Bernina Fan Club Archives

August 97

Sunday, August 10 - Saturday, August 16

Date: Sat, 09 Aug 1997 20:48:15 -0600
Subject: Re: Traveling

> We will be traveling from Salt Lake City up to Yellowstone, then down
> through Jackson and back to Salt Lake

There is a really nice quilt store at 90th South State Street  in Salt
Lake City called Quilt, etc.  On I-15, take the 72 nd street exit.
Travel east to State Street, then turn right and go to 90th South.
Quilt, etc. is on the East side of the street; kind of a peach colored

There is also a marvelous store called Fibers and Twigs in a small
warehouse on 23th street in Ogden (about 40 minutes North of Salt Lake
City.)  This warehouse is about 1 1/2 blocks east of Wall Street.  You
take the 21st street Exit off of I-80, and when you get to Wall Street
(the second traffic light going east, I think),  make a right hand
turn.  Go two blocks, then make a left-hand turn.  Fibers and Twigs is
about 1 1/2 blocks on the right side of the street.

And Gardners Quilts is about 1 block east of Fibers and Twigs.  It is in
a strip mall next to the Carmichael Theatres.  You have to go into the
theater parking lot to park.  The people that work there are so nice
that I go out of my way to go there every chance I get.

I hope this gives you some good shops to visit.  All of these stores
have lots of patterns, displays, and wonderful fabric.  They're some of
my favorites for ideas.

Kathy B.
Date: Fri, 08 Aug 1997 21:45:13 -0600
Subject: Re: Sewing Lingerie

>  However, having never worked with such a
> sheer fabric before (nylon, I believe--I bought the fabric 6 months
> ago!), I
> thought I would ask if you have any hints.    Should I serge the
> seams, or should I just use
> a french seam, since the fabric is so sheer?  Any other useful
> comments would
> be appreciated.  Thanks!-Trisha

I sew on sheer nylon tricot for my home business (nities & sheer
robes).  Before I got my serger, I did the seams with a small (1 1/2
wide, 1/2-1 length) zigzag.  The fabric doesn't slip, and this stitch
will hold up for years and is hardly noticable.  Now that I have a
serger, I use a three-thread serge for the seams.  I think it gives it a
nice finish.  I wouldn't use a straight stitch though, because on any
machine I've ever used, they have a tendency to skip stitches every now
and then with a straight stitch, and the seams might pop with stress.
The small zigzag (right on the edge of the fabric, don't leave any
fabric to the right of the stitch) is still the best in my opinion.
It's really durable, too.

Hope this helps,
Kathy B.
Date: Sun, 10 Aug 1997 03:16:12 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: Double/Triple Cording

Hi Everyone:

Recently someone sent a post requesting directions on how to do Double/Triple
Cording.  I recently purchased the new Bernina "Features" notebook along with
Units A and B.  If you will check Unit "B", page #8, you will find some great
instructions on how to make Double/Triple Cording. This is a great new
publication to add to your sewing library.

Regards, Joyce
Date: Sun, 10 Aug 1997 08:05:05 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re:  Berninas Work with Macs

It's wonderful to know that the 1630's can connect to a Mac!  Question is...
What will it do once we get connected?  Transfer patterns to the memory?  Add
new stitches?  

I know the Deco Machines will receive patterns into the discs for embroidery,
but am curious what we can do with the 1630.

Any info concerning what we can do once we have bought new software and a
converter cord?  We have a power Mac and are ready to connect, if it will be
of value to do so.


Date: Sun, 10 Aug 1997 08:48:39 -0400
Subject:  Vinylizing

Hi Rachel,
Heat 'n Bond is a vinyl you iron on fabrics - review the instructions as some are made to be sewn thru and others are not.  I use the sewable type to iron on the inside of lunch bags before I sew them up.  Works great and gives the additional protection of vinyl.
Subject: Re: 1530 signature edition
Date: Sun, 10 Aug 1997 11:40:03 -0700

Irene, in Winnipeg, run, don't walk, to your Bernina store and get that 1530.
You will never be sorry.  They are just about to discontinue this model.  It's

Subject: Looking for book 
Date: Sun, 10 Aug 1997 14:27:47 EDT

Hi fellow sewers, 

I'm trying to locate a book "Living the Life of a Fabricaholic" by Sand
Gervais.  A friend told me about it and has been unable to locate it.  It
sounds like fun so if anyone knows where to get one please let me know. 

Thanks much and happy sewing. 
Date: Sun, 10 Aug 1997 15:43:21 -0400
Subject: Pictures on Quilts

I have been hanging around and had two ideas for posts that had been up in
the last week or so:

In the back of the Sew News there is an advertisement for Blueprint fabric.
(Very small ad).
They have directions for putting pictures on fabric using the sun. They
sell the fabric and you put the pictures on yourself. I ordered a brochure
and thought the results they showed were GREAT. Haven't tried it myself

For canvas and outdoor wear:
I have a QUEST OUTFITTERS catalog (1 800 359 6931) that includes a great
selection of outdoor apparel and gear fabrics.  I haven't ordered from them
yet but intend to. They have a great selection of polar fleece.

Thanks to everyone for all the information!!!

Date: Mon, 11 Aug 1997 19:47:50 +1000
Subject: Embroidery threads

Thank you for the help regarding my questions about Deco cards.  Now I need
help about sorting out the truth about threads.  There are so many different
views when speaking to salespeople!  I am prepared to pay more for good
thread that won't damage my machine or keep breaking or give that better
effect.  Please can anybody tell me about the best brands to buy.  Is
Designer thread a good thread?  any special deals for buying a bulk set to
start out with?  Thank you Eleanor
Date: Mon, 11 Aug 1997 07:37:31 -0600
Subject: Re: Kite Fabric

This is a store in Canada that should have the fabric you need. I know 
they used to teach Kite Making, so maybe there are patterns available 
too. My MIL made us a Kite from one of their patterns and it is 
wonderful, so easy for the kids to fly!!

Date: Mon, 11 Aug 1997 08:53:50 -0400
Subject: Re: quilting with walking foot

>I have a 1090S and I am trying to use my walking foot   to machine quilt
>a table runner.  I have threaded my bobbin thread through the finger and
>am getting a perfect stitch on top.  I cannot get anything that looks
>like a stitch on the bottom.  It looks like the thread is all running
>together and can easily be pulled out.  Help!!!!????!!! What am I doing
>wrong???? I have played with the tension and that does not seem to help.
>Thanks for any help anyone can give me.

I don't know who originally posted this but I think the problem may be that
you threaded the bobbin thread through the finger. I thought you were only
supposed to do that for buttonholes and satin stitching because it
increases the bobbin tension and pulls the upper thread to the underside to
make a more attractive satin stitch. It sounds like that is what it is
doing on your straight stitch--pulling the upper thread down more. Try
threading the bobbin the regular way and see what happens.

