Bernina Fan Club Archives

August 97

Sunday, August 17 - Saturday, August 23

Date: Sun, 17 Aug 1997 11:25:34 -0700
Subject: Bernina 334 DS wanted

Hi everyone,

I'm on digest and really missing hearing from everyone, but I'm hoping
someone out there might be willing to part with their Bernina 334 DS
serger.  E-mail me with details and price.  Thanks : )

Date: Sun, 17 Aug 1997 11:27:32 -0700
Subject: Machine Tied Quilts

Can anyone give me advice on using my 1230 to machine tie quilts?  I
especially need advice on an easy way to secure and deal with the
threads.  Thanks : )  Please e-mail me privately because I'm on digest
and we're not getting our messages yet.

Date: Sun, 17 Aug 1997 11:33:42 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: Flannel Quilts


Loved hearing about your flannel quilt.  I will be finishing a flannel top,
too, and want to use the same "utility" stitch.  What type needle do you use
when quilting witht the pearl cotton?

Date: Sun, 17 Aug 1997 11:33:41 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: Thoughts on Machine Quilting

I really enjoyed reading Corinne's thoughts on the machine v. hand quilting.
 I have done both, and have admired both at shows.  To me, each quilt has
it's own needs.  I have seen magnificent machine work that was especially
suited for the quilt, and then I've seen some that I thought, "Gee, that
would have looked much better hand-quilted".  Believe me, I wish I had the
talent to machine quilt like those true artists.  

Mary, where half my flowers dried up and died while I was on vacation!!
Date: Sun, 17 Aug 1997 10:44:35 -0500 (CDT)
Subject: Re: 1530 owner

In response to two recent inquiries about the 1530 (one from Margaret, one
from Irene in Winnipeg:  I have had mine for about 2 1/2 years and like it
very much.  I quilt and do garment sewing, and it does everything I need.
Piecing and machine quilting are great, as well as good garment
construction stuff like terrific buttonholes.  No problems or repairs so
far. (knock on wood)  I also have a Bernina 2000DE serger which is great
as well - no problems with that either, except for one tension adjustment
early on.  I got them both at the same time (VERY generous MIL) and have
been very pleased with both.
	I don't know anything about current pricing, but I have found that
you can almost always deal a little.
	Good luck on your decisions and purchases - Amy
Subject: Stretch & Sew Guide to Sewing Knits
Date: Mon, 18 Aug 1997 16:02:59 -0400

Does anyone out there know where I can purchase a copy of the Stretch and Sew Guide to Sewing Knits? I already have the master patterns, however, they are packaged without instructions. My local dealer has been unsuccessful in obtaining a copy as it seems the book is currently out of print. Any suggestions?


Date: Mon, 18 Aug 1997 16:47:19 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Sewing tables

After all the help from you BFC'ers I went ahead and bought a sewing table
from Softwear Productions.  It arrived nine days after ordering, wasn't too
hard to put together, and I have been VERY happy with it so far.  The whole
thing, including shipping, was about $310 which was about $300 LESS than
identical ones I had seen at the shops around here.  AND, this also included
the Bernina machine insert and a knee-lift lever especially adapted to the

One funny thing, though.  About a week after I began using it, ANOTHER one
showed up on my porch (UPS delivered it while I was gone).  I made a call to
Softwear and, of course, it was a mistake and they'll have it picked
up---that is, if and when the UPS thing gets staightened out.  

Anyway, if there had to be a mistake with the order, I guess this is one I
can live with.  No affiliation, just another customer who's glad she
researched.  Many thanks to those who replied to my request for advice.

Date: Tue, 19 Aug 1997 09:59:07 CST
Subject: Dealer in the "Ozarks"

I need the name & address of the Bernina dealer/Quilt shop located on the 
highway between Springfield Mo. & Branson, Mo. I believe it's owned 
by a Mother & her Son. She signs herself "Martha in the Ozarks" on 
the BFC. We plan to be in Branson Oct. 4th-6th & want to visit their 
shop. I'm the proud owner of 1130 and an 830, but want to see the new 
'Ninas. Thanks, Jane
Date: Tue, 19 Aug 1997 11:17:54 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: semi-annual service????

