Bernina Fan Club Archives

December 1997

Sunday, December 28 - Wednesday, December 31

Subject: Re: Invisible Thread
Date: Sat, 27 Dec 1997 00:59:29 -0600

Hi Sue, Maybe I can  help you with the invisible thread problem on your
1230. I have a 1260 which is similar to yours. When I work with invisible
thread I loosen my top tension  by two numbers. And this seems to work fine
Date: Sat, 27 Dec 1997 03:37:09 EST
Subject: Re: Euro-pro EP8000

   I also have a Euro-pro iron. Although I DO have the suction table with
mine, I DO NOT always use it. In fact, I Don't use it, more often than I DO
use it, as my kids complain about the noise it makes ( Especially when they
are watching TV). Even without using the suction table, The iron works VERY
well, and no, your items will NOT get too wet without the suction. It IS
however,  a VERY nice thing to have when you are trying to block sweaters or
quilt squares, or when working with slippery fabrics ( Like silks or satins)
that insist on trying to crawl off the ironing board! Congratulations on your
new "toy", and hope you enjoy yours as much as I have enjoyed mine!

Date: Sat, 27 Dec 1997 01:09:25 EST
Subject: Re: Technical Writers

Betsy .  Yeah for getting up on your soapbox.  Is there room there
for me too.  I purchased a 1260 Bernina and had my dealer phase out their
Bernina sales store.  Which left me without my introductory classes.  But in
searching around for another dealer, I did get them .  The problem is the
location of the shop.  It's far from my house and in a very bad traffic area.
Because of the freeway and the roads being excessively busy.  But I would love
to have a manual about 2 inches thick to try all those memory buttonstiches.
And 30.00 would be acceptable.             .
Thanks from OR.
Subject: Ironing Presses
Date: Fri, 26 Dec 97 21:30:48 -0800

I'm flush with Christmas money that Santa left me because he didn't have 
a clue about what to buy for a sewing nut. Anyway, what I really wanted 
for Christmas was an ironing press like an Elna Press. 

Sometime back I heard that Bernina was going to come out with a press, 
but I haven't seen one yet at my dealers. I CAN'T wait for a Bernina so 
I'm asking BFCers if they can recommend another brand. What I really want 
is a large ironing surface for fusing interfacing and ironing yardage. 
Any suggestions for a reliable press will be greatly appreciated. TIA.

Date: Fri, 26 Dec 1997 16:33:49 -0800
Subject: Re: 930 Questions

True, there is no thread-cutting gizmo on the left side of the machine 
on my 1982 930 ... but it DOES have a thread-cutter -- it's on the 
top edge of the swivel latch that holds the foot in place.  Surprisingly 
convenient, once I figured out it was there...


Date: Sat, 27 Dec 1997 09:15:00 EST
Subject: Grip Deck

In a message dated 97-12-26 21:31:51 EST, Louise :

>>  Hi Angie!  Congrats on your new bed and creative dust ruffle solution.
Here's an idea maybe for the future...  last summer I found a product called 
GRIP DECK and it's (in my opinion) the greatest bedskirt idea since mattresses
were invented!  It's a non-slip deck that goes between your mattress and box
 springs  (and now my mattress NEVER slides around) and it comes with easy 
instructions on how to make different styles of bedskirts that use the 
corresponding velco. >>

Louise, where did you purchase the "grip deck"?  That sounds like a wonderful

Subject: Re: Bernina and whine
Date: Sat, 27 Dec 1997 04:57:55 PST

Hi All,
Hope everyone got all they wanted for their respective holidays :D

About the only time I have heard a whine regarding my Bernina is when it 
comes from me cause I don't have time to sew :D

Subject: Baltimore album quilts and embroidery machines
Date: Sat, 27 Dec 1997 07:43:25 -0500

Can't help but feel awfully glad to own a Bernina whenever I watch someone
on TV doing something like invisible applique on a Baltimore album type
quilt block since they have to keep reaching with their hand for the presser
foot lifter to pivot at each turn! Aren't we LUCKY to have our knee lifts??
I was just watching the PBS show American Sews where the guest was doing
blocks like this on their Viking, but also saw something I thought might be
of interest to some of you. I'm not sure if it's one of the machines that
can be used interchangeably with Berninas, but they spoke of being able to
download some cute Baltimore album type patterns for use with their
embroidery machine. THINK it's at their regular site:, but they only flashed that info very quickly
on the screen so I may be wrong! I don't own an embroidery machine yet, but
seeing something like this makes it awfully tempting! Sue 
Date: Sat, 27 Dec 1997 10:14:40 -0500
Subject: 1/4" Seam

Hi All:

I've read a few postings recently regarding piecing with the 1/4" foot,
#37.  I thought I'd throw my .02 into this discussion.

When piecing strips or blocks to make a quilt one needs to have an accurate
1/4" seam.  There are very few "must do's" when quilting, but, an accurate
1/4" seam is one.  When piecing on the sewing machine, you need to use a
"scant" 1/4" or you'll be taking an extra couple of threads into your seam
and you're blocks will not be accurate.

