Bernina Fan Club Archives

August 97

Sunday, August 24 - Saturday, August 30

Date: Wed, 20 Aug 1997 15:30:33 -0400
Subject: Model 1010

I have found a used Bernina 1010 priced at $ 349.00.  Does anyone know
anything about this machine?  I am thinking of buying as a backup to my
1230, and so my daughter can have something to sew with as she is just
learning.  Any comments would be helpful..  There was also a 1020 for
$499.00.  These machines are both through a reputable dealer so.  I
don't know what the differences are or whether the prices are good.
Date: Sun, 24 Aug 1997 08:20:05 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Roberta Horton class

I am enrolled in Roberta Horton's Stripes and plaids class at the Ft.
Washington Quilt show on Thusrsday, 9/11 and won't be able to attend.  The
cost of the class is $70 which includes admission to the show every day.  I
am willing to sell it for $50.  If you are interested, please e-mail ASAP.
Date: Sun, 24 Aug 1997 09:34:31 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: Traveling/ Jackson Hole

You will have a great time in Wyoming ... we went there this summer.
I visited two wonderful quilt shops that I would like to share with you.

1) Jackson Hole Quilt Connection Wyoming Wrags
     Owned by Susan Southwork
      I found a pattern for a wonderful Wyoming quilt block there.

2) Stitch 'N Time
    It is a very large fabric store and has a LARGE selection of cottons.
    Quilt books  and patterns, too.

There is a third store listed in the brochures, which I did not make it into
Subject: Re: BFC Postings Catch Up #2
Date: Sun, 24 Aug 1997 09:10:14 -0700

Susan   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
> > know about clear thread in the top and white (or whatever) in the
> > and threading the finger.  What else??

Susan, the directions for fusiing and satin stitch posted today are clear,
however, I'm wondering if you were asking about the machine applique that
turns in the edges of the fabric as is done in hand applique?  To do that
type of applique you use clear thread and the catch stitch that is used for
hemming.  I do not know the setting for the 1090, but it is the same stitch
you use for hemming, adjust the width to just catch the applique.  The
trick is to use freezer paper to turn in the edges of the applique just as
you would for hand applique, and hold it in place until stitched, after
stitching turn it over and cut away the fabric under the applique and
remove the freezer paper.  I usually leave a 1/4 inch seam.  There are
several nice books available about this technique.  I use my #20 open toed
embroidery foot so I can see exactly where the stitches are being placed as
you want the seam to be just at the edge of the applique and the point to
just catch the edge to look invisible.

Date: Sun, 24 Aug 1997 12:41:39 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: BFC Postings Catch Up #2

I've had my 1530 for 2 years now, I traded down from a 1630 to a 1530, and
I;m glad I did.  I love my 1530.  Wont give it up for the world, never had a
problem with it, I have a wonderful dealer, The Quilt Shop, Ginny and Dennis
Murphy, so if there was a problem, it would be fixed right away.  I am very
pleased with my machine.  
I would advise you to get one.  
Subject: Re: BFC Catch Up Posting #1
Date: Sun, 24 Aug 1997 10:53:02 -0700

Welcome Leonora!  You asked about scissors/shears, and I am only familiar
with the KAI brand.  Have not heard of Kohnel, so would hesitate to compare
them.  Here in the USA, the best scissors are Gingher. The KAI scissors are
OK similiar to Fiskars and less expensive than Ginghers.  Good scissors are
a must for every seamstress.

Subject: preemie info...
Date: Sun, 24 Aug 1997 10:17:15 PDT

Hello friends!  Our little granddaughter decided to arrive 10 weeks 
early, on 8-21-97 weighing in at a whopping 3 pounds 3 ounces.  Never 
even giving thought to preemie clothes, I didn't save any of the posts 
about this, and now wish I had!  If anyone saved this information and is 
willing to share, please email me privately 

By the way, proud parents are Justin and Amy, and the baby is Paige 


Date: Sun, 24 Aug 1997 17:24:49 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: Bernina Digest 8/11/97

Re:  Rolled hem on flannel

If you decrease the cutting width (if your serger has this feature), you
might find you get a better rolled hem on heavier fabric.  It is the knob
that lets you move the upper blade to the left or right.  On a heavy fabric
like denim you will not get a good rolled hem, but a light weight flannel
should roll.  You might also try leaving the stitch length a little longer.
 I always practice on scraps before doing the REAL piece.  I have
successfully rolled hems on receiving blankets however.  Good luck!
Date: Sun, 24 Aug 1997 18:04:00 +0000
Subject: Re: BFC Postings Catch Up #3

Thanks for letting me know where to buy the "Ott' light.  I bought one
from the Bernina dealer and paid twice as much. I would like one at my
sewing machine and my emboradory machine - The other lamps put out too
much heat.  Thanks again,  Paris
Date: Sun, 24 Aug 1997 20:07:45 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: keys

In a message dated 97-08-24 06:01:48 EDT, you write:

>> Before you purchase a Help Key, maybe you would benefit from having a
dealer  show you exactly what you can learn from the key.   >>

I have never used mine either.  Which makes me wonder--could the info on the
key be deleted and used as a blank key?
Gail R
Date: Sun, 24 Aug 1997 22:51:23 -0400
Subject: G Street Fabrics