Subject: RE: Help - No Classes
Date: Mon, 11 Aug 1997 09:05:03 -0400

Mike wrote:

>This is a crazy question, but I need help. What do you do about a dealer
>who won't follow through on the free classes following a purchase? I 
>my Bernina serger over TWO years ago and still haven't had a class!

Not such a crazy question, as I have the same problem (although it's only 
been 3 months for me, not 2 years).  What annoys me the most is that since 
I got the machine used, the warranty is up in 3 more months (6 months 
total) and I have no idea if everything really works right, since I don't 
know how to use it to its full capability.

I do recommend the Advanced Guide Workbook, and Bernina has a nice video 
called Serging Basics that I recommend (it's about $25 and your dealer 
should be able to get it for you).  I also managed to snag the Bernette 
Serging video which was a little more dated (kept referring to the 334DS in 
the same way the ADG does) but helpful.  I'm currently trying to teach 
myself how to do a rolled hem, and I'm not progressing as fast as I'd like 

good luck!

Date: Mon, 11 Aug 1997 09:28:02 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: Nylon filament thread observation

One more bit of info.. Have you tried Sulky's invisable poly? There is a
clear and a smoky..I have used them both and been pleased with the is not expensive so maybe you can give it a try.
Date: Mon, 11 Aug 1997 08:38:48 -0600
Subject: Re: Iowa Quilt Shops

Bernina wrote:
> Dear Fellow Bernina Users,
> My husband is currently working on a construction project in Ft. Dodge,
> Iowa 5 days a week.  I will be visiting him in September and would love
> to visit some quilting/fabric shops while I am there.  I will have
> plenty of time while he works.
> Any suggestions within a reasonable distance would be greatly
> appreciated!  Thanks in advance!   Karen

Karen, I'm not sure how far it is but I'm sure it's too far....If you 
could get to Kalona you would think you were in heaven! Plan on a day 
visit. Lot's of Quilt shops in town and outside of town. As a matter of 
fact, I'll be going Sept. 13 with a friend. Cork 
Date: Mon, 11 Aug 1997 08:27:42
Subject: pattern

I am looking for a simple pattern for a gored or flared skirt (on the
bias), but really want to use the same pattern piece for each "gore".  I am
trying to make a copy of a simple skirt I have had for years that is of a
knit material that is 8 pieces, all of the same width, stitched together.
They took ~11/2 inch elastic and serged it to top of the fabric, wrong
sides together, flipped it over and top stitched on top.  I'd like to try
to make some skirts like this as would be quick and easy with a serger
(rolled hem!), but all the patterns I have bought use a zipper or buttons,
or elastic is really gathered at t op (where this skirt is not due to knit
stretch), and pieces are different sizes.  May try to take one piece
similar to that of gore in skirt, trace and modify, and make a sample to
try it.  Any suggestions for good, inexpensive fabric to try for sample
before using my "good" fabric?  This skirt is wonderful as can throw it in
wash and dryer, looks great with fitted vest or blouse on top, flattering
to most figures, etc.!

Any advice is appreciated.  
Date: Mon, 11 Aug 1997 09:44:59 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: Cost of machine cleaning


You wrote>>>>>>>>>>>>What many consumers fail to recognize is that each
dealer is a customer of
Bernina, Bernina does not own or manage or pay any of the expenses incurred
by a dealer. Thus it is unlikely that there will ever be a "universal"
service agreement with Bernina machines valid at all Bernina dealers. Some
dealers owners do the repairs themselves, and other dealers contract a
Bernina trained mechanic who they pay by the job, others hire a full time
mechanic to work on premises for a salary. With such a wide range of business
sizes, operations and types, it really does preclude such a universal
arrangement. Most good dealers will try to help machine customers to the best
of their ability, but understandably cannot afford to take a loss each time a
machine that was not purchased at their dealership comes through the door.
Part of the price you paid your original dealer included their expense for
the servicing of your machine for whatever the agreed upon period was.  I'm
sure the dealers would be
delighted if Bernina would pick up the disparity of cost for  such a
universal plan. But it is extremely unlikely. >>

I really disagree with you here.  The individuals who purchase the machines
are the customers.  The dealers are their representatives.  If I bought a
Compaq computer at CompUsa (about the same price as a computer), the warranty
and service would be just as good as if I had bought it directly from the
company.   Bernina doesn't allow the consumer to purchase directly from them.
 It's my name on the warranty card not the dealer's.  The relationship that
exists is between the consumer and Bernina.  The dealer is merely a
middleman.  I think that sewing machines should be like computers or any
other electronic equipment that's purchased.  I don't think anyone should be
out of luck because they moved or the dealer closed.  In the same way that I
buy computer programs and have problems with them, I call the manufacturer,
it should be the same for the sewing machine.....To me there is no

I believe that in time Bernina will come to realize that times have changed.
 If there is no support after the sale, why bother?????????????

Subject: Re: Kite fabric
Date: Mon, 11 Aug 1997 09:15:09 -0500

PigsChoir asked:
> Does anyone know where you can buy the fabric they make kites from?

When I made kites for all my grandchildren a couple years ago, I use
rip-stop nylon which I found in the local Cloth World. Seemed to work well.

Mary Lu
Date: Mon, 11 Aug 1997 10:05:37 -0400
Subject: Re: Tension Trouble during Free-Hand Quilting

Bernina wrote:

> No matter what settings I try, the tension doesn't come out right... I
> tried threading the bobbin (w/ Mettler 50/3 thread) both thru the eye of
> the bobbin case (which caused the thread to lay flat on the backing,
> showing some of the nylon thread from the top) and the normal way.  The
> normal bobbin threading coupled with the standard top tension (at #5)
> causes the bobbin thread to show thru on top.  This is more pronounced as
> my stitches become closer.  If I loosen the top tension, the bobbin thread
> doesn't show as much on top but the bottom thread seems to lay flat....I
> have tried to tighten the top tension to #6 with the bobbin threaded thru
> the eye, doesn't work.  Thru all this my top nylon thread is threaded thru
> the extra hole in the handle  (I have tried it without threading thru the
> hole, doesn' t work) and I have used both a 70/10 needle and an 80/20
> needle.  HELP!!!  Has anyone experienced this??? I have a new 1530 and am
> very new to quilting.  With my walking foot, the stitches come out fine
> when I have it threaded thru the hole on top and the eye in the bobbin case
> and with the tension set to #6.  So why doesn't it work with my
> quilting/darning foot for free hand quilting?? I even tried cleaning the
> hook and refilling the bobbing.  Could there be (heaven forbid) a problem
> with my machine?

Hi Hing

Sometimes you have to balance the speed at which the machine is going to 
the speed that you are moving the quilt.  I find I get into trouble if I 
move too slowly for the machine.  A nice steady pace, not too fast, 
works best.  Have you tried using the slow speed?  

I don't if my ideas will help but it's worth a try.

Date: Mon, 11 Aug 1997 09:51:37 -0500
Subject: Separating Zippers

Does anyone know of a source for separating zippers that would be available
in colors to match exactly a fashion fabric color?

