Bernina Fan Club Archives

August 97

Sunday, August 31 - Saturday, September 6

Date: Sat, 30 Aug 1997 15:43:28 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Hops in Pillows

Here in California it might be easier to find rice hulls (because rice is
grown commercially here) to fill your pillows.  I get mine at the local
feed/pet food store for about $8. per 50# bale  (that's a lot of pillows!)

Rice hull filled pillows are quite comfortable.  They are light weight, not
hot to sleep on, mold to fit your neck/head but are not squishy and give
really good support.

Subject: Re: vellux; machine tying
Date: Sun, 31 Aug 1997 01:03:09 -0700

someone wrote: > I discovered
>that my Velux blanket was disintegrating!  I guess 20 years would be an
>acceptable life for some things, but you wouldn't want to use it for
>something which might be passed down.

Yes they do disintegrate.  My daughter had one for her favorite baby blanket
and it ended up almost being nothing but a piece of net.  I always told her it
was going to be her bridal veil someday.

Ruth, are asking about how to machine tie quilts?  If you have any decorative
stitches on your machine, the star or any single pattern you choose can be
to stitch one pattern and secure.  You mark the places you want to tie with a
pin until you get to it.  You don't even need to cut the threads inbetween
until you are done.  If you have a pattern extension you can make the design
larger.  I have used hearts on baby quilts with decorative thread.

Date: Sat, 30 Aug 1997 22:00:34, -0500
Subject: Wilcox and Gibbs//Washing Fabric 

To Mary   --  Your friend with the Wilcox and Gibbs treadle 
machine needs to contact the Featherweight Fanatics, a mail list also 
run by Sue Traudt and Co, of BFC fame (bless you, Sue, for wearing so 
many hats so well!).  The list is for all antique machines, not just 
Featherweights;  more of a clearinghouse of info on antique machines 
of all varieties.  Your friend is almost assured of finding help 

On Washing Fabric:  A hint posted on this list earlier this year 
helped me a great deal with the thread tangles from washing new 
fabrric.  Let me put in my vote for serging the two ends together 
prior to washing.  It not only solves the tangling problem, but keep 
the fabric from twisting into that ugly corkscrew in the wash and 
makes ironing easier.  Another plus --  I preserve the serged edge on 
one edge when I split the fabric apart after it's washed and work 
from the opposite end for rotary cutting.  In my workroom, all fabric 
with a serged edge has been "through the wringer."
  The concerns on straightening grain are probably quite valid, but I 
decided several years ago to let that detail slide.  Time constraints,
 plus the knowledge that my quilts are made to be "loved to death" 
forced me to make this decision.  Only on miniatures am I a straight-
grain fanatic.  For the larger quilts, the trade-off for not-perfect 
quilts is more time to spend with the people I love.

  My humble opinion.

Date: Sat, 30 Aug 1997 21:57:03 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: Quillows

Hello Everyone,
I really enjoy reading your notes.  The quillows sound like a fun project.  I
was hoping someone can clarify the instructions for me.  I saw the supply
list, but I would like to know what the completed project will look like.

Is my supply list correct?  I read that I will need:
1/2 yd. for a pocket front
2 yds. for the back
1/2 yd. for the pocket back
2 yds. for the front 
and 2 5/8 yds. batting. 
(using an 18" square pillow)
*Does the quilt fold into one of the outside pockets to form a pillow?
I understand that the finished project will be 45" x 72".  Please post
instructions or send e-mail 

Thanks for your help!
Date: Sun, 31 Aug 1997 08:20:32 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: BFC Postings from Tuesday, August 26, 1997

In a message dated 97-08-31 06:36:14 EDT, you write:

>> My dealer is bidding on several 1010s  >>
This is a very good machine.  I have had one for several years.  I own
several other machines, but this is my work horse.  It will do anything to
please me.  Have had no trouble with it.  My oldest grandaughter has learned
to sew on it.  It is much like the duracel bunny it just keeps going and
going and....  It will take the latest feet as used on the 1530 etc.  .....
 I take this machine to class with me and would not part with it.

Date: Sun, 31 Aug 1997 08:12:42 -0700
Subject: Burda

Yes, I read this same info in a trade magazine or Sew News(summer ed.)
They just had this as a simple statement. So I guess Simp. will dist.
Burda patterns.
Date: Sun, 31 Aug 1997 07:39:50 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: The Flower Stitcher

Yes, I have the stitcher and I love it.  I plan to order another one for  my
daughter to use on her Pfaff.  I use mine on my Bernina 1260 with the

Date: Sat, 30 Aug 1997 15:43:27 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Lingerie Lace Mail Order Source

Trisha asked about a mail order source for lingerie lace.  

My favorite for service and selection is Sew Sassy Lingerie, 9009-C S.
Memorial Pkwy, Huntsville, AL 35802; for credit card orders call
1-800-677-2779.  They are friendly, helpful with questions and fast.  I
usually have my orders in  3-5 days after placing.  They also carry a
complete line of lycra (for swimsuits, etc.) fabrics, Kwik-Sew and Stretch &
Sew patterns (always 20% off retail), bra making supplies and more.

No affiliation, etc. - I'm just always very pleased with my orders and the
service I receive when I order from them.

Date: Sat, 30 Aug 97 22:14:02    
Subject: Tension on the 1630 


	I have heard for years that the tension on the 1630 isn't as
perfect as on the older machines.  Can anyone elaborate?  Also, why
is it that so many people have a 1630 and something else?

Date: Sun, 31 Aug 1997 10:36:38 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: Tension on the 1630


As an owner of a 1630, I know what you mean regarding the tension of the
1630.  I've had two updates on mine and its either gotten better or I've
gotten used to it.  

I also have a friend who is interested in selling her 160 for $1500 (she's
only had it for 2-3 mos.)  She found a great deal on a 1630 and bought it, so
now she's willing to sell the 160 for $1500, which I understand is a great

Anyone interested can e-mail me direct 
Date: Mon, 01 Sep 1997 00:41:43 +1000
Subject: Re: Machine Tied Quilts

Im not sure exactly what you mean by machine tied.  I was tying a queen
size quilt for my daughter and thought it would never end.  Finally I
stuck the places I would have tied it under the machine needle and
activated a small pattern. I like the one that looks like a star on the
1630.  I did the same thing with some placemats.
Date: Sun, 31 Aug 1997 10:09:15 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: Feedback on 150 and 160 Models


I don't really have feedback on above models, but I do have a friend in
Florida who has a l60 for sale at a great price.  When she originally was
looking for a Bernina to purchase, she wanted the 1630, but didn't want to
spend the extra bucks, so she bought the 160 for $l800, plus about $100 in
tax.  After the purchase, which has been about 2-3 months, she located a used
1630 for $1500 and she bought it.  Now she is willing to sell the 160 for
$1500, which really is a good buy.  If you or your friend is interested, you
can e-mail me and I'll get my friend the message.  Don't know where you're
located, but my friend is getting ready to take a trip from Fl to Va next
week - you may be in her traveling path.  Let me know.

Date: Thu, 28 Aug 1997 11:19:22 -0400
Subject: Re: Cleaning

  In reference to machine cleaning and check ups:
Our dealer stated at the Bernina Club meeting:  the first check up at one
year.  I will tell you if you require annual or bi-annual (every 2 years)
at that time.  The enviroment at home is the factor.  Smokers,  wood
stoves, your general use of the machine, etc.  It sure made sense to me. 
Also this dealer is great, we call anytime about machine problems  and
she works with us, most of the time it is operator and she wants to make
sure we understand and do not repeat the problem and have happy sewing
times.  For me, I was not able to use the knee lift on my 1530.  Thought
it needed adjusting.  She came to my home, looked at my kitchen table set
up in the sewing room and told me to raise the area where my feet are by
6 inches.  I now have a heavy plastic box for my feet and the control
foot for the machine and I use the knee lift all the time.  Also I
noticed I can sew longer without by back hurting.  Karen 
Date: Sun, 31 Aug 1997 06:36:18 -0700
Subject: Re: New Machines vs Old

Bronwyn asked about buying demo machines:

My first 1630 was a demo. The bed was all scratched and had pen marks on it. 
Hmmmm. I was assured that the machine had never been out of the store, so I 
took the discount
and ran with it. However, during guide classes, it had repeated errors on 
several different days that perplexed the instructor. The technician could not
get the errors to repeat, of course! I took it home. In trying out the Stitch Designer screen, I discovered several first names in the memory. Hmmm ... if this demo had been checked over before they sold it to me, why wasn't the memory cleaned up? In putting all my paperwork into files, I discovered an invoice. Turns out the machine had been in someone's home for 5-6 months. I took it back and had to pay more $$$ to get a brand new one and had to wait for 2 weeks or so to get it. Moral: Ask for a statement in writing that
(a) the machine has been checked out and (b) has never been outside the store.

I *do* love the machine, though, and have had no trouble with the *new* one. 
Date: Sun, 31 Aug 1997 10:30:43 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: Machine Applique

Terri gave some very good advise to Susan regarding machine applique,
but left out something really important to me.  It seems to work much better
if you shorten the sitch length.  On my 1630 I use about l.5 stitch length.
 That way if you are doing a curved piece, it makes the curves much smoother.

Date: Sun, 31 Aug 1997 10:29:57 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: Tension on the 1630

why would you even hesitate to get the 1630(how old is it and has it been
;updated)?  You will need a good Tech..close and it will need a good yearly
check up..I have had mine for about 3 or 4 years and I did have it upgraded
but I would not trade it for anything else out there....I am a sewer of all
sort of things and I have never ever asked Budreaux (my 1630) to do
something he could not do.. But then I do have a good Tec but I have to
drive 3 hours each way to get Budreaux one  else around here
has the knowledge of how and why he should do what I tell him to do...I do
not make excuses for my machine it is a Bernina and I expect it to perform
like a Bernina...
e-mail me if you have questions I might have answers for.
Date: Sun, 31 Aug 1997 10:28:10 -0400
Subject: 1010's & 1020's

Thanks to everyone who responded about the used Berninas I was looking
at.  I was actually mistaken when I said it was a 1010.  When I went
back to look at it again I realized it was a 1005.  I did check it out
as well as the 1020.  I liked the features on the 1020 better.  It was
priced at 499.00 and I got 10% off because my daughter was taking a
class there.  So at 449.00, I felt I was getting a real bargain and I
did buy it. ( I saw the same used model at another dealer for 899.00!).
We are very happy with our purchase and my daughter is loving having a
machine at her disposal instead of having to get clearance to use mine.
And I like knowing I have a backup machine that is so reliable.

Date: Sun, 31 Aug 1997 12:50:48 -0400
Subject: Rotary Sharpener

To Mary . 

The Dual Rotary Sharpener was a waste of money, didn't work for me.
Date: Sun, 31 Aug 1997 13:47:54 -0400
Subject: Tying Quilts on the Machine

I have a 1530 and have used the heart decorative stitch and set the machine
to stop after one pattern so that each "tie" is one heart.  It automatically
secures the first and last stitch and looks good.  I just move one way on
the quilt without cutting the thread, and when I get to the opposite edge, I
cut my threads.  