Their is also a G Street Fabrics in Rockville, MD.  On Rt 355 (Rockville
Pike) just outside the Washington beltway.  It is much bigger than the
Centerville store.  It was the original location after they moved from G
Street many years ago.  The G Street store was nice but quite small.
Date: Mon, 25 Aug 1997 00:55:00 -0400
Subject: re: quillows

hi all,

Mary posted: >>
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!>>

Will someone please enlighten me as to what a "quillow" is.
Date: Wed, 20 Aug 1997 18:45:04 -0500
Subject: BFC.....Steam Press


I don't have a press but I do have the Euro-Pro Ironing Solution
and I love it.  The board is on a stand and the board comes out
and I put the sleeve board in.  The suction is wonderful.  Love it,
do alot of sewing with it.  I also purchased the Teflon shoe for it.
Cost lots but can't do without now.  Made the purchase with the
income tax return, husband and I split this one.  No regrets.

Date: Wed, 20 Aug 1997 20:22:58 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Guide classes

In a message dated 97-08-20 20:01:04 EDT, you write:

>>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?>>

Hi, I'm on the digest, so this is a little behind, but I believe I was told
that the purchaser had to take guide classes in order for the warranty to be
valid.  It might be worthwhile to ask the dealer (in a non-challenging way)
if this is true.  
Date: Wed, 20 Aug 1997 20:15:12 -0500
Subject: Re: Old top?

I would use a prewashed 100% cotton for backing an old quilt top. I
would use a cotton or cotton/poly batt. Prewashed for less wrinkled look
or wash after quilting for an antique look.

Subject: straightening fabric
Date: Mon, 25 Aug 1997 08:41:31 -0400

Hi Peggy,
On the BFC you wrote:

"With all this discussion going on about serging and other methods  to keep
from having thread balls in the washer and dryer..I have a question....when
you bought the Fabric was it cut or torn??
If cut..and you serge you have established crooked grain, if torn you have
just stabilized the ends..
Since I try not to buy Cut fabric ( I am one that likes to get what I pay
for) since it is rarely put on the bolt  straight (the fold in not
necessarily on the lengthwise grain line) and cutting it will not guarantee
crossgrain. You will have a distorted piece of fabric...Oh I know some say
grain line is not important but I can tell you I think it is.  So.....if it
is torn just nip the selvages throw in the washer and dryer and go for
it...if it is cut you can either tear and nip ( you will probably loose a
few inches)but such is the way of cut fabric...
Some shops tell you that even if the fabric is torn you Must straighten the
edges..wrong...Cotton will always Tear on grain...(Remember how we would
pull a thread then cut so things would be on grain?)
To straighten cut fabric..remove from the dryer just before bone dry (just 
bit damp) aling selvages and press to create a new fold, you may need to 
a bit more water to get it to go into place but it is worth it..
Needless to say I wash all my fabrics as soon as I get home from the shop
and the little nipped edges tell me what has been washed and what has not.
Well I have had you time on the soap box and am looking towards other 
who knows maybe there is a good reason to change my way of doing things.

Thanks for letting me blow off steam...But I had just bought  a 9.99 piece
of fabric (a whole yard) and when I got it washed, ironed and straightened 
had just under 3/4 of a yard. Needless to say I am not real happy.
Thanks again
Peggy "

Thanks for your ranting on this soap box.  I agree with you 100%.  I have 
even had a shop tell me that grain isn't important for quilting.  Ugh!! So 
that's why you  have "wobbly" quilts".  I do have a question about your 
EMAIL, though.
You wrote:

"To straighten cut fabric, remove from the dryer just before bone dry (just 
bit damp) aling selvages and press to create a new fold, you may need to 
a bit more water to get it to go into place but it is worth it."

I assume you mean "align the selvages."  Do you do this after you have torn 
it, or is this for cut fabric that you haven't torn?  Also, If it is not 
torn, how do you "align" the selvages.  If the cut edges aren't right, then 
how can the selvedges be right?  This is something that makes me crazy!

Date: Mon, 25 Aug 1997 12:08:34 -0700
Subject: Important Correction-Please read


A while ago, I wrote about what turned out to be a rumor regarding George
in LV at the Crafty Stitcher.  It seems that about every other month a
rumor begins about him being phased out by Brother.

This was just another rumor, started by who knows who, but I'm sure we can
all figure out why.  Sorry to have gotten any of you stirred up, but if
this ever happens for real, I will be stirred up and you'll hear about it.

Thanks.  And please pass the word that this was just a rumor.

Date: Mon, 25 Aug 1997 15:50:11 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: Bernina 910Matic

I have a 910 that I purchased 10 years ago for $999.00.  I love it so much
that when I bought my 1260 in June I couldn't part with my 910.  I take it to
quilt class with me because it weighs less than my 1260 and I'ts a real
reliable machine.  If you have an opportunity to buy one don't miss it.  I
hope you get this message I've been lurking since June, this is my first
Subject: A rumor
Date: Mon, 25 Aug 1997 15:46:16 EDT

Hello Bernina Friends,

We can all relax again.

>Subject: A rumor

 If any of you out there know of George at the Crafty 
>in LV,  then you'll be interested to learn that
>apparently Brother has revoked his Brother franchise---all because he 
>"out of his territory." 
Unless this happened after I talked with George, we will be happy to know
this is not true. I recently talked with George on the phone when I heard
this rumor, and he assured me THIS IS JUST A RUMOR, and he had just
received $45,000 worth of Brother supplies. I ordered 2 cards from him
and received them Saturday Aug. 23rd.