I called my Bernina dealer today to schedule a routine maintenance check for
my 1260 which just turned a year old.  I was told that this cleaning &
maintenance thing should be done every six months!  This was the first I'd
heard about something other than an annual cleaning.  Has anyone else heard
this?  (I'm on the digest, and we're behind due, understandably, to Sue's
illness.  If you respond to this post, please cc me privately.)
Date: Tue, 19 Aug 1997 15:57:47 -0500 (CDT)
Subject: Re: 1530 owner  

In response to two recent inquiries about the 1530 (one from Margaret, one
from Irene in Winnipeg:  I have had mine for about 2 1/2 years and like it
very much.  I quilt and do garment sewing, and it does everything I need.
Piecing and machine quilting are great, as well as good garment
construction stuff like terrific buttonholes.  No problems or repairs so
far. (knock on wood)  I also have a Bernina 2000DE serger which is great
as well - no problems with that either, except for one tension adjustment
early on.  I got them both at the same time (VERY generous MIL) and have
been very pleased with both.
	I don't know anything about current pricing, but I have found that
you can almost always deal a little.
	Good luck on your decisions and purchases - Amy
Subject: Bernina Machines
Date: Tue, 19 Aug 1997 22:53:21 -0400

I have a 23 year old Bernina 830, and I would like to know whether or not I
should upgrade to a 1630 Machine. I like the idea of programming the
machine but wonder if I could still get software, etc. in 20 years? I love
my 830, but the new one does so much more. I would appreciate some advice.

Thanks, Maureen
Date: Wed, 20 Aug 1997 08:38:02 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: kids-quilting, work home etc

>>Subject: kids-quilting, work home etc
>        I read many posts about kids working-home etc. My boys (4) 3 of
which are small are home under may feet (some will say) but do have lots of
friends they venture off to play with most of the time. Now, Matt he's
almost 5 and you know a 5 year old cannot just go play. He gets into more
mischief than --all-- of them put together. And, DH is long haul driver home
ONLY 1 day per week :-(.
>        TIME to work??????? - We have a very busy home. You can hear our
house from a block away- we have several birds and their babies, Lovebirds
(currently hand feed 2 new ones :-), Cockatiels, Finches, Parakeets and
Finches, & Canaries. Aside from the hobby of "birding" I publish a quarterly
quilters directory WCTD, manufacture quilters rubber stamps, trade heavily
through the postal service and have just started a machine quilting service.
This all takes time and with a home to take care of and KIDS to chase
> I HAVE TO BE ORGANIZED---- I Love my quilting and will never give it up.
>HOW to get things done.
>1. ------Prioritize--------. Make a list of things to do if it routine fit
this         inbetween other things.
>Laundy for example. Put a load in at night before retiring. Or,
periodically during the day.
>2. ------Invest in a PORTABLE phone--------- (if possible) and OR get an
ANSWERING MACHINE, yes many people don't like them but IF it's important to
them they will leave a message (this is hard for most to realize but it is a
>3. ------Multi-Tasking----if you can do more than 1 thing at a time this is
very ADVANTAGOUS. In the am I get on-line retrieve messages and have am
coffee. Simple, but in this time I start laundry and plan for the day what
must be done and when. Make list, crossing off things as completed, it may
sound silly but, until you try it don't knock it. If I'm downloading or
printing off the internet I'll sit and answer letters or cut out blocks for
trades. Putting in a TAPE in the VCR to record prior to QUILT OR SEWING show
coming on only takes a moment, and when there is time LATER I can sit back
relax and view them. A phone is always nearby, answering machine ALWAYS on,
and we have voice mail through the phone company so when I'm online I still
can have messages taken. You will never get a busy signal at our home. I
hope the phone doesn't sound like a bit much but, we have only 1 phone line,
yet our home number: business 800 number: modem: and voice mail all ring
from 1 line.
>4.-----DELEGATE------the children we have are differnet ages, but can help
and will more than not want to do what we're doing, yes they can't do
everything but, I've experimented with this and it does work. Give them
simple time consuming tasks that are age appropriate. Matt can layout cut
pieces on the carpet as I construct quilt tops, takes pins out hands me pins
as needed. Can sit and cut apart strip pieced segments as I sew. ALL kids
love to part of what were doing- Aaron (8) likes to arrange blocks-( KIDS
also are very creative). They all know the GINGERS are for fabric ONLY, and
how to carry and hold scissors. Their attention span is short when younger
but, until I let go of tasks I wasn't sure they could handle them, You will
be surprised at what they can do if you let them. What I do in 20 minutes
may take them a hour, but in that I hour I can do other things thus, getting
more done. ---Remeber no one else is going to give them the time and
guidance a parent(s) can---.
>5. ---Have Control---LEARN TO SAY "NO"---- This one took me a few years. If
you want to help others thats is great we all love to help and will do
anything for our there- however- is a point that we must be in
control of our TIME and LIFE. I also have this charity that I make & provide
baby quilts for homeless mothers that's done inbetween other important
PRIORITY matters. DON'T bite off more than you can chew!!!!!! I've done this
before sew I can talk about it with experience. Before saying "yes", or "sure", 
>" no problem" LOOK at how much time and when and if you can reasonably
accomplish it. If NOT say NO...............
>This is only a tip of the iceberg but, if you can get organized, followthru
and see you can accomplish what you want then youre half way there.
>Quilt time is my time, I fit it in, it's not a priority but a necessity.
>Good luck with your kids!!!
>Bye Patty 
Date: Wed, 20 Aug 1997 15:27:35 CST
Subject: Re: Bernina Digest 8/10/97

