Bernina Fan Club Archives

December 1997

Sunday, November 30 - Saturday, December 6

Date: Sun, 30 Nov 1997 01:38:49 -0800
Subject: re: My First QUilt

>>I saw a new book advertised a while back -- My First Quilt or something
of that nature.  I would like to get it for my niece for Christmas - but
can't find it.>>

"Your First Quilt Book, Or it Should Be" is by Carol Doak, published by
That Patchwork Place, also known as Martindale Press. It's a very basic
guide for beginners to making quilts by hand or by machine. Doesn't go into
strip-piecing techniques, but then her book clearly states that it's not
the definitive answer on how to piece a quilt. It's a pretty nice book that
gives any aspiring quilter confidence. The projects are fun and the
directions are very encouraging.

Another excellent book, just re-issued, is "Quilts! Quilts!! Quilts!!!"
from Quilt Digest Press which is more of a sampler approach. "Quilts!
Quilts!! Quilts!!!" is good for all levels.

You should be able to find them at a quilt shop, or Nancy's Notions, or

Date: Sat, 29 Nov 1997 23:13:07 -0500 (EST)
Subject:  Plastic Bag Holder

The instructions make sense up to the part about two straps!  Wouldn't one
strap be enough to hang over a the neck of a hanger?  Or is it hung from a
lingerie hanger by the two straps?


Date: Saturday, November 29, 1997 9:59 PM
Subject:  Precious Moments Card

>Here are the Sulky thread numbers for the Precious Moments Card. Enjoy!
>design #1  Girl/Goose 1 1017 2 1015 3 1066 4 1127 5 1213 6 1185 7 1117 8
>1113 9 1067 10 1001 11 1224 12 1047 13 1076 14 1128 15 1001
>design #2 Boy/Bear 1 1017 2 1015 3 1001 4 1031 5 1149 6 1022 7 1180 8 1076
>1005 10 1066 11 1127 12 1128
> design #3 Angel 1 1017 2 1031 3 1001 4 1015 5 1066 6 1185 7 1145 8 1119 9
>1076 10 1005 11 1128
>design #4 Christmas Lights 1 1017 2 1066 3 1127 4 1028 5 1224 6 1067 7 1047
>8 1128 9 1185 10 1039 11 1001 12 1076 13 1005 14 1128
>design #5 Mother Sew Dear 1 1017 2 1015 3 1066 4 1127 5 1119 6 1185 7 1028
>1047 9 1001 10 1076 11 1005 12 1149 13 1128
>design #6 Artist 1 1127 2 1047 3 1117 4 1145 5 1001 6 1017 7 1015 8 1061 9
>1066 10 1119 11 1076 12 1005 13 1128
>design #7 Girl/Bunny 1 1117 2 1017 3 1015 4 1149 5 1082 6 1031 7 1001  8
>1067 9 1076  10 1005 11 1047 12 1224 13 1128
>design #8 Wreath 1 1180 2 1017 3 1015 4 1145 5 1001 6 1076 7 1005 8 1039 9
>1079 10 1066 11 1127 12 1117 13 1119 14 1128
>design #9 Ballerina 1 1017 2 1015 3 1001 4 1076 5 1005 6 1149 7 1082 8 1031
>9 1128
>design #10 1 1015 2 1017 3 1067 4 1028 5 1001 6 1047 7 1031 8 1149 9 1082
>1076 11 1005 12 1128
>There is another page with designs 11 thru 19. I will try to send them
>tomorrow and proof read this page.
>It is getting late for me. I go to church tomorrow.     Hope this helps.
>                                                                        Pat
Date: Sun, 30 Nov 1997 01:10:35 -0500 (EST)
Subject:  Brother PE for Sale 

Brother PE Embroidery machine for sale (The same as Bernina's Deco machine).
 Hardly used.  Excellent condition.  $1,000

Embroidery cards and scanner that goes with PE for sale too.  E mail for
Date: Sat, 29 Nov 1997 21:57:27 +0000
Subject: Re: Chanel Jacket Pattern


I made a wonderful Chanel jacket from Simplicity 7964.  It was one of their "5
hour jackets".  If it's out of print (this was 3-4 years ago) you could use
jacket pattern that buttons all the way to the neck.  A real chanel jacket has

a princess seam, which allows for good fit adjustments..and this Simplicity 
pattern has it.  When I took the class in the Chanel jacket, there were
different patterns used, so I'm sure you can find others.

We had a great time with the trims...many of us shredded excess jacket fabric 
and braided it with other fibers..couched the braid to ribbon for the trim.  
Great class.

Date: Sun, 30 Nov 1997 00:39:19 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Re: Feetures Book

I bought the current sections from my Bernina Dealer here in Illinois.  I did
not have to buy a sewing machine!!  The notebook came with the purchase of
the sections.  The plan as I understand it is to release new sections over

Date: Sun, 30 Nov 1997 00:11:24 +0000
Subject: Upgrading serger 

A couple of things to consider in your decision re going to a 2000DCE or
1)  The 2500 is much easier to change from cover stitch to serger, your
dealer has it way over-priced.  It's a really nice machine, however.
2)  The 2000 will do everything the 2500 does but takes longer to make
the switch from one more to the other.  As a "new past-dealer", I bought
the 2500DCE but decided to keep my 2000DCE as I am used to it and like
its stitch, etc.
If you are watching pannies - and dollars too - the 2000 is the better
Good luck!
Date: Sun, 30 Nov 1997 00:20:42 EST
Subject: Re: Hoop


What a great tip!  They are selling the equivalent of this little contraption
you describe for $20.00 in all the quilt catalogs and stores!  The only
advantage I can see to the commercial one is that it has a raised section on
opposite sides of the hoop to use as a handle - not sure how advantageous that
would really be.  I'll certainly try your $2.00 version first!  Sounds like it
ranks up there with the suggestion of using gum erasers in lieu of a $70 tilt-
table (the erasers work great - and your machine won't slide off the table. In
fact, the erasers seem to help hold it on.  Mine won't budge when I push it -
have to pick it up to move it).

A little "lateral thinking" can go a long way!  Thanks again.

- -Barb  
Date: Sat, 29 Nov 1997 23:01:35 -0500 (EST)
Subject: ISBN for Tucks, Textures & Pleats

The ISBN is 0-9524675-4-2 from J. R. Publications, England.  Her second book
is entitled Tucks and Textures Two.  Both cost about $25.  I felt the first
book had more variety in the techniques (plus more techniques) but the second
book is interesting also.  If you are interested in texturing fabric you
should also check out the books by Linda McGehee of Ghee's Handbags.
Date: Sun, 30 Nov 1997 00:29:35 -0700 (MST)
Subject: Re: Shop Info

DEar Ann
        Couldn't agree more. I've wondered where some of these shops are.
The mention of the South Hills made me think of Spokane, Wa b/c there was a
Quilt shop in a district there called the south hills.  Before I saw your
posting I did go to the telephone book section on area codes. I did takes
two passes til I found 412 was Pittsburg. Think sometimes we get busy
answering one specific question and don't even think that any one other than
the original writer is interested in the info. Also, when replying to a
question if you highlight the message to which you are replying then there
is no reference.It disappears from the reply message. My son taught me
that!!! I don't know what this will look like b/c i hit REPLY and started
typing so that your message would still be there.  good point. I hope some
folks pick up on it. By the way I have been wondering what does IMHO mean
and ttyl?       
Subject: new shop
Date: Sun, 30 Nov 1997 09:14:04 -0500

