Bernina Fan Club Archives

July 97

Sunday, July 20 - Saturday, July 26

Date: 19 Jul 97 22:20:27 EDT
Subject: re: sewing spaces/also 1230 booser

hi all,
I would just like to thank everyone for posting their ideas on their sewing
spaces.  I recently moved all my stuff (deco, 1230, serger and now scanner) to
the living room for some room.  DH hates it there but doesn't have any better
ideas.  Maybe your ideas will give me some info to make things seem less
I really appreciate everyone's advice even though I am mostly a lurker.

To the one who is/was contemplating the 1230 - I love mine!  I bought a
classroom machine about 6 years ago from the dealer.  I still haven't had a
chance to learn everything that the machine has to offer.  Go for it (I quilt
and do garment and some small amounts of home-deco sewing).

Date: Sat, 19 Jul 1997 16:13:14 -0500
Subject: Re: Knee Lift on New Machines

RE:  Knee Lift on New Machines
The freehand system is added to the machine by your mechanic and can be
added any time.  Our price is $88.00 for this kit and we do not charge any
labor if the machine was purchased from us.
Martha in the Ozarks
Date: Sun, 20 Jul 1997 11:27:19 +1000
Subject: New Bernina owner

I have just become the proud owner of a Bernina 1260 QPE and am still
having my lessons.  I am very pleased with my purchase and one of the
things I am really impressed with is the foot control.  I like the way I
am in complete control and the fact that I can actually move on one
stitch at a time.  I also have a Janome 8000 which does very nice
embroidery, but the foot control does not always want to stop when I do
and sometimes run on quite a few stitches.
I am still learning about my Bernina, and I keep wishing for some more
hints and ideas apart from the handbook that came with the machine. 
Does Bernina print a magazine or any other publications to let me know
what other feet are available or any other information?
I have been reading all your letters with much interest, but this is my
first.  Regards from Dorothy 
Date: Sat, 19 Jul 1997 21:19:47 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: Clear Elastic

I didn't see the original question about clear elastic, but I want to give a
word of warning. I have used it for years but recently I got out a bubble
suit that my daughter wore 10 or 11 years ago to show someone. The clear
elastic that I had used in the legs had deteriorated and when it was
stretched, it made a crunching sound and didn't go back. It had gotten sort
of crisp. Unless it has been improved, I would be cautious of using it for
anthing that I want to keep.

OOps! I didn't read the post well enough before I responded to it. It is not
appropriate for running through a casing which is where I had the problem,
although when I used it that way I was told it was all right. BUT it still
seems that after time it would deteriorate, whther through a casing or sewn
through. Just my thoughts........
Date: Sun, 20 Jul 1997 11:25:23 -0400
Subject: Nests of thread

Hello everyone!

My 1080QE Bernie has been generating "nests of thread" under my quilting
pieices lately and from there on won't sew.  I've removed lint from
under tbe feeddogs, then excess thread pieces found in the bobbin area,
re-oiled the machine - all very gently, but this problem keeps occuring.

Also, everything on top is re-threaded - everything seems ok up there.

Thanks for any advise you may have.

Date: Sat, 19 Jul 1997 19:33:20 -0400
Subject: Re: Quilting Rulers

Bernina wrote:
> Hi all,
> I've got a question about quilting rulers.
> I use a rotary cutter and a mat and a ruler to cut the strips when I am
> making quilts.  Frequently I need a strip that is 6 1/2" wide, or wider for
> a border.  The widest ruler that I have is 6" x 24".  I have a few square
> rulers (12" and 16"), but I can't use them to cut a 45" long strip.  I hate
> to fold the fabric in fourths the long way, because I'm afraid of
> distorting it.  Has anyone seen a ruler that is 24" long and wider than 6"?
> Thanks,
> Lisa

I have not seen rulers wider than 6x24 but what I do instead is to use my 12 
x12 square 
and my 6x24 ruler together if I need a piece wider than 6".  I first make sure

that the 
edges are straight, then I use the 12 x12 square (let's say I need a piece 8" 
wide) line 
up two inches with the square and then carefully place the 6x24 ruler next to 
the 12 x12 
square. You now have 8" of width! You don't need a square, another ruler will 
work just 
the same.  Give it a try!  Rulers can be expensive.

Date: Sat, 19 Jul 1997 23:02:51 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: Baby Bath Sets

<< Doris wrote:
 > have just finished a bath set for a baby gift. This is the one that you 
 >start with a square of terry cloth, i.e., 45" width buy 1 & 1/4 yds. A 
 >friend was mentioning that a daughter who had received one of the sets 
 >that she had made, mentioned that the bias binding on the wash cloths was 
 >too stiff and hard. So I serged the cloths with the set I made and liked 
 >the effect since this is the way most purchased wash cloths are finished.
 >My question is: Have any of you serged the entire bath set. < >>
What serger stitch did you use on the wash cloths? I am going to make some
wash cloths out of terry cloth for gifts. Thanks for any advice!!
Date: Sun, 20 Jul 1997 12:58:30 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: Berninas and Hot and Cold

My 5-yr old Bernina 1230 (and 40 yrd old 520, and featherweight) all 
survive well here in south Florida, with all the nasty humidity and 
heat.  I have no air conditioning, and if there's ever a problem, it's 
usually because I'm too hot and humid to stitch!

I do have them checked over every other year by my wizard of a Bernina 
dealer.  Other than that, they hummmmm!  I would not leave it in the 
trunk of my car, either day or night.  I once told my dealer that I had 
left my 1230 in my trunk overnight, and he actually yelled at me!  Said 
the dew and dampness would get in there overnight, and cause all sorts of 

Subject: Re: Needle positions
Date: Sat, 19 Jul 1997 17:15:12 -0700

>Can you change needle position on the 1560?  I saw in the postings someone
>asking about the 1260, and I was wondering if I could do it also on my 1560. 
>I've wanted to do it for machine appliqueing.  Thank you.   Ellen.>

Ellen, I think you mean the 1530 and the directions for needle positions is on
Page 21 in your manual.  It is on the right upper corner of your screen
underneath the stitch widths.  There is a rectangle in the middle with 5 marks
on either side.  The rectangle is where your needle position is now - put your
cursor over the mark you want and press OK.  Look at the picture on page 21.
Date: Sun, 20 Jul 1997 12:45:46 -0500
Subject: Re: Ocean Waves Quilts and Charm Quilts

Bernina wrote:

> Hi
> I am new to quilting, and have seen references to "ocean wave" and "charm"
> quilts.  Could someone please explain to me what those terms mean?  Thanks.
> I enjoy this list very much.  Thanks to Sue for the hard work.
> Sue

Hi, Sue,
Ocean Waves is a variation of the 8 pointed star. The colors when
arranged correctly and block sewn together will look like rowsand rows
of wave lines. It is not a beginner's quilt because making the bias edge
triangle fit is kind of frustrating.  I made mline from the book BACK TO
SQUARE ONE.  Thedifficulty is that the bias edges stretch, sometines
causing all seams not to be uniform. When you start putting your
finishedblocks together, they don't match up at the seams. Iwould make
something small before you start a big quilt of ocean waves.

A charm quilt is one in which piece of fabric in the quilt is different.
A good way to collect fabric for this type of quilt is to do fabric
swaps or buy the precut bundles of 5" squares.  Problem with swaps is
that you get such diferent levels of quality.  I didthem for awhile, but
I got tired of getting poor quality in exchange for what I waas sending

There are books around on how to make both kinds of quilts. Let me know
ifyou decide to make one. Linda
Subject: Re: Foot Storage
Date: Sat, 19 Jul 1997 15:47:09 -0700

I store mine in a hanging jewelry organizer which has clear vinyl pockets -
just the right size for the foot, the instructions, and a few samples of
what the foot sews.  Found it in a shop call ORGANIZE IT.  One side has all
my Bernie feet and the other has the access and footies for the serger.  It
is mounted on the wall right next to the two machines
DeAnn & her 830 
Date: Sun, 20 Jul 1997 10:19:52 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: Quilting Frame, tilt table


I have one of the standing hoops made by Hinterberg Designs, and I like it
quite a bit.  If you decide to get one, I would suggest getting the 22" hoop,
not the 29" hoop, as it will be too big to wrap your arms around and reach
places.  I also got the half-hoop adaptor, which makes borders a breeze, and
I also found some clip-and-elastic doo-dads (sorry for the poor description)
that holds the quilt off the floor.

Assembling the frame was not hard, and I chose to leave mine unfinished
rather than risk whatever finishes I use harming my precious work.  By the
way, the frame looks very nice sitting in the corner with a work in progress.

Hope this helps.  Hinterberg has ads in every quilting mag, if you're
interested.  Usual disclaimer...just another happy customer.

Date: Sun, 20 Jul 1997 08:13:20 -0700
Subject: Needles

For Peggy
Hi there, my little list shows needles
Needles Embroidery Supply Warehouse---
1-800-883-3799 ext. 2234.  Karen is the lady that is so helpful.  100
for $10.00.
Hope this helps
Date: Sun, 20 Jul 1997 12:02:33 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Various

Linda Fee asked me in public about the Til'table for a machine housed in a
large table. I, too wondered about this as I was testing the product, as well
as "Does the oil run somewhere bad if you leave it tilted?" and other
questions (answer from manufacturers is "No"). Then the Duh Light went on:
Don't use a Til'table in this situation. Just put blocks under the two back
legs of the table. Duh. (My husband has been reading to me from Dilbert's
latest book, which talks about InDuhvididuals. I qualify.)

Someone asked about thread and thread sizes. I'd like to recommend some
sources. [I'll give my affiliation with each one in brackets.] Harriet
Hargrave's new book, From Fiber to Fabric, has an in-depth discussion of
this. She discusses cotton, cotton/poly, poly, nylon, rayon, and metallic
threads. [No direct affiliation except that when they form the HH Fan Club,
I'll be the first to sign up.] 

Susan Rock has an outstanding discussion of thread in her book, Teach
Yourself Machine Embroidery. (Did you know thread has a nap, so that if you
wind it off onto a bobbin and use it as a top thread, as with twin needles,
you may run into problems sewing against the nap of some threads?) [I edited
the book.]

Carol Ahles knows more than most of us about thread and discusses it in Fine
Machine Sewing, a Threads book. [No direct affiliation except on-going heated
discussions with Carol about denier of thread and such.]

I have a discussion of thread in the Mini-Encyclopedia of my Complete Book of
Machine Quilting (some of it was reprinted in an issue of Quilter's
Newsletter). We also cover new and weird threads regularly in our newsletter.
[Affiliation? Duh.]
Hope this helps.
Robbie Fanning
The Creative Machine Newsletter
co-author, The Complete Book of Machine Quilting
Book Lover
Date: Sun, 20 Jul 1997 12:55:24 -0500
Subject: Re: Berninas and Hot and Cold

The 1260 is not a computer machine. It is an electronic/mechanical sort
of machine. I wonder why this was not mentioned. Guess it doesn't matter
- - just curious.
Linda E
Date: Sat, 19 Jul 1997 23:26:22 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: Knee Lift on New Machines

Dealer here, we charge $100 whether point of purchase or later on. The knee
lifter is well worth it.
ate: Sun, 20 Jul 1997 14:53:17 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: Bernina Digest 7/2/97

I'm not really responding to the 7/2 digest - I have just finished reading
all those I have downloaded and taking notes on the things I wanted to save
or comment about.  First: Martha in the Ozarks - You are really great to
answer so many questions for those having trouble - wish you were my
dealer!!!!  Also - Steve from ?? - (sorry, I forgot!) - you take a lot of
time with them too - my thanks to both of you for your help and hints!

For the person making a "hankie quilt" - have you looked at "Old Glories" by
Herbort and Greenhut?  They do a lot with old textiles and buttons, maybe
that book would help.

I am not familiar with Robbie Fanning's newletter but intend to e-mail her as
soon as I finish writing this!  Loved her first book!  Thanks also for your
helpful comments Robbie!

A thread comment:  I have used Mettler silk finish thread for quilting - both
top and bottom - for a long time.  When I did "Hex from Hell" quilt last
winter, I used about 10 spools of #500 yellow.  I have never had such lint
come from any thread of any fiber or color.  Cleaned out wads of it everytime
I changed bobbins!  Wonder if it was the color, old thread????  Anybody else
had trouble with that?  It was a first for me!

Keep these digests coming - love 'em!  Happy sewing everybody - headed for
Wal-Mart to check out garages!
Martha Ann 
Date: Sat, 19 Jul 1997 22:45:57 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: Applique Stitch


Sandwich the edges you are sewing between 2 layers of solvy, extended about a
1/2" past the edge.  The solvy gives the feed dogs something to  grip & feed
the fabric.  I just learned this last week.

Subject: 1090QE Quilting stitch
Date: Sun, 20 Jul 97 09:29:48 -0700

I am disappointed with my 1090QE.  The reason I bought this machine was 
because of the quilting stitch.  It will not make this stitch unless it 
is white thread in the bobbin.  I want to use navy blue but my dealer and 
I have been unsuccessful.

I feel that when you pay $1900 for a machine that it should perform the 
way it is designed.

Does anyone have any suggestions?

Leigh Anne 
Date: Sun, 20 Jul 1997 13:02:46 -0500
Subject: Re: Wide Rulers

I think another solution to the width question is to use a mat with
lines on it.  There is also the 12" square ruler that can be used on
folded (carefully) fabric. Linda E
Date: Sun, 20 Jul 1997 12:10:25 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: Quilting Rulers

At one workshop I took (I think Trudie Hughes), she solved this ruler width
problem :

If she wanted a 7"  band and only had the 6 inch wide 24" long ruler, she
started with  a shorter, easier to manage ruler, on the fabric at a one inch
distance and then put down her 6" wide (24" long) ruler  butting up to the
other one. That way she got a total of 7 inches and was able to cut down
selvedge to selvedge with just one fold.

If this is not clear, email me and I'll try to explain it better.
Date: Sun, 20 Jul 1997 12:46:05 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Stippling

Thanks to everyone that gave hints on stippling.  I had padded a row of
camels on the bottom of a vest for my granddaughter and decided stippling
would accent the camels more.  I changed my top thread and s l o w e d down
and it came out pretty good for my first time.  