Date: Sun, 31 Aug 1997 12:28:44 +0000
Subject: Re: Velux Blanket

I have used Vellux blankets since they first came out, and I like them. 
But I have had two of them disintergrate in the washing machine.  I
think it may be because the soap used contained bleach--at least that is
the best answer I can come up with.  I was left with the webbing to
which  the fleece was attached.  All the fleece had gone down the
drain.  I wouldn't use one of the blankets as a batting. 
Date: Sun, 31 Aug 1997 11:24:21 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: New Machines vs Old

I bought a demo 1260 at the Houston Quilt Festival two years ago.  It came
with full warranty and classes provided at my local shop.  I have been very
happy with my purchase and have never had a bit of trouble with my machine.

Date: Sun, 31 Aug 1997 18:43:07 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re:Retirement Quilt

In a message dated 8/25/97 1:39:01 PM, you wrote:

>>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 am just finishing a family photo quilt, with the photos transfered by
Kinko's to muslin. I used most of the photos as part of a "framed "quilt
block, using a variety of cream color prints as the frame fabric with mitred
corners. A few of the photos I machine-appliqued to antique hankies or
doilies, then appliqued to plain muslin.  Other lace pieces and old buttons
are sewn to plain muslin squares between the photos. The result is very nice.
I am machine quilting with cream color rayon (Sulky) thread. I even did
machine embroidered family names in one square. I may do more family surnames
around the border. I also machine embroidered each person's first name on
their respective photo, which came out nicely.
Just some ideas...
Subject: Ludington, MI & pattern

Hi all,
This is Rivka's Mom.  My cast is off and I can move my hand pretty well and
am sewing again.  

I am going to be living in Ludington, Michigan from Sept. 15 untill the
middle of December.  I would love to know all the shops in the area and all
the sewers that would like to  meet someone new to share with.  I figure I
can travel 1-1 1/2 hours  to see places and meet people. Please e-mail me
privately if you want to get in touch

I also want to share a very nice pattern with everyone. 
It is called "The Hourglass Dress" and is from the Side by Side Pattern
Company. Jane Garrison developed it.  It is slightly fitted and flares into
a flowing skirt made of bias panels.  The dress has a V neck, padded
shoulders for a wider look at the top, curves in slightly at the waist, and
then flows out in a lovely drape.  It really does give the illusion of that
"hourglass" figure and looks good on almost everyone. I saw it on different
figures in Johnson City and it really flatters.   I made one for myself,
then did muslins for my daughter Rivka, and her daughter, a 13 year old
girl.  They both like the pattern.  It is rare that the same pattern will
please three generations of women.  The dress has a classic look, enhances
the figure, and can easily be adapted and changed in neckline and sleeves

The pattern is fairly easy to sew, can be made by machine or machine and
serger.  Jane's instructions for enlarging the bustline are good, and it is
marked for changes in length.  One problem is that there was a printing
error and the side front and back skirt pieces need to be lengthened so
they match the rest of the skirt.  That isn't hard to do.  Her sewing
instructions are minimal so a beginner should have someone to ask questions
of.  Others will find the pattern easy and nice.  

It uses 3 2/3 yard of 45 in fabric or 2 2/3 yds. 60 in. 
The pattern developers are:

Jane Garrison, # 8 Greg Road, Spruce Pine, NC 28777, 704 765 9317
Joyce R. Carter, 286 Walnut Tree Cove, Cordova TN 38018, 901 758 0829

They also make an "hourglass" skirt pattern and a jacket/ vest pattern.  I
tried the J/V on and liked them.  Haven't made it yet, though.  The vest is
my next project.  
The usual disclaimers apply.  No relation, no employee, just really like
the pattern and think others will, too.  
Thanks again for everyones' good wished when I was hurting.   
Date: 31 Aug 97 22:29:52 EDT
Subject: Re: re:New Machines vs Old

Bronwyn writes:>>  
        So I am now energetically pricing 1260's.  Does anyone have any
opinion on buying demo models - there is one that is about a year old that
is available - I don't know how much use it has but the store is not
particularly eager to demonstrate so I don't think it was overused.  It will
have the same warranty as a new machine.  Has anyone had bad/good
experiences with demo models or cautionary tales to tell?>>

My 1230 was a classroom machine and my Deco 500 was a demo model.  The dealer
serviced them before she gave them to me and they came with the same warranty 
as with a new machine.  I have had NO problems with these being "used" machines.
Usually the demo and classroom models have to be kept in good condition so
that they work well when they are supposed to (and customers/class members will
want one for themselves).  They are less expensive too.  I say go for it.

hi mom!
Date: Mon, 1 Sep 1997 11:03:17 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: 1260 Quilt Stitch

 I have the 1090QE, same quilting stitch.
 She needs to RAISE the tension, maybe even up to 8. Mine takes 7.
 The 'quilting' needle also helps. 
 Lightweight thread (like embroidery) in the bobbin.
 Took a couple of trips back to the Bernina store before we figured out the
combination for my machine. Plus, she needs to stitch slowly, as it is doing
several things each stitch. Down, up, back, and down again. 
 If she has not had the owner's class, make sure she signs up for it and
brings up that question. Using her own combination of fabric and batting to
work on. 
Date: Mon, 1 Sep 1997 10:13:29 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: Hems with Fusible Webbing

I had to shorten a pair of pants that had been hemmed with this stuff.  Some
of the stuff had let go by the time I got them so I could pull it apart.
 They other stuff I heated with the iron to get loose.  I didn't have to
worry about getting the web off as I cut to shortren.  Maybe you could try
heating and transferring web to another piece of scrap fabric.  I found when
I started working with fusible web (by trial and error) that the more I
heated it, the less it held.   Hope this helps,  I know those pants are
Subject: Leather Roller Foot
Date: Mon, 1 Sep 1997 08:44:26 -0700

Dear Carol

Intrigued with your comment about free hand quilting with a leather roller
foot.  Question: how do you free hand if the feed dogs are up?

Date: Mon, 1 Sep 1997 08:18:42 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Rotary Cutter Sharpener

I've received good results using the brand of rotary cutter sharpeners that
Nancy's Notions sells - sorry I don't remember the brand, but they are the
only ones I've ever seen for sale anywhere.  It's a simple little gadget
consisting of a ring with a different grade of abrasive on each side and a
blade holder that looks like two control knobs.  You put your rotary blade
between the two knobs and then rotate this assembly in the larger ring with

As instructed, used a drop of oil (your machine oil is good for this and
should be very convenient to find in your sewing area :-)  ) when sharpening.

I also use my favorite stone slip (remember the thread on needle sharpening?)
to put an extra extra sharp edge on the cutter after I've used the commercial

It is very simple to use and is effective at grinding out nicks from running
over straight pins >:-(  .  

Be VERY careful when handling the blades, especially if you hone them with a
slip.  And never leave the blades unprotected, lest they harm someone or

Date: Mon, 1 Sep 1997 12:20:50 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: G Street Sept 6

A friend is going to a weekend of mini-classes at G Street next weekend 
(Sept 6) for several days, and she suddenly finds herself in need of a 
roommate.  If anyone can be of help, PLEASE email me privately, and I 
will forward your post.

Thanks sooo much...

Date: Mon, 1 Sep 1997 09:28:09 -0700
Subject: 1260

>So I am now energetically pricing 1260's.  Does anyone have any
>opinion on buying demo models - there is one that is about a year old that
>is available - I don't know how much use it has but the store is not
>particularly eager to demonstrate so I don't think it was overused.  It will
>have the same warranty as a new machine.  Has anyone had bad/good
>experiences with demo models or cautionary tales to tell?
>                        Bronwyn

Bronwyn, last May I bought a 1260QPE demo that had only been on the floor
for about a month or so, but I think it was used pretty regularly. At any
rate, it's still performing just fine for me. I did have the tension
adjusted, but that's all that's been necessary. (Thanks goodness, since I
live 4 1/2 hours one-way from the dealer I purchased from!) Just think, the
demo has to be well maintained, or the dealer will be embarrassed when s/he
does demonstrate it. And the new-machine warranty is your safeguard that
you will be able to get any little "quirks" adjusted. Now, is the savings
in price a significant one? It should be, if the the machine is a year old.

BTW, I've been known to buy demo cars, too, with equally good results.

Date: Mon, 1 Sep 1997 12:10:33 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: Trouble with my new 160

Hi Cher,

Sorry to hear about your machine, but it seems as if you have a lemon.  I
would take it back for a refund and don't give up on the Bernina machines.
There are good machines, one of the best.  Perhaps you should consider
anything from a 1260 to 1630.  They are wonderful. I have a 1630 for almost
2yr. and have no problem with it.  Hope you make out well.

Date: 01 Sep 97 14:55:40 EDT
Subject: Demop Model

>>So I am now energetically pricing 1260's.  Does anyone have any
opinion on buying demo models - there is one that is about a year old that
is available - I don't know how much use it has but the store is not
particularly eager to demonstrate so I don't think it was overused.  It will
have the same warranty as a new machine.  Has anyone had bad/good
experiences with demo models or cautionary tales to tell?>>

I bought my 1030 as a floor model and I've never had a minute's trouble with 
I use it every day, at least 4 hours. I've brought it back to the dealer for
normal maintenance and nothing more. It was a great deal for me, you should 
a good look at the machine and think about going for it. I don't know if I 
have done it if it hadn't been a Bernina, but I didn't think twice at the
Glad I didn't!
Date: Mon, 01 Sep 1997 11:10:38 -0700
Subject: Re: Hops in Pillows

flax seed has been used for centuries in little eye pillows.
Date: Mon, 1 Sep 1997 13:28:38 -0400
Subject: Condolences

In case anyone would like to leave a message of condolence on the death
of Princess Diana, you may do so at the Royal family web site, I'm told:

What terribly sad news to wake up to yesterday morning.

Date: Sun, 31 Aug 1997 23:02:55 -0500
Subject: Re: Keep your 1230

Bernina wrote:
> 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 

Let me add my two cents worth on the 1230.  I work at a dealership and
sew on all models but my 1203 at home is the one I "LOVE" is a true
work horse and even if I get a newer model I will keep my 1230.  connie
Date: Mon, 01 Sep 1997 15:12:22 -0700
Subject: Double Piping

Could somone please explain double piping to me...where you use and how
it is done.  I have put piping in before but do not know a thing about
double piping or where it would be used, etc.  How pretty it sounds.

Date: Mon, 1 Sep 1997 15:50:27 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: The Flower Stitcher

I guessed I missed something...what do you do with a flower stitcher?
I've seen it advertised but wondered what to do with it.  TIA

 Subject: Qillow
 Date: Monday, September 01, 1997 12:04 PM
 Hi:  I haven't made the quillow myself but I do have the instructions. 
 These are poorly written though, I have seen better.  I checked your
 yardage and that agrees.  It does say to quilt a simple design on the
 pocket to keep the batting from shifting and that's a good idea.  
 The instructions show the quillow done in two colors  Color #1 and Color
 has the pocket on it.  The show it sandwiched together ready to finish
 the Color 2 side up with the pocket showing facing you.  It appears to be
 section into 3rds.  
 _____6inches in____________________6"C__        _B________A_
 _____6 inches in___________________6"F               G _______H
 I cant draw vertically.  A, B, G & H are the pocket.  A & H are the
 edge of the quillow.
 First steps they give talk about decreasing pressure foot tension and
 increasing top thread tension but that of course depends on your machine.