I read your comment about my incomplete directions.  The point is taken. 
However, you should know  that the letter to which  you are referring  was
in reply  to a question.  I had posted that I had bought a Bernina in the
Pittsburgh area, and I was responding to the letter asking where in
Pittsburgh it was.  I am still sorry for incomplete postings.  I am new to
the list and I think I underestimate the reach of the web.  
For future reference, Sister's Choice is in Bridgeville, Pa. , which is in
the South Hill region of Pittsburgh,PA.  Bridgeviolle is about 10-20
minutes south of Pittsburgh's town center on I-79.  The shop is located on
Washington Road, which is reached by turning leftat the foot of the ramp at
the Bridgeville interchange.  The phone is 412-220-9596.  Amy  
Date: Sun, 30 Nov 1997 08:28:58 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Re: Purchase Advice - Bernina Machine

I have a 1630 and love it!
Date: Sun, 30 Nov 1997 08:11:13 -0500 (EST)
Subject: 1630 Upgrade

Don't mean to be ignorant...but don't know much regarding the 180. When you
said you upgraded your 1630, what upgrade? I own a 1630 and want to stay
current. Thanks for the info. Diane
Date: Sun, 30 Nov 1997 06:52:48 -0600
Subject: Machine for Sale


I am selling my Brother 8200 machine for $1800.  Just tuned up and ready
to go.  1 year old.  I also have the Precious Moment card for sale at
$99. Please e-mail if interested.

Subject: Jammers Parking Garages
Date: Sun, 30 Nov 97 11:35:11 EST

To MK:   The "Jammers" parking garages are found at WalMart in the TOY section as they are really "garages" intended for matchbox cars.  You won't find this particular storage box in the hardware dept. or the fishing tackle dept.  So find the toy section and then the toy car area and you should see them.  They are clear plastic boxes 10 x 13 and 3 inches thick with a carry handle and they open on both sides.  When you lift one side, the interior is divided into 24 sections (with 24 more sections when you open the reverse side) that fit a matchbox car.  These are the perfect size for the Mettler thread spools as well as the Bernina feet, etc.   There are no "drawers"....just open compartments.  When the sides are snapped closed, each item is secure in its own little section.  They are $6.96 and I am about to start on my third.  I think they are the best way to store Mettler threads.  
Date: Sun, 30 Nov 1997 07:45:26 -0800
Subject: Quilt Stitch

Did you ever get an answer about the quilting stitch? I am new to the
list, and just purchased a Bernina 150. I would also like to know how to
use the quilting stitch, as it looks like it just sews a thicker and
thiner stitch, it does not skip a stitch like you would think it would.
I think I heard once that you use transparent nylon thread in the
bobbin. Is that true? I would appreciate any feed back you may
Date: Sun, 30 Nov 1997 09:10:25 -0600
Subject: 004D or 2000DE Serger


I bought a "Bernette" 004D FunLock many years ago.  This little serger
is great workhorse.  Never had any problems with it.  My niece bought
a used 004D and has loved it.

Date: Sun, 30 Nov 1997 09:41:58 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Re: Feetures Book

Feetures is kind of a remake of the old Advanced Sewing Guide.  It's arranged
by foot number and under the tab for each foot they give you all the
different ways it can be used, with photos and illustrations.  It's really
terrific.  Bernina is doling them out in 5 or 6 foot packages at a time.  I
think there may be three units out by now.  You should be able to get it at
your Bernina dealer.
Date: Sun, 30 Nov 1997 19:11:41 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Re: Any Ideas?

        I know the man would prefer the EDS to be under his clothes but what
about a sort of fanny pack that would hold the EDS on the outside.  I don't
know how thick it is but if it is fairly thin, perhaps an adaptation of the
fanny pack could be made to wear under his clothing.
        Just a thought.
Date: Sun, 30 Nov 1997 20:43:30 -0800
Subject: Re: Any Ideas?

>   Can we please knock around some design ideas here, as well as fabric
> thoughts?  I'm considering the aspects of fitness wear which, especially
> for women, tends to be form-fitting.  I think we may need something along
> these lines -- like a tank top or "muscle" shirt.  On the other hand, a
> friend whose son is a state trooper immediately thought of her son's gun
> holster!  

Dear Susan:

Can the unit be placed along the thigh area? or does it have to be on
the abdomen?  If it coult be moved to the thigh you could create a
garter type holder for it.

How about encasing is in a long silk t-shirt that has an extra large hem
with a pocket where the unit would reside.

How about possibly extending the t-shirt and making a man-style body
suit Tank top with attached underwear and pocket built in made out of a
silk knit or cotton lycra.

- -- 
Date: Sun, 30 Nov 1997 17:40:16 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Polarfleece book FS

I have Polar Fleece Pizzaz.  I am never going to use it.  I would like to
sell it for $12.  Includes postage.

Date: Sun, 30 Nov 1997 21:00:53 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Re: Any Ideas?

This idea may not be feasible, but it seems that he could have belt loops
attached inside his pants bands and hook the "power pack" to the inside
loops. Not knowing the size and weight of the devise makes it difficult to
think of design but if it is sort of like a pager in size this might work.
Keep us posted!
Subject: RE: Burda Patterns - Bernina Wives
Date: Mon, 1 Dec 1997 11:34:56 +1100

Store bought Burda patterns generally now have seam allowances.  As far
as I know, the magazine patterns still omit the seam allowance.  In my
experience, both have excellent fit.

Date: Sun, 30 Nov 1997 17:45:14 -0500
Subject: Re: New 170 & 180 embroidry/sewing machines

  I had a chance to see a 180 in action yesterday. I thought it was a
fantastic sewing machine. I was really impressed. I thought it did lovely
embroidery work and had a larger hoop 6" by 8" I believe . I was though a
bit disappointed that they don't have very many cards available. The dealer
only had the one that came with the machine. The paper she had showed me
had a few more she should be getting but I was disappointed. Im sure in
time there will be quite a few available. Im not sure if Im getting this
machine or another one I have been looking at that has a very large number
of cards available. I have a nice machine but want to get into embroidery.

Date: Sun, 30 Nov 1997 14:28:56 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Re: Feetures Book

Feetures is a series of booklets that you put in a notebook, telling you how
to use all those Bernina feet.  They have at least 2 of the booklets
published right now and they are in some stores.  You can read an overview of
the booklets at the Bernina web  Your dealer can order
you these booklets.  I have never heard of them being given with the purchase
of a machine--especiallys since not all of them have been printed yet!
Subject: Re: Precious Moments Card
Date: Sun, 30 Nov 1997 14:01:44 -0600

This is page 2 of the Precious Moments colors in Sulky. The list contains
the design number and name. The colors are listed numerically in the order
sewn. If these don`t wrap correctly in your email and you cannot decipher
send me your snail mail address and I will send you a copy. Most Bernina
dealers have them for free.
Design # 11  Life Saver 1 1017 2 1001 3 1145  4 1015 5 1063 6 1067 7 1128 8
1082 9 1047 10 1031 11 1076 12 1128 13 1005
Design  # 12 Twin Birds 1 1001 2 1117 3 1028 4 1067 5 1128 6 1005
Design # 13 Flower/Bow 1 1224 2 1047 3 1031 4 1067 5 1117 6 1128
Design # 14 Frogs 1 1063 2 1047 3 1177 4 1224 5 1028 6 1005 7 1128 8 1185
Design # 15 Patchwork 1 1117 2 1028 3 1001 4 1047 5 1031 6 1066 7 1149 8
Design # 16 Star 1 1066 2 1067 3 1128
Design # 17 Tulip 1 1063 2 1047 3 1177 4 1063 5 1117 6 1001 7 1128
Design # 18 Hearts 1 1017 2 1066 3 1145 4 1001 5 1117 6 1076 7 1005 8 1185 9
Design # 19 Boy/Girl on a Stump 1 1017 2 1015 3 1067 4 1066 5 1128 6 1127 7
1126 8 1149 9 1082 10 1117 11 1145 12 1177 13 1001 14 1076 15 1005 16 1066
17 1128
I will proof these two pages and post any corrections. If anyone see an
mistake don`t hesitate to post it.
 Pat who gave up her Sunday afternoon nap to type this.
Date: Sun, 30 Nov 1997 14:14:51 -0500
Subject: Footsteps Publications

