Bernina was founded in 1893 in Switzerland, and takes its name from the Piz Bernina, a mountain in the Alps. These days Bernina definitely has a reputation for high quality machines. In fact I would say it is the most respected brand in terms of quality. The downside of Bernina sewing machines is that they tend to be a fair bit pricier than other brands.
Bernina's current product range consists of 15 different machines, split into the following categories:
- 8 Series - 880 model
- 7 Series - 790, 770 QE, 740, 720 and 700 models
- 5 Series - 580, 570 QE, 560 and 530 models
- 3 Series - 380, 350 PE and 330 models
- Classic machines - 1008 and 215 models
Of course there are numerous other models like the aurora and artista models, but as far as I know these are no longer being manufactured.
Bernina machines are manufactured in either Switzerland or Thailand. The 1008 model is the only purely mechanical machine currently offered by Bernina.