Hi, I was excited to see the posts about the laminate vinyl. I want 
to make a rain jacket & bought 4 yds. of  Thermo O Web Heat'nBond 
vinyl. Since I had some questions, I called the main office in 
Wheeling IL. I spoke to a representative who told me they no longer 
recommend using it for clothing or anything that would have any pull 
or stress on it because as it is sewn the needle perforates the vinyl 
& ruins it. Now that I have spent a lot of money ($6.99 per yd. but, I 
waited for their 1 day sale @ 1/2 price) for that I asked the lady if she had any suggestions...she said I should 
take it back to Cloth World for a refund. I was making this for our 
quilt guild challange & wanted to do some patchwork on the jacket, 
but, now I'm  so disappointed I don't know whether to go ahead with 
my original plans & just take my chances or abandon the idea. My 
question to you experts is...have any of you had any experience with 
this & if so, please respond. I'm a proud owner of an 1130 & 830 & a 
true, blue Bernina fan. TIA from Jane 
Date: Wed, 20 Aug 1997 21:00:05 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: Spray adhesive

Jerry Sue, you inquired about a product  that I think is is a temporary,
water soluble adhesive called KK1000 (or maybe KK2000). I have been using it
for years and it is great anytime you want to baste two layers of anything
together before stitching. Spray ont layer LIGHTLY and place the next one on
top. Since it is temporary, the layers can be repositioned as needed. I use
it for quilting, shadow applique, reverse applique and anything that should
not shift while stitching. There are other brands, but this is the only brand
that I have used and therefore can reccomend. It has to be temporary and
water soluble. I purchased mine from Speed Stitch, Inc in Florida. I am  sure
it is available from other places as well. Hope this helps.
Date: 20 Aug 97 21:47:51 EDT
Subject: Re: re:this & that

Hi all,
Jerry Sue writes:>>

I know the parking garage is good for thread, but does it work for
presser feet?