I recently purchased two new feet for my 1080.  They were #68 roll and
shell hemmer and #68 the straight stitch hemmer.  My dealer said Bernina
had discontinued the footsteps publications associated with the feet,
but I desperately need them.  Does anyone know where I can acquire
them?  Please e-mail me.
Date: Mon, 01 Dec 1997 08:47:34 -0500
Subject: "Dirty Feet"

Dear Fellow Sewers,

What is the best way to clean my presser feet?  They are covered in
lint, etc. I don't want to clean them with something that will make them
rust or harm them.

Any suggestions?!  Thanks a lot.

Date: Sun, 30 Nov 1997 22:19:59 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Duct tape double link

There is a problem with the link to the Duct Tape Double instruction site.
I messaged the woman who put it together and she is working on fixing it.
If I get word that it's back up and running, I'll let you know.

Date: Sun, 30 Nov 1997 21:37:45 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Re: upgrade my 006 to 2000DCE?

   I haven't tried the 006, so don't know how to compare between the two,
BUT, I DO have a DCE, which I DO like. I have used it for everything from
simple serging around blanket and towel edges, to formal gown construction. I
had originally gone with the DCE dimply because of the automatic
tensioning....the tension knobs on the other machines absolutely intimidated
me! Anyway, yes, converting the machine from overlock to coverstitch CAN be a
pain ( I have it down to about 5 minutes, now), so, what I do, is try to do
all of ONE type of stitching first ( Either cover stitch or overlock) and
THEN convert the machine to finish the other stitching. I don't have room for
a separate coverstitch machine...just for my trusty 1090 S (Which, by the
way, I am hanging on to- am currently teaching 9 y/o dd how to sew on it) and
my DCE. At present, they are all the machine I need. ( feet, on the other
hand, are another matter ENTIRELY! LOL) 

 Just my $ .02, for what it's worth.
Date: Sun, 30 Nov 1997 21:44:06 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Re: Bernina -Storage units

In a message dated 97-11-28 22:32:17 EST, you write:

>>  Some time ago I saw a mention about "jammers parking garage" at
 Walmart. I got the impression that it was used for storing sewing machine
 feet. Well, I was in Walmart and found storage units in the hardware
 section. The brand name was Contico but "garage" was in big letters and they
 were plastic drawers in many different sizes.
         Can someone clear up my questions >>

The "Jammers"  referred to are toy cars, and the parking garage is sized for
these cars, but the spaces fit spools of thread perfectly, and the "garage is
less expensive than storage units from the hardware dept.  
Date: Mon, 01 Dec 1997 23:20:34 +1100
Subject: Re: New 170 & 180 embroidry/sewing machines

dear Julie, Saw your first note on the net, Welcome aboard, so far everyone
raves about the 180, everything but the price, should be interesting.
Sheryll, Patchwork Between friends, 
Date: Sun, 30 Nov 1997 22:41:31 -0800
Subject: New 150

I am new to the list, as I just bought a Bernina 150 w/12 cps stitches
that can be changed. This is my first Bernina and I would like to know
if anyone else had the 150 or 160 and do you like it. Also, how much
does it cost to have the computer stitches
Thank you,                                                              
Subject: Artista 140
Date: Mon, 1 Dec 1997 09:00:30 -0600

Hi, I'm new to the Fan Club.  I recently purchased an Artista 140, but
haven't heard anything about it on the sewing bulletin boards or this
site.  Does anyone else have one?  I'm a home sewer and make clothes,
but not into quilting or embroidery. Is this machine appropriate for my
needs?  Does it have automatic tensioning?  Thanks and I'm happy to be a
new member.

Date: Sun, 30 Nov 1997 15:26:12 -0800
Subject: Re: EDS - Any Ideas?


Here's a question or two re the external dorsal stimulator (EDS) holder - 
first, what are the approximate dimensions & weight of the unit?  What 
climate will it be worn in?  Must there be direct contact between the 
unit and the electrodes under the skin?  How much may the unit shift in 
place and still be functional?  Can neoprene be used or is it too thick?

Now some semi-ideas:  First, think of the posture counterweights sold at 
many quilting stores to remind us not to stoop over... I can't remember 
what it's called, but would a similar arrangement (adjustable suspenders 
with the "weight" or ESD unit in the small of the back) work?  Might as 
well make the weight an asset instead of a disadvantage.  Another option 
is a variation of the holster/waist bag.  How about a zippered waist bag 
with a concealed pouch next to the body that velcros shut?   The rest of 
the bag functions as usual, so even though it's external, it wouldn't 
look "odd".  Law enforcement suppliers may have what you need ready-made, 
or at least may be able to offer more ideas.  

Good luck and let me know how you make out.

Subject: 1630 Accessories & Feet
Date: Mon, 1 Dec 1997 15:55:30 -0500

I just wanted everyone to know that all my feet and accessories are spoken
for. They went very quickly. There seems to be a lot of demand out there.
So...if you are worried about unloading these if you, too, upgrade to the
180. I can guarantee you will find buyers.

Donna W. 
Date: Mon, 1 Dec 1997 14:32:31 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Holographic embroidery thread 

Can anyone give me some advice about using the new  Prizm hologram embroidery
thread ( made by "Glisser  Gloss)? I bought some and tried to use it with my
Deco 500 to embroider the wings on the angel on the large Christmas designs
card--it was very frustrating--it broke constantly and built up in the
bobbin.  I finally had to quit and use regular metallic thread which worked
fine.  I was embroidering a heavy fleece which I had stabilized first with a
medium weight iron on woven (not knit) stabilizer and then two layers of iron
on tear-away.  I also put a piece of heavier tear away under the hoop before
beginning.  I tried several different needles--the metallica, a large
topstitching needle and a regular #80--no luck! Maybe this can only be used
in open-type embroidery stitches and not in heavy embroidery? I have not
tried it in my sewing machine.  
Thanks! Jody 
Date: Mon, 01 Dec 1997 12:37:07 -0600
Subject: Walking Foot

Hi all, I'm a lurker, but I had to tell you all this while I remember it.
  I learned from my Bernina dealer to drop the feed dogs  before
attaching the walking foot (I was taking the needle out and saying bad
words).  I love the list and have learned alot, and hope someday to be able
to give back.

