Bernina Fan Club Archives

July 97

Sunday, July 20 - Saturday, July 26

Date: Sun, 27 Jul 1997 07:15:10, -0500
Subject: Napkins

I've made several napkin sets following instructions in Gail Brown's "Quick
Napkin Creations".. Making and Creating with Napkins.  She includes both
"sew" and "no sew" alternatives.. plus a lot of tips that are useful no
matter if you use her actual napkin ideas or not.  She also demonstrates a
dynamite way to do miters!

Paperback.. Published by Chilton,, lists at 12.95(USA).

Subject: Purchasing used 1090s
Date: Sun, 27 Jul 1997 05:06:38 -0400

Someone asked about buying  a 1090s.  I have owned one for over a year =
and have no complaints or regrets.  The QE edition which came out after =
I bought mine has a built-in hand look quilt stitch.  There are =
directions on the sight to duplicate this on the 1090s, =
which I haven't tried since I am a hand quilter.  Mine has been a dream =
for clothing construction, crafts and foundation piecing.  I find I =
rarely use the decorative stitches, but the overlocks, blind hem and =
other practical stitches are superb.  It also has the knee lift which I =
find indispensible.  If it's in like-new shape and the price is right, =
go for it!

Date: Sun, 27 Jul 1997 07:15:10, -0500
Subject: Napkins

I've made several napkin sets following instructions in Gail Brown's "Quick
Napkin Creations".. Making and Creating with Napkins.  She includes both
"sew" and "no sew" alternatives.. plus a lot of tips that are useful no
matter if you use her actual napkin ideas or not.  She also demonstrates a
dynamite way to do miters!

Paperback.. Published by Chilton,, lists at 12.95(USA).

Date: Sun, 27 Jul 1997 00:37:26 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: Presser Foot Confusion

Abby, the newer feet are easily recognized because the top of the foot (the
part that 
"plugs" into the machine) is square, not round. The first batch of "new" feet
were indeed black on white, but all the subsequent ones are red on white.
Date: Sun, 27 Jul 1997 10:17:12 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Baby bonnet help!

Hi all!
Did anyone save the little poem and instructions on the baby bonnet that's
made from a lacy hanky, then in later years the threads holding it together
have been snipped and its used for the wedding of the little person?

I just learned I'm going to be a new grandmother (in 8-1/2 months) and I'd
certainly like to include that little item in the layette.

Thanks to anyone with an archive.

Date: Sun, 27 Jul 1997 09:36:40 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: Used Mechanical Bernina Sewing Machines

I have the same problem with my 1130 buttonholer and have had it serviced
several times for the problem as I have moved around, including by the
national distribution office in Canada.  It works fine after service for a
VERY few buttonholes and then is so unreliable I give up on the machine and
return to my hardy 930.  The buttonholer problem on the 1130 makes me very
leary to try upgrading to one of the TOL machines with all the electronic
features to go awry.  Had the 1130 been my first Bernina, I would have
upgraded to Viking with any later machines!

I have heard from some dealers that dust on the "eye" of the buttonholer will
cause difficulties.  Perhaps cleaning it will help you, although I've not
found it to be a solution.  In reading notes on the "Older Models Forum" I
found inconsistent buttonholes to be a serious, frequent complaint among 1130

Date: Sun, 27 Jul 1997 09:47:55 -0500 (CDT)
Subject: Re: Roar

Did my eyes deceive me?  I just saw the commercial for Northern Tissue, 
and the quilters are using needles and knitting needles.

We are quilters; hear us roar!

Mary Jane  
Date: Mon, 28 Jul 1997 00:48:28 +1100
Subject: unlurking Aussie

G'day all ...

Re: New Bernina Owner (digest 20/7/97)

back in March I complained that my Bernina dealer said that the Bernina
Advanced Guidebook was not available in Australia except for sale to
dealers (ie shop copy only, no retail sales) - this generated much
correspondence from the helpful members of BFC, and a copy was
subsequently snailmailed from the US to OZ for me

Dorothy (in Canberra) or other Aussies in need of the Bernina "bible",
may acquire details from me if interested - please email privately

Re: baby bath towels
I might try this - everyone I know seems to be having babies at the
moment  - another niece born this morning :-)
I have had much success with some bunny rugs I made for a friend's baby
recently - two layers of flannelet, with different colours/patterns,
extra long, overlocked together (except for a small gap to turn them
back to right-sides-out), last bit of seam finished with a tiny bit of
iron-on-applique backing (because I was too lazy to hand-sew the gap
after I'd turned them right-sides-out !!), then embroidery stitches from
my 1090 around the edges (which also sewed through the iron-on cheating
section) with contrasting thread colour, fun, and they are
being used as "going-out bunnies" when babies are being taken out to be
shown off in the best finery, and also as extra warm "winter bunnies"
(instead of single thickness ones) - not that it gets anywhere near as
cold here as in Canberra :-)

now I need a Deco to do REALLY impressive bunny rugs :-)
I'm trying to work out what kind of Deco/scanner/digitiser/software etc
I need to save up for - watching BFC for tips!

tomorrow I might sew instead of catching up on BFC Digests  
goodnight from Kate 
Date: Sun, 27 Jul 1997 13:13:55 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: faulty circuit board on my150 too

The first week I owned my 150 the main circuit board went out.  It was at the
shop at the time getting my CPS added and when we tried them out it would sew
1 stitch and then stop and turn off.  We tried it three times and he took it
apart and found out the circuit board had gone bad.  Lucky for me he just
replaced my circuit board with another machine from the shop so I didn't have
to wait more than a few hours to get it done.

Gee, is this a common thing?  The only other problem I had was with my knee
lifter.  It was installed on my 150 and kept popping out - they crimped the
metal hook inside to kept this from happening again, and it is working fine
now.  The did fix it 3 times though and that wasn't fun bringing back to the
dealer that many times.

Let me know how long it takes you to get your circuit board.

Date: Sun, 27 Jul 1997 14:43:01 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: Turbans

If you save everything like I do, check out the May 1993 Sew News on page 68.
There is a pattern for a turban. There are two pictured. One is not so
attractive in my subjective opinion, but the floral is better looking. with a
little creativity I am sure any of us can make it great. 

E-mail me privately if you'd like a photocopy and we can make
arrangements--if you didn't pack rat your copy away.

Date: Sun, 27 Jul 1997 12:39:55 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re:  Quilting Rulers and More

Hi, I'm Barbara from AZ and usually lurk, but today I have a couple of
comments about ongoing threads.  I have  gotten Chris James'  new serger
book.  It is great and spiral bound which I think is a major plus.  The
pictures are  great and it covers all kinds of sergers.  This book along with
" The Ultimate Serger Answer Guide"  can get me almost anywhere.   
Now for the answer to the larger ruler.  I just line up my fabric carefully
along a line on my mat and place any width ruler along the line with the
correct measurement on the mat and cut. (Does that make sense?)  For
instance, for a 12" cut strip, line up the edge of the straightened fabric
say on the 5" line, place the ruler on the 17" line and cut.  (Is that
Back to the Bonfit Patterner...I've made using this tool my project for this
year.  I've just finished a straight skirt with darts and a fitted waistband
and a kickpleat and I'm a plus size of some weird number.  Last night I
finished designing and making a muslin of a vest.  So I say the Bonfit is
useful IF one spends time and measures accurately.  Going past size 22 means
pivot and slide.  Oh and I've made pants too.
Thank for letting me delurk for a short.  Back to my corner.  Barbara  This
is sent to a couple of lists.
Date: Sun, 27 Jul 1997 17:36:51 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: Machine Quilting

In a message dated 97-07-19 05:35:29 EDT, you write:

>> Dear Nan,
 You aren't doing anything wrong that is part
 of how machine quilting looks, you have to plan for this with the use
 of thread, fabric colors and how they interact.
 I recently took a class with Helen Weinman
 on Machine quilting and that is from her class.
 You will always get a tiny dot of bobbin thread
 in the top when using the"clear" thread .
 The solution in your case would be to use a light colored
 bobbin thread that more closely matches the top.
 Hope this helps....
 Kim   >>

Kim--There seem to be two different schools of thought on machine quilting.
 One is to replicate hand-quilting stitches, in which you want the bobbin
thread to show on top so that it looks like a tiny hand stitch.  I think this
is sometimes done by using a special stitch pattern that some of the Berninas
have preprogrammed.  The other school  does not want the bobbin thread to
show on top, and uses just a regular straight stitch with the tension, etc.
adjusted so that only the clear nylon is on top.  I have only done the latter
way, which is described in the Harriet Hargraves books (although my quilts
look nothing like hers, unfortunately!), and have been able to keep the
bobbin thread from showing through by threading the bobbin thread through the
finger on the bobbin case and adjusting the top tension slightly looser.

Date: Sun, 27 Jul 1997 17:37:01 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: Clear Elastic

In a message dated 97-07-19 05:50:59 EDT, you write:

>>  I'm not sure of a complete answer to your questions, but the clear elastic
 does need to sewn or serged through.  It is not appropriate to thread it
 through a casing.  We love this elastic and use it for so many areas of our
 Martha >>

Do you just sew it into the neck and facing seam?

Date: Sun, 27 Jul 1997 17:36:49 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: Applique Stitch

If the interfacing and fabric layers of the collar and cuff edges are not
enough of a stabilizer in themselves, you might want to try some of that
stiff spray-on, wash-out stabilizer (I don't know the name of it, but I've
seen it in the fabric stores, it comes in a hairspray size can).  Of course
this would only be good if your shirt is washable.  Maybe even full strength
liquid starch painted around the collar and cuff edges would give you enough

Date: Sun, 27 Jul 1997 17:36:32 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: Polartec Jacket

I made a polar fleece jacket for my son a couple of years ago, and I used the
double overlock stitch (no. 11 on my 1090s) for the seams, and the jersey
stitch (no. 12) to sew on the pockets on the outside.  These stitches worked
well, but frankly I think that you could use even a straight stitch (or two
rows of straight stitches for durability) for seams in this fabric.  It
doesn't fray, so the overedge stitch is really partly aesthetic, as well as
providing the speed of making essentially two rows of stitches in one pass.
 Good luck.  I really enjoyed making that jacket, and the fabric was easy and
fun to work with.  I wish we had more need for it here in sunny Florida.

Subject: turban directions
Date: Sun, 27 Jul 97 16:44:04 -0700

>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. 

Here are directions I have from a very old book, and I can't give proper 
credit. You may need to make a sketch to help you visualize the A,B,C,D 
points referred to in the directions.


Add a little magic to your wardrobe for every season.  The small wrapped 
turban in its caress of gathers does many jobs.  In winter-weight jersey, 
it keeps the head warm.  In stretch terry, it covers wet tresses and 
curler-ridden hair for summer swim parties.  In matte jerseys and 
metallic knits it adds a touch of mystery to every costume.  The yardage 
may be minimum but the glamorous effect is maximum .


Very thin stretch knit, 221/2" x 16".  Cut a rectangle with its greatest 
stretch along the 22'/2" length.