Date: Sun, 20 Jul 1997 21:09:17 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: New Machines

Baird:  PLEASE dont' trade in your 1530 and DECO fo rthe new machine.
Unless you have seen something I haven't, the newer machines are mostly, if
not all plastic in the casing and they DO NOT take the same feet as the
1530.  If you have a DECO and 1530, there isn't anything you can't do!

Date: Sun, 20 Jul 1997 18:36:42 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Free-Machine Burbles

This is a PS to my earlier message about free-machine quilting. You often get
the bobbin thread to the top and showing when you change directions,
especially if your machine-quilting style, as unique as your signature, tends
toward longer rather than shorter stitches. Kaye Wood taught me to lock the
stitch at the "corner" by taking an extra tiny stitch or two there before
changing directions.
Robbie Fanning
The Creative Machine Newsletter
co-author, The Complete Book of Machine Quilting
Date: Sun, 20 Jul 1997 09:28:53 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re:  Coded Foot

Hi, Mary,

The coded feet are for the 1630, to allow the needle to swing to 9mm.  If a
non coded foot is on the 1630, the needle will only swing the usual 5mm,
keeping the needles from hitting the foot and breaking.  The non-coded feet
have holes only wide enough for 5mm needle swing.  This give a larger range
of use of the presser feet, but protects the needles.

There is a new cover plate for the 1630 with a 5mm hole, for using non-coded
presser feet, and to keep the material from getting caught down in the wider
hole, when sewing on an edge or corner.  They are hard to come by - mine has
been on order for about a month.

Hope this was clear.

Date: Sat, 19 Jul 1997 23:02:42 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: Mummy Bags

In a message dated 97-07-19 12:14:37 EDT, you write:
>> "Sew and Repair Your Outdoor Gear" by Louse Lindgren Sumner.  
 There are tips on repairing sleeping bags, but no patterns for sleeping
 bags are in this book.  >>
 There are sleeping bag patterns in the catalogs of Green Pepper and
Date: Sun, 20 Jul 1997 16:32:10 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Viking 1+ vs. Bernina Artista?

I forget who it is who mentioned shopping the Viking.  I have come
up with a comparison list, FYI.

adjustable presser foot pressure - Viking has, Pfaff does not, Artista
   I think will have
knee lift - only Bernina has
sewing advisor - only Viking has, to my knowledge
built-in walking foot - only Pfaff has
built-in needle threadet - Pfaff has, Artista will have, Viking has?
thread cutters - Viking has 3, Pfaff ?, Artista will have 3
stitch balance function - Artista should have, Pfaff has, Viking has only
   for Omnigrams but not other decorative stitches 
basting stitch - Artista should have 10mm and 30mm, Viking max of 5mm, 
   Pfaff 6mm
Maximum zigzag width - Pfaff 9mm, Viking ?6mm, Artista should have 9mm
needle positions - to my knowledge, Bernina is the only machine of the
   three that will allow you to change the needle position for all the
   stitches, and not just the straight stitch or zigzag stitch.  This
   feature is important only for heirloom sewing, where you might want
   to position the stitch closer to the feed dog to reduce flutter and
   get a more beautiful stitch
oiling requirements - I suspect that these are no-oil machines for the user,
   but regular oiling needs to be done by an authorized service center
   regularly (every year) 

This compares the TOL of the three companies, as best I understand them.
I am not an authority, just an educated shopper.  Some differing features
may not be listed here.  Hope this helps.
Date: Sun, 20 Jul 1997 13:57:20 -0500

Subject: Re: Ocean Waves Quilts and Charm Quilts

Bernina wrote:

> Hi
> I am new to quilting, and have seen references to "ocean wave" and "charm"
> quilts.  Could someone please explain to me what those terms mean?  Thanks.


Ocean Waves is the name of a particular quilt pattern.  A charm quilt is
a scrap quilt, using lots of different fabrics as opposed to using three
to five fabrics for design effect.


Subject: Re: Double Piping

The Singer Sewing Reference Library books, "Sewing for the Home" and
"More Sewing for the Home" have instructions for making double piping
for home dec.  My books are not handy, but one or both of them contain
this information.


Subject: Re: No Need For a Spinster.....UR Bernina does it
Bernina wrote:

> By placing your bobbin on the machine and making a thread "ring" thru one
> of the bobbin holes. Into that ring you may add whatever cord or threads
> you desire and wind! It will twist the doubled threads until they begin
> to twist over on themselves. When that happens grab the center point and
> allow the threads to twist back over on themselves into a long cord. Clip
> the thread ring on the bobbin and there you have exactly what you want
> right where you want it........where you are sewing!


I am having a hard time picturing this!  As you can see, I am a visual
learner.  What do you mean by "thread ring?"  I can't visualize winding
the cord through this "ring."  Please explain it further.


Subject: Free Motion Embroidery Mail List

Hi All,

For those of you who are interested and unaware, there is a Free Motion
Embroidery List at Quiltropolis.  The URL is:

Click on "Mail Lists" and follow the instructions to join.  

I very much enjoy this list and all the great people and information
that I receive, but I also enjoy the Free Motion List, because it is
dedicated to Free Motion Embroidery.  Between the two, we can't help but
learn so much more.

Date: Sun, 20 Jul 1997 09:24:09 -050

RE: Coded Feet
Welcome to the list Mary!
The coded feet are useful for the Bernina Model 1630 because it is capable
of changing the stitch width to 9mm when any of these special feet are used
on it.
As an example, you might wish to make the satin stitch 9mm wide for some
projects or to sew wonderful and wide borders that are built into this

The coded #29 can be used on all of the models except the new mid-range
computers; 130, 140, 150, 160.  This foot has a clear plastic oval shape
for excellent visibility when doing freehand work like quilting or
monograms.  It has been very helpful for even our 830 Berninas which was
the top of the line model for 12 years!.  Which Bernina do you own?
Martha in the Ozarks

RE: Wide Rulers
One idea we often use is to put fabric grips on the underside of the rulers
for better control thus less slipping.

RE: Polartec Jacket
Hey Linda,
Your seam style information is wonderful!!  Thanks tons for sharing it with
Martha in the Ozarks

RE: Baby Bath Sets
Hi Carol,
Yes, I have serged entire baby bath sets, aren't they fun to make?  Do you
have a Deco 500 or 600.  For our last Bernina Club, we had Christmas in
July and showed bath ideas for women, men and children and the hooded
towels for choldren were embellished with the Lucy Rigg card - beautiful.
Actually, the women & mens ideas were also embellished but with designs
from other cards.  At any rate, I love your suggested stitch options when
without a serger.  If you don't mind, I will pass this info on to the
teacher of our Baby Accessory Class.  Some of our ladies in the last class
did not own a serger so we let them use ours.
But we never want students to leave any class we teach without giving them
options for their home sewing machines.  Thanks a bunch!
Martha in the Ozarks where I am still in my PJ's.  This is a very adicting
list & I enjoy it so very much.

RE: Knee Lift on New Machines
This is a "super" accessory that can be added or not according to the
consumer's needs and/or wishes.  I wasn't a knee lift user for ages until I
saw others using theirs in a class, then I knew I had to train myself to
use mine too.  It saves approximately one hour in each eight hours you sew
and is essential (I think) for anyone who wants to applique with satin
stitch or blanket stitch and to do cutwork with their wonderful 'ninas.

RE: Milk Bags
Hello Liz,
I loved traveling and shopping in G Street during BU this year with some of
your Canadian Stitchers and we fell in together right away.  Laughed and
talked and had a great time together.  They were lovely and so
knowledgable.  They had a booth at BU in the Merchant Mall and took orders
for Bernina suspenders.  They even delivered them to our rooms!  My DH
really likes his, now I wish I had purchased two pair, now.......if I could
only find their card among the many I brought home!

RE: Keep What I've Got
Yes, the new machines are selling here in the mid-west quite well because
of the price and the fact that many folks find this mid-range computers
easy to use and they recognize the abilities they did not have with their
mechanical machines.  So, for the dollar amount, they are receiving quite a
bit and still have the option of trading up at a later date.

I happen to love the 1530 and keep one at home now - hopefully never to be
sold at our shop, just available for extra when we need it in the shop for
a class.  I agree with you, keep the one you have now.
Martha in the Ozarks

RE: Free Motion on 1260QPE
Are you using any type of freehand presser foot when you try to stipple?
If so, which one?  And, not to insult you, but are you sure you are
threading the machine with the presser foot lifter in the up position.
There is also an extra thread guide built in the handle of your machine.
Pull it to the highest position and look at the back right corner,  There
will be a metal area which will allow you to thread straight wound threads
or slick threads like rayon and metallic to keep them flowing off the spool
at the best angle.  Just some thoughts.

RE: Baby Bath Sets,
Hello Doris,
I love your idea of serging the edges and it definitely is easier and
faster than bias binding.  You might like the look of the Woolly Extra
which has half the yardage as the standard but is twice as thick so your
coverage, even on thicker terry cloth is super!  The only down side to this
is that the Extra is available in just 6 colors, none of which is
varigated.  We carry them all tho in our )much smaller) shop.  How about
one varigated in the upper looper and a sold to blend in the lower looper -
oh boy could we have some fun with this!
Martha in the Ozarks

RE: New Machine - 160
Dear new 160 owner,
Have you tried going back to your dealer and asking about a trade up to the
new limited edition 1530 Computer?  It might be worth a try.

RE: Changing Needle Positions
Hello Ellen,
Yes!  Your 1530 does have needle positions - 11 in fact.  Five on each side
of center.  They are located just below the stitch width indicator on the
upper right hand side of your screen.  Place the cross cursor on the needle
position you want then press the "okay button" and the needle will move.
Your machine will automatically set the needle position for you when you
select certain stitches.  As an example, select your blindhem stitch and
look to see where the needle position is.  This is an easy way to "see"
where the needle positions are.
Martha in the Ozarks who has just cleaned out the majority of her fabric
stash and sold it at the sidewalk personally
believe in allowing our stashes or collections to mature or cure before we
use them.
Date: Mon, 21 Jul 1997 12:34:08 -0400
Subject: Sergers and flatlocking

I seldom sew garments.  Would a serger be of value to a machine quilt
What is this process called flatlocking?  This web has aroused my
curiosity about sergers.  When I see a serger in a store I am turned off
by all those large spools
of thread.

Subject: Straight Pins and 1260

I am a faithful reader of this digest.  Just recently I started to sew
quilts after many  many years of not sewing.  I adore my Bernina 1260
which is still my new toy.
When piecing , it sometimes requires alot of pins. (especially when
trying to match up alot of uneven lines).  What are your feelings about
sewing over straight pins?
I am concerned that I may damage my wonderful machine.
- --
Date: Mon, 21 Jul 1997 11:16:03 -0500 (CDT)
Subject: Roar!

Did my eyes deceive me?  I saw the quilted Northern Tissue commercial the 
other night...and the ladies were using needles and thread!

Way to go quilters!  Evidently, Northern Tissue finally heard our 
comments.  To summarize,
	We are quilters; hear us roar!

Mary Jane 
Subject: Miscellaneous
Date: Mon, 21 Jul 97 10:51:30 EDT

To Brenda:   re: Ott Light and its "Counterpart".  I purchased a light from
Office Max which closely resembles the Ott light but it is called a Dana
Except for being only $29.99, rather than $60-$70.00, I believe it is
essentially the same.  It has the long narrow double tube "virtual daylight"
bulb and the only real difference in the fixture is that the Ott light has a
carry handle on top.  They both light up when the lamp is opened and I cannot
see any difference in the illumnation. I find the Dana light suits me fine for
my close applique work and I use it a lot for other purposes.  In fact, right
now I am busy cataloging my parents' old photo album; looking at lots of very
old photos and the Dana light is a big help.    Dennie 

To Josephine:    Wakefield, MA is at least 40 miles north from
Bellingham, but it is reasonably close to Woburn (northwest of Boston)
Bellingham is near the Rhode Island border.  There are three "Fabric Place"
stores, but being in Bellingham, you would be better off going to the one in
Warwick, RI or to the Framingham, MA location.  Woburn is by far the furthest
one of the three from Bellingham.  Probably your son doesn't realize there is
more than one.  I actually think the Warwick, RI location is the better of all
of them, but I go to the Framingham store mostly because it is closest to me. 
If you are looking for quilt shops in the area, e-mail me privately, I can
you to the great ones!     Dennie  

To Lisa  :    I haven't seen a good quilter's ruler larger than 6 x 24
except for the very large T-square types with the lip on the edge intended for
use on the large cutting tables.  I find the following works for me:  If need
be, I find no problem folding my fabric into thirds.  Then I use my largest
Omnigrid square (15 x15) on the left side with the 6 x 24 ruler against it for
the long cutting edge.  I would rather do this than battle an extra long can't reach that far anyway!!!  and maybe you would not have
control of your rotary cutter either.      Dennie  

To Pat :  I'm not sure exactly what part of Boston you plan to
in, but the closest quilt shop to downtown would be The Cambridge Quilt Co. in
Cambridge, a short trip out of Boston on the "T" (our transport system).  If 
are looking for fabric shops, Framingham and Woburn have "The Fabric Place" in
both towns which offer everything you could ever want from quilting cottons to
woolens/silks to bridals to baby knits and polar fleece; also outstanding home
deco, drapery/upholstery departments.  They also have a great notions and book
supply.  Another great quilt/gift shop combination is Ralph Jordan's on Rt. 2A
in Acton, west of Boston. The New England Quilt Museum is in Lowell, northwest
of Boston.  There are several outstanding quilt shops on the Cape, but that
would be a 90 min. ride from downtown Boston.  If you have lots of spare time,
it would be worth it.  Lots of other places around but don't know how much you
want to drive.  I, too, have been to Cranberry Quilters and enjoyed it.    
Date: Mon, 21 Jul 1997 07:16:57 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: No Need For a Spinster.....UR Bernina does it


I don't quite understand the concept of twisting thread with the bobbin.
 Using the bobbin winder?  