Sue H
Date: Mon, 1 Dec 1997 12:03:16 -0600 (CST)
Subject: Re: Bernina Digest 11/27/97

Thanks for responding.  I too see machines when I have the opportunity to
go garage saleing.  Many of them are wonderful old machines and would make
good starter machines for a kid.  If I could talk people into donating
them, it would be fine.  I really can't buy them out of my own pocket,
because I already pay for fabric for students who can't afford it, etc.
Also, I can't take it out of department funds because I already pay for
too much stuff out it, and spend too much time fundraising to keep
department machines repaired and replaced.  I also don't have room to
store machines waiting for a home, so I need to find a recipient and have
the kid help with reconditioning and doing the work equity quickly as a
machine comes in, then send it home with them.  I live 30 miles from where
I teach, so really need machines to come to school instead of to my home.
I still think it is a good idea if I can just figure out all the details.
Subject: Re: sewing cabinet
Date: Mon, 1 Dec 1997 11:41:54 -0800

>>I have tried my 2 year old 1630 on a desk - too high -  and now on a
library table - better but not just right.  What are you using for comfort
and where did you purchace it?  I'm in the market for a new table where my
machine sits flush with the table.  I am a quilter who likes to do  free

Nancy, I have a Sew n Go II cabinet sold by Bernina dealers that I am very
of.  It has a leaf in the back that opens up for a large area when you do
quilts.  It is designed for Berninas so makes room for the kneelift.  It
retails for about $399 but seems to be on sale occasionally.  Ask your dealer
about it.  Everyone seems to like whatever cabinet they have.  I like the ones
with good storage space and a large surface.

Date: Mon, 1 Dec 1997 18:58:02 -0500
Subject: re:Ruffler

Hi all,
Dorothy posts:
>I have purchased a ruffler for my 1130 and find the enclosed instructions
a little vague. Can anyone tell me how to determine stitch length and ruffler
setting to make  a dust ruffle that would be gathered to 2 1/2 times the
of the finished ruffle? >

I  don't have the 1130 but I think that figuring out stitch length and
setting is pretty much a trial and error method on a practice scrap.
hi mom
Subject: Re: 009DCC Books or videos??
Date: Mon, 1 Dec 1997 15:48:37 -0600

Hi all,

Does anyone know of any good books or videos to learn how to make decorative
stitches using different kinds of threads and the chainstitch or cover

I've had mine a couple months now and I really love it.  I heard somewhere
recently though that you can do all kinds of decorative stitching with it.

I know I can probably just play around with it, but I'm far from creative
and usually don't have much luck doing things like that.

Thanks for any help you can give me.


Patti J.C.
Subject: new web page for Deco
Date: Mon, 1 Dec 1997 14:52:14 -0000

Hi all,
I'd like to announce my brand new web page ( featuring .pes embroidery
designs) to all of you. It is our very first attempt; my  DH worked looooong
and very hard to create it and now he will teach me how to do it.
My intent is to publish creative some  ideas and to post one or two designs
for downloading each month ( or so).
This first attempt shows pictures of two garments that I  made using the
monocolour applique/cutwork designs that I sold at the Niagara Falls
(Canada) PEDesign ( and its equivalents) digitizing retreat. These 2
garments were part of the stuff that I showed to the group during the
"creative ideas" seminar I did  on the Friday evening.
There are two seasonal designs for your stitching  pleasure; if you like
them, feel free to download them. They are in .pes format; if you have any
problems, please do let me know and we'll try our best to rectify them.

The url for my web page is

Date: Mon, 01 Dec 1997 07:25:57 -0800
Subject: Bernina's Web Page

I just visited Bernina's web page.  They have made some additions and
improvements to their page.  They now have the Artista 180 description.
For those owners of the 1630 there is a section to download free
designs.  Also, there is a section descripting Feetures and what each
section of Feetures is about.

Date: Mon, 01 Dec 1997 18:05:10 +1000
Subject: Re:patterns

I saw premie patterns in the McCalls pattern book
Date: Mon, 1 Dec 1997 11:38:58 -0600 (CST)
Subject: 1630 Update

I received an "Update 97" logo in glittery lettering that was spplied to
the machine just above the screen.  LaWayne
Subject: New Embroidery Machine
Date: Sun, 30 Nov 1997 21:41:02 -0800

Hi:  I was at the Bernina Dealer today.  Learned a few interesting facts. 
The Bernina sews at a very slow rate, it takes a long time to do a design. 
I also think when it gets out of bobbin thread it doesn't beep, at least
that is what happened in the store today, and the machine kept sewing, so
the sewer has to find their place back somewhere because there is a big
half sewn space.  Those two things surprised me because I was really primed
to be charmed.  jr
Date: Mon, 1 Dec 1997 19:05:59 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Re: Alpine Fleece?

In a message dated 97-12-01 04:33:50 EST, you write:

>>I saw some fabric labeled "Alpine Fleece." Is that Polar Fleece of a
different brand name? Is is as good?  >>

 I hate to say this, but the ALpine Fleece is far inferior than Polar Fleece.
It gets old looking fast.
Date: Mon, 1 Dec 1997 19:04:01 -0500
Subject: re:Feetures Book

Hi all,
It was posted:
Some weeks ago, somebody wrote about a book called Feetures, I guess is by 
Bernina Co. I do not live in the States, so I had somebody look it for me. She

said that she went to a Bernina dealer in Forthworth,TX and they told her that

the book is given when you buy a sewing machine. I boutht one but do not have 
that book. I am interested in getting it. The person that wrote in the BD said

that it is a must for a owner of a Nina. Does anyone knows how to get it and 
where? >

As far as I know, one doesn't get the Feetures book when one buys a machine. 
dealer should have the book, which is really a set of pages that one can buy 
seperatly as well and put into the notebook.  It is not a must for every
owner.  I personaly, have found that the Bernina Advanced Guide is very
as a reference source when I need one.  At Bernina Club once, the rep said
owning both may be overkill. Hope this helps clear things up.
hi mom
Date: Mon, 01 Dec 1997 19:23:33 -0800
Subject: Re: Artista 170 & 180

The new 180 is great.  The embroidery is 6x8 inches and it is gorgeous. 
I had the dealer training on the software and it is fairly easy to use,
much easier than the customizer wizard software.  I say fairly easy to
use because I am still learning how to use the computer and all the ins
and outs of digitizing and I am not having any problems using the
software.  I love the machine and the designs, when sewn out are
gorgeous.  You can resize the designs that come in the machine from 20%
to 180% in the machine itself.  The sewing machine is as special as the
embroidery module.  It lets you order the stitches you use the most
first and even lets you program one button on the front to be your
favorite function.  You can hold a button up to the screen and it will
size the buttonhole for you.
Date: Mon, 1 Dec 1997 21:53:10 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Re: Burda Patterns - Bernina Wives

In a message dated 97-11-29 22:04:26 EST, you write:

>> Did I read this correctly? -- in the latest issue of Threads, there 
 was an article on Burda patterns and a statement made about the Burda 
 patterns that are in the monthly magazine are not the same as the 
 Burda patterns one would buy at the store.  Is this correct?  Liz 
 Powell, don't you get this magazine?  Can you tell me more about 
 this?  I have been hearing so much about Burda's superior fit but now 
 I don't know which ones they are talking about -- the ones in the 
 magazine or the ones in the store? >>

I don't know if the fit is different, but you could probably tell by
comparing the measurements charts in the pattern catalog and the magazine.
 The obvious difference is that the catalog patterns are regular commercial
sewing patterns, with detailed cutting and sewing instructions, whereas the
magazine patterns are very (to say the least) sketchy on directions.