Date: Sun, 10 Aug 1997 23:07:38 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re:  Tension /free hand Quilting

Schmetz makes quilting needles that are tapered and are supposed to be good
for quilting.  Have you tried these?  I have a 150 and haven't had any
tension problems so I can't help you there from experience - I do like the
needles - my stitches seem to look better.

Let me know if the needles help!

Date: Mon, 11 Aug 97 11:13:01 +0100
Subject: West & SW museums

Hi everyone,

For my 25th Anniversary, I am doing a long awaited tour of the SW and NW.  A
loop from the Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon, Zion Park, Canyonlands,  thru Salt
Lake City, up to Yellowstone Park.  Possibly down thru Denver to Santa FE. 
Depends whether the fare is cheaper to Denver vs other cities.  We are flexible.

I would love to see some museums that had antique quilts.  My husband will
come to museums to look at quilts.  We also enjoy any good museums-it will
all be different for me as an east coaster.

I have quilt show listings from QNMagazine, and probably haven't got a
prayer of stopping at a fabric shop, but would love any recomendations on
museums from those that know!

I know this is somewhat off the topic, but up to date regional info on
museums is hard to find from a distance.  

Please use your discretion whether to respond privately or if this info
would be fun for the group.  Thanks in advance.

Date: Mon, 11 Aug 1997 11:24:28 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: Bernina Digest

Rice Bags etc...
Has anyone tried using dry HOP flowers in their bags?
The sort of flower that is cultivated for making beer.
In England it is a traditional 'pillow stuffer', especially in Kent, south
east of London, where hops are a cash crop.
The flowers have a very soothing small, especially when heated slightly, and
are good to aid sleep or ease a headache.
I'm not sure where exactly they would grow in the US or Canada, but wild
ones grow easily just north of Toronto, and the winters there can be quite
harsh with long hot summers. 
I'd guess that a 'brew it yourself' place would have them for sale.
Subject: Ronks PA
Date: Mon, 11 Aug 1997 10:23:38 -0500

 If you visit your lucky friend in Ronks, you will be in the heart of
Amish Country.  Nearby in Intercourse, is a fabric store on their main
street and I believe there is also a fabric store in Bird-In-Hand which
is spitting distance from Ronks.  I stayed in Ronks a few years back
while visiting  Lancaster PA (after watching Witness with Harrison Ford
more times that I can count) I talked my family into a vacation there.
We were not disappointed.  Also, Lancaster has a great outlet mall and
they don't charge sales tax on clothes.

Subject: Retirement Quilt
Date: Mon, 11 Aug 1997 08:51:55 -0500

Thanks to everyone who responded about the Photo Transfer process.  I
have my photo transfer supplies (via Ami Simms - Mallory Press) and the
pictures are now arriving through the mail from various relatives. 

My next you applique the photos on a large piece of
material, or would it be better to incorporate each  photo as a quilt
block, adding a block at a time?  

Date: Sun, 10 Aug 1997 21:54:36 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: Bernina Digest 8/6/97

You can make entire quilts out of flannel.  There are several books out on
making flannel quilts.  I think some of them are from Piecemakers.
Date: Mon, 11 Aug 1997 07:31:30 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: Extension Table

how can I get a "nancy's notions" catalog or do they have adn "800" number?
 Thanks Shelli
Subject: Quillows Reply
Date: Mon, 11 Aug 1997 07:25:53 PDT

Quillows are so much fun to make and give as gifts!  I have never used 
polar fleece, but I have used flannel, denim, and cotton.  The 
measurements are 45" x 72", the pillow is 18" square.  Finishing is up 
to the individual.  I have made a ruffle around the pillow, used 
braiding, cording, and have even left it plain.  Fabric quantities:  1/2 
yd. for pocket front, 2 yd. back of quilt, 1/2 yd. pocket back, and 2 
yd. for quilt front.  About 2-5/8 yd. batting is required.  It takes 
about 2-1/2 hours to make one.  Happy sewing!

Subject: Freezer Paper
Date: Sun, 10 Aug 1997 20:12:33 -0600

For some reason, the stores in my area don't put the freezer paper with the
saran wrap, wax paper, etc.  They put it with the canning supplies---jars,
pectin, etc.  
Date: Mon, 11 Aug 1997 08:39:23
Subject: Re: Photo Transfer Help

At 03:08 PM 8/8/97 -0500, you wrote:

>Can anyone tell me about the photo transfer process ...meaning the
>transfer of a picture onto fabric.  

I was at a quilt show this weekend and woman was demoing paper she sells
that you take to a Kinko's type center and have them copy photo on Kodak
(and Canon?) color copier (I bought color) onto the paper.  You would then
take the paper home and iron it onto fabric and supposedly works quite well
(her samples looked great).  She said I could print a graphic on color
inkjet, take that to copy center and use it as well, but not to use her
paper in the inkjet.  (She also said the inkjet transfer paper technology
is not up to speed yet and don't buy transfers computer stores sell--no
personal experience either way)

I paid $13 for the paper packet.  She also said I would need something
different for black and white photos but I was interested in the color only.

So, cost would be initial paper purchase and charge to copy on color copier.

Can post email with this company's name and address/phone number tomorrow
(at home).  RJ
Date: Mon, 11 Aug 1997 10:54:59 -0500
Subject: Re: Quilting Shops in Pa


The People's Place Quilt Museum in Intercourse is CLOSED!!

The sign says there will be a new exhibit in March of 1998.

I found out the hard way!

Date: Mon, 11 Aug 1997 11:16:38 -0500
Subject: Re: Big Foot

I use the small darning foot when free motion quilting. When I use the
bigger foot, I tend to look at my needle instead of looking where I'm
going. Kinda like looking directly in front of the car you're driving
without looking down the road.  Works for me!

Date: Mon, 11 Aug 1997 07:37:52 -0700
Subject: A rumor


I mostly lurk here, but thought I'd bring this new development to you
attention.  If any of you out there know of George at the Crafty Stitcher
in LV, and use any of his equipment or supplies (he's a favorite of the
Machine Embroidery crowd), then you'll be interested to learn that
apparently Brother has revoked his Brother franchise---all because he sells
"out of his territory."  What that means is that he helps poor souls like
me who live elsewhere when they need products at really great prices.  

I have a Deco 500, but the Brother cards, software, etc., work with it, so
it just makes sense to buy your "stuff" at the best prices you can find.

Anyway, I'm encouraging anybody and especially everybody who has purchased
from him to write to Brother and let them know what we think of this.

We got the Northern Commercial changed, didn't we?  (Although the ad in the
Sunday coupon section still has knitting needles.)


Date: Mon, 11 Aug 1997 08:26:20 -0600
Subject: Re: Halloween

Bernina wrote:
> Okay, has anyone started to think about Halloween and what they and/or their
> kids are going to be? My 9 year old wants to be a ghoul.  I'm going to be a
> hershey kiss. 