This is the test I give my students to check their 1/4" seam:  Cut three
strips, 11/2" each; sew two of the strips together and press; now sew the
third strip to the unit you've just pressed, press the three strip unit. 
Measure the middle strip.  If the middle strip is EXACTLY 1", you're
piecing correctly.  If the middle strip is not exactly 1 inch you need to

I also use the #37, 1/4" foot when piecing, however, I do not line the
fabric up with the edge of the foot.  I line up the fabric just inside the
edge of the foot, hence--a scant 1/4".  Hope this makes sense.

Happy New Year to all of you and thanks for all the information I've
learned from you this year!

Date: Sat, 27 Dec 1997 09:58:50 EST
Subject: Dust Ruffles

Regarding dust ruffles:

I just use the sticky backed velcro sold at JoAnnes.  Make the gathered part
of the dust ruffle but don't attach it to any platform.  Then I put the sticky
strip of velcro one on the dust ruffle and the matching piece/strip directly
on the box matress along the top edge.  Then I just ZIP it off to wash.  

If the velcro looses its ability to stick after repeated washings, just
purchase another box of the stipping and stick it on - just like new again.

Never any shifting this way either -- no platform to shift.   Love not having
to lift the darn matress to put on a new dust ruffle.

Works for me,
Date: Sat, 27 Dec 1997 09:52:59 EST
Subject: Foot Cleaner

I clean my Bernina feet in the Polient Partial Cleanser.  It is made
especially for the white porcelain and the stainless steel.  Just drop a
tablet in a glass along with warm water and your pressure feet.  COmes out
shining like new.

Date: Sat, 27 Dec 1997 09:22:53 -0500
Subject: Re: manuals

I agree with Neysa. Most of the technical manuals for my computer
software are either poorly indexed or illogically sequenced and it makes
it difficult to understand. That's why there is such a large market for
third-party books on the subjects (I  have some tips for using
Macromedia's FreeHand in a book on vector graphics programs coming out
soon.) I believe someone else on the list has done a workbook up for the
Bernina Guide classes and has mentioned how Bernina is going to market
it. If some other List members have been able to come up with an easier
way of demonstrating/explaining how to get the most of our Berninas
there is probably a lot of money to be made in publishing a book of that
information! I know Jackie Dodson (sp?) had a book out called "Know Your
Bernina" at one time and there are all of those Mary Lou Nall booklets
on the presser feet, so there is definitely a market for it.
Robin S.
Date: Sat, 27 Dec 1997 08:55:27 -0800
Subject: Euro-Pro


And this is for Linda, who was gifted with a Euro-Pro for Christmas:  So
was I!!!

I thought I might be getting the little model, but was I surprised to get
the TOL!  I spent much of my Christmas evening ironing away.  I turned on
the suction right away, and it's wonderful.  Holds whatever you are ironing
(in my case it was uniform shirts) right to the board, no shifting, no
slipping, etc.  Then you can take one swipe from end to end of the fabric,
no need to "re-iron" if you know what I mean.  

Things are not too wet at all, unless you steam them like crazy, and that
if your choice!

I think I'm gonna love mine!
Date: Sat, 27 Dec 1997 11:35:18 EST 
Subject: Software

The software for the Embroidery unit for the 180/170 works through an IBM
compatible computer.  It requires Windows 95 and a Pentium processor.
Throught the software we can scan images with your COMPUTER  SCANNER not one
from Bernina (I love the ease of use of the HP Scanjet 5p) and easily digitize
line art resizing and colorizing, adding lettering etc. That's an over
simplified capsule but it does not require the cards to use the software. It
is just like buying any computer program.  I have used the one for the Deco
500/600 extensively, and the new one for the 180's is easier to use than the
Wizard.  And they are currently available.  

For 180/170 owners:  If you are having thread breakage problems, the computer
guru at Bernina advised using only embroidery needles when you embroider.  And
a larger needle (Emb) is helpful too.    
Happy holidays to everyone.
Date: Sat, 27 Dec 1997 11:28:40 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Invisible thread/Solvy

Greetings and Good Health in the New Year

About three years ago I purchased a very large tube of .004 invisible thread
for $9.00 and it came with a huge clear plastic dome over this huge spool.
Well........I haven't had a bit of trouble using it in the upper part of my
sewing machine or in the bibbin but I can never use them together.  I
purchased this from Atlanta thread & supply Co. and it has been wonderful.
Never tangles - I also run it through the little metal eye on my handle of

If anyone in the Central Ohio area wants to split an order of Dissolvable
Hospital bags with me please E-mail me privately
Date: Sat, 27 Dec 1997 18:42:41 EST
Subject: artista software

has anyone had problems loading the artista software?  Mine quits just before
the end of disk 3, 27%, on mod1.dll.
I have to go back to work on Mon, so it is going to be hard contacting
Bernina.  Mu dealer thinks it's a comport conflict.  i an inclined to think
bad disk
Date: Sun, 28 Dec 1997 02:10:27 EST
Subject: Re: Ironing Presses

I have the Elna Press and really like it!!!! I use it alot, not only for
sewing but for pressing almost everything else. It is a breeze once you learn
how to use it---which takes some practice.  I have had it about 5+ years. 

