Bernina Fan Club Archives

August 97

Sunday, August 3 - Saturday, August 9

Date: Sat, 2 Aug 1997 23:15:16 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Avoiding Thread Nests

I've read several postings about problems with this.  I have a new 150 and
was having some problems with this also.  I have discovered something that
seems to work well on my machine and may work on others.

I sew patchwork and have several sewing starts per quilt block.  What has
worked well for me is taking these steps after I have finished each seam:
1) lift the presser foot (with knee lifter)  
2) pull the fabric out about 5-6 inches  
3) lower my dog feet    
4) use the thread cutter to cut my threads.  

My thread ends are now tucked into my thread cutter.  As I slip my next two
pieces of fabric under the presser foot, the threads stay tucked in.  As I
start to sew, the threads seem to have enough tension on them to keep them
from becoming tangled on the underside of the fabric or in the bobbin case as
I start to sew.  After a few stitches the threads just slide out of the
thread cutter and I continue sewing my seam.

As long as I do this each time so my threads are tucked in the thread cutter
at the start of each seam, I've had fewer problems with thread nests.

Hope this idea helps!
Date: Sat, 2 Aug 1997 22:33:07 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: 1090S

I've been lurking for quite some time, but must add my $.02 regarding the
1090S since reading Ileen's wonderful upgrade fever story. I upgraded to
the 1090S about a year and a half ago from the 1001 because I wanted the
needle down and long stitch features. Decided I didn't want the alphabets
and other features of the higher priced machines enough to pay the extra
$$. Last night I just finished my 3rd guide class (the one for
computerized models)  and still am in no hurry to upgrade, even after
seeing the other machines in action. I love my 1090S and find it hard to
believe that they are discontinued. I use my Bernina mainly for quilting
and repairing clothing. 

Date: Sat, 2 Aug 1997 22:23:20 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: 801 Sport model??

Oh yes, there are lots of us out here with those little machines!  They are
great, surprisingly heavy, and have a great stitch.  The only new add-on
purchased is the table.

Date: Sat, 02 Aug 1997 16:15:18 -0400
Subject: 1260 Machine

I am interested in buying a used 1260 or 1260 QE.  If anyone has
information in this regard, please email me privately.  Thanks.

Date: Sat, 2 Aug 1997 15:14:32 -0400
Subject: Thoughts on Machine Quilting

Pam   wrote:

"Kim--There seem to be two different schools of thought on machine quilting.
 One is to replicate hand-quilting stitches, in which you want the bobbin
thread to show on top so that it looks like a tiny hand stitch. [...] The
other school does not want the bobbin thread to show on top, and uses just a regular straight stitch with the tension, etc. adjusted so that only the clear nylon is on top."

Okay, folks, who's keeping count? _Two_ schools of thought? I beg to differ
:-). Having been fortunate enough to have taken two workshops with Harriet
Hargrave, I'll back up Pam's comments that Harriet does favor the nylon-on-top option. But it is just one option among many and I'd like to 'argue' that there are as many options in machine quilting as there are minds to think them up -- and most of them don't even allow for a pause to consider the resemblance to hand or 'invisible' quilting stitches. In fact, there are a number of machine artists whose work is extraordinarily effective because of their use of highly prominent and obvious machine quilting. ( Think Caryl Fallert, Melody Johnson, Jane Sassaman... ) Many of these quilters choose large size threads in rayon, polyester and cottons to emphasize their quilting lines. Metallics and other more exotic options are all over today's quilts, too. Hiding the stitches is often _not_ a desirable option.

For a variety of reasons including many complications with the state of my
hands and wrists, I began quilting by machine without ever really doing much hand quilting. I envy those who quilt by hand when they speak of the serenity and pleasure it brings them. When I step away from my machine, my neck, back and shoulder muscles are screaming at me and the only serenity I experience is getting out my rice bag and feeling it go to work! I've tried to teach a number of friends to machine quilt. Some of them are still at it but prefer to hand quilt when time allows. More of them have been astounded and astonished -- their words -- by the complexities of basic 'quality' machine quilting and completely done in by the physical stresses. (And yes, I do make use of every advantage known to us to both prevent and ease those stress points.) The smallest percentage within my friends-who've-tried-it group is the women who have continued with their efforts and accepted that there is nothing "second best" about well done machine work. If I hear one more comment along the lines of "'s only machine quilted...", I might be tempted to self-publish an article/handout that could help educate those ignorant people. If they have minds that are open, it might even be worth it ;-) . Don't get me wrong, please -- I'm not trying to balance on a soapbox as fellow quilters pelt me with their discards; not that I've ever heard of a quilter having discards... My comments are IMHO only, but I would like to see us open up as much as possible to the options and treasures that surround us in this wide world of quiltmaking.

Date: Sat, 2 Aug 1997 14:06:22 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: 1130

Also take a look at the thread you are using. Certain threads are too heavy
to  give you a nice bead on the buttonhole. And check the condition of your
Date: Sat, 2 Aug 1997 14:05:02 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: Bernina Signature Edition

A 1530 by any other name is still a 1530. It is the same machine as before,
but the pricing should be much more attractive (at least $1000 off list)
since it is being offered as a closeout.  Those interested should leap at the
chance as the supplies are dwindling--as of 8/1 Bernina figured they had 3
weeks stock left.
Subject: Used 930
Date: Sat, 2 Aug 1997 12:38:30 -0400

Is $500 good price for used 930 Bernina?  Never owned Bernina
but need advice.
Date: Sun, 3 Aug 1997 06:42:24 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: Used 930

I would go for it...of course, you can always try to get them down....I paid
$750 for mine two yrs. ago...they were asking $ 795 and would not go a dime
lower.  But my DH got it for me.

Date: Sun, 3 Aug 1997 07:06:05 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: Mrytle Beach Quilt Shops

"Sew Many Common Threads"
2290 HWY 544
Conway, SC

I havent been there but just looked this up.....conway is very close to
myrtle bch.....i also heard the have a neat store at broadway at the beach
that sells quilts....if you go there you may want tocheck it out.....hope
this helps......let us know if you go to the shop at conway and give a
report....thanks pam
Date: Sun, 03 Aug 1997 08:50:11 -0400
Subject: Re: Keepsake Quilting

Keepsake Quilting is in Centre Harbor, NH. -Rt.25B
P.O. Box1618
Centre Harbor, NH. 03226-1618


Wonderful place and really great people to work with.  There is alarge
porch across the front of the shop with chairs for "patient" waiting spouses!.
Date: Sun, 3 Aug 1997 00:12:26 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: Sewing Swimsuits

Hi Kay, 

I recently made my 4 yo daughter a swimsuit (my first attempt at one of
these).  I didn't expect it to turn out, figured the fabric would be
difficult to work with, etc.  Was I pleasantly surprised!  I used Kwik Sew
2422.  The directions were very clear and easy to follow.  I cut out and
completed the suit in one night (okay, I was up 'til 3 a.m., but if I'd had
trouble with it I would have gone to bed much earlier).  I have a 1260, and
used the #9 (overlock) stitch for the seams, #3 (3-step zig-zag) to apply
elastic, along with #2 (regular zigzag).  I couldn't find any swimsuit lining
for the crotch, so I self lined with a piece of the swimsuit fabric (as
suggested by someone in this group -- a sincere thank you -- you know who you
are).  As soon as I find some fabric I like I will definitely make another
one.  Good luck!

Date: Sun, 03 Aug 1997 06:16:24 -0700
Subject: Re: Used 930

Bernina wrote:

> I just found a used 930 Bernina which seems to be in great
> condition and my local dealer is asking $500 for it after being
> serviced.  Is this a good deal?

You have better jump on it before someone else gets it.  You bet
it's a great deal.  I sold mine 7 years ago for $600 but find out
later that I could have got about $800 for it.  I wish I still had
it as a companion to my 1230 or to hand down to my daughter now 7
who wants to learn to sew.  

Date: Sun, 3 Aug 1997 10:28:18 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Quilt Box in KY

Just want to thank those of you that replied to my fabric and interesting
sewing shop request along Hwy 75 from Tampa to Cincinnati, Ohio.

We visited the Quilt Box, about 30 miles south of Cincinnati, in Dry Ridge,
KY. We, being my husband, daughter, myself, and Spot (our Dalmatian). The
owner was very gracious and gave my daughter corn feed to give to the geese
on her property. The Quilt Box is set back, off of a dirt driveway, has a
lovely setting with pond, gardens, and old home. The quilt shop was worth
seeing. It was a charge going in there saying I heard about them from the
internet...since the Quilt Box setting felt like stepping back in time.

Thanks again!
Date: Sun, 3 Aug 97 13:37:21 UT
Subject: quilt stiff

Yep, you got it right...the more you quilt, the stiffer it is. The more thread

you put into an area, the more resistance to change [i.e. flexibility, 
softness] it has. In other words, the thread acts as a stabilizer, preventing 
shifting of the quilt sandwich, but each time you stitch on it you compress 
the batting and therefore remove some of the softness. I also learned this the

hard way!

The very softest quilts are tied by hand, or stitched in place by machine in 
strategic places throughout the quilt.
Date: Sun, 03 Aug 1997 08:54:41 -0500
Subject: Re: Working with Ties

Bernina wrote:

> I enjoy this forum!  Thanks for all of the good information.  Hope someone
> can help me.  I want to make a pieced vest for my DIL using her father's
> ties.  The ties are lovely, many are silk and most are gorgeous colors.
> Anyway, I did a project with ties some time ago and had trouble with the
> tie fabric (bias)  stretching as I worked with it.  I am wondering if I can
> use a light bondable - iron-on tricot perhaps- to prevent the stretching
> yet keep extra bulk to a minimum.  Has any one had a similar problem?  Any
> advice you can give is most appreciated.  Believe it or not, this is my
> first Christams project.  Becky  

Use a tricot iron-on being careful to "press" not "iron" when applying 
and cut fusible on straight of grain.  Good luck - Brenda
Date: Sun, 03 Aug 1997 08:53:29 -0500
Subject: Re: Jacket Lining

Bernina wrote:

> I am about to make my first jacket; the outside will be patchwork, and,
> depending on what is used as the lining, is reversible. As I wear mostly
> cotton blouses and shirts, I would like to line it with a fabric that will
> not grab the blouses but I have not yet sewn with slippery fabric. I do not
> like the polyester-type fabric but prefer something that breathes. any
> recommendations?

Try silk for lining your jacket - it is fairly easy to work with - just 
pin in lots of places and maybe use your walking foot.  Brenda
Date: Sun, 3 Aug 1997 06:38:52 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: Retirement Keepsake

A quilt with photos related to the years of "service to the company?" quilted
into a wall hanging would be nice.  Just a thought.  Good luck.

Date: Sun, 03 Aug 1997 08:18:57 -0700
Subject: Freezer Paper

I am primarily a "lurker" who  has learned a lot from this wonderful
group, but I am not sure if the freezer paper everyone uses is the stuff
bought in rolls along with plastic wrap and wax paper in thesection of
the grocery store that sells sandwhich baggies, etc. or is it something
different?  If so, is there a source to buy it?  Is it like vellum paper
to copy patterns onto?

I had the tension problem with my 1090QE a few weeks ago.  Turned out I
needed a new bobbin spring and internal upper tension adjustment.  My
dealer was great even though it took about an hour to fix while trying
to diagnose.  We didn't realize it needed upper tension adjustment until
she put in a brand new bobbin & there were still threads showing
through.  Other than that, I love my 1090QE.  Now I can get back to
learning to quilt.     Jean B.
Date: Sun, 3 Aug 1997 11:07:04 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: 1530 for sale

I have a 1530 bernina for sale. Extras included!  e-mail for price & details.

Date: Sun, 03 Aug 1997 10:32:32 -0700
Subject: Re: Source for Tenting

Bernina wrote:

> hi all,
> I was wondering if anyone knew of a source for heavy duty canvas and/or 
> nylon that one would use for tenting.  I am looking to make a succah for
> fall and am trying to fabric for the sides that I could put grommets into
> and bottom (to connect to the frame).

Hi Rivka,
Look in the classifieds of Sew News--ads for Rainshed and others have
what you are looking for. Happy hunting. :)
Date: Sun, 3 Aug 1997 10:32:05 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: Freemotion Quilting Question

In a message dated 97-08-03 04:23:57 EDT, you write:

>>Sorry-I missed the original question on freemotion quilting-however -if
 have lowered the feed dogs to do your freemotion quilting you have released
 the tension control both top and bottom. >>

Before anyone thinks they are doing it wrong after reading the above message,
I will
clarify:  Lowering the feed dogs by the knob on the side of your machine in
no way effects your tension, top or bottom.  If you press on the presser foot
lifter while sewing it releases the top tension as well as lowers the feed
dogs, only as long as the lever is pressed to the right.  (Would cause a
thread nest under fabric, because there is no top tension.) Free-motion
quilting is done with the feed dogs in
the down position (by use of the knob on the right side) and the presser foot
must be in the down position, whether you are using a presser foot or not.

Date: Sun, 3 Aug 1997 06:47:20 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: Working with Ties

My friend did some work with ties for her FIL....a lap quilt using his old
ties.  She had the same problem about the streching of some of them.  She
used used downy strips of fabric softeners, press them onto the ties and did
the trick for her.  

Hope this helps.

Date: Sun, 3 Aug 1997 06:43:49 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: Jacket Lining

I'm not a pro at this or anything, but what if you went  for the cotton and
spray starched it?  Just a thought.

Date: Sun, 03 Aug 1997 11:54:26 -0400
Subject: Re: Used 930

Well, $500 sounds good to me, as I paid $800 for mine.  Of course it was in
perfect shape, and came with everything it originally came with:  knee lift
lever, accessories box with 10 feet, 5 bobbins, needlepack, oil,
screwdrivers, darning attachment, sewing guide, owners manual, electronic
foot pedal, and the big carrying case that actually packs up *everything*
including the machine itself.

Mine also has the needle up/down feature, which already I can't live
without!  Did you know that Claire Schaeffer sews with a Bernina 930?  She
said on the SewCouture list that she doesn't own a computerized machine.

So if it's in good shape and has everything that it should have that you
want, I would say definitely go for it :-)

Date: Sun, 03 Aug 1997 13:13:30 -0700
Subject: Re: Shops in NY

Bernina wrote:

> I'm traveling the week of Aug 20 to New York and am wondering if you know
> of any wonderful shops I can go to.  We will be landing in Newark (from
> Oregon), renting a car and driving to visit family in Wallkill, NY.  Are
> there any good quilting shops, easy to find on the way?  We'll be staying
> near Middletown, NY and may have an opportunity to go 'shopping' while
> we're there.  My husband is patient, but not too far out of the way please.
>  Thanks,   Annette    :-)

Hi Annette,

I live just acrossed the Hudson River--nearly spitting distance from
Wallkill. A lady cuts wood for me there and there are a couple of good
garden places. Out by Middletown tho I don't know of any independent
quilt shops. But there must be some. We still have JoAnn Fabrics and
So-fro in the area. The last few yrs. we've been losing indepent fabric
shops around here.