Yes I was told by my almost 4 year old that she wants to be a ballerina. 
How I wish I had my first ballerina costume! We all go through that, 
don't we? Cork
Date: Mon, 11 Aug 1997 13:07:24 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Threading finger on bobbin

Hi everyone,

     Thank you to all those who responded to my question on how to thread the
finger on the bobbin. I appreciate the instructions and ... by jove, I think
I've got it! Besides reading your responses, I stopped in at my dealer and
one of the salespeople showed me how to do it. I haven't tried actually
sewing with the bobbin threaded through the finger yet, but will soon.

     While I was there I asked about my earlier question of "does Bernina
make any other lengths of kneelifts". ( I never did get an answer back from
Berninausa when I e-mailed them - twice ). My dealer said they do make
different lengths of kneelifts but only shorter. So that won't solve my
problem of not being able to set my machine down into the cabinet that I have
and use the Tiltabe and kneelift. I didn't want to cut anywhere into the
cabinet because it was my Grandmother's and I want it kept in the same
condition that I inherited it in. So now I have my machine sitting on a table
which allows me to use the Tiltable and the kneelift. It isn't my ideal way
of how I want to set up my machine but it works. The table I am using has an
extension in it. I pulled the table apart slightly at the extension and the
kneelift fits down into the gap. 

Date: Mon, 11 Aug 1997 12:06:24 -0500
Subject: Re: 1530 Signature Edition

Bernina wrote:
> I'm trying to decide on purchasing the 1530. I have been quoted the
> price of $2499 U.S. Is this a good price? I would appreciate any
> feedback re: 1530 purchase. Thank you.
> Irene in Winnipeg

Eileen, that sounds a little high to me  - Just called the local dealer 
and was told machines in US are on sale for $2199 - this particular 
dealer is offering one year no finance charges if paid in full by Aug 
1998.  You would not pay sales tax only shipping if ordered through 
them.  Berry Patch Fabrics - 817-346-6400 - Ft. Worth, Texas. Bob and 
Shirley Watkins are the owners - Joyce, Peggy, Stacye, Kay, Sheryl are 
just a few of the employees.  You can use my name - in fact, I told them 
a friend from Canada might be calling - well, technically I don't know 
you but feel all Bernina owners have a "friendship" anyway.  Good luck 
and let me know what you find out.  Brenda  P.S. Signature Edition just 
has some guy's name written on it and I sure don't think that is worth 
any extra money.
Date: Mon, 11 Aug 1997 09:45:15 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: Double Cording Foot

You Wrote:

>>>>>>>>For those of you who can buy double cording (two rows
attached), then you can purchase double piping feet (generic). 

I have never seen this foot in any catalog....Where did you find yours??????


Date: Mon, 11 Aug 1997 12:09:37 -0500
Subject: Re: Help - No Classes

Bernina wrote:
> My dealer is a nice guy who can't get anyone to teach for him for very long
> before she gets married or has a baby or moves. The only training I've had
> is during the demo and the model was so new he didn't know the answer to
> all my questions. He could have sold me a 1630 by now if there was a
> Bernina club or classes or support of any kind. Sigh.

Don't know if it would help or not but think I would contact him once 
more and tell him to get a class set up or you are (l) going to better 
business bureau (2) contacting Bernina of America about yanking his 
dealership - Of course, you need to make yourself available when they 
have classes and since you were not able to attend the ones he scheduled 
he might have leverage there.  Good luck.  Don't know about video.  Do 
you really want to buy from a guy who has trouble offering classes?  
Subject: Re: New Projects
Date: Mon, 11 Aug 1997 11:19:19 -0600

> I see Martie posted the instructions & poem for the Baby Bonnet & poem - 
> but if you would like to see a picture go to Heirloom Bonnet:
> Also check out "Wildcard" the other new project, it is for kids to sew 
> for fun.  

After getting "Object not found" I found it at this address:

Date: Mon, 11 Aug 1997 15:03:55 -0600
Subject:  Kite material

In general, kite material today is ripstop nylon which will probably be
available in that section of your fabric store where they are selling
materials for windbreakers and outdoor clothing. If the local color
selection is not large enough, you might also try the list of sports and
outdoor fabric suppliers
As a kite flier, I applaud your efforts. They are pretty intriguing and you
should try flying it when you finish. Flying is truly enjoyable. A great
opportunity to get outdoors. Like walking a dog without the cleanup
chore. If you make a delta-shaped kite (instead of the diamond shape), it
is almost impossible to have a flight failure. Also helpful if you can send it
up at the shore of a Great Lake or ocean where there is always a
breeze. Have fun.

Subject: Re: Help with Workshop
Date: Mon, 11 Aug 1997 16:00:00 EDT

Hello Bernina Fans,

>Lets give them (cheater quilts) a bit more class...years ago they were
>refered to as "Simulated Patchwork"

I agree!  How about "Quilter Friendly"?   :-)

Hillbilly Doris
Subject: Re: Tension Trouble/Quilting
Date: Mon, 11 Aug 1997 15:53:27 -

Hing, here are some suggestions you might want to try.

First, be sure your thread is of good quality, YLI, Sew Art International or
instead use Sulky polyester clear or smoke (looks just like nylon, only softer
and easier to work with).  Then make sure it is through the guide in the
handle, and possibly your problem - make sure the thread is seated in the
tension disc.  Do you hear that snap? when you are threading.
Lower your top tension.
Coordinating hand and pedal speed can cause this problem also.  Set your motor
speed to 1/2 or 1/3 or whatever your machine has, then floor it.  You won't
have to think about the pedal then.  Then  coordinate your hand movement so the
stitches look normal.  Try this on a practice piece of the same layers you are
using on your quilt.  It takes practice before you can coordinate everything.  
If this doesn't work for you, take your machine back to your dealer and ask him
to check the tensions and try free motion work on it there.  Good luck.
Subject: Machine Applique
Date: Mon, 11 Aug 97 16:16:00 EDT

To Susan :  Usually with machine applique, you are not concerned
with turning edges under as you are usually using a lightweight "sewable"
fusible web with either a tear-away or wash-away stabilizer on the back side of
the background fabric.  However, if you would rather not use fusible web, here
is a neat way to machine applique with the edges turned under.  Buy some
inexpensive bridal tulle in any fabric shop (lighter and softer than netting);
place the applique right side down on the tulle (the tulle has no right or wrong
side) and sew ALL THE WAY AROUND your applique piece with a very narrow (about
1/8 in.) seam allowance.  You will want to add this seam allowance when cutting
out your pieces.  Then cut a small slit in the middle of the tulle and turn your
applique piece right side out, press well and then you can applique with any
stitch you choose.  The tulle is so flexible and lightweight, you will never
know that your applique piece is "backed".  I still recommend using a stabilizer
on the back of your project especially when doing a satin or buttonhole
(blanket) stitch.  I have used this method with blind applique as well and like
the look.  This method; however it is not the easiest way with very tiny pieces.