I just heard about a product that you spray either on the batting
or the backside of your pieced top and backside of backing, put quilt
sandwich together and it either eliminates or cuts down on basting needed.
Does anyone have any "real" information on this item? >>
Jerry, I don't use the parking garage for either, but I recall reading somewhere
on some list that it does fit presser feet really nicely.  I have the Bernina
toy box and keep all my stuff in that.

I saw a demonstration of the "basting spray".  I think it is marketed as
embroidery spray.  It does indeed work.  The person who demostrated it (Sheree
Dawn Roberts, Web of Thread) uses it on her quilts and is very satisfied with
it.  She says that it doesn't discolor the fabric or ruin stuff in the wash.  I
have not tried it.  She sprayed it on the batting and laid the top on it.  The
two pieces really did stick together.  These were full size pieces not just mini
quilt size pieces.
Hope this helps,
Date: Wed, 20 Aug 1997 22:31:09 +0000
Subject: Quillows

I have made several quillows using a Velux (TM) blanket.  I took a  Velux
(tm)double bed size and cut it in half (crosswise - through the shortest
length of the rectangle).  So - for apx. $14 (purchased on sale, of
course) I got two quillows.  I think you would pay quite a bit more for
polar fleece??  The velux cuts cleanly with no ravels - but you could hem
it easily if you felt it necessary.  This made for very quick and
appreciated gifts!
Subject: Re: rolled hem on flannel
Date: 21 Aug 97 07:36:09 -0500

> >I canNOT get my 007D to roll the hem on a single layer of flannel for a
> >baby blanket  that DD wants to give as a gift on Tuesday.  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.

I've made many flannel receiving blankets.  I like to use a balanced
stitch with wooly nylon in both loopers because I couldn't get the
flannel to roll, I think it's too heavy.  You could try this with knit
cro-sheen in both loopers.  I like to use the variegated wooly nylon in
top to give a pretty edge.

Date:        Thu, 21 Aug 1997 08:07:22 CDT
Subject: Tension problems

Dear BFCers. I too have been having tension problems. My dealer gave
me a tip that you may already know, but here goes. She told me to
rethread the machine whenever I change the tension. I sometimes do
that but not always.
Date: Thu, 21 Aug 1997 06:23:07 +0000
Subject: smocked dress bodice

Some time ago someone wrote about her daughter trying a dress that 
had a close fitting machine smocked bodice (made using elastic 
thread in the bobbin).  I'd like to make one, but I cannot find the 
instructions.   Might someone please send me the instructions?

Many thanks,
Date: Thu, 21 Aug 1997 11:03:19 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Leather roller foot

Hi everyone,

     It was great to get Bernina digest again after the hiatus. I hope you
are well again, Sue. I really appreciate what you do ( especially when the
Digest isn't delivered and you really miss it! )

     My question is : has anyone used the leather roller foot? I was looking
through my Bernina Supplement last night and came across this foot. It says
it can be used for quilting and outline quilting. It says to use it with the
feed dogs up but it sounds like it you can do curves and outlining with it
that you can't do with the walking foot on. Maybe the machine takes more of
the control that it doesn't do with free-motion? I don't know but would be
interested to hear if any of you have used it for quilting and what kind of
results you have had.


Subject: Good news about my serger guide classes!
Date: Thu, 21 Aug 1997 15:08:34 -0400

After not being offered a class all summer, then being offered one that was 
held in the middle of the day (I have a full-time job), I proposed to my 
dealer that perhaps we could set up a time that was convenient to both of 
us where I could sit down with the person who leads the guide classes and 
he/she could show me everything that they do in the 2 two hour classes in 
one sitting (I already know how to thread, but my tensions are screwy and I 
can't do a rolled hem to save my life)....and they agreed!

So I'm going in next week for 2 hours in the late afternoon, and I'm going 
to get 2 hours individual instruction - I'm excited now!

