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The number two FAQ is "what is the model number of my machine?
" There is a method of determining the model number based on the serial number alone, but it's rather convoluted and difficult.
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A typical serial number will be a 6-9 digit number preceeded by one or two letters.
Note that if there is no letter prefix, then the machine was made prior to 1900.
I only just now realized that I've had my Bernina 1008 for over two years!
Below is a link which can help you determine the manufacturing date by using the first two letters of the serial number.
Just to be clear, when I say “vintage” I’m talking about machines that are heavy, metal, beautiful and almost industrial.
These are those sewing machines that you’ve been offered countless times by neighbors, co-workers or strangers once they learn that you’re a sewing enthusiast.
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Simple tips for solving the most common problems of vintage sewing machines, including Singer 221 & 222 Featherweight, Slantomatic, Bernina 730, 830, 930, 1090, 1130, 1230, 1530, 1630, 200.
If you're unfamiliar with the 1008, here are a few facts: it's a simple mechanical machine (no computer or LED display), but it's made by Bernina (renowned for its quality) so you're looking at a higher price tag than for other mechanical machines.