We can all breathe easy again.

Hillbilly Doris
Date: Mon, 25 Aug 1997 16:34:17 -0400
Subject: Feedback on 150 and 160 models

A friend is currently trying to decide which Bernina to buy and has
narrowed the field to the new 150 and 160 models. As an owner of a 1230 and
a 1630, I'm useless to advise her. Aside from the data on the Bernina web
site, (re the features), and my vague memories of trouble with circuit
boards, the arena is wide open. She would like to hear from owners of these
machines. You know...The good, the bad and the ugly --- *including the
prices, please!*

Since she will be making her decision by the weekend I would ask that you
e-mail me privately with your replies. (She has a computer -- as of a few
days ago; it seemed logical that I post this request since she doesn't know
how to do more than download incoming mail.  We all gotta start

One more complication -- this e-mail address may change suddenly in the
next few days. If this happens I will re-post this request with a new

Many TIA to all,

Date: Mon, 25 Aug 1997 19:22:24 +0100
Subject: free motion machine quilting hints

When I free motion quilt, I ALWAYS either use a bobbin full of thread on
my spool holder, instead of a spool, OR put the spool on a stand that
will draw the thread off the end without putting extra (and uneven)
tension on the spool by making it spin around. This works for metallics,
nylons, and what I quilt with most, Madeira Neon. I lower the top
tension to somewhere in the "button zone" on the dial. Most of the time,
I use machine embroidery thread in the bobbin, and the smaller diameter
of this thread makes it unnecessary to adjust the bobbin tension, but
once in a while I have to tighten the bobbin tension.

I have a big collection of spool stands. One is a Dritz, which works
fine. The other is the special Bernina one, but I don't have great
success with that tension thing. I was thinking of giving it away but it
dawned on me that since it comes apart it would be good for workshops. I
also bought a nice wood stand at the Houston Quilt Festival last year
for only about $20, that holds a whole bunch of spools and bobbins and
holds two spools vertically at the same time and can also be used to
feed thread from more than one spool into the machine.

I wish someone would come up with a spool holder like the one Viking has
that fits onto the handle of hte machine and basically looks similiar to
a serger thread stand. (I have used my serger as a thread stand. It
works well....kinda expensive though)

I seem to have better luck with the YLI clear thread than some of the
other stuff I have. Personally, I don't really like the clear thread in
most cases, but that's just me. I like to see the line of stitching. I
do have a quilt ready to go that perhaps would be better off done with
clear thread....

WHen I use the large spools, like the Metrosene or Madiera spools, I
also use a thread net to prevent backspin. I have a lot of nets, they
are cheap and I store the thread in them. 

I am trying to get the thread to feed off the spool evenly and freely so
that the thread is not pulling the needle out of whack. When I do break
needles, it is usually either because the thread backspun and caught on
the spool, or I forgot I had a single stitch plate in and tried to zig

Also, I wear either my regular glasses or clear glasses that my daughter
bought at Claire's Boutique. I get nervous that a needle will fly into
my eye when I free motion, and the glasses protect me and alleviate the
fear. I am a little bit neurotic about safety, but that runs in the
family as my husband is on the NFPA life safety committee and we both
worked in Fire Protection for a long time. My kids are the only ones in
the neighborhood who wear helmets all the time, so they aren't averse to
wearing glasses during sewing if I ask them. (I only bother during free

Also, I use a cabinet and support the whole weight of the quilt at the
same level. This prevents a pull against the needle. 

Also, whenever I change the bobbin, I clean the lint out and oil the
machine. I used to worry that I would get a drop of oil on my quilt, but
I don't worry about that, it's never happened, and somewhere I read that
machine oil evaporates anyway.

My last comment is that I can get nicer even stitches when I concentrate
on relaxing and running the machine at a speed slower than flat out
fast. It takes me a few minutes each time to get "into the zone" and
then I am fine until the bobbin runs out... then I have to get back into
it again. 

I hope some of this was useful..

Date: Thu, 21 Aug 1997 22:22:16 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: free motion quilting - avoiding tension problems

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?

Which foot are you using and how much loft is in the bat?  With a flatter
 bat and a foot that is set high (to accomodate a fatter bat) could cause you
a problem.  I use a open toe darning foot and a flat cotton bat for my
quilting on my Virtuosa 150 - I have been pleased with my free motion
stitches.  I can also set the presser foot tension to move the presser foot
lower to hold the fabric more tightly under the presser foot.  If you play
with different feet it might help your free motion quilting.

Hope this helps!
Date: Fri, 22 Aug 1997 21:23:28 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Pamela's, etc.

I moved from Milwaukee area last year and was surprised to hear that Pamela's
went out of business.  I bought my Berninas from Bigsbys on the south side
and liked doing business there.  Heinz, who worked on the machines was great,
but he got promoted to the Chicago area to train technicians. :-(
I also bought my Elna serger at the Milwaukee Sewing Machine Co. in West
Allis several years ago & was satisfied with service there.  They service all
kinds of machines including industrial ones.  I also had my 401A Singer
serviced there several years ago.
Gail R.
Date: Sun, 24 Aug 1997 15:40:23 -0700
Subject: 1530

>> Would any and all 1530 owners tell me how you like your machines.  I have> a 
>1230 and am thinking of trading up to one of the 1530's 
>that are being> closed out.  Would you tell me of any problems you 
>have had.