Step 1. Fold in half, right sides together, across the 16" width.  Stitch 
in a 1/4' seam at bottom A, forming a tube.  Then stitch in a 1/4' seam 
across top fold B. Finally, stitch a 1/4' seam along one end of the tube 

Step 2. Fold the remaining raw edge D back I', then I' again, and tack to 
the inside with tacks spaced about 2' apart.

Step 3. With heavy-duty thread or a double length of thread, about 8' 
long and knotted at the end, place a row of gathering stitches along the 
top and the bottom seams-points A and B. Start working from point C on 
the inside, stopping at the folded and tacked edge D. Draw the thread 
into a gather about 2' long, not including the folded back edge, and 
secure permanently. jeweled clip, bow, or tab can be added.

Subject: Re: Presser Foot Confusion
Date: Sun, 27 Jul 1997 18:11:31 +0100

RE: Presser Foot Confusion
We have had several of the new "al a carte" feet come into the shop from
Bernina with the foot number in black.  Just a mistake in the first ones to
come out of Switzerland we think.
Subject: Re: Turban Pattern - Reply
Date: Sun, 27 Jul 1997 17:38:39 +0100

RE: Turban Pattern
Hello Rebecca,
I have been making the turban pattern we have here in Missouri and even
used it for a portion of a club program this month.  I would like to have
your pattern if possible.  Please let me know how much money and/or stamps
to send and I will share it with our ladies here.  Many of them are very
community oriented and would love to have this pattern.
Just Stitchin', 2002 S. Stewart Street, Springfield, MO  65804.
Date: Sun, 27 Jul 1997 23:47:16 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: Quilting Rulers

Pineapple ruler came out some time ago along with Pineapple Passion from That
Patchwork Place. Your quilt shop should be able to order it for you from the
regular notions distributors they use.
Date: Sun, 27 Jul 1997 23:34:36 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: Quilting Rulers

The Pineapple Rule is put out by the Great American Quilt Factory in
Denver,Co.  It costs about $10.00.  If you want their mail order address just
let me know.  I have used it on a pattern called Pineapple smoothy and it
worked very well.  My pineapple was perfect.  I plan to get alot of use out
of mine.  E-mail me if you want more info.  Peggy
Date: Sun, 27 Jul 1997 22:16:23 -0500
Subject: Nashville Stores

My kids are moving to Nashville  so I will be looking for good Heorloon
and Home dec Shops.  Any suggestions would be appreciated.  Connie
Date: Sun, 27 Jul 1997 22:38:03 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Coasters

Hi Bernie fans,
You all seem to be the most knowledgeable about sewing so I thought I would
post this question for you all regarding the making of coasters. What is the
neatest and the easiest coasters to make? I would like to make them out of
blue & yellow fabric to match my new kitchen. I'm not a true sewer by any
means, so details would really help. Any suggestions would be greatly
Date: Sun, 27 Jul 1997 22:31:33 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: Machine Quilting

Not if your tension is properly adjusted you won't! I've done several
projects with YLI invisible and Mettler cotton in the bobbin and don't
have any dots of color showing on the right side. Be sure to thread the
bobbin through the bobbin finger.
Date: Sun, 27 Jul 1997 18:04:38 -0800
Subject: Re: San Antonio Quilt Shop

Thanks for the info on San Antonio shops, my sister lives nears by
(Leaky) and she shops me in San Antonio, if I HAVE to have something. 
Your shops will be very limited on the Inland Passage in Alaska.  Which
areas will be you arriving, Juneau and KEtchikan?  If so, only one shop
exists to my knowledge in Ketchikan, Silver Thimble, but last time I was
there it was very limited.  In Juneau, we do not have quilt shops
although they do their best to accommodate quilters.  Tinas Botique and
Ellen's.  Slim pickin's to be sure
Date: Sun, 27 Jul 1997 21:15:16 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Pineapple Rule

It is designed by Nancy Smith and Lynda Milligan as a companion to their
book"Pineapple Passion."

The book was put out by Patchwork Place, copyright 1989.  It may be out of
print.  Powell Books is a possible on-line source for the book.  They carry
new and used.  Try  Maybe with www. or maybe without.

According to the book, the ruler is available from Dreamspinners, 8970
E.Hampden ave,Denver, CO 80231.  Naturally, that is old info.  You might find
them with a web search.

The ruler itself says Great American Quilt Factory, Denver, CO.

You could possibly check with Connecting Threads.  800-574-6454.   They are a
reliable mail order company and may have a discount.

Keepsake Quilting is also reliable.  They are not discount, but have a
diverse stock and good service.  Phone 800-865-9458.

Happy Hunting.  Oh, by the way, I like the book, but found the ruler
Of course, in my madness, I let DH talk my into trying it as my first ever
patchwork block!!!  I made two blocks with Christmas fabrics.  They made nice
pillows.  :-)

Date: Mon, 28 Jul 1997 04:14:31 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Keepsake Quilting

Just got back from NH and my first visit to the Keepsake Quilting shop.  I
must tell everyone it is a "not to miss" stop for anyone who is going to New
Hampshire.  They have everything....everything....There is a sale room that
is just wonderful with bargins that are just great...There is a wall of
patterns and kits there beside the regular shops supplies.  In the sale room
there are really wonderful buys (half price) things.  The quilts they sell
are both done by machine and hand quilting and are a show by themselves.
  Material is wonderful also.  My dh replied to me when I finally came
out..."I thought you decided to take a class".  Give yourself several hours!
Subject: Ott Light
Date: Mon, 28 Jul 1997 01:05:15 -0700

There is no difference between the Ott Light, Task Light with the Gray or
Black base (they don't make a tan base). Yes they do recommend it for plants and animals as it is a natural light and healthier for humans, animals and plants alike. To check it out go to  they also sell screw in bulbs, florescent tubes for regular fixtures, to add to you home environment. I have the Ott light from Home Depot with the Black base, it is a natural white light, Cathode Radiation Shielded bulb, it does get warm to the touch, but never hot, it delivers a natural light for my sewing
and hand work. Great if you are a quilter and need natural light to work by.

Date: Mon, 28 Jul 1997 07:12:37 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: 1530 Signature Edition

What is the difference between the 1530 Signature Edition and the regular
1530?  Just curious and what is the price?

Date: Mon, 28 Jul 1997 08:03:15 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: SA Store

Glad to be back on the list.
Who ever was headed to S.A. and if you are going to Boerne there are two
stores if you can make them both .... Thimble & Thread..195 S. Main  830-249
It is worth the Trip to Boerne lots of stuff to see
Date: Mon, 28 Jul 1997 08:01:56 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Tune Up $$

I just had my 1530 tuned up, cost me $50, which is worth every penny
Will Bernina keep on making the old feet, or should I start stocking up now?
Also- my dealer just told me that I can have her upgrade my scanner?  Has
anyone done this?

Date: Mon, 28 Jul 1997 07:11:10 -0400
Subject: Re: Quilting Rulers

At 12:38 AM 7/28/97 +0000, you wrote:
>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

My pineapple rule says 1989 Nancy Smith and Lynda Milligan-----
Great American Quilt Factory, Denver. CO.  It's 6 x 12.

When making a pineapple block you usually have to cut measured strips with
bias ends.  If you use the pineapple rule you need not measure and
cut the angled ends.  You simply sew as for a log cabin and at
the end of each round use the rule to cut the angled ends.  You get
perfect squares with perfect ends.  Try to find a photo of a pineapple

block and you'll see what I mean.  My description  isn't 
the best but the rule is GREAT.  However, like many short cuts
it does waste a fair amount of fabric but is VERY convenient and


Date: Mon, 28 Jul 1997 09:51:36 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: Free motion Quilting Question

In a message dated 97-07-28 01:41:23 EDT, you write:

>> 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
 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.
 Cheryl  >>

I have a 1090s, and its bobbin case has a little finger with a hole in it
sticking out from one side.  You thread the bobbin thread through this to do
embroidery, buttonholes, or machine quilting where you want the top thread to
be pulled slightly to the back.  You don't say what model you have, but your
manual should describe the features of the bobbin case somewhere.  I
understand that the 1630 and the new line of machines do not have this
finger, and I really don't know what one does on those machines to achieve
the correct tension.

Date: Mon, 28 Jul 1997 09:34:20 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: Deco price?

With the appearance of the new, combined machine in October, the prices on
bht TOL sewing machines and the Deco machines are dropping at the dealers.  I
just checked the prices on new ones last week in Phoenix.  The dealer's
regular and sale prices were:
1630: $3599/2999
1530: $3399/2499
Deco 500: $2099/1299
Deco 600: $2399/1699

I have seen used Deco 500s advertised for $500, but I don't recall what, if
any, accessories were included.
Date: Mon, 28 Jul 1997 09:23:48 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: Napkins

In a message dated 97-07-28 01:56:42 EDT, you write:

> Robbie Fanning
>  The Creative Machine Newsletter
>  P.S. It's pronounced Krow-see.

What's pronounced Krow-see?????

The napkin book sounds great!  Does it really include how to fold them

TIA, Jacque
Date: Mon, 28 Jul 1997 08:23:29 -0700
Subject: Re: Quilting Rulers

Bernina wrote:
> 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.
> Thanks,
> Kathy B
I think you can get one from Pinetree Quiltworks.  They have a web
page.  I don't have the url but you can get it off World Wide Quilting
Date: Mon, 28 Jul 1997 08:18:43 -0700
Subject: 1260 Computerized?

Bernina wrote:

> 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.

I always thought that the 1260 was a computer machine like the 1530
but with not as much memory.  The 1130 was the first of the computer
machines and then the 1230 followed with more memory.  

Date: Mon, 28 Jul 1997 10:59:34, -0500
Subject: faulty circuit board on the 150


I had the same thing happen to my 160 in May.  I made a vest and then 
the next thing I know, I was sewing & it would go "dead" as I would 
accelerate on the foot pedal.  As soon as I would let off, it would 
come back.  My dealer put in a new board & it is OK now, except that 
when I am sewing slow it has a kind of squealing sound.  I am almost 
sorry I traded in my mechanical machine for the computerized one.  
Too late now!  Although I do enjoy all the stitches.

Good luck,
Date: Mon, 28 Jul 1997 09:58:25 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: 1630 for sale

Hello everyone -
I have a 1630 (96 update) with three keys (Hearts & Flowers, Borders &
Christmas),  #10, #57, #41& #29 feet for sale as a set.  Phoenix area (will
sell for les in the Phoenix area).

Date: Mon, 28 Jul 1997 09:56:29 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: 930 For sale

Hello Everyone -
I have a 930 (needle down) for sale - in the Phoenix Area.

Thank you
Date: Mon, 28 Jul 1997 09:51:50 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: 1090; Friend or Fiend

In a message dated 97-07-27 20:01:44 EDT, you write:

 >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? >>

I, too, have a 1090s (which I understand is identical to the 1090 except for
the feet that are included) that I bought almost 2 years ago.  I love it.  I
bought it for garment sewing, for which it is great, and have since gotten
into machine quilting, which it is also wonderful for.  I was afraid when I
bought it that I would find the single buttonhole style too limiting (but did
not want to pay an extra $500 for the 1260).  However, I have found it to be
fine for everything I have wanted to sew.  Although I must say that I always
use the 3-step buttonhole method because I have not taken the time to figure
out the automatic buttonhole.  The only "extra" that I found essential for
the 1090s was the walking foot, for machine quilting.  