Subject: RE: GRIP DECK Bedskirt system
Date: Sat, 27 Dec 1997 18:20:10 -0800

Since several of you have written asking more about the Grip Deck, I thought I

would post the information I have.  I *think* I paid around $80 or so for a 
king size (it's been a while now).  It struck me as pricey at first so I did 
some research to try and duplicate it.  It would cost more to duplicate it, 
plus I couldn't find as good of materials as were in the package so I bit the 
bullet and bought it.  Haven't regretted it a minute....except that I keep 
making more bedskirts!  Geez, a Christmas print set!  :)

I know that you can mail order them from Calico Corners....however, people
other lists who've looked for them have said that not all Calico Corners
carry them.  I do know for a fact that the stores listed below have them:

Washington state Calico Corners:

        Bellevue, WA:  1-425-455-2510
        Lynnwood, WA: 1-425-778-8019

The full name is "Grip Deck Detachable Bedskirt System" (patent # 5621931).

There's also a website for Calico Corners:

They have an on-line catalog, but last time I looked, they didn't show Grip 
Decks (which, in my humble opinion, is silly because this would sell like 
hotcakes if it were advertised or promoted!).

I'd be happy to answer any other questions if I can.  I'm a firm believer in 
passing on the names of good products that make life easier!

Date: Sat, 27 Dec 1997 18:40:46 -0700
Subject: Touch-Screen

Thanks to the suggestions of several, including my DH, I have a temporary
solution to accidently hitting the touch screen with my quilt.  Maybe some
of you have seen the flat plastic magnifiers that are meant to be put flat
on a page?  I had one from AARP, 4" x 5" that fits perfectly over the
screen, is thin enough to see through, but thick enough that you can't
touch the screen through it.  I have it taped on with drafting tape.  Works
like a charm.

BOA, do you have a suggestion box?  How about a button or something that
will disable the screen while you sew, until you want it turned on again?

Quilting away,
Subject: 930 question
Date: Sun, 28 Dec 1997 09:19:00 -0800

Yesterday I got started on my New Years resolution to clean up my sewing
room.  Started  with my machines and when I got to the 930, I was surprised
to find that the only place mentioned in the manual to oil was the bobbin
area.  Is this true?  I expected to need to remove the top and oil the
mechanical parts like I do on my 830.  Mine is one of the early 930's and
does not have the needle stop down function, wish it did!  But I can live
without it, sure is a honey of a machine.  I bought it last year as a
backup to my 1630 and like it even better than my 830.
Just before Christmas, I found a Nova in nice condition, and know where
there is another one.  So if anyone is looking for a Bernina Nova, they are
around if you hunt long enough.

Date: Sun, 28 Dec 97 11:22:45 -0500
Subject: Adopted Artista 180!

     Hi.  I'm the Vicki  and first off I would 
     like to post a public apology to my Bernina dealership.  A few weeks 
     back I posted a message about my disappointment over my 180 demo and 
     asked the BFCer's for some advice.  I've wanted a Bernina since I was 
     15 years old (really!) so when I went for my demo I already knew I 
     wanted that machine.  But I was too embarrased over that and the fact 
     that I have a long but limited sewing background on old mechanical 
     Singer machines.  My demonstrator was SO VERY EXCITED over the Artista 
     machine (and rightly so) and she showed me the most wonderful 
     features, most of which overwhelmed me and I was too shy to speak up 
     and ask my list of "fundamental stupid questions".  She really knew 
     her machines!  So I would like to thank her and the shop for having to 
     deal with me -- I'm looking forward to visiting them often.
     So I picked up my new 180 yesterday; my demonstrator tooks lots of 
     time with me to explain all the basic functions I needed to get 
     started; my first class is next weekend.  I spent the rest of the day 
     at home just practicing.  It purrs!  It's a very different, much nicer 
     feel than my old Singer.  I bought the optional #37 piecing foot and 
     pieced a crazy-quilt potholder; those wide feed dogs and knee lift are 
     going to take some getting used to!  Today I'm going to play with all 
     those decorative stitches ... there's a really cute pickle man.
     Oh by the way, I sewed over a pin out of habit.  It bent in half.  
     Should I replace my needle?  What's the proper method for dealing with 
     pins?  Thanks.
Date: Sun, 28 Dec 1997 10:40:25 EST
Subject: Re: Do-Sew


I use your applique trick, too, but I use used fabric softener dryer sheets.
Works great, as long as you aren't allergic to them, as I know some people