Date:          Mon, 1 Dec 1997 18:15:58 +0000
Subject:      Renaissance Shirt

Your friend might try getting a pattern catalog from Folkwear.  It's 
part of the Taunton Press group.  They are the ones who publish 
Threads Magazine.  Anyway, they have some wonderful period patterns.  
I have an older catalog (1995) and saw several things that would work 
well as a renaissance shirt.  You can order a catalog by calling 
1-800-888-8286.  Hope this helps.

Date: Mon, 1 Dec 1997 20:04:00 +0100
Subject: Re: Basting Spray

Hello Pam,
Yes, the Basting Spray can be ironed over with your iron set to "no steam"
since the spray is water soluble.  You will love using it!
Date: Mon, 1 Dec 1997 21:52:56 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Re: Any Ideas?

Couldn't  he put it inside a regular waist pack (that is, a fanny pack, but
in the front)?  Even on the outside of his clothes, that would not be

Date: Mon, 1 Dec 1997 16:55:42 -0700
Subject: Re: Basting Spray, Magnets, etc. etc

Just a note about Hancock's shipping. They really *do* give free shipping
to 'net orders! I just recently received a couple of batts from them and
didn't pay any shipping, so I know. Why? Who knows? Don't question it, or
they may reconsider!  BTW, I had previously ordered over the phone, so I
just told them that my card # was on file, and they had no problem! That
way, I didn't have to send my card # through the net--not that the phone
lines are much safer, but some are nervous.

Subject: Wanted: Used Deco
Date: Mon, 1 Dec 1997 15:02:08 +0000

Hi All - I am looking to buy a used Deco - either a 500 or 600.  Since so
many of you are trading up to the new Artista, I thought this would be a
good time to try and locate one. Please email my privately if you have one
for sale.
Thanks - Judith  
Date: Mon, 1 Dec 1997 19:44:04 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Re:  Bernina Digest 11/28/97

I just purchased my Artista180E.  I paid close to$4000 for the machine and
the embroidery unit....the software isn't out yet.....neither is the
video.......but I'm encouraged by the fact the machine has PURPLE control

Date: Tue, 02 Dec 1997 08:22:36 -0800
Subject: Feetures

This is to thank Nancy, Kim,Patti,Ann and Susan for answering me back
concerning this topic. As I explained before, I do not live in the
States, and here in Panama there is no dealer. So I don't have the
chance to get Feetures right now. I will have to wait till January, when
I am going to Houston, Tx. I appreciate the notes of you all. Now I know
what I will ask for.  Thanks again,   Cusy
Date: Tue, 02 Dec 1997 08:38:34 -0800
Subject: Bernina Dealer 

I wrote, few weeks ago about the Bernina dealer at Richmond
Houston Tx. I said that I had a very bad experience there when I bought
my 1080 sewing machine 3 years ago. From letters I have been receiving,
I found out that the Richmond ave. dealer have change owners.That this
new ones are a wonderful couple which the main purpose is client
satisfaction. So please, pay no attention to what I said weeks ago. I
was just making a statement from my experience to someone that was
asking for it. Sorry again,      Cusy
Date: Tue, 2 Dec 1997 00:59:05 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Plastic Barrettes

Does anyone know of a source for plastic barrette clips?  I can only find the
metal ones.  I have tried several mail order places and have had no luck.
 I'd like to make some barrettes to match outfits for my 3 yr old daughter.
 Any suggestions would be welcomed.  Thank you.
Date: Mon, 01 Dec 1997 18:29:32 -1000
Subject: Re: 2500 Serger

Hi All!

The new 2500 serger is heavinly and the tripple stitch is really fancy! 
I LOVE IT!  We got them in last week and I traded my 2000 in for this
one!  The changeover is so much easier!  

Thank you to everyone that responded to my book inquiry!  Got one on

Happy Holiday Sewing!

Date: Tue, 02 Dec 1997 13:16:53 -0700
Subject: 1630 & Buttonholes

I've been a Bernina owner now for almost a year.  My first Bernina machine was
a 1090QE and really enjoyed it. I was able to trade it up for a 1630 last 
weekend. The 1630 was really discounted at the dealers because of the new
and I got the floor model. (I hope that wasn't a mistake).

My question is (since I haven't had the classes yet) how do I do automatic 
buttonholes? If I follow the instructions in the manual I get a buttonhole the

size of the slide (3C foot) -- 1 inch+  long. The instructions in the manual 
are for the 3A foot -- maybe that's the problem.=

I select the buttonhole stitch, with the 3C foot on I sew forward for the 
length of the buttonhole. I select the icon on the right with the up arrow 
(secure button? sorry, I'm at work and I don't remember the name of it) and 
keep sewing the button. It will continue sewing to the length of the slide and

then do the other side. The brackets then go around the button hole icon on
right so I know that it's been programmed.  I can make the automatic
again & again. But of course, it's too large. I've also tried the other 
buttonhole stitch selections but with no luck either.

I've also seen on the BFC archives info about version 2 & version 3 of this 
machine. How can I tell which one I have? The name on the front is Bernina
Inspiration Plus. Also what are the differences.

I'm really hoping that I can figure out these buttonholes. It was one of the 
reasons I got the machine. The 1090QE just didn=27t quite have fully automatic

buttonholes. But of course I also saw the demo of the 180 and how easy 
buttonholes are but just quite can't afford it now. My mom has the 1530 & I 
like the buttonholes on that but I like the other capabilities of the 1630 
(that's why I got it ). Of course I'm also in the middle of a project I'm 
trying to finish this week -- a Christmas dress for my 3 year old and need the

buttonholes ASAP  (eek )

Thanks for the inf 
Date: Tue, 02 Dec 1997 10:01:40 -0800
Subject: Are these sources still in business?

Quite some years ago I bought some books and a few patterns that I have
used and reused.  I was wondering if any one knew if these places were
still in business.  One of the books I have is called "Nostalgic Machine
Embroidery" by Gail Sheetz, published by Craft Course Publishers. 
Another set of books I ordered was "Creative Machine Embroidery" by
Lucille Merrell Graham of Lu Rae"s Creative Stitchery in Bountiful,
Utah.  A quilt pattern I bought was a wonderful cowboy quilt that can be
made in a crib size or twin bed size called "Brand Cowboy Quilt" by
Juke's Creations in North Bend, Oregon.  I am sure if any of these
sources are still in business they would have some great books and/or
patterns.  I purchased these patterns and books about ten or twelve
years ago, so there is a good possibility they are no longer in
Date: Tue, 2 Dec 1997 11:29:35 -0600 (CST)
Subject: Buckwheat Hull Pillows

Iwould like to make a couple of Buckwheat Hull Pillows so I appreciate all
the various address people have provided.  Before I order I have one
simple question, how many pounds does it take to make one bed size pillow?
I check out Martha Stewart's web site and direction are provided (which I
didn't need) but no info on how much Buckwheat Hull was needed.  Her site
has an address that sells 30lb bags, do I really need that much?

Thanks, Sally
Date: Tue, 02 Dec 1997 20:57:21 +0100
Subject: Bernina 1180

I am considering purchasing a used 1180.  I was wondering if others had
any experience with this machine they could share, and what they thought
a fair price would be for this machine.  I would basically be using the
machine for piecing and quilting.  I currently have an 830, which I
love, but was looking to be able to do a blanket stitch and mock
quilting stitch.  I would love to hear what others think.
Date: Tue, 02 Dec 1997 08:30:51 -0500
Subject: pattern

I am looking for a pattern for boxer shorts which have a single panel in the
back. All the patterns I have found have a back seam.  Does anyone know of

Date: Wed, 03 Dec 1997 08:37:47 +0000
Subject: Re: Stain Out?