I know from friends who quilt; that mail order is getting big. There are
a couple of shops on this side of the river. In Fishkill Plains on Rt.
376 by the Van Wyck Jr. HS is the Quilt Basket. In Danbury is theQuilt
Shop (beautiful fabric)

West side of River up in New Paltz area is a cute little shop--A Quilt
in Thyme and right in Kingston is Style Fabrics. Dressmaking and
quilting. Nice place. From Beacon it's 40 min. up the Thruway. Wallkill
puts you a good 20 min. closer.

Hope someone else answers for you. Good luck and have fun. :)

Subject: collecting fabric, quilting seminars
Date: Sun, 3 Aug 1997 01:17:44 -0700

Thanks to all who responded to my question regarding pressure feet storage.
 Of course I had to run out to Walmart immediately and bought the last
'garage' they had on the shelf (there must be a lot of BFC members around
here buying them up...)

No one had any ideas about a large extension table for my 1530 though.  I
wonder if this is because they don't make them any more.  For someone out
there who still might know (Martha in the Ozarks perhaps), I am referring
to the 48" x 24" extension table pictured in Harriet Hargrave's 'Heirloom
Machine Quilting' book and where I might be able to buy one.

I am a new quilter and have started collecting fabric.  However, I am never
quite sure of the quantity that I should purchase of any particular fabric.
 1/4 yd (or FQs) always seem to be such a small amount.  Even a half yd can
seem small.  If I don't know what I will eventually use a fabric for, how
much is a safe amount?  I would like to hear your thoughts and experiences
on this.

Another question I have is whether anyone has any info on quilting seminars
or retreats in California, northern Ca in particular.  I have seen and
heard references to these but they always seem to be on the East coast.


Hing  , looking forward to my first machine quilting class
next week!
Date: Sun, 3 Aug 1997 01:49:08 -0600
Subject: Catching Up!

Hello Out There...
I am significantly delayed in reading my digests...a month, maybe two,
however, I have some thoughts to offer about being a working person with an
active family and finding time to sew.  

I work forty hours a week, plus, and travel from one to three weeks each
month.  I have a small portable sewing machine that I take with me, and I
generally cut out several outfits at a time having them ready for the
'road.'  I recently made a log cabin baby quilt top in a two night stay in a
motel.  And, for an upcoming trip I have four jogging suits ready to sew for
my 3 year old grandson.

One of my biggest sewing weaknesses is the idea that I am going to "whip"
some major project together in a night whether I am at home or traveling.  I
agree so much with what many of you have said about breaking a project down
into smaller manageable parts.  I have found that sometimes in my 'whipping'
I am not as careful as I needed to be, thus, I don't have the result I want,
and it is a downer.  There is a good feeling that comes with eating the
elephant one bite at a time.

I really enjoy your posts.

Date: Sat, 02 Aug 1997 21:47:34 -0500
Subject: Quilt Shops in Upper Michigan

The Fabric Patch in Ironwood MI is a very nice shop--lots of fabrics,
patterns, books, etc.  I think they sell Viking machines there.

Date: Sat, 02 Aug 1997 23:21:20 -0700
Subject: Re: Canvas Material Source Needed

I too use an 830.  Hancock Fabrics here in California
(Sacramento) carry quite a large selection of canvas.  Do you
have that franchise in your area?
Also, I have used my 830 for leather and for canvas, and use a
large needle heavy thread bobbin and needle both.  For leather
use a leather needle which is wedge shaped which is the only way
I can describe it, but it cuts the leather rather than punching a
hole into it.

I think Hancock has a website, but I do not know the address.
Happy tenting,
Subject: I did it!
Date: Sat, 02 Aug 1997 19:31:12 PDT

I just got home from purchasing a new 1630.  T also received a bonus 
pack that included 3 extra keys, 1 foot, a book and the 1630 library,.  
I also purchased several additional feet.  Am so excited that I don't 
know what to do next.  Thanks for all of you help and advice.  My dealer 
was extremely friendly and the salesperson who sold me mine also has had 
a 1630 for 4 years so she is very knowledgeable.  Will be taking the 
class soon to learn more.  Thanks again everyone!
Date: Sun, 3 Aug 1997 16:30:55 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: Secrets for Successful Sewing

Hi Ann,
    I received that same information on that book this past week.  My husband
found it for sale through one of the companies on the internet for about $12
cheaper.  I thought it looked very good. In fact, it seems to be the book I
have been waiting for someone to write for a long time to help customize your
creations.  I was going to share this information with our BFC friends but
you beat me to it. I look forward to getting it. Have a good week.   If you
want the name of that website let me know.
Date: Sun, 3 Aug 1997 15:13:27 -0500
Subject: Re: Sewing Swimsuits

Use wooly nylon for seams and reduce right-hand knob on serger to 2. I
use regular elastic, not clear elastic. Use a big wide zigzag in the
final stitching over elastic with 80 or 90 needle. I serge the elastic on
with the cutter blade up. Wooly nylon is hard to thread in the serger,
but important. Regular thread in the needle of the serger. Phyllis
Date: Sun, 03 Aug 1997 13:17:45 -0500
Subject: Will trade walking foot?

I had a 1630 and traded back to a 1530.  The 1530 suited my needs better
than the 1630.  Problem:  I have the 1630 walking foot and I would like to
trade with someone for the regular size walking foot that fits the 1130,
1230 or 1530.  Please email me privately if you have one to trade.

Date: Fri, 4 Jul 1980 13:46:39 -0600
Subject: Serging and Shrinkage

>I also have a question.  During a class at my dealer, the instructor said
>that serging the edges of fabric before washing it defeats the purpose of
>preshrinking since it prevents the shrinkage from occuring.  This sounded
>unbelievable to me so I'd thought I'd check with all the experts on this
>list.  What do you all have to say about this?  I'd hate to think that I have
>made things that will shrink after they've been sewn and that I've wasted
>time, and resources.  

I serge unwashed fabric and it still shrinks.  I'm curious what she really
meant.  This could be the answer to shrinkage if it works. :)  Maybe you can
get her to clarify what she meant and inform us.

Looking forward to more on this later.
Date: Sun, 3 Aug 1997 14:59:07 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: flannel quilt

Hi all,

Susan wrote:

> She
>wants to know whether she can make a flannel quilt, using flannel on both
>the top and backing or whether she should just use flannel on the backing.
>I told her I didn't know but would ask on the list.  She is not sure whether
>she will do hand or machine quilting

My sister and I made a flannel quilt for me to take to college.  It was 
made of squares from the scrapes of nightgowns that she had made for me 
and my 3 other sisters over the years.  We used the squares for the top 
in a semi random pattern (thanks to my 18 month old neice who "helped" 
us arrange them!) and then used a solid peice of flannel for the back.  
We put traditional batting in the middle.  We hand tied at regular 
intervals -- no hand quilting.  This quilt lasted me 15 years until one 
of the trips into the washing machine shredded it :-(
It was a warm, wonderful, memory filled quilt.


Date: Sun,  3 Aug 1997 13:44:36, -0500
Subject: Cleaning of Machines

  Unfortunately, I dealer seems to charge the most of 
anyones, which makes me think of taking my 1630 somewhere else for 
its "100,000 mile tune up".  The standard charge for my dealer here 
in CT is (YIKES!!) $84.95!!!

Date: Sun, 03 Aug 1997 12:22:36 -0500
Subject: Re: Retirement Keepsake

"Just found out my brother and his wife are going to retire this year.
Their kids want to throw a surprise party at the end of August.  I was
thinking of making either a wall quilt or miniature quilt to mark the
event.  Any ideas for quilt pattern to use or perhaps some eloquent
words to inscribe on a quilt?"

You can have photos (b&w or color) or any other flat item (diploma,
license, etc.) transferred to fabric by a place that uses a color laser
copier. They copy the photo to a transfer sheet, then use a heat press to
put it on your fabric. The original is not harmed. This process can also be
used to enlarge, reduce, and change colors.
People go ape over seeing their picture on a quilt.
Date: Sun, 3 Aug 1997 23:07:15 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: Bernina Help Key

As long as the original warranty card on the machine was sent in, you
shouldn't have problems with the manufacturers warranty, Bernina keeps
records of the serial numbers of machines that have been sold. Your local
dealer should be able to order a help key for you.
Date: Sun, 3 Aug 1997 16:35:07 +0100
Subject: Big Foot

Does any one have the address of the company that makes the Big Foot?  I
have a big foot and really like it but the small purple handle snapped off.
I dont know why and I would like to write them a letter.  I have a Bernina
adaptor to use with the Big Foot for my 1090.  Any help would be
appreciated. The quilt store where I purchased my Bernina went out of
business recently. Thanks

Mary K 
Date: Mon, 4 Aug 1997 00:08:36 -0700
Subject: 830 & 334 serger for sale...

ok I was at this outdoor quilt show, and happened to stop in at the
Elna/New Home dealer's, and ended up walking out with an Elna serger... but
also noticed that she had these used Berninas for sale.  -- Betsy.

Bernina 830 (knee lift system), $460.
Drawbacks: only has the standard foot (0), needs the knee-lift bar, and
only zigzags when you choose the utility stitches, so it will need to visit
a Bernina tech... She'll probably throw in the darning foot (9), hemstitch
foot (5), satin stitch (6) and overlock foot (2) if you ask; she has extras
from other trade-ins. (Sorry about the foot numbering; I think of them in
the somewhat current system.)

Bernette 334 serger, with Differential feed.
I forget how much it costs; I think about $300?

Lafayette Sewing Center
1048 Brown Avenue (across from Cotton Patch quilt shop)
Lafayette CA
open Tues-Saturday
Date: Mon, 4 Aug 1997 02:57:51 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: URL for Mary Lou Nall

Hi Everyone:

I have lost the URL for Mary Lou Nall web page. Can anyone help me out? TIA

Date: Mon, 4 Aug 1997 00:17:40 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: 1630 Bobbin Tension

My dealer explained that Coats and Clark thread is flat, not round and it can
cause uneven stitches as it flips back and forth in the tension disks as it
slides thru.  He also told me that Coats and Clark thread causes more lint in
the machine.  Have you tried better quality thread like Mettler?  Might make
a difference.  I'm not all that knowledgeable about thread, but there is a
good book called "Point Well Taken" that might give you a better
understanding of different threads available.

Subject: Rolled Hem on Flannel
Date: Sun, 3 Aug 1997 22:24:34 -0600

I canNOT get my 007D to roll the hem on a single layer of flannel for a
baby blanket  that DD wants to give as a gift on Tuesday.  I'm using knit
cro-sheen in the upper looper ("puddling" it because it doesn't unwind
well), wooly nylon in the lower looper, and Maxi-lock in the needle.  I've
tried every adjustment listed in the Advanced Guide, Chris James "Complete
Serger Handbook," and Palmer/Pletsch "Serger Ideas."  No matter how I
adjust it, it just won't roll!  HELP!  I'm getting frantic about having
this done.
Thanks a bunch!
Date: Mon, 4 Aug 1997 07:17:09 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: 1630 Bobbin Tension

Maureen you have a balance problem with your tension. You need to take the
machine to your dealer . The bobbin and top tension has to balanced .
Hope this will be of help. Kay  
Date: Mon, 4 Aug 1997 07:01:43 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: Jacket Lining

I line jackets with 100% cotton and you do have to choose a polish cotton  so
it will not grab the under garment. I use lots of Kona Bay fabrics, they they
have so many beautiful ones that can be worn as a jacket. If you can not find
this brand name fabric email me  
Date: Mon, 4 Aug 1997 06:03:55 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: Swimsuits


If you go to Babylock and look under projects you will find the directions
for making swimsuits.  You can reach this site at:

Date: Mon, 4 Aug 1997 08:42:11 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: 1630 bobbin tension


In a message dated 97-08-04 03:19:14 EDT, you write:

>> I was
 using Coats and Clark for the bobbin, and Coats and Clark for the top.
 Just sewing average weight cotton.  Has anyone else had this problem. >>

Don't, don't, don't use Coats & Clark thread in your 1630 (bobbin or upper
It will cause tension problems.  Use gutermann, mettler or madeira...I had
the same problem with my machine and had to stop using that thread.....

Date: Mon, 4 Aug 1997 08:41:50 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: Help with Workshop

In a message dated 97-08-03 21:57:09 EDT, you write:

>> I have belonged to a Quilters group called Nite Owls Quilters in so calif.
  and we have had similar projects and have used Printed tops or sometimes
 called Cheater quilts.  Although we all would like to have them in quilt
 patterns this will get you started and serve the purpose of having quantity
 to start off with then as time so on time will allow for patterns to be use
 and a flow of quilts made. >>

A member of our quilt guild made a neat "cheater" baby quilt using the
"pages" of one of those fabric preprinted books as the blocks.  In hers she
used the Noah's Ark preprinted book.  I am forever buying the books thinking
I'll make them, but my grandkids are apt to out grow the books before I get
them sewn.  This seems a cute way to make the books outlast the "toddler"
book-tearing stage and would be good charity project for mass-producing

Date: Mon, 4 Aug 1997 08:39:44 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: slipcovers


In a message dated 97-08-04 03:19:14 EDT, you write:

>> I've been following the slip cover thread with great interest.  I would
 love to make one for my couch.  But, I have a question that I've never seen
 answered in any of the library books or on this list.  Do I have to remove
 the old welting, (Or maybe it's called piping) around  the old cushions?  >>

My understanding of slipcovers it that they're temporary and meant to be
removable.  If your old fabric is in bad shape the best option would be to
reupholster.  The cost of the fabric will be the same if you do it in one of
those night classes. That's how I did my three.

The only welting that can be removed without opening the seam is the double
welting (it's glued on).  I have never seen triple welting on a cushion.  I
wouldn't recommend removing it.......Any more questions or clarifications,
please email me.

Date: Mon, 04 Aug 1997 08:11:58 -0400
Subject: Re: Canvas Material Source Needed

Not having any idea what part of the country you live in here is a
suggestions for tose of you where it might apply.  Sailmakers---have
remenant very often real bargains.
Also check out folks in yellow pages that make awnings.