Subject: shops in London,NW,UK?
Date: Sun, 28 Dec 1997 10:50:32 +0100

I#180#m a Swedish lurker,who really enjoys reading every letter about our nice
I#180#ve a1230 and an Artista 180E and a 334DS.All my ongoing projects are set
since I#180#m playing with the Artista(or rather since my DM is playing with
Wich brings me on topic, my DM lives in northwest London,UK.When she moved
there she brought her Berninas with her and now she is looking for fabric
and notions shops.If anyone has some adresses
to share we would be so grateful!!
TIA,Aicha Beatrice  
Date: Sat, 27 Dec 1997 20:40:40 -0800
Subject: Invisible thread

Hi Ssue:

I was having trouble with invisible thread too.  My Bernina dealer told
me to use the best invisible thread,  Yli is good.  Wind the invisible
thread slowly on a bobbin, I am assuming that you want to use it for top
sewing,  put the wound bobbin on the thread spool holder on the top.  If
you are using invisible thread in the bottom bobbin, you might want to
check the compatability of the top thread., adjust your upper tension.
I like to use  1/2 speed sewing with this thread.  Sewing too fast will
stretch the invisible thread.   Since using this method,  (winding a
bobbin and using it on the spool holder, it has given me no trouble.
Just finished a wal hanging for my daughter, using two layers of
Thermore  and  of course the backing and top fabric.  I enjoyed that
project.  I used my new walking foot, which made it a breeze to sew
through that thickness.

Date: Sun, 28 Dec 1997 20:15:24 EST
Subject: 930 needle-down

Hi, Mary . . . the 930 was the first Bernina to offer needle-down, although
the first models of the 930 did not.  Alberta
Date: Sun, 28 Dec 1997 19:09:34 -0600 (CST)
Subject: 1530 Bernina

Thanks to all who relayed information on NW Houston Tx dealers and quilt
shops. Especially Barbara from Springs who encouraged us to check out the
Humble, Tx dealer It's a Stitch....I am the proud owner of a 1530 machine
with dh who is also very happy with the machine and dealer at Humble.

They have a beautiful shop of machines, quilting books, and other sewing
books, and materials.  Seven very helpful people work at this
shop....Maryanne sold us the 1530, Judy   also helped to advice us on
how to sew on it.  We looked at everything on Friday, bought somethings, and
left; discovering dh left his hat behind, so returned on Saturday, bought
some books, and the 1530 for a very good price...which included the walking
foot and #37, the quilt foot.  Loved my after Christmas gift!! NinaSue in
Corpus Christi very busy sewing more quilts.
Date: Sun, 28 Dec 1997 16:20:07 +0000
Subject: Re: Softwear

The software I purchased was Bernina Artista Designer Version 1. It 
is the Customizer/Designer and I paid $1200 for it. Apparently, the 
Customizer has two modes--Design and Artistic View. The Designer has 
three modes--Picture, Design, and Artistic View. Picture mode allows 
you to bring in a bitmap picture (bmp, jpg, tif, etc.) You can use 
the magic wand to select parts of the picture and then "digitize" 
(fill with embroidery stitches) them. You have at least 12 different 
fills and 3 different outlines you can choose from. I think you can 
develop your own or at least modify existing stitches--but the 
instructions say it's not recommended. There is a chapter that 
discusses how to edit stitches, though. In design mode, you can 
customize designs. You can bring in .art, .dst, .exp, .pes, 
.pec, .hus, and .pcs files. In Artistic view you can see a very 
realistic view of what the actual stitching will look like. 
Subject: Magazine
Date: Sun, 28 Dec 1997 16:38:45 -0500

Hi folks,

I'm cleaning out old magazines and my husband is cheering mightily!  I've
been collecting the Bernina Sewing Club Magazine since the beginning of it's's now called Creative Sewing...the one you buy at your Bernina
I have 24 copies dating back to Autumn 1983.  I plan to get rid of them all
to the first person willing to pay $12.00 for the entire lot of them.  Email
me if you're interested.   I hope I'm not violiating any list rules by
posting a price...I just chose that number to be sure to cover the postage.

Date: Sun, 28 Dec 1997 11:59:54 -0700
Subject: Re: Ironing Presses

>I'm flush with Christmas money that Santa left me because he didn't have 
>a clue about what to buy for a sewing nut. Anyway, what I really wanted 
>for Christmas was an ironing press like an Elna Press.

I have an Elna Press and it's very reliable.  I went a fair distance (75
miles) to get it, have had no problems.  I've had it for at least 10 years.
It can get really hot.

Date: Sun, 28 Dec 1997 14:29:41 EST
Subject: American Girl Doll Patterns

  My daughter has Felicity and Heather ( an 18" Magic Attic Club Doll).  I've
purchased patterns for doll clothes through Simplicity #8766 and #8211 and
have had good luck with them.  I've seen the American Girl patterns for Molly.
A friend of mine has them and they seem ok but very pricey.  The patterns are
shown in small print in the center of their catalog next to the order form.  I
have seen patterns for all the 18" dolls offered in the pattern books of all
the major pattern makers.   Keep in mind that the AG dolls are a little
rounder in the middle than some other 18" dolls.  So, buy a pattern that says
specifically, fits 18" dolls like American Girl, etc.  The Magic attic dolls
are more slender.  Felicities' clothes fit Heather, but Heather's clothes may
not necessarily fit Felicity.  
You mentioned in your post that you've found patterns posted in the web for
knitted and sewn garments.  I would be interested in these addresses, if you
would be kind enough to send them to me.  Thanks.  Do you know of any wood
working patterns?   I would love it if my DH could make a 4 poster  bed like
the one in the catalog for Felicity.
My daughter was pleasantly surprised to see Felicity and Heather near the tree
on Christmas morning, each in a new Christmas dress complete with a fur
trimmed cape and Muff.  I can't believe she never suspected what I was up to.
Have fun sewing   
Date: Sat, 27 Dec 1997 18:34:15, -0500
Subject: Bernina Digest 12/25/97