It sounds like a great idea, but how does that put the twisted thread, or
beads where you want them on the machine?

Sorry to be so dense.

Thanks, VonnieK
Date: Mon, 21 Jul 1997 16:05:19 -0400
Subject: Newsletter

Ms Fanning, what is the address of your newsletter, & what is the
price?  Virginija
Date: Mon, 21 Jul 1997 21:11:42 +0100
Subject: Re: Finishing Touch

Hello Monique

>       Sometimes when I finish dress or coordinate or something similar, I
>realize that I need a necklace and earing to complete the look, then I
>start shopping to find them.  If I pay attention, I understand that the
>necklace that I bought, I may make myself, by buying the beads or the
>stones... I am wondering if some of you know web sites where I can have
>ideas and techniques in handmade jewellery.

I don't know of any web sites for this, but I have been making necklaces
to match the garments that I make with bought beads.  But lately, I have
been making my own beads out of the polymer clay, Fimo, or Das are two
of the makes.  You just have to bake the beads in the oven and then
varnish them.  I also make buttons out of this clay to match my
garments.  I make different colours by rolling out the pieces into
sausage shapes and then twisting them together and then rolling out
again.  The colours then mix by keep doing this.

I hope that this helps you.

Best wishes 


Date: Mon, 21 Jul 1997 20:35:22 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: Straight Pins and 1260

Sewing over pins is never a good idea. Firstly, you can strike the pin with
your needle by accident which could send the needle into your face. Secondly,
a stitch formed over a pin is a weak stitch, with too much slack. Better to
pull the pins as you sew before they get near the needle.
Subject: Double Piping/Private e-mail answers
Date: Mon, 21 Jul 1997 15:26:54 -0600

Please don't e-mail the answer to this one privately, I'd also love to know
how to do double/triple piping!  That's the great thing about this list--if
someone has a question it's likely that (a) someone else has the same
question, and (b) someone knows the answer.

It's frustrating to see a question and not the answer :-(   (Although I
realize that sometimes there are valid reasons for not wanting to post the

Date: Thu, 24 Jan 1980 02:22:03 -0700
Subject: Re: Nests of Threads

>My 1080QE Bernie has been generating "nests of thread" under my quilting
>pieices lately and from there on won't sew.  I've removed lint from
>under tbe feeddogs, then excess thread pieces found in the bobbin area,
>re-oiled the machine - all very gently, but this problem keeps occuring.

Just a thought--You're not accidentally pushing the knee lift thereby
releasing the tension on the thread.  I've caught myself doing this.  It
sounds like something wrong in the upper thread tension. 
Date: Mon, 21 Jul 1997 20:40:24 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: 1090QE Quilting Stitch

What weight thread are you using in your bobbin? And are you using a quilting
needle. Needles and thread make all the difference when you are trying to do
specialty sewing techniques. And which kind of monofilament are you using in
the top thread? Try the Sulky, it's polyester and doesn't seem to have quite
as much stretch as the nylon YLI.  Also, the hand look quilting stitch was
designed for the lighter batts that hand quilters usually use, not the really
heavy batting you might tie with. Finally, make sure you try raising your top
tension, this will help pull the colored bobbin thread up to the top. I have
found that I cannot get a good hand look quilting stitch unless I use top
quality, all cotton threads like Mettler 50/3 or 40/3 with a quilting needle
(Schmetz).  But the 1090QE does a beautiful stitch if you are set up
correctly for it.
Good luck.
Date: Mon, 21 Jul 1997 20:50:46 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: 1090QE Quilting Stitch

Leigh Anne,

Go to the Bernina Home Page   http://www.b  and look under FAQ
(frequently asked questions)  There are suggested threads, needles, tension,
If none of the suggested solutions help, Go under Ask Bernina and tell them
problem.  They will need to know the stitch you're using, thread, fabric,
needle, etc. 
They are trying to respond within 24 hours.   It is an execellent machine.
There are so many different threads, needles, tension settings, fabrics,
etc, that we sometimes have to play with a stitch  to get those perfect

Date: Mon, 21 Jul 1997 22:00:51 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Knee lifter on new machines

I had a knee lifter installed on my 150 (just bought in July 7th).  When I
tried it this week I found it would not work.  The feed dogs lowered, but the
presser foot would not lift.  I took it to the dealer and it took 5 minutes
to fix.  

The mechanic explained to me that on these new models, if you manually lift
the presser foot and at the same time bump the knee lifter, you can unhook
the knee lifter mechanism.  It is easy enought to fix, but it isn't
convenient to have to lug your machine to the dealer.  Just some information
I thought might be useful to pass along.

I've loved the BFC and enjoy reading all the tips.  I am a quilter and am
looking forward to finishing my first quilt with free motion quilting.  All
your suggestions on how to thread the bobbin to help with tension are greatly

Date: Mon, 21 Jul 1997 19:15:30 -0500
Subject: Baby Bath Set

Sandy of West Virginia wrote me for instructions. Since the messages (I 
have sent two) came back undeliverable, I will offer them here for 
everyone's perusal:
Glad to share the info. Start with a square as I mentioned in post. 
You will need a yard and one fourth of 45" width or 1 and 1/3 of 48 ". 
Fold in half. At top, measure 9 inches from fold and down 9 inches from 
cut edge. This will make the hood. The 2 pieces cut off will be wash 
cloths. May want to square up the cloths a little if fabric is wider than 
45 in. When cutting out the hood area, I like to round the area where 
hood meets body. Sew the 9 in. seam at top to form hood. Round off toward 
fold. I also round off the four corners to make applying the bias easier.
All that is left to do will be binding edges. I have used the double bias
method. I cut 3 in. strips and folded them although the next one I plan 
to use a scant half inch of bias in the first stitching which will give 
me a little more flexibility and allow for the thickness of terrycloth.
Most recipients of these use them until they are good sized children so
they will be laundered a great deal.
The sky is limit as for as combination of color of terry and fabric for 
bias. If you want to make it personalized you could monogram name of 
child across top of hood or perhaps make letters out of same fabric as 
bias binding.
I preshrink both terry and trim fabric.
If these directions seem vague, you might want to take a piece of typing
paper and follow cutting directions. It really is very simple. I think
the hard part is squaring up the terry cloth ;-)
Write me direct if I haven't made this clear.
- -- 
Date: Tue, 22 Jul 1997 00:53:37 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: SewNews Special Summer Issue

I saw this publication on the shelf at HOF today - have any of your
subscribers received your copy in the mail yet?  Thanks, Jacque
Subject: Re: New Bernina owner
Date: Mon, 21 Jul 1997 14:13:43 -0700

To Dorothy  ,
Congratulations on your new machine - aren't they fun?  Yes, your dealer
have a leaflet called "Bernina Special Accessories" that shows each foot and
it's number and what it is for.   If you can't get it there, write to me

If you will look at the Bernina of America page at: 
you can look at the available library for the Bernina machines.  Footsteps and
Sewing Service Leaflets are discontinued but still available from some stores.
Good luck.

Subject: Re: Nests of Threads
Date: Tue, 22 Jul 1997 00:44:03 -0700=

 My daughter-in-law haf the same problem and the repair man said she wasn't
allowing the stitch to be completed properly. Make sure you are turning
your hand wheel in the proper direction when you finish a row.   Try using
a little swatch of material and sewing on it first and then onto your
garment.  Also, change the needle and check the tension on your bottom
bobbin.  Hope this helps.j
Date: Mon, 21 Jul 1997 21:21:23 -0700
Subject: Re: Double Piping

Latest issue of Threads has some wonderful instructions and
photos on fancy piping methods.
Date: Mon, 21 Jul 1997 22:12:35 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: Sergers and Flatlocking

In a message dated 97-07-21 19:46:18 EDT, you write:

> When I see a serger in a store I am turned off
>  by all those large spools
>  of thread.
>  Sharyn  

Funny thing, all those spools of thread were a turn ON for me - I hate
filling bobbins, and you never have to with a serger!!  

I see no use for a serger for quilting, but some of the quilters may have
better ideas for you.  I do clothing construction, and as hesitant as I was
to buy, I would never again be without my serger.  

As one lady pointed out (Tara, I believe it was) most of the things on the
serger can be done on a TOL machine.  I have a viking 1100 with numerous
stitches, and still appreciate the speed and efficiency of the serger MAINLY
BECAUSE of the never ending supply of thread!

Flatlocking is a decorative stitched used predominately on top of the fabric
with decorative thread or yarn as embellishment....very
attractive...decorative only.

You should spread your interests into I'm trying to spread mine
into quilting.  I'm finding with all my scraps and end pieces, quilting goes
hand in had with sewing.                  Enjoy!  Jacque

**It Takes A Village** sew a professional wardrobe!
Date: Mon, 21 Jul 1997 21:28:39 -0400
Subject: New Bernina Machine

Someone wrote in that the new Bernina's are mostly made of plastic.  Not,
true, check them out at your local dealer.  You will learn that they are
not.  Nice heavy machine, of the usual Bernina quality.

*Prepare For Joy*
Date: Mon, 21 Jul 1997 18:08:44 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: New Bernina Owner

Dorothy, check with your dealer and see if they carry the Machine Mastery
series or Feetures. Both of which will help you use your machine to it's
fullest capacity.
Date: Mon, 21 Jul 1997 22:19:09 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: Viking 1+ vs. Bernina Artista?

Re the sewing advisor, I believe the Artista will have this as well.
Date: Mon, 21 Jul 1997 19:40:11 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Turban Pattern

Robbin and Bernina List -
>About Bernina and breast cancer: I know Martha mentioned this briefly, but
>Gayle Hillert of Bernina has written a wonderful open letter in our Summer
>issue about taking time to have a mammogram and about Bernina's new pin to
>encourage awareness. Gayle herself is undergoing treatment and she wants
>every woman to be careful.

A few months or maybe a year ago someone on the list asked for a source 
for a turban pattern for a cancer patient that lost her hair.  I called 
the local American Cancer Society.  They have turbans to lend, but not a 
pattern.  My sister has just started chemo therapy and was told that she 
would lose her hair in two weeks.  I am hoping to get some turbans ready. 
 She may prefer a turban to a bare head at home.  I would appreciate help 
with this - Thanks in Advance.

Subject: Latest Threads issue
Date: Wed, 16 Jul 1997 10:30:30 -0400

I totally love this magazine, and need to find some back issues I've 

The latest one with the article about the circle attachment got me to go up 
to G Street Fabrics in Rockville and ask if they had a circle attachment 
that would fit my 930.  Believe it or not, they actually did - Threads 
makes another sale for Bernina!

It did help that G Street was still running their "25% off everything in 
the store" sale.... :-)

Date: Tue, 22 Jul 1997 07:56:17 -0500
Subject: Ron Collins

Hi Mary,

I have never taken a workshop with Ron Collins but I did catch him on 
Sandra Betzina twice and I really enjoyed him.  He is a very 
talented, articulate young man.  Very pleasant too.  Where is this 
workshop being offered?  In Victoria?  Where did you hear that he was 
a student of Sandra's?  I didn't get that impression at all.  I would 
take a class with him - he has some wonderful tips to share.

Date: Mon, 21 Jul 1997 19:58:19 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: Straight Pins and 1260

Hi Sharyn,

I have a 1260, also, and was told in guide class not to sew over pins.  I
don't know that it will ruin the machine, but the needle probably wouldn't
tolerate the abuse very well.  Anyway, I absolutely hate it when the needle
hits a pin, and bends or breaks it.  I'm afraid some teeny bit of metal will
fly in my face and I'll suffer a sewing-related injury!  Oh well, guess I'm
getting carried away so better go.  I'll be interested to read what others
have to say about this.

Date: Mon, 21 Jul 1997 21:23:19 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: Ott Light

In a message dated 97-07-19 11:36:52 EDT, you write:

>> I think you are confusing the information on the Ott light with the
 light from Office Max. The one at Office Max is from the FUNCTION FIRST
 collection made by DANA LIGHTING. It sells for $29.95 and is a replica of
 Ott light except it is black. >>

It's kind of funny how some subjects just seem to keep coming back !
I was the person who started the original thread on the Ott light sometime
Thanks to all the people who responded, I did buy an Ott.  I also checked
Home Depot, and found that they did not carry it, at least not here.  I
bought it at Office Max, the ironic thing is that there is no Office Max in
Phoenix. However, the corporate offices are here, and with a little pleading
to sell to me retail, I came home with my precious ott.  The last post said
that the light at Office Max is not an original Ott is mistaken (unless
things are different in other locations other than Phoenix), I looked at my
light and it does say Ott-Lite on it. And the price I paid was much less than
I found anywhere.  Thank you one and all for the input!
Date: Mon, 21 Jul 1997 21:05:48 -0700
Subject: Re: Sergers and Flatlocking

Hi Sharyn, I would like to respond to your questions of sergers
being of use to a machine quilter?  I do not machine quilt, I DO
piece a lot with garment construction.
My serger purchase actually got me sewing again!! so....I use it
for seam finishes and knit garments.  Sometimes I use it for
serging strip piecing items together rather than machine sewing
due to the application of the piecing object.
Flatlocking is a serger technique which, when finished, leaves
the 'ladder' effect of the stitches from the looper on the
surface of the fabric (where the two pieces of fabric come
together as in a seam) and can be used decoratively, and I
suppose, could be a method of construction.
Hope that helps - know there are others who can give you info
My best friend, who is an avid quilter, does no garment
construction, says she has NO use for a serger.
DeAnn and her 830 
Date: Tue, 22 Jul 1997 09:28:58 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: 2000DE Serger for sale


I am selling my Bernina 2000DE serger.........Please contact me by email for


Subject: Re: Applique Stitch
Date: Tue, 22 Jul 1997 07:58:04 +0100

RE: Applique Stitch
You might also try fusing two layers of water soluble stabilizer together
and placing this under the edge of your project.  To fuse: Rotary Cut 3"
wide strips of water soluble stabilizer between two thicknesses of Teflon
Pressing Sheet or Pressing Paper. Make sure your iron is set to "dry" with
a temp for silk. Press.
The strip placed under the work should have enough extending to measure
about 1" beyond raw edge. When you are finished, tear off the strip from
wrong side of the work and you will have another set of strips to be used
another time.  Place these in a zip closure bag, squeeze out the air and
Date: Tue, 22 Jul 1997 08:55:59 -0400
Subject: Mass. Museum

Can someone tell me the name and location of the museum in Massachusetts
that holds the old quilts? I believe it burned down and they rebuilt. We're
driving to Maine in Sept. and if this museum isn't too far out of our way
(in my husband's opinion!) I'd like to see it.
Date: Tue, 22 Jul 1997 11:12:28 -0500
Subject: several

Doris:  I missed your original post regarding the bath sets for babies - 
is this a pattern that you sell? I'm very interested - you can e-mail me 
privately.  I've been doing some sewing for a program called "Baby 
Bundles" which is part of the  NIRGRADS program in the hospitals within 
our county.  These hospitals are trying to get parents to bring children 
that were in neo-natal care back for follow up visits - one way is to 
give them "baby bundles" - blankets, quilts, bibs, etc.  Several groups 
are helping sew these "bundles" and it sounds like the bath sets would 
make great items to add.  