Good luck with continued search. Hope this helps.
Linda A. 
Date: Mon, 4 Aug 1997 07:31:59 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: Bernina Help Key

Susie as an X-dealer guarantee are not transferable. Your local dealer can
order a help key. You will enjoy your 1630 but check to see if you can get
some lessons  there are so much to learn.
Hope this helps Kay  
Date: Mon, 4 Aug 1997 09:48:06 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: Nylon filament thread observation

In a message dated 97-08-01 01:38:09 EDT, you write:

>> After viewing the many quilts on display at the AQS Museum in Paducah I
 found it very interesting to observe that the nylon filament thread gave
 quilts an extra sparkle under the display lights >>

I have noticed this, too, but I don't like it personally.  I think it gives a
plastic-y look.  In fact, I am currently piecing a queen size quilt top in
the Lemoyne Star pattern using 30s reproduction fabrics, and want to machine
quilt it (so far I have done only machine quilting, and do not want this big
quilt to be my first hand project).  So far, I have only done ditch quilting
using the nylon thread, and have straight-line machine quilted a small quilt
using cotton on top and bottom.  I want to do some free-motion quilting on my
current project, and am afraid that the synthetic sparkle of the nylon will
detract from the old-fashioned look that I want.  On the other hand, the
nylon thread is good at hiding the uneven stitch length that I can't seem to
avoid when free-motion quilting.  This dilemma has caused me to dawdle at
finishing the top, since I can't see my way clear to the next step.  I think
I may just  go ahead and do an allover grid pattern with cotton and the
walking foot on my 1090s.  Just thinking out loud.

Date: Mon, 4 Aug 1997 09:26:20 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: Retirement Keepsdake

     How about doing some photo transfers on a wall hanging if you have
pictures you can use.
Date: Mon, 4 Aug 1997 08:33:15 -0500 (CDT)
Subject: Making bathing suits

Kay wondered about making bathing suits, so here are a few tips.  I have
been making bathing suits since I worked for Stretch and Sew in 1975!!
Lately, I have been making a lot of lycra skating dresses for my DDs and
their friends.  Same principles.

I like the Stretch and Sew patterns better than Kwik Sew, because the fit in
the seat is better.  I usually add 3/8" at the bottom curve on the back of
the suit when cutting out.  This gives a little better coverage, and you
aren't constantly pulling on the suit.

Use stretch needles in your machine and serger.

You can use a 3 thread or stretch seam on the serger.  Look in your
guidebook for directions for putting on the two thread adapter and the
threading setup of the stretch seam.  I use wooly nylon in the loopers.  It
is hard to get a good thread match in the wooly nylon, so I usually use
Metrosene polyester in the needle.

Buy the cotton covered swimwear elastic, not the packaged nylon stuff.  The
nylon will lose its stretch in the water.

When you sew the elastic on, serge it on, just as the directions tell you.
It will be flat in the front and gathered in the back.  For the
topstitching, I like to use a 4mm. double needle instead of the zigzag.  If
you zigzag, try the multi zigzag stitch instead.

You can e-mail me privately if you get stuck.

Date: Mon, 04 Aug 1997 08:38:11 -0400
Subject: Re: Sewing swimwear

Hi Kay,
	Find a Stretch and Sew or probably Kwik Sew pattern if it is for children,
at least two spools of wooly nylon thread and use that wonderful Bernina
serger to put the suit together.    Take accurate measurements to get the
correct size, use wooly nylon in the loopers and go for it.  The directions
in these pattern are good. I apply the elastic with the serger and
topstitch with the sewing machine using elastic thread in the bobbin. 
Works well.  Good luck.  Questions - you can e-mail me. 

Mary Alice  
Date: Mon, 4 Aug 1997 09:07:41 -0400
Subject: first Christmas gift done

Well, this weekend I got _one_ Christmas gift out of the way!

My SIL and her husband like Irish Coffee, so I got a really nice basket
(similar to the Longaberger Market basket) and made a fold-over liner out
of fabric with a coffee bean print. I used the ruffler that I got some time
ago and the binder attachment that I just splurged on last weekend. I set
the ruffler on "6" to make those Longaberger pleats and used the binder to
bind around the cutout that goes around the handles and to make the ties.
The liner came out so great!

Inside the basket I have those Bailey's Irish Cream coffee cups with the
faces and that say "Yum!" inside (ordered from one of the Bailey's ads, but
I think you can get them in the Signals catalog, too) and when it gets
closer to Christmas I will get a bottle of Bailey's and some gormet coffee
to complete the basket.

I love making gift baskets, but they ususally end up costing more than if
I'd gone out and bought something!

Subject: Re: quilting with walking foot

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

The only thing that occurs to me is to check how you've put the walking
foot on your machine. Did you make extra-specially sure that the little arm
on the foot is hooked over the screw that holds your needle in your
machine? If that isn't done, the walking foot can't do its job.

Hope this helps!

Subject: Getting dealers to work together (was RE: Cost of Machine Cleaning)
Date: Mon, 4 Aug 1997 10:36:33 -0400

Wouldn't this be great?  And a great selling point for Berninas, which some 
people (not me, mind you ) find to be somewhat more pricey than other 
"comparable" machine lines.  Imagine - to be told that no matter where you 
buy your Bernina, you could get dealer perks from any Bernina dealer, even 
if you hadn't bought your machine there originally.  People *do* tend to 
move around somewhat, and dealers also go out of business now and then, or 
even just lose their rights to sell Berninas.  The company should try to 
set up some sort of system to help out their customers in this way, and I 
really think it would help sell their product even more than it already 

just my $0.02....

Date: Mon, 4 Aug 1997 10:02:07 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: Headed for Philadelphia

Check out and the Lancaster info site under the World Wide
Quilting page.
Date: Mon, 4 Aug 1997 09:48:18 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: 1260 Computerized?

I have a 1090s that says "computer" on the front, and it certainly acts like
a computer with respect to programming in stitch patterns.


Subject: Re: Upgrade Fever

In a message dated 97-08-01 01:45:25 EDT, you write:

>> Here is the story of my failed attempt at upgrading my Bernina 1090S:

I can fully understand your story and your decision.  I too have a 1090s that
I bought in about 11/95.  At the time I fully expected to be back within six
months to trade up to the 1260 (which I did not want to shell out for at the
time) to take advantage of the full-price trade-in policy of my dealer.  I
got so attached to my machine that I let that opportunity pass without
regret, and have never had any serious urge to upgrade.  I have found that
the machine is more than adequate for what I need, and I don't even mind the
single buttonhole, which has worked great every time.  I have not yet come
close to taking advantage of  all the capabilities of this machine.  In fact,
now that the 1090s is "discontinued" I love it more than ever and am glad
that I bought it when I did.  None of the current and new line seem to fit
the precise niche that the 1090 fills--a moderately priced computerized
machine that has all the basics, a sufficient number of extra stitches and
convenience features (such as included knee lift, snap-on table, long stitch
and dual speed motor), and a full array of included feet (important for first
time Bernina owners like myself), without the many extras, such as loads of
fancy stitches and LED screens that, while they may be nice to have, are not
really necessary in order to sew anything that I could possibly dream up.  I
think those of us lucky enough to have held on to our 1090's are going to be
glad we did.  These machines are already classics.


Subject: Re: Old Feet

In a message dated 97-08-02 02:25:52 EDT, you write:

>> Bernina will probably continue to manufactur the old feet for the
 future, but whether your local dealer keeps them in stock is another
 question. As the newer machines take over the market, it will be more
 feasible for more space to be devoted to the newer feet for the newer
 machines, and you may have to special order the older feet after a while.
 __ >>
If this is true, then I think it would be shortsighted of Bernina dealers to
do this.  If the dealers don't continue to stock feet for the older machines,
then the owners of these older machines will stop coming into the shops as
much, and the dealers will lose the opportunity to sell these "old" customers
other merchandise, including new sewing machines.  Also, there are enough of
those older sewing machines out there to make it worthwhile for dealers to
provide feet for them.  Not to mention the loss of credibility Bernina will
suffer if Bernina owners are not able to readily get feet, parts, service,
etc.  Rather than trying to scare people into upgrading by telling them they
will soon not be able to get feet, I think a wiser policy for both Bernina
and its dealers would be to reassure its loyal customers that Bernina will
continue to stand behind ALL of its machines, new and old, and that parts,
feet, etc. will continue to be available.  

Actually, I have no fear of not being able to get all the feet and other
stuff I will ever need for my 1090s.  I know people have Berninas decades
older than mine who get them serviced and buy feet and parts for them at the
local dealer where I bought mine.  And I never even had trouble buying
bobbins, feet, etc. for my long-discontinued Singer.  I just think this talk
about fear of discontinued machines and unavailable feet is an attempt to
encourage upgrading, which I have no intention of doing.  I plan to keep my
1090s and one day pass it on to my grandchildren.  They might have trouble
getting feet and parts for it (though I doubt it), but I am not going to
worry about it.


Subject: Re: Quilting with Walkiung Foot

In a message dated 97-08-03 02:25:22 EDT, you write:

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

It sounds like you have reduced the top tension TOO much.  Try leaving the
top tension at the usual setting, or if that still pulls to the back too
much, unthread the bobbin finger.

Date: Mon, 04 Aug 1997 11:01:36 -0700
Subject: Bernina 160 problems

A friend of mine had to take her 160 back to the shop after the board
went bad on her.  The machine had to be sent back to Bernina for
servicing.  They gave her a loaner until hers is fixed.  She had
originally purchased a 1090 back in February.  She probably wishes
she had kept the 1090 instead of trading it on the 160 but she wanted
something that would do alphabet.  I certainly hope that Bernina 
works out all the bugs in these machines.  I think they will lose a 
lot of customers if these problems keep happening.  

Date: Mon, 4 Aug 1997 08:23:51 -0700
Subject: Re: darning t-shirt

Thanks to all for the help in darning my t-shirt--Gina, especially for her
clear, detailed instructions. Now, to get to work...

Date: Mon, 4 Aug 1997 11:38:34 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: Retirement Keepsake


	I did a 50th anniversary wall quilt for my in-laws a few years ago.  I got
their wedding photo and baby pictures of their children plus current photos
of all the families and had them transferred to fabric.  I took it to a
Kinko's copy place that does photo transfers for T-shirts and they came out
great.  It's a bit expensive but you can get several small photographs on one
T-shirt size transfer sheet.  This quilt was a big hit--no one had seen
anything like it at the time.  They are more popular now, but most
non-quilters will still find it unique.

Date: Mon, 4 Aug 1997 11:34:21 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re:  Re: Patterns from the Past

To Linda A:

	There is a Shaker Museum in Old Chatham, NY (near my home town).   Area 
code there is 518 -- you should be able to get a phone number from information.  I know that they have some of the old clothing on display.  They might be able
to help you locate patterns.  There is also a Shaker Village in Hancock (?),
Mass.  You may already be aware of these but thought I'd let you know just in

Subject: Sewing lingerie
Date: Mon, 04 Aug 97 17:09:59 GMT

I am about ready to attempt to sew a sheer nightie for myself, and my husband 
is anxious for me to get started .  However, having never worked with such
a sheer fabric before (nylon, I believe--I bought the fabric 6 months ago!), I 
thought I would ask if you have any hints.  I have the straight stitch plate 
for the machine, which I believe will help keep the fabric from being pulled 
in.  I also have a serger, which I have not used very much (I'm afraid of it! 
LOL!  But I have used it some.)  Should I serge the seams, or should I just
use a french seam, since the fabric is so sheer?  Any other useful comments would be appreciated.  Thanks!-Trisha
Date: Mon, 4 Aug 1997 09:59:26 -0800
Subject: Burda

Hi 'Nina's

My local fabric stores have discontinued carrying Burda. Could someone post
again the address for subscription to Burda patterns- I didn't need it
before so didn't mark it down.

Burda is the only pattern company I know that is European cut and style vs
American. I like the New Look and Style designs but I have assumed that
since Simplicity owns Style and New Look that the slopers used to draft the
patterns are the same as Simplicity --like Vogue and Butterrick for
example. I have some patterns and have noticed that the terminology is
different on the instruction sheets but don't know if the slopers are based
on European fitting or American fitting.

TIA, Susan  
Date: Mon, 4 Aug 1997 10:15:13 -0600 (MDT)
Subject: Re: Flannel quilts!

Hi Sue, I made several Flannel quilts and they all turned out great. I
used Flannel on the front and the back of the quilt and warm and natural
batting. I really enjoy working with flannel. One of the students in my
class made a baby-size quilt and used Polyester batting since she wants
to machine wash and dry the quilt. I turned out nice too, the flannel
sticks to the batting when you machine quilt.
Flannel works great for machine quilting and handquilting as well. I
handquilting I used a `utility` stitch which is larger and done with
pearl cotton or embroidery thread.
My last flannel quilt is a lapsize crazy-quilt out of sraps with machine
embroidery along the seams and my next one will be out of the new book
`Quilted for Christmas IV` with pieced hearts, trees and houses. 
Flannel needs to be preshrunk and I would recommend to finish (serge or 
use pinking shears or blade) the edges before washing since it frays quiet
a bit. Do not use fabric-softener. Some people use starch to keep the
fabrics from streching. I do not find it neccesary. My Bernina handles is
really well without. I just prewash the flannel with Orvus soap or
vinegar and dry it in the dryer.

Hope this helps, Heidi
Date: Mon, 4 Aug 1997 12:00:27 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: Cost of Machine Cleaning

What many consumers fail to recognize is that each dealer is a customer of
Bernina, Bernina does not own or manage or pay any of the expenses incurred
by a dealer. Thus it is unlikely that there will ever be a "universal"
service agreement with Bernina machines valid at all Bernina dealers. Some
dealers owners do the repairs themselves, and other dealers contract a
Bernina trained mechanic who they pay by the job, others hire a full time
mechanic to work on premises for a salary. With such a wide range of business
sizes, operations and types, it really does preclude such a universal
arrangement. Most good dealers will try to help machine customers to the best
of their ability, but understandably cannot afford to take a loss each time a
machine that was not purchased at their dealership comes through the door.
Part of the price you paid your original dealer included their expense for
the servicing of your machine for whatever the agreed upon period was.  I'm
sure the dealers would be
delighted if Bernina would pick up the disparity of cost for  such a
universal plan. But it is extremely unlikely.
Date: Mon, 4 Aug 1997 14:13:08 -0400
Subject: Vinylizing "stuff"?

Hi All:

This weekend, I actually got to *watch* sew perfect!  *cheers*.  They had
this "stuff" that looked like contact paper that you put on your fabric
sticky side down, and then ironed to "vinylize" your fabric.  Anyone know
what this stuff is called?  Where can I get some?  Is it expensive?  Can I
throw this junk in the washing machine?

Date: Mon, 04 Aug 1997 13:39:13 -0400
Subject: Re: I'm getting a new...