Date: Thu, 21 Aug 1997 12:52:42 -0700
Subject: Re: BFC Postings #6

Bernina wrote:
> 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.
> Liz 

  I've heard about hops and lavender to help you sleep.  I grow lavender
so have a lot of that, but don't know where I can get hops in So. Cal. 
I imagine there might be some in the Napa/Sonoma area as they used to
grow hops there at one time.
  I wonder if I looked in the local yellow pages if I could find some at
a beer making supplies shop.
   Does anyone have any ideas?   Can I grow them from seed???
Date: Thu, 21 Aug 1997 16:11:52 -0500 (CDT)
Subject: Re:Burda patterns

Linda wrote that Simplicity was now marketing Burda patterns.  Is there any
confirmation to that, and will they become easier to find?  The last store
in our area to carry Burda, House of Fabrics, discontinued them in July.  I
can only buy the pattern magazine right now at a local bookstore.  Any
information would be appreciated.  I have used Burda for a long time, and
they are the only patterns I use in my pants fitting classes. TIA,

Date: Thu, 21 Aug 1997 17:04:30 -0500
Subject: Web Page for Missing Fabrics

I just found a web page devoted solely to helping find missing fabrics,
books, tools...etc. Here is the URL:

You never could help someone out and place your missing
fabric on this page as well!

Date: 21 Aug 97 18:56:23 EDT
Subject: a note about stashes (chat)

hi all,
This note about stashes is old but I thought it should go around again.


Important Reasons to Buy Fabric (or FTT's , etc.)

1.  It insulates the closet where it is kept.
2. It helps keep the economy going.  It is our patriotic duty to support the
cotton farmers, textile mills and the fabric shops.
3. It is less expensive and more fun than psychiatric care.
4. Because it is on sale.
5. A sudden increase in the boll weevil population might wipe out the cotton
crop for the next 10 years.
6. I'm participating in a contest - the one who dies with the most fabric wins.
7. It keeps without refrigeration; you don't have to cook it to enjoy it; you
never have to feed it, change it, wipe it's nose or walk it.
8. I need extra weight in the trunk of my car for traction on snowy, icy roads.
This is important even in Florida and southern California - you never know when
the weather will change.
10. Like dust, it's good for protecting previously empty spaces in the house
like: the ironing board, the laundry hamper and the dining room table.
11. When the big earthquake comes, all the fabric shops may be swallowed into
the ground and never be seen again.  And besides, all that fabric will pad my
12. Stress from dealing with the Fabric Control Officer (my spouse) made me do
13. It's not immoral, illegal or fattening.  It calms the nerves, gratifies the
soul and makes me feel good.
14. Buy it now, before your spouse retires and goes with you on all your
shopping expeditions.
15. Auard a day is all the fabric shops ask.
Date: Thu, 21 Aug 1997 21:39:57 -0400
Subject: Quilter's Chair

Have any of you tried the Quilter's Chair?  It looks like a wonderful
"place" for us quilters!  But the cost is high, so before I even consider
one, I really would like some more information besides just the printed
material from the company.  Too bad one can't look at them in a store and
decide that way!
Date: Thu, 21 Aug 1997 22:25:15 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Trip to New Joisey

I just returned home  from a short business trip to Parsippany NJ, and 
wanted to share a great fabric shop with you.

Sheila Simon, great dollmaker of New York City, braved the bus and came 
out Tuesday evening, and after sharing a healthy (of course) broccolli 
pizza, we made our way to the Acme Quilt Shop in Peqonnock NJ.  It was 
open Tuesday night 7-8:30!  It's in a recycled old building of some sort, 
and was loaded with fashion fabrics, quilt fabrics, patterns, yarns 
(great hair!!!), books, and Berninas.

the fabrics didn't look like this year's designs, but they certainly had 
every color of every fabrics made before this year!  I bought 2 Nancy 
Pearson applique patterns (I had never seen her patterns before, but have 
loved her book for several years), McCall's 8528 (a faux chenille jacket 
pattern....any tips?), some Dylon dye....and yummy, unusual fabric.  
Zebras, dog bones, polka dots, stripes....a great variety.  I almost got 
some mohair/rayon g-o-e-g-e-o-u-s stuff for $30/yd, but my senses grabbed 
me and reminded it was a little too heave for south Florida!