 I would test first.
 Allow for 1/4 seam and stitch thru all layers of fabric as follows:
 Stitch from A to  B.  Reinforce point B
 From H to G.  Reinforce point G.
 From point A to H.
 NOTE;  DO NOT SEW B TO G!!  This end of the pocket MUST BE LEFT OPEN.
 THEN .....They want you TO DRAW LINES  and  to stitch first from Fto E
 Then from C to D
 Then from E to D
 It says sew carefully and smooth the bottom of the fabric with your hand
 prevent puckering.    (Instead of stitching you may secure the batting
 nine or more evenly spaced ties.)   I guess you could use decorative
 stitches and do this.
 Good luck hope this is of some help.  I draw better on paper.   Joyce R
Subject: waterproofing fabric

Has anyone used the liquid waterproofing agent that is sold in gallon 
cans at paint stores, etc. for making fences and the like water 
resistant? The directions say that it can be used for fabrics. It 
seems as though it would certainly have some benefits over vinyl coatings 
and laminates.
- -- 
Date: Mon,  1 Sep 97 16:11:23    
Subject: Re: Tension on the 1630 

	What do you mean it has gotten better or you've gotten used to it?
Do you mean you have to adjust the tension manually for certain stitches
or certain kinds of fabrics or are there sometimes when you are never happy
with the stitch balance?

Date: Sun, 31 Aug 1997 21:13:07 -0700
Subject: Moving to Thousand Oaks, CA

I am moving to Thousand Oaks at the end of
September. I was wondering if anyone has
information on fabric Stores, sewing classes,
quilting classes, and Bernina clubs in this area.
I have recently purchased a 1630 and the 2000 DCE
and I would like to continue my education on these
Best Regards,
Date: Mon, 1 Sep 1997 20:53:07 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: BFC Postings from Wednesday, August 27, 1997

Arden and Sue Smucker - Bargello Quilts by Marilyn Doheney is still
available.  Ask at your local independent dealer...they can s.o. it if they
do not stock.  Major distributors are carrying it!
Subject: Mink teddy bears
Date: Mon, 1 Sep 97 19:15:35 -0400

Can anyone give me info on either a service or how to personally make 
teddy bears out of old mink or real fur coats.  I remember reading about 
a service that did this but as it was not important at the time I didn't 
record it.  Know I have a customer who wants this done and I need some 
Kathi dba Sew Unusual
Date: Mon, 1 Sep 1997 18:52:18 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: Machine Applique

Hi  Susan :

Just wanted to add something to this thread about machine applique. I have
used the
method using the iron-on interfacing and it works very well using the blind
hem stitch.
The only change I make is that I use Foot #20 or #20C (Open toe embroidery
The open toe feet make it much easier to see where you are going. Begin by
attaching the open toe foot and then set up your machine for blind hem. When
begin stitching  allow needle to stitch in main fabric and zag into applique.
In other words stitch exactly as you would if you were sewing a blind hem
using the blind hem foot.

Happy stitching,
Date: Mon, 1 Sep 1997 18:03:14 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Tension?

I keep hearing about tension problems..just what kind of problems are you
all having?  Loose top thread?  Loose bottom thread?  Thread
breaking...Please let me know...I have never had a problem with tension and
I use all kinds of thread in my 1630 from dental floss to nylon and all in
between, just about any thing except that stuff you buy at a great price 4/
$1.00 or some such price.  That thread is probaly old, dry, and brittle..I
have used some silk that was about 60 years old and with a few adjustments
it was fine...

I am really curious about what is happening

Date: Mon, 1 Sep 1997 21:57:41 +0000
Subject: Mock quilting stitch

Several years ago, In fact I still had my 1230 - I found that I could
change the honeycomb stitch to simulate the mock quilting stitch.  I
remember in playing with samples of fabric and batting - that I got
better results with a large needle (size 100).  Also, I had better luck
with a stronger thread than the monofilament.  My samples were made using
Metrosene polyester in the bobbin.  Don't give up - the technique is
worth the effort!

Date: Tue, 2 Sep 1997 09:28:46 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: Tension on the 1630

In a message dated 97-08-31 01:09:29 EDT, you write:

>> Hi,
 	I was planning on buying a good, basic Bernina (140) this fall.
 However, I have a chance to buy a used 1630 from a friend who won't go
 to the trouble of selling it for less than the price of a 140!
 	I have heard that the automatic tensioning on the 1630 is not
 as good as on the other Berninas.  Also, many people on this list with
 1630's also have other machines (including one with a 1530).  I can 
 certainly understand wanting something lighter weight, but is there 
 anything else I should be thinking about?

Elaine--I think the two machines are not really comparable.  The 140 as I
understand it is now the bottom of the line computerized machine, while the
1630 is the top of the line (at least until they come out with the new TOL
shortly).  Therefore if what you want is the most machine for the money, the
1630 is the clear choice, assuming that the used 1630 has all of the feet,
snap-on table, and knee lift that came with it new.  You might check with a
dealer to find out what they are asking for a used 1630, to find our whether
your friend's price is a good one.  Of course you won't have a warranty with
the used machine, which is a consideration, too.

Date: Tue, 02 Sep 1997 05:55:52 -0500
Subject: Re: Rotary Sharpener

Bernina wrote:
> The Dual Rotary Sharpener was a waste of money, didn't work for me.
> Ingeborg

DITTO, DITTO - I found it not to work either.  My husband thought I was 
doing it wrong and he tried but made no progress.  Several friends tried 
and we all felt the same way.  Too bad we could not return them.  Brenda
Date: Tue, 2 Sep 1997 03:28:10 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Quilting stitch

I have a 1630 that does quilting stitch. I assume 1260 is the same. My dealer
said to do the following:
1. Use mettler silk finish thread in the bobbin 
2. Loosen bobbin tension slightly (you may want to get an extra bobin case)
3. Tighten needle tension slightly
4. Sew at a moderately slow speed
5. Use invisible polyester thread in the needle
Date: Tue, 2 Sep 1997 11:04:55 -0400
Subject: Re: The Flower Stitcher

I, too, noticed the Flower Stitcher in Nancy's catalog and have several
questions about it.  I have found the sales reps at Nancy's super-helpful
and knowledgeable so I'll be calling them about this accessory next week.
One of the things I wonder about is--when you stitch in a circle, do you
have to make manual adjustments to come out with a complete pattern or is
there some magic about this foot?  Also, would the circle foot (or circle
attachment) made by Bernina do a similar thing?  Has anyone had
experience with these accessories?  The Flower Stitcher looks as though
the size of the  circle is limited to about 2" diameter, whereas the
circle attachment looks like it has a 6" radius.

Date: Tue, 02 Sep 1997 07:54:38 -0700
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  

Kathie....when I was moving into my new sewing room, my DH did research and
came up with the Ott florescent tubes.  We bought the 48" fixtures and then
found the bulbs.  The bulbs are pricey, but worth it!  I now have my entire
sewing room lit with true color light and it is WONDERFUL!  We got the bulbs
at Home Depot--and the Ott bulbs were definitely better than others we
tried.  I used a deep red fleece to test:  in daylight it's a gorgeous deep
red, in incandescent lighting, it turns muddy, in "regular" florescent
lighting it turns dried-blood brown.

One word of warning:  be prepared to get more fixtures than what you think
you'll need!  We found the Ott bulbs weren't as bright and took more
fixtures--but worth it!  (These are the same bulbs that are used in the
light panels for people suffering from Seasonal Affective Disorder)

Date: 02 Sep 97 10:34:50 EDT
Subject: fabric justification 

Hi all,
this came my way.
Thought I'd pass it along.

- ----------------------------------------
  This explains it all
 = A recent study has indicated that fabric gives off certain Pheromones,
that actually hypnotizes women, and causes them to purchase ungodly amounts.
  = Sound tests have also revealed that these fabrics emit a very high
pitched sound, heard only by a select few of the breed of women known as 
  = When stored in large quantities in enclosed spaces, the Pheromones cause
memory Loss and induce the nesting syndrome (similar to the one squirrels
have before the onset of winter, i.e: storing food), therefore, perpetuating
their species, and not having a population loss due to their kind being cut
up into little pieces and mixed with others.
  =  When played backwards on a LP, the sounds are heard as chants "buy me,
cut me, sew me"!
  = In order to overcome the so called 'feeding frenzy effect' that these
 fabrics cause, one must wear a face mask when entering a storage facility
and use ear plugs to avoid being pulled in to their grip.  (One must laugh,
 however, at the sight of women in a fabric store, with WWII Army gas masks
and headphones!)
  =  Studies also indicate that aliens have inhabited the earth, helping to
 spread the effect that these fabrics have on the human woman population.
They are called FABRIC STORE CLERKS.  >>
Date: Tue, 02 Sep 1997 16:10:40 -0700
Subject: 1260 Help Call!

Hello to everyone out there,
This is a 'first' for me in many ways.  I have been given a 1260 
Quilter's Platinum Edition and can't get the quilting stitch to work 
properly (I have pressed the CLR button and other stitches work OK; it 
does two stitches forward and one back, messes up the bottom fabric, even 
with the walking foot) and makes me feel a disaster.  I work full time on 
a newspaper, have a family and home to run and need to machine my quilt 
work or it'll never get finished, but this machine is getting to me!  
I've never had a Bernina before and you all so enjoy them that it must be 
me getting something wrong.  If anyone has any suggestions please e-mail 
me at  here in sunny Spain.
Many thanks
Spanish Sue
Date: Tue, 2 Sep 1997 09:33:25 -0400
Subject: Re: Ludington, MI & Pattern

How would one go about seeinga picture of one of the hourglass patterns
Sharon mentioned? They sound very pretty--the kind of style I like for
Judy i 
Date: Tue, 2 Sep 1997 15:23:24 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: The Flower Stitcher

I bought the flower stitcher in the spring. It needs an adapter. It is
*cute*, but I am not sure how useful. Let me know what you do with it!

Date: Tue, 2 Sep 1997 14:01:08 -0400
Subject: Re: Demo Model

I bought my 1230 as a demo model about  +/- 3 years ago and have had no
problems, other than what I created, with it.  I did receive a price
reduction  AND the even-feed foot.  I have no complaints.  In fact, when I
dropped pins down the holes, I guess used for various attachments, the
technician got them out for me while I was in the shop for a class-no
charge.  I have not taken mine in for any other service.  I clean it after
every project.  I know I should be taking it in but I hate to part with it
for ANY length of time.  My dealer is Beaches in Fairfield, Ohio.  
Sandy B.
Date: Tue, 2 Sep 1997 13:46:09 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: Trouble with my new 160

hi Cher, I'm sorry u had trouble with your new 160.  I did too.. I sent mine
back and they have given me 3 new machines.  I had the last one for 3 weeks
and I took it  back and said for them to keep the stupid thing. I just love
the one I traded in and the new modern invention the 160 was horrible!!! It
has been a month and I am supposed to get my refund ...I am waiting. I
financed it through the bernina zero interest thing...I hape this all goes
ok.  Several people have written in from the seattle area where they have had
6 new machines returned!! what's the deal anyhow?  talk to yuoyou
later---good luck Shelli
Date: Tue, 2 Sep 1997 11:43:43 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: Rotary Sharpener

>To Mary  
>The Dual Rotary Sharpener was a waste of money, didn't work for me.
Really? I bought one a while ago and just tried it for the first time and
was thrilled with the results. My blade was dull, not cutting well, I gave
it 6-7 twists in the sharpener and it  is  cutting just like new. I don't
know how long the sharpened blade will last but so far I am very pleased.
Milly> >
Subject: Re: Quillows)
Date: Tue, 02 Sep 1997 12:16:33 EDT

Hi Bernina Buddies,

This is for Lana.