To Neysa

I've written a book that I use in my Bernina Guide classes that 
covers a large number of different techniques & how to accomplish 
them on any model of Bernina.  My students love it & are more than 
happy to pay $30.  It's printed on card stock & in a 3-ring binder 
and you can glue your samples on the opposite page from the technique 
& have it there for a visual reference.  I understand why they have 
to make manuals the way they do, but I don't think it is what a 
person needs who is really trying to learn her machine.  Just my 2c.  
Write me if you're interested, I can send you more info.

Date: Sat, 27 Dec 1997 16:43:18 +0100
Subject: Re: Precious Moments Cards for 180

Hello Lana,
I too made this mistake with the Precious Moment card and got exactly the
same results you did!!   
Date: Sat, 27 Dec 1997 15:52:37 EST
Subject: AG Doll Clothes

I have used the Pleasant CO. patterns for Molly MacIntyre and they are very
good. If you find the right fabric you can duplicate the ready made to the
tee! The patterns are easy to follow but as with any doll outfit it is easier
to put together something for yourself than those tiny sleeves etc. 

All the pattern cos. are making patterns for the 18" dolls but if your
daughters are like my six, they want you to reproduce the outfits they see in
the Pleasant Co, catalog!

Happy Sewing,  Kasie   P.S. I am so jealous of you all with your 180's !
Date: Sat, 27 Dec 1997 14:27:34 EST
Subject: Baby Muppets

I'm looking for cross stitch patterns of Baby Muppets for a layette.  If
anyone has any information please e-mail me and if
anyone has them in quilting patterns send that information also.  

Date: Sat, 27 Dec 1997 13:29:41 -0500
Subject: Bernina Dealers...

Well it is me again.  I am only on the digest now..but still read now and
then.  I finally got bobbins for my 930.  My husband got them at the
closest dealer to me.  It was over one-half hour from here.  Well today we
decided to go over to that store again.  It was my husband's one weekend a
month off and I wanted to see the store.  Well, we got there.  The store,
per the sign on teh door, should have been open.  But; it wasn't.  I was
really disappointed.  We sat there over twenty minutes to see if she was
just late getting there or something.  Well, she did not show up....Anyhow;
the moral of the story is that I feel very let down by thta experience.  We
ave limited opportunities to go that far to a "dealer" and to get there and
there was no note or anything on the door...let alone a closed sign or
anything...Well...that was real disappointing.  I guess I demand certain
things from dealers/merchants and service is one of them.  If you can't
count on a dealer to meet their own operating scheduled how are you going
to count on them for the important stuff like honoring warranties and
service agreements and trust them to repair your child/machine?  :-)

Well..thanks for letting me rant.  Sorry to bother you with my longwinded
opinions.  :-)  Mel
Date: Sat, 27 Dec 1997 12:10:35 EST
Subject: Euro-Pro Ironing System

Linda  :

> Before I use the (EuroPro) iron I'd like to know how well it works without
the suction table. Are things simply going to be too wet to handle without the
suction? I would also appreciate any other insight into this iron. >

The EuroPro system without the suction board is great!  No, it doesn't make
your work too wet.  The main thing to remember is that the steam generator
tank takes a good 15 minutes to heat up; if you try to use steam before it's
properly heated it will dribble and spit on your work.  Even after heating up
you must "release" the "condensation" before steaming your work to avoid water
spots.  The instruction book talks about this a little but I've found that I
really must release condensation for some time before I get only steam.  

Other tips:  
~ Use only distilled water.  Never run it empty, even if not using steam.
~ If you need to leave the system on, but will be sewing/cutting for a
while, just turn the temp dial on the iron to the lowest setting.  This keeps
the steam generator on but saves electricity and the silicone pads on the iron

Enjoy!  I've had my EuroPro for about a year and a half and I simply love it.
Best iron I've ever owned and well worth the money.

Subject: Smoke elimination
Date: Mon, 29 Dec 1997 08:17:33 -0500

The best way I have found to remove smoke odors is to lay the fabric or
items out on the grass.  The Chlorofil (sp?) from the grass neutralizes the
odor.  THis works best on a sunny day, but it can be cool to cold out.

Hope this helps.