Date: Mon, 11 Aug 1997 18:15:38 -0400
Subject: Bernina 910

Hi Teri,

I have a Bernina 910 and I would  NEVER part with it! It is the first
really good machine I've ever owned (Singers prior to this).I think it sold
for around $700 or $800 when I bought it. I bought it in Manhattan so that
may have affected the price in some way. I'd grab it for $350.  I bought a
new 150 a few weeks ago but did not even consider trading in my 910.  I
hope to teach my five year old to sew on it and I feel I could use it for
travel to seminars, etc and leave the 150 at home. If you want to know more
about this wonderful machine, just email me privately!

I hope I addressed this right. My email got zapped when I switched to System
Good luck!

Date: Mon, 11 Aug 1997 17:36:55 -0500
Subject: Re: New Back on Old Quilt

According to quilt appraisers, a quilt is only as old as its newest
fabric. Keep this in mind when finishing antique tops. If you only plan
to love it and not sell it, go ahead and finish it.

Date: Mon, 11 Aug 1997 15:51:33 -0800
Subject: Re: Vellum paper

Hi, say the blurb about Freezer paper and the mention about Vellum paper. I
didn't see it mentioned here - but you can use Vellum paper in a xerox
copier- I do it all the time and it works great. Beats hand tracing

Date: Mon, 11 Aug 1997 19:42:58 -0400
Subject: Lycra

HI. Does anyone know of a good mail order source for lycra? I was
reading about sewing swimsuits and skating dresses, but lycra makes a
great bicycle jersey. Thanks, KF
Subject: Scalloped edge with 1000
Date: Mon, 11 Aug 1997 20:32:06 -0500

Can anyone tell me how to make the scalloped or shell edge with the Bernina
I learned how to do this in class but have lost my notes.
Subject: Re: Help - No Classes
Date: Mon, 11 Aug 1997 21:24:36 +0100

RE:  Help - No Classes
Hello Dawn,
First of all, yes there is a Bernette Guide Workbook that sells for about
$40.00 and contains a wealth of information.  But, nothing replaces an
informed teacher to "show you" how to get different stitches and uses out
of your machine.  I wish I lived closed, you would be most welcome in my

I think you might contact the Bernina Home Page with your questions and
just see what happens.  The Customer Service Dept. should be able to help
you with this.  I would be interested to know how things turn out.  If you
don't receive any kind of encouragement, email me privately and I will send
you the class papers I give out in my Serger Guide Classes.
Date: Mon, 11 Aug 1997 22:59:05 -0400
Subject: Re: Bernina Digest 8/8/ & 8/9/97

I'm responding to several messages. hope these suggestions are useful.
>Subject: Sewing Tables
For cutting and layout, I placed a hollow-core door on top of two 2-drawer
file cabinets (about 3 feet apart). I put 3 large ofray cutting mats on
top. It's very stable, no carpentry needed, and not expensive. If the table
is too low for you, it's easy to place a couple of spacers on top of the
file cabinets to make the table surface higher.

>Subject: Re: Freezer Paper
You can get a large roll of freezer paper (18 inches x 250 ft) at Sam's
Club -- cheap. 

>Subject: Trip to Wash.DC
Whenever I visit DC on business, I make sure I visit G Street Fabrics (huge
stores compared to anything here in Knoxville). They have 2 locations. One
is about 5 minutes away from Dulles Airport [5077 Westfields Blvd,
     Centreville, VA 20120-4361, (703) 818-8090]. The other one is in
Rockville, MD (just north of the beltway). 

Date: Tue, 12 Aug 1997 00:28:27 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: Help - No Classes

Just a question---did you ever say that you would like to have a class and
that you would be available on such and such a date and time?  Most classes
that I have had after purchasing a machine have been at my convenience.  I
say "most" because I ended up paying to have a couple of classes in other
towns because my dealer never kept a 1630 long enough for the teacher to
really get a handle on the thing.  But, that has only been that machine.

Good luck!

Date: Mon, 11 Aug 1997 23:54:26 -0400
Subject: Computer crashed!


I am sending this for Rivka, my daughter, who had asked about canvas
sources for the sides of a succah.  Her computer crashed and she lost all
the information people sent her.  She probably will be without a computer
for 2 weeks.  So, all those who sent information to her, please hold on to
it and resend it once she gets on-line again and re-requests it.
Thanks to all of you from Rivka and Rivka's Mom.  
Date: Tue, 12 Aug 1997 07:26:24 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re:  Quillows


I was given quilt tops last year to finish for my granddaughters.  Quilting
is not my thing, and so having the little squares all put together, ready to
go was wonderful!  While I was on the project, it was suggested that I make
"Quillows" out of them.  Since these were regular quilts, the only change I
made was to buy a pattern at the nearest Wal Mart, and add the pocket on the
back, folding the top in thirds, and getting my dementions that way.  It
worked perfectly.  The pattern really was not needed, but did give me great
instructions and pictures of what I was doing.  

I finished the edges just like a regular quilt, with binding.  Using fleece,
you may want to do something different, like using soft suede cloth (not
ultra suede) or no wale corderoy, depending on what you use for your backing.
 It sounds like a great idea!  Having the pocket to make a Pillow when the
quilt is not needed makes the quilt so much more versatile!  

Don't know how much help this is, but I wish you great success, and know you
will enjoy giving these wonderful winter warmers!

Date: Tue, 12 Aug 1997 08:01:24 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: Rolled Hem on Flannel

>>I'm using knit cro-sheen in the upper looper ("puddling" it because it
doesn't unwind well), wooly nylon in the lower looper, and Maxi-lock in the
needle.  >>

 Try using wooly nylon in upper and lower loopers. I find this works the best
for me.
Date: Tue, 12 Aug 1997 07:48:49 -0500
Subject: Which machine

I am considering buying either a used 1530 or a new 1260PE to upgrade from
my 1001.  I'm not sure which one to get - I worry the 1530 will be a little
confusing to use whereas the 1260 really is push and sew.  The  1260 is
about $1000 more because I will have to trade in my old machine with the
1530 I can keep the old one.  Does anyone have any advice or thoughts on
this subject?
        Thanks for your help.
Date: Tue, 12 Aug 1997 06:40:51 -0500
Subject: New backing for old quilts and tops

I feel like my mission in life is to finish the old tops I find at
antique show and malls and put together old quilt blocks into something
useable.  I also like to reclaim old quilts.  I just did that with an old
grandmother's fan I bought in Pennsylvania that was made from wools and
flannel and had nice decorative handstitching on all seams.  The backing 
was rotten and had a bright fushia plaid patch about 20"X20" in the
center of the back.  I bought it for $60.  I took out all the "Hot Pink!"
 ties  holding the layers together.  Pulled apart the layers.  The
backing was so rotten it fell apart as I seperated it (Now I know why
there was a hot pink patch!).  The batting was another really rotten old
quilt.  I have replaced the "batting" with Heirloom batting (80% cotton &
20% poly) and used a piece of old striped flannel I bought on last years
trip to PA in the same antique mall for the new backing and binding.  I
retied it with a tobacco gold perle cotton and it looks fabulous.  I also
had to applique over some moth holes in the wools.  I feel like I saved a
piece of history from the fate of cutter quilts.  It looks so good and I
have a great sense of accomplishment in saving it.