I love mine!  I bought mine when the 1630's had been on the market for a
couple of months, so I've had it for about 3 years now (I think--time
flies!).  I've done all sorts of sewing, recently gotten into making
crib-sized quilts for lap quilts and machine quilting.  Never had any
problems with any of the decorative stitches and it just keeps chugging
away, doing whatever I ask of it!  I'm mostly a plain sew-er, making
tailored clothing and my dh's shirts, etc., but I occasionally do something
with the fancy stitches and the selection more than meets my needs.  I also
really like the trackball concept--easy and logical for me to use.

Subject: Re: Gore skirt
Date: 26 Aug 97 08:00:44 -0500

> 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.!

Last night I cut out a skirt similar to the one you describe.  It has
one pattern piece, which is repeated 12 times and 11/2 inch elastic in
the waist.  It has 1/4 inch seams which they recommend serging and a 14
inch hem which can be serged.  It is called the Swirl Skirt from Birch
Street clothing.  I can't vouch for the finished product yet.  They
advertise in the back of Sew News and I mail ordered the pattern.  The
pattern piece is "J" shaped causing the 'swirl' at the hemline.  When I
get home I'll look up the info on the pattern envelope.  They recommend
a soft drapey fabric.  I used a rayon.
Date: Tue, 26 Aug 1997 13:14:00 +1100

     Hello everyone.
     I hope someone out there can assist.
     My colleague has taken up the hem of her trousers with what we here in 
     the UK know as WONDER-WEB.  It is like a strip of fusible webbing for 
     those who cannot sew.  However, she has taken them up a little too 
     much and now wants to take them down again!  
     Does anyone know if it is possible to un-stick the webbing and more 
     importantly can you wash it out?  
     Thought I would ask before we attempt to do it incase anyone has had 
     similar experience with this type of stuff or any tips.
     Many thanks
Subject: Hawaii quilt shops
Date: Tue, 26 Aug 1997 10:14:00 -0700

My DH and I are planning a belated 25th (it was last year)  anniversary
trip to Hawaii in October and I would love to know of any quilt shops I
could visit.  We'll be on Oahu, Maui and the Big Island.  My travel
guidebook only mentions one shop, I think on the Big Island.

 I make it a point to buy fabric from every place I travel (it's my
favorite souvenier .  Some day I'll make an "around the world" quilt
from pieces of the fabrics.  So far, it's going to be an "island" around
the world quilt - I already have some batik fabric  from the Bahamas and
some cotton and linen  from Jamaica.

Subject: Life of a Fabric-aholic
Date: Tue, 26 Aug 1997 11:00:34 -0400

To Janet:
The book you're looking for, "Living the Life of a Fabric-aholic" by
Sandy Gervais, is available from Quilts and Other Comforts. It's $14.95,
hardcover and has 50 pages. It's a very cute book--every page ran true!
The number for QOC is 800-881-6624. Hope you enjoy your book.

Date: Tue, 26 Aug 1997 11:56:13 -0400
Subject: Re: BFC Postings #7

Eileen,  regarding the price for the 1530, I, too, think it's high.  That is
more than I paid for my 1530 several years ago.  When I asked about trade-in
value last year,  they were worth around $1600.  I don't know if the signature
edition is significantly different from mine or not, but I doubt it.  On a
positive note, I love mine and don't think you'd regret having this model.  I
do lots of quilting, quite a bit of clothing construction and a little home dec
and have found my 1530 more than adequate!   Hope you find just what you want!

Date: Tue, 26 Aug 1997 13:00:50 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: BFC Postings Catch Up #3

Re:  Good books for construction of jackets/blazers  . . . If you are
interested in learning some traditional techniques, such as patstitching, you
will need to find at a used bookstore a copy of the 1976 ed. of the Reader's
Digest Complete Guide to Sewing.  Taunton Press (Thread's Magazine) has one
on sewing cardigan jackets which has a good illustration of "bagging" a
lining.  It is best to collect several books, because there is no one that
has complete information, and then use the information that suits your needs!
Date: Tue, 26 Aug 1997 10:13:39 +0100
Subject: mail order 

Although it is true you save sales tax, and possibly money ordering mail
order, and I do it all the time for books and thread, there is no way I
would mail order a sewing machine. What do you think your local dealer
is going to do when you need a tuneup or repair in a hurry and have
bought your machine mail order in order to save money instead of buying
from him? Where are you going to get lessons?

I mail ordered my computer and had my first warrenty repair. It took two
weeks to convince the company that they had promised me on-site repairs.
They wanted me to ship them the whole computer(in the middle of the UPS
strike). They would not ship the repair part, even though I could have
done it myself easily (and in fact had to go in after the guy left and
reconnect a few minor things he forgot....) After that experience I
decided to buy locally so I can at least go in and TALK to someone.

If you mail order your machine, you may have to ship it back for
repairs. If you buy locally you may well save the money in shipping,
free service and further discounts.

I am not a dealer nor affiliated with one, but feel strongly about this.
Date: Tue, 26 Aug 1997 12:25:58 -0600
Subject: Re: 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.