Anyhow....Acme's a great place...Sheila found some great fabric for Sally 
Lampi fishsticks, but I'll leave that descriptionn to her!  If you're 
ever in North Jersey with a full checkbook, check it out.  Average, 
reasonable prices, but a great selection.

Thanks for trekking out, Sheila.  It's so great to make friends on the 

Date: Thu, 21 Aug 1997 23:15:47 -0400
Subject: Re: Quillows of polar fleece - Reply

>am thinking of making some quillows out of polar fleece for gifts for my
neices and nephews this holiday season. Has anyone done this?>

	I made one for my son who is off to his first year of college in a week,
using a neat penguin print.  I really bought the fabric for a jacket for
myself,  but son admired . . .  the sacrifices moms make! Anyway, I used
the Polar Fleece Pizzazz book idea.The book suggests 50" x 60" with a 9"
pillow.  I made mine about 64" x 64" with an 18" pillow.  I serged aroung
the edges with a 3 thread balanced stitch using Burmilana.  A great gift
idea and easy to do!  And if my son ever discards it, I can recut it into a
jacket for me. 

Mary Alice
Subject: Re: BFC Catch Up Posting #1
Date: Fri, 22 Aug 1997 08:24:30 -0400

To Joyce:

	I have been divorceed for seven years.  One of  the first things I did was
decided not to date again, at least until my children are grown.  That is
when I bought the 1630.  I have been happy ever since.  The right man has
not come along yet and I am in no hurry as I still am learing to use my
Date: Fri, 22 Aug 1997 08:45:47 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: antique quilt top

In a message dated 97-08-21 22:58:27 EDT, (Bernina) writes:

>>My friend asked me something I've never considered.  She has an antique
 quilt top that's been passed around her family. She would like me to help
 her to finish it.  Her question is can she use new prewashed fabric to back
 the old top?  What suggestions do you quilters have for finishing an
 antique top?  Batting ideas?  Backing ideas?   
 Annette B >>
DON'T DO IT!!!  If it is truely an "antique" leave it and enjoy - as is.
 It's beautiful in it's own right ... well ... that's just my opinion.  :-)
Date: Fri, 22 Aug 1997 06:17:35 -0700
Subject: Re: Bernina Digest 8/10/97

> What about
>the Mary Lou Nall books: Foot Book 1 and 2, Just Needling, etc.  Anyone
>have more info on what these books are like??

Sue, I bought both of these books on the recommendation of people on this
list. They are very informative, giving info on what feet are available and
how they work. In addition, they give sample machine settings (for a
variety of models) for using the feet. I'm certainly not sorry I bought

Date: Fri, 22 Aug 1997 10:11:39 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: 1530 For Sale

     Hi All,
        I have a 4 yr old 1530 for sale..Sews great,and is in excellent
condition.!!! I have a 1630, so the 1530 has hardly been used in the last 2
yrs.  Extras include a single hole throat plate, and 30 bobbins.  The 1530
needs a new home!!!.  E-mail me for other information at

               Thanks,  Elaine
Date: Fri, 22 Aug 1997 21:23:22 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: finishing old quilt tops

I'm not an experienced quilter, but I've been sewing most of my life.  I have
a couple of quilt tops which my grandmother started which I finished.  These
are at least 1940's maybe 30's scrap quilts pieced mostly by hand and not
'works of art'.

The first one I put a big wool bat in and tied.  It works, but I'm not
entirely happy with that method, but it's ok.  Another one I used a thinner
poly batting, a 30's style reproduction print backing recommended by a quilt
shop and machine quilted it using a nylon thread and a wavy stitch since the
blocks didn't line up.  I like the way it turned out, but I wonder if the
synthetic batting made it less drapeable?  