Re:  Ott Light - Thousand thanks to all who mailed me regarding the Ott 
light - now I just have to get to store and get one.  You all helped me 
decide which to purchase. 

Thanks, Brenda
Date: Tue, 22 Jul 1997 10:16:50 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: The Spinster

This same feat can also be accomplished by using your bobbin winder with the
1630 or 1230 bobbins--the ones with all the holes around them. Put your
threads through and step on the gas. You may need a friend or relative to
hold the end or supply the foot power.

Date: Tue, 22 Jul 1997 16:21:12 +0200
Subject: Re: Handkerchief Quilts

Hi there Mary

I am a little behind in reading mail as I have had friends staying, so if
you have received a response about the Handkerchief Quilt just ignore this.

I have a pattern for this quilt. It is in the June 1990 issue of "Stitch
and Sew Quilts".  The hankies are shaped into butterflies.

I am quite happy to photocopy it and send it to you if you send me your
snail mail address.

Bye for now
Date: Tue, 22 Jul 1997 09:59:14 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: Need Walking Foot

Your dealer can order the appropriate walking foot from Bernina. You
shouldn't have to pay any extra for a special order since your dealer has to
order all sorts of stuff from BOA.

Date: Tue, 22 Jul 1997 15:00:14 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: Baby Bath Sets

I''m so glad to get your message.  It was my first mail today.  I wondered if
the system had crashed!  I was about to go into withdrawl!  I love this mail
I am the mother of a 6 month old baby, and I use a hooded towel 2x per day
minimum (we just started on solid foods, and she goes straight from the high
chair to the tub after each meal!)
Date: Tue, 22 Jul 1997 15:10:46 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: water marks

Help!  On the final pressing of a pair of lined rayon pants, the steam iron
dripped, and there are now water marks on them.  Any suggestions on saving
them.  Unfortunately, it's at the seat seam, so I can't even make shorts from

Subject: RE: T shirt sheets
Date: Tue, 22 Jul 1997 11:22:21 -0500

Went shopping at Marshall Field looking for the FABulous t-shirt sheets
that Oprah keeps raving about.  Well they are VERY expensive!  a twin
fitted sheet is $45 and a Queen is $82.  The pillow cases are $50!  But
they feel WONDERFUL.  After looking at them I figured they would be a
cinch to make.  Anyone out there have experience and ideas on making
sheets especially the Queen size?  Also is there any source for a
larger width than 60 " in 100% cotton knit fabric ?

Date: Tue, 22 Jul 1997 17:25:41 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: Bobbin Thread Showing and More

Try changing the bobbin tension. Momofilament thread is great for watercolor.
You can use a fine cotton thread on the back. I wouldn't use polyester as it
is stronger than the cotton fabric. Monofilament is a very fine nylon that
many professional quilters use such as Harriet Hargrave. I use it in all my
watercolor pieces.
Deanna S(Watercolor Magic)
Date: Tue, 22 Jul 1997 15:05:25 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: Nests of thread

I, too, have run into that problem.  I find that it doesn't happen if I 
hold onto the threads toward the rear of the machine as I place the 
needle into the fabric and lower the presser foot. 

Date: Tue, 22 Jul 1997 13:35:40 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: Double Welting (piping)

Sara, You wrote,

>>>>>>>>>Has anyone out there ever made double piping? or even triple piping?
 I know how to make single piping, have loads of soft furnishings books but
not one
of them describes this method.  I am making a machine quilted cushion based
on rock strata etc and would like a multiple piped edge to complement the
main cushion panel. >>>>

Double & triple piping called welting in the home dec business is usually
applied to upholstered furniture.   The welting is made and glued onto the
chair.  I have re-upholstered 3 chairs in my home.....One had single welting.
 I was able to do all the sewing on my 1630......The other 2 chairs had
double welting.  Bernina does not have a double welting foot.  I ended up
cutting my fabric and taking it to an upholstery store for them to make the
double welting.....The insert for double welting has 2 welting cords sewn
together from the manufacturer.....

I would think if you want to use it on cushions you have to glue it on.....If
you saw how the double welting was made, you would easily see why....

Date: Tue, 22 Jul 1997 09:41:08 -0700 (PDT)


I found Softwear Productions website recently at  I don't think they have completed it yet

Good luck.

Date: Tue, 22 Jul 1997 23:37:28 -0400
Subject: Printing on fabric and "whine"

Hi all,

        I've tried putting fabric with freezer paper ironed on the back
through my Apple Stylewriter Ink Jet printer.  It does need to be "fixed."
Make sure you allow the ink to dry  before setting.  When I took it
straight to the iron from the printer it ran. Remove the freezer paper. I
use a mixture of 50/50 white vinegar and water.  Dip a press cloth in the
mixture and squeeze out so that it is not dripping.  Cover the printed
fabric with the wet press cloth and iron until dry.  This was a trick I
learned when stenciling paint on fabric and it has worked well for me.

        In regards to the "whine" about patterns, I personally like the
multi-sized patterns because I am several different sizes.  Also a note, I
don't think there is such a thing as a standard size in either the pattern
industry or RTW.  I once took a class on pattern drafting and the
instructor told us of an incident when she was drafting a pattern for a
manufacturer.  She was told to make it a size 12.  When she finished, the
supervisor took it and gave it to the person responsible for grading it
into different sizes and said here's a size 10.  Since we can't try on the
home-sewn garment until it's cut and at least partially put together I
usually measure the pattern and if in doubt, pin the pattern pieces
together and try them on before cutting out the garment.

Date: Tue, 22 Jul 1997 21:40:47 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: Straight Pins and 1260

Would not advise sewing over pins, you could break one and the part could
damage your hook. 
Date: Tue, 22 Jul 1997 21:34:26 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: Wide Rulers

Hi Linda. there are several rulers 24" wide. I like the Master Piece 45" by
J&J Enterprise of Iowa, Inc. 10481 N. w. 107 Ave. Ia. 50109. 
Date: Tue, 22 Jul 1997 20:52:52 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Knee lifter broke again (on 150)

Had it fixed and it unhooked again during my first 10 minutes of sewing.
 Anyone else having similar problems?
Date: Tue, 22 Jul 1997 22:28:44 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Teenage-mutant ninja turtles

Well, since I figured out the address to post to the list, I'd like to get
several questions tended to. My 6 year old son is a Teenage Mutant Ninja
Turtle fanatic. I have been able to locate a set of twin sheets and one
panel of curtains. Since we have just moved, I know need fabric for larger
windows. Does anyone know if fabric was ever sold with the TMNT's on it?
Anyone have fabric or sheets that they would like to trade or sell?

Thanks for your help and understanding!

Date: Tue, 22 Jul 1997 22:16:41 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Stippling

Carol - on your stippling... you may have to loosen the upper tension more
than one #.  Try it on a sample fabric until you get the tensions how you
like them.  Good luck!
Date: Tue, 22 Jul 1997 23:00:04 -0600
Subject: General stuff

Hi all. Sorry to have not posted for awhile but life has been kind of
hectic for the past couple of weeks. It finally seems to be evening out a
bit and I'm at the point where I've almost managed to finish reading all my
list mail.

Recent projects:

The Deco 600 (3 weeks old yesterday) is still going strong. I've really,
really, really, been enjoying the Deco Scan II and can definitely see that
if I just had the machine and not the scanner the whole embroidery thing
would get really old really fast. While eventually I aspire to own the
software (maybe in the fall if our source for SoftWindows comes through)
the scanner is just wonderful. The designs I've done look every bit as
professional as the ones built in to the machine and on the cards. Most
recently I used a floral design from a Chinese embroidery book. The flower
itself is in 4 colors of pink with a yellow center and a 5th color of pink
for the outline. The greenery has two shades of green and a third for its
outline. (I scanned the flower and the greenery separately and then
combined them in the Edit mode.) The design is about 4" by 4" and I put it
on a dark grey fleece hat I made from the Home Run Hat pattern by Timber
Lane Press. Would be stunning if I had positioned the flower better (too
low) and if the brim was, well, more symmetrical. Don't know why the brim
didn't turn out as I've made up a number of these hats with no such

Now I'm back to my tucked vest. The outside is a cotton print I bought a
few yars ago. I made 1/4" tucks every 1-1/4" then stitched across the tucks
every 1-1/4", holding the tucks back and forth to create a diamond pattern.
The inside's a black pima cotton on which I'm also doing 1/4" tucks every
1-1/4" but this time I'm decoratively serging the tucks (Bernette Funlock
004) with a balanced 3-thread stitch. In the loopers I'm blending either
Pearl Crown Rayon or Decor 6 with multiple strands of Madeira FS Jewel. I
finally got all the tucks serged this evening and just need to press them
and then stitch across them to form the diamonds. I definitely learned a
lot about decorative serging.

Don't know exactly what will be next but my 1630 seems underused lately so
the project will (hopefully) revolve around that.

To those of you who have recently requested the 1630 fantasy stitch
listing: I will respond to you shortly just a little way to go so I'm all
caught up. Bear with me.

Date: Tue, 22 Jul 1997 21:35:01 -0700
Subject: Sisters quilt show

Well, I tried out the 160 rather than the 1530, because the "ball" was 
intimidating to me.  I didn't buy it then because I couldn't quite 
justify spending $2,000 on a machine when I have a machine I just love 

The Bernina dealer was wonderful and helpful.  They had loads of 
machines to try and offered advice;  but the problem was that the 
classes didn't really allow an opportunity to try the machines out on a 
real test drive (up hills, around bends....machine quilting, appliqueing 
etc).  Maybe next time.

Thanks for everyone's ideas and opinions!!  I think my conclusion is 
that everyone LOVES their Berninas, regardless of the models.!!

Date: Tue, 22 Jul 1997 23:00:04 -0600
Subject: General stuff

Hi all. Sorry to have not posted for awhile but life has been kind of
hectic for the past couple of weeks. It finally seems to be evening out a
bit and I'm at the point where I've almost managed to finish reading all my
list mail.

Recent projects:

The Deco 600 (3 weeks old yesterday) is still going strong. I've really,
really, really, been enjoying the Deco Scan II and can definitely see that
if I just had the machine and not the scanner the whole embroidery thing
would get really old really fast. While eventually I aspire to own the
software (maybe in the fall if our source for SoftWindows comes through)
the scanner is just wonderful. The designs I've done look every bit as
professional as the ones built in to the machine and on the cards. Most
recently I used a floral design from a Chinese embroidery book. The flower
itself is in 4 colors of pink with a yellow center and a 5th color of pink
for the outline. The greenery has two shades of green and a third for its
outline. (I scanned the flower and the greenery separately and then
combined them in the Edit mode.) The design is about 4" by 4" and I put it
on a dark grey fleece hat I made from the Home Run Hat pattern by Timber
Lane Press. Would be stunning if I had positioned the flower better (too
low) and if the brim was, well, more symmetrical. Don't know why the brim
didn't turn out as I've made up a number of these hats with no such

Now I'm back to my tucked vest. The outside is a cotton print I bought a
few yars ago. I made 1/4" tucks every 1-1/4" then stitched across the tucks
every 1-1/4", holding the tucks back and forth to create a diamond pattern.
The inside's a black pima cotton on which I'm also doing 1/4" tucks every
1-1/4" but this time I'm decoratively serging the tucks (Bernette Funlock
004) with a balanced 3-thread stitch. In the loopers I'm blending either
Pearl Crown Rayon or Decor 6 with multiple strands of Madeira FS Jewel. I
finally got all the tucks serged this evening and just need to press them
and then stitch across them to form the diamonds. I definitely learned a
lot about decorative serging.

Don't know exactly what will be next but my 1630 seems underused lately so
the project will (hopefully) revolve around that.

To those of you who have recently requested the 1630 fantasy stitch
listing: I will respond to you shortly just a little way to go so I'm all
caught up. Bear with me.