The best thing to get a fabric-running stain out is to wash the fabric in
Retayne.  I get mine from Pro-Chemial in Swansea MA (a dye supplier) but I
think Nancy's Notions and/or Clothilde has it.  It's used to remove excess
dye from fabric.

Date: Wed, 03 Dec 1997 08:37:47 -0500
Subject: Re: Speaking of Parts

Bernina wrote:
> The bobbins for the Bernina 930 are the same size that the Singer
> Featherweight uses. I have both the original metal Berninas and many of the
> Singer metal ones that have multiholes on the casing. Both work fine. They
> are sold in Singer stores on cards hanging on wall displays, just ask for
> ones to fit the FWs. Happy sewing!
> Jill

Please double check this information.  I jusst went and checked, and my
bobbins for the featherweight are much narrower than the ones for the
Bernina 930.   Janice 
Date: Wed, 3 Dec 1997 08:31:03 -0500
Subject: Re: Bobbins

I recently found what appears to be a Bernina Bobbin...metal 7 holer and
does seem to fit my an old Kenmore I picked up at a yard sale.
 Would anyone out there happen to know if Bernina ever made machines for
Kenmore?  I know all their machines were made by someone else.  This
machine starts with a 158 prefix to the "model number/serial number" and I
know these prefixes in the numbers are indicative of the manufacturer.  I
really don't think Bernina ever manufactured anything that ended up with
the Kenmore name...but ..oh well....Mel
Subject: Re: Parking Garages
Date: Wed, 3 Dec 1997 07:35:12 -0500

For "parking thread"  try the new tool box from Rubbermaid.  It has about
eight bins that all open with one lever and then shut with one clasp.  They
stay attached and slanted up!  Yeah!  Amy
Date: Wed, 3 Dec 1997 13:33:50 +0100
Subject: Re(2): Teaching Kids to Sew

Vicki says "Well, I finally did it! With much fear and trembling, I decided to

teach my 9 year old daughter to sew. ( A bribe to get her to clean her room - 
it worked).....I was amazed at how EASILY she has picked up everything so far,

and talk about a confidence builder!"

Vicki, Well done!  I am now an avid quilter but have been sewing for years.  
The only reason that I know how to sew is from my Mom.  She used to make quite

a few of my clothes when I was a kid, also for my three sisters!  Even though
did some sewing in school, I was always far ahead of the other girls in my 
class.  Whether just learning sewing in school would have been enough, I don't
know, but there is nothing like learning a craft like sewing from your Mother.             
Also the encouragement that a mother can give counts for alot.  Good Luck!

Date: Wed, 3 Dec 1997 06:59:48 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Quilt Books

I am trying to locate a copy of two  (2) quilt books called  "Let's Make a
Patchwork Quilt"  by Jessie MacDonald and Marian Shafer, and "Let's Make More
Patchwork Quilts" by Jessie MacDonald.  They were published By Farmhouse
Journal Craft Books between 1980 and 1984.  Probably circulated heavily in
the Southern New Jersey region.  Any help would be greatly appreciated as
they are both out of print.  Thanks.
Date: Tue, 2 Dec 1997 22:50:55 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Re: I sew because...

>>I can't paint, I can't draw, I can't dance, I can't sing (they pay me NOT
>>to sing in the choir) but sewing I CAN do and I love it.  That's why I sew!
>>Ellen in NC

Sorry this is an old post & I requoted the entire thing, but this is
something I had to share.  This is EXACTLY who I am too .... but instead of
getting paid not to sing, they just asked me to lip sync.  

So, to all my favorite sewing buddies out there ... Chris, I hope you're
reading & my favorite Bernina dealer .... Marsha, you know who you are, this
says it exactly.  

Date: Tue, 02 Dec 1997 20:50:03 -0700
Subject: 2000DCE for Sale"


Have a 2000DCE for sale.  If interested please email me.

Date: Tue, 2 Dec 1997 00:31:26 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Re: 1630 Update Documentation

Hello there.this is Marcia from Boca Raton in South Florida. It sounds like
you should email your problem and need for enlightenment directly to Bernina
Headquarters. I think they will help you out.GOOD LUCK.

Subject: Re: Sullivan Spray

PAM, this is Marcia in South Florida.55 miles North of Miami. I am a novice
on the quilting by machine thing and would love to know how you made out with
the ullivan's spray.
An email today advises that HANCOCKS of Paducah, catalog has that Spray for
just about $9.00 during December.....Is that a good price?
Marcia........Happy Holidays to you and the Berninas

Subject: Re: Basting Spray, Magnets, etc. etc.

Welcome to the idea of living in the Florida warmer areas........South Boston
is not SOUTH enough for me either. I now reside in South Florida on the East
Coast of the state. I love it. Great Quilt shops along the coast here. There
is a great one located  just outside of Ft. Myers on Sannibel Island ( as I
recall)...Forget the name....look up Fabric shops,Crafts etc. for that island
and you will find it.
Welcome to Florida.Marcia

Subject: Re: hand quilt stitch on 1530

Go to the Bernina WEB SITE......
scroll to the FAQ  ( frequently Asked Questions ) and click on
that........the listing of how to set up the various machines including yours
will be found there............Print it out and make a few copies or just go
back to their website when you forget where to find it again. I have a 1630
so I cannot help you more. Happy Holidays.Marcia
Date: Wed, 3 Dec 1997 10:08:02 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Re: Clotilde?

Clotilde is a mail order catalog based in Wisconsin.  They have an 800 number
(1-800-772-2891) and a website at  You can order a
catalog either way.  They have pretty good prices...
Date: Wed, 3 Dec 1997 09:23:47 -
Subject: re:Denim Quilt

Hi all,
Barb in CT posts:>
I have a 1260 and would like to make a denim quilt with a flannel
backing for my son, who will be starting college in the fall. Although I
know *basically* how I want to do it, there are some pesky details that
elude me. 
I'd like to do it crazy-quilt style, and I think it will be heavy enough
to not need batting. I was planning on sewing the denim scraps on right
side up, overlapping the edges of each patch/strip and just stitching it
down (straight stitch? serpentine stitch? simple zig-zag?), leaving the
raw edges exposed on the top - but how do I handle the edges of each
block? Won't it create bulky ridges to join the blocks so the seam is on
the top? Also, I was thinking of making each block 20" square - is that
too big for this technique? >>

I would use a battting even if the denim is heavy enough.  The batting helps 
give texture when you quilt it and it would look more "quilted".  I have seen 
some really thin batting in a Minnesotta Fabrics type store.  You can
find it by the yard. 

RE: the topstitching.  If you zig-zag it may be kinda need to use a 
contrasting thread for decorative purposes.  I think either the zig-zag or the

serpentine stitch would hold well and keep the fabric from fraying.  What if 
when connecting the blocks you also overlapped the seams and zig-zagged or 
serpentined it.  

Hope this helps,

Any suggestions/personal experiences? Thanks!

Subject: Re: Bobbins   Countin' them Bobbin Holes  :-)
Date: Wed, 03 Dec 1997 08:54:08 EST

Oh Dear!!!!

Now I'm counting "bobbin holes"   ........  Oh well, my car is in the
shop (better my car than my NINA)  can't go anywhwere today, so I guess
I'll be FORCED   to stay home and sew,  after I get them bobbin holes
counted.  Oh goodie!!!!  All of 'em are "7 holers" :-)

 A special THANKS TO SUE, and  everyone else who makes this list  "the
best on the net" !!!!!!!!!!! I hope everyone has a wonderful day today.