"The Cat Basket"
Date: Mon, 29 Dec 1997 17:09:38 +0900
Subject: Re: 930 Questions

1982 930 ... but it DOES have a thread-cutter -- it's on the
 top edge of the swivel latch that holds the foot in place.  
Valerie ,

My 830 has it in the same place.

Happy New Year!  

Subject: Magazines
Date: Mon, 29 Dec 1997 10:01:43 -0500

Hi everyone, again,

The magazines have been claimed...Thanks to all who were interested.  I will
now have a clean spot in my back room...If I really get into this there
could be some other goodies. 

Date: Mon, 29 Dec 1997 09:48:42 EST
Subject: Re: Thread "throw up" (sorry)

I used to have a bernina and when I upgraded to the 160 I had many problems.
One of which was the thread thing.  I was told and it worked for me was to
hold your bobbin and upper thread over to the left for the first couple of
stitches until you got going.  I hope that helps you.  (I then returned the
machine and now  have a new brand.  Oh how much easier things are.)  Good luck
and happy stitching...S
Date: Sun, 28 Dec 1997 05:07:52 -0700
Subject: American Girls Patterns

My MIL and I made all of the patterns for Molly, Samantha and Kirsten about
six years ago and they went together pretty easily if you had previous sewing 
experience.  The patterns didn't always say everything---some things you just 
had to figure out.  However, it wasn't hard.  The only problem I remember 
running into was that some of the dresses were a bit snug in the waist.  After
the first one we enlarged the waists by 1/2 inch on subsequent ones.  We did 
everything except the fur pieces for Samantha--I wasn't going to deal with
fake fur on items that small.  Those we bought .  I don't know if the later
doll had patterns made by AG itself.  We now own the Felicity also and I'd consider making more for her if the patterns were available.  Katie is 17 now, so the clothes are for me (and her kids eventually I imagine).  I may buy the new Spanish speaking girl this next year.  We were really into this at one time---even went to the very first tea party (when Kirsten was introduced) in 
Williamsburg and had a wonderful time just the two of us.

Subject: train designs for quilts
Date: Mon, 29 Dec 1997 06:11:48 PST

Many children's coloring books have nice train deisgns. They could be 
simplified, enlarged or reduced as the need may be and they are quite 
delightful. Hope this helped
Date: Tue, 30 Dec 1997 09:04:56 EST
Subject: Re: 1/4" Seam

When I use the #37 foot, in order to get a *scant* 1/4", I move the needle to
the right one position.  I find this works really well for me.

Date: Mon, 29 Dec 1997 12:08:20, -0500
Subject: Re: Dust Ruffles


Thank you for giving us your velcro method to attach dust ruffles.  What a
great idea!  My next project is a dust ruffle for a king-size bed, and I
will certainly use the velcro method.

One question:  Which part of the velco strip do you attach to the box
springs, the hook side or the fuzzy side?

Date: Mon, 29 Dec 1997 11:43:12 -0800
Subject: Patterns for Disabled, Elderly

Would some kind soul point me in the direction of pattern 
companies that specialize in styles for the disabled and/or elderly with 
limited mobility?  Ready-to-wear means mega-alterations or very limited 
styles for my family member ... and my pattern drafting skills just 
aren't up to some changes.       

The names of any books or publications that deal specifically with 
fitting problems for older women (osteroporosis "hump", changing body 
shape, etc.) would be appreciated.  

I'm just beginning my search, so all help and suggestions for patterns, 
clothing and other resources/lists would be greatly appreciated.  A big 
thanks to the person on the Bernina list who posted the website for 
textile resources!  I don't know if this is of general interest to the 
list, so please e-mail me privately.

Many thanks, 

Subject: RE: Manual
Date: Mon, 29 Dec 1997 11:29:26 -0500

Hi my name is Tina Lambert

I have a 1630 that I purchased for myself as a Christmas gift.  I am
very excited!!  I am fairly new to sewing.  I have purchased the Readers
Digest Guide to Sewing and also a Simplicity guide to sewing.  I am very
interested in what you have to offer.  

Please send me more information.


Date: Mon, 29 Dec 1997 10:09:49 -0500
Subject: Re: Euro-Pro

Nyla Poser  wrote (regarding her new Euro-Pro):

> ...I thought I might be getting the little model, but was I surprised to 
getthe TOL! I spent much of my Christmas evening ironing away...

Golly! Is it THAT great... or are you one of those...STEPPFORD
WIVES??!!  =====:O

 Just how detailed are the instructions for ironing various
garments? Are there photos? I'm having a hard time imagining an entire
garment at once without major wrinkles.

Date: Mon, 29 Dec 1997 10:37:23 EST
Subject: Boiled Wool

I have been trying to find information/instructions on how to make boiled wool
for garments or lap throws.  I am particularly interested in what types of
wool will boil up to a soft product for a lap throw.  I have been getting
confused with references for fulling, felting, and some instructions I have
found make a product "suitable for on your floor."  If anyone knows a good
book or magazine article on boiling wool for softness, garment quality, I
would sure appreciate hearing from you.  Thanks!