I would suspect this dealer isn't willing to pay his class teachers 
enough money. If the money is good, an instuctor would work through a 
pregnancy...but if the money is poor or the working conditions poor, 
why bother!!
ubject: Wanted Used Bernina 
Date: Tue, 26 Aug 1997 13:14:00 -0500

Hi Everyone,
I am hoping to purchase a used Bernina.    I will consider any model.
(1030,1031, 1130 preferable).  Please email me and let me know the details.
Date: Tue, 26 Aug 1997 16:17:44 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Feetures

Hi Everyone,

I'm ditto-ing Joyce's remarks on Feetures.  As I have said to many of you
privately.  It is the latest instructional version and done in updated style.
 It cuts to the chase.  Altho I would have liked Bernina to put the more
specialized feet in separate units, so I would not have to purchase
literature on feet I will not use.  You can refer to the cross reference they
give you for each foot if you do not have a specific one.  Their idea I am
sure is to get us intrigued w/all the feet!!  I must admit the speciality
feet do save time--bias binder , a great one as is #10, #32, #33 and so on!!!
Sheri--who loves her 1260QPE and 2000DCE
Date: Mon, 25 Aug 1997 09:11:10 -0400
Subject: Re: "garage" for presser feet

Jerry Sue,
After reading about the Jammers mini-car parking garage being used for
holding thread, I also thought of using it for my presser feet and got one
the next time I was at Wal-Mart. There were plenty of compartments to hold
the feet and some other attachments, but I think that the feet may be too
heavy for this carrier. When I would carry it around the covers would pop
open and the feet would fall out all over the place. Even if the covers
were held shut with a rubber band, the feet would slip out of their
compartments and all end up in the lower ones. I suppose you could use
bungee cords to keep it shut and put cardboard between the compartments to
keep them in place, but I've decided I prefer the mini-drawers I got in the
tool department that are supposed to hold nuts and bolts, etc. I put labels
on each one to note which foot was inside and the little instruction sheet
fits right in. I need two to hold all my presser feet, but they stack
nicely and I use the extra drawers for buttons, bobbins, snaps, etc. At
K-Mart I noticed similar containers that had larger drawers that I plan to
get for the larger attachments like the walking foot and flower stitcher.
Subject: Re: BFC Postings #5
Date: Tue, 26 Aug 97 23:18:23 GMT

Ok, ladies.  I have my sheer fabric for the nightie cut out.  Now, I need to 
find a place to get some black lace suitable for lingerie.  (I prefer mail 
order--I hate shopping with the little one, and it's an hour's drive to a 
fabric store anyway.)  I'm looking for 5/8" and 1 1/2" lace, although I guess 
this could vary somewhat from what the pattern suggests?  I appreciate your 
Subject: re: No Classes
Date: Mon, 25 Aug 1997 10:15:02 -0600

I talked to my dealer again and he has my name on a list. Considering he
has offered guide classes for sergers only once a year, I'm sick they both
fell on days I couldn't go. My fingers are crossed for next time.

Subject: Re: BFC Postings #6
Date: Mon, 25 Aug 1997 14:15:32 -0500

Re: hops in pillows

My sister-in-law grows hops on a trellis in Montana, where lots of hops are
grown for Budweiser (esp. around Fairfield).

My hubby homebrews and his hops are all compacted.

Now, la doyenne of "good things", Martha Stewart, has talked about
buckwheat hulls in pillows for a soothing sleep.

Happy Stitching!

"Pleat Me in St. Louis - SAGA National Convention Sept. 24 - 28, 1997"
Date: Tue, 26 Aug 1997 00:19:54 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: BFC Postings Catch Up #3

Dear Alice Lee,  Iwould recommend Mary Roehr's Speed Tailoring.  I have 
attended her workshops and find her methods quick and easy.  She was
apprentised as a tailor and has streamlined the process for the home
sew-er.  You can reach her at 500 Saddlerock Circle, Sedona, AZ 86336;
602 282-4971.  The last time I saw her, she had muslin shells of Vogue 7594
to try on -- fine your size immediately!  But she does like this pattern
and has it available as well as notions needed for tailoring (great shoulder
pads).  Good luck!
Date: Mon, 25 Aug 1997 21:48:50 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: BFC Postings #5

After many conflicting answers from various sources I came to the conclusion
that a 1630 cannot be connected to a Power Mac, no cable exists at this time.
Subject: 1010
Date: Mon, 25 Aug 1997 10:17:39 -0600

My dealer is bidding on several 1010s that a school used for a year and now
wants to move up to more fancy models. Anybody know anything about the 1010
and if it would be worth getting for my FIVE (only three are old enough to
use the machine) girls? Any advice for what would be a fair price?