Lisa, I don't have an embroidery machine, but if I'd had one when my
children were younger,I'm sure i would have used it loads.  If you have
baby gifts to plan for, you can always start with bibs, &, of course,
the babies' X-mas outfits.  Virginija
Date: Mon, 4 Aug 1997 12:46:20 CST
Subject: zoodads

Hi everyone,  I have been enjoying all of the subjects lately. 
Especially the parking garage.
I thought you had a few threads loose. Walmart doesn't have a parking
garage.  Well, I read one of them and to my surprise it was what I had been looking for to store my feet for my bernie.  Boy, chalk it up to being blond?

Anyway, I was wondering if anyone had order from Zoodad and how fast you
received your material?  I order in June over the phone and still have not
received it!  Talked to her twice in the last two months. Each time she took my phone number and said she would call back - nothing.   Please let me know if you are satisfied/or not.

Date: Mon, 4 Aug 1997 16:03:51 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: Bernina Help Key

I may be a bit late, but I would be happy to sell you my help key. I'm not
really sure what would be a fair price, since they come with the machine. But
the other keys are selling for close to $100. Would $40 be OK?

Date: Mon, 4 Aug 1997 19:16:22 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Turbans

Hi -

Thanks to everyone who sent me information about making turbans.  I have 
made 5 for my sister.  I took about 20 turbans to the American Cancer 
Society Loan Closet today.  They were surprised and grateful to get them. 
 They said that they get some wigs, but hardly ever get turbans.  I guess 
I'll continue to make them.

If anyone needs or wants patterns for turbans, I have run off a 
collection of the ones sent to me.  There are 4 different patterns.  So 
far I have been using t-shirt knits and cotton double knits from my 
stash.  Later this week I'll visit my sister.  I'll take her to a fabric 
store to pick the patterns she likes.  Since 1 1/4 yards makes 6 turbans, 
I'll have more to make a share with others. 

One pattern from a pattern from the First Presbyterian Church in Midwest 
City OK is very attractive and is done on the sewing machine.  Even has 
some hints on which specialty feet to use. I cut another pattern from 
Amas de Casa Extention Club in Searcy AK with a rotary cutter and I have 
adapted it so the whole thing is done with a serger - really fast. This 
one can also be completed on a sewing machine.  However the serger sews 
and trims at the same time.I have the other two patterns ready to go on 
the next batch I complete.

Please contact me if you have need or want the patterns.  I'll need a 
snail mail address.

Date: Mon, 4 Aug 1997 12:12:06 -0800
Subject: flannel quilt

Hi Susan,

I started making crib quilts out of baby flannel 9 years ago. All of them
were strip pieced log cabin pattern. Many of the really nice baby prints
were in the flannels only and I liked the feel of flannel for a baby - so I
decided to use them in a quilt. It was so successful I ended up making many
more. Flannel is really nice to sew with for piecing and is a treat to hand
quilt. I have not done any with machine quilting though and can't say how
that would be. The handquilting on the quilts is basic. I used the furrows
and rows set of the log cabin (all the light and darks were in diagonal
rows) I quilted just inside of the seams of  each log cabin square for the
first few quilts and that turned out nice. Then I started just quilting
each of the dark strips in each square and used a long repeating simple
floral design that ran down each light diagonal row. The border was a
combination of all the left over strips sew together then cut into strips
of 2" squares. (the idea for the border and the floral quilting pattern is
from the PS I Love You-Book 1). I used 2" strips for the log cabin squares
and standard polyfill crib sized batting. The quilts are soft and
drape-able and wash/wear well. I also try only to use the heavier weight
better quality flannel-they have a softer feel and wear better.
Hope this helps.

Date: Mon, 4 Aug 1997 22:41:02 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Quilting shops in Pa.?

My friend just moved to Ronks,Pa. and I'm hoping to go visit soon. Does
anyone know of some nice quilting shops there? I love quilting and I love
reading Bernina Digest. Most of the time I just kind of lurk in the
background. You all seem like very helpful people. Just thought I'd add my
.02.  I'm also a fairly new owner of a 1090s. I love it. If anyone out there
has any advise on my new baby( Nina)  I would surely appreciate hearing about
it. The more info the better. Thanks, Linda 
Date: Mon, 4 Aug 1997 18:45:30 +0100
Subject: Big Foot

Does nay one use the Big Foot for free motion quilting? I have one and
really love it but the tip of the finger broke off when I was quilting and
I am not sure why.  Has any one had that problem with the foot?  Also have
you had to change the tension when doing free motion?  I am rather new at
quilting but found that I love to do free motion.  Any help would be great!

Date: Mon, 4 Aug 1997 18:41:24 +0100
Subject: Pamela's

Does any one know what happen to Pamela's quilt shop in Waukesha? I
purchased my Bernina 1090 from there and now I have been told that they
went out of business.

Date: Mon, 4 Aug 1997 17:52:25 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Kite fabric

Does anyone know where you can buy the fabric they make kites from?
I live in the Baltimore, Md. area.
I have seen such really neet kites, and think it would be fun to try to
applique one.
Thanks for the help.
Subject: Miscellaneous
Date: Mon,  4 Aug 97 17:59:24 EDT

To Nancy  :  regarding your interest in making a retirement 
quilt why not make a "Guest Book" quilt for everyone to sign with fabric pens.

I've done two of these, have a third one that I received when my name was
on a Quilt Escape weekend and they are great!  I have found they are a big hit
with non-quilters especially.  You can use most any block where you are able
include a white or natural muslin strip within the block for signatures. I
recommend stabilizing the "signing" area (on the back side, of course) with
pieces of wax-coated freezer paper.  Before pressing the paper onto the cloth
blocks you can draw heavy guide lines on the paper side (not the waxed side)
with a "Sharpie" type felt pen.  When you iron the waxed side onto the "wrong"
side of the quilt block the lines show right through the light colored fabric.

Yes, the freezer paper pulls right off after the block has been signed leaving
no residue at all.  Just be sure you only allow people to sign with a pen
intended for fabric such as the Pygma micron pens.  I have done a lot of
calligraphy work on the center blocks, on the borders, etc. where it fitted in
with theme of quilt.  You can also incorporate photos in the quilt itself or
have a great one of the occasion for using on the back with your label.  You 
take this as far as you want.  One of my guest book quilts was for a family
reunion, one for a wedding; both make great memories!  If you would like more
info on this, e-mail me or I'm sure you will find any number of these type
quilts in books and monthly issues of the popular quilt magazines.  Good luck!

A tip for those who spend all that time and Thread!!!! serging their fabric
before washing:  Last winter when I was in Florida I bought the Olfa rotary
cutter with the "scalloping" blade.  (It was an offer I couldn't refuse!!!)  I
had a bright idea of trimming all my new fabric with this blade prior to 
(in the machine, that is).  I want to tell you, it works takes
seconds to do a whole pile of more fraying, no more fabric all
wound up in knots of thread in the washer (even on gentle cycle) or in the
dryer.  The pieces come out of the dryer almost like there were selvages on
every side.  It is the best thing since sliced bread and has saved me an
enormous amount of time and frustration.  I don't see this scalloping blade 
often; I actually found mine in a Chicago Cutlery outlet store, but I know
are in the bigger sewing catalogs.  Try it!  You'll like it!    Dennie 

For the fan club member seeking out 1090 1090  (no S) will be 4
years old this September and I am still totally in love with it and have no 
desire to upgrade (if that is still possible!!).  I still own 2 Singers and a
Viking (all of which I have liked for certain things at CERTAIN times!) but
never have I had a machine as great as this Bernina, and I have put a lot of
mileage on it and expect to "drive" a lot more.  It has never let me down...I 
faithful about cleaning and oiling it (like any dear little baby) and it gets
"check-up" about every 2 years.  I am totally happy with it.  My girlfriend
bought a 1090S a little over a year ago; there are very little differences and
she loves hers as well, but doesn't put it to the "test" nearly as much as I 
I do a lot of "free-motion" machine quilting and she has yet to try.  I have
gone from working on satin, organdy, and velvet to repairing a heavy canvas
fireman's coat!  No problems, just use the correct needles, etc. for the
particular job and you should be OK.
Date: Mon, 4 Aug 1997 17:20:07 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: Headed for Philadelphia

Hi Ruth,

Well, hope you will have a good visit to this historical city of ours.  If
you would like any info on what to see or do in the area I will go to the
AAA and get some to mail to you.  This will be all current and updated info.
On the fabric and quilt shops:  the good ones are in Lancaster County which
is about 45 min. west of Phila. and the one I like is off of Rt. 309 on
Stump rd. in Montgomeryville, Pa. - also about 25 minutes from the city.
Are you flying in?  What kind of bike trip are you doing while here?  Just
curious.  If I can be of any help, please let me know.

Date: Mon, 4 Aug 1997 16:00:34 -0500 (CDT)
Subject: iron presses

Which of the iron presses have BFC members found the best?  I would be
using it predominately for pressing quilt blocks but of course, would use
it for clothing construction.

Size of press surface, steam function,and pressure are similar in each:
Choices are
the Omega press $380 (stand included)
Euro press 5500(which is supposed to add a vacuum board coming this a  vacuum board a desirable plus?)&399
Elna Press with sleeve board (is the sleeve board a "must"?)  and separate
handles to close unit and apply pressure  $499
Singer Magic steamPress $199 (doesn't look as if it has as many holes for
steam to escape)

I would surely appreciate your input.

Subject: Possible answers
Date: Tue, 5 Aug 97 01:10:28 -0400


I have a friend in my area who works with ties.  She teaches classes 
nationally and has written a book called MY DADDY'S TIES.  Her work is 
really beautiful and has been featured in the Fairfield Fashion show.  
Her name is Shirley Botsford and the book is readily available in most 
fabric, quilt stores and even Barnes and Noble.    


I live in the Hudson valley about one hour from Middletown.  We have a 
really great quilt store in Hopewell Juction,NY .  It is called the Quilt 
Basket and is locater on route 376.  If you need more info they have a 
listing on the internet on the quilting pages.  I would have to look up 
the address so if you want it please e-mail me.


Swimsuits- Best pattern companies are Stretch and Sew and Quick Sew.  The 
fit is great and the directions are woderful.  When you have master the 
basics a suit will take about 1 to 2 hours so the money saved is lots.  

Kathi dba Sew Unusual 
Date: Mon, 4 Aug 1997 22:16:24 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Double Cording

For those of you who can buy double cording (two rows attached),
then you can purchase double piping feet (generic).  Wrap your fabric around
this cording, sew down the center with the double weltfoot, and you have your
double piping done.  Many years ago I tried to make double piping with out
the double welt foot.  Very difficult!!  There war hardly any way to get down
the center...I think I did it free motion, but that is sometimes tricky to
sew straight.  The double welt food does come in sizes...ask your local
dealer...just remember it is a generic foot.
Date: Mon, 4 Aug 1997 23:34:25 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: Bernina Help Key

Bernina will not let you transfer the warranty from the original owner.  Any
dealer can order a new help key in they don't already have one in stock.
Date: Mon, 4 Aug 1997 21:05:12 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Retirement Keepsake

Nancy  ...I do not have any choice retirement phrases, but have
you thought about doing the photo transfer, if you have a good "old" photo.
 They make beautiful wall hangings, with quilting arount them.  One of my
favorite expressions is "Don't be afraid to go out on a limb, that's where
the fruit is."
Subject: Re:  Alaska
Date: Mon, 04 Aug 1997 17:56:01 PDT

I live in Anchorage and we have 3 quilting stores.  One of the them is 
new (it replaced one that just closed). The new one is the Quilt Tree 
and is at 5520 Lake Otis, they are just now building up their stock, but 
are very friendly.  The next one is Calicoes & Quilts at 11900 Industry 
Way in the Huffman Buisness Park and the last one is Quilt Works at 3030 
Denali.  Quilt Works has the large ladies store around the corner from 
it.  If you need more info about Anchorage, just email me.
Subject: re:  threading through the finger
Date: Tue, 05 Aug 97 05:18:27 PD

Hi Pam,    To thread through the finger you thread the bobbin as usual,
then in addition to that, you thread the finger from back to front.  Voila!
 Tighter bobbin tension!    Annette  
Date: Tue, 05 Aug 1997 09:06:04 -0700
Subject: Re: Canvas Material Source Needed

A recent article in Sew News listed sources for "outerwear fabric." I 
called some of them for a catalog - you may wish to do the same.  I don't 
know if they carry the canvas you need - if not you might ask them who 
carries sail-making cloth or "tent canvas."  

     Outdoor Wilderness Fabrics, 16415 N. Midland Blvd., Nampa           
         ID 83651, phone (208)466-1602, free catalog
     Seattle Fabrics, 8702 Aurora Ave. N., Seattle WA 98103, phone 
         (206)525-0670, catalog $3
     The Green Pepper, 1285 River Rd., Eugene OR 97404, phone 
         (514)689-3292, catalog $2 (but did not ask me for $ when I 
     The Rain Shed, 707 N.W. 11th St., Corvallis OR 97330, phone 
         (541)753-8900, catalog $1 (but did not ask me for $ when I 

Good Luck!
Date: Tue, 05 Aug 1997 08:35:54 -0500
Subject: Applique

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

Date: Tue, 5 Aug 1997 08:29:16 -0500
Subject: 801 Sport

Hi Selma & Marsha,

I have an 801 but it doesn't say "Sport" on it anywhere.  What would 
be the difference here?  Is this another one of those  QE, QPE, LE 
things?  I bought mine in 1984 and, like yours, still going strong 
also.  It really is a great machine.  Very quiet and sews 
beautifully.  I am sure that I will upgrade and hopefully soon but 
definitely will keep this one also.  Does anyone out there know the 
difference between the 801 and the 801 Sport?
Subject: Photo transfer help
Date: Tue, 5 Aug 1997 09:18:45 -0500

Can anyone tell me about the photo transfer process ...meaning the
transfer of a picture onto fabric.  Does it take long?  How expensive?
Can it be done at a Kinko's or Alphagraphics copy center or do I need to
contact a quilt store?
Nancy  ...running short on time
Date: Tue, 5 Aug 1997 10:14:04 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: Threading through the fingers

Hi Cheryl,

I have a 1260, too, and if our manuals are the same, you will find a photo on
page 36 (preparation for standard buttonhole).  This will show you exactly
how to thread the finger of the bobbin case.  

In case our manuals are not the same -- thread the bobbin as usual, and as
the very last step run the thread through the hole from inside to outside.
 It simply adds a bit of extra tension to the bobbin thread.