>I really enjoy reading your notes.  The quillows sound like a fun 
>project.  I
>was hoping someone can clarify the instructions for me.   but I would
like to know what the completed project will look 
>Is my supply list correct? 
>*Does the quilt fold into one of the outside pockets to form a pillow?

Go to this address for instructions. This should also answer all of your

Hillbilly Doris
Date: Tue, 2 Sep 1997 17:09:35 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re:sewing room lighting

Kathie, I just had lighting installed in my new sewing room. I went to a
lighting store and told them the full spectrum fluorescents, didn't have
numbers. They knew what I wanted.  The lights are wonderful and so bright.
It's a white light instead of a yellow light like regular light bulbs. They
are more expensive than regular fluorescents but worth the cost, IMO. I do
have the numbers on my receipt but I don't know what brand they are for, so
probably wouldn't help you. I think it you specify full spectrum
fluorescents, you'll get the right thing. 
Good Luck.  private em me if you do need the numbers.
Date: Tue, 2 Sep 1997 16:19:26 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: Demo Model


I bought my 1230 several years ago...used.  The previous owner was then 
trading up to a 1630.  The machine has been terrific..and I knew at the 
time I bought it that the previous owner took good care of it and that my 
dealer was a wizard!  That helped!

Subject: Demo's
Date: Tue, 2 Sep 1997 13:24:55 -0700

I have been reading quite a bit about the purchase of demo machines.  It
certainly appears to be a good price break.  I have read some horror
stories and some good experiences and I do believe its all in how you
handle your negotiations and how honest your dealer is.  Sewing machines
are like cars and they have a "blue book".  The blue book states when the
machine was manufactured, so consider that it may be more than a year old. 
You can ask to see the blue book.  Lets assume the dealer has it for a year
as he said,  and it is a demo that he says never left the store, not a
return.  Then it should be cleaned, and adjusted, and should have the full
warranty like a new one.   The sales slip should say IN WRITING, that is
has been serviced, has not left the store and is not a return, and  that it
has FULL warranty.  If the dealer is straightforward and wants to make the
sale he will GLADLY do that for you.  And, he will not make you feel
uncomfortable for asking questions.   If there is any hesitation then don't
buy.  I was always timid, and my husband who is a salesperson always
reminds me that a store is there to sell merchandise, not to sit with it. 
They need to turn their inventory to buy the newer machines.

When I recently bought my new machine my husband negotiated on a demo that
was used strictly for one class, there was so little difference in price
that he finally changed the negotiations to a new machine.  He insisted
that the new machine come in an UNOPENED BOX.  

Hope this helps Bronwyn and any others that are considering buying a demo. 
Subject: Rotary Sharpner
Date: Tue, 2 Sep 1997 13:08:57 -0700

I purchased and returned the Dritz cutter.  As per Steve's advice I will
look up the brand that Nancy's Notions sells.
I did find that I could purchase for only $3.99 rotary cutter blades at of
all places Office Depot.  Maybe some of you have a store nearby.  Joyce
Date: Tue, 02 Sep 1997 16:46:22 -0400
Subject: 802 Sport

I need your opinions! ! !

I have an opportunity to puchase an 802 Sport with table, but no knee lift.
The asking price is $375.  

Should I do it?


Subject: Chemo Turbans
Date: Tue, 02 Sep 1997 17:14:43 EDT

Hello Bernina Friends,

I'm a little sad right now.  I just found out one of my friends has
breast cancer.  Please pray for Nancy.

I didn't need the information on the chemo turbans when it was on the
list several weeks ago, but I do now. 

Please e-mail me privately, and tell me where I can get the patterns.  I
will be very grateful, and so will Nancy.

Thanks so much.

Hillbilly Doris 
Subject: full spectrum lights
Date: Mon, 1 Sep 1997 23:03:11 -0700

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

I can't give you numbers, exactly, but I CAN give you information about
this.  My DH and I went to Home Depot -(large hardware, lumber, garden,
plumbing, etc. etc., store  - do you have something like that in WI?  We
purchased a 4' shop light, and two full spectrum tubes - otherwise known as
sunshine or natural light tubes.  They were about $6.00 for the pair and
the shop light was about $4.00.  Great price for wonderful light.  Used
hooks to hang it from the ceiling, like the old swag lights used to be
hung.  I made a cotton ruffled edge cover for the metal *roof* of the shop
light, and the thing looks pretty cute in there, besides being very good

DeAnn & her 830
Subject: Faux Chenille cutting reply
Date: Mon, 1 Sep 1997 22:58:02 -0700

>The idea of using the electrical ties sound great but are they wide 
>enough for the 1/2" strips?  

There are several sizes of elect. ties - and the largest would be perfect
for the 1/2".

>Do you use a ruler or just "free-hand" cut? If you 
">free-hand" do you have trouble keeping in the middle of chanel while 

 I freehand cut all of mine and didn't have any difficulty.  However, I can
see that one could have trouble with this if not a really steady hand.

>Have you tried the wave blade or the pinking blade - would 
>give an interesting effect.  

Great idea ....I have not done so, but will certainly experiment.

>you have seen the sewing program where the lady suggested 
>cutting all these strips and then sewing them on to  a base fabric to 
>create faux chenille, please know there are easier ways of doing this - 

No- I have not, but someone on the forum has used this method,and posted me
about it.  To me, it seemed much more time consuming and difficult to do,
but since I have not actually done the method, I can't truly judge.

DeAnn & her 830
Subject: Removing: Hems with Fusible Webbing
Date: Mon, 1 Sep 1997 22:51:17 -0700

If you haven't tried this, it may work - does for me usually	
Reheat the area with steam iron a bit longer than when you actually fuse
the webbing into the hem.  The fabrics will then peel apart as the webbing
is now 'melted'.  Once you have the fabric flat, put paper towel on the
remainder of the webbing, and steam press again.  Pull away the paper while
still warm and the webbing should adhere to the paper.  Another product you
can use rather than paper is cheap muslin. You may need to repeat this
procedure a few times.  
Hope this will work for you.
DeAnn & her 830
Date: Tue, 2 Sep 1997 01:40:02 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: Tension on the 1630

I have not had tension problems with my 1630.  It is a beautifully sewing
precision machine with a computer chip inside, and computer chips can
sometimes hiccup.  Also, I have a second Bernina for all the usual reasons
from always having a straight stitch setup available cause I usually have
some special sewing set-up on the 1630, to using the second lighter machine
for classes and travelling instead of the heavy 1630.  And all the feet are
interchangeable, except for the coded ones, of course.  I'm sure there are
more reasons, but those are mine.  Lots of folks are collectors, too.

Date: Wed, 3 Sep 1997 00:58:06 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: The Flower Stitcher

I have both the Bernina circle stitcher and the flower stitcher; the flower
stitcher makes much smaller circles, perfectly.  Down to eyelet size.  It is
great fun; especially using different stitches with it.  There is a direction
sheet attached that will give you some ideas to start.  Don't forget to use
the shank adaptor for the Bernina.

Both attachments are fun.  Enjoy.  GeorgAnna 
Date: Tue, 02 Sep 1997 21:11:51 -0700
Subject: Thousand Oaks

Bearly Stitchin' in Pasadena offers some classes.  The closest Bernina
Club to me is held at Bags & Bobbins in Claremont or Montclair.  Perhaps
the Pasadena store knows of a closer one to your new area.
Subject: 1020
Date: Tue, 2 Sep 1997 20:03:39 +0100

Hello Vicki,
I think both of the models you mentioned are "great" prices but I would
recommend the 1020 over the 1010 because of the added features. It was a
super seller in our shop and we have a waiting list for any we have traded
Date: Tue, 2 Sep 1997 22:13:38 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Double Piping Foot

The double piping foot is NOT a Bernina foot, it is generic, but will work on
your Bernina if you buy the low shank version and a Bernina foot adapter.
Date: Wed, 3 Sep 1997 07:18:38 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: The Flower Stitcher

The flower stitcher and the circle attachment are two very different
attachments.  The flower stitcher makes small circle with "flower petals"
edges.  It's like eyelet circles.  The circle attachment allows the sewer to
sew decorative stitches in a wide arc or half circle to make a large scallop
type row of stitching.  I have both and use the flower stitcher when I want a
small floral decoration.  The stitcher moves the fabric while stitching.  I
use the adaptor I purhcased from Bernina.

Date: Tue,  2 Sep 97 22:11:53    
Subject: Matching patterns

	I have always managed to avoid patterns that need to be matched
(like plaids), but this year, that seems to be all that is calling to
me.  Actually, most of the offenders are checks, but I would match them
as if they were horizontal stripes.
	So, do I need to buy a walking foot?  Will a roller foot work?
Is the generic foot effective enough to do the job on a 1630?  I know
that lots of people use the generic to quilt with, but matching patterns
may be differnt and the 1630 has to wide feed dogs, so I thought it might
be different.

Date: Wed, 3 Sep 1997 09:44:17 -0500

Has anyone ordered from  I am considering ordering an iron
press and am hoping someone else can validate the company.

Date: Wed, 3 Sep 1997 06:52:39 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: Flower Stitcher and 1639 tension problems

I, too noticed the Flower Stitcher in the latest edition of Nancy's Notions.
Is it worth the $?  I'm always looking for new ideas for wearable art.  With
a 1630, would I need an adapter?
Re:  Tension problems with the 1630 - I have never had any real problems
with my 1630 at all.  It is so user friendly!  I bought mine 2 years ago a
few days before I went to Quilt Camp.  I had no problems with it at all even
before I got any "real lessons" on it.  Would not trade it for anything!!

Date: Wed, 3 Sep 1997 08:29:50 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: The Flower Stitcher


The circle attachment does just that...make circles.  I love mine...and 
last used it for making the circles for the Orange Peel quilt where you 
make all these individual pita-shaped things and stitch them all together.

The flower stitcher, however, stitches the individual petals on the 
flower design.  Yes, it is small...but a 2" flower is still great.  size 
is adjustable downwards.

Date: Wed, 03 Sep 1997 07:14:00 -0400
Subject: Machine Tie Quilts

My dealer suggested the eyelet stitch on the buttonhole panel on the
1630.  This makes a cute little circle that secures itself.  If you use
a coded foot and narrow the pattern, it will make a little oval.  This
method was extremely easy to do and very quick.  Good luck-Ginny
Date: Wed, 3 Sep 1997 11:23:26 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: Laminating Vinyl to Fabric

Hi M,
Need a little more information so my answers may not apply:
First - There are several types of paper you could use to protect your
ironing board - Heat and Bond makes a paper that can be use to protect your
board and should not stick to the vinyl.  I would also think that you could
use freezer paper - it should release.  Heat and Bond also makes an iron-on
vinyl - don't know if cost would be prohibitive.  You can also stitch on a
vinyl for this purpose, which is cheaper.  As I said, since I don't know what
product you are using I can't give a specific answer.
Date: Wed, 3 Sep 1997 10:18:44 -0400
Subject: Speaking of G Street

I am planning a trip to G Street in Rockville, MD.  Does anyone know if
there is anything around for non-sewers?  I have a non-sewer who wants to
come with us & I'm afraid that she is going to be very bored.  Are there
other stores around?  Is G Street attached to a mall or free standing?  I
understand that there is a Container Store across the street or near by. 
Is this true?  What about places to eat?  I'd appreciate any information
any one has.

