Sandi's Sewing Connection
....YOUR connection to creative sewing!

             

 

BERNINA was founded by Fritz Gegauf in Steckborn Switzerland in 1932. It is the largest privately held sewing machine company in the world and has been owned and operated by the same family for four generations.


The vintage historical machines below represent the history of BERNINA home sewing machines from 1932 until around 2000.  All of the machines shown are in excellent
working condition and sew perfectly.  They are a testament to the durability of BERNINA machines and illustrate the innovation that BERNINA has displayed during its
long history in the world of sewing.


MODEL 105
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MODEL 105
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MODEL 117K
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MODEL 117L
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The Model 105 was the first machine bearing the BERNINA name that was sold as a household sewing machine.  We were able to acquire this machine with the help of a good friend at BERNINA. The Model 105 was produced from 1932 to 1953; this particular machine was made in 1943 The Model 105 was the first machine bearing the BERNINA name that was sold as a household sewing machine.  We were able to acquire this like new machine from a BERNINA friend in Canada. The Model 105 was produced from 1932 to 1953; this particular machine was made in 1938 The Model 117K was produced from 1938 to 1941; this particular machine was made in 1939 The Model 117L was produced from 1939 to 1960; this particular machine was made in 1939
 
 MODEL 121
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  MODEL 121
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 MODEL 125 JUBILAE
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 MODEL 125
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The Model 121 was produced from 1949 to 1959 and does a straight stitch only; this particular machine was made in 1956 The Model 121 was produced from 1949 to 1959 and does a straight stitch only; this particular machine was made in 1959 The Model 125 was the first free-arm zigzag home sewing machine.  This machine was identified with a Jubilae medallion to commemorate the 50th anniversary since Friedrich Gegauf invented the first hemstitching machine in 1893.  The Model 125 was produced from 1945 to 1957; this particular machine was made in 1953 The Model 125 was the first free-arm zigzag home sewing machine.  The Model 125 was produced from 1945 to 1957; this particular machine was made in 1957
     
  MODEL 530
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 MODEL 530
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 MODEL 600
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 MODEL 700
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The Model 530 was the first BERNINA with patented attachable presser feet and with semi-automated buttonhole sewing.  The Model 530 was produced from 1954 to 1963; this particular machine was made in 1956.  This machine was sold in Johannesburg to a woman from the US who was living there at the time.  She then brought the machine back to the US with her and it was converted from 220 volts to 110 volts for use in the US The Model 530 was the first BERNINA with patented attachable presser feet and with semi-automated buttonhole sewing.  The Model 530 was produced from 1954 to 1963; this particular machine was made in 1959 The Model 600 was produced from 1960 to 1963; this particular machine was made in 1960 The Model 700 was produced from 1963 to 1971; this particular machine was made in 1964
     
MODEL 707
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MODEL 718
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MODEL 730
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MODEL 801 JUBILAE
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The Model 707 was produced from 1967 to 1972; this particular machine was made in 1971 The Model 718 was a flatbed machine and was produced from 1968 to 1972; this particular machine was made in 1969 The Model 730 was the first BERNINA with the patented knee-activated presser foot lifter that both raises the presser foot and also lowers the feed dogs.  The Model 730 was produced from 1963 to 1971; this particular machine was made in 1967 The Model 801 was produced from 1979 to 1983; this particular machine was made in 1982 and is identified with a Jubilae medallion to commemorate the 50th anniversary since the first BERNINA household sewing machine, the Model 105, was introduced in 1932
     
 MODEL 802
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 MODEL 803
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 MODEL 810
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MODEL 830
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The Model 802 was produced from 1979 to 1983; this particular machine was made in 1979 The Model 803 was produced from 1979 to 1982; this particular machine was made in 1980 The Model 810 was produced from 1976 to 1979; this particular machine was made in 1978 The Model 830 was the first BERNINA with an electronic foot control and was the top of the line model for 11 years.  The Model 830 was produced from 1971 to 1982; this particular machine was made in 1976
   
 MODEL 900
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  MODEL 900
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 MODEL 900
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MODEL 930
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The Model 900 was produced from 1977 to 1983; we have three 900's with different trim colors and this machine was built in 1977 The Model 900 was produced from 1977 to 1983; we have three 900's with different trim colors and this machine was built in 1982 The Model 900 was produced from 1977 to 1983; we have three 900's with different trim colors and this machine was built in 1980 The Model 930 was the first BERNINA with a stretch stitch function.  A Model 930 is the first BERNINA Sandi purchased long before she thought of becoming a BERNINA dealer.  The Model 930 was produced from 1983 to 1986; this particular machine was made in 1986
     
MODEL 1130
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 MODEL 1130S
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MODEL 1630
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MODEL 180 WITH EMBROIDERY MODULE
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The Model 1130 was the first computerized electronic BERNINA with push button stitch selection, a fully automated one-step memory buttonhole, and embroidery pattern memory. The Model 1130 was produced from 1986 to 1992 ; this particular machine was made in 1986 The 1130 Special Edition Model was made especially for the US market during 1990.  It had blue trim and included the same automatic buttonhole foot as the top of the line model 1230 The Model 1630 was the first BERNINA with a screen to display stitch choices and a track ball to make stitch selections.  It also featured a 9 mm stitch width, over 400 embroidery patterns, monograms, 5 alphabets, and directional sewing in 16 possible directions (forward and reverse as well as side to side).  The Model 1630 was made from 1993 to 1997; this particular machine was made in 1996 The Model 180 was the first BERNINA SEWING MACHINE that combined sewing and embroidery capability in one machine using the embroidery module.  It featured a touch screen for stitch selection. The Model 180 was produced from 1997 to 2002; this particular machine was made in 1999