Hillbilly Doris  

 and this is important, the bobbins with holes
>in the sides must be the 7-hole kind!  Be aware of this and be sure to
>count holes!  Some of the Bernettes use a "10-holer."  These can cause
>problems if used in the regular Berninas.
>I would recommend getting Bernina bobbins - not generic ones.  The 
>thing, however, is to use only those with 7 holes in them.
Date: Wed, 3 Dec 1997 07:43:29 +0100
Subject: Re: Should I Upgrade??

Hello Abby,
Since your dealer will give you full trade up credit towards a new machine,
you should really consider the model 170E.  It has a quilting stitch screen
that is wonderful.  It even has a built in setting for piecing which has
the stitch length already set for the correct stitches per inch for this
job.  There is also a stippling stitch built in which is great if freehand
stitching is not your style.  There are so many plusses to these new models
it is impossible to list them here.  I would suggest that you pick up one
of the brochures and read it for all kinds of info.  If you choose the 170
model your bobbins will be the same and you will have the stitch length and
width you are use to.  The model 180 will give you a width capability of
9mm which is really cool.  I don't think you will be disappointed if you
decide to trade up.  The models we have in our shop are just plain
awesome!!!  I think I would keep the 910 for your daughter.
Date: Wed, 3 Dec 1997 22:22:15 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Customized elastic

Is there anyone who can direct me to find elastic that I can have my company
name printed over and over again?  Any help I can get would be appreciate.
Date: Tue, 2 Dec 1997 23:28:26 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Burda Patterns, Bernina for Wives

>Did I read this correctly? -- in the latest issue of Threads, there 
>was an article on Burda patterns and a statement made about the Burda 
>patterns that are in the monthly magazine are not the same as the 
>Burda patterns one would buy at the store.  Is this correct?  Liz 
>Powell, don't you get this magazine?  Can you tell me more about 
>this?  I have been hearing so much about Burda's superior fit but now 
>I don't know which ones they are talking about -- the ones in the 
>magazine or the ones in the store?

I've been using both types for years, and I have never found any difference
in their sizing, or fit. BUT... the ones in the stores are often
'tamer'...... the monthly magazines are more stylish, especially if you get
the "Couture " magazine...... it's VERY FASHIONABLE..... There are actually
quite a few "Burda's"..... Burda Worldd of Fashion Monthly, which is 40 plus
garments with variations in sizes USA 2/4 up to size 24.........each garment
is only in one range of 5 sizes,  BWFM includes special ocassion dresses,
coats, suits, casuals, trousers, blouses, lingerie and swimwear even, and a
couple of infants or childrens too, and sometimes for men or
boys....Marvellous crafts, cookery, knitwear, decor,  Each month has a
'theme'....... May is Weddings, so there are flower girl clothes, and ring
bearer suits as well as actual Wedding Dresses for everything from the
grandest gown to a suit for a civil service. 
There is a Quarterly for Larger Ladies..... BURDA PLUS. BP is for sizes USA
14 to 24, and ocasssionally to 32 !  Fall '97 had over 20 garments plus
variations, and not your standard plus size wear.... Who else suggests a
SUEDE SHIRT for us?? or truly sexy lingerie????. Heck, even their size 30/32
models are good looking.
I think the biggest difference with Burda is that their sloper is for a
'Haus Frau' type figure, a bit more middle aged spread so to speak, and not
for a typically USA Athletic/Katherine Hepburn type. 
Date: Tue, 2 Dec 1997 23:13:04 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Share the Excitement

Hi Everyone,
     I have been lurking for a couple of months now, but I have to share my
excitement.  I already own a Bernina 1630 and adore it.  I have been reading
all the postings about the new machines and was at my dealer today.  They are
really nice unfortunately I can not at this time afford one but I have been
looking for a Deco 500, 600 or one of the Brother machines for about 1-2
years now.  I had to convince my husband that they were worth the $$$  I
would have spent on the machine.  Well on the Wed. before Thanksgiving I
recieved a call from my dealer they had an overabundance of Deco 500's and 1
Brother PE-100 in the store and were trying to move them before Christmas so
they lowered the price to $599.00 (used).  Well needless to say while I was
there today I played with both machines and put a downpayment on the
Brother(mainly because it is able to do Snoopy).  Hubby told me to enjoy it
because it might be the last machine I get (how little does he know?)  He
still doesn't understand that I saved him a lot of money on this machine.  I
can't wait to get it home and really play with it but my dealer wants to
service it before I pick it up.  I just want to say thank you to all of you
out there that are trading in your old machines to upgrade to the Artista 180
because with out you I would not have gotten this machine for the price I
paid at this time. THANK YOU.  Also for any of you looking for a Deco 500
(used) my dealer still had at least 2 in the store today.  If you want info
please e-mail me privately at and I will give you her name
and phone number.
                                                Thanks for listening,
Date: Wed, 03 Dec 1997 20:11:04 -0500
Subject: 1630 update

I have a 1630 will all the updates and I know there is an entredeaux
stitch on it somewhere. Can some one tell me where to find it? TIA
- -- 
Date: Tue, 02 Dec 1997 22:48:32 -0500
Subject: Re: Adhesive Spray, Nancys Notions


I've noticed that while they are quite friendly and polite, the Nancy's
Notions operators are not always "up" on what the specials are with regard
to shipping and the like.  I had this problem when I was ordering video
tapes from the club, and the operator did not know of the "double sticker"
special they were running until the end of that month (Oct).  Yet, when the
tapes arrived, they did indeed have 2 stickers instead of just one.

Mostly I just order from the nice secure web site, which always calculates
the order correctly, discount specials and all.  I wish they had an online
order form for the video club as well!

BTW, I don't work for NN, nor do I have a vested financial interest.  I
love their service and products, and recommend them to everyone!

Date: Wed, 3 Dec 1997 18:31:26 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Miami stores?

Do any list members from the Miami area have recommendations as to fabric,
quilt or wearable art-type stores to visit? I'll be in North Miami for a
weekend in mid-December and just wanted to find out if there was anything
that shouldn't be missed! Thanks.
Date: Wed, 3 Dec 1997 16:54:54 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Re: Quick Make and Take Project

Trish, I don't have any ideas but was wondering if your friend needs more
people for her retreat.  It sounds very interesting.  Terri  
Date: Wed, 03 Dec 97 15:17:49
Subject: Re: Speaking of Parts

>The bobbins for the Bernina 930 are the same size that the Singer
>Featherweight uses.

No, I'm sorry--they are NOT.  The Bernina 930 bobbins are the same size as
a class 15 bobbin;  the Featherweight (Singer 221) bobbins are much
"shorter" than a class 15 bobbin.

Subject: Re: Difference between 1630 and 1260
Date: Wed, 3 Dec 1997 11:18:49 -0600

Hi Just a note to say the 170 has the CB Stitch Mechanism iaw this fancy
brochure I have that compares all the Aritista, Virtuosa, Activa, and the
1008. My dealer told me the difference in price is about 300 dollars. I
picked up my 180 on monday. I have sewn and emb on it. There are some
different things I am not really fond of but I remember the day I went to
the class to see the 180 and the lady said  Bernina was trying to make the
best machine at the lowest cost. I guess thats why we have a box to carry
the emb system to class.  I love my 180! Got it for 6months no int.