The last one was a dresden plate design in which the blocks were sewn on a
pink sheet.  Because of the pattern the quilt shop recommended hand quilting
:-\   For that one I used a plain med. minty green backing and one of the
30's style prints for the border.  I decided on the natural cotton batting &
like that the best of all.  BTW, I did -not- hand quilt it!  I bought the
backing & border material, prewashed it, and batting and took it to an Amish
place to be done ! They did a nice job & I like it. They charge by the yards
of thread used!  It cost about $100 to be done & it was done in 2-3 months.
(I told them I was not in a big hurry.) I would never have gotten it done
like that.

Lastly, I sent away for labels with my grandmothers name and attached them to
the quilts.

Date: Sat, 23 Aug 1997 10:18:23 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: Visit to Vermont

Hi all,
Been lurking just long enough, now I am in need of some information.  I will
be traveling to Cincinatti, Ohio, and Burlington, Vermont in October.  Would
like some suggestions on "must see" quilt stores,  etc.  I am hoping to get
as far as Keepsake in New Hampshire, time permitting.  Any other suggestions?
You can e-mail me      TIA.

Date: Sat, 23 Aug 1997 09:44:02 -0600
Subject: Need Help In Az.

My oldest daughter lives in Globe Az.  Not only is she planning to marry at
some point, and will need a dress.  She also has a new job which requires
business dress.  I am looking for a seamstress in Globe who would be willing
to take her measurements for the Dress Shop 2.5 program.  The measuring
process for that program is intense, and will probably take two hours.
Please e-mail me privately.  Thank you, Kathleen
Date: Sat, 23 Aug 1997 12:37:23 -0400
Subject: chemotherapy and turbans, etc

This is the first response from a lurker but this is a subject that I am familar with. I have given chemotherapy for the past 6 years in military and civilian settings.  I do have a few things to add to the discussion of turbans, etc. Be careful of head covering that is not all cotton.  If someone is taking adriamycin, the red stuff, commonly given for breast cancer, they would be more sensitive to rashes and general unpleasant bumps on their head. Most of our patients ended up wearing the wigs, etc if they were going outside.  They went au natural in the house or with selected friends. If the doctor's office say to be careful of sun and to wear sunscreen there are good reasons for this! A short term exposure (20 minutes or so) could lead to a severe burn! We did have two male golfers that disregarded this information and they were sorry.  It took a month or so to get rid of these huge red bumps they developed everywhere the sun could touch.
Some of our female patients wore very feminine versions of a baseball cap - eyelet, etc - and maybe a bandana underneath that.  There is a pattern out for a baseball hat that is called the bow hat, I think, it shows the back of the hat and a BIG bow where the opening is.  It's cute. It is not put out by the big pattern companies.  I could find it with a little rooting around in the sewing room.
Just want everyone to know that chemotherapy is NOT the same awful stuff it used to be. The doses are more closely regulated to the person's size and how they are doing. A very important thing to remember is that the doctor will do his best to kill off the cancer but the nurse is there to help the patient and their family make it thru as easily as possible.  I have treated patients that continued to work thru their treatments.  PLEASE call the nurse if you have any problems.  She can answer your questions 90% of the time and will know if the Dr. needs to talk to you.  If you just call and leave a message for the doc to call you back then it might take a while. Usually the secretary will not be able to judge what is very important or not. It's much easier to take care of a small problem than a big one so... PLEASE don't wait until the end of the day to call the doc, especially Friday afternoon.  We found that most of our serious problems came from the patient making a decision if something was important or not! Any thing you want to know is important and you are NOT "bothering" the doc or his staff! 
Obviously I can not answer individual questions but I am willing to help any other way I can.  Alison
Date: Sat, 23 Aug 1997 16:08:06 -0600 (CST)
Subject: Holiday Block and Fabric swatch exchange

Anyone interested in joining in a Holiday Block Exchange (starting with 
Thanksgiving) and/or a Holiday Fabric Swatch Exchange (starting with 
Halloween) email me for info.  It should be  alot of fun and is great for 
all of us who are crazy about the holidays.  We will do a swap for each 
of the major holidays.  I'm picturing seasonal wall hangings, how about you?


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