Cindy in cold (but not much snow!) Minnesota
Date: Mon, 29 Dec 1997 10:07:24 EST
Subject: Softwear Productions

I am sorry if this is late, but I beg to differ w/note about Softwear
Productions.  They have an online
They have books discounted and I think cheaper than Amazon.  Their catalog has
more than their online site and sipping is prompt.  Just a happy customer 
Date: Mon, 29 Dec 1997 18:07:27 EST
Subject: 1630 for sale

I have decided to sell my 1630 in order to get one of the new machines. 
e-mail me privately for more information.
Martha Ann 
Date: Mon, 29 Dec 1997 16:25:38 EST
Subject: Re: Ironing Presses

I have the Singer press without steam.  I got it on sale at Service
Merchandise aobut3 or 4 years ago.  I deliberately got it without steam so I
wouldn't have little unfused areas where the steam vents are.  It does a great
job of fusing interfacing and the fusible webs.

Date: Sun, 28 Dec 1997 20:27:37 +0000
Subject: Re: AG Dollclothes

I would love to have any knitting patterns for the American Girl doll.  
Not that I don't have enough projects already but these sound like 
ones that can be easily carried about.  Thanks in advance!
Date: Mon, 29 Dec 1997 16:25:38 EST
Subject: Re: Ironing Presses

I have the Singer press without steam.  I got it on sale at Service
Merchandise aobut3 or 4 years ago.  I deliberately got it without steam so I
wouldn't have little unfused areas where the steam vents are.  It does a great
job of fusing interfacing and the fusible webs.

Subject: Help for wedding!
Date: Mon, 29 Dec 1997 13:55:55 -0600

My daughter is getting married in April and wants me to make her dress and
veil.  This will be a challenge since I've only made prom dresses.
Fortunately, she wants a long, straight dress with a small train.

If any one has any suggestions on do's or don'ts for fabric, etc. I would
really appreciate it. (I have a Bernina 1000 and a serger.) 

Date: Mon, 29 Dec 1997 17:20:43 -0500
Subject: 1530 and questions

Hi all,

This is my first posting to the list after subscribing about one week ago.
However, I've been reading my way thru the archives for several weeks -
what a wealth of information!  I just recently got my first Bernina sewing
machine - a used 1530, to replace my 25+ Kenmore I got after high school.
My Kenmore was a nice machine and made great buttonholes but I wanted more
bells and whistles.   I used to do lots of clothes sewing and some home
dec, but haven't done hardly any in the last 10 years or so and recently
decided to get back to it.  I also got my first serger, a 2000DCE almost 2
months ago, so I'm in sewing heaven.  

Today I am finishing up a blouse and have a question about the black
buttonhole foot - 3a since I don't have my in-store class until later in
January.   It worked great but the hardest time I had was deciding how long
to make the buttonhole.  Are there any tricks to deciding that or anything
special I should be doing to the foot to set the length other than making
trial buttonholes and seeing if they fit the button?

Also, what is the thickest thread I can use on top?  Of course using a
larger needle.  I also do some weaving and some several different
threads/yarns available.  Can a thicker thread go in the bobbin?

Date: Sun, 28 Dec 1997 11:32:21 -0800
Subject: Re: Ironing Presses/Surfaces

> What I really want
> is a large ironing surface for fusing interfacing and ironing yardage.

Well, this isn't very high-tech, but it's low cost and works well for me. 
I use a rectangular folding table with a elasticized non-vinyl mattress 
cover stretched over the top.  (I use the short side of an old full 
mattress cover on the long side of the table.  Fits reasonably snug with 
very little shifting.)  This has been excellent for making drapes and 
curtains, as I can spread out, measure and T-pin an entire panel in 
place, then press it without the carefully placed pleats slithering off 
the ironing surface. 

It's also great for ironing long yardages of fabric without distortion 
(i.e. the 5 1/8 yards of flannel for my MIL's nightgown...) and the 
30-inch table width will accommodate 45 or 60 inch width fabric folded in 
half with no "overhang" required, & no guessing if I got the center fold 

Just make sure the mattress cover is all fabric, and not treated to be 
waterproof or dustmite proof.  The concern is the plastic/vinyl some 
manufacturers use for these products. I don't want to think about what a 
sticky melted mess that would make with an iron set at cotton/steam! 

A mattress cover for a baby bed or camp cot would probably be an even 
better fit ... but i just used what I had available. 

Hope this is useful till you find EXACTLY what you want!

Happy New Year, all!


Date: Mon, 29 Dec 1997 22:16:50 EST
Subject: Sue Hauseman America Sews

Does anyone remember watching Sue Hauseman's show when they demonstrated a
quick project doing a covered clothes hanger.  The samples were very pretty if
I remember they had three samples.  One they had sewn a name on and had
trimmed it with lace.

Well, if  any one can remember this I would like to hear back.  Or maybe
someone ordered the book from her show and this pattern was illustrated in the
book.  If you could tell me the book no. I could order it from her show.