Date: Wed, 3 Dec 1997 09:41:29 -0700 (MST)
Subject: Re: Parking Garages

Thanks to everyone who wrote about the "parking garages" I did check them
out at Walmart. At first I thought they were used for storing machine feet.
Makes more sense to include thread. It is a less expensive alternative to
the  beige fishing tackle box I use for sewing machine supplies. An asset of
the tackle box is that it has multi-size compartments so it's very handy to
take to a class when scissors, rotary cutters etc. are needed. I might have
to consider the parking garage for thread aas the system I use now is a
clear plastic box with no sections. Sometimes it is a pain to try keep
order. By the way Plano makes the "parking garage" as well as tackle boxes.
Some folks have used worm bags from Bass because they fold . Zippers are the
closing mechanism for each little pocket and the viewing area is clear.
        Thanks again for all the info. MaryKay  
Date: Wed, 3 Dec 1997 22:37:27 -0700 (MST)
Subject: Shopping in Sacramento

Hello Everyone - my husband got a job today in Sacramento.  We currently
live in Flagstaff, AZ.  I have never been to Sacramento and was wondering if
anyone knew about the fabric stores there.  Any infor on quilt guilds would
be wonderful also.  He starts working on Monday, Dec. 8th.  Our daughters
and I will follow in a month or so.  TIA.  Kathleen  
Date: Wed, 3 Dec 1997 01:31:55 -0700
Subject: Re: Clotilde?

>What is Clotilde? How can I get a catalog?

Clotilde has a notions catalog.  Call 1-800-772-2891

Date: Wed, 3 Dec 1997 09:23:44 -0500
Subject: re:Should I Upgrade??

Hi all,
Abby posts:
>Also, I still have my Bernina 910 which I've been saving to give to my
daughter. Perhaps I should trade this one in as well? (My daughter is only
six years old)>

I, personally, would not get rid of my 910.  That is a good workhorse
mechanical machine.  I have a 1230 and a tol Kenmore mechanical (from 17
years ago).  I will not get rid of my Kenmore.  That way I have a machine
if the bernie needs servicing, or if I absolutely, positively, have to sew
during a thunderstorm (will not risk a e-surge in my computerized
machines).  Also, I have lent the Kenmore to my kids' teachers on occasion
for a class project and I also have it available when I teach sewing to
hi mom
Date: Wed, 03 Dec 1997 08:14:45 -0800
Subject: 150

Hi, I just purchased a Bernina 150, and was wondering if anyone else has
one, and how do you like it? You can change the 12 computerized stitches
as often as you like, but how much do they charge you to do
Date: Wed, 3 Dec 1997 11:07:16 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Re: 1260

In a message dated 97-12-03 05:33:47 EST, you write:

>> Hi,
 The 1260 is not a compputer! It is an electronic machine. It is a wonderful
 machine however that does do a fine stitch. 
 Regards, LIDA
 _____________ >>

The 1260 is a computerized machine, actually.  The only difference between it
and the higher-end machines in the respect is that the higher-end machines
have more memory capacity and built-in stitches.

Date: Wed, 03 Dec 1997 11:33:37 -0800
Subject: Re: 180 versus Pfaff 7570

Bernina wrote:
> Well, I have asked this on the Pfaff list and thought I better ask here...I
> currently own a Bernina 1180 (that I love).  But I have seen the new Bernina
> Artista 180 at the dealer and fell in love..............I want to
> upgrade....but to be fair, since I am considering a new machine after all of
> this time...I thought I better shop around.  I did look at the Pfaff 7570,
> and since I am a quilter - I do like their dual feed feature 

You are a quilter, right?  The 1180 does not have the knee lift but if
you ever sewed with the knee lift feature you would not want to be
without it.  The Berninas also have the DC motor.  I can understand why
you would consider Pfaff.  I have some friends who have Pfaffs and they
are happy with their decision but then again they never sewed on a
Bernina and there is not a Bernina dealer in the town we life in.  I can
also see where the sale promotion would be tempting.  Good luck with
your decision.

Date: Wed, 03 Dec 1997 07:08:51 -0800
Subject: Re: Adhesive Spray

Bernina wrote:

> I just called Nancy's Notions about the Temporary Adhesive Spray because I
> could not find it in the online catalog. They do have it and it is order
> number ATP2, $8.75.
> The online catalog states clearly that there are no s and h charges on
> orders over $25 through the end of the month of December. However, I placed
> the order and the operator added the extra charge for s and h. I said,
> no...the online catalog clearly states no sh for over $25. She said, well,
> is there a special number code? I looked and there was not. 

If you go to Nancy's Notions Web Site I think that they have the code
number that you are supposed to use when you call in.

Date: Wed, 03 Dec 1997 10:48:00 -0600
Subject: looking for addy


Could anyone tell me the address for a company called Ginger Snap
Junction?  My mom is looking for a pattern from them that is discont.
in the Butterick catalog.  Thanks
Date: Wed, 03 Dec 1997 23:10:22 +0000
Subject: updates, buying and thread storage

My 1630 update came with a sheet showing the new menus, and the old menus they
replaced. I think it also came with another plastic template sheet, but I am
not sure.  If you didn't get even the sheet, perhaps you can ask your dealer
to order it. 

On buying surprise machines. My husband has found that he can surprise me at
this point by going into my Bernina dealer and asking what it was that I have
been pining for. He bought me the 1630 that I wanted for our 15th anniversary
present while I was with him, because I made him go look at what I had decided
on, but he has since picked out other things. One year he bought me this very
nice sewing machine carrying case, in purple. Whoever the saleswoman was that
day (he swears he can't remember) steered him right to the purple one, and
told him that's the one I wanted. Last Mother's Day he brought home exactly
the sewing cabinet I had been debating about for several weeks. I think the
people at my dealer know that I may shop for months and months before deciding
what it is that I really want, but when Brian walks in, he means business. I
would bet that's true of a lot of people.

Anyway, so if you are a husband, buying a wife a surprise machine, here are
some things to think about. My husband has this theory that if he buys the top
of the line of something, I can always exchange for a lesser one if I so
choose. For example, one year he bought me a TOL Rowenta and I happily
exchanged it for one that didn't shut off, and spent the rest of the money on 

Secondly,  talk to the dealer about returning the machine or exchanging it for
another if your wife wants something else. This way, you still have something
under the tree. Some of us want things very badly but have a hard time buying
them for ourselves. Even though I buy nice things for myself, I always feel
guilty unless I can justify why this was a benefit to then entire family. 
(Even if they will never use it.) So if you just TALK to your wife about
buying her a new machine, she may not get one. 

On Monday I received about 50 big spools of thread from Midwest Embroidery in
Missouri (1-800-879-1211). They are a madeira distributer. I am delighted with
my order. First of all, EVERY spool I ordered was sent. I have ordered
directly from Madeira and while they are extremely pleasant, something is
always not in stock. So I was not expecting to get my full order. And the
whole order was correct. 

I have ordered from another firm in NewYork who is a Madeira distributer,
because I wanted a bunch of sewing needles, and frankly it took three tries
for them to get my order correct, and three phone calls. It was a big pain. 

And here's something else. I went to Walmart to get a thread "garage" (plano
Jammer's) and they were out of them. People probably bought them to actually
store matchbox CARS.... how odd. The other walmart in the area didn't have
them either, or so they claimed when I called at 3am and asked. Apparently
when they say they are open 24 hours, they mean it. (I was up playing
"solitaire until dawn", I get insomnia sometimes). Anyway, I have this need to
arrange all my thread in chromalogical order, so I pulled out another of my
plano boxes