For cotton quilt top and blocks I will often use plain muslin for quilt
backing.  It is compatible with almost every time period.  Binding is
another story.  With all the new reproduction fabrics I can usually find
something that works.  But when in doubt I use a solid cotton.  Again
solid were available in every time period.  For 30"s feed sak fabric
quilts Aunt Gracie's Fabrics are great for mending and binding.  I'm not
a purist about batting.  I also don't like to have to quilt so close
together.  I almost always use Mountain Mist Quilt Light because it is so
thin and the quilt looks flat not puffy.  I also use Heirloom batting
alot.  It is a little thicker than Mountain Mist quilt light.  When
bought by the yard it is also wider as Mountain Mist Quilt Light only
sizes up to a small Queen.
Another good fabric to mix with older fabrics is homespun, but it depends
on the style of the quilt.  The most important thing I've found is to be
consistent with the time period of the original quilt, top, or blocks. 
Don't mix up the time periods or it looks like a poorly done job.  

I also keep bags of old quilt pieces from damaged block I've replace in
old top etc.  I find it helpful in repairing old quilts.  

This is probably more information than anyone wants to read but you can
tell I have a passion for the pieces of our quilting history.  

Date: Tue, 12 Aug 97 17:46:08 UT
Subject: RE: How do you like your 1530?

I have had my 1530 for about three years.  I had owned a Stradivaro which I'm 
sure no one has ever heard of, which was a wedding present from my in-laws.  
The difference is like night and day.  I have never been happier.  I have 
wondered myself if this was the best one to get because of all the raves about 
the 1260.  The only disadvantage I've found is the poor se ction of alphabet 
letters for making quilt labels, signing my name, etc.  And when the machine 
is in a Horn cabinet, the bobbin case is tricky to access but not impossible.  
I'm not complaining.  (Do you hear that, dear 1530 of mine?) ellen
Date: Tue, 12 Aug 1997 19:58:36 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Presses

Audrey - 

After a bit of research and asking a lot of people on various digests, I
bought an Elna 3000 press last month.  I have not been disappointed and would
encourage you to consider the following comments others shared with me and
which I have found to be true.

The Elna does not have a steam generator which means there is nothing to
leak, plug, foul, spit and sputter, or otherwise cause frustration, expense
or possibly ruin your clothes/projects.  I would also expect that a waterless
press would last longer just like the old steamless electric flat irons have.

No holes means no "dimples" when pressing without steam or at lower
temperatures.  No holes also means no place for the gunk (iron-on interfacing
glue) to hide when cleaning the platen - nothing worse than having your
expensive or custom shirt ruined as you are rushing to get ready for your
boss's dinner party!!

Because the "steam" is generated from the water you spray, you can control
exactly where you want steam or extra steam when pressing.

I wear cotton dress shirts to work each day and find the press invaluable for
creating that professional look that only comes from pressing - no ironing
"edge" marks or shiny high spots.  I suspect my clothes won't wear out as
fast either as they can from daily ironing.  

The sleeve board is great for cuffs, collars and extra crisp edges like on
the tops of sleeves - the sleeve board exerts more pressure against the
platen when pressing.  I would not be without it, but then again, I press a
lot of long sleeve dress shirts with it.

The press with the built-in sleeve board has a larger main table than those
without This is helpful when pressing table cloths, pants and even shirts.

My only criticism with the Elna 300 is its appearance - I think their smaller
one looks better, and I hate the baby blue/pink/white color scheme.  It's
performance, though, is superb - you won't believe how great iron-on
interfacing is with a press!!!

Regardless of which press you buy, here's a tip.  Before you use it very
much, and definitely before you wash them the first time, make a pattern of
the board covers.  I have made several so I always have a clean one available
if I mess one up doing projects - don't want to be late for the boss's

Hope this helps.  Feel free to contact me if I can be of further assistance.

Date: Wed, 13 Aug 97 02:11:13 UT
Subject: Iron Presses

Audrey - I have an Elna Graffiti that I have had for about 4 years.  I use it, 
but would not buy another one.  I do not like what they call the steam system. 
 It is a little tank attached to the front of the top part of the press.  You 
punch a button and it sprays water on the board.  This does not work, and I 
usually wind up using a press cloth with a spray bottle.  My mother bought the 
Singer for about a third of the money and loves hers.  I wish she had bought 
her first, then maybe I would have done the same.  

I really don't use mine for pressing clothing very often.  But, it is great 
for putting a good crease in pants, and for fusing interfacings.  With the 
pressure combined with the big surface, you get a really good bond on the 
interfacings.  My son likes me to use it to put a sharp crease in his blue 

Look for one that has several temp settings and look at the pounds of 
pressure.  Get the most you can find.

Hope this helps - Jan
Date: Tue, 12 Aug 1997 20:54:09 -0500
Subject: Re: Iowa Quilt Shops

I have visited a small town in Iowa called Kalona, near Iowa City. There
are fabric stores there and also in the Amana Colony. Sone of these
stores have big collections. I remember one called The Stitchery and
Fernhill. There are several others. There is also Kountry Kreations-huge
collection of quilts and also fabrics. There are also other neat places
in Kalona andin the Amana Colony to shop. I hope you get visit there.
Date: Wed, 13 Aug 1997 07:05:20 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: Burda

Hi Simplicity has become distributor for Burda patterns. The patterns are
still imported from Europe. I use Burda and find they fit better than any
other . Roberta Carr made me a beliver in the fit . You can contact
Simplicity for futher information. ahope this helps.Kay 
Date: Wed, 13 Aug 1997 07:18:37 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: Trip to Wash DC

G Street Fabrics.One store is located on 5077Westfields Bivd.Centreville,
Va.Sully Station Shoping Ctr. The other one 11854Rockville Pike Rockville, MD
 Mid-Pike Plaza. 
Hope this helps . 
Date: Wed, 13 Aug 1997 07:33:55 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: Jacket Linings

Dear Nancy: I do mail order . Kona Bay fabrics are 100% cotton and color
fast. I keep 30 t0 40 bolts and have a sample packet for a cost all samples
are large anough to use in a patch work project. 
You can email me for futher info, or call me
Date: Wed, 13 Aug 1997 10:39:19 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: Help - No Classes

I would just keep asking when the next class is so that you find out far
enough in advance so that you can make arrangements to attend.  Your dealer
has obviously had classes on both weekend and weekdays, so he obviously is
providing the classes, even though you could not attend either time.  I would
just wait for the next class and make a point of attending.  A rebate or a
video or book is no substitute for a good session with a good teacher

Date: Wed, 13 Aug 1997 08:45:25 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: trading "quilty" stuff