Date: Wed, 23 Jul 1997 01:38:36 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Deco 500

HI all,
   Am considering purchasing a Deco 500 at my local shop listing for 999.00.
 Is this a good price and can anyone tell me if they know from sewing
experience on these two machines the biggest difference and if the Deco 500
is a good start.  Not really ready to go the higher dollar route.  Can e-mail
personally.  Thanks.  Keep the great ideas coming. Barb  
Date:	Wed, 23 Jul 1997 04:10:22 -0600
Subject: Measuring Tools

Sorry folks, but I'm getting a really good laugh from all the posts on 
this subject.  
I started strip cutting with a carpenters metal "T-square" (which is L 
shaped) that measures 16" on one edge and 24" on the other.  I would set 
this on the fabric and measure with the metal measuring tape (also 
carpenters) that I could pull out of the container and "lock" on 
required amount - measure across to the straight edge of the "square" 
and align - then cut.  
The cutting mat was one of the smallest - 6" x 12" (or maybe 6" x 18") 
with 2 supplementary pieces of Arborite to make the surface a little 
longer.  For lots of cutting, we set up a piece of plywood and I could 
cut on it (fabric stuck to it but it was better than fooling around with 
the little boards!)  I used this system for about 4 years - and 20 or 30 
quilt tops!  Then I received a free 6" BIAS SQUARE (That Patchwork 
Place, Inc.) with a book I had ordered.  It didn't take too long to 
realize that this was one of the best inventions ever!  I used it with 
my other tools for another year or so and had been watching for sales to 
purchase some of the other measuring devices.
I still use my old ones on occasion (and of course no quilter can be 
without the metal pull-out measuring tape when checking finished size 
and putting a quilt into the frame!) 
I hope no one thinks I'm being critical - it just reminded me of how I 
used to "make do" with whatever I had on hand and it worked fine!  Now 
that I have a large cutting mat (and gave the small ones to another 
beginning strip cutter) and lots of rulers and cutters I realize how 
lucky I am to have these tools and to appreciate the ingenuity of the 
inventors of these handy items!
Of course, as is always the case, by the time I get caught up with the 
rest of the world they change it - and I saw the new rulers with the 
cut-outs for the blade - maybe next year or the year after or the year 
Lorraine F                  _
coffee between a smile & a wink     :-)  c\_/  (-;
Laugh of the week is the Viewers Choice Winner of the 1996 Worst Quilt 
in the World Contest
(I voted for this one too!)
Date: Tue, 22 Jul 1997 23:01:08 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: 1090QE Quilting Stitch

My suggestion is try another thread.  I was trying to use the triple stitch
on the 1630 to outline heavier and the back looked terrible but the top was
o.k.  I tried two more threads and the second one worked fine.  I find that
with my 1630 some of the threads that I have had around for awhile just don't
work, not even for straight stitching.  

Date: Tue, 22 Jul 1997 22:28:52 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Slip-covers

Hi dear friends,

I almost never post to the list. I thoroughly enjoy relaxing and reading
the digests. It's one of my favorite things to do even though you never
hear from me. I have an old sofa that I would like to make a slip-cover
for. We are in a new home. It used to be in our basement and it didn't
matter that the fabric is terribly out-of-date. Does anyone have a pattern
or general instructions on how to go about making a slip-cover. This sofa
is about 25 years old and is longer than most of the ones sold today.

Thanks so very much for your help! I know that if anyone will know how to
solve this problem, it will be one of you.

Happy sewing,
Date: Wed, 23 Jul 1997 08:27:09 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: Mass. Museum

To:  Linda  

It's The New England Quilt Museum in Lowell, Mass.  I don't have the street
address, but there is a big highway sign on 495 to direct you to it. 

Marsha C
Subject: Re: trading in
Date: Wed, 23 Jul 1997 07:22:32 -0500

Here is another vote for NOT trading. I, too, have a 1530 and a Deco 500
and would not swap the two of them for anything. The advantage of a
separate emb. machine is, of course, that it can be embroidering away while
you are sewing something else on the other machine. I would not want my
primary machine tied up doing embroidery. And with digitizer software, the
world is your oyster.

Date: Wed, 23 Jul 1997 08:22:54 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: Mass. Museum

The New England Quilt Museum is what you're looking for.  It's located in 
Lowell MA, a NW suburb of Boston.  Great exhibit space.

The fire you're thinking of was last year, but was at the company that 
makes Polartec.  This mill is not far away, and has been rebuilt.  The 
museum was never affected.

BTW...the NEQuilt Guild is having their semi-annual show and huge array 
of workshops over Aug 7-10.  If you're passing thru to Maine during 
that time...visit.  It's in Marlborough...w of Boston.  Email me for 
more specifics if you're interested.

Date: Wed, 23 Jul 1997 08:18:47 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: Turban Pattern

Connie asked for help finding a turban pattern for her sister's loss of 
hair due to chemo treatment.  I am looking for a pettern, also.  My 85 
year-old aunt just had her 2nd treatment, still has her hair, but with 4 
more treatments to go, says "At my age I don't have much left 
anyhow...".  I told her I'd try to find a pettern and make her some 
conservative ones, and maybe some funky ones to keep her sense of humor up.

If anyone has info on a pattern...we'd be most grateful.

Subject: Re: Turban Pattern
Date: Wed, 23 Jul 1997 08:31:20 +0100

RE: Turban Pattern
Hello Connie,
We shared a turban pattern in our Bernina Club for this month as we shared
some of Gail's experience and sent around a list for those who were
interested in the pin to let us know. So far, I will be ordering 100 for my
club in Springfield.  I will be teaching the same club program in Indiana
this coming weekend and will be sharing the turban pattern with them too.
I will be glad to mail you a pattern and the very simple instructions.
Email me your address or write to me at Just Stitchin', 2002 S. Stewart
St., Springfield, MO  65804 and send me 3 stamps.  I will get this to you
as soon as I receive your stamps and address.
My prayers for your sister.
Date: Wed, 23 Jul 1997 09:16:43 -0400
Subject: Turban Pattern -Reply

I used to work for the Canadian Cancer Society and we gave out
patterns for turbans and head wraps to anyone who wanted them.  They
were photocopied onto big pieces of paper (map sized) and were pretty
sturdy, they included very basic directions and looked very easy to make.
I don't know if every office has them but I am sure most of the offices in
ONtario do.  If you need a pattern please send me your mail address and
I'll see what I can do.  

Date: Wed, 23 Jul 1997 06:23:13 -0700
Subject: Bernina Christmas Collect 5; napkins

1.  Has anyone successfully made the satin Christmas Tree Gift
Holders on page 11 of the Bernina Christmas Collection 5?  If so,
what type of batting did you use?  I have not been able to produce
a satisfactory sample with polyester (somewhat fluffy) batting.

2.  Can anyone suggest a book that provides a variety of ways to
make napkins?  I've seen some serger books which discuss the rolled hem
variety.  I'm looking for some more techniques.

Thanks!  ...Mary  
Date: Wed, 23 Jul 1997 04:26:38 -0800
Subject: Re: Turban Pattern

I don't have a taurban pattern, but my dear friend used my collection of
scarves.  We came up with a flurry of styles and techniques.  At any
scarf counter, they should have a booklet.  Most of my scarves were of a
wool blend and didn't slip around like silk ones.  Just an option for
you to consider.  BTW, her hair is back now, and cancer is clear and has
been for 3years!  Good luck. 
Date: Wed, 23 Jul 1997 12:07:18 -0400 (EDT
Subject: Re: Mass. Museum

Hi Linda,

I have a lot of info on bookmark about Mass. because my son lives there,  If
you go to netscape you can put in:

This should open you up to all sorts of things for the whole state.  You
could e-mail them and they will send you brochures on whatever you want.
Hope this helps.


Forgot to mention that there are lotssss of museums for your DH to see.
Check them out.
Subject: Re: rulers
Date: Wed, 23 Jul 1997 10:23:21 -0500 (CDT)       

The Maste Piece rulers include one that is 8x24.   I bought this along
with their 6x18 ruler a couple of years agao in Paducah.   With two of
them, I can measure accurately strips up to 14 inches wide.   I don't 
see them in fabric stores, but they are suaully sold as Merchants 
Malls of major shows and advertised by mail in QNM and others.   lynnO
Date: Wed, 23 Jul 97 09:32:41 EST
Subject: 6 1/2" strips or wider     
     To the person who wanted wider than 6" strips -- have you tried using 
     the June Tailor "ShortCut"?  That should do a great job.  It has 
     openings every 1/2".  You place the fabric under the ShortCut and cut 
     at the desired width.  If you are making 1/2" or 1" cuts, you can make 
     lots of cuts without having to move the fabric OR ruler, which leads 
     to greater accuracy.  Save the instructions, as the ShortCut will do 
     lots more than just straight strips.  Hope some of the wonderful ideas 
     submitted are helpful to you!
Subject: Traveling
Date: Wed, 23 Jul 1997 09:25:02 -0500

If I had been stopped for a traffic violation on my way home from
Louisville with my Bernina, I'm sure they would have taken me to the
nearest Phych hospital.  Because it was so Hot and humid, I didn't want to
put it in the trunk, so I carefully set it on the back seat, and then took
the seat belt and strapped it in.  It was sort of like putting a baby in a
car seat!!!  No one told me not to put it in the trunk, but the Parkway I
was going to travel on was bumpy, (To say the least).  After waiting so
long for the new circuit board I wasn't going to take any chances!

Susie, where lightining struck a tree yesterday, and the tree prompty fell
on our pontoon, it sure looks pitiful.
Date: Wed, 23 Jul 1997 11:37:09 -0400
Subject: 1090; friend or fiend

I have an opportunity to purch a used 1090 (no QE or other letters after
the #s).  Don't see any info on the list.  Anybody have one? Any advice?
Anything I should be concerned about?
Date: Wed, 23 Jul 97 10:11:29
Subject: Re: Turban Pattern

>My sister has just started chemo therapy and was told that she  would
>lose her hair in two weeks.  I am hoping to get some turbans ready. 


I have a two-page handout sheet with instructions for making a turban;  if
you would like a copy, mail a SASE with "turban" on outer envelope to:

Education Dept.
Fabric Place
136 Howard Street
Framingham MA 01702

The turban requires 7/8 yd. of 45: fabric and 3/4 yd. of 60" fabric. (It
uses bias-cut fabric for wovens;  I cut it on the straight grain for
lightweight knits.)

I have also used Kwik Sew pattern 2320 to make interlock knit watch caps
for friends who have undergone chemo.  

Subject: Machine Quilter's Serger Use
Date: Wed, 23 Jul 97 05:46:43 PDT

 "Would a serger be of value to a machine quilt maker?"

I am a garment maker turned quilt maker, I hardly ever sew clothing
anymore, and I love my 2000DE.  In the class I teach for strip quilting I
demo on both a standard machine and a serger.  The gals that chose to do,
say a fence rail, on their serger are done much faster that on a standard
machine.  I use both needles, 4 threads, and the stitch is an accurate 1/4"
so it neatens and keeps everything accurate at the same time, especially
for those that, heaven forbid, tear their fabrics.  There's not so much
excess thread dropping and fraying.  If you are really into it, the serger
can make decorative stitches for a little more decorative blocks.  One of
my students bound her baby quilt, (lightweight batting), all around the
edges with the serger and it looked beautiful.  I would suggest going to
your library and checking out some books on sergers, sewing and specialty
stitches, browse through them (after reading your newletter, of course :-),
and then decide if it's something you want to invest in.  Sergers make a
beautiful rolled hem if you ever sew napkins (serviettes),  or

Flatlocking:  "Flatlocking is serging two layers of fabric together, then
pulling them apart until the seam lies flat."  (Quoted from "Creative
Serging" by Pati Palmer, Gail Brown & Sue Green.)  Your can flatlock your
blocks together, if you want a different look, but on woven fabrics it's
recommended to fuse a one inch strip of lightweight stabilizer behind the
stitching.  I don't like to take the extra time to use that in quilting,
but it's great on making sweatshirts, or other knit garments.  I imagine it
would look good when putting together a 'T-shirt' quilt that's been
mentioned here several times.  In "Creative Serging"  there are a lot of
decorative ideas with flatlocking that can be used in decorating blocks,
e.g.  flatlocking over ribbon, etc.

Just my 2 cents worth  :-)

Date: Wed, 23 Jul 97 13:35:59 -0600
Subject: San Antonio Quilt Shops

     Hi everyone, I will be traveling to San Antonio for job training on 
     August 2 for a week.  I arrive early on Saturday and hope to do some 
     shopping. Can someone out there will let me know if there are any 
     quilt shops in the area.  I will have a car.  
Subject: buying a new iron
Date: Wed, 23 Jul 1997 13:43:08 -0700

My Vancouver daughter has asked me to advise her on a new iron purchase. I
have a Bernette (my second one) but have some reservations. If anyone out
there has an iron that they are pleased with would you please email her
directly . Her name is Kathleen and she is a Bernina
sewer too. Many thanks.

Mary Liz  
Subject: Robbie Fanning's "Creative Machine Newsletter"
Date: Wed, 23 Jul 1997 12:34:08 -0400

No affiliation except that I'm practically a charter member of the =
Creative Machine and highly recommend it. It's wonderful! One of my =
favorite columns is the review of patterns from smaller pattern =
companies and designers. Actually, I love everything about it--I devour =
every word when it arrives. On second thought, maybe there is one thing =
wrong with it. It doesn't come out often enough!

Date: Wed, 23 Jul 1997 12:20:52 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: Mass. Museum


It sounds like you're thinking of the New England Quilt Museum in Lowell MA
(not far off I-495 at all). They had a problem with burst pipes, but they are
back in business at another location.

The fire was at Malden Mills which makes Polartec in Lawrence MA (also not
far from I-495). Their factory outlet is also back in business. Ask my wallet
how I know...

Date: Wed, 23 Jul 1997 12:25:04 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Various

To Lisa, about rulers: Deb Wagner mentions in her books that for frequently
used sizes that aren't covered by existing rulers, she has a plastics store
cut her custom Plexiglas rulers in the width and length she uses a lot. If
you're not familiar with Deb's books, the titles are Teach Yourself Machine
Piecing & Quilting, All Quilt Blocks Are Not Square, and Traditional
Quilts/Today's Techniques. You can find them in quilt stores or through
mail-order. [Disclaimer: I edited all three.]

To someone who talked about making pants for the larger body: Rita Farro's
Life Is Not a Dress Size has a good discussion of sewing alterations for the
"gifted," as she calls us, including the "maternity seam" for pants. I liked
her original title: How to Dress Like Cher When You Look Like Roseanne.
(Potential lawsuits) [I edited this one, too. It was hard, because Rita makes
me laugh so hard, I wet my pants.]

About the discussion comparing machines: The author seems unaware of New
Home, Elna, and other brands. The New Home 9000, for example, has a knee
lift. What would be more useful in examining machines than comparing specific
brands would be a list of features to look for, like her presser-foot
pressure setting or the ability to change needle positions in all stitches.
Then go to your closest dealers and find out what they sell. If possible,
"buy" the dealer first, then the machine. (I realize many, many people live
nowhere near a dealer, let alone a good dealer.)