 Date: Mon, 28 Jul 1997 10:56:24 -0700
Subject: R. Carr videos

Has any seen the video   Achieving Perfect Fit with Roberta Carr/Burda 

Comments?    ...m
Subject: Thread type 
Date: Mon, 28 Jul 1997 12:33:00 -0500

Hi All,
I am making slipcovers for my couch with a cotton duck fabric.  I bought
heavy-duty "coat" thread to sew them with, thinking that this would last
longer.  Is there a rule of thumb for using different weights of thread?
  I now realize the fabric is thinner than I thought (it is not as heavy
as jeans denim)  and I am wondering if using heavy-duty thread will
cause the fabric to wear out faster.  Will this thread be bad for my
machine?  Should I just use regular thread?

Thanks for the info

Date: Mon, 28 Jul 1997 08:55:15 +0000
Subject: Various

Subject: Price of Machine Cleaning

After reading all the prices charged for Bernina servicing, I realized that
I had been taken for a ride!  Sears charged me $65 for a basic
cleaning/service for my old Kenmore!  Ouch!

Subject:  No zig-zag

Last night the needle on my 830 "froze" so that it wouldn't go back and
forth to make a zig-zag (up and down still worked fine).  The machine is
new to me and I haven't yet taken the class on cleaning and maintenance.
Well, I was anxious to sew so I popped the hood and wiggled the needle to
see what moved and put a drop of oil on that spot.  Voila!  It worked!  So,
I don't really have a problem anymore.  However, since I'm ignorant, is
there something else I should do?  Cleaning?  Other spots to oil?  I'd
appreciate suggestions.

By the way, my current project is a Polartec jacket, so there's some fuzz
which comes off the cut edges.


Date: Mon, 28 Jul 1997 08:33:24 -0500
Subject: Re: Serger for Quilting

Jacque wrote "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 like to do both clothing sewing and quilting.  I purchased my 2000DE
Bernina serger about 9 months ago and started out sewing polartec
Christmas gifts - it was wonderful.  Neutral thread allowed me to go
from one fabric to another without worrying about changing thread.  This
summer I discovered using my serger for quilting.  Over the weekend I
finished up a t-shirt quilt for my daughter.  The top was 100% serge
pieced.  Then I used my 1230 with walking foot to quilt and bind. 
14-year olds don't usually get too excited about home-made goodies, but
Liesel was thrilled.  She even took the quilt off her bed and with us
when we went to visit grandma so she could show her.  I also serged a
rail fence babyquilt early this summer.  So, don't be afraid to use your
serger for quilting - especially when the quilt will be well loved and

Date: Mon, 28 Jul 1997 15:49:30 -0500
Subject: 1530 Limited Edition

If anyone in Canada is interested in the 1530 Limited Edition 
recently advertised in Threads, forget it.  The offer is only good in 
the U.S.  I wish they wouldn't do things like that.  These wonderful 
offers should be made available to everybody.
Date: Mon, 28 Jul 1997 16:02:47 -0400
Subject: Upgrade fever

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

I bought this machine in 3/96 and as some of you know, I love it.  I saw an
ad in the current Threads for a limited "Signature Edition" 1530 at a
special price.  It is to be this model's "last hurrah" and then the entire
Bernina line will be of the new format, which takes different feet.  So I
started thinking, maybe I should upgrade as this could be a chance to get a
machine that has several features I like at a great price.  I didn't
necessarily have a yearning for these features right now, but I do have a
lot invested in the old type feet (most of which can be converted for a
price, but not all) so why not upgrade now while I have the chance. 
Especially since I have no interest in a machine w/ hoop embroidery or even
computer interface capabilities:  am I ever going to want a machine that
does more than the 1530?  No.  So why not upgrade to a near TOL machine
from the "old line" while I have the chance.  First symptoms of upgrade

I call my Bernina dealer on Saturday and find out more:  while the
signature edition models are the exact same machine with the owners
signature emblazoning the front, they will cost more than the last  6
regular 1530s they currently have on sale at the shop.  Their price for
these last ones are less than 1260s were priced when I bought my machine.
Come on in and let us take a look at your 1090 and we'll give you a quote

Things are getting interesting.

I deliberately do not post any messages here asking for advice because I
want to go in on my own gut instincts.   However I do email one BFC member
(Hi Robin!) that has done this same upgrade to find out if she ever missed
her 1090 -- yes, for a bit but now loves her 1530 -- very reassuring and
I'm getting excited about investigating further.  Fever temp rising rapidly.

On Thursday, I go to the store and try out the machine.  The mechanics are
the same:  patented CB hook so same beautiful stitch quality.  The
trackball interface is surprisingly easy to use and having to screen
through menus is not at all annoying (as I was expecting). It turns out
that you are always only one step away from getting back to main menu and
the pertinent details like stitch width/length, needle position, needle
up/down, pattern functions, machine speed etc are on each screen anyway. 
The many buttonholes are beautiful and truly automatic (unlike on my
count-the-stitches 1090S).  The stitch selection is way overkill for me with the myriad of vehicles, flowers and whatnot, but the heirloom stitches
are something in which I might be interested if I had.

My only dislike of the machine was the color of the LED screen which IMO
does not look as nifty as the screens on the newer models (Virtuosa &
Activa).  But this is a purely aesthetic thing, I can see the screen just
fine and really like the 1530.

Then we talk price:  I can have it for my 1090S plus $950.  I think this is
a very good deal as I know people on this forum have bought their machine
used for *less* than the dealer is offering me and I have never heard of a
lower price for a new 1530.  In fact, I've seen used 1530s sell for more. AND,  I can pay for it with Bernina's no payments/interest for 12 months
financing.  With tax, $85.50 per month for one year.  It is 5 days since we
first spoke but now there are only two left, so the decision must be made
SOON.  Upgrade fever peaks!!!

My heart starts palpitating at the thought of giving up my 1090.  I go for
a walk, get a cup of coffee and call my husband.  He had no idea what kind
of expense was going to be involved with this and now says, "if it's really
what you want, go for it."  He's an absolute dear to not freak out as this
would be a budget stretch for us  --  but no help here.  What do I really
want?  I can't understand why I don't want to do this.    I start telling
myself that I've only had the 1090 for a year and a half, what if I had
bought the 1530 to begin with?  I have "seen" so many BFC list members
upgrade their 1090s over the last year and a half -- am I the only one so
satisfied with it?  I would really like that 1530, but I just can't see
myself without MY machine.

OH NO!!! I'm starting to understand how people become s.m. collectors!!! 
My head is spinning and I can't think anymore.  I'm sure my forehead has
broken out in sweat.  Upgrade fever breaks. I went back into the store and
told them I couldn't do it.  I can't afford both, financially or
logistically.  The crazy thing was, they totally understood!  Come back
when your daughter is older and you can give her your old machine (she's
now 3).  I would never give up my first Bernina, says a woman working
there, I don't blame you.  The owner says he's surprised, as I took to the
trackball so quickly, but thinks it's always a good idea not to make snap
decisions.  I wonder if they had applied even a little sales pressure if
things may have gone differently.

I picked up my machine, hoping it did not understand what had almost 
happened, and went home.  In the car, my sad feelings of missed opportunity
(and 8 automatic buttonholes, 11 needle positions, entredeux & hemstitches...) are outweighed by feelings of relief that my 1090 is safely tucked in the floor of the backseat.

Fever passed, temperature back to normal.  

This experience (and others) with my wonderful dealer, Hartsdale Fabrics, Hartsdale NY will be long remembered.  The conventional wisdom is that you
should "buy the dealer" not just the machine.  Well, these folks are so
great that now I can never move out of this area!

Date:        Mon, 28 Jul 1997 14:35:20 CDT
Subject: Nests of Thread

Dear BFCers,
    I'm mostly a lurker, but have been following the posts on those
annoying nests of thread.  I have a 950 industrial and have problems
when I try to sew anything thicker than a quilt.  For example, when
I make a pillow quilt and try to sew the pillow to the blanket, I can
never get the tension right, no matter how many adjustments I make.
I tried to sew a piece of elastic onto a sweat band and ended up
with a big mess.  What's puzzling about this is that my Kenmore came
to the rescue in both cases with no problem.  Has anyone else ever
had this problem?
Date: Mon, 28 Jul 1997 11:07:09 -0700
Subject: Fabric Printing

Karen :
I've tried putting fabric with freezer paper ironed on the back
through my Apple Stylewriter Ink Jet printer.  It does need to be
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.
use a mixture of 50/50 white vinegar and water.  Dip a press cloth in
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.

What fabric are you using? Have you noticed a difference in color
retention between cottons and blends?

Has anyone done this with an HP 870cse (color inkjet)? I read that HP's
inks are problematic with this process. Even with vinegar and water and
pressing, I lose 50% of the color. I've also tried a Krylon Fixatif.I
think I am becoming compulsive about solving this so if anyone can help
I'd appreciate it.

I have been successful in transferring black and white images made on my
b&w home copier to fabric, using vinegar. I learned the method in J.
Montano's "Elegant Stitches." Looks cool with old botanical ink drawings
and elegant monograms.


Date: Mon, 28 Jul 1997 17:26:25 -0500
Subject: Help with workshop

Very dear to my heart is the idea that my quilting can give an abused child
hope.  I am a relative newcomer to this small Wisconsin community and have
been given free reign in designing a workshop to produce quilts for such
But I need help in writing patterns that can be accomplished by all ability
levels.  I don't have the connections that a long-time resident would have.
          The article in the local paper says:
"Quilters of all skill levels are invited to rally to create children's
quilts for the New Day Shelter.  The finished quilts will be given to
children  who arrive at the center having been torn from cherished
belongings .  The workshop will be held at 9 am  on August 22 and 23  at
the Cable Place in the Cable-Hayward Area Arts Council room on the second

Teams of two or three will divide the tasks.  One might speed-cut the
patterns; another could stitch the patches; a third could press the seams.
Patterns and assistance will be available.  Each team would need to bring
washed fabric, thread, scissors, one sewing machine, an extension cord, and
an iron.  Rotary cutters would be helpful .  Some shared equipment will be
available.  Beginners can learn each phase of the quilt process.
Experienced quilters can execute any design they wish..."

Could you suggest patterns (and directions) which could be created...and
tied in these two sessions?  I have already created 2 quilts to use as
examples....but I am not an experienced quilter and I surely need the
wisdom of the experienced.

Thanks so much,

Date: Mon, 28 Jul 1997 15:34:27 -0800
Subject: Nylon filament thread observation


After viewing the many quilts on display at the AQS Museum in Paducah I
found it very interesting to observe that the nylon filament thread gave
quilts an extra sparkle under the display lights. Many times this sparkle
or glint would catch my eye and I found myself observing more or being
drawn to the quilt where I might not have been otherwise. Especially so for
the comtempory freeform quilts - in many cases this added a something
special for the display - like the Corona or Solar Eclipse quilts on
permanent display. It did nothing to detract from any of the quilts but on
many of them it improved their display and made them more interesting! Just
curious to see if anyone else has noticed this effect.