Date: Tue, 5 Aug 1997 10:00:24 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Sewing Tables

At the suggestion of Elaine I am forwarding this message that I sent her in
response to sewing tables.  
Just read the Bernie digest--am late trying to catch up.  I ran into same
problem about sewing tables.  I did not want to spend the $ for a reg table.
 I bought two 6' long formica tops that are used in kitchens and baths.  They
have about a 2' backsplash.  I set them up in an L-shape at the height that
fit me and have my serger and machine on one and a work table for the other.
 Of course you can put one on each, it's just that I do other things and
needed an extra work space.  The one w/machines runs along a wall and I have
3 thread racks and a peg board (has holes you put hooks into)over it.  I hang
all the tools I can so I can see them-esp scissors.  This was all inexpensive
and works great.  I have to be organized.  I too looked at the office stuff,
but the work space was not large enough and all to tall.  You can set the
formica on the strong closet baskets w/metal frames or use filing cabinets or
as I did extra low tables that I had and were not easy to use.  Everything is
in the white and is nice to work on.  I made up my own cutting table by using
the white particle board(covered w/largest cutting mat)and putting it on a
tall bureau and have storage for cloth.  The height is better for cutting and
over this I have a bulletin board to hang notes and pattern etc.  This also
subs for a handy ironing surface and I keep one of those table top ironing
boards close by.  A long dresser has another portion of the particle board on
top to make it look like a complete counter space and has all my ref. books
there plus storage in all the drawers.  I also have a tall paticle board type
bookcase which has plastic boxes filled w/trims etc.  All these things are
available at Home Depot or places like that.  Make your space fit you, but
make concise not large. Hope this helps.
PS My dh is not handy-Home Depot cut the boards in the lengths I wanted for
Bernina I am told sells the plastic inserts if you want to make the surface
Date: Tue, 5 Aug 1997 09:55:43 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: Threading through the fingers

In a message dated 97-08-04 21:46:18 EDT, you write:

      Thank you for responding to my question about the finger on the bobbin
 case. I have a 1260. I found the hole on the finger of the bobbin case that
 you were talking about. Now I am wondering - is putting the thread through
 the hole an additional step or do you thread it through the hole after it is
 threaded through the slot on the side of the bobbin case? Which way do you
 thread the hole as you are looking at the bobbin case? Do you thread from
 back or the front? Sorry to be so dense! 

You put the bobbin in the case in the normal  way, running the thread through
the little slot like always, and then you thread the little hole so that the
thread emerges from the side of the finger that will be on the outside when
you put the bobbin in the machine.  Do check your manual, my 1090s manual
illustrates this in a couple of places, including in the instructions for
making buttonholes.  Good luck.

Date: Mon, 04 Aug 1997 17:03:00 +1000
Subject: Rice/Bean bags

Re the posts on making the rice bags and GS not liking the smell of
rice:  here in Australia the bags are sold as Soothing Sacks and are
filled with wheat and herbs, lavender,mint, thyme pot pourri etc. when
heated in the microwave they smell refreshing.  The Soothing Sacks can
also be frozen and are great for reviving swollen ankles.  I put mine in
the bed and have my feet on it whilst reading at night.

The original idea was started by farmers who had a wheat crop they
couldn't sell and came up with this, it has certainly been a runaway
success here.

Date: Tue, 05 Aug 1997 18:22:48 -0500
Subject: Re: Cost of Machine Cleaning

My dealer also offers 5 years of free maintenance.  I just brought my Deco
500 (which had a screw so tight I could not remove it to do a proper
cleaning at home) and my 1530 (which had decided to stop letting the needle
down after being set to do the long basting stitch!)  My dealer does a
great job of cleaning, tuning etc.  Not bad for no-charge!
I hope we never move from this area.  Very little chance of job transfer
since Dh and I take the 15-minute-comute-to-the-basement to work everyday.
We've been working together for 5 years no and love it!  He had our
basement finished off (about 900 square feet) and even gave he a whole room
for my sewing toys.  
I consider myself very lucky!
Subject: RE: Used 930
Date: Tue, 5 Aug 1997 17:48:39 -0400

I paid $800 for mine.  But it came with all original accessories, and had the 
needle up/down feature as well.

Date: Tue, 05 Aug 97 12:10:09 EST
Subject: Keepsake Quilting
     to ACClark, who requested Keepsake Quilting info:
     Physical location:
        On the northwestern tip of Lake Winnipesaukee;
        Route 25B, Centre Harbor, NH
        At Senter's Marketplace (left at first traffic lights
                in town from west)
     Mailing address:
        POBox 1618
        Centre Harbor, NH  03226-1618
     Phone:  1-800-865-9458
     Fax:    1-603-253-8346
     You'll love it.  Allow LOTS of shopping time.
Date: Wed, 6 Aug 1997 06:53:17 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: Myrtle Beach Quilt Shop

Quilt Heaven is located in North Myrtle beach . I haven't been to this shop
but she has one in Wilmington, NC and has lots of quilting fabric.
Date: Tue, 5 Aug 1997 20:02:19 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Need help finding a book, please

To all of you on the BFC, 
I have extinguished all of my rescources here where I live, and am hoping
anyone could help me locate a book I am looking for!
I am looking for a quilting book called:
Thursday's Angel
by Lorraine Strangness and Pat Evans
I do not have the publisher, but it was copyrighted 1995 in Strathmore,
Alberta, Canada.
Sorry, to sound so desperate but I am!  My quilting group is doing an Angel
exchange and this is the book I need. (SOON) 
I will send you a fat quarter of your favorite fabric if you can come up with
this book!
You can email me 
Thank you in advance for your efforts!
Date: Wed, 6 Aug 1997 08:13:34 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: Avoiding Thread Nests "typo"

Oops I reread my posting from yesterday and realized I typed lower feed dogs
when I meant to say "lower presser foot" in step #3.  Sorry for the confusion
if I caused any!
Date: Wed, 6 Aug 1997 07:30:47 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: Freezer Paper

Freezer paper is in the section with the plastic wrap and baggies. It has a
wax coated side that you can iron onto fabric to make stencils, and
appliques. Vellum is thin and transparent and is used for drafting and ideal
for paperpiecing.  Jill
Date: Wed, 6 Aug 1997 07:25:10 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: Avoiding Thread Nests

I 'm glad that helped you, but then ;my needle comes unthreaded each time and
really makes me mad!
Subject: How do you like your 1530
Date: Wed, 06 Aug 1997 08:57:01 EDT

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

Thanks, Peggy
Subject: Re: Secrets for Successful Sewing
Date: Wed, 6 Aug 1997 08:08:22 +0100

RE: Secrets For Successful Sewing
Hello Ann,
Welcome to the list!  Yes, this book is excellent for new ways to create
your wonderful sewing projects with the latest infoemation & notions.
Date: Wed, 6 Aug 1997 10:37:50 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Berninas Work with Macs

I finally got tired of whining and did some research.  BERNINAS DO WORK WITH
MACS.  What you need to do is 1) have a PowerMac, 2) buy SoftWindows or the
newer software (can't remember the name -- it's $149 at MacConnection,
1-800-800-2222), 3) have a converter cord that will enable you to cable
between the Mac and the serial port on the Bernina 1630.  Both versions of
the Windows emulation software in fact emulate Windows 95, according to
So ... if we want to avail ourselves of Bernina's technology, we can use both
of our favorite machines!  Hooray.  No, I haven't done it yet ... I bought
System 8 instead (which is glorious).
Date: Wed, 6 Aug 1997 09:15:05 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: Quilt Box in KY

I have been to the Quilt Box in Ky also. It is a nice store and very nice
owners. It is back a long gravel drive and you hope you don't pass anyone on
the way. The owner is really happy to help you match colors also. Very good
Date: Wed, 6 Aug 1997 10:30:24 -0800
Subject: Bernina 910 Matic

I have located a Bernina 910 that I think I can have for $350. It looks
like the 930, but with fewer stitches and no knee lift. Anybody out there
have one? I'm wondering if it's a good machine, and how the price compares
with what it sold for new. It is the quietest machine I have ever (not)

Date: Wed, 06 Aug 1997 10:55:28 -0500
Subject: Trip to Wash.DC

I will be going to Tyson Corner, VA, about 20 minutes from DC.  Does anyone
know of any quilting stores in the area?  Thanks

Subject: Extension table
Date: Wed, 06 Aug 97 10:02:11 -0500


Nancy's Notions catalog has two sizes of the extension tables.  I use the
largest one  with my 1630 and do like it.  You do need to tell them which
machine you will use it on when you order.

Happy quilting
Date: Wed, 6 Aug 1997 11:01:15 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: Freezer Paper

In a message dated 97-08-06 01:22:26 EDT, you write:

>>I am primarily a "lurker" who  has learned a lot from this wonderful
 group, but I am not sure if the freezer paper everyone uses is the stuff
 bought in rolls along with plastic wrap and wax paper in thesection of
 the grocery store that sells sandwhich baggies, etc. or is it something
 different?  If so, is there a source to buy it?  Is it like vellum paper
 to copy patterns onto? >>

Yes, the freezer paper used for applique, etc is the kind sold in
supermarkets next to the aluminum foil and waxed paper.  I love it.  Even
though I am a new quilter, freezer paper has been a great help in doing not
only applique, but also when used as a sort of iron-on template to help
stabilize the fabric when cutting and machine piecing bias edges.

Date: Wed, 06 Aug 1997 20:41:20 -0500
Subject: Bonfit pattern

Hi, I'm new, just got on the Internet May of 97.  This is a really neat site. 

Was reading
some of the past stuff and the comments on Bonfit caught my eye.  I don't know

how to make
it fit the plus sizes.  The comments about pivot and sliding intrigue me.  
Could someone
e-mail with tips or instructions ......thanks.

Also my mother has the 1130 and has had trouble with the buttonhole.  Has 
Bernina thought
about a recall.  Has anyone done a survey on the perils of the 1130
Or is
Bernina keeping that a well kept secret.

I have the 1630, 2000 serger and the Deco with scanner.

Subject: Re: Flannel Quilt
Date: Wed, 6 Aug 97 17:46:48 PDT

>I also used a hint that I had read somewhere. I placed a $50.00 bill 
>under the label and when he calls home needing money (which I hear 
>will be often) I'll tell him to carefully remove the stitches on the 
>end of the label and SUPRISE.

>Happy Quilting, from Betsy  

What a sweet Mom you are, ;-).  How many washings do you think it will
get before the $$$ are needed?  Be sure and let us know, ;-}.

Date: Wed, 06 Aug 1997 17:30:41 -0400
Subject: Re: Freezer Paper

Go right to the wax paper , cling wrap section of your grocery store , pick
yourself up a package of  freezer paper......thats the stuff.  Gets ironed
ironed shiny side down on reverse of the fabric in "most" cases.

Date: Wed, 06 Aug 1997 14:46:07 -0500
Subject: Carpal tunnel, and 1530  Signature Edition

Hello- I would like to thank everyone for the responses you gave
regarding my queries abour carpal tunnel problems and sewing last month
( I've been away, up in Alaska and Yukon) and it was great to come home
and receive your responses. Thank you for the helpful information !

I am considering trading up to the 1530 Signature Edition. I would
appreciate comments re: this machine and information re: current prices.
I have a 1080 Special which I've had for eight months and it is a great
machine but I do hanker for the 1530.

Date: Thu, 7 Aug 1997 07:44:14 -0500
Subject: Looking for Pattern

Does anyone out there know where I can find, or would be willing to sell, a
pattern for cullottes when they had a box pleat in the front and the back,
similar to an A-line skirt?  Any size, I can alter.

Date: Thu, 07 Aug 1997 01:12:01 -0500
Subject: Re: Thoughts on Machine Quilting

I machine quilt and love it. Love hand quilting too but can't do it very
fast. have sore muscles with either method. Only the soreness is over in
much less time with machine quilting. Am glad to have choice. I make quilts
with drapery fabric and it is to difficult to quilt by hand and I could
never hand quilt in the style I do with my 1090s. The whole idea of quilting
is to have fun and enjoy what you do. Let's appreciate and learn from each
other. :)
Subject: Sew Couture Address
Date: Wed, 6 Aug 97 16:52:10 -0400


 A while ago I got and address to join a sewing couture line but my 
e-mail crashed and I lost the address.  Could someone repost the info or 
e-mail me directly. 

Thanks Kathi dba Sew Unusual 
Subject: Re:  Freezer Paper
Date: Wed, 06 Aug 97 05:11:21 PDT

Yes, Jean B., the freezer paper we use is the same one sold in the
supermarket with the saran wrap, etc.  It's great!      Annette B.
Subject: Re: Used 930
Date: Wed, 6 Aug 1997 08:05:30 +0100

RE: Used 930
YES!  $500.00 is a great price for this model.
Date: Thu, 7 Aug 1997 11:20:39 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Halloween

Okay, has anyone started to think about Halloween and what they and/or their
kids are going to be? My 9 year old wants to be a ghoul.  I'm going to be a
hershey kiss.
Date: Thu, 7 Aug 1997 10:28:40 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: Secrets of Successful Sewing


YES - what is the website we all love a better price!!

Date: Thu, 7 Aug 1997 10:03:11 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: request

	Recently on one of the lists I saw something from Deanna Spingola - great
watercolor quilter. I don't remember which list and now I would like to
contact her. Deanna, if you see this please e-mail me.  Thanks,  Pat
Subject: Take Note......from Bernina
Date: Thu, 7 Aug 97 06:39:24 -070

Finally for all it may concern.........TRUE ANSWERS from the Bernina Tech 
Dept! This should help all discussions on these matters. Also note their 
email address.


>Subject:     Re: Humming in 1630, problem?
>Sent:        8/6/97 9:33 AM
>Received:    8/6/97 10:00 AM
>To:          by way of Questions at Bernina , 
>>1. Is the humming coming from my 1630   
>>  Update anything to be concerned about?
>>2. What about the use of 1630 bobbins in
>>  the Deco 600?
>>I would not be concerned about the humming noise in your 1630.However this
>may be solved by changing one of the circuit boards.Your Bernina tech.would
>have to troubleshoot the machine.
>  Yes you can use the metal 1630 bobbins in your Deco 600.The automatic
>cutter may not work as well
>but it will not damage your machine. If thier working for feel free to use 

Date:	Wed, 06 Aug 1997 23:15:14 -0600
Subject: New Projects

I see Martie posted the instructions & poem for the Baby Bonnet & poem - 
but if you would like to see a picture go to Heirloom Bonnet:
Also check out "Wildcard" the other new project, it is for kids to sew 
for fun.  
Date: Thu, 07 Aug 1997 11:45:47 -0400
Subject: Iowa Quilt Shops

Dear Fellow Bernina Users,

My husband is currently working on a construction project in Ft. Dodge,
Iowa 5 days a week.  I will be visiting him in September and would love
to visit some quilting/fabric shops while I am there.  I will have
plenty of time while he works.

Any suggestions within a reasonable distance would be greatly
appreciated!  Thanks in advance!   Karen  
Date: Thu, 7 Aug 1997 11:47:57 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: Jacket Lining

I read your posting regarding Kona Bay fabrics and would appreciate you
E-mailing me a source for this.  I have heard of them, seen them, but do not
know where to buy them.  Is there a mail order source?  Thanks a  lot.