>         Hi! Here are more details you inquired about on the Worldwide
Charm Traders' Directory.
>        The WCTD is a quarterly publication of Quilters Worldwide who want
to trade with other quilters. We are listed alphabetically (by last name)
and have 4 sections in WCTD Charms, Blocks, Pen Pals and Potpourri (this is
for everything other than other categories). There is also a new area called
"On-Line Connections" it lists only EMAIL address with quilters names (this
section I will put names in free as space permits).  
>        Some subscribe for a year at a time, others just get single issues.
Many get a single issue to see what it is about and what others list saying
(this is a great way to look before deciding) and then they join in
subscribing for next 4 issues. Single issue in USA = $7, Canada & Mexico =
$7.50, Overseas $8.75. Subscription in USA/Canada & Mexico = $26, Overseas =$33.
>         It's totally up to the individual quilter what HE/she says under
name for listing I don't limit that. Some say charms 6" any color up to 10
per trade. Others have a paragraph or two, I do the WCTD not with
restrictions but as a helpful guide to all those wanting different "Quilty"
things from around the world.
>        There are a few advertisers and rates are very reasonable in
comparison to magazines. Some advertisers are not quilters. Advertising
helps promote the business and also with my postage expenses (which are
continually climbing).
>        There are a variety of other things in each issue also, contests,
drawings, patterns, methods of doing specific projects; Tips on how to do
differnet things; block challenges; hidden deedle, other swaps by quilters;
a feature recipe; occassionally a quilt crossword puzzle; poem written by a
member quilter ect.
>        It really is fun meeting those we'd never be able to any other way
and there are many wonderful friends available right in our mailboxes at home.
>        If you want a sample PAGE..... send me a LSASE and I'll send a
request for the next issue. If you'd like a sample issue, please make mo or
check payable to:
>                                                Patricia Russell
>                                                PO Box 7518
>                                                Citrus Heights, CA 95621
>        Thanks again,
>        Patricia
Subject: Bernina's new line
Date: Wed, 13 Aug 1997 09:56:15 -0600

I just saw the new line and I'm very disappointed. It has made up my mind
to save my pennies (and beg my husband) to get a used 1530 or 1630 instead.
And for the kids I'll go with a Bernette or used 730 - 830. I hope Bernina
hasn't made a mistake as I have been a Bernina fan for 20 years.

Subject: Re: Applique
Date: Wed, 13 Aug 1997 12:11:09 -040

On Tue, 05 Aug 1997 08:35:54 -0500 Susan Troidle wrote:

>>>Could someone give me some pointers on how to do machine applique.  How 
do you turn under?  What stitch do you use? (I have a 1090S).  I already
know about clear thread in the top and white (or whatever) in the bobbin
and threading the finger.  What else?? >>>>

I have found a really easy way to do machine applique - that resembles hand 
applique.  This method assumes you are not using "wonder under" or any 
product like that.  First draw the shape on the RIGHT side of the fabric. 
 Then cut out a square larger than the design (at least 1/2" larger all 
around).  Place a piece of tulle over the top of the design (you can see 
the outline through it) and stitch with a small stitch on the line.  Trim 
to about 1/4" (doesn't have to be exact) and clip where necessary.  Now 
make a small clip in the middle of the tulle, and turn the applique through 
it. Poke out the corners and press.  You now have a piece that is ready to 
be appliqued to the main piece.

Now place the applique where you want it, put a stabilizer like tear-away 
underneath and put a pin in the middle to hold the applique in place.  To 
stitch it down, use a monofilament thread in the top, and a lightweight 
thread in the bobbin. (I don't usually thread the bobbin finger.)  I use 
the blind hem stitch, but you could also use the buttonhole stitch.  Either 
of these will make it look like hand work.

With the blind hem stitch, I the following settings: sw=1; sl=1; np=far 
left or far right (depending on which way you are going around your 
applique).  You can play around with the settings.  You want the stitch to 
be small, and almost invisible, but still catch the applique.

I use the #20 (open toe embroidery) foot so I can see what I am doing. 
 Place the edge of the applique along the inner edge of the toe of the #20 
foot.  Then sew so that the straight stitches are right off the edge of the 
applique (on the background), and the zigzag just catches the applique.

This really makes an easy and effective machine applique!
Date: Wed, 13 Aug 1997 16:31:45 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Parsippany NJ trip

I'll be travelling to Parsippany next week, and will have Tuesday and 
Wednesday evenings to myself.  One night I'm visiting friends in NYC, but 
if anyone knows of an Guild meeting, Embroiderer's Guild meeting, great 
mall, or anything else exciting in the area...I'd love to know.


Date: Thu, 14 Aug 1997 06:17:47 -0400
Subject: Bridal lace

Hi Trish.  Vogue fabrics in Evanston has an extensive selection of
bridal lace and fabrics.  I will be going there (from Ohio) to buy
fabrics for an upcoming wedding.  Drive right down the lake, as Evanston
is the first suburb North of Chicago.  I have sent many brides there,
and to my knowledge, every one of them bought all their fabric there. 
Give yourself a lot of time as they have the best selection of fabrics I
have ever seen.  Good luck- Ginny
Date: Wed, 13 Aug 1997 23:41:00 +0100
Subject: Illinois Quilters

I am President of Illinois Quilter's Inc this year, and our year starts
on Sept 4. We charge $30 dues, which includes lectures by famous (and
infamous) speakers, an extensive lending library and a bunch of other
stuff which I can't think of now... We meet in Wilmette Illinois, which
is north of Chicago and off I94. I am posting the lecture and workshop
schedule for the next two month's because we are opening them up to
nonmembers. The price of the workshops to non members is the second
price. I would be very happy to arrange for you to take the workshops if
you are interested. It is my goal to fill the workshops this year. 

Lynn Lewis Young was just profiled in the IQA magazine, which I got
because I joined in order to submit my quilt. It's the one with the
contest form in it. Sherri Wood was in AQS magazine two issues ago.

If you are interested in joining or coming as a guest, email me and I
will get you what you need.