Date: Mon, 28 Jul 1997 16:59:20 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: Rice/Beanbag

hi Carol, I don't know about something to make the rice smell better but I
was making angels with rice bottoms so that they would sit on the shelf and
the woman at the quilt shop told me to freeze the rice before using it - It
is supposed to prevent those little white bugs that show up in rice, pasta
and flour.   I think it works , Liz
Date: 28 Jul 97 16:21:00 -0700
Subject: 801 Sport model??

I've been the happy owner of a Bernina model 801 Sport  for a year.
I've never read of anyone else on the list who has one.  I believe
they came out about 18 years ago.  It's a little one, most of its
feet are usable on my 1630.  It's a gem of a machine.  Anyone else
out there with one??
Date: Mon, 28 Jul 1997 16:17:16 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: seat belt for Bernie

Rebecca wrote:

>>>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 slammed into the back of my seat and then onto the
floor. >>>
So the moral is - even if it looks weird buckle up for safety!!!

I want to second this. I used to travel with my machine in the car without
giving it a second thought, until my friend informed me that when (if) you
slam on your brakes, ANYTHING in the car not strapped down will become a
flying missle. Made sense to me! Now I not only buckle up my machine, but
also the little traveling case I use to carry supplies to class -- (in the
event of an accident) I wouldn't want that thing to smack me in the back of
the head, either!

whose DH had all the spare change in the tray of his truck rain down on him
when he was cut off by another driver (that caused his truck to
Date: Sun, 27 Jul 1997 19:49:51 -0700
Subject: Re: Full SPectrum LIght

Steve, you are so eloquent, and so clear at the same time.  How I
appreciate you....
I had my DH install new lighting in my sew room yesterday.  We
went to Home Depot (a large discounter
lumber/hardware/plumbing/gardening/ giant here in California and
purchased a 4 foot shop light for $9. and two 4 foot tubes (full
spectrum) for $5.57 each.  My room is now wonderfully light -
what a difference.  I paint watercolor one week, and sew the next
so need good color rendition.
Date: Tue, 29 Jul 1997 00:21:11 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Twist

>an "S" thread wound
>onto the bobbin and sewn with becomes a "Z" thread running off the bobbin.

S or Z twist doesn't change.  It's the same no matter which end you use.
 Fiber spun as Z twist is plied with an S twist and vice versa.  Fabric woven
with S spun or plied and Z spun or plied threads will have an entirely
different look than one woven with all the same kind of thread.

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

Date: Tue, 29 Jul 1997 09:38:11 -0600
Subject: Canvas material source needed

Anyone know of a source for heavy canvas material in different colors? 
No fabric shop I have visited has this, not even the plain cream color.
It is the same material that tents are made of. I know the stuff is out
there somewhere because I have small samples of green, yellow and blue.
Would appreciate any help! I will be purchasing several hundred yards of
it so hopefully I can buy it wholesale.

Also, I plan on using an 830 to sew the canvas... do I need to take it
in to have special adjustments made for this type of use?

Subject: Thread Nest
Date: Mon, 28 Jul 1997 22:26:46 -0400

Two thoughts on the thread nest:  Check the compatibility of your top
thread and the bobbin thread.  Sometimes if I change the weight or type of
bobbin thread the 'nesting' problem is eliminated.

This idea always works for me: Before you begin to machine stitch follow
these steps and see the difference. Lower the presser foot.  Hold the top
thread and take one stitch and pull the bottom thread to the top.  Hold the
top thread and bobbin thread and stitch a few stitches in place - length
and width at '0'.  Begin your machine stitching for half an inch or so,
then clip both threads.  It has always worked for me.  No more 'nests' and
no thread tails on the back to clip.
Date: Mon, 28 Jul 1997 21:40:32 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Hankie Bonnet

I was wondering if anyone has the directions for the "hankie bonnet" made for
Christenings.  Thanks in advance for all your help!!
Date: Tue, 29 Jul 1997 08:05:41 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: Cost of Machine Cleaning

You know I think the $ of cleaning and servicing machines just depends on the
dealer and how reputable they are.. I purchased a machuine 4 years ago in CA.
 I was told they would service it free for 5 years.  I thought that was fair.
 I then moved to TX and took it to a dealer who said the service was $54 what
can u do? I said ok They fixed the spool holder which needed repair and then
said it would be $54 for sevice $10 for the part (still fair) and $25 to put
it in.  I said that was wrong .  I was then told If I had purchased at her
store the service would have been free.  I never had to pay the $25 because
she backed off.  The service was poor and I have NEVER been back to that
shop.  I have since found a wonderful nice man and services all Berninas for
free!  One from Louisana and one or two from the other crabby store.  I would
think Bernina would have a universal policy on service for at least the first
5 years and it would carry on from dealer to dealer.  Have a good day...S
Date: Tue, 29 Jul 1997 07:51:53 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Bernina 1090

Hi, I've been reading the digest and know that you've already had some
feedback on your quest.  I would like to vouch for the 1090 also.  My husband
surprised me with it one Christmas three or four years ago.  I love it!  I
machine piece and quilt with it.  It took me awhile to learn to freemotion
quilt, but the machine is very capable and I've been pleased with its
performance.  I've sewn all manner of garments from fine fabrics to heavy
wools.  I have also done some freemotion embroidery too.  I've had a lot of
fun with it.  It's never failed me.  The knee lift took some getting used to
but I would never be without that feature.  It is like a third hand.  I few
friends of mine have just purchased the new 160's.  But I have no interest in
changing.  I actually think for the money, the 1090 is a better machine,
 mine came with a lot more feet and accessories than their 160's.  But it all
depends on what type of sewing you want to do.  Good Luck, and if its not to
much trouble, let me or the BFC know your decision.  I'd be curious to know
if you receive any negative comments about the 1090, too...
Date: Tue, 29 Jul 1997 07:59:35 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Blind hem applique /invisible thread

I'm a little slow  in giving my 2c, I have the 1230 and use the #26 stitch,
mirror,  can be narrowed to almost nothing. and adjust stitch length.  I
really prefer this for applique.
Flatlocking-- I also have the 334DS, it takes a bit of playing to get it real
flat.,  tho I'm sure there will be a difference of opinion, the two thread
flatlock it better for construction. on 3 thread, the bottom is so tight, and
easily pulled out.
Subject: Tiltable
Date: Tue, 29 Jul 97 07:44:24 PDT

I've read so much about the new 'tiltable' that I had to go into the page to 'see' it.  I loved the idea so described it to my 14
year old son, who happened to be the nearest one to me at the moment.  He
said you don't need that, I'll make something.  He went out to our
workshop, got a short, old 2 X 4, propped the back of my machine up on it
and presto!  Tilting machine.  I tried it and it does relieve back strain
for machine quilting and applique,  and didn't even vibrate off the board. 
I'm sure for long term use I'll need something more stable, (maybe actually
purchase the 'tiltable') but for now and to see if I liked the idea, the 2
X 4 sure worked!

Date: Tue, 29 Jul 1997 15:24:19 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: Traveling - Reply

My Bernina gave me this piece of advise when traveling in a car with my
machine--put the machine in the trunk at an angle.  If you have to stop
suddenly, it is less apt to tip over.  Sounds reasonable to me and that is
what I do.  Thankfully I have never had to see if it works.

Date: Tue, 29 Jul 1997 09:31:33 +0100
Subject: fun foam

I saw this at a shop called The Dresden Rose in Windsor, Ontario. THey
took Fun Foam, which is about 1/8inch thick, and used it for a
stabilizer under fabric then embroidered over it. It left a trupunto
type effect when the foam that had not been encased in fabric and thread
was torn away. 

I thought it was interesting.

Date: Tue, 29 Jul 1997 19:59:01 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: flannel quilt

A friend of mine asked me for advice on making a flannel quilt.  I am very
new to quilting, just having made a few small quilts and wall hangings.  She
wants to know whether she can make a flannel quilt, using flannel on both
the top and backing or whether she should just use flannel on the backing.
I told her I didn't know but would ask on the list.  She is not sure whether
she will do hand or machine quilting.

I have another question.  I have just finished a wall hanging, and was a
little disappointed in that it did not turn out very soft.  It doesn't
really matter for a wall hanging, but I want to go on to a quilt for a bed,
and I want it to be softer.  This pattern had a checkerboard border, and I
did machine quilting along the diagonals of the one inch squares.  This is
the part that doesn't feel very soft.  The blocks, where I just quilted in
the ditch, feel much softer.  Is it because of all the machine quilting that
it doesn't feel soft, or is it a function of something else--the fabric, the
batting or what?  I want my first attempt at a bed sized quilt to be soft,
and "drape-able", not firm and stiff.
Would it get softer as it was washed, if it is a bed quilt?  Since this was
just a wall hanging, I don't plan to wash it.
Any suggestions?
Subject: Printing on fabric

Karen in Bensalem, PA wrote:
I've tried putting fabric with freezer paper ironed on the back
through my Apple Stylewriter Ink Jet printer.  It does need to be
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.
use a mixture of 50/50 white vinegar and water.  Dip a press cloth in
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.

What fabric are you using? Have you noticed a difference in color
retention between cottons and blends?

Has anyone done this with an HP 870cse (color inkjet)? I read that HP's
inks are problematic with this process. Even with vinegar and water and
pressing, I lose 50% of the color. I've also tried a Krylon Fixatif.I
think I am becoming compulsive about solving this so if anyone can help
I'd appreciate it.

I have been successful in transferring black and white images made on my
b&w home copier to fabric, using vinegar. I learned the method in J.
Montano's "Elegant Stitches." Looks cool with old botanical ink drawings
and elegant monograms.

Reply from Karen:  I have been using 100% cotton both white and colored.
Date: Tue, 29 Jul 1997 20:56:10 -0400
Subject: Quilt Shops in Upper Michigan

Does anyone know of any Bernina, quilt, or fabric shops in the Upper
Penisula of Michigan?  We will be there on vacation soon and I'd like to
look around.  I subscribe to the digest version of BFC.  I have been
enjoying so many hints from many of you.  Thanks for sharing.      
Date: Fri, 25 Jul 1997 23:51:50 -0700
Subject: re: serger for quilting

It's tempting, because a serger sews very fast and trims as you go.

Here's why not:
1. It  would be a chore to hand-quilt, because of the thickness caused by
the seamed threads.

2. No matter how careful, every quilter ends up having to rip out a seam
now and again. A serged, trimmed seam leaves little room for errors.

Here's why:
1. flatlocked stitches would be very attractive as machine quilting.
2. Sometimes you just need to slap a plain fabric between rows of pieces, a
la "Chinese Coins" or "Pioneer Braid", and a serger handles the excess

Date: Tue, 29 Jul 1997 22:36:49 -0700
Subject: 1130 

 Betty, I found two things that I was forgetting to do with my 1130 
buttonholer--first, thread the bobbin eye, second stabilize the buttonhole.  I

still don't have fantastic buttonholes and need to have the dealer look at the

machine, but they are much better than they were. You probably are already 
doing this, but just in case, thought I'd mention it......Bev.
Subject: Bernina Walking Foot
Date: Tue, 29 Jul 1997 09:39:29 -0700

I was able to buy a walking foot from a member of this list.  Thanks to all
that responded to my request.  You-all are great, without this list, I know
that I never would have found one.  Thanks again, and Thank you Sue for
making the list possible.