We just got a letter from a reader who switched brands. She has found that
she can't satin-stitch as fast as on her old brand. We will check this out
with the company before publishing her letter in our newsletter, but this is
the kind of thing that you don't realize when you're testing machines to buy.

Robbie Fanning
The Creative Machine Newsletter
Date: Wed, 23 Jul 1997 17:35:11 -0400
Subject: Price of Machine Cleaning

I'm looking to discover what is currently being charged by other Bernina
dealers to clean a machine.  I have a 1530 and our local dealer charges
$59.00 which seems a bit on the steep side to me.  Would like some input.

Let Joy Into Your Being
Date: Wed, 23 Jul 1997 16:49:10 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: Latest Threads Issue

The circular attachment mentioned in the latest Threads has been a 
lifesaver for me.  I picked up the circular templates last year to make 
the Robbing Peter to Pay Paul, I think by Quilters' Rule.  You make a 
bunch of self-hemmed circles, kinda like pita breads, and then stitch 
them have a finished quilt with front and back.

The directions called for no batting, but I wanted a layer of thermore in 
the pita.  Well, then it became difficult to mark the circular template 
on the batting.  I dug out my circular attachment, and I just zipped 
along.  No longer needed the template!

Date: Wed, 23 Jul 1997 14:46:45 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: Nylon Thread??

In a message dated 97-07-15 03:54:37 EDT, you write:

>>from lovely Santa Cruz wanted to make sure i wasn't refering to
 metrosene poly thread.  I think i'm too long winded, but am learning you
 really have to be specific.  No, poly thread is no problem for sewing
 machines to my knowledge, but monofiliment nylon (thread) can wear a groove
 etc. on parts under tension if used a whole lot.  

I still don't see how this could happen under any realistic use of a sewing
machine, unless the nylon were so thick or strong that it wouldn't be
appropriate for sewing anyway.  The only nylon I have ever used is the thin
kind for machine quilting, size .004 I think.  It is MUCH weaker than any
polyester sewing thread I have ever used.  In fact, according to the book I
have on machine quilting (Harriet Hargraves) that is the entire point of
using nylon thread--that it is weaker than the fibers of the fabric and
therefore will not tear the fabric after much wear.  You can prove this to
yourself by trying to break the thread by hand--the only kind of sewing
thread that will actually cut into your fingers is polyester.  I have to say
that I think any warning about using lightweight nylon thread because of fear
of this thread wearing a "groove" in a metal sewing machine part is a little
alarmist and I hope does not deter people from using nylon thread for machine
quilting--which is the reason some people buy Berninas in the first place.
 If I was going to sew 10 hours a day for 100 years then I might worry about
ANY thread wearing out ANY sewing machine, but my machine is made to be used,
and use it I will.  

Date: Wed, 23 Jul 1997 14:47:05 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: Free Motion Question on 1260QPE

Did you thread your bobbin thread through the little finger?  That should
help keep the bobbin thread on the back.

Date: Wed, 23 Jul 1997 19:23:54 -0500
Subject: Re: Nests of Threads

I have a suggestion for nests of thread. When I begin or end aseam, I
start and end on a small "snippet" of fabric. The needle never stops or
begins on what I am sewing. This prevents any problems I might have with
falso starts, tangles and threads dangling from my project. Hope
somebody can use this one. Linda E
Subject: Quilt shops in Kansas City, Missouri
Date: Wed, 23 Jul 1997 19:49:32 -0500

Thanks for all who gave me places to see in Kansas City.  I did make it to
Parkville, and anyone whoever gets a chance to go there, please do.  The
quilt shop is very large, and very nice!  I spent 1 1/2 hours in there!  I
loved it!!!!  It is such a nice shop, and very well done up.  It places
number one on my list!
Date: Wed, 23 Jul 1997 19:14:45 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: Tiltable solution

Blocks may be fine, but what happens if you are sewing real fast and the
machine comes off the blocks? 
Date: Wed, 23 Jul 1997 18:18:14 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Fabrics Unlimited

Hi Sewists,
   Someone was asking for the for FabricsUnlimited.                                         
Please note that the web site and the catalog will  have different fabrics. 

They do have the best catalog that I have ever seen.  It is available by
calling #800-827-9389.  Think it is $5.00, refundable with purchase. They are
located at   2929 Pinewood , Garland TX 75044.  (No affiliation, just a
thrilled customer)  
Shirtings, Nelona, silks, Tencel, and lycra. About anything you can think of
wanting,   Very reasonable and they will try to locate any other fabric for
you as well. Even had a cotton blend Flannel knit, had not seen that before. 
Have mail ordered from several companies, and usually the swatches are rather
small. These are nice sized ones, can really tell what they look like. 

I do happen to live near "Fabrics Unlimited" but I first read about it on a
sewing list. 
(Its where?  About fell off the chair!  I had not heard of this and I live
 They will allow the "Locals" to visit, tho make an appointment first. This
is not a store as such, its a mail order business but they do have alot of
fabric and notions there.  Talk about a fabric stash!  
Date: Wed, 23 Jul 1997 23:05:57 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: machine quilting

Someone recently asked a question regarding machine quilting and "nests of
threads."  I am a very new machine quilter, having just completed 2 small
projects.  In the beginning, I was very frustrated because I would sew just
a few stitches and the bobbin thread would get all tangled up and jammed on
the bottom in a big pile of messy stitches.  After adjusting the upper
tension, and through trial and error, I think that my problem was probably
that I was not coordinating my speed of sewing with the speed of moving my
fabric.  I think that is why my bobbin thread was getting all piled up.
Could this, perhaps, be the problem?  I did successfully complete my two
small projects, and have gone on to a bigger wall hanging.  I am so proud of

Date: Wed, 23 Jul 1997 22:41:23 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: Bernina Digest 7/21/97


Threads and yarn are spun with either a left handed *OR* a right handed twist.

When you hand sew it is best, with nearly all makes/types/brands to thread
the needle onto the reel, then unwind it and cut it off, so that the 'cut'
end is the end to begin sewing with (the knot) . Otherwise you are likely to
have tiresome little knots and twissts develop as you stitch.

When you use thread on a machine, if you buy 'commercial' thread you may
find it is sold as "S" or as "Z" twist ........
or as 'upper' and 'bobbin' thread. The reason being that an "S" thread wound
onto the bobbin and sewn with becomes a "Z" thread running off the bobbin.
This causes the two threads to pull in opposite directions. If you are
sewing just for 'pleasure' this is not of major concern, but it is worth
consideration if perfection is sought. If you need to use the same reel of
thread top and bottom, or top twin needles and bottom, then you may find it
worthwhile to wind it onto one spool then rewind it back onto another to get
the second top thread and the bottom thread.

In the weaving  of fabrics it is the 'pull' of "S" and "Z" threads that
gives crepe and georgette their characteristic 'pebble' texture.

Hope this is clearer than muddy water.

Date: Thu, 24 Jul 1997 03:00:12 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: Turban Pattern

Hi Everyone:

I too have breast cancer and am half way through my radiation treatments.
Expect to start chemo therapy sometime in August and would really appreciate
a good turban pattern if anyone out there has one. TIA

Date: Thu, 24 Jul 97 11:19:37 UT
Subject: 1530 Signature Edition

Has anyone seen, tried, purchased the new 1530 Signature Edition that is 
currently being advertised?  What is the going price?  Just curious...
Date: Thu, 24 Jul 1997 09:01:49 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: T Shirt Sheets

These T shirt sheets are available in sets at the Westpoint Pepperell outlet
store in Birch Run, MI. I assume they are available at other stores in the
I, too, would be interested in sources for very wide tshirt fabric for
king-size sheets.
Date: Thu, 24 Jul 1997 09:52:44 -0600
Subject:  Yessss!

Bought my Jammers garages at Wal-Mart day before yesterday. Let my
thread sleep out on the lawn last night to gather the dew (cf. Robbie
Fanning on restoring moisture content in elderly thread) and going to park
each spool in its own space tonight. 
Some of the joy in fiber activity just comes from handling the working
materials, the feel of various textures, wonderful colors glowing on each
spool. Takes me back to "arranging" my Mom's threads and buttons over
and over again when I was a kid. Certainly one source of my continuing
interest in working with these things.

Long-Winded Lady in Manhattan
where everything and everybody is hot and damp
Date: Thu, 24 Jul 1997 09:55:20 -0400
Subject: Needles and Thread

In response to the needles and threads questions, I'd like to recommend
Point Well Taken: The Guide to Success with Needles & Threads.  Many Bernina
dealers carry this book.  It has received rave reviews in Sew News, Virtual
Quilt, The Creative Machine, plus Eunice Farmer's and Barbara Gash's
newspaper columns.  

In the back of the book are three handy reference charts for matching
needles, threads, and fabrics.  One chart is a two page sewing chart that
covers fabrics from delicate to very heavy  with a suggested thread, needle,
and stitch length for each.  There is a twin needle chart describing each of
the twin needles available to home sewers with their use and a suggested
machine foot.  The third chart covers decorative threads and needles plus
suggested bobbin threads for each needle thread.

It is handy a reference for sewers and quilter.  Before Point Well Taken,
there was no single source for complete information on needles and threads.
Many readers say it has become a permanent part of their reference bookshelf. 

Happy Stitching,
Date: Thu, 24 Jul 1997 09:25:17 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: Quilting Rulers

For those having trouble with too narrow rulers:

I have only a two inch wide ruler and refuse to buy more-my sewing room
would explode if I bought anymore stuff (except fabric of course).  I solved
the problem by getting a gizmo that attaches to the rotary cutter.  I have
no memory of where I got it but I tend to think it was either Clotilde or
Softwear cataloges.  It is hard to explain, but what it is, basically, is a
guide that attaches to the cutter.  A plastic thing with measuring marks is
screwed into the cutter's handle.  Then a guide is attached to that.  You
can adjust the guide to whatever width you want.  If you run the guide along
the edge of the ruler, you will be able to increase the width by up to about
3 inches.  It was very inexpensive and I live in constant fear that I will
lose it.  But I was cutting strips for a quilt the other night and was so
glad I have it.

I am sorry this isn't very clear (hard to believe I make a living writing).

Date: Thu, 24 Jul 1997 10:21:58 -0400
Subject: Serging a Quilt

Sergers are grest for machine quilters.  It is the fastest and one of the
most accurate way to sew together strip sets.  Just use a balanced
three thread overlock stitch.  You may have to use a piece of moleskin or
layerd masking tape to set your seam allowance unless you have an
adjustable seam guide. (worth every penny).  If your sergers allows for
cover stitch, you can even quilt and couch.
Date: Thu, 24 Jul 1997 09:17:02 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: Slip Covers

In a message dated 97-07-23 21:31:16 EDT, you write:

>  Does anyone have a pattern
>  or general instructions on how to go about making a slip-cover

I would recommend that you purchase SUNSET BOOK's SLIPCOVERS AND BEDSPREADS.
 It made my first slipcover experience look professional!  It tells you  to
remove the cushions and drape the fabric over the top edge of the back, tuck
it into the sitting area a reasonable amount, and over the sitting area and
down the front about 4".  Using tailor's chalk or your method of marking,
mark where the seamline would be connecting the inner back and outer back
pieces, and the same for the very front where you might want to attach an
apron.  This just explains the method they use; kind of drape and mark.  It
really worked!  Good Luck!  Jacque
Subject: first swim suit
Date: Thu, 24 Jul 1997 12:15:22 -0700

My first swim suit is finished and my Grand daughter loves it. I know that
I can do better so I'm onto my second for another Grand daughter. Thanks to
everyone who so willingly gave me such useful advice. I used a combination
of serger and my 1260QPE but for my second I think that I am  brave enough
to do  the elastic by serger.  Thanks to Martha for suggesting the Advanced
Guide Workbook for sergers, I'm looking foreward to having my own copy. My
dealer has ordered it for me and she told me that anyone with a Bernina
serger should definitely have one.

Mary Liz  
Date: Thu, 24 Jul 1997 11:15:38 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: Mass. Museum

- -You are probably thinking of the New England Quilt Museum in Lowell.  It is
5-10 min off 495 (depending on traffic).  You just take the Lowell Connector
(I know that sounds strange but that is what the sign says) to the end and
turn left.  Go to the end of the road and turn left.  You are in the heart
of Lowell. (Actually a nice place-try the La Boniche restaurant next to the
Barnes and Noble that you will pass on the right).   Turn left at the
Enterprise Bank (it is on the left).  I am pretty sure that is the street,
if not try the next-they are very short streets).  The museum is on the
left.  You can usually find street parking if not on the same street then
turn left at the next corner.  There is street parking and a parking garage
and the place to start on the tour of the textile museums.  (Lowell was the
first big center for the production of printed cloth in the US) Have fun!  

Date: Thu, 24 Jul 1997 10:42:48 -0500
Subject: serger for quilting

Have seen several posts on using the serger for quilting. I do mostly
garments. Some small quilting projects. Wall hangings, coasters, pot
holders, etc. Sometimes before I put the binding on, after all layers
are together, I serge around all four edges to keep them together and
even. Works on small projects. Don't know about a large quilt.

Subject: Used Mechanical Bernina Sewing Machines
Date: Thu, 24 Jul 1997 10:11:54 -0500

I have just joined the Bernina Fan Club and am happy to be a part of this
group of Bernina enthusiasts.  

I am looking for used mechanical Bernina machines such as the 910 or
equivalent in very good to excellent cond. to use for teaching young girls
and teens to sew.  My feeling is that they might as well learn to sew in
the best equipment there is.

I currently own a 910, 1130 and (2) 334DS sergers and love them all.

My only complaint is the auto buttonhole on the 1130.  Even though this is
supposed to be a consistent buttonhole, it is not.  I made several last
night after making a sample that I was happy with and wouldn't you know the
third and fourth buttonholes don't look quite the same.  Any
suggestions??????  Help???