Date: Thu, 7 Aug 1997 12:21:54 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: I get my sewing room!!!!!!!

I have to share this with everyone. My husband is going to break up our large
family room downstairs into a sewing room and a smaller family room. I am so
excited!!! It's going to be perfect!!
Date: Wed, 06 Aug 1997 22:08:26 -0700
Subject: Re: Serging and Shrinkage

I think your instructor has been seriously misinformed, or
possibly is confused.
Subject: Help - No Classes
Date: Thu, 7 Aug 1997 13:52:32 -0600

This is a crazy question, but I need help. What do you do about a dealer
who won't follow through on the free classes following a purchase? I bought
my Bernina serger over TWO years ago and still haven't had a class! The
first one was offered on the weekend we were moving to a new home in the
area. I heard nothing after that until I inquired. Then I got a call
telling about a class on a Friday afternoon - no evening or weekend class.
Not only did I not find babysitting in time, we had to go out of town that
Friday and weekend. I've been in the store since to buy supplies and drool
over the newer sewing machines, and they showed me my name on a list of
folks that needed to take the serger class. But nothing. Could I reasonably
ask for $30 and buy a book or video or the Bernina Advanced Serger Workbook
(is there such an animal?)

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

Subject: tension trouble during free-hand quilting
Date: Thu, 7 Aug 1997 14:22:42 -0700

Hi, I just came back from my first machine quilting class and am excited
and frustrated at the same time.  I'm excited at all the possibilities with
machine quilting and what a joy the walking foot is to work with.  But I
got frustrated when I tried to use the #29 or #9 foot for free hand

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

I know there have been discussions re: tension before but I did not pay
attention until the problem became mine.  So, if you have an answer or idea
and wouldn't mind repeating yourselves, I could use the help.  Thanks.

Date: Thu, 7 Aug 1997 16:55:49 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: Help with Workshop

Lets give them (cheater quilts) a bit more class...years ago they were
refered to as "Simulated Patchwork"
May make us feel a little better about what we are doing....
Date: Thu, 7 Aug 1997 17:04:47 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: Nylon filament thread observation

In a message dated 97-08-07 16:26:39 EDT, you write:

>>afraid that the synthetic sparkle of the nylon will
 detract from the old-fashioned look that I want.  On the other hand, the
 nylon thread is good at hiding the uneven stitch >>

Have you tried the smoke colored nylon thread.  It can be used on fairly
light fabrics and doesn't have the "shine".  I also suspect some brands of
nylon thread are more shiny than others.  I've been using and like the YLI.

Another option is to not pre-shrink the fabrics.  When the quilt is washed,
the quilting stitches are obscured somewhat by the shrinkage.  You get an
old-fashioned puckery look.  naturally, pretest swatches of the fabric to be
sure the colors don't run.

If any of this sounds interesting, but you're uncertain, make a little sample
sandwich with your fabrics and batt and test.

Date: Tue, 8 Jul 1980 12:08:48 -0600
Subject: Re: Rolled Hem on Flannel

>I canNOT get my 007D to roll the hem on a single layer of flannel for a
>baby blanket  that DD wants to give as a gift on Tuesday.  I'm using knit
>cro-sheen in the upper looper ("puddling" it because it doesn't unwind
>well), wooly nylon in the lower looper, and Maxi-lock in the needle. 

My guess is that the wooly nylon is too stretchy to pull the roll on the
rolled hem.  I would try Maxi-lock in the lower looper.  

Date: Thu, 7 Aug 1997 21:43:54 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: Vinylizing "stuff"?

Hi Rachel,

First of all, where in Philly are you?  Secondly - JoAnne's or SoFro has the
iron -on vinyl.  I used it for my GD apron and it does up pretty well.  Sold
by the yard.  Hope this helps.

Date: Thu, 07 Aug 1997 20:38:54 -0500
Subject: literature

Help!!  I have a 1030 and just recently purchased a 1260.  I've been
reading about the Foot steps brochures, the Feet-ures brochures, the
Advanced Guide Book.  I am a quilter who would like to learn my machines
to their best---but which, if any, literature do I want???  What about
the Mary Lou Nall books: Foot Book 1 and 2, Just Needling, etc.  Anyone
have more info on what these books are like??  Thanks for your
Date: Thu, 7 Aug 1997 12:22:55 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Quillows

I am thinking of making some quillows out of polar fleece for gifts for my
neices and nephews this holiday season. Has anyone done this? What
measurements did you use. I have a serger, but I'm curious what other people
did to finish the edges. Thanks for the info!!
Subject: Re: Big Foot
Date: Thu, 7 Aug 1997 21:40:25 +0100

RE: Big Foot
I like the #29 foot from Bernina the best for freehand quilting.  I found
the Big Foot with it's plastic bottom curves just enough to distort your
quilting lines.  As far as tension goes, if anything, I usually slightly
loosen the upper tension.  But your problem may be that you are not moving
your work fast enough.  If you allow the machine to stitch in place rather
than moving it, it will look like your tension is off because the bobbin
thread will show on the top of your work.  Just my opinion.
Subject: Re: Vinylizing "stuff"?
Date: Thu, 7 Aug 1997 21:36:17 +0100

RE: Vinylizing
Hello Rachel,
You should be able to get this at most fabric and craft shops. It is called
fabric laminate.  We use it to make the satchel style bag.  We have not had
good results washing the fabrics after ironing on the laminate.  You can
wipe off your projects which is usually all you need to do.  Hope this
Date: Thu, 07 Aug 1997 22:19:33 -0500
Subject: Re: URL for Mary Lou Nall


Go to: (Heirlooms Forever WEB page)

and look under favorite places. They have a link to Mary Lou Nall's home
page. Check out
Heirlooms Forever web site while your there.

Date: Thu, 07 Aug 97 23:47:57
Subject: Re: Burda

>I have assumed that
>since Simplicity owns Style and New Look that the slopers used to draft
>the patterns are the same as Simplicity --like Vogue and Butterrick

Nope...Simplicity just markets Style and New look.  Simplicity is now
marketing Burda patterns in the US.  The slopers are NOT the same as

Subject: New back on old quilt?
Date: Thu, 07 Aug 97 21:09:05 PDT

My friend asked me something I've never considered.  She has an antique
quilt top that's been passed around her family. She would like me to help
her to finish it.  Her question is can she use new prewashed fabric to back
the old top?  What suggestions do you quilters have for finishing an
antique top?  Batting ideas?  Backing ideas?   

Annette B 
Date: Fri, 08 Aug 1997 00:03:47 -0500
Subject: 1530 Signature Edition

I'm trying to decide on purchasing the 1530. I have been quoted the
price of $2499 U.S. Is this a good price? I would appreciate any
feedback re: 1530 purchase. Thank you.
Irene in Winnipeg
Date: Fri, 08 Aug 1997 08:23:54 -0400
Subject: Re: Sewing Lingerie

Hi Trisha,

I have sewn lingerie before and what I use is my rolled hem feature on
my serger. It makes wonderful little seams for sheer fabrics.
Date: Fri, 08 Aug 1997 08:13:47 -0400
Subject: Re: Big Foot

Bernina wrote:

> Does nay one use the Big Foot for free motion quilting? I have one and
> really love it but the tip of the finger broke off when I was quilting
> and
> I am not sure why.  Has any one had that problem with the foot?  Also
> have
> you had to change the tension when doing free motion?  I am rather new
> at
> quilting but found that I love to do free motion.  Any help would be
> great!

 I had a Big Foot and mine broke also.  I now use the new clear plastic
free motion foot that Bernina makes and I like it MUCH better.

Date: Fri, 8 Aug 1997 08:04:46 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: Rolled Hem on Flannel

i've encountered the same problem when trying to roll anything heavier than
standard cotton.  I ended up using a narrow-stitch serged edge using a
decorative thread or the wooly nylon. The finished look is just as nice. I
think between the heavy fabric and the heavy threads you are using, you wil
never get a rolled hem.  Try either switching to plain serger thread or not
using the rolled hem.  Good Luck
Date:	Fri, 08 Aug 1997 00:46:18 -0600
Subject: Photo Quilt Blocks

For those of you interested in gifts with photos check out this "no sew" 
 product from Ami Simms, it looks wonderful! 

Date: Fri, 08 Aug 1997 08:49:33 -0500
Subject: Turbans

Dear Connie:

Your generosity will be greatly appreciated by those who are undergoing 
chemo treatments and loosing their hair.  The Am. Cancer Soc. Loan 
Closet near you is very lucky.  You are also most kind to want to share 
your patterns with anyone.  My suggestion is if anyone wants your 
patterns they should send you a SASE and at least pay for reproduction 
costs.  Keep up the good work - your crown will be full one day.  Brenda
Date: Fri, 8 Aug 1997 08:53:58 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: Pamela's

They did go out of business. I think they are still handling
repairs/maintenance on machines purchased from them. You could also take your
machine to Bigsbys.
Date: Fri, 8 Aug 1997 07:09:59 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: Continuous Line quilting patterns

         Just got my commercial quilting machine (it only came with 5) and
am looking for CONTINOUS line quilting patterns or designs (max size 9"
high)....if you have any or perhaps a book....I'd be willing to trade
fabric? charms- strips-other patterns ect. The machine is not like my Bernie
but it is sew fast I'm just really excited. Anyone that can help it would be
appreciated, thanks.
A friend in fabrics,
Patty :-)
PS: Please EMAIL me privately unless info would be beneficial to all.
Date: Fri, 08 Aug 1997 10:10:07 -0400
Subject: Re: Bernina 160 Problem

> A friend of mine had to take her 160 back to the shop after the board
> went bad on her.  The machine had to be sent back to Bernina for
> servicing.  They gave her a loaner until hers is fixed.>>

Have you heard of this happening to many 160's?  I just bought mine,
haven't had a chance to use it too much yet, but I'd be interested to
know if it's a recall situation.  Thanks!  (do you have one???)

Date: Fri, 8 Aug 1997 10:09:13 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: Burda

In a message dated 97-08-07 20:58:10 EDT, you write:

>> I like the New Look and Style designs but I have assumed that
 since Simplicity owns Style and New Look that the slopers used to draft the
 patterns are the same as Simplicity --like Vogue and Butterrick for
 example.  >>

I don't know the technical difference between the New Look, Style and
Simplicity patterns, but I think that they do fit differently, based on my
limited experience with them.  You might be able to tell if they would be
okay by comparing the relative measurements on the size charts to those of
the Burda patterns that you like--not just the measurements that are printed
on the patterns envelopes, but the more detailed measurement charts that I
believe they still have in the pattern catalogs.

Date: Fri, 8 Aug 1997 10:05:28 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: Burda

Burda web site is:

or you can e-mail them at:
Date: Fri, 08 Aug 1997 10:00:15 -0500
Subject: A Public Announcement from Bernina of America
Dear BFC members,

We have received quite a few inquiries regarding our breast cancer pins
recently.  We thought you might be interested in finding out more about it.

As you know, most of the people who sew are women. Breast cancer affects
one in every nine women in the USA. Most of us know someone who has had
breast cancer.  A mother, a sister, a cousin, a friend, a colleague. We at
Bernina have seen this reality touch us this year.

In February 1997, Gayle Hillert, Vice President for Marketing Support
Services at Bernina of America, Inc. was diagnosed with breast cancer.
While fighting cancer on her own, she decided that more could be done to
help others who are affected.  Gayle designed an enamel pin, to be sold as
a fund-raiser for cancer research and detection.  Bernina has joined in
this effort by offering the pin for sale, with proceeds going to the Susan
G. Komen Foundation, and by matching 2 to 1 all monies generated.

The design of the pin consists of a heart made of patchwork pieces,
enameled on a golden background, with a representative pink breast cancer
ribbon linked through the "i" of Bernina. It measures approximately 1.5"
wide x 1" tall. 

The pin is available from Bernina of America, Inc., at a cost of $6.25.
Address inquiries to:

Bernina Breast Cancer Pin
Bernina of America, Inc.
3500 Thayer Court
Aurora, IL 60504

Gayle is completing her round of treatments in a couple of weeks.  She is
as hard at work as ever.  We at Bernina are proud to join Gayle in her
efforts, for all the women who are affected by breast cancer. And
especially for you, Gayle.

Sylvain Bergeron for
The Internet Team
BERNINA of America
Subject: Ronk, PA
Date: Fri, 8 Aug 1997 09:23:13 -0500

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

ate: Fri, 8 Aug 1997 10:11:04 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: 1090s (was Re: Quilting Shops in PA)

In a message dated 97-08-08 00:10:34 EDT, you write:

>>I'm also a fairly new owner of a 1090s. I love it. If anyone out there
 has any advise on my new baby( Nina)  I would surely appreciate hearing
 it. The more info the better. Thanks, Linda 
 _________________________________ >>

I really can't offer any technical advice, since although I have had my 1090s
for almost 2 years I never got around to taking the guide lessons because at
the time I was working full time.  However, I did just dive right in and
start sewing, and have never let up.  One of the beauties of the machine is
that because it does not have TOO many fancy features, it is pretty easy to
figure out on your own.  There is really nothing to screw up.  I would advise
taking any lessons that are available (and in fact might do so myself in the
fall when my son is in preschool now that I am working part time only), but
there is no substitute for just spending time with your machine, even if you
are only making simple things or making practice swatches with all of the
decorative stitches.  Have fun!  We have a great machine.

Date: Wed, 9 Jul 1980 11:02:08 -0600
Subject: Re: Iron Presses

>Which of the iron presses have BFC members found the best?  I would be
>using it predominately for pressing quilt blocks but of course, would use
>it for clothing construction.

I have the Elna press without the sleeveboard and have been very happy with
it.  I also have a Professional Rowenta iron.

Date: Fri, 08 Aug 1997 13:01:12 -0400
Subject: Re: Quilting Shops in PA

Linda, are you in luck! According to my husband's Street Atlas Program,
Ronks, PA. is right in the heart of quilt country. Looks like you go
north on N. Ronks Road to Route 340, make a right onto Rt. 340, takes
you straight to Intercourse, Pa. (heart of the Amish country). The Old
Country Store there has beautiful (and expensive) quilts for sale, a
very good supply of quilt fabric at very reasonable prices and a quilt
museum upstairs. There is another quilt museum across the street and
several other stores that sell quilts. Many other interesting
non-quilting stores for browsing. Plenty of parking, etc. Go for it, you
will enjoy it. 