Date: Tue, 29 Jul 1997 14:36:06, -0500
Subject: Napkins

I've made several napkin sets following instructions in Gail Brown's "Quick
Napkin Creations".. Making and Creating with Napkins.  She includes both
"sew" and "no sew" alternatives.. plus a lot of tips that are useful no
matter if you use her actual napkin ideas or not.  She also demonstrates a
dynamite way to do miters!

Paperback.. Published by Chilton,, lists at 12.95(USA).

Subject: RE: Nests of Threads
Date: Tue, 29 Jul 1997 17:15:50 -0400

Hi all,
I don't have the "nests of threads" problem, and I didn't really think 
about it, but I just wanted to share what I do when I am machine quilting. 
 First I drop the feed dogs, then drop the needle into the fabric.  Then I 
raise the needle, and raise the presser foot (with my knee lifter) and pull 
up on the needle thread until the bobbin thread comes up.  I then lower the 
presser foot and hold both threads and take 3 or 4 stitches in place (feed 
dogs down).  Then I start quilting as usual (feed dogs up).  The only time 
I get any gunky stuff underneath is when I don't remember to hold the 
threads tightly while I am taking the 3 - 4 securing stitches.
Hope this helps,
ate: Wed, 30 Jul 1997 22:28:09 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Myrtle Beach Quilt Shops

We're going to Myrtle Beach for the week-end.  Can anyone advise me where the
fabric/quilt shops are located in the area.  Thanks -

Date: Wed, 30 Jul 1997 22:08:03 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Old Feet

Bernina will probably continue to manufactur the old feet for the foreseeable
future, but whether your local dealer keeps them in stock is another
question. As the newer machines take over the market, it will be more
feasible for more space to be devoted to the newer feet for the newer
machines, and you may have to special order the older feet after a while.
Date: Wed, 30 Jul 1997 21:40:42 -0400
Subject: Re: Nashville Stores

There is a nice Smocking and Heirloom store called "The Children's
Corner". She is also a Bernina Dealer. They are located on Cleghorn
Avenue. Have fun shopping!!!
Date: Wed, 30 Jul 1997 20:13:18 -0400
Subject: Bernina Signature Edition

Someone just asked what the difference between the 1530 and the 1530
Signature Edition and the price.  I had the same questions and asked it of
the "Nina" rep . while I was at the Vermont Quilt Show, *no difference* in
the machine, the Signature edition is signed and a limited edition by
someone who meant nothing to me, probably those in the
business can tell you. Price?  I didn't ask, I was more interested in
knowing the differnce as I have the 153o.  Bet Martha in the Ozarks will
coem through with a much better answer.
Bless Today For It Will Not Come Again
Subject: Re: 1090; Friend or Fiend
Date: Wed, 30 Jul 1997 14:27:38 +0100

I would advise purchasing this product "pronto".  It is great amd the price
is good.  Go for it!
Date: Wed, 30 Jul 1997 13:46:07 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: faulty circuit board on my150 too

I work at a Bernina shop and we test all our machines before we give them to
the buyers. We have had one 150 and one 140 with weird boards. They quit
working and then the needle would very s-l-o-w-l-y g-o u-p a-n-d d-o-w-n.
Bernina of America was very good about replacing them.

Date: Wed, 30 Jul 1997 11:13:27, -0500
Subject: Re: Used Mechanical Bernina Sewing Machine


You wrote: ......" The buttonholer problem on the 1130 makes me very
leary to try upgrading to one of the TOL machines with all the electronic
features to go awry.".......

I had an 1130 with the buttonhole problem.  Traded up to a 1530 - the
buttonholes are perfect, and I have never had a problem of any kind with
the machine.

So, go for a TOL if that's what you want.  You won't be sorry.

Date: Wed, 30 Jul 1997 11:06:31 -0400
Subject: Bonfit

Date: Wed, 30 Jul 1997 06:22:53 +0000
Subject: Re: Baby Bonnet Help

Nancy's Notions has baby bonnet kit which includes poem.
Subject: Re: Turbans
Date: Wed, 30 Jul 1997 14:57:38 +0100

RE: Turban Instructions
I would love to make arrangements to receive a copy of these instructions
since I did not take the Threads Magazine then.  I would love to share this
with Bernina Club ladies especially and maybe make it a community type
Let me know your address and needed $$$ for copy and instructions for the
turban.  Thanks a ton!  My snail mail address is Just Stitchin', 2002 S.
Stewart Street, Springfield, MO  65804.
Subject: Re: Darning
Date: Wed, 30 Jul 1997 14:31:41 +0100

RE: Darning
Hello Donna,
Fuse a small piece of Knit Interdfacing to the wrong side of your shirt.
If you do not have this product available in your area, you  might try 2
layers of Pellon Soft Shapr fusible interfacing.  Fuse one layer and then
the second on.
The either choose a machine decorative stitch or the basic darning
technique in your instruction book. This definitely work to
"repair/camoloflage the hole.
Date: Wed, 30 Jul 1997 12:05:42 -0700
Subject: Sewing swimsuits

My young daughters (5 and 7) want me to make swimsuits.  I would 
appreciate any tips from this list on sewing swimsuits.  I have 
never sewn a swimsuit.  My machines are a Bernina 1230 and a 2000DE

Date: Wed, 30 Jul 1997 16:40:44 -0700
Subject: Re: Nashville Stores#005#

Bernina wrote:
> My kids are moving to Nashville  so I will be looking for good Heorloon
> and Home dec Shops.  Any suggestions would be appreciated.  Connie 

I am originally from Nashville and can tell you about a few of my
favorite stores.  Childrens Corner has a retail store in Nashville.
It is located in the Green Hills area.  They use Berninas in their
store.  Dancing Needles also has a big selection of heirloom 
supplies and they are a Bernina dealer.  Dancing Needles used to 
have a pattern line but not sure if they still do.  I used to see
their patterns in Sew Beautiful.  Another store is Smock and Sew 
on West End.  The selection of heirloom supplies is not as good but
they seem to have a friendly staff.  If you are into quilting there
is a wonderful store 20 miles south in Franklin called Stitcher's
Garden.  She has about 5,000 bolts of fabric.  I always visit that store 
when I visit Nashville which is twice a year.

If you are in Nashville in September there is a big sewing show going
on.  I saw it advertised in Sew Beautiful.

Subject: Retirement keepsake
Date: Wed, 30 Jul 1997 09:08:39 -0500

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

Date: Thu, 31 Jul 1997 10:00:36 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: Keepsake Quilting

I must have missed the information, where in NH is Keepsake Quilting?
Date: Thu, 31 Jul 1997 07:46:54 -0500
Subject: Working with ties

I enjoy this forum!  Thanks for all of the good information.  Hope someone
can help me.  I want to make a pieced vest for my DIL using her father's
ties.  The ties are lovely, many are silk and most are gorgeous colors.
Anyway, I did a project with ties some time ago and had trouble with the
tie fabric (bias)  stretching as I worked with it.  I am wondering if I can
use a light bondable - iron-on tricot perhaps- to prevent the stretching
yet keep extra bulk to a minimum.  Has any one had a similar problem?  Any
advice you can give is most appreciated.  Believe it or not, this is my
first Christams project.  Becky  
Date: Thu, 31 Jul 1997 08:55:12 +0000
Subject: Re: Coasters

   I just started making coasters got a new pattern when I was in 
Duluth andthe Minnesota quilt show last month.  They are real easy 
you cut a 4" square for the background then I have appliqued a coffee 
cup on it. Sew a 1" border on all four sides then I take a 5" square 
for the backing and a 5" square of warm & natural for the lining now 
you put the warm & natural, the 4" block with the 1" boarder on top 
of the warm and natural, thenput the 5" square on the top with the 
rightsides together of the 4" and 5" sew a 1/4" seam all the way 
around then cut a slit in the middle of the back ground , this is so 
you can turn it right side out.  The slit can be covered by adhearing 
a heart or whatever you chose over it with heat and bond.  I then 
quilted in the ditch all around the boarder.  THey were fun to do and 
hopefully will go great at our bazaar in Sept. GOOD LUCK!

Date: Wed, 30 Jul 1997 23:13:46 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: Coasters

Just talked to my Sis in Iowa and she is making coasters using the cork (or
whatever it is) coasters that you can buy in drug stores and other places
that have names on them or maybe just say something related to "bar".  Then
she makes a cover approx. 5" to cover so that you can slip the coaster in
like into a pocket.  Then the covers can be removed to wash.  Hope this gives
you an idea.  The decorating can be unlimited.

Date: Wed, 30 Jul 1997 23:13:38 -0500
Subject: quilting with walking foot

I have a 1090S and I am trying to use my walking foot   to machine quilt
a table runner.  I have threaded my bobbin thread through the finger and
am getting a perfect stitch on top.  I cannot get anything that looks
like a stitch on the bottom.  It looks like the thread is all running
together and can easily be pulled out.  Help!!!!????!!! What am I doing
wrong???? I have played with the tension and that does not seem to help.
Thanks for any help anyone can give me.
Date: Wed, 30 Jul 1997 16:43:09 -0700
Subject: Re: Alaska quilting stores

Bernina wrote:

> 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!

There is a wonderful shop in Sitka.  I think it is just north of the
Russian Church there in the center of town.  I think it has needlework
in it's name, but just can't remember.   I didn't go in at first because
I thought it was all needlework, but they had some wonderful "Alaska
like" fabric and some good patterns for applique and some books for
quilting.   It was a store for all kinds of needling even though it was
Subject: Used 930
Date: Wed, 30 Jul 1997 18:43:13 -0400

I just found a used 930 Bernina which seems to be in great 
condition and my local dealer is asking $500 for it after being
serviced.  Is this a good deal?
Date: Wed, 30 Jul 1997 18:53:17 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: 1530 Signature Edition

No difference in the machine itself. Just has the signature of the Bernina
head guy. It's a great machine--will be disappearing soon.
Date: Thu, 31 Jul 1997 01:18:51 -0500
Subject: Re: KC Quilt Shop

Update - "Bits and Pieces" is no longer in St. Joseph, MO.  They have moved
to Jamesport, MO.

Date: Thu, 31 Jul 1997 15:34:33 -0700
Subject: Secrets for Successful Sewing

Hello!  I am a new Bernina owner after wishing for one for about 15
years. I am enjoying and learning lots from your messages.  

I received in the mail a brochure for the book "Secrets for Successful
Sewing."  I am wondering if this is a good book to purchase.   

I have been sewing for about 35 years, and know that you can always
learn new tricks. 

Thanks for your help!

