always been my workhorse. I bought it when it was brand new, maybe 20 years ago. I think I paid around $850. The box had been opened. I have only had a problem with the hook and it was repaired at the dealership. I liked it so much I bought a Bernina 1530. Just beware that the machine is probably out of warranty. It is hard to tell how well the machine has been maintained. GOOD LUCK !!
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    I bought my 1030 new in 1988, and I don't consider it old at all. Best sewing machine I ever had. I don't recall what I paid, but close to $900 I think.

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    I have a 1031 and I paid about $1300.00 but at the time I thought it was a lot! I will say I LOVE the machine and knock on work it has never failed me!

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    Bernina 1031 is the best mechanical machine0

    Quote Originally Posted by Raine54RN View Post
    I have a 1031 and I paid about $1300.00 but at the time I thought it was a lot! I will say I LOVE the machine and knock on work it has never failed me!
    The reason the 1031 was expensive in the early 90's is that it's *special* due to the feed dogs that move in a rectangular rather than the elliptical pattern of 830 and 930's. The 1031 has a vastly improved buttonhole, too. I've owed (and sewed 'around the world') on both a 830 and 930, but the 1031 is The Best. I also have a 440, but for heirloom, lingerie and overall PRECISION, the 1031 is superior in its reliable, powerful simplicity and perfect stitches. Kite makers love the 1031 and it's much better than the newer 1008 version. The only thing missing on the 1031 is the basting stitch that the 1030 has. For gorgeous buttonholes on delicate fabrics like heirloom dresses, the 1031 is wonderful and *much* superior to a 930 buttonhole.

    I bought my 1031 used for about $800 over a decade ago and I'll never get rid of it. Just DO NOT pick it up and carry it by the handle!!! There is a design 'issue' with the handle that will probably create a slight noise inside the machine if your carry it around by the handle. That irritating slight clanging does nothing to hurt the function of the machine, but just don't use the handle. YES, I forgot and had to pay *twice* to get it fixed. Otherwise, the 1031 has had ZERO issues all these years. I sew everything from heavy drapes to ballgowns on the 1031 and it's been *perfect* all these years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by justflyingin View Post
    Did any of you get this machine when it was new? If so, what year and what did you pay? And is it still working well?

    I'm looking for a "workhorse" for a friend and there is one for sale here. She needs quiet and totally dependable. This one has come up for sale, but it is old (?) I have no idea how old...that's why I'm asking you all here.

    I've tried to google it and all I can find is that it is called a vintage machine, but still fetches a decent price on the used market. I can't find anywhere what year these were 'released'.
    Berninas hold their value. It will probably last your friend a long long time.

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    It will probably last you a long long time without problems too.

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    My husband bought a Bernina 1000 for me when it first came out. He says he paid $695.00 and bought a Bernina Serger at the same time. I still use the 1000 as my main machine. What a "work horse."

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    I bought a Bernina 1260 with extra feet, and extension table, one owner for $450 about two years ago.
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    I bought my 1030 new in January 1988. Can't remember the exact price but it was $900 something. It is still a workhorse and I depend on it a lot. No computerized machine for me!

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    Sorry i repeated my post...I am typing this on my Kindle and the first post disappeared...got a message it was too short and to try again...so I did!

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