Date: Tue, 26 Aug 1997 12:50:50 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: BFC Postings Catch Up #2-Bernina 910

Teri . . . Do you still need to know about the 910?  I have a 910 which I
bought used last year--it's a great portable machine, sews very well, is very
durable.  I do not know what the going rate on one is because my dealer gave
me a special price--I am a sewing instructor!  Maybe you can get the price
down to $300--it's worth a try!  Good luck!  Alberta
Date: Mon, 25 Aug 1997 13:50:58 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: re: stores near Charlottesville/Blue Ridge

Hi there, fellow sewers!
This weekend we are driving down to the Blue Ridge Mountains of
Virginia...down Skyline Drive...and I'm interested in knowing of any good
fabric/quilt/craft stores that I should visit during my vacation. We will be
near Charlottesville for about a week ...any ideas? Please email as well as
post, since I'll be leaving in just a few days. I am hoping to stop at one of
the G-Street Fabric stores (MD or VA) on the way down or back. Hope everyone
has a nice holiday.
Date: Tue, 26 Aug 1997 10:39:18 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: BFC Postings Catch Up #2

When I purchased my 1630 when they first came out, the help key came with the
machine.  Do you have tyo buy it now?

Date: Mon, 25 Aug 1997 19:47:26 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re:  BFC Postings #5

Bernina's can now hook up to Mac's.  Amen!  I have been waiting forever.
I just ordered a new Mac, maybe I should upgrade to a 1630 too/
When is th is happening?|
Date: Tue, 26 Aug 1997 23:24:14 -0700
Subject: Re: retirement quilt

>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?

I put mine as the center square in a Churn Dash block. It had a nice
effect, because the corner triangle point in toward the photo. Of course
this meant that all the photos had to be squares & all the same size. You
can see it at

Date: Mon, 25 Aug 1997 19:54:09 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: Roberta's Gored Skirt Pattern


Have you seen the Bernina Pattern for a gored skirt? I believe all the gores
are made from the same piece, and the pattern shows a few variations in
construction and style. I got this at my Bernina dealer...there are also vest
and jacket patterns available. I have not made this pattern yet, but it
doesn't look hard, and the exact settings needed for your Bernina are
described step by step in the pattern. If your dealer doesn't carry it,
perhaps they can order it or you can get it from someone on this list.
Date: Tue, 26 Aug 1997 21:09:08 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Traveling to DC ARea

I am traveling to the Washington, D.C., Baltimore, Philadelphia area Sept.
17-21 if anyone has suggestions for good quilt, fabric shops to visit.  I
enjoy the BBoard and evryone's hints, suggestions and help.  I have a 1530
and would encourage anyone who can get one to go right ahead.  I've never
had a moment's problem or one second of regret.  I paid $2500 almost five
years ago and it was money well spent.  Happy Sewing and remember - we all
know "nothing sews like a Bernina"
Date: Tue, 26 Aug 1997 21:12:03 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: BFC Postings Catch Up #3

to AliceLee

Taunton Press has a great book out...don't remember the exact title, but it
might be something like sewing fine woman's jackets...It probably is
advertised in one of the current sewing magazines.
Date: Tue, 26 Aug 1997 22:25:42 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Thoughts on stuff

Cleaning you machine ever 6 months seem a but radical unless you are sewing
an awful lot...I sew every day but have the 1630 in to the tech once a year
unless I have trouble or do an extra lot of sewing... The fact that I must
take my machine over 100 miles (one way) makes me take very good care of
it...a new needle with evey new project, cleaning with cotton swabs, a small
vacuum,and one drop of oil....

as to buying a new 1630 I would say go for it but keep that 830...

Date: Wed, 27 Aug 1997 00:43:50 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: upgrading from 830

    I too was considering trading in the 830, but from what I have been told
by many, many people, it was the best machine on the market and are in top
demand today. The new computer models all have some bugs. No longer will the
mechanicals be made in Swizerland, but Taiwan! I upgraded but kept the 830. 
     Don't trade it in, it is worth what you paid for it 23 years ago and can
be sold outright from $400-600. Trade in blue book value is $146.
      Hope this helps.      Shirley
Date: Wed, 27 Aug 1997 00:30:23 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: BFC Postings #10

In a message dated 97-08-24 21:02:06 EDT, you write:

>> 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?   >>
Try contacting Linda's Silver Needle, at 1-800-Smockit. They are a great mail
order company who specialize in all types of doll patterns for other than

Date: Wed, 27 Aug 1997 07:59:27 -0400
Subject: Photo Transfer

I recently had two friends take photos and white washed and ironed muslin to
Kinkos, they transferred the pictures to the fabric and they look great.  It
was expensive.  For about 1 1/2 yds of pictures, it was about $80.  She had
a mixture of color and black and white, and they are very clear and really
look great.  We have several Kinkos in the area, but only one of them is
able to do this so you may have to call around.

Date: Wed, 27 Aug 1997 08:52:18 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: Photo Transfer Help 

Am answering here because thought group might like the answer also.  I saw
Simply Quilts yest. and she had Ami Simms doing this.  She used paper that
costs about $3 a sheet.  I thought it was the color copy paper.  She said use
only a color copier as it is hotter.  She put as many pictures on pg as she
could fit.  She said use the same paper for both color & blk/white.  She then
transferred it to 200ct white cotton and held iron there for 30sec. moving it
ever so slightly so vents would not leave print(no steam).  Then removed the
paper.  Allow for seam allowance between pictures when placing on cloth.
 Looked really great and easy.  Nice gifts.  I was impressed w/Ami Simms.  I
had only heard of the name.  She's made about 100 like this so I'd say she
knows what she's talking about. Thought I'd check her books out.
Proud owner of 1260QPE and 2000DCE
Date: Wed, 27 Aug 1997 07:58:14 -0700
Subject: rotary blade sharpeners

Has any tried the rotary blade sharpeners that are available?
Do they work?  Which brand?     Thanks ...Mary
Date: Wed, 27 Aug 97 15:46:46 UT
Subject: RE: 830

Maureen wanted to know if she should upgrade from her 830 to a 1630.  While I 
don't have a 1630, I do have a 830 -- and from the postings I've read here in 
the past year and a half, I am very glad I do!  It seems the list concensus 
over that time is, to get a 1630 if you want, but KEEP THE 830!!!!  It's a 
real workhorse of a mechanical model that NEVER dies (or at least seems to 
keep going forever).  My machine is over 27 years old and still runs and looks 
like new.