Date: Thu, 31 Jul 1997 16:05:35 -0400
Subject: Jacket lining

I am about to make my first jacket; the outside will be patchwork, and,
depending on what is used as the lining, is reversible. As I wear mostly
cotton blouses and shirts, I would like to line it with a fabric that will
not grab the blouses but I have not yet sewn with slippery fabric. I do not
like the polyester-type fabric but prefer something that breathes. any
Date: Thu, 31 Jul 1997 13:24:24 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: 1630 Bobbin tension


I recently found that my bobbin tension had to be turned all the way up to
10, that is the top tension, not the bobbin.  It seemed that when I had
the tension on a normal setting the bottom thread was very loose. I was
using Coats and Clark for the bobbin, and Coats and Clark for the top.
Just sewing average weight cotton.  Has anyone else had this problem.
Date: Thu, 31 Jul 1997 12:33:08 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Grandson projects and a question

Hi all,

To Carol in Florida who was looking for projects to do with her DGS, I would
suggest a toothfairy pillow.  I made them as a demo for my son's preschool
career day (as a homemaker) and they were a big hit.  I used 2 5" squares and
1 3" square of contrassting fabric as the tooth holding part.  I serged the
edges of all 3 pieces, sewed the 3 sides of the small square onto one larger
square and then serged three sides of the larger 2 squares together, stuffed
and serged the 4th side of the large square closed.  The kids loved to see
their own pillow created.

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

Thanks for our advice on this and to Sue for all her hard work (and frantic

Date: Thu, 31 Jul 1997 10:55:21 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Various

Re Alaska: Our newsletter sponsored a sewing cruise to Alaska in June. We
stopped in Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway, and landed in Seward, then went to
Anchorage. We didn't find a lot of fabric stores, but the crafts and dolls
along the way are wonderful. In Skagway, a woman has a quilt store upstairs
in her house. I think our crew cleaned her out. But in Anchorage there are
not just one but three top-quality quilting stores, plus a couple of fabric
stores. The town is quite spread out, so you would need a car or taxi to get
to all of them. Doreen Speckman, who leads quilting tours all over, including
Alaska, told me there is a good Big Woman-type clothing store around the
corner from one of the quilt shops.
If anyone is interested in more detail, I wrote up our Alaska trip for our
Summer 97 issue, which was mailed 7/25/97.

About the fast way for making half-square triangles: Could I please pay
tribute to the woman who changed quiltmaking? Barbara Johannah is the person
who figured out strip-piecing, half-square triangles, and other quick-piecing
techniques in the early 70s. A book that incorporates her early books with
her latest ideas is called Crystal Piecing and is available from her at PO
Box 363, Philo, CA 95466. [Disclaimer: I edited the book and I practically
worship Barbara's brain.]

Robbie Fanning
The Creative Machine Newsletter
Subject: Shops in NY
Date: Thu, 31 Jul 97 21:42:59 PDT

Hi all,

I'm traveling the week of Aug 20 to New York and am wondering if you know
of any wonderful shops I can go to.  We will be landing in Newark (from
Oregon), renting a car and driving to visit family in Wallkill, NY.  Are
there any good quilting shops, easy to find on the way?  We'll be staying
near Middletown, NY and may have an opportunity to go 'shopping' while
we're there.  My husband is patient, but not too far out of the way please.
 Thanks,   Annette  
Date: Thu, 31 Jul 1997 21:11:25 +0000
Subject: Darning t-shirt

Sandy,  When I had a monogram shop, we occasionally had to darn holes in
knits.  There are a couple of ways to go about this.  First by hand - 
use a very fine needle and fine cotton thread.  Cut a length (apx. 14 -
18") of thread and take both ends through the eye of the needle.  Work
from the inside of the T-shirt.  Take the threaded needle through the
fabric close to the edge of the hole - being careful to stop before the
"loop" of thread passes completely through the fabric.  Take the needle
through the "loop" to tie on.  If the hole is very tiny you will be able
to pull the sides of the hole together "re-weaving" the fabric.  Take
very small stitches and finish with tiny stitches in the "darn" to tie

For larger holes - Carefully hoop the fabric surrounding the hole with a
small spring hoop.  It is important that you don't pull too taught. 
Thread a size 60 or 70 machine needle with size 60, 80, or 100 cotton
thread to match fabric.  Begin darning free motion at one edge and
working the "warp" then the "weft".  Depending on the knit - we sometimes
finished with a series of "circle stitches" to blend the stitches into
the knit fabric.  If the hole is as large as an inch, you may need to lay
another piece of knit (in matching color) behind the hole that you have
hooped then proceed with the darning.

With either method, it is best to remember "Less is Best".  Take as few
stitches as possible to cover the hole.  Too many machine stitches can
stretch the t-shirt out of shape and create a "hard" place.

gina Butler  
Date: Thu, 31 Jul 1997 21:00:59 -0400
Subject: Cleaning of Machines

I'd like to thank all of you who responded to my question of how much does
your dealer
charge to do an annual cleaning of your machine?  I got several answers and
it averages out to about $45.00, in which case I still think mine is high
at $59.00--what will it be next year?  Any more input out there?  Keep'em

Date: Thu, 31 Jul 1997 21:08:50 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: 1260 Computerized?

>> 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.
>I always thought that the 1260 was a computer machine like the 1530
>but with not as much memory.  The 1130 was the first of the computer
>machines and then the 1230 followed with more memory.  

All Berninas starting at 1080 and up are computerized machines, even
computer machines have mechanical components or you couldn't sew. An
electronic machine can have features such as needle up/down but does not
have memory.
Date: Thu, 31 Jul 1997 20:36:55 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: Freemotion Quilting Question

Sorry-I missed the original question on freemotion quilting-however -if you
have lowered the feed dogs to do your freemotion quilting you have released
the tension control both top and bottom.It is not necessary to thread the
bobbin finger.- your work will look uniform if you run the machine at a
medium to high rate of speed and move your work smoothly.  This is a simple
process but it takes practice-practice-practice! Freemotion quilting is the
same basic process as stippling only in different patterns.  Each work you do
will be better than the last.

Happy Quilting!
Date: Thu, 31 Jul 1997 20:02:55 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: Baby Bonnet Help

Hi Georgia!  Did you get those instructions yet? I've found mine.  e-mail me
your snail mail address, and I'll send you a copy - the directions and poem
are too long for even a professional typist to sit and type on this sticky,
Buffalo, NY evening.  My fingers are sweating.
Chris S. 
Subject: Slip cover ??
Date: Thu, 31 Jul 1997 08:52:59 -0500

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

TIA, Susie, in wonderful weather today  
Date: 31 Jul 97 11:07:27 EDT
Subject: source for tenting

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

Subject: Workshop help
Date: Fri, 01 Aug 97 07:01:48 PDT#005#

Audrey Sanderson asked for help with a simple pattern suggestion.  I have
found the book, "Quilts, Quilts, Quilts" to have some very clear and simple
directions and one of the first patterns I teach anyone is the fence rail. 
It's just strip quilting, looks good tied or quilted and is very, very
simple for beginners.  You could easily have someone cutting, someone
sewing the strips together, someone pressing and someone again cutting the
sewn strips into blocks.  Next someone could be laying them out for putting
together.  Very fast and simple.  A beginner alone can make a tied baby
quilt in a couple of afternoon classes so I know as a group project it
would go very fast.  I hope this helps.   Quilting away in Oregon,  Annette
Date: Fri, 1 Aug 1997 10:54:02 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: 801 Sport model??


I have the 801 Sport model too, bought it back in 1985 or so, and it's still
going strong.  It has been a great little machine, discontinued now, I
think; and you're right, you sure don't hear anything about it on this list.
I will never part with mine, even if I ever upgrade to a bigger and better
model someday.  

I'd be interested to hear if there are other 801 owners out there too.  

Happy sewing!

Marsha C 
Date: Fri, 01 Aug 1997 06:20:59 -0400
Subject: Re: Thread Type

I woould use regular thread, or, if heavy fabric is really a problem,
size 60 cotton thread.  If wear is a consideration, you could seam with
the reverse action stitch, or double seam.  Virginija
Date: Fri, 1 Aug 1997 09:09:50 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: 1090 Friend or Fiend

Pam, to use your automatic buttonhole on the 1090 S all you have to do is
select buttonhole, sew the first bead of the buttonhole, stop when length is
correct and press your backstitch button once. Then let the machine bartack
and return to the beginning of the buttonhole automatically, when you reach
the beginning of the buttonhole, press the backstitch button again, let the
machine finish the buttonhole, and voila! you are programmed.
Date: Fri, 1 Aug 1997 06:57:19 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Help with workshop

I have belonged to a Quilters group called Nite Owls Quilters in so calif.
 and we have had similar projects and have used Printed tops or sometimes
called Cheater quilts.  Although we all would like to have them in quilt
patterns this will get you started and serve the purpose of having quantity
to start off with then as time so on time will allow for patterns to be use
and a flow of quilts made.  A lot of the prints are bright colorful and they
are many  designs to choose from.  (I would rather see a child with a quilt
for comfort then have to do with out.)
In some of our areas the Police cars, and Fireman have carried such quilts to
be used in emergency situations.
I hope this helps.  And thanks for all of your efforts.  Keep up the good
Date: Fri, 1 Aug 1997 08:32:23 -0400
Subject: Hanky bonnet instructions & poem

>Does anybody know how to make an infant bonnet from a hanky, worn as a
>bonnet for a special occasion, then it is used for a hanky on the then
>grown up babies wedding day?

If you've done a special edging (tatted, etc.) sew that in place with
matching thread first.
Lay handkerchief flat right side up.  Measure 3" from top edge of
handkerchief; fold and press, right sides facing.  Turn 1 1/2" back to
right side; press.  Edge of handkerchief should be even with first fold.
Turn the front corners back, forming a small triangle.  Measure 2" from
bottom edge of handkerchief; fold and press, right sides facing.  Starch
and press bonnet.  Gather 1/4" form top edge for bonnet back; pull
gathering thread, forming a small circle, tie and trim ends.  Sew ends of
ribbon under small turned-back triangles at front edge.

I'm just a little handkerchief,
Quite square as you can see.
But with a stitch or two they made
A bonnet out of me.

For a special baby
loving thoughts and nimble hands,
Created this little bonnet
Of fine cloth and ribbon bands.

As a baby you can wear me
On your head for special days.
Then neatly pressed and folded
I'll be carefully packed away.

On her wedding day a bride must have,
Traditionally, something old...
Good luck, good health and happiness
It will bring her - so it's told.

Then what could be more pleasant
Than to unpack little me.
To snip a stitch or two and find
her handkerchief I'll be.

A groom can also use me,
When he becomes a man.
He'll give it to his sweetheart
When he asks her for her hand.

I did one of these with a tatted edge on a 10" square hemstitched linen
handkerchief for a special goddaughter who wore it on her baptismal day....