Date: Fri, 8 Aug 1997 11:23:42 +0000
Subject: Re: Pamela's

    I live in Waukesha about 1 mile from where Pamella's was.  She 
went out of business at the end of June.  She announced her closing 
in midMay or so.  Don't really know the details of why as I only shopped 
there occasionally.  I had heard that they were sending notices to 
people who had purchased machines from them on how to still get 
warranty service.  You might try calling their phone number and see 
if it gives you any forwarding message.  That's all I can tell you.  
Pamella said that a Rocky Rococo's is supposed to be going in to her 
store but so far it looks very empty with no activity.
Date: Fri, 8 Aug 1997 11:45:05 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: rolled edge on flannel

Another good book to check is Brown/Baker/Kacynski's Ultimate Serger Answer
Guide. They have a lot of troubleshooting suggestions for a 3-thread
rolled-edge. Because you're in a time crunch, you could use Agnes Mercik's
suggestion for a roll and fused edge (she's an inventive Bernina educator).
This is not a real rolled edge. I've changed the instructions so that your
threads will show. Put whatever you want to show in the lower looper. Set up
the machine for regular 3-thread serging with closely spaced stitches. Press
1/2"-wide strip of paper-backed fusible web to right side of edge. Remove
paper. Right side up, serge along edge, trimming off about 3/8". This will
leave 1/8" of fusible. Go to the ironing board and roll the edge to the right
side, using steam on the iron. Hope this helps.
Robbie Fanning
The Creative Machine Newsletter
[Disclaimer: I edited the book and I love the authors.]
Date: Fri, 8 Aug 1997 15:15:26 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: Sewing Machine in Living Room

Dear 'Nina-ites,

When I left my first marriage I decided to become celibate until the 
right husband came along--he did come but it took years and years. So, I 
treated myself to the 830.  At that time the 930 was out to and 
computerized versions were on the horizon so I had options.  However, the 
dealer insisted that I purchase an 830 or a 930 stating they would become 
the Featherweights and treadle Singer machines of the future.  I live in 
Vermont, so I like old fashioned things (even my husband is much older 
than I am!).  So, during the early years of celibacy before I bought my 
own house, I kept my Bernina at the foot of my bed.  

When I bought a house I had a sewing room but the time came when my 
children wanted separate rooms, so I moved the Bernina downstairs to the 
living room, in a corner.  Someone gave me an old all wood parkay top 
card table to put it on.  I put a dressed up foot locker at the side 
where the corner is.  

My children grew up and moved away, so their former bedrooms are the 
sewing storage areas--much more space now than before, when I had to 
store everything in small closets.  Last summer I bought a treadle Singer 
sewing machine, vintage 1921 with lovely cabinet, and set it in front of 
the card table.  It is where I store ribbons and threads, and the treadle 
foot area holds a basket for crochet lacemaking.  

I must admit I have a country home so the sewing machine could probably 
fit anywhere, but I also have two couches in my living room and a wicker 
chair and television on a desk, with large basket under the desk for 
magazines.  All the books in the room are on two side of the room at the 
ceiling level.  This gives me a lot of floor space, which I use to lay 
out patterns.  This is an A frame house so there is not a lot of wall 
space.  The sewing machine area is not cluttered.  It sort of looks like 
a musuem artifact area over there because I have old sewing baskets and 
shaker boxes, and I have made certain to purchase sewing items for the 
card table that look like what one might find in a museum.  All the 
clutter is in the olden sewing baskets, and on the footlocker which is on 
the side of the chair tucked away in the corner.  The cushion on the 
chair I use for sewing matches the living room decor, as does the 
upholstery fabric that covers the footlocker. The items on the tucked 
away footlocker also "coordinate" with the living room, and the sewing 
paraphenalia are in closed baskets and wooden boxes.  

The fabric clutter is in chest of drawers upstairs.  Every now and then 
when I am doing a work intensive project that requires constant ironing, 
I bring the ironing board into the living room, but take it down when not 
using the machine. 

I like this arrangment with the sewing machine in the living room because 
I can get up to go to the kitchen right behind me, and the bathroom 
behind the kitchen.  I can get up and stretch and go out and check the 
perennials if I am  having a difficult time with a project--a la seam 
ripper time.  

I notice that there is very rarely, if ever a lot of clutter around my 
trusty Bernina's sewing area.  Probably because it is sort of a shrine to 
the art of sewing.  I love being a woman of the fabric!

Date: Fri, 8 Aug 1997 15:23:49 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: Night Gown Patterns

Hi dear ones,

The night gown patterns I have used since they came out are the ones by 
McCall's I think for Lanz.  They are the same as the old fashioned Lanz 
nightgowns. Lanz released the pattern for public use when they begin to 
make new nightgown styles. I like the old fashioned pattern because you 
can alter it to open in the back with buttons, or no buttons in the 
front.  The other reason is the gown has enough fabric to curl up on the 
couch and tuck one's feet under it without the feet being exposed.

A few years ago, I made a present for a dear friend and her sister and 
nieces.  Five nightgowns from the same fabric (took almost an entire 
bolt, may have had enough left over for a nightcap for her husband.
Wrote their names on labels so they could tell them apart.  It was a huge 
Date: Fri, 8 Aug 1997 09:46:36 +0200

My name is Leonora .

I recently bought a Bernina sewing machine and also joined the Bernina Fan

I would like to pose the following questions:

1. Are there any members of the Fan Club that reside in South Africa.

2. I would like to buy some scissors/shears.  Could you please give me some
advice on what scissors to buy.  The following brands are available to me:

Kohnel Shears
KAI Scissors

Thanking you

Date: Fri, 8 Aug 1997 16:56:28 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: Kite Fabric

If you purchase a Threads magazine there are always several ads listed in the
back.  I don't have their addresses or phone numbers,but several companies
are:  The Banner Studio, Go Fly a Kite (very good) and Seattle Fabric Co.

Rip stop nylon, the fabric used for kite-making in slippery.  It also isn't
easy to makeevern seams because the fabric can't be ironed.

good luck
Date: Fri, 8 Aug 1997 17:00:14 -0400
Subject: Julie in England 

1) Hopefully I'm not echoing everyone else but here goes: Julie, my first
thought too was "black". Second time around it was "Black with a texture or
non-directional print". My experience says that black as a solid might
prove a little strong; I like using mottled, muckled and assorted varieties
of low contrast black prints so that the blocks remain the stars. 
If your sashing plan includes sashing posts, that would be a great place to
integrate the colors from your blocks. You could also repeat it in the
border(s) and/or the binding -- A black and white stripe used either
straight or bias cut grain might be effective. I've overdyed this kind of
fabric so that the white stripe takes on a color from the quilt and the
effect is not as strong as the high contrast original fabric. Another trick
is to tea-dye the black and white stripes to mute the white. And a wavy
stripe sometimes looks better -- less rigid -- than a perfectly straight
one. Then again the stripe width can factor into the equation too. Play!
(If I told you that you could also use dye or fabric paint to color the
white stripes in mutiple colors... you just might understand why my stash
of this stuff is ever growing!) Anyway, isn't it great to have so many
options and opinions?! [ :-), SNORT! ] -Hope your not drowning in them yet.
Progress reports, please...

Subject: Re: scalloped rotary cutter
Date: Fri, 8 Aug 97 15:28:08 PDT

Dennie writes;
>I bought the Olfa rotary cutter with the "scalloping" blade. I
>had a bright idea of trimming all my new fabric with this bade 
>prior to washing in the machine, it works great.

If you don't want to buy this cutter & blade try cutting a diagonal
across the four corners of your fabric (just a small snip across
the selvage) before washing and this problem will almost disappear.

Subject: Friday is FANTASY STITCH DAY on the 1630 list
Date: Fri, 8 Aug 97 17:29:14 -0700

Join us for Fantasy and fun on the 1630 List at
On the home page check the MAIL LISTS to subscribe. These stitches can be 
done on the 1090, 1260, and 1530 when included with that model. Some 
numbers will need to be converted since they vary sometimes where the 
stitch may be the same. You will discover you have many more stitches 
than you ever imagined.......just by playing.

Date: Fri, 08 Aug 1997 20:57:52 -0400
Subject: Re: Patterns of the Past

Hi Sue;

Thanks for your suggestions.  I do know of all the Shaker spots in the US
and as I said I do have a pattern for a mans shirt and a very generous lady
has come forth and offered to draft one for our group.  This serve is sooo

Thanks again for you and the others who sent me suggestions.
Date: Fri, 8 Aug 1997 21:09:17 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Fabric

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

Thanks for letting me blow off steam...But I had just bought  a 9.99 piece
of fabric (a whole yard) and when I got it washed,ironed and straightened it
had just under 3/4 of a yard..Needless to say I am not real happy.
Thanks again
Date: Fri, 8 Aug 1997 22:31:56 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: Skating Dresses

Seeing  as how folk are talking about making not only swim wear for their
DD's and their GD's but also skating dresses,  the following may be of use
to those with Ice, or Roller, skaters to cloth.
There is a small pattern company in Sherbrooke,  Canada: "Jalie
Patrons/Patterns". They make, amongst others, patterns for teens/misses
skating dresses *A*N*D* for youth/mens skating suits. The pattern I have
covers 24 to 38 bust/chest sizes and is desighned for a stretch fabric with
100% stretch. I made it up for my DD six or seven times when she was still
'pre-knee-surgery' and able to skate a lot. Actually I didnt always get
fabric with Lyrca in it, but used fairly stretchy fine 'silky' jersey about
the weight of tee shirting....I could buy that quite cheaply in Toronto in
quite gaudy/sequinny/glittery fabrics. 
The snail mail address ffor Jalie is:
MSC Sewing Specialities Inc 
985 Rue Galt Est  C.P. 333
Sherbrooke, Quebec
Canada.  J1H 5J1

(819) 564-7728

Hope this helps.

Date: Sat, 9 Aug 1997 08:16:38 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: Trip to Wash DC

G St Fabrics is located at 5077 Westfields Blvd., Centreville, VA  phone
703-818-8090.  And of course, there is always Seminole Sampler in
Catonsville, MD and Cottonseed Glory in West Annapolis, MD.  I do not have
the phone numbers but I am certain they are in the phone directory.  These 3
are wonderful quilt stores.  I hope you can visit each of them.  Have fun.
Date: Fri, 08 Aug 1997 19:50:53 -0500
Subject: Re: Applique

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

 Susan, unless I misunderstand what you want, you don't have to turn 
under on machine applique.  Put fusible web (Aileen's, Wonder Under, 
etc) on the back of the fabric and cut out design.  You can draw design 
on paper side of fusible but be sure it is turned the right way so when 
you put it on the garment, etc. it is not backwards.  Fuse design to 
garment following directions on fusible web.  I thread the bobbin thread 
through the "finger" on the bobbin case (this will help pull top thread 
to bottom and keep bobbin thread from showing on top) and decrease the 
thread tension about 1 setting.  Use the open toe embroidery foot as it 
gives better visibility for stitching.  Set machine to a short stitch 
length - somewhere between zero and 1 (I have a 1530) and width depends 
on how wide you want the satin stitch - I generallly use 2.5 to 3 - and 
if doing stitching "inside" of the piece sometimes will go more narrow. 
You want to stitch so that the right swing of needle just falls off the 
design covering up edge of piece.  I use matching or contrasting thread 
depending on the look I want.  Now that I've said all of this, I hope 
you are not talking about quilting - of this I know absolutely 
NOTHING.  If I've left you confused, please e-mail and I'll try to make 
myself a little more clear.  Brenda
Date: Fri, 8 Aug 1997 22:07:57 -0800
Subject: Bernina 910

I have located a Bernina 910 that I think I can have for $350. It looks
like the 930, but with fewer stitches and no knee lift. Anybody out there
have one? I'm wondering if it's a good machine, and how the price compares
with what it sold for new. It is the quietest machine I have ever (not)

Date: Fri, 8 Aug 1997 23:05:15 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: Bernina Help Key

Before you purchase a Help Key, maybe you would benefit from having a dealer
show you exactly what you can learn from the key.  I only have used mine
once--when I brought my 1630 home.  I haven't used it since because the
manual has essentially the same information.  In fact, for me, it's faster to
look up an item in the manual than it is to use that key.

Date: Sat, 9 Aug 1997 03:21:37 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: Double Cording

Hi Everyone

I recently purchased the new Bernina Features, Units A and B. This book is
very user friendly and I think all Bernina owners should add this information
to their library of sewing information.  If you will look at Unit B, page #8
you will find some great instructions on how to make Double/Triple Piping.

Date: Fri, 8 Aug 1997 16:34:34 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: Iron Presses


I have an older model Elna Press, the model before the one with the sleeve
board.  The sleeve board would be nice, but not a necessity.  I absolutely
love it, use it all the time, fuses interfacing beautifully & gives that
embroidery, or any other machine
embellishment the perfect finishing touch.  Mine has no steam holes, Just a
attachment, or I sometimes use a spray bottle.

Date: Sat, 09 Aug 1997 09:41:05 -0500
Subject: Re: How do you like your 1530?

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

I've had a 1530 approx. 4 yrs (I think - time flies) and have had 
to the "board" replaced twice, timing repaired but I still like the 
machine.  I have a good dealer, Berry Patch of Ft Worth, TX, who is 
easy to work with when I have a problem.  I would think the last of 
the production of 1530's would have all the "bugs" worked out and 
be a good machine.  I would not hesitate to buy one now.  Brenda
Date: Fri, 08 Aug 1997 19:38:22 -0500
Subject: Steam Press

Audrey,I have an old Ultra press without sleeve board - bought when 
Singer store was closing several years ago.  It has a spray bottle type 
attachment for spraying water onto fabric (I use a spray bottle).  Have 
neighbor who has the Singer Magic Steam Press for less than a year and 
it has already rusted - when she went to replace was told NEVER buy one 
that you put water into a reservoir and produces steam - they will 
almost always rust.  Don't use mine to iron shirts or anything with 
sleeves - it is very difficult for me to do this.  Use mine for fusing 
interfacing - the greatest and for putting in creases in pants.  Mine 
has one center lever to close and lock lid to apply pressure.  I've 
looked at the Euro Press Iron and Ironing Board and can't justify the 
price since I have the press.  Hope this helps and I didn't come off 
"preachy".  Brenda
Date: Fri, 08 Aug 1997 21:56:30 +0100
Subject: repair warrenties

When the original warrenty on my 1630 ran out, I was offered a three
year labor warrenty $99. The price has since gone up, I was told. In the
meantime, all my cleanings are free. I had the machine cleaned and
checked before the warrenty ran out originally. 