Mary Ann

P.S.  I don't know about anyone else, but I think it is great to have
"Bernina" back in my email box.  I really missed it & Sue, I hope you are
feeling better.  Thanks for all you do.
Date: Wed, 3 Sep 1997 10:51:32 -0400
Subject: Quillows

Quillows are great to keep in the car.  My husband freezes me out, but I
want him to stay awake, so I keep a quillow in each car.  You can also
put your feet in the pocket to keep your feet especially snuggly.  I love

Mary Ann
Date: Wed, 3 Sep 1997 09:42:54 -0400
Subject: Re: Mink Teddy Bears

Pick up a teddy bear magazine and check the ads in the back.  There are
several places that do this.  
Date: Wed, 3 Sep 1997 12:09:50 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Fitting

Hello again

I have been trying to hunt down books about fitting.  I really need a
beginners guide.  People on this list have recommended such titles as Power
Sewing and Fitting Finesse.  Unfortunately these books aren't exactly
available at the local bookstore - I live near London.  I went to my Bernina
dealer and all they had were the Singer books.  What is the consensus on
their book entitled "Fitting"?  I have a few of their other books and have
been fairly impressed.


Date: Wed, 3 Sep 1997 12:10:02 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Machine  Tying

Hello all

A very good source for machine quilting is a book called Machine Quilting
Made Easy by Maurine Noble published by That Patchwork Place.  She has a
section on machine tying which I found enlightening.

I recently did some machine quilting on a cushion front.  I free machined
spirals using 2 spools of rayon thread through one needle (one of the many
great tips I have picked up from you guys), and a cotton in the bobbin.  The
top tension was set to nearly the tightest setting.  This gave the appearance
of couching.  All three threads  were similar in colour but not exactly the
same.  For instance I used a rust and a burnt orange through the needle and a
darker rust in the bobbin.  Very effective.

Date: Wed, 3 Sep 1997 12:08:15 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Wanted: 930

I have decided to try and find a 930 or 931 to keep just for machine
quilting.  If anybody knows of a source for one of these and could give me an
idea of a fair price that I would expect to pay, I would be grateful for your

TIA - Martha Ann
Date: Wed, 03 Sep 1997 14:03:12 -0400
Subject: Fusible Webbing

> Subject: Re: Hems with Fusible Webbing
> ... We found it impossible to remove the fusible webbing and could not
> find anybody that knew of a product to remove it.  It virtually ruined
> a $150 pair of band pants.  I do not suggest using this product on any
> item of clothing that you might want to
> change.
>      If anyone has the answer to removing this webbing, I would
> certainly like to know what it is too.
> Eileen  

    I bought a pair of linen/silk pants at a consignment shop; the pants
were hemmed with fusible webbing.  I was able to pull apart the hem
after ironing the fusible webbing a bit to heat it up, so I guess that
the material and the type of webbing have something to do with your
    I agree with Eileen about not using the webbing in "real" clothes,
although I'll admit to using it on some of those *&^% Power Ranger
costumes for my son 8^).
Date: Wed, 03 Sep 1997 14:07:34 -0600
Subject: Demo Models -Reply

To Bronwyn:
I bought a 3 week old demo from my dealer and saved about $500 off
the list price about 3 years ago.  It has been a great machine, with
no troubles.  My previous machine was  also  bought 20 years ago from
a dealer who had used it  as a demo at a home show.  Also no trouble
and I saved big $$ on that one too.  I say go for it.  The machine
has probably just been broken in.

Date: Wed, 3 Sep 1997 14:24:47 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: Velux Blanket

An aunt of mine gave us a velux blanket for a wedding gift 17 yrs ago. I took
it out of a closet not too long ago and was wondering if moths were attracted
to it and were feeding upon it. It is hardly used and has never been in a
washing machine.

Definitely not space age material.

Date: Wed, 3 Sep 1997 18:44:44 -0400
Subject: Re: 1260

A Has anyone had bad/good
>>experiences with demo models or cautionary tales to tell?

        I've had the 1260 for over 10 years (and used it heavily) with nary
a complaint or a problem.  Can't imagine it being used hard enough as a demo
that you would notice a difference.  It's a real workhorse model and I can't
imagine ever trading it.

Subject: Re: Mock Quilting Stitch
Date: Wed, 3 Sep 1997 17:46:25 -0700

Gina you wrote:
>Also, I had better luck with a stronger thread than the monofilament.  My
samples >were made using Metrosene polyester in the bobbin.  >

If you didn't use monofilament on top what did you use?  
I have had the best luck using a rayon thread in the bobbin.  Looks really
on top and makes a larger stitch.   Also I use the stretch overlock stitch
instead of the feather stitch.Works for me.

Subject: Re: Rotary Sharpener
Date: Wed, 3 Sep 1997 18:08:44 -0400

If they came from Jo-Ann Fabrics are any affiliates, they can be
returned.......Faulty equipment!  If they don't work you certainly
shouldn't have to keep them!!!  Just take your sales slip and go right back
for a refund.  If you can't find your sales slip, they will refund most
recent sales price.

Darlene, a part time sales associate.
Subject: RE: Velux Blanket
Date: Wed, 3 Sep 1997 14:33:15 -0700

My major complaint about Velux blankets are, they simply don't "breath".
I used to wonder why I woke in the middle of the night dripping in 
And when I removed the blanket for the summer, I realized I wasn't drenched
anymore. So it sits in the closet for unexpected company and I went to a 100%
cotton blankets, sheets, quilt etc.

Date: Wed, 03 Sep 1997 22:27:20 -0800
Subject: Re: Quilting Stitch

Well, I've got to share my experience on the quilting stitch on the 
Virtuosa 160!

Just finished my first quilted pillow top using the quilting stitch 
and it finally came out right.  It took much trial and error on my new 
160 with the tension adjustment but I ended up using the 
1.  Monofilament on top
2.  Premium Sulky Bobbin Thread (lightweight polyester)
3.  Top tension set at 2
4.  Bobbin tension was about normal
It's beautiful and I am so proud of it.

Looking forward to quilting classes coming up soon at Quilt Works and 
The Quilt Tree (Anchorage's newest quilt store).

happy quilting to all of you and thanks for all the e-mail.
Date: Thu, 4 Sep 1997 01:17:53 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: show

Is anyone from the tri-state area going to the Fort Washington Quilt Show on
Sept 11-14?  Would be nice if we could meet there.  I am planning to go on
Sunday the 14 and perhaps on the 13 to check it out.  The admission covers
all four days.  Let me know if  anyone is going.

Date: Wed, 3 Sep 1997 21:36:58 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: re: 1020

Vicki, I just got a Bernina 1020 and LOVE it!  I paid more than what you've
been offered.  Grab it and run! Happy sewing, Karen.
Date: Wed, 3 Sep 1997 15:06:45 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: Trouble with New 160

Hi ladies!

May I say something on behalf of the new 160?  Admist all the complaints of
lemons, etc. I must say that I've had no problems whatsoever with my 160!
 I've enjoyed getting the stitches programmed and re-programmed so I can try
out different ones.  Everything else works fine too!  Although it has yet to
prove itself to be the workhorse that my old 830 was, I feel confident with
my purchase.  To anyone out there who's looking at the new models and
contemplating buying one, here's a vote FOR the new 160.  With all the
problems being reported out there, I just had to speak up!  Maybe there's
just some 'bugs' that need to be worked out of the new models???

Subject: Re:
Date: Wed, 03 Sep 97 21:23:44 PDT

Yes ....I have ordered from Sewserg and have been very happy with
the service.  I have ordered embroidery cards from them, but all has
been ok and I would order again.  
Date: Wed, 3 Sep 1997 19:50:10 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Tying quilts by machine

If you like the hand tied look but want the strength and ease of machine
tying, try this:    

    Set your machine for a three step bar tack (three step zig-zag with the
feed dogs down), lay a piece of yard or cord under the foot running from
front to back (or vertically), stitch the three step zig-zag over the yarn
about 3-4 times then knot off with a straight stitch in place for 3-4
stitches.  If you have a memory machine you can put the sequence into memory
and move along even quicker.  Then tie the yarn in a knot and trim it off to
the desired length.   Voila!  Looks hand tied to me.

Date: Wed, 3 Sep 1997 22:20:05 -0400
Subject: Hourglass Pattern

Judy wrote

>How would one go about seeinga picture of one of the hourglass patterns
Sharon mentioned? They sound very pretty-->
Check with your dealer.  They may have seen it or bought it at Bernina U.
this past spring.  Mine did.  Hope you find it. 

Hi Rivka
Date: Wed, 03 Sep 1997 19:03:30 -0400
Subject: Knee Lift

I have owned a 1530 for about 4 years and since my machine has been in a
cabinet so that the sewing surface is flush, the knee lift drops down so
that I can't get the office chair I use to get as close to the machine as I
would like.  My DH put it in a vise and bent it for me and I'm now more
comfortable working for long periods of time at my machine.  I can't believe
I tolerated thia situation for so long, when it took about five minutes to
fix it.

Date: Wed, 03 Sep 1997 21:11:16 -0700
Subject: Re:

Audrey asked about SewSerg: I ordered a serger from them right about the time 
the UPS strike started. I found them very accommodating and personable and 
honest ... a great
combination! I *loved* their prices!

Date: Wed, 03 Sep 1997 20:30:21 -0700
Subject: Re: The Flower Stitcher

GeorgAnna ...
I lost track: Is the flower stitcher for the 1630? Sounds like a fun 
attachment. I just bought the circle attachment (is that what it is called?) 
and I am looking forward
to a couple days next week of just playing!

P.S. Got the software, too, so let's hear from all you software owners, ok?

Date: Thu, 4 Sep 1997 08:19:18 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: Mink Teddy Bears

For the lady who wanted info on someone to make up a mink teddy 
aunt in Michigan does this.  She has a furrier who keeps her supplied 
with scraps...large enough for her wonderful bears.  She can't make enough!

email me privately, and I'll get you her phone and snail addy.

Date: Thu, 04 Sep 1997 07:22:36 -0700
Subject: Re: Fitting

> I have been trying to hunt down books about fitting.  I really need a
> beginners guide.  People on this list have recommended such titles as Power
> Sewing and Fitting Finesse.  Unfortunately these books aren't exactly
> available at the local bookstore - I live near London.  I went to my Bernina
> dealer and all they had were the Singer books.  What is the consensus on
> their book entitled "Fitting"?  I have a few of their other books and have
> been fairly impressed.
How about ordering these books online?  Have you tried Amazon books
which boasts an inventory of 1 million books?  Also, Nancy's Notions
has a webpage but don't know if they ship overseas.

Subject: Re: Mock Quilting Stitch
Date: Thu, 4 Sep 1997 07:08:03 -0400 (EDT)    

Carol and the Group.