- --Patti  
Date: Fri, 01 Aug 1997 06:25:22 -0400
Subject: Re: Canvas Material Source Needed

Did you try home decorating & upholstery fabric shops?  In several areas
where I have travelled, these can be found.  All you should need to sew
canvas on the 830 is a properly heavy needle.  I'd suggest a jeans 120.
At least that has been my experience.  Of course, you will have to
support the material properly--more so than a lightweight fabric. 
Date: Fri, 1 Aug 1997 14:08:52 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Easy to make coasters

Try using the circular embroidery attachment.  All you have to do is make
your coaster sandwich wrong sides together with filler in between and do a
narrow satin stitch in the size you want. They trim and satin stitch over the
remaining raw edge using a water soluble stabilizer like Sulky Solvy, which
can then be removed or rinsed away.  You might want to use some pretty
applique or embroidery in the center of  the coaster, or do concentric
circles of decorative stitches ending with the satin stitched edge. Very easy
to do.
Date: Fri, 1 Aug 97 15:18:03 UT
Subject: sale info

Hello everyone, I received the following sale info from Petchy at Cielo Azul 
and thought I would pass it along in case anyone else is interested. I ordered

my Ott lamp from her as well as some very lovely Hoffman watercolors fabrics 
and notions. She is great to deal with, has really quality stuffand good 
prices, and I recommend her highly! No affiliation...just satisfied customer.

I admit it... I'm in a pickle! Due to my chronic habit of biting off more
than I can chew, my web site is hopelessly out of date and I have a ton of
new fabric that hasn't even been scanned yet. The only solution is to
basically start over fresh with the web site. So, here's the deal...

Everything that is currently on the web site is now officially on sale for
35% off! NOTE: since my regular prices are 15% off, this is a half price
sale! Keep in mind that there are a few items on there that sold out during
the June sale, so you might consider giving me some alternate choices.
Minimum cuts at these prices will be 1/2 yards.

OR... if you want to really reap some savings... let me make your selections 
and you can have 40% off!!! Think of it...this is below wholesale! This will 
be minimum 1 yard cuts. You can tell me what colors you prefer, or general 
pattern preferences, or brand names, etc.

I also still have some of the pima white cotton for $3/yd.

Shipping charges will be the same... $4 under 2 pounds, $5.50 for two
pounds and over.

Then... during August I will scan my little heart out and hopefully open up
the new and improved web page right around Labor Day. Won't that be great?
:) I think you will be pleasantly surprised. Not only do I have some great
new stuff in, but I'm going to be restructuring my pricing in YOUR favor.

Thanks again for the continued support!
Cielo Azul Fabrics

Regards to all, Carol G.
Date: Fri, 1 Aug 1997 11:07:26 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Bernina "Help" key

I "inherited" a 1630 from a dear friend who passed away (at 53) several
months ago.  I just took the guide class.  She had only had the machine for
about 6 months.  Anyone know of a way to get the warranty transferred?  Also,
the "Help" key is missing.  Anyone want to sell theirs?  Or know of a source?

Many thanks!  I so enjoy reading what everyone is doing!

Date: Fri, 01 Aug 1997 23:00:06 -0700
Subject: Our Homepage

Hai everyone!  This is Tahir and Faridah again.

At last we managed to set up our very own homepage.  A friend helped.
It's quite simple though.   But for a start, we thought this would do.
Our friend promised to add more stuff in it soon.  In the meantime
plse visit us.  

Our address is:

See you soon and please give us your comment and suggestion?

Thanks again from Tahir and Faridah,
Date: Fri, 01 Aug 1997 11:02:39 -0600
Subject:  Headed for Philadelphia

Any recommendations for places to see art fabrics, quilt shops, etc., in
the Philadelphia area? I am headed that way for a bike trip in two weeks
and may have some extra time.

Date: Fri, 1 Aug 1997 12:38:24 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: Faulty circuit board on the 150

Hi julie, I can't beleive all the people that are having problems with the
160 line of new machines.  I personally think they released the new series a
bit too soon. I too had a problem with my new 160. I purchased it the end of
May on the zero  interest thing they offered.  I have had 3 ... yes 3 ... new
machines and all have had weird problems including the circut board.  I
couldn't beleive how wobbley the sewing table was ..My needle threasder never
worked..My verticle thread spool holder broke the first time I removed it to
go to a class.  The quilting stitch is a pain in the neck and then It was
bigger to try and get back to a perfect straight stitch...I was So TICKED I
took my machine ( and my husband) back to the Bernina store and returned the
whole darn thing.  He said he would give me anything I wanted..but I was not
so sure of Bernina at this point. I am now awaiting my full refund.  I now
have the job of shopping for a new machine of some kind.  I really feel
Bernina blundered on this product.  I was also told when I purchased the
machine that adapters would be availabe so we could still keep and use most
of our extra feet.  I waited and waited and then I was told that they would
not be available.. I guess the whole situation is crummy and so I have been
looking at the Pfaff like one of my other quilty friends has.  Well good luck
to you.  I just LOVED my mechanical 1020 that I traded in.  It always was a
pleasure to use and did exactly what it was designed to to.  I justs wanted a
few more added attractions ..Sad Bernina lover looking in other directions.
 Good luck to you ..S
Date: Fri,  1 Aug 1997 20:21:05, -0500
Subject: Flannel Quilt

I took a class and made a lap sized flannel quilt last winter. It 
worked up very nicely and I did machine quilt it. The biggest thing 
to remember (so said the instructor) was to use a higher loft batting 
(like a fat batt) instead of say the warm and natural thin cotton 
batts. It seems the flannel is 'poofier' and needs the higher loft to 
fill it. Hope this's very soft and cozy.
Date: Fri, 1 Aug 1997 18:56:47 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: 150 squealing noise / Debbie

Debbie, I had my first sewing class on my 150 and they told me that I need to
add a drop of oil when I start to hear squeaks fromthe bobbin area.  He said
a very small drop and showed me where (take out the hook and put in on the
bottom rim of the metal ring).  

Hope this helps.

Date: Fri, 01 Aug 1997 12:22:07 -0700
Subject: Re: Cost of Machine Cleaning

   I hate to tell you this, but I really don't know what different kinds
of service there is.  I was going to take my 830 on vacation and wanted
to make sure it was all tuned up and had a bald tire on my bobbin winder
  I was offered regural service with cleaning and oiling etc. for about
what you have been paying.  I was also offered a special dip to clean
out all old oil, lube, etc.   I don't take mine in regularly for
servicing and it looked pretty cruddy inside, so I decided on the dip. 
It was something like $99.00.  I was a little shocked, but I think it
needed a lot of cleaning and so I went for that.   The machine looks
great and runs fine.  I really like the dealer and have had good
experiences with him.  Maybe I paid too much.  I don't know, but I'm
satisfied with the outcome.
  I don't know if they can dip computerized machines of if any of you
were offered a more extensive cleaning.
Date: Fri, 01 Aug 1997 12:14:40 -0700
Subject: Re: Canvas Material Source Needed

Bernina wrote:

> Anyone know of a source for heavy canvas material in different colors?
> No fabric shop I have visited has this, not even the plain cream color.
> It is the same material that tents are made of. I know the stuff is out
> there somewhere because I have small samples of green, yellow and blue.
> Would appreciate any help! I will be purchasing several hundred yards of
> it so hopefully I can buy it wholesale.

  Have you thought of going to a place that sells awnings or boat
covers?  They may sell you canvas.
   I doubt if you need any adjustment to your 830.  I've sewed canvas
and the leather straps on my sandals with my 830.   You might check with
a dealer to have them suggest a needle size.  I think I used a very
large sharp one made my Schmetz.
Date: Sat, 2 Aug 1997 02:17:15 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: Flannel Quilt

My sister makes very nice flannel blankets for babies (both sides flannel)
and then ties them with ribbon.

Date: Sat, 02 Aug 1997 00:04:06 -0500
Subject: I'm getting a new...

Deco 500!  I'm so excited, since I'd determined that I could not afford
to get any embroidery machine for quite some time.  Then last night we
found out that within a month or so I'll have some unplanned money drop
into our laps, and my husband agreed to let me have some of it toward a
500.  So I put the last one my dealer had in lay-away today.  I'm so

Ok, but I'm scared too.  What if I spend all that money on it (which
realistically could be better used another way, if not to feed my new
addiction :-) and then end up not using it?  I really think I'll love
it, I have a 19 mo old daughter, a 1 mo old nephew, hope to have another
baby next year and would love to be able to use it in making gifts for
my family and in my quilting (another new addiction!).  Ok, I have tons
of uses for it, so why am I worried?  Don't really know, but I guess
I'll just have to get over it because I'm *sure* I'm going to love it! 
Besides, my dealer will sell me as many of the cards as I want at the
time of purchase of the machine for only $85.

Can some of you folks send me some ideas (can send private if you want)
for X-mas gifts using my new machine?  I'd love to put it to immediate
use (when I get my hands on it) and that would be a great purpose.

Sorry for the muddled thoughts here, but it's late and been a long day.
I think I'll go to bed now!  :-D

Lisa D.
Date: Fri, 01 Aug 1997 08:39:52 -0700
Subject: traveling

We will be traveling from Salt Lake City up to Yellowstone, then down
through Jackson and back to Salt Lake at the beginning of September and
i'm looking for any suggestions for good quilt/fabric shops to visit
along the way....seems like this list always comes up with the best
places to shop!  Thanks to anyone who might be able to help.
Also....does anyone know what Bernina University is?  I keep seeing
references to it, but i'm in the dark.  Thanks so much.
Date: Fri, 1 Aug 1997 13:19:55 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: 1530 Limited Edition

Hi Cathy,
I certainly agree with you, companies that do lots of business with
Canadians should remember to include us in their promotional offers. I was
looking at a subscription to Quilter's Newsletter Magazine, they have a
great reduced rate for a 2 years subscription, but when you read the fine
print, the prices for Canada don't reflect that. I understand that they
have to include the GST and mailing costs, but since you have to pay in
U.S.dollars anyway, the actual magazine shouldn't cost more. It's cheaper
for me to buy each issue at Loblaw's or Wal-mart where you get a 10%
discount. Nancy's Notions will offer equivalent discounts on special
offers if you ask for them, but doesn't offer it automatically to
Canadians. Considering the number of Canadian customers, they should
include this market in their promotions. However, some places like
Connecting Threads go out of their way to make it easy for Canadians to order.
I think we have to complain more!

Date: Sat, 2 Aug 1997 01:16:24 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: quilted Northern ad on TV

        Hi Everybody,  
Just thought I would share this article thas in today's Phila. Inquirer
Newspaper (8-1-97)

                                         Quilters poke holes in tissue ad
                                         by Aline McKenzie  of the
                                          Dallas Morning News

     Quilters have the reputation of being friendly, community-minded
people.  But a toilet-paper company that tried to tap into that warm and
fuzzy feeling has discovered, that quilters have their prickly side.

An animated TV commercial for Quilted Northern toilet paper showed two older
women gently coaching a novice quilter.  There was one hitch: The three were
using enormously long, thick needles, the size of chopsticks.  In real life,
quilting needles are extremely thin and about an inch long.

The paper manufacturer, James River Corp. of Richmond, Va., learned quickly
that although most viewers don't know the difference, the ones who do care,
They care a lot.

The company received a flood of phone calls, and an Internet newsgroup on
quilting was all abuzz.  On the electronic buletin board, Janet Maloney of
Richardson, Texas, wrote: "If they are that ignorant, they are too ingnorant
fro me to spend my money with them."