Donna S.
Date: Thu, 24 Jul 1997 10:55:34 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Sewing with straight pins

Hi all

Sharyn of Montrose's posting about sewing over straight pins brought to mind
my experiences years ago working in a factory as an industrial seamstress
sewing canvas bags.  Straight pins were considered a no-no.   I was desperate
at first to use pins.  I was suffering from withdrawal symptoms!  One day I
was in the staff canteen and I discovered 2 straight pins atop a dusty old
fridge.  I grabbed those little lovelies and smuggled them back with me to my
machine.  I hid them every time the supervisor walked by. 

I eventually got used to the no pin sewing and since then have used them as
little as possible.  For machine pieced patchwork I sometimes use pins where
the piecing is difficult - you can't avoid them - but I do try and take them
out instead of sewing over them.  I once hit a pin causing the needle to
break.  The tip of the needle flew up and would have possibly gone into my
eye had I not been wearing glasses.  (Don't really need them for close work
but use them religiously now as 'safety goggles' just in case).  Other times
if the piecing is not so complicated I simply pinch the seam allowances
together, sew up to the junction, then press my index finger down hard to
hold the seam allowances in place and shoot over them.  When I do pin I use
two, one before the seam junction and one after it, again taking them out
just as I sew up to them.

Sara  whose husband is on vacation this week and is seeing just how
much time his wife spends reading and sending email!
Subject: RE: Price of Machine Cleaning
Date: Thu, 24 Jul 1997 15:20:40 -0500

I just paid $45. to have my Bernina 930 cleaned.  My shop also charges the
amount to clean a serger.
Date: Thu, 24 Jul 1997 13:25:29 -0600
Subject:  Water stain on rayon shorts

Time for the dyepot--or for making a print fabric out of them with stencil,
stamp or blockprint and bleach or some other discharge medium. Actually
there is an article in the current Threads magazine that may give you all
the info you need for discharging. Try it on the scraps first to see what
happens, i.e., what the resultant color(s) will be. Rayon should work
fine. The author did some interesting discharging by spraying through
some crumpled netting over the fabric she wished to bleach, using the
netting as a stencil. An irregular pattern like that should hide any stains.
Good luck!
Date: Thu, 24 Jul 1997 11:20:31 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: Older Walking foot

To whomever inquired about the old walking foot: I emailed you privately,
then my email address vaporized. If you tried to reach me, resend to this
new return address.

Date: Thu, 24 Jul 1997 13:57:02 -0500 (CDT)
Subject: Re: TURBANS

I am fairly certain that Hancock's (the fabric chain) had a turban pattern
in either their '96 or '95 Christmas Ideas magazine handout.  It looked
fairly simple.  Our local Bernina club make a bunch of turbans this past
year for CARTI, a local cancer Radiation/Therapy center.  One of the 'nina
dealers on this list may know more?

Hope this will help!!

Date: Thu, 24 Jul 1997 11:19:57 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: Presser foot confusion

On the Bernina FAQ page it states that:

	The old feet....
       * will still be package in the red blister packs.
       * can easily be recognized by the BLACK number on the white contrast
strip (on the front of the shank).
       * the top of the shank (the part that clips onto the presser foot
bar cone) is ROUNDED in the back.

       The new feet...
       * are being packaged in white blister packs.
       * can easily be recognized by the RED number on the white contrast
strip (on the front of the shank).
       * the top of the shank (the part that clips onto the presser foot
bar cone) is SQUARE in the back.

I have just purchased a new foot in a package labled "a la carte". The
number on the white contrast strip is not red, it is black.

I now have some old and some new feet and they look almost identical to me.
Am I crazy? Are old feet being packaged in new blister packs?

Subject: Re: 1090; Friend or Fiend
Date: Thu, 24 Jul 1997 15:00:20 -0700

My friend has the 1090 and quilts, day and night and loves it.  Hope this
is some help to you.  If I knew where it was coming from and it was in good
condition I would buy it in a heartbeat.  Check the "Super Store" on the
net, might give you some more info.  j
Date: Thu, 24 Jul 1997 16:28:05 -0400
Subject: Traveling -Reply

It's really a good idea to strap your machine in or at least put it on the

Last year I let my future mother in law borrow my machine & when I
picked it up my boyfrind placed it on the back seat ( I wasn't paying
attention) about 1/2 way home someone pulled in front of us and BANG -
the machine was slammedinto the back of my seat and then onto the
floor.  Nothing broke but the plasitic casing over the light slightly bent.  
I have never seen anyone's face go quite as white as Dave's went when
he heard the noise!!!
So the moral is - even if it looks weird buckle up for safety!!!

Date: Thu, 24 Jul 1997 17:33:07 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: Price of Machine Cleaning

In a message dated 97-07-24 15:10:21 EDT, you write:

>  I'm looking to discover what is currently being charged by other Bernina
>  dealers to clean a machine

Gee, that doesn't sound bad...I go to a Viking dealer and pay $79 to have my
1100 cleaned, tuned  and checked out.  How much different could it be?
Subject: RE: Price of Machine Cleaning
Date: Thu, 24 Jul 1997 16:30:01 -0700

>>>I'm looking to discover what is currently being charged by other 
Bernina dealers to clean a machine.  I have a 1530 and our local dealer charges
$59.00 which seems a bit on the steep side to me.  Would like some input.>>>>


My dealer charges $50.00 for a cleaning, oiling, checking belts etc., any
needed are extra.

Date: Thu, 24 Jul 97 17:46:52    
Subject: RE: San Antonio Quilt Shop 

	The Yarn Barn is not a quilt shop, it is an embroidery and knitting
shop BUT it has the most incredible book collection you will ever find, and 
it includes some quilting and sewing books.  Granted, the books on 17th 
Century blackwork are more extensive, but . . . 

Subject: faulty circuit board on the 150
Date: Thu, 24 Jul 1997 15:32:40 -0700

Hi All,

I'm so behind on my digest reading I don't know if this has been addressed
so forgive me. I was very surprised today when in the middle of my project
my BRAND NEW 150 suddenly stopped working!!  No power.  Completely dead. 
So I took it to my dealer immediately and the manager said I was the six
person in the Seattle area to have this happen.  She got on the phone to
Bernina and they are sending out a new circuit board today, but I am VERY
upset about this!  Has anyone else experienced this?  I guess Bernina is
aware of the problem and is fixing it, but my goodness, I paid a lot of
money for that machine and I expect it to work!!  Ok, sorry for venting,
but I had to tell someone who cares!!!

Date: Fri, 25 Jul 1997 10:38:01 +0930 (CST)
Subject: Re: 1090; Friend or Fiend

At 21:33 23/07/97 -0500, you wrote:
>I have an opportunity to purch a used 1090 (no QE or other letters after
>the #s).  Don't see any info on the list.  Anybody have one? Any advice?

        I have a 1090, and I love it I also have a 1030. Since getting the
1090 I use it all the time I love being able to change stitches and not
having to play with the needle and stitch length, though if I want to change
the preset settings its real easy. With the + & - button various fantasy
stitches can be set, such as a mock hand quilting stitch. I thoroughly
recommend the 1090.

  Wendy Z   
Date: Thu, 24 Jul 1997 20:31:41 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: Price of Machine Cleaning

Our shop charges 49.95 for a d & c (dusting and cleaning, including solvent
bath). Plus tax it runs 53.95.

Date: Thu, 24 Jul 1997 21:55:40 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: Deco 500

$500 is a good price for the Deco 5oo I have one and the Scanner and was
offered $800 for both on a trade in to up grade to the Deco 600. I am not
sure I want to since mine only 0ne yr.old. Have you checked the price on the
600? If you have any questions email me  
Date: Thu, 24 Jul 1997 20:26:48 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Full spectrum lights

Since I've received a few private E-mail questions about full spectrum
lights, and have noticed references to the Ott light again, I thought I'd
share this one more time.

Any fluorescent fixture can provide you with "full-spectrum" lighting.  You
only need full-spectrum lamps which you can buy from a specialty lighting
store. The lamps are available in most standard fluorescent lamp shapes and
sizes so you can use them in most fluorescent fixtures, including the small
compact (PL) fixtures.

These lamps are not readily available at your local discount or hardware
store.  You may even need to order them from a specialty lighting store and
they do cost a little more than a regular lamp, but not nearly as much as
what I've seen posted about the Ott light.  Check your yellow pages for
specialty lighting stores or the 800 numbers for Philips, Sylvania and/or
General Electric lighting products.

I'm familiar with the Philips brand of lamps (they are called TL-90 series),
but I believe both General Electric and Sylvania also make them.  If you find
a salesperson who is knowledgeable about lamp specifications, just tell
him/her you want a lamp that produces "full-spectrum" light with a CRI (color
rendition index) above 90 (The higher the CRI number the better - daylight is
considered 100, but I believe the mid-90's is as high as they get).

As a Facilities Manager, I have purchased these special lamps for
installations where accurate color rendition is important and/or for people
who are sensitive to light that is anything less than full spectrum.  Up here
in Minnesota where our winters are very long and dark, full spectrum lighting
can really make a difference - both in what you see and how you feel.

......Just trying to help you enjoy your sewing more, improve your
environment and attitude, and spend your money wisely.......  

Date: Thu, 24 Jul 1997 19:24:03 -0500
Subject: KC quilt shops

Hi all! For the person who was looking for quilt shops in the KC area, here's
Thank you to the nice folks at Prairie Point who published this in their 
about a year ago. For that reason, you might call first and get a confirmation

on the 
addresses. I know that Rustic Yearnings in Independence has moved down the 
street, so 
call for their new address.

On the Kansas Side:

Chris' Corner
229 S. Main St.
(913) 242-1922

Fabric Mart
Hwy 7 & Eisenhower Rd.
(913) 727-1639

Fran's Fabrics
17613 Metro Ave.
Bonner Springs (913) 441-3172

Harper's Fabrics
943 Tomahawk Rd.
Prairie Village
(913) 362-7566

Kay's Quilting & Craft
1493 E. 151st St.
(913) 768-9393

Prairie Point
7341 Quivira
(913) 268-3333

Saltbox Sampler
4663 Indian Creek
Overland Park
(913) 642-0180

On the Missouri Side:

Bits & Pieces
436 S. Belt
St. Joseph
(816) 279-1884

805 Main
Blue Springs
(816) 220-3500

Kenley's Quilting
420 S. Main
(816) 461-1767

Liberty Quilt Shop
131 S. Water
(816) 781-7966

Peddler's Wagon
115 Main
(816) 741-0225

Phanorals Variety
1506 S. Broadway
Oak Grove
(816) 625-8531

Quilter's Station
824 S.W. Blue Parkway
Lee's Summit
(816) 525-8955

Rustic Yearnings
17200 E. 40 Hwy.
(816) 373-2423

Stitch In Time
224 S. Douglas
Lee's Summit
(816) 554-0900

1308 W. 40th Hwy.
Blue Springs
(816) 228-5746

I haven't been to all of these but I can personally vouch for Prairie Point, 
Sampler, Liberty Quilt Shop (my fave), Peddler's Wagon, and Rustic Yearnings. 
Have fun 
and we expect a full report on all your purchases!!

Date: Fri, 25 Jul 1997 08:15:11 -0400
Subject: Re: 1090; Friend or Fiend

>I have an opportunity to purch a used 1090 (no QE or other letters after
>the #s).  Don't see any info on the list.  Anybody have one? Any advice?
>Anything I should be concerned about?

One of the finest quilters I know uses a 1090 (no S, no QE) for all her
quilting and sewing needs and says she wouldn't trade it for anything.  The
foot selection is only slightly different from my 1090S, which is 2 years
newer than hers.  In fact, her 1090 has the automatic cord retraction while
mine doesn't.  There's also a difference with between the newer 1090S
(which preceded the 1090 QE)  and the 1090's buttonhole foot.  Both hers
and mine have been very reliable and sturdy.  Enjoy!
Date: Fri, 25 Jul 1997 06:35:36 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: Robbie Fanning's "Creative Machine Newsletter"

How do you subscribe to this newletter?  Is there an e-mail address or an 800
number.  TIA

Date: Fri, 25 Jul 1997 00:24:20 -0500
Subject: Re: San Antonio Quilt Shop

Plain Janes
 on Bitters Road, NW SA.  They used to have more fabric than they do now,
but it is still worth it for country looks. Lots of homwspunds,

In trade, you don't know where the good shops are in Alaska do you? I'm
going on a cruise up and down the inland passage!
Date: Fri, 25 Jul 1997 07:44:46 -0500 (CDT)
Subject: Re: Price of Machine Cleaning

In the Des Moines area, it will cost between $45 and $49 for machine quilting 
at the places that I checked.  I thought it was a little high too but guess 
that is in line with cleaning/repair of other appliances.
Date: Fri, 25 Jul 1997 07:26:11 -0700
Subject: Darning

Hi Everyone,

I have a small problem that I'm hoping you all can advise me on. I've
recently returned from a trip, during which I purchased a souvenir tee
shirt. When I unwrapped it after getting home, I noticed a very small hole
near the shoulder. Obviously, I cannot exchange the shirt (it's from
Switzerland), so I need to darn the hole. Any suggestions regarding
technique? I've looked at the manual, but I'm not really sure which method
would be best; do any of you have ideas?


Date: Fri, 25 Jul 1997 10:41:50 -0500
Subject: serging quilts


Nothing goes faster than serging strip pieced quilts.  Try it, you'll 
like it.

Jan in Orlando
Date: Fri, 25 Jul 1997 11:10:47 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: Price of Machine Cleaning

In a message dated 97-07-25 00:22:10 EDT, you write:

>I'm looking to discover what is currently being charged by other Bernina
 dealers to clean a machine.  I have a 1530 and our local dealer charges
 $59.00 which seems a bit on the steep side to me.  Would like some input.
Hi Linda,

I haven't had to pay for a cleaning/routine maintenance yet because dealer
gave me two years (one from Bernina, one from dealer), but I recall hearing
somewhere that the going rate for that sort of thing was $60.