Lynn Lewis Young: Lecture September 4, 1997 - Art/Quilt: the Art of the
Quilt. the Making of the Magazine As publisher/editor of Art/Quilt
Magazine, Lynn presents an overview of the contemporary art quilt, with
slides of quilts showing the wide variety of expression found in today's
quilts.  Artists featured in upcoming issues of the magazine will be
highlighted with their quilts (including those not in the magazine)and
their thoughts.  Lynn will also discuss what went into the start-up of
Art/Quilt Magazine, where it will be going, and also how to submit your
work for consideration.Lectures are free to members, $4 guest fee

Lewis Young: Workshop: Friday, Sept. 5  Contemporary Crash Course
A sampling of contemporary methods of design and techniques which could
serve as an introduction to the exciting possibilities of the
contemporary quilt.  Block design, strip piecing, shading,
transparencies, value studies, cut throughs, progressions, symmetry are
some of the possibilities.  Cost: S 42.00/($ 50.00)
Lewis Young: Workshop:Saturday, Sept. 6 Wampus Skitty
Jazz up your quilts, free yourself from the chains of precision piecing
and have a ball with your piecing.  Taking cues from improvisational
quilts, you'll throw out your rulers and forget the rules!  We'll work
on a Log Cabin where nothing fits, but everything looks great.  Not to
mention what you'll get Broken Dishes and Flying Geese to do!  Cost: $
42.00/($ 50.00)

Sherri Wood
Lecture October 2, 1997 - Breaking the Rules: Innovation and Process. 
Recognized as the innovator of the "big stitch,” Sherri received a North
Carolina Visual Artist Fellowship 96-97.  Her most recent published work
is Threads, Nov/Oct 96 and Art/Quilt, Issue #7.  See Sherri's work and
discuss the improvisational process and the "rules" of quiltmaking.
Lectures are free to members, $4 guest fee.

Sherri Wood Friday, Oct. 3  Workshop: The Quilt Reinvented Learn a
completely new, freeing, improvisational, textural approach to quilt
construction.  Piece, quilt, appliqué and thread embellish your quilt in
one step - as seen in Oct/Nov 96 Threads Magazine.  Machine with darning
foot and dropped feed dog required.  Cost: $ 42.00/($ 50.00)

Sherri Wood Saturday, Oct. 4 Workshop: Traditional Block Improvisation
Learn the basics of improvisation and innovation.  Starting with your
choice of traditional block pattern you will make a series of blocks,
each containing an improvisational change of pattern and/or color from
the original.  All of these blocks will then be incorporated into one
quilt top.  Improvisational construction techniques will be taught as an
option for construction.  Cost: $ 42.00/($ 50.00)

Date: Thu, 14 Aug 1997 07:25:35 -0500
Subject: Very fast trip to Tampa -Melborne Florida and points between

I am making a crash trip to Florida by plane arriving Saturday evening
and departing Monday evening.  I'm flying into Tampa, driving to Melborne
on Sunday and then back to Tampa Monday morning and flying out Monday
evening.  Anyone know any great quilt or fabric shops that I might hit. 
I have the Quilters' Travel Companion but with such limited time want to
hit only worthwhile ones.  Suggestions?

Answer quickly, I leave on 8/16.

Subject: Shops in N.Y.
Date: Thu, 14 Aug 1997 13:40:05 -0400

Hello Annette

I just joined the club and stumbled across you inquiry about shops near
Middletown, N.Y.  I live 10 min. from there and right in Middletown is a
Bernina dealer, North Street Textiles, Ltd.  It is a quilt making workshop
and supply store also.  I bought my 1260 QPE at Hartsdale Fabrics in
Hartsdale, N.Y. about one hour down the N.Y.S. thruway from Middletown. 
That store, beside being a Bernina dealer (and many other brands), is also
a quilt making workshop and supply store.  Hope you get this message in

Date: Thu, 14 Aug 1997 21:29:21 -0700
Subject: Sewing Machine Sales

I am  starting a small quilting business and am looking for a sewing
machine line to carry in the store.  The name of my business is
"Serenity Quilts" located in a samll town in northwest Ontario.  I owned
a Bernina for almost 30 years and loved the machine.  I don't know if
the Bernina Machine is even in my price range for selling in this area
however I would like to find out more.  Please send to information to me
via e-mail or to my mailing address

	Serenity Quilts
	77 Second Avenue
	Sioux Lookout
	Ontario P8T 1H1
Date: Thu, 14 Aug 1997 23:57:19 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Problems with my new 160

I just bought my Bernina 160 two days ago.  I have been having a lot of
trouble with it.  I don't know if it is the machine or me.  I am only sewing
straight seams on cotton.  The machine either eats my material or it the
thread bunches up underneath.   The thread also get caught on the bobbin
case.  There is also this awful clunking sound that happens when I first
start sewing.  It sounds like something is going to break.  I am very
disappointed because I have heard such raving reviews about Berninas.  I
cannot get to my dealer for awhile and would like to sew before then.  Any
insight would be appreciated.  I feel like taking this machine back and using
my old clunker.  It worked about the same way.  Thanks,  Cher
Date: Fri, 15 Aug 1997 10:27:38 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: 1260 for sale

A friend of mine who is not on this list has a "virtually new" 1260 for sale.
 If interested contact Christine 

Date: Fri, 15 Aug 1997 19:44:48 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: Bernina 160 Problem

I'm sorry you also have had trouble with your new 160.  I purchased mine in
may and I have had three new machines.  My dealer has been wonderful about
the whole thing, however the machine itself is not exactly wonderful.  I have
been watching the bernina bulletin board all these months and people from all
over the US have been complaining.  Six in the Seattle store... some in CA
 just here there and everywhere.  I think perhaps that Bernina released this
new line befor all the kinks were worked out of it.  I had a mechanical
Bernina machine that I traded in.  It was wonderful and I just wanted more
goodies.  Well, I have finally returned everything for good and I amwaiting
for my refund... Ex Bernina lover   S
Date: Fri, 15 Aug 1997 20:19:02 -0600 (MDT)
Subject: Bernina book

Have you seen the book "A Step-By-Step Guide to Your Bernina"?  It was 
published by Chilton.  I've been using the copy from my local library and 
have been trying to locate a copy of this book with no luck because it is 
out of print.  Krause Publications has recently acquired the publishing 
rights to this book and others in the Chilton library.  I bet if we all 
e-mailed them at we might be able to convince them to put 
this book back in print.  If you haven't seen it, try to check out a 
copy.  I've found it to be very informative.  Barb 
Date: Sun, 20 Jul 97 15:25:53 UT
Subject: Doll clothes patterns for dolls OTHER than Barbie.

I appear to be searching in vain for doll clothes patterns.  I've only managed 
to find a few so far, as the majority of patterns I am finding on a regular 
basis are for Barbie only.  There are some of us out there who do like dolls 
other than Barbie, but we must be in the minority.  Anyway, my request isn't 
all that hard...I'm looking for a bride dress pattern for a 14" doll or one 
that I can adapt to a 14" doll.  If I can get the basic pattern for the bride 
dress, I think I can manage to create any other dress from that.  Can anyone 
PLEASE help?

Date: Sat, 16 Aug 1997 16:54:26 -0500
Subject: Buckel up

Hi all, been OOT and just now catching up on my mail.  Talking about
strapping in your 'Nina.  i have that black serger bag that straps to
your cart for my 1630.  For my B'day Hubby bought me a folding concreat
loader and that is now my 1630 cart. I pick up the whole thing and put
it in my front seat of my Trooper and buckel it in. If I have someone
with me, they get the back seat!  My 1630 fits in the front like a glove
and the door open wider that the back. Hubby suggested (just once) that
1630 ride inthe very back, with the dogs!  When we go in my Trooper, He
drives and I ride in the back, very happy, since 'Nina is safe!

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