So, as I've mentioned, I'm saving up for a new machine. I've been pretty sold on the Bernina Aurora 430, but I've been researching other options in the meantime. One of the things I find distasteful about high end machines is all the unnecessary features. (Don't get me started on all the various crappy alphabet stitches. It makes me crazy.) So I've been looking a bit at mechanical and industrial options. I went down to The City Quilter and had a delightful time trying out the Bernina 1008, a very basic mechanical machine.
It has the same lovely stitch and ease of use as the Bernina Auroras. I really enjoyed sewing on it - there's something about the basic quality of it that appeals to me. The lovely saleswoman helping me owns this machine and loves it. And I found I didn't miss any of the bells and whistles. Also: it's a whopping $1,049 cheaper than the Aurora 430. (Meaning that I have the money saved to buy it now.)
BUT. I have two concerns (neither of which are total deal breakers) that I wanted some input on. The first is that it doesn't have adjustable presser foot pressure. I've seen varying thoughts on this on Pattern Review and elsewhere. Some people think it's a necessity, others have no problem living without it. I have it on my current machine and hardly ever change the pressure.
Secondly, it's a multi-step buttonhole rather than a one-step deal. Now, I don't make a lot of buttonholes. I make bound buttonholes on my blouses and I take my jackets and coats to Johnathan Embroidery to have them professionally done. So I'm not sure if this would make a huge difference to me.
What do you all think? Do any of you have this machine? Do you think it's a wise choice? Thanks for your input!