Subject: Re: Doll clothes patterns for dolls OTHER than Barbie
Date: Wed, 27 Aug 1997 09:45:07 -0600

I like the book The Dolls' Dressmaker - The Complete Pattern Book by Venus
A. Dodge. She tells how to size your doll with patterns for sizes 11",
14-15", and 16-18". She has patterns for boy dolls, girl dolls, clothes,
shoes, accessories, and tons of pictures and hints. Martha Pullen company
has books for several sizes and types of doll with an emphasis on smocking
and heirloom sewing - but can be adapted to "ordinary" clothing.

Date: Wed, 27 Aug 1997 13:51:21 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: BFC Postings #6

I had posted a work-around for those of us who have PowerMacs and Berninas:
 using a serial port adapter cord and either SoftWindows or VirtualPC, which
are software packages that make a Mac think it's a PC.  You also need the
Bernina software.  
Someone wrote in to ask if it *really* works.  Well, I don't know...In theory
it should, but I haven't tried yet.  For budgetary reasons (both time and
money), I'm waiting to get into this at the end of the year, myself.  
Has anyone else tried it?  It's certainly less expensive and more palatable
than buying a DOS-based machine, at least to me.

Subject: Buying a Bernina
Date: Wed, 27 Aug 1997 12:59:53 -0500

I am interested in buying a Bernina machine for my wife, who loves sewing
and quilting.  Can you tell me whether Bernina machines can be purchesed
on-line anywhere?


Date: 27 Aug 97 14:55:34 EDT
Subject: re:machine tying quilts

Hi all,
Laurie writes:>>
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.>>

I have experimented with using some of the decorative stitches from my 1230 to
"tie" down the quilt in the middle (or edges) of the blocks.  I have put one or
two of the stitch down.  You could contrasting or blending in thread if you
don't want the design to show.
I hope this helps.
Subject: Upgrading
Date: Wed, 27 Aug 1997 09:39:56 -0700

Maureen, by all means get the 1630 machine while they are available.  IMHO,
there will never be another machine like the 1630, and this was told to me
by a Bernina service person.  Suggest you keep your 830 also unless you
absolutely must trade it in.  The 830 will last forever, and the stich is
so great.  The 1630 has so many stitches, and with the Stitch Designer
feature, you can always add new ones.  I love both of my machines, but will
never part with my 830, because long after the computer boards and
electronics in the 1630 have aged, the mechanical 830 will still be
stitching along.

Date: Wed, 27 Aug 1997 16:58:10 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: tension control

A question regarding top tension.....
I'm quilting using free motion garnet stitch (the one where you just circle
around). I have Sulky 40 weight in the top and something ordinary (it was on
the bobbin?) in the bottom.  I had to reduce my tension all the way down to a
1 !!!!!!! Is this usual?  The stitches look great!

Date: Wed, 27 Aug 1997 20:11:29 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: BFC Catch Up Posting #1

In a message dated 97-08-24 05:57:55 EDT, you write:

>>If you don't want to buy this cutter & blade try cutting a diagonal
 across the four corners of your fabric (just a small snip across
 the selvage) before washing and this problem will almost disappear.
In my experience of trying all the suggestions to stop raveling, I have found
that nothing will stop this from happening. I have given up and just wash the
fabric and trim off the strings as I iron. Most of the strings will just pull
off with a good tug. I don't seem to loose any more fabric than through the
other methods.
Date: Wed, 27 Aug 1997 20:13:10 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: BFC Catch Up Posting #1

I and a number of my friends have found with torn fabric that we loose as
much as an inch off each end of the fabric because of the ditrotion from the
tearing. (Tearing stretches the fabric.) I have less waist by paying
attention to the grain as I cut my patches and use fabric that was cut from
the bolt. 
Subject: scallop stitch
Date: Wed, 27 Aug 1997 17:27:30 -0400

 Sandra asked about making scallop stitches on the 1000.  I had a class on that at Bernina Club once, but took notes on my machine model (1090s).  In my notes, I have a reference to Footsteps, Vol. 6, number 2.  Also Advance Guidebook, pp. 33,34 & 101 and Advance Guidebook Supplement II, p. 37 & 38.  I hope this helps.

Thanks for the nifty tulle applique hint, Dennie.  I'm going to try it soon.  I feel like a sponge soaking up all the great information on this list.  Thanks to all of you who are so generous with your expertise. 

Subject: Re: Stretch and Sew Guide
Date: Wed, 27 Aug 97 19:44:50 -0700

>Does anyone out there know where I can purchase a copy of the Stretch and 
>Sew Guide to Sewing Knits? 