Subject: Ocean Waves & Charm Quilts
Date: Fri, 25 Jul 97 14:37:21 EDT

To Linda  re: her answer to Sue on Ocean Waves quilt.  I have to disagree with
your description of the Ocean Wave block.  A very old, and very common quilt
block, it consists of a center square, sometimes solid and one color, but
sometimes divided in half diagonally, or in fourths, diagonally, it is
surrounded by half square triangles.  I can't see where this could possibly be
an 8-pointed star variation but I've been proven wrong before.   And their is
very easy way to achieve these half squares without the agony of bias edges to
join. Simply make your two-colored half-square triangles by the paper grid
method or by making your own grid on the back side of the lightest fabric
is then placed on top of the darker fabric.  You sew on the grid lines, cut on
the other lines and presto! the half squares are automatically formed.  This 
you could make 2, 4, or 104 half squares at a time, no problem, no bias edges.

Most quilting books will show you how to make this grid in any size (for
instance, the Debbie Mumm books for one), or look for the papers available at
any quilt shop or catalog source.  I have to say my queen size Ocean Waves 
is beautiful and it is perfectly square, no wavy edges or puckers.  My points
meet perfectly and I attribute this to the paper grid method and my own
persnickety, but successful ways.  If you still aren't clear about what I'm
telling you, e-mail me privately and I will go into it further.  Trust me,
not difficult with this method, quick and also much fun. BTW, a charm quilt is
any quilt made with all pieces of different fabric, hence charm square
and charm clubs to allow for hundreds of assorted fabrics. 
Date: Fri, 25 Jul 1997 14:25:21 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: Price of Machine Cleaning

My dealer charges the same and so do a few others I have called while
costing. Does an excellent job for dollars, so I don't mind. Pay less get
Date: Fri, 25 Jul 1997 11:02:41 -0600
Subject: Re: Quilting Rulers

My friend is using a quilting pattern that asks for a "Pineapple Rule".
She asked me if I had heard of this, and I hadn't.  Is there someone out
there that can tell us about a Pineapple Rule and where to find one?
Our local quilt shop doesn't seem to carry this.

Kathy B
Date: Fri, 25 Jul 1997 22:05:29 -0500
Subject: serger stitch for terrycloth

I used a basic four thread stitch with fairly close stitch length. You 
can get some ideas about the way it should look by looking at purchased 
wash cloths.
- -- 
Date: Fri, 25 Jul 1997 13:03:33 -0400
Subject: thanks BOA

Just wanted to say that BOA came thru beautifully for me.  I had
purchased a carrier for my 1630 at the Lancaster show and it was missing
a strap.  A friend went to Pa. and the dealer there gave her  an address
for me.  I wrote to them explaining my problem.  I expected to have
problems because my receipt did not list what I had purchased - just the
price but today I received the strap in the mail.  They even included
some really nice directions for fun stuff.  I was very happy and just
thought I'd share it with you.   Regina
Date: Fri, 25 Jul 1997 20:06:25 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Yearly Checkup

Just got my 1530 back from it's annual check up.  It is worth it to have it
done yearly, sounds like a brand new machine.  Boy did I miss it.  I did have
my 830 to sew on, but it just isn't the same.
Don't think I"ll be trading this in.
Date: Fri, 25 Jul 1997 20:02:43 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: Slip Covers

I am in the process of reupholstering my sofa.  I have taken the cushions
apart and used the pieces of fabric as templets to make a pattern for the new
fabric.  As to slip covers...  you'll just have to measure each cushion
carefully and then make your own slip cover pattern... the same goes for the
frame of the sofa.  Making a slip cover in muslin first and then fixing the
muslin to fit better until you have an exact pattern will help it turn out
well.  There are several books that might help you.  I'd suggest you go to
the library and check out some home decor books.

My sofa is turning out satisfactorily - my only complaint so far is that the
new fabric I choose looks wrinkled after they have been sat in.  I am going
to stuff the cushions more to see if this helps.

Good Luck!
Date: Fri, 25 Jul 1997 16:11:23 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: Deco 500

Excellent price. Unbelieveable in fact. Just bought my wife one from local
dealer and I asm embarrassed to say what I paid. My wife has a small (big)
upholstery business and this is for her leisure time. She is used to
industrial equipment. She enjoys the heck out of it, and it does everything
she expected it to do. She is even thinking of making some money with it
since so many people have requested logos, etc.
Great little machine.
Date: Fri, 25 Jul 1997 15:59:53 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: Traveling

Whenever I go to a sewing class, I strap my Bernina to a luggage cart, and
then  put the whole thing on the front seat next to me, attached with the
seat-belt. It only makes sense to take good care of your baby!
Date: Sat, 26 Jul 1997 13:08:31 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re:  Napkins

About napkins: Gail Brown wrote a great little book, called Quick Napkin
Creations. Nancy Zieman and Gail did a video accompanying the book. It has
no-sew, sew, and serge versions, plus folding directions. Gail frequently
organizes the women in her church to make mass-produced rolled-edge napkin
sets, which they sell at a bazaar to raise money. Napkins make a wonderful
You can get the book through Nancy's Notions or by calling Krause
Publications (800-258-0929). [Disclaimer: I edited it, published it
originally, sold it to Chilton Book Company which was then sold to Krause.
I'm also Gail's biggest fan.]
Robbie Fanning
The Creative Machine Newsletter
P.S. It's pronounced Krow-see.
Date: Sat, 26 Jul 1997 12:13:09 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: Price of Machine Cleaning

Re: price of machine cleaning.
My dealer quoted me a price of $30.00 and that included checking my 830 out
Date: Sat, 26 Jul 97 14:23:31 UT
Subject: Rice/beanbag

Hi everyone!

My 6 yearold DGS is visiting for two weeks and we are busy with all kinds of 
activities each day. Yesterday, he saw some striped fabric in my stash and 
asked if we could make something from it. I said well, how about a bean bag? 
He thought that was great so we did it. Of course I didn't have any beans, but

we used rice instead. 

I serged three sides, turned it right side out. He got to pick out the 
decorative stitches. I stitched around the three sides with two or three lines

of stitching while he got to select and push the buttons for the stitches. He 
also got to choose the thread. He chose red [surprise!] for the top and gold 
for the bobbin. I had bought the gold for a Christmas project and had never 
used it, so I was surprised when it went through without a hitch. He noticed 
that it showed through a bit on the top, and thought that little detail was 
special because it gave a little sparkle to the red top thread.

He slept with it last night and tells me this morning that the only thing he 
doesn't like about it is the raw rice smell. Seems as though I remember from 
the rice bag thread that there were many ways to make  bags with more pleasing

fragrance. Of course, I did not save these suggestions. If anyone would be 
willing to send suggestions, I would be grateful. He thinks he may need 
several more of these to take home with him, and of course I said yes, I think

I can make several more. It's amazing how few times the word "no" has passed 
these Nana's lips since he has been here. What a JOY he is to have

DH says "our own little built-in ray of sunshine!"

He will be here one more week, so if anyone has any ideas for fun things to 
make, please email me.

TIA, Carol G.
Subject: Re: San Antonio Shops; Softwear Catalogue
Date: Sat, 26 Jul 1997 13:18:49 +0000


Enjoy your trip to SA.  We have a lovely town.   Hot, though, right now!

Stores to visit include:

Las Colchas, 110 Ogden St., 223-2405. (closed sun. and mon.)

Bernina/New Home (the dealer I frequent, small, but nice.) 11777 West Ave.,
344-0791.  (If you come Tues. afternoon, I'll be in a cream on cream vest
class!  I can't wait to learn some new techniques!)

Plain Jane's in Artisan's Alley, 555 Bitters, 496-5436 (very small, but fun
fabrics; also hand made gift items; actually, all of Artisan's Alley is a
great browse.)

Seventh Heaven Quilt Shop, 5860 Hwy 87 E , 648-1381 (further out Southeast)

Sew Special in Boerne, on Main St. 800-891-8279 (Boerne is about 30 min. no.)

Of course there's Cloth World and Fabric Warehouse.

If you want to take home a funky piece of SA with you, the Woolworth's
across from the Alamo is closing, so visit for a bit of nostalgia and cheep
dime store items and a look at an "animal" about to be extinct.  History in
the making!

No affiliation, etc etc etc.

Have fun, happy shopping, eat well, and learn a lot but don't work too hard!
Jo Mrvichin


I had seen good reports of this company, so called for their catalogue.
They told me it would be here by the end of (last) week, and I still haven't
seen it a week later!  Any comments?  tia

Date: Sat, 26 Jul 1997 06:02:48 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Deco price?

Can anyone tell me if $700 is a good price for the Deco 500?

TIA - Martha Ann
Subject: Re: San Antonio Shops; Softwear Catalogue
Date: Sat, 26 Jul 1997 13:18:49 +0000


Enjoy your trip to SA.  We have a lovely town.   Hot, though, right now!

Stores to visit include:

Las Colchas, 110 Ogden St., 223-2405. (closed sun. and mon.)

Bernina/New Home (the dealer I frequent, small, but nice.) 11777 West Ave.,
344-0791.  (If you come Tues. afternoon, I'll be in a cream on cream vest
class!  I can't wait to learn some new techniques!)

Plain Jane's in Artisan's Alley, 555 Bitters, 496-5436 (very small, but fun
fabrics; also hand made gift items; actually, all of Artisan's Alley is a
great browse.)

Seventh Heaven Quilt Shop, 5860 Hwy 87 E , 648-1381 (further out Southeast)

Sew Special in Boerne, on Main St. 800-891-8279 (Boerne is about 30 min. no.)

Of course there's Cloth World and Fabric Warehouse.

If you want to take home a funky piece of SA with you, the Woolworth's
across from the Alamo is closing, so visit for a bit of nostalgia and cheep
dime store items and a look at an "animal" about to be extinct.  History in
the making!

No affiliation, etc etc etc.

Have fun, happy shopping, eat well, and learn a lot but don't work too hard!


I had seen good reports of this company, so called for their catalogue.
They told me it would be here by the end of (last) week, and I still haven't
seen it a week later!  Any comments?  tia

Date: Sat, 26 Jul 1997 00:32:47 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: Knee Lift on New Machines

Hi Lisa....was this knee life advertised as being an optional accessory?  If
the is so
the hole and bushing should already be in the body of the machine and al you 
would have to do is slip new lift in until you hear click.  I may be way off
I have a 1530 Bernina 4 year old and what a sweetie she is"  good luck!!
Date: Sat, 26 Jul 1997 21:49:15 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Ott Light

On the Ott Light...I have recently been informed....The Ott Light the
fabric/machine stores sell has the "True color" is costly.  The
ones sold at Office Max and Home Depot, etc have different is to
help with computers, etc, and the other has a plant gro bulb.  These two
latter bulbs generate HEAT and do not give a true color to fabrics.  They may
also be too hot to touch if you need to move them while sewing.  The "true
color" bulb is the ideal one for sewers....bases for these will be TAN and
the other two will have BLACK bases.
Date: Sat, 26 Jul 1997 20:27:38 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Various

Re Pattern Sizes,

I am glad various pattern companies make their patterns from different
'slopers'.  Look at us, even when you get a bunch of 36" busted women we are
all different shapes. If all the companies made their patterns to fit one
ideal (Barbie Doll???????) woman, where would the rest of us be.  It's like
shoes and bras, I know which brands fit me best, just like I prefer a
certain type of pillow, easy chair, or flavour of ice-cream.

Re: TNMT Fabric

If you already have the sheets, and need to work something out for the 'new'
larger curtains, how about using the 'old' drapes with a plain
coloured/matching fabric border at the centres/bottoms.  OR, applique those
pesky figures onto plain curtains.

Re: Slipcovers

#1 Prewash the fabric if the cover is ever going to be removed and cleaned,
nothing is worse than not being able to fit it back on 6 months down the line.
#2 Decide upon the placement of the design motifs............... try to
'centre' big elements on individual cushions or areas.
#3 Pin/crease/pencil mark/cut to shape sheets of strong paper to make a
pattern. Follow the original upholstery seams where possible. 
#4 Remember you will want to include a means of getting the cover on/off so
allow for seams with hook & eye tape or snap fastener tape in a non obvious
#5 Allow for an extra underflap that fastens underneath both to securre the
cover and to keep the dust out. 
#6 Allow for 'tuck-ins' where two parts meet: arms to seat, back to seat.
make them long enough to allow you to push a piece of broom handle, dowel or
cardboard tubing in to keep the cover in place. 
#7 Cut out with 1 1/2" seam allowances, machine baste, try on inside out,
adjust where necessary, sew, fit again, right side out.  ONLY TRIM SEAMS
#8 And, Finally, Be Proud and receive compliments gracefully, while
remembering just how much money you saved by doing it yourself. 

And now to go and admire that page about the 1997 Worst Quilt Contest.

Liz in Elliot Lake, where I have got my 'household' tools and workshop moved
to the new house, and most of my sewing things, the workshop is neat tidy
and organised, next step is the sewing room, then the compouter stuff!
Hopefully I'll actually get my bed, the stove, fridge, washer and all those
unimportant things moved sometime soon. I swear it is easier to move 500
miles than just around the corner!
Date: Sat, 26 Jul 1997 18:33:06 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: Price of Machine Cleaning

Charge at our shop is $39.95.
Subject: Re: Connecting Threads
Date: Tue, 22 Jul 1997 19:09:26 -0400

The address for Connecting Threads is:
Connecting Threads
PO Box 8940
Vancouver, WA 98668-8940

Date: Sat, 26 Jul 1997 15:19:58 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Free Motion Quilting Question

Did you thread your bobbin thread through the little finger?  That should
help keep the bobbin thread on the back.


Dear Pam,
How do you thread your bobbin thread through the little finger? What little
finger? Is that different than threading the bobbin the "normal" way?  I have
had my Bernina for 1 year now and also have the problem with bobbin thread
showing where it isn"t suppose to when I use invisable thread on the top and
cotton thread in the bobbin even when I adjust the top tension. Is threading
the bobbin thread through the finger explained in the manuel?  Thank you for
your help.

Subject: Bernina 1090 for sale
Date: Sat, 26 Jul 1997 21:03:28 -0700

I have a 2 1/2 year old 1090 in excellent condition for sale.  Please email
me for
more information.  Nancy

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