Hi I'm Charlotte  - not sure if I've delurked yet.
I belong to a bunch of mailing lists :-)

I just bought a 150, started using the quilting stitch and love it.  
I'm using mettler silk finish in the bobbin, YTL (?) as the monofilament top
and setting tension up to about 8.5 and I think it looks great.
One of my very crafty but non-quilting friends thought it was hand work 
when she looked at a pillow I made - couldn't see the back :-)

I took a machine quilting class recently and she told us that rayon
doesn't last as long as 100% cotton and that it can be deteriorated
by certain detergents, etc.
This really concerned me because I want my quilts to be around for awhile.

Any thoughts on this?

p.s. I really love my new Bernina and this group - I've learned so much 
Subject: RE: Speaking of G Street
Date: Thu, 4 Sep 1997 10:33:39 -0400

The great thing about the Rockville G Street is that there's all kinds of 
other places that you can visit that are in the same area.  The bad thing 
is that you pretty much have to drive to these places, as Rockville Pike is 
not a good street for pedestrians!  Actually you could walk, but it might 
be a bit of a hike for some of the places.

The Container Store is in a fairly large strip mall to the left of G Street 
(as in you turn left onto Rockville Pike from the G Street lot and go a 
mile or so, it's on the left side of the pike).  There's also a Tower 
Records there, a Boston Market, and lots of other interesting little shops 
and restaurants.  To the right of G Street is White Flint Mall, which holds 
a nice large Borders bookstore.

To the left (again) of G Street, but on the right side of the pike is a new 
Barnes and Noble, which might be actually open by now.  And also to the 
left of G Street (on the left side, and I think you reach it before the 
Container store strip mall) is a Pearl Arts & Crafts center, which is a 
great place to get discount crafting stuff - like digging in a great garage 
sale :-)  Also in the same strip mall as Pearl is a CompUSA, for the 
computer fan in your group, a TJ Maxx and a Bed Bath and Beyond.

As you can imagine, Rockville Pike is just one big road that is surrounded 
on both sides by miles and miles of strip malls.  There's even a great 
used/collectable record (yes, vinyl LPs) store called Yesterday & Today 
Records that's in a smaller strip mall farther up on the left of G Street - 
in the same place as an Entemanns's donuts (if they're still there).

Hope this helps!  I rarely make it past G Street myself, there's too much 
to do there already, but I know what it's like to have a non-sewer in the 
group (I used to be one of those myself).

Date: Fri, 05 Sep 1997 00:01:59 +1000
Subject: Melbourne Australia

I hope to see you all at the Melbourne Stitches and Craft Show.
I'II be working on the Bernina stand if you see this message make 
sure you give a cherio I'II be wearing my uniform a Teal green suit
either with pants or skirt.
See Ya there.
Kate from  Kates Sewing Centre.
Subject: Electronic Book of Condolences
Date: Thu, 4 Sep 1997 07:38:38 -0600

A book of condolences which will be sent to the Royal Family of England, is 
obtainable online.  Our Governor-General, the queen's head representative 
in Canada, has made this available.  I would like to extend an invitation 
to one and all who like to send a note to use this.  The address is

Date: Thu, 4 Sep 1997 09:17:34 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: Matching Patterns

Lots of options here....if you do buy a walking foot dive off the deep end
and buy the one Bernina this where I get to say trust me?....I
have seen a lot of the generic ones not work...another way to go is with a
dab of glue, just dab every so often to line up plaids and sew make sure the
glue is one that will wash out...or use a two-way stickey tape (also needs
to wash out) but the foot is the best bet...
Date: Thu, 4 Sep 1997 11:32:24 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Old Machibnes

In a message dated 97-09-03 02:54:58 EDT, you write:

>>Also, why  is it that so many people have a 1630 and something else?

We just grow attached to our old machines!
Date: Thu, 4 Sep 1997 11:11:46 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: Demo Models - Reply

Hello -

I would love to buy a 1260 QPE or 1260.  Where can I find one of these

Date: Thu, 4 Sep 1997 10:37:26 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: Speaking of G Street

Mary Ann,
     It is a short walk to the metro at White Flint Mall(a huge mall in
itself), from there she could travel anywhere in the D.C. area.  The mall
where G-street is is a very small outdoor type with Syms, an outlet store and
a few eateries, Subway, Silver Diner on other side of parking lot.  There is
an upscale restaurant also.  The metro is about 3 blocks up I think.
Date: Thu, 4 Sep 1997 10:03:51 -0400
Subject: Re: Fitting


I have always found Singer books very helpful.
Date: Thu, 4 Sep 1997 13:57:20 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re:  1630 Tension

The 1630 needs more tension adjustments, IMHO, than my 830 required.   The
only time I adjusted tension on my 830 was for buttonholes or applique.  My
1630 wants adjustments for the type of fabric I feed it; typically, I loosen
the upper tension a bit for lighter weight fabrics.  If I don't, the upper
thread doesn't lay on the fabric as nicely.  

What I would change about the 1630 is the footfeed pressure on the fabric.  I
get more scooching of the project layers with the 1630 than i did with the
830.  In addition, I like to free motion embroider on the 830 because the 830
doesn't have the automatic needle up/down feature.  (I want the machine to
stop as soon as I let up on the foot pedal, rather than cycling thru another
stitch.)  I've had problems in making my blue jeans with this feature due to
fabric bulk when I'm sewing on belt loops.

My favorite feature on the 1630 is the buttonhole.  My 830's buttonholes were
always different on the right bead from the left bead, and each buttonhole
had to be measured and stitched individually.  My 1630's buttonhole beads are
the same, and the 1630 "remembers" the size until you leave the buttonhole

My second favorite feature is the wider stitch width (with the foot eye).  I
rarely use the embroidery features, however.

I do NOT plan to buy the "new" embroiderly 1630 that's coming out this year.
 I'll buy a machine that only does embroidery & am looking at the Melco right
now.  I've decided to buy an embroidery machine, because I think the
combination machines don't "do" the jobs as well as separate, dedicated
machines would do.  If anyone's interested, the Melco website is  Go look at the machines on display on the web.  I'm very
impressed with their 10 head model!  

I plan to buy the Bernina version of the Euro-Pro system, but I've been told
it won't be released until next spring.

Subject: 1260QPE quilting stitch
Date: Thu, 4 Sep 1997 13:48:57 -0700

Recently I purchase a 1260QPE and would appreciate any advice on the best
way to utilize this machine's quilting capacities. I will be having my
lessons soon but my dealer told me that she is not a quilter so will not be
much help in this area. As well as the special quilters stitch I would like
to know if there are other methods on this machine that I should be aware
of as a quilter. All suggestions will  be welcomed.

Mary Liz  
Date: Thu, 4 Sep 1997 11:09:05 -0500
Subject: Flower Stitcher

To make a real cheap flower stitcher, simply tape a thumbtack upside down
onto your Bernina and insert fabric. Hold while stitching some decorative
stitch. Got this idea from Georgia Bonesteel in one of her workshops. We
were making 5" blocks that already had batting in them and made circles
about 3" in diameter. Good way to use all the stitches on your machine.
There is a small hole made in the center, but it brushed away when done. 
Date: Thu, 4 Sep 1997 11:32:28 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Vellux Blanket

In a message dated 97-09-03 02:54:58 EDT, Dot writes:

>>I have used Vellux blankets since they first came out, and I like them. 
 But I have had two of them disintergrate in the washing machine.  I
 think it may be because the soap used contained bleach--at least that is
 the best answer I can come up with >>

My blanket was rarely used &  washed; mostly just stored, so I don't think
that is the problem.  I think the material just doesn't hold up to time.
Gail R. 
Date: Thu, 4 Sep 1997 19:18:05 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re:

I have not ordered from them but have heard that they are good.  A man named
John there is supposed to be very helpful.  Karen
Date: Thu, 04 Sep 1997 17:23:15 -0400
Subject: Address -House of White Birches

Afew weeks ago there was quite abit of chatter re: House of White Birches.
If a web site address was given out at that time I neglected to take it.
Would someone share that with me  privately or otherwise please.

Many thanx,
Linda A 
Date: Thu, 4 Sep 1997 17:11:29 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: My "new" 830

Hi BFCers,

I have to unlurk for a few minutes and tell you my good news.  Yesterday I
went to Bernina Club and they had an 830 for sale.  I had planned to get one
they had a few months ago, but it was gone by the time I made my decision.
 They haven't had one in since, and don't get very many in trade.  I traded
in an Elna Carina for it and had to pay $300 in addition, but for me, it's
well worth it.  I had an 830 many years ago, which I gave to my
mother-in-law.  She still has it, but I have always missed it.  The reason I
got rid of it is because I couldn't stand the dealer (he's no longer in
business-it was in Sacramento, California.)  It's so true that you have to
shop for a dealer as well as a machine.  This machine is in beautiful
condition and purrs like a contented kitten.  Anyway, I'm on cloud nine;
still can't believe my good luck.  
My sewing machine collection now consists of  my 1630, which I absolutely
love, a Pfaff 1229, which is a wonderful machine, and now, my 830.  I also
have an Elna Pro5DC serger.  I already have the 830 set up and used it to put
a few quilt squares together last night.  DH was impressed with my new baby.
 He's totally supportive of my habit and brags to everyone about my sewing
and quilting.  What a guy!
I love this list and feel like part of a family.  
Thanks for listening.  Now, back to lurking.
Date: Thu, 04 Sep 1997 15:47:15 -0500
Subject: Re:

Bernina wrote:

> Has anyone ordered from  I am considering ordering an iron
> press and am hoping someone else can validate the company.
> Thanks,
> Audrey

Dear Audrey,
	I ordered a dazor lamp and some deco cards from them. The lamp came
right away and the cards were on back order, but they shipped them when
they recieved them. They were very friendly on the phone and helpful. I
would order from them again without hesitation, and they are alot
cheaper than buying locally from a dealer I wouldn't buy from anyway.
Date: Thu, 4 Sep 1997 16:44:31 -500
Subject: Te-Fal irons

Hi All,

Does anyone know where they sell Te-Fal irons.  I've looked all over 
and I can't find one anywhere.

Date: Thu, 04 Sep 1997 20:35:10 -0700
Subject: Houston Quilt Show

Dear Bernina Readers,									I am going to 
attend the Houston Quilt
Show and stay at the Hyatt Regency Oct 21 thru 25.  I am rooming with a
fellow quilt guild lady and we have space in our rooom on those dates if
anyone is interested.  The cost would be l65.00 for the five nights at
the Hyatt Regency.  That would be per person.
I am hoping to see the new Bernina 180, which is suppose to be a sew and
embroidery machine in one, I think.  Does anyone know about them.  I was
looking to purchase a used  Quilters Edition machine if I don't find
anything else.  If anyone has a good machine for sell, let me know.

Date: Thu, 4 Sep 1997 17:39:49 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: Velux Blanket

My experience is that mice are extremly attracted to velux.  If you live in
the country and have a never ending fight with the creatures - this will be a
problem.  Don't store them use them.  Out of sight - out of mind - and other
problems are created.

M in MO
Date: Thu, 4 Sep 1997 20:33:42 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: Quilting Stitch  

What size needle did you use?  I've heard suggestions from large to small
needle size.