Date: Sat, 9 Aug 1997 06:23:30 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: Bernina Digest 8/7/97

I often use Coats and Clarks thread in my 1630 and have never had a problem
with it except for one spool of black that I suspect was very old.  Bought
new spool and had no problems.  I machine quilted a quilt recently with
Mettler silk finish - yellow - and had more lint problems than with any other
thread I have ever used.  Normally use the silk finish for my quilts so that
was a first too.
Martha Ann
Subject: Ott/Beanie Beds
Date: Sat, 9 Aug 1997 13:51:41 -0500

renda - I purchased my light at "Office Depot" for $39.00.  It is a
task light, no handle, but box said "OTT" and bulb said "OTT" and
so did instructions.  I overheard clerk at Bernina dealer say, the
cheaper ones are imitation.  Not so!  Companies make different versions
of their products for different type consumers.  

Was at a demo the other day for beds for Beanies.  Just a small rect-
tangle stitched on three sides.  Back top is longer and folds down
twice and is stuffed with fiberfill.  Beanie just slides down inside
like in a pillow case, but you have the rolled and filled pillow at
top of back - I know!, I know!   Clear as mud.

Jerry Sue 
Date: Fri, 08 Aug 1997 23:20:00 -0400
Subject: Re: Burda Patterns

>>My local fabric stores have discontinued carrying Burda. Could someone post
again the address for subscription to Burda patterns- I didn't need it
before so didn't mark it down.

GLP International distributes Burda Magazine (which includes the patterns) in the US. Their website is:

The address is:

	GLP International
	153 South Dean Street, Englewood, NJ  07631

Date: Sat, 9 Aug 1997 16:07:44 -0400
Subject: Re: Carpal tunnel, and 1530  Signature Edition

i have had a Carpal tunnel operation
with great results. no more pain

Have had the 1530 for two years. a great
machine with no problems developing due
to the fact that I have it serviced once a
year.  I understand the Signature edition
is the same machine except for the name
printed on the outside of the machine.

i highly recomend it.  any questions on
the 1530  e-mail me privately

Date: Fri, 8 Aug 1997 22:31:35 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: Rolled Hem on Flannel

In my serger guide classes, I learned to use a product called Aqua Solve.  It
is water soluble stabilizer sheets that come pre-packaged.  It really comes
in handy to get your serger to form perfectly rolled hems.  You simply cut a
strip of the stabilizer so that the strip is a few inches wide.  Then,
sandwich the fabric between 1 or 2 strips of the stabilizer.  Carefully guide
the stabilizer/fabric/stabilizer sandwich through the serger.  The end result
is a nice looking rolled hem that is evenly rolled and has few if any
"pokies".  Carefully tear away the stabilizer.  The small bits that don't
easily tear away dissolve when spritzed with water.  Water soluble
stabilizers are becoming more popular.  Nancy's Notions sells several brand
names.  This type of stabilizer can be used in machine embroidery,
buttonholes, appliques, making rolled hems and other types of delicate

Date: Sat, 9 Aug 1997 12:54:22 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Washington, D.C. quilt store

G Street Fabrics 
5077 Westfields Blvd.
Centerville, VA

I have not been, but hear this store is fantastic!  It is for all types of
fabrics.  Call and get directions, I'm not sure how far it is from where you
will be.

Subject: IT IS AN OTT!
Date: Sat, 9 Aug 1997 13:54:46 -0500

LEnnie - i agree with you!!!!! I have the 'ott' light that you are
describing.  I purchased it at office depot.  All you have to do is
plug it in at the store and take a look.  It does not produce heat as
some say.  Trust me!!!! I've got my hands exactly under the bulb, painting
with acrylic paint.  No heat on hands, no quick dry out of paint.  Yes,
yes, yes the colors are true.  Lay a white towel under lamp and look.
Light coming out does not have a yellow cast.  It is closer to a grey
white or blue white.  I would'nt be without it!  Black base, no handle
$39.00 And printing on "bulb" says "ott light pl-13"  box and info
papers say "cathode radiation shielded total spectrum light source" from
environmental lighting concepts, inc.

My dealer said its a copy -  but, they did'nt see it, they did'nt use it,
and they like getting $79.00 For the one in their store.

Now, office depot has other lights that clerks might think are the same
but they do carry this one.

Jerry sue
Subject: Re: How do you like your 1530?
Date: Sat, 9 Aug 1997 10:53:33 +0100

RE: How do you like your 1530
Hello Peggy,
I keep a model 1530 in my sewing room when it is not needed at our shop.  I
plan to put the Unsigned model because the signature is the only
difference.  This model has so many advantages I could never review them
all in one post, but I would be happy to answer questions if you will email
me privately.

I can honestly say that this model is one of the Jewels among all of the
models they have made so far.  We have had no trouble with this model and
since we offer 2 years free servuce, we would certainly know by now!

Hope this will help you as you decide which machine to keep!
Date: Sat, 9 Aug 1997 11:22:21 -0600
Subject: Re: Cost of Machine Cleaning

	This is to Karen  .
Is this Olathe, CO.?  If so could you tell me where your dealer is?  I
also am from CO.  And am interested in finding a great dealer.  Five
years of free maintenance sounds good.  I have 1230 and 334DS serger.  I
have been thinking of upgrading the serger. 
Date: Sat, 9 Aug 1997 07:32:17 -0500
Subject: Re:Pamela's

Dear Mary:

Yes, Pamela's has gone out of business.  I first heard this on my QuiltBee
email and talked to my Bernina dealer in St. Louis who confirmed that she
was out of business and had not attended Bernina University.  Although I
live in the Missouri Ozarks, my daughter used to live in Milwaukee, and I
loved Pamela's.
Date: Fri, 8 Aug 1997 16:35:01 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: Bernina Digest 8/6/97

Hello All!
Can anyone recommend a great book on constructing women's blazers/jackets?
I'm looking for new construction ideas.  Help!!!!
Thanks for all the great hints, construction techniques, advice and sewing
finds!  It's very helpful.  I read my bernina digest every day - I really
look forward to it!
Happy Sewing!
Date: Sat, 9 Aug 1997 05:45:05 -0600

Hi Jean.B
Just a word of warning.   I didn't see any indication where you are from. 
 I went through the same process of trying to find
freezer paper to be able to use it as various people on the net were 

Freezer paper in Canada is different than that in the USA.  Freezer paper 
here is brown and is now and then called Butcher Paper.  That will not 
work.  Reynolds Canada produces some Freezer paper but again this is NOT 
usable as it doesn't have the plastic coating.  The freezer paper you need 
is white and has a plastic coating.  If you are can't find any, let me know 
by private email.  I have a "STASH".

Date: Sat, 9 Aug 1997 11:04:50 -0500 (CDT)
Subject: Re: Bernina 910 Matic

At 03:56 PM 8/8/97 -0500, you wrote:

>I have located a Bernina 910 that I think I can have for $350. It looks
>like the 930, but with fewer stitches and no knee lift. Anybody out there
>have one? I'm wondering if it's a good machine, and how the price compares
>with what it sold for new. It is the quietest machine I have ever (not)

Buy IT Quickly, its a wonderful machine, 930 era, with less stitches, great
workhorse, light(er) weight than 930 . If theres another one I want it, I've
been looking for years!!

Date: Fri, 8 Aug 1997 22:56:42 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: 1630 Bobbin Tension

In both my 1630 and serger guide classes, the instructors said over and over
not to use cheap, short-staple thread in the Berninas--an expensive
investment.  Their belief was, "Why invest in the best machines and use
cheap, short-staple, linty threads?"

My dealer, Eunice Farmer Fabrics in St. Louis, doesn't even sell the types of
threads that cause mechanical problems in machines.  Since the sergers sew so
fast, cheap thread "overheats from friction" and causes big problems.  They
recommend using Metrocor Thread or Mettler  Metrosene (Plus) Thread for
serging and/or the sewing machines because they are long-staple, continuous
filament polyester.  Woolly Nylon Thread and Woolly Nylon Extra Thread are
recommended for certain applications.  These brands of threads result in less
lint and thread breaking.  The quality really is noticable in topstitching.
 Sure, they do cost more.  I stock up at sales.

Date: Fri, 08 Aug 1997 21:42:58 -0500
Subject: Re: Iron Presses


You might want to look at:

They sell the Pfaff press which I understand is very good. I've head their
giving $25 off
if you tell them you saw it on their web page. Check under threads-notions
and then goto notions.

Good Luck

Subject: Have courage & sewing machine shelf
Date: Sat, 9 Aug 1997 13:49:43 -0500

VONNIEK - saw your post wanting to try adjustments to t-shirt, etc.
Have courage, pick up a few t-shirts at a garage sale for pennies
or one of your own that is stained or your ready to get rid of. 

Do your experiments on something your not afraid you will ruin.  I
have slacks and other items that I cut apart when I'm ready to trash
them and I physically compair the pattern to the way I my pants are
cut.  Of course you have to remember to figure in the seam allowance.

Works for me!

My order from "ABC" catalog came today and I got a cute shelf that has
a cutout of a sewing machine in black under it and pegs to hang things
on.  Cute pincushion, sissors, etc. painted on it.  If you see catalog,
its cuter than picture and was only $9.99.

Jerry Sue 
Date: Sat, 9 Aug 1997 07:22:16 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: Flannel Quilt

In a message dated 97-08-09 05:22:43 EDT, you write:

 >I also used a hint that I had read somewhere. I placed a $50.00 bill 
 >under the label and when he calls home needing money (which I hear 
 >will be often) I'll tell him to carefully remove the stitches on the 
 >end of the label and SUPRISE.
 >Happy Quilting, from Betsy 
 What a sweet Mom you are, ;-).  How many washings do you think it will
 get before the $$$ are needed?  Be sure and let us know, ;-}.
Good Grief.....a boy college student who does laundry?????  I didn't know
such a creature existed !!!!

Date: Sat, 9 Aug 1997 13:47:21 -0500

ulia - Machine Ribbon embrodiery is a great technique.  To learn on
your own, pick up Sulky's book (I think name has to do with embelishments).
Anyway, there is a great article by Gina Butler with fabulous pictures on
how to do this.  Regina (GinaBea) posts to this list regularly and is a
super teacher.  I took this class from her here in Oklahoma City and
had a great time.  

She also has the new book or booklet on "Heirloom Stitches" for Bernina
available at your dealer.  I have'nt seen it yet, but plan to pick one up
next time I'm at our dealer's new store.  I have heard others on this
list comment on how great it is.

Jerry Sue 
Date: Sat, 09 Aug 1997 09:53:47 -0500
Subject: Flannel Quilt--How Many washings--$$$$$

At 04:25 PM 8/8/97 -0500, you wrote:

>>I also used a hint that I had read somewhere. I placed a $50.00 bill 
>>under the label and when he calls home needing money (which I hear 
>>will be often) I'll tell him to carefully remove the stitches on the 
>>end of the label and SUPRISE.
>>Happy Quilting, from Betsy  
>What a sweet Mom you are, ;-).  How many washings do you think it will
>get before the $$$ are needed?  Be sure and let us know, ;-}.

Oh Jean, 
Surely you jest.....a boy washing a what century?!? 

Date: Sat,  9 Aug 1997 15:37:47, -0500
Subject: Sewing Lingerie

I don't know if it is still available, but at one time Bernina had a 
booklet on sewing lingerie.  It is Collection 7 and labeled "Skin 
Deep."  It is loaded with all kinds of tips and hints and helps.  It 
was copyrighted in 1992.

Date: Sat, 9 Aug 1997 11:51:15 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: Sewing Lingerie

Trisha, for success with sheer fabrics, I always use french seams.
I don't have the straight stitch plate but still my Bernina performs
beautifully with thin sheer fabrics.  I don't serge the edge of sheers
because the serge thread adds bulk and stiffness to the seam and also
makes the seam more visible.  You want to make the seams as fluid as
possible to not detract from the fabric.  To make a strong seam I set the
stitch length short, perhaps 1 1/2 - 2 and sew fabric (wrong sides together)
with a 1/4" seam.  I trim the seam to 1/8" with sharp scissors (dull scissors

might snag the fabric).  Turn and press the fabric, then sew again (wrong
sides together) with a 1/4" or 3/8" seam.  It is best to practice on a scrap 
of fabric first.  Tug hard on your practice seam to see if it pulls out.  If
adjust your seam width and/or stitch length.  Some sheers are stronger 
than others.  Hope this helps.
Date: Sat, 9 Aug 1997 00:38:50 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: standardization among dealers

I understand that Bernina dealers are "customers" of Bernina.  I also
understand that the community of dealers are in various stages of the
business life cycle with some well-established, others just starting out, and
still others winding down (I'll try to keep this from sounding like one of my
old graduate business school papers).  It seems to me, however, that this
arrangement is somewhat similar to franchises of other types like automobiles
and fast food.  And in these businesses the consumer expects standardization
of service. 

I agree with the writer who stated that knowing your service warranty or
trade-up value would be honored among all Bernina dealers would be of
significant value.  Dealers cannot be expected to incur the expense of this
sort of standardization, and that is where Bernina of America would have to
be involved.  Obviously, this sort of program would have to be designed as a
tool to enhance Bernina's competitive edge in the marketplace. 

At the very least, consumers should be made aware that these offers are not
standard and are not reciprocal among all dealers.   When I purchased my
Bernina, I was told that I could trade up within 12 months and receive full
value for my old machine.  I was not told that this offer was good only at
the dealer from whom I bought the machine.  Nor was I told that, even at that
dealer, I could not trade up and receive a sale price on the new machine.  In
other words, even though the new machine was on sale, because I was trading
an old machine, I had to pay full price for the new machine.  When I think of
what I actually paid for my machine (full price of new machine less what I
paid for old machine traded), I would have been better off waiting for a
sale, and buying the most machine I could afford.  Well, live and learn, but
it was a lesson which cost me several hundred dollars.  I wish I'd had access
to the Internet and this board then, I might have known better!
Date: Sat, 9 Aug 1997 02:21:40 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: URL for Mary Lou Nall

Mary Lou Nall's web address:
Subject: THIS & THAT
Date: Sat, 9 Aug 1997 13:53:34 -0500

e do not have a 1630 Club but I wish we did.

My dealer charges $39.00 for cleaning machines and sergers.

He also has the Deco 500 new for $1075.00. 

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

I just heard about a product that you spray either on the batting
or the backside of your pieced top and backside of backing, put quilt
sandwich together and it either eliminates or cuts down on basting needed.
Does anyone have any "real" information on this item?

Date: Sat, 9 Aug 1997 16:22:19 -0400
Subject: marine/awning/outdoorfabrics

disclamer: no affiliation
received a catalog full of unusal sewing
supplies : marine/awning/outdoor fabrics
they have flag/banner fabrics, camouflage
fabric, nylon/utility fabrics, upholstery tools and zippers, Nautical
thread, books,
sail repair supplies and tools, webbing,
clear vinyl,grommets. too many items
to mention.  This magazine is really 
different. Also regular types of sewing items.

Beacon fabrics & Notions
6801 gulfport blvd,south #10
south pasadena  FL 33707-2127


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