Thank you all so much for your input on my machine quandary! I was just rereading all the fantastic comments, and one really stood out at me. Marlena raved about her Bernina 1008, and then added: "I find it fun to have to turn all those knobs!" My goodness, I could not agree more. Whilst trying out the 1008, I kept thinking how delightful it was to turn KNOBS! (It really is the simple things in life, I suppose.) This all got me thinking. I've developed a theory that there are two kinds of sewing machine enthusiasts in this world - button pressers and knob turners.
So, I'm a knob turner, I've discovered. But there are plenty of button pressers. All those people who exclaim you can do something "at the touch of a button!"? They're button pressers. That's all well and good for them, but give me a knob to turn any day.
So, how about you? Are you as thrilled as me by turning a knob? Or are you in the "touch of a button" camp? Do tell.
Also, this is a very roundabout way of telling you all that I decided on the 1008. I put a deposit down today and will pick it up next Friday! I thought hard about my options, but I just really liked using the 1008. I must have been swayed by all those glorious knobs.
Thanks again for your help!