Date: Thu, 04 Sep 1997 22:27:39 -0500
Subject: 1530 BerninaFor Sale

Bernina 1530 for sale - many extras. 
Date: Thu, 04 Sep 1997 22:38:04 -0400
Subject: The Flower Stitcher

Kay,  I purchased the flower stitcher from Nancy's Notions and used it on my
1530 with the low shank adaptor.  No problems so far.  Marie
Date: Thu, 4 Sep 1997 23:47:30 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Crafters Choice

        A friend is having a problem with her membership with Crafters Choice.
        Would anyone have a phone number for them preferably the Canadian
one but the US one would also do?
Date: Fri, 05 Sep 1997 01:55:39 +0100
Subject: 1630 for sale

Several people have replied to my post about a one year old 1630 for
sale. They were asking for a specific price and what attachments come
with the machine. I told them that if they are interested they should
give me their phone number and I would have the seller call them. The
reason I did this, is because I am not selling the machine, just
announcing it, as a FAVOR to the dealer. (The dealer does not take used
machines on consignment)

All I know is that the price is ABOUT $1500. The machine is about one
year old and not used much because the seller has a health problem that
precludes her from sewing. If I was buying a machine and could get a one
year old 1630 for $1500 I would be very happy and wouldn't care about
the accessories. If I had a spare $1500 I would buy it myself, but I
have no spare money as I already own a 1630.

The machine is for sale in the Chicago area. The owner would like to
sell it locally, shipping it doesn't seem like a good idea. (What if UPS
drops it? Who is out the money? The seller or the buyer?) She would like
to hand over the machine and get her money.

If you are interested, email me with your phone number and I will pass
it on to the Bernina dealer to give to the owner.

Someone accused me of behaving suspiciously by asking for her phone
number and said she doesn't give it out over the internet. Until I can
figure out how to shove a 1630 into a modem, I need your number if you
want to talk to the actual owner of the machine. I am toooooooo busy
this week to be the negotiator.

I have no evil motives in posting this info, just doing a favor for a
nice sewing machine dealer who is in turn helping a customer.
Date: Thu, 04 Sep 1997 20:54:34 -0700
Subject: Re: Flower Stitcher

Phyllis: I still can't picture how the flower gets created. Do you have to
the fabric with your hands or does the tack guide the fabric (in conjunction 
with the
feeddogs) into a circle? I suppose I just need to try it, but the thought of 
taping a tack to the bed of the 1630 and proceeding with confidence just 
freezes me. Thanks for
your help!
Kathleen where retirement is great!
Date: Fri, 5 Sep 1997 06:44:05 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Need help finding machine

Hi all,

Can anyone tell me who in the southestern part of NH or northeastern part of
Mass. may have a Bernina 1260 or used comprable machines for sale? I tried
that search at the Bernina site and that was usless.

I have a 2 month old 160 that I stupidly traded my 1090QE for (instead of
getting the 1260QPE) and absolutely hate it. I don't want the 1530 and
especially the signature at the full price. The only other thing my dealer
can do is get a 6 mo floor model of the 1530 for $2399 ( from another dealer
in Vermont).    I think that's  a bit high for a semi-used machine.  My
original dealer no longer has any of the "older" machines in stock and is
waiting for the new 170s and 180s, she also has no trade-in machines to sell.

Oh - don't bother telling me about Nevrett (?sp) Sew N Vac in Nashua. It's
hard to take seriously anyone who has 1 Bernina in a tiny corner of a filthy
store and who's primary interest is mostly vacuum cleaners.

Please reply privately so as not to clutter this list.  TIA

Date: Fri, 5 Sep 1997 04:08:31 -0500
Subject: Full Spectrum Fluorescents

I was under the impression that you couldn't use these tubes in just ANY
fixture.  I thought that they manufacture a special fixture for them.
Anyone know?
Date: Fri, 05 Sep 1997 08:10:44 -0500


I have ordered many things from sewserg (All Brand Sewing) and have been
very pleased with the prices, the items, and the help with questions
when I call.  I live far from sewing stores and it is great to be able
to call them with questions.  (BTW, I love my EuroPress w/suction table
I got from them.  :-))))  )

Happy Shopping,
Date: Fri, 5 Sep 1997 11:22:23 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: Fitting

I have the "The Perfect Fit" book  by Singer and just reviewed it again in
preparation for a tailoring project.  This is a book primarily about
alterations that you have already determined need to be done.  You would also
need some basic knowledge on pattern alteration techniques as it does not go
into great depth but does have good pictures to help you visualize the few

You might want to take a look at "Fitting Solutions" by Threads.  You can
order this over the internet at Wal-Mart for a great price.

Fitting is essential to make all our work worthwhile.

Good luck.   Sue  
Date: Fri, 5 Sep 1997 11:04:36 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: Fitting

In a message dated 97-09-05 06:22:53 EDT, you write:

>> I have been trying to hunt down books about fitting.  I really need a
 beginners guide.  People on this list have recommended such titles as Power
 Sewing and Fitting Finesse.  Unfortunately these books aren't exactly
 available at the local bookstore - I live near London.  I went to my Bernina
 dealer and all they had were the Singer books.  What is the consensus on
 their book entitled "Fitting"?  I have a few of their other books and have
 been fairly impressed.
I have the Singer books "The Perfect Fit" and "Sewing Pants That Fit".  The
pants book was reccommended in a pants fitting demonstration I attended
several years ago and with it I have been able to make the best fitting pants
I have ever had and it is not easy to fit this pear shaped, long waist but
short crotch length body of mine.  I think you will find the book helpful.
 The books I have use the slash and spread (or overlap) method of fitting.

Date: Fri, 5 Sep 1997 10:02:44 CST
Subject: Re:

Hi everyone, hope you are all well.  It is very cool out again this
morning in
our part of the nation.

Anyway,  I have been reading the replies to the "" question
I have a question.  Whay is ""?  Do they sell exclusively
sergers or
do they carry other machines and sewing supplies?  Where can the be
found on the web?

Thanks for the info

Have a good day.

Date: Fri, 5 Sep 1997 10:02:44 CST
Subject: Re:

Hi everyone, hope you are all well.  It is very cool out again this
morning in
our part of the nation.

Anyway,  I have been reading the replies to the "" question
I have a question.  Whay is ""?  Do they sell exclusively
sergers or
do they carry other machines and sewing supplies?  Where can the be
found on the web?

Thanks for the info

Have a good day.

Subject: Re: mock quilting stitch
Date: Fri, 5 Sep 1997 09:02:18 -0700

> took a machine quilting class recently and she told us that rayon
>doesn't last as long as 100% cotton and that it can be deteriorated
>by certain detergents, etc.
>This really concerned me because I want my quilts to be around for awhile.

>Any thoughts on this?


That's probably true but I only use it on vests and wallquilts that aren't
subjected to as much washing.  I have embroidered a lot on blouses with rayon
thread and they do get laundered a lot.  I have never had any trouble with
them, but certainly don't expect them to last as long as a quilt either.  

Date: Fri, 5 Sep 1997 12:42:42 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re:  1260QPE quilting stitch

You might consider buying the even feed presser foot for the machine.  It
will help you machine quilt through the 3 layers.  I also recommend the
quilting machine needles which are tapered.

I like the patchwork 1/4 inch foot, the open toe darning foot (for free
motion stitching) and the open toe embroidery foot (to see where you are

Just keep reading these postings, you will learn a lot!

Happy stitches.
Date: Fri, 5 Sep 1997 12:19:17 -0400
Subject: time out!

Hi all!

 My darling Nina and I had a very tearful separation on Wednesday when I
had to leave her to have her first annual check up. This is a very busy
time of year for the shop mech and I was sad indeed when he told me how
long to expect to be without my good machine (the other five at home just
do not measure up!). Tell me, how long does your shop normally have your
machines when they are having just a regular, annual cleaning and check
up - no problems reported? I am just curious to compare. We had already
talked about charges for this service several weeks ago. But no one
mentioned the length of time out then.

Have a great weekend!
Date: Fri, 5 Sep 1997 11:30:25 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: Bernina Digest 9/1/97

I too would like to know what the quillow looks like and would like a
complete set of instructions.  My have missed this on a previous post.
 Please respond privately so I can make sure I get it. 

Date: Fri, 5 Sep 1997 18:59:47 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: Wanted: 930

I know of a dealer who had a 830 and wanted $500.00.  I suggest you call all
the Bernina dealers in your area.
Date: Fri, 05 Sep 1997 14:24:59 -0500
Subject: re: speaking of G-Street

Mary Ann,
   it's been awhile since I've been to G-Street in MD, but there used to
be a wonderful little French restaurant/bakery next door named La
Madelaine. My husband consoles himself there while I break the bank at
G-Street :). The store is in a strip mall ... there are a few other
stores, but the only one I remember is a huge Toys 'R Us. There are
quite a few other places to shop and lots of places to eat in that area
of Rockville Pike, though ... maybe your friend can bop around in the
car some while you're shopping. My husband just drops me off and comes
back hours later to haul my booty away. Don't miss their discount
tables; the last time I was there I got tons of nice cotton anc cotton
blend shirting material for $1.97/yd ... I have a friend who's found
irish linen there for the same price. 

Date: Fri, 5 Sep 1997 17:40:03 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: Matching Plaids

Elaine inquired into using a walking foot for matching fabric repeats.   I
don't use a walking foot, because I find them annoying.   I think the
matching process starts when you  buy a MATCHED plaid fabric, lay out your
fabric, and grab your scissors.  Here's my .02:  (1)  Decide where you want
the primary plaid placed on your garmet.  (Hint, hint, not on MY bustline,
thank you very much; likewise not on the hips.)  (2)  You want to cut one
layer of fabric at a time to prevent the fabric from scootching around as you
cut two layers.  Cut a front.  (3)  Lay the cut front right sides together on
the fabric to match the plaid and cut out the second front.  (4) Before you
cut the back out, lay the cut-out front beside it--check to be sure the
pattern matches at the seamline.  (4) Cut one sleeve at a time--my match
points are from the underarm seam to where you start easing the sleeve.  The
plaid should march all around the body--back to sleeve to both fronts the
sleeve.  If you're also cutting a skirt or pants out of the plaid, the plaid
should match going down the body.  

And, I've been known to scootch the fabric to match the plaid while I'm
sewing; much better to scootch 1/16" than have an unmatched plaid!

One reason I like Burda and AvanteGarde patterns is that there's no seam
allowances; you have to use your Olfa extension to add seam allowances.  But,
as you lay out the pattern, you can actually see where the match will be.  Be
aware that AvanteGarde patterns are designed for flat chested women!  (Or at
least flatter chested than me.)

(1 day of vacation + children in school = work in sewing room here)
Date: Fri, 05 Sep 1997 15:56:11 -0500 (CDT)
Subject: Not Sewing: COOKIES!!

  We found this great website today.
 (no affiliation - just a cookie-lover!)


Subject: Re:
Date: Fri, 5 Sep 1997 20:40:28 +0000

>Has anyone ordered from  I am considering ordering an iron
>press and am hoping someone else can validate the company.

If you order by phone, make a note of the name of the person you speak with.
If you call with a question about your order, they will ask you the name of
the person who took the order.  This seems to be how they track the orders.

I have ordered a foot from them and would use their service again.
Date: Fri, 05 Sep 1997 21:13:47 +0100
Subject: Fitting books, etc

Hello to Sara and any other Brits on this list. I have today received
the new catalogue from  International Sewing Notions who are based in
Scotland and who carry lots of goodies imported from the States, most of
which come from Nancy's Notions and which I have not seen anywhere else
here.  They also carry the Fitting Finesse books and videos, and the
Sandra Betzina books often mentioned in this list.  The tel. no. for ISN
is 0141 889 7945.