Thank you, Sue   
Date: Mon, 29 Dec 1997 18:59:41 -0500
Subject: 930 Needle-down Option

Once upon a time I had a 930 and it didn't have a needle-down option;
however, with a tap of the heel on the front (or is that the back--under
the heel) of the foot control it would go down.  At that time I tho't
that was great (and it was).  After I lost it in a fire I replaced with
the 1130 which has that option and I like it but actually the little tap
with my heel just wasn't that hard and IF I could have that machine back
I would never "mess" with it unless absolutely necessary.  Actually, I
haven't had but two problems in 11 years with the 1130 and one of those
was just this last year when I had to have a new board and I think
lightning was responsible for that problem.  The 1130 was their first
computer machine and if I had it to do over I would have waited until
their next upgrade.  The automatic buttonholer just never has been
dependable and I haven't wanted anyone "fiddling" around with my
machine's innards so I just used the #3 foot and have done them manually
all these years and this has worked well for me.
Speaking of which I'll just tell you how easy it has been--this is a
method demonstrated by one of their folks:
Make sample buttonholes using the #3 foot until you get it the length
you want.
Lay a piece of Scotch tape down parallel to it (the buttonhole) and mark
the beginning and end of the buttonhole with a line connecting on the
tape.  I-------I   something like this.
Now after marking, on the garment, a beginning point put the tape down
on the garment so that it is parallel to the presser foot and begin and
end as indicated by the tape.
Move the tape for each buttonhole.
This is soooo easy until I have never felt a need for the 3A foot.

Valerie, I know how you feel about that "beloved" 930.  Mine was
"beloved", too.

Blessings for a Happy New Year,
Date: Mon, 29 Dec 1997 20:51:26 EST
Subject: Re: Adopted Artista 180

> Oh by the way, I sewed over a pin out of habit.  It bent in half. Should I
replace my needle?  What's the proper method for dealing with pins?  Thanks.
 Yes, I would deffinetly replace the needle. Most machines aren't made to sew
over pins. I slow down when I get to them and remove them as I go along. Some
people pin vertically, inside the seam allowance, and that way they avoid
going over the pins or slowing down. Take care of that new machine and I'll
purrr for you for years to come!!
Subject: Re: Thread "throw up" (sorry)
Date: Tue, 30 Dec 1997 09:56:55 -0700

My 930 started having this problem for the very first time in years when my
daughter started sewing. In her case, we figured out that it only happened
when she turned the flywheel in reverse to get the needle down to pivot at a
corner. Needless to say, she won't be doing that anymore. My other daughter
won't hold onto thread tails when she starts sewing and this has
occasionally led to thread pile-up.

Date: Tue, 30 Dec 1997 18:57:58 EST
Subject: Re: American Girl Patterns

Where can I find the American Girl Patterns?  Please help!  Thanks, jayne
Date: Tue, 30 Dec 1997 20:58:53 +0000
Subject: Re: Difficult Buttonholes

The suggestion to use the #3 manual foot and to work the buttonhole 
away from the seam worked perfectly.  Thanks!
Subject: RE: American Girl Pattern
Date: Wed, 31 Dec 1997 10:39:49 -0600

That's easy -
Date: Tue, 30 Dec 1997 21:26:16 +0000
Subject: thanks to respondents of difficut buttonholes

Thanks to all who responded to my dilemma about difficult buttonholes.  
I was successful with both garments by using the manual #3 foot and 
starting the buttonhole at the end away from the seam.  Although I did 
not finish the items before Christmas, I thought waiting until after 
the hustle and bustle of the holidays might relieve my tension ....... 
and it did.

Happy New Year to all!  I thoroughly enjoy the Bernina chat room; and 
look forward to learning all the intricacies of my new 1630 in the new 
Subject: Bobbin tension and Cozy Quilts book
Date: Wed, 31 Dec 1997 11:52:20 -0600

Just wanted to thank everyone for all the help you have given me on
locating this book, and also with my bobbin tension. I greatly appreciate
all the response I have had.  Thanks again.  Happy New Year to you all! 

Date: Wed, 31 Dec 1997 09:47:47 -0800
Subject: New (old) Bernina for Xmas

Hi all,

My wife is the proud receipient of a Bernina Record 730 (its probably older
than I am!) in near perfect condition complete with manuals and original
carrying case.

It has a very strange leg gizmos instead of the familiar foot pedal to
control the speed.  I don't see anyway to attach a foot control.

Are there any others that have old berninas?  We live in the Vancouver BC
(Canada) area and I wonder were we could get parts and accessories.

You know, the thing must be 35 years old but it still has excellent tension
and runs like new.


Ted & Karen  
Date: Tue, 30 Dec 1997 21:55:29 EST
Subject: Straight Stitch


Your question regarding the straight stitches looking a little
slanted...switch to a microtex/sharp needle and your stitches will be
straighter.  The universal needle has a slightly rounded point, the
microtex/sharp has a sharp point.  The universal will deflect slightly going
thru the fabric, the sharp will penetrate the fibers.  Most people won't
notice, but if it keeps you happier, use the sharp!


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