"If you're going to do something, do it right,"  Maloney said later in an

Despite its mistake, the company scored points with many by responding
politely and promptly to the complaints.  And, most of all, changing the ad,
which took about a month to redo and redistribute.

"We sincerely apoligize if our commercial has offended you in any way.  Our
idea was to make a commercial that celebrates the sense of community, warmth
and relationships among quilters," said the message on the James River
Website.  "Obviously, we did not succeed in the manner intended, and we

In a telephone interview, Sean Fallmann, of athe company's consumer products
division, said a "pretty good volume of people...called, most of whom called
to say, 'we like the spot, but you're doing it wrong.' "

Originally, the needles hadbeen emphasized on purpose, to show up better.
In hindsight, it was a tactical error that taught the company a lesson,
Fallmann said.  "You're better off being more literal than you are
creative," heasaid.  "There are people who are very emotionally involved in
their hobbies."

So much so that, as Quiltgate continued, quilters began sending letters and
e-mail to James River, needling the company for its inaccuracy.

The outcry spread quickly, thanks to the news group, where hundreds of
quilters share shortcuts and tips each day.  "It certainly makes me wonder
if they have any clue aboaut how the product functions," wrote one woman.

Another summed up the dispute in six words:  "Are ad guys really this 

Thought all of your might enjoy reading this article,  Its copied word for
word from our paper.  See, it does help to let the companies know what we
think.  If you get duplicate of this on other lists, its because I will be
sending a copy of it to them.  Sorry, for anyones inconvenience, but I
thought it was a good thing to share (as Martha Stewart would say). :-))

Date: Sat, 2 Aug 1997 00:16:34 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: Cost of Machine Cleaning

In a message dated 97-08-01 23:37:12 EDT, you write:

>>I would
 think Bernina would have a universal policy on service for at least the
 5 years and it would carry on from dealer to dealer. >>

I have thought the very same thing.  Some of us move around quite a bit, and
the fact that the dealer from whom we purchased the machine offers free
maintenance for however long is not of much value if we aren't in that area
to enjoy such a benefit.  It does seem that Bernina would encourage dealers
to honor each others' service offers.  Of course, that would probably require
standardization of service offers throughout the organization; I haven't
heard of any other dealer as generous as the one who offered 5 years free
maintenance!  Still, reciprocal maintenance agreements would mean alot more
to me than the standard if-you're-still-in-the-area type of thing we have

Also, I learned *after* buying my 1080 (with the intention of trading up
within 12 months) that the Bernina dealer in the town to which I moved would
not give me full credit toward a trade -- the trade had to be with the dealer
from whom the machine was purchased!    Again, this is an area where Bernina
could encourage dealers to work together.  I'm sure there would be some
inequities to work out, but isn't that what corporate headquarters are for?
Date: Fri, 1 Aug 1997 20:58:07 +0000
Subject: Re: Flannel Quilt

This last year made two baby quilts with flannel on one side,quilt 
batting in center and cotton cloth on other side. Flannel side, 
embroidered Peter Rabbit theme around edge of blanket. On other 
blanket did same thing only had Christmas theme embroidered around 
edge. On both blankets I used the 1630 to machine quilt using 
different combinations of embroidery designs combined together in a
running stitch. Using different subjects for each quilt. I 
personalized each quilt to suit the family receiving the blanket. 
Each family loved and uses the blankets all the time.
Date: Fri, 01 Aug 1997 22:03:25 -0400
Subject: Patterns of the Past

I am involved in the restoration of a Shaker Carriage House in Alfred,
Maine, several of us would like to have authentic looking dresses/with over
cape to wear at different events that we have as fund raisers for our
projest.  I was successful sometime ago in acquiring a Shaker mans shirt
pattern but am asking your help as sewers to suggest someplace where I
might try to acquire one for ladies.  The Shakers themselves have loaned
some of us their own dresses of this day but we would like a pattern for
the older style.  Your help would be greatly appreciated.

Linda A. 
Date: Fri, 1 Aug 1997 16:14:54 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: Bonfit


I was so glad to hear you have used the Bonfit Patterner.  My cold weather
goal is learning to use it and hopefully after all the exercising I'm doing
(trying to lower my cholesterol) which is changing my measurements I will be
stabilized in size by then.  There are so many new things to learn it almost
boggles the mind.

Date: Sat, 2 Aug 1997 08:35:39 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: free service first year

My dealer offers free service for the first year - after that I'm not sure
what they will charge.  They seem cooperative and did give 4 coupons to all
new owners of Berninas.  2 coupons for $5 off any store item and 2 coupons
that give you $20 worth of store merchandise when you spend $100 on Bernina
Date: Sat, 02 Aug 1997 08:20:54 -0400
Subject: Re: Flannel Quilt

Susan, To answer your question, I just completed a flannel quilt for my
son who is going to college in New Hampshire next month. I made both the
top and bottom out of flannel. (I want him to be warm during those cold
winters!) I used warm and natural batting. I also tied it rather than
quilted it-not something that I usually do, but I wasn't sure that I
wanted to put all of that work into something that would be used in a
dorm. Anyway, it turned out great and he loves it. I also used a hint
that I had read somewhere. I placed a $50.00 bill under the label and
when he calls home needing money (which I hear will be often) I'll tell
him to carefully remove the stitches on the end of the label and

Happy Quilting, from Betsy  
Date: Sat, 2 Aug 1997 07:45:41 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: Mrytle Beach Quilt Shops

Myrtle Beach places to shop are:Sew Many Common Threads in Conway
 Quilters Heaven in Surfside and Oak Hill Fabrics    Jill
Date: Fri, 1 Aug 1997 20:32:37 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Sewing Tables

At the suggestion of Elaine I am forwarding this message that I sent her in
response to sewing tables.  
Just read the Bernie digest--am late trying to catch up.  I ran into same
problem about sewing tables.  I did not want to spend the $ for a reg table.
 I bought two 6' long formica tops that are used in kitchens and baths.  They
have about a 2' backsplash.  I set them up in an L-shape at the height that
fit me and have my serger and machine on one and a work table for the other.
 Of course you can put one on each, it's just that I do other things and
needed an extra work space.  The one w/machines runs along a wall and I have
3 thread racks and a peg board (has holes you put hooks into)over it.  I hang
all the tools I can so I can see them-esp scissors.  This was all inexpensive
and works great.  I have to be organized.  I too looked at the office stuff,
but the work space was not large enough and all to tall.  You can set the
formica on the strong closet baskets w/metal frames or use filing cabinets or
as I did extra low tables that I had and were not easy to use.  Everything is
in the white and is nice to work on.  I made up my own cutting table by using
the white particle board(covered w/largest cutting mat)and putting it on a
tall bureau and have storage for cloth.  The height is better for cutting and
over this I have a bulletin board to hang notes and pattern etc.  This also
subs for a handy ironing surface and I keep one of those table top ironing
boards close by.  A long dresser has another portion of the particle board on
top to make it look like a complete counter space and has all my ref. books
there plus storage in all the drawers.  I also have a tall paticle board type
bookcase which has plastic boxes filled w/trims etc.  All these things are
available at Home Depot or places like that.  Make your space fit you, but
make concise not large. Hope this helps.
PS My dh is not handy-Home Depot cut the boards in the lengths I wanted for
Bernina I am told sells the plastic inserts if you want to make the surface
Date: Fri, 1 Aug 1997 20:38:25 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Baby bonnet poem

To Georgia ,

Congratulations on your future grandmotherhood!

My dealer recently offered a class on the baby bonnet and had this version of
the poem.  Hope it helps.


I'm just a little handkerchief,
Quite square as you can see.
But with a stitch or two she made 
A bonnet out of me.

For a special baby
Loving thoughts and nimble hands,
Created this little bonnet
Of fine cloth and ribbon bands.

As a baby you can wear me
On your head for special days.
Then neatly pressed and folded
I'll be carefully packed away.

Then on the Wedding Day,
So we've always been told,
Every well-dressed bride
Must wear that something old.

So what would be more fitting
Than to find little old me,
With a few stitches nipped
A wedding hankie I will be.

And if, perchance, it is a boy,
Someday he'll surely wed.
So, to his bride he can present,
The hankie once worn upon his head.

I usually make 3 at a time out of 1/3 yd. of batiste and then roll this poem
up like a scroll and tie it with narrow silk ribbon as part of the gift.
 It's a favorite baby gift of mine.

Subject: Re: Tune-Up $$
Date: Sat, 2 Aug 1997 07:45:15 +0100

RE: Tune-Up $$
Yes, Bernina will continue to make the feet that fit your 1530 because they
will also fit all of the models below it too.  We will all just have to
carry the new line of feet as well.  The update on the scanner makes yours
do more and is well worth the price rather than purchasing a new one which
is called Deco Scanner II.  You will love your new options.
Date: Sat, 2 Aug 1997 11:07:41 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Treading through the finger


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

  I have read my manuel pretty thoroughly and don't remember reading anything
about threading the hole in the the finger ( but I will go back and look
again ). I have also taken the monthly classes for 1 year through my dealer (
Bernina Club ) which has covered buttonholes and we were never told to use
that little hole.

     I'm really excited about learning to do this! Anything to make my
quilting stitches look better because I do no hand quilting at all - all by
machine. I could also go to the shop and ask them to show me how to do it but
if I have this question, probably others on the list do too so I apperciate
you sharing your knowledge!

Date: Sat, 2 Aug 1997 09:42:18 -0400
Subject: 1530 stitches, 801 sport

Ileen wrote:
>>and 8 automatic buttonholes, 11 needle positions, entredeux &

My 1530 does entredeux and hemstitching? 

 Will someone please tell me which stitches? 

 I've had this machine for 4 years and have 
loved it and used it almost every day, but I'm
 finding I certainly don't know everything about it! 

 Thanks to this list I recently discovered the long
 basting stitches and the double needle function. 


My first bernina was an 801 sport, and I sold it to 

my SIL when I bought this one.  But I've told her
that I want to buy it back sometime--my 9 year
old is sewing now and there are times when
2 machines would be nice!!  The 801 is such 
a great machine--smaller, but a real workhorse!

Date: Sat, 2 Aug 1997 09:43:53 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: Help with Workshop

My quilt group is doing 42 quilts for a group home for children. We're only
ten of us so we had to pick a simple pattern that we could all do quickly. We
chose the 9 patch block alternating with a square of natural muslin. The
nine-patches are different 2 color combinations so each quilt will look

Everyone brought in spare fabric. One team was the color squad. They put two
pleasing color choices together. Another team cut 3" strips (the blocks turn
out to be 7 1/2" finished). Another team sewed the strips together:
Strip A-Strip B-Strip A   and another set
Strip B-Strip A-Strip B

Then the cutting team cut these long sets of sewed together strips into 3"
The sewing section sewed together the strips for the 9 patch as follows:
A  B  A
B  A  B
A  B  A

Another group cut muslin squares 7 1/2" (we haven't done this yet. we need to
square off the blocks and get a good measurement)

Then we'll all take home enough patterned and plain squares to put together
single bed quilts.
If you need more info, feel free to email me privately.

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