Try Edward Hamilton. Just tossed my last catalog, but I think he's also 
on the web. I bought that book from him for about $5. Love ordering from 
him because shipping is a flat $3.00. Try a search using his name.

Subject: Need a Book
Date: Wed, 27 Aug 1997 17:41:35 -0500

Hi All -

	I am looking for the book "Bargello Tapestry Quilts" by Marilyn Doheny -
it was put out in 1993 - and my local book store can't find a listing for
it.  Anyone have a copy that they would be willing to sell or trade? 
Please e-mail me privately!  TIA!

Date: Wed, 27 Aug 1997 22:46:49 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Wilcox/Gibbs sewing machine

I'm trying to find out about Wilcox Gibbs sewing machines for a friend who
needs hers worked on and some supplies.  Anyone out there in Bernina-land
know or hear of this machine before.  She says it is a treadle machine that
has no bobbin.   Any info at all is appreciated.

TIA    Mary
Date: Wed, 27 Aug 1997 21:42:00 -0500
Subject: Quilter's Chair

To Judy  

We have one of the Quilter's Chairs in the store I work at part time,
Berry Patch Fabrics, Ft. Worth, TX.

It is very comfortable and has lots of places to store things.  The one
we have is like the picture in the magazines in denim.  However, the
maker, a really nice man recently brought us some fabric samples of
tapestries and other fabrics he can make it in.  I personally like the
tapestry.  He also brought an ottoman
that he also makes that opens up with more storage space.  

I can't tell you the number of men who sit in that chair while their
wives shop and fall asleep.

It is like a large club chair.  Hope this helps.  Send me any other


Date: Sat, 30 Aug 1997 08:18:09 -1000
Subject: 1260 Quilt Stitch

Hello! My girlfriend just bought a 1260 and is having a VERY difficult
time with the quilting stitch -- this was one of the big reasons she
bought this machine!  She asked me to inquire if anyone else has had
difficulties with this stitch misbehaving on this machine.  It skips
stitches anytime she puts the lightes batting in it.  Since she doesn't
have a computer, please email me: and I will print out
your comments, helpful hints, etc.  THANK YOU!
Date: Sat, 30 Aug 1997 12:14:03 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Keep your 1230

Louise: I suggest that you keep your 1230 - an excellent machine.  I have an
1130 that I sew on.  (I will never give up my 1130)  I have the 1630 which I
play on.  The 1530 is not worth the trouble and time it takes to acheive the
stitches.  When I first sewed on the 1530, I kept trying to "push the
buttons" on the screen...Moving the cursor ball to choose stitches  is  very
time consuming The machine does not, in my opinion, warrant replacing the
1230.  If you were asking about the 1630, I would tell you that the 1630 has
the same problem accessing stitches, but the machine has many features
including the directional stitching and larger embroidery patterns to choose
from.    Jobina  
Date: Sat, 30 Aug 1997 11:10:15 -0500
Subject: Sewing Room Lighting

I would like to install daylight-type lighting in my basement sewing
room.  I have seen it discussed here, but have lost the notes I took
about it.

I believe it's full-spectrum lighting, available in fluorescent tubes,
and I know I need some numbers!

Please share the wisdom...Kathie  
Date: Sat, 30 Aug 1997 11:17:35 -0700#005#
Subject: Stretch and Sew Guide

I found the following with a web search as suggested by Suzy Hutton:
Edward Hamilton Bookseller: Catalog is free. Postage and handling is $3.00
no matter how many books you order. These are remaindered books, so the
book selection varies. They only take orders from US addresses. Checks
               Edward R. Hamilton, Bookseller
               Falls Village, CT 06031-5000
Note, there is no phone number for Edward Hamilton. I believe they handle
all business by mail only.

Have really enjoyed this list! Just purchased a 1260 and 2000DCE and while
I've sewn for 30 years, these are my first Berninas as well as being my
very first serger. Haven't had my classes yet and I'm warily eyeing that
serger *scary*. But your postings here give me some needed confidence.
Date: Thu, 28 Aug 1997 23:05:09 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: Rotary blade sharpeners

Mary in Victoria had a question about rotary blade sharpeners and whether
they were any good.  I bought a Tri Sharp rotary blade sharpener from Nancys
Notions and use with Olfa blades and cutter and it works great.  Have not
bought a new blade since I started using the sharpener.  However, I also
bought a Dritz sharpener that I used with Fiskar blades and cutter and what a
difference.  It works OK, but not like my first example.  I don't know if its
the Dritz sharpener or the Fiskar blades, but it is definitely not as
workable as the Tri Sharp and Olfa blades.  

Subject: Re: double piping foot
Date: Fri, 29 Aug 1997 23:26:16 -0700

>LucillV asked were to find double cording feet...I happen to work for a
>distributor, so know they are there as we sell them.  Ask your favorite
>machine dealer to order you one...even if he does not stock them he can get
>them, and only has to order one at a time. 

Is this a Bernina foot and what is it's number?
Subject: Re: BFC Postings from Wednesday, August 27, 1997
Date: Sat, 30 Aug 1997 14:49:45 -0500

Re fabric raveling -

Clipping the corners on the diagonal really and truly does help.  I do it
as I come in the house and throw it in the washer.

Happy Stitching!

"Pleat Me in St. Louis - SAGA National Convention Sept. 24 - 28, 1997"

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