To ac/dc-vintage,I appreciate your comments on the 930 vs the 1030 machines. I'm a father and have been looking for a Bernina for my 10 1/2 year old daughter and was not sure which to choose over the two machines. I don't have the sewing experience you have and with both machines. Your comment about not being able to find the 1030 as easily as the 930 helped me decide. I confirm you cannot find the 1030 as easily. Therefore, I am sold on the 1030 for this reason. I really wanted a mechanical machine as she already owns a computer embroidery machine and worry about having the computer board failing and the cost associated with replacing it. So thank you for the insight. I hope you get this message as I see yours was posted over a year ago. Thanks again, Henry.