If you live near enough to London to spend a day shopping, there is a
specialist shop called R D Franks in Market Place, which is just behind
Oxford Circus, which sells tailoring and pattern cutting supplies and
which has a huge range of really interesting books and magazines.  They
do have a mailing list I think but I don't know the phone no offhand -
directory enquiries would have it I'm sure.

Can't comment on the Singer books, I've never seen any but hope the
above is of some use.

Subject: Laminating Clear Vinyl
Date: Fri, 5 Sep 1997 14:00:55 -0600

I hate to sound like an advertiser for Hancock's (I work there part-time,
so I know their stock, but I'm sure other places have similar items--and
they're definitely not going to give me a raise for answering on the "B"
Fan board--) but they always have a table of vinyl remnants--usually a lot
of it is heavier upholstery or marine-type stuff, but there is usually some
of the lighter-weight raincoat type vinyl (if you're not real picky about
colors).  It seems like on sale it's usually around $2.88 a yard and 54-60"

There's also a particular clear vinyl for laminating available, but it is
EXPENSIVE and only 22" wide.

Subject: Burda Patterns
Date: Fri, 5 Sep 1997 13:48:13 -0600

Hancock's (Fabric Warehouse, Minnesota Fabrics) is carrying children's
Burda patterns, with the seam allowance added into the patterns already. 
Hopefully they'll begin to carry the adult ones as well.

Subject: Burda Patterns
Date: Fri, 5 Sep 1997 13:48:13 -0600

Hancock's (Fabric Warehouse, Minnesota Fabrics) is carrying children's
Burda patterns, with the seam allowance added into the patterns already. 
Hopefully they'll begin to carry the adult ones as well.

Subject: Matching Patterns, Liquid Pins
Date: Fri, 5 Sep 1997 13:10:39 -0600

I get to promote my all-time favorite notion--it's called "Liquid Pins" and
it's made by Sullivan in Australia.  (But I buy it at Hancock's.)  It comes
in a drop-at-a-time bottle.  It dries clear, but it washes out of
EVERYTHING in water.  You can speed the dry time by using an iron on it or
not.  And it never gums up your needle.  It's great for matching plaids and
stripes, and I use it all the time on things I'm going to serge just so I
don't serge over any pins.  

There were a couple of years when I couldn't find it, and I was in such
desperate straits that when I REALLY needed it, I would put a few drops of
water in the bottle and shake it up until I had enough for my project.  So
I've been really glad to be able to get it again for the last year or so.

Date: Fri, 5 Sep 1997 22:05:46 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: 1020

just curious... What did you pay for the 1020??? They are a great machineyou
can e-mail me     Thanks
Date: Fri, 5 Sep 1997 22:05:00 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: feet for sale


I have changed machines and I have to Bernina feet to sell.They are fairly
new  about 6 months.  I paid $24.95 for each .  I have the #37--1/4" quilters
foot and the #20--open toe embroidery foot.  I will sell them for $15.00
each.  If you are interested please e-mail me .   Have a
wonderful day...Happy quilting!
Date: Fri, 5 Sep 1997 16:50:26 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: Bernina Digest 9/3/97

To Mary Ann Longman
I just returned from my first (and it won't be the last) trip to G Street in
Rockville, Md. with several friends.  Yes, it is in a mall but I do not know
what else is in the mall as I spent my entire time in G Street.  There is a
cute sort of cafeteria/bakery next door that is nice for lunch.  Then we
discovered a great Greek restaurant for dinner  - I think the name was
something like Artemis or Athenia - or some such Greek goddess.  Directions:
as you exit from G Street continue to the left down the Pike (I think it is
Germantown) about 1/2 mile and the Greek restaurant is on the left across
from the hotel and has a blue awning.  There are lots of other restaurants
around the area if these 2 don't strike your fancy.  I was not too impressed
with the G Street quilting fabric department - but the rest of the store is
worth the trip - lots to see and much to lust after!!  Margo 
Date: Fri, 5 Sep 1997 18:30:54 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Fitting Book

RE:  Fitting books . . . The textbook that I recommend to my stuents for my
fitting classes which I teach at my local community college is Fitting and
Pattern Alteration:  A Multi-Method Approach, by Liechty, Pottbert, and
Rasband (New York:  Fairchild Publications, 1986.  This text can be ordered
by any bookstore and contains comprehensive information; however, like every
text, it is not complete in every respect--but it will get you closer!
Date: Sat, 6 Sep 1997 08:28:56 +0000
Subject: Re: Matching Patterns

   I've been matching plaids for years and I don't have a walking 
foot.  In fact I don't use any special foot at all.  It isn't really 
that hard.  The biggest key to it is to match the plaids before you 
cut the fabric out.  Matching plaids is really a whole lot easier 
than matching seams, points, etc in quilt piecing and I do those 
without a walking foot too.  Pin with the plaids matching and you 
will just be fine.

Date: Sat, 6 Sep 1997 08:10:17 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re:  Knee Lift

So glad you shared this idea with everybody.  Mine did the same for me and it
works like a champ.  In fact I had forgotten that my kneelift was different.
 It seems like it has always been like that!  

Our "we can solve or fix any problem" DH's can be wonderful to do exactly
that... fix or solve those little problems.

Date: Sat, 06 Sep 1997 19:32:04 +1000
Subject: Illinois

Im thinking of moving to Southern Illinois. Carbondale in Jackson
County.  Does any one know if there are any Fabric stores. Sewing
groups, classes and most important a Bernina dealer.  Its an hour from
Paducaha and about an hour from St Louis.
Date: Fri, 5 Sep 1997 21:37:57 -0400
Subject: Re: Hourglass Pattern

Thanks.  I'll ask my dealer.  I didn't know it was a Bernina pattern.  I
was in the store today and did not see any of the "Side by Side"
patterns.  I wonder who else might carry them?
Date: Sat,  6 Sep 97 12:21:29    
Subject: Making dog toys

	I know that several people on this list make toys for their dogs.
I am planning on trying some.  First of all, where do you get the squeakies?
The only place I have seen them is Clotilde at $.80 a piece.  I seem to 
recall seeing them for $.50 somplace, but I don't remember where.
	Also, I have found some fake fleece type stuff that is intended 
for teddy bear use, but it looks close to the Chewman style material.  It
is 100% polyester.  I was also considering using up some polar fleece 
scraps.  Has anyone tried this?
	Also, what shapes do you generally make?  
	Any tips I don't know enough to ask for?

Subject: Re: Crafter's Choice
Date: Sat, 6 Sep 1997 10:21:52 -0600

>         A friend is having a problem with her membership with Crafters
>         Would anyone have a phone number for them preferably the Canadian
> one but the US one would also do?

I live in US... 1-800-998-1979 or  1-800-348-7128  The hours when a
representative is available are 8AM to 10PM, Eastern Standard time,
Weekdays; 10AM to 6PM Saturdays. FAX number 717-691-1111
Date: Sat, 6 Sep 1997 09:43:29 -0400 (EDT)

I am not familiar with Sewserg and I would like to obtain a catalog.  Would
someone please send me an address or phone number?  I am interested in a
sourece for Embroidery cards at a more reasonable price than my dealer's
retail price.  Thanks
Date: Sat, 6 Sep 1997 09:37:52 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: Flower Stitcher

So...ladies...about the flower stitcher:

1.  You don't place a tack anywhere on your machine
2.  The foot makes the petals of the flower ... on its own
3.  The circle attachment has a tack...but it points UP.  The attachment 
attaches to your machine by sliding into the feed dog opening.  The arm 
of the attachment is off to the left, pointy tack up.  You place the 
center of the fabric circle onto the tack.  As you stitch, the feed dogs 
move the fabric around its anchor...the tack.

You just have to see them work to understand.  I finally had to take each 
attachment to my Bernina dealer and have him show me!

Date: Sat, 6 Sep 97 19:56:14 UT
Subject: RE: Full Spectrum Fluorescents


The regular "Full Spectrum Fluorescent" lights you can buy can be used in any 
fixture.  Those have been available for many years now.  They are like regular

fluorescents but they balance the gas mixture a bit differently so that the 
light produced is balanced like daylight, instead of like regular fluorescents

or incandescent lights.

I don't know about the "Ott" lights.  They may be something different from the

regular "full spectrum" lights.

Date: Sat, 6 Sep 1997 12:03:47 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: Collars sweats

Hi - I saw a set of collars and cuffs, that had buttonholes and the buttons
were on the inside of sweat shirts.

        Is there a pattern for this?? I didn't have a chance to talk to the
lady that had a stack of them.

                                Hugs, Andrea N
Date: Sat, 6 Sep 1997 12:45:28 -0500
Subject: Re: Flower Stitcher

You hold your left finger on the point of the thumbtack so the fabric
doesn't slide off, and gently push the fabric. It will make a circle and
you will sew around until you come back to the beginning.  Put the
thumbtack to the left of the presser foot. Masking tape works good.
Actually, I am not sure this will work without batting or perhaps
stitch-and-tear or some such interfacing. It works better on bigger
circles, over 1 inch in diameter. Georgia Bonesteel has a baby quilt in
her latest book which was quilted using this method.(I don't have the
book.) Now that I think of it, some of us used a machine embroidery hoop
to keep the fabric taut. Don't remember if this was esential or not. A
regular hoop might work, as long as the fabric is laying against the feed
dogs, but you would have to remove the presser feet to get a regular hoop
on. If this is not clear, ask again!
Date: Sat, 06 Sep 1997 17:59:01 -0500
Subject: Re: Fitting

Bernina wrote:

> I have been trying to hunt down books about fitting.  I really need a
> beginners guide.  People on this list have recommended such titles as Power
> Sewing and Fitting Finesse.  Unfortunately these books aren't exactly
> available at the local bookstore - I live near London.  I went to my Bernina
> dealer and all they had were the Singer books.  What is the consensus on
> their book entitled "Fitting"?  I have a few of their other books and have
> been fairly impressed.
> Sara


While browsing, I found this site which is, I believe, an on-line
bookstore located in the UK.  

Go to

I have not retried this URL, so you may have to shorten it leaving off
everything after UK.

This site had several books on fitting listed and appeared to have most
of the books available to us here in the US.  I hope this helps!

Date: Sat, 6 Sep 1997 16:52:25 -0500

i recently purchased the circular attachment and am looking forward
to using it.  i am still working on the crazy quilt for my kids that
married in feb.  i plan to make some yo-yo's with this attachment. i'll use
 the print fabric i used to make the blocks.  sew the circles on the
fabric leaving long tails and a little space between the circles and
then cut out and "pull".  neat!!!!

i have an order ready for nancy's and clothilda and would like to check
the prices with "software productions".  could someone send me right away
the info on their web page?  thanks in advance!

jerry sue  -where she is a little tired after getting
             up at 2:30 for di's funeral service.  such a loss!
Date: Sat,  6 Sep 1997 16:34:00, -0500
Subject: Full Spectrum Fluorescents

  We purchases a ceiling mounted flourescent fixture and the full 
spectrum blubs to go in it and they are doing an absolutely great job.
  We couldn't believe the difference they make in my sewing-office 
room.  The cleck told us they could be used in any fixture.  We 
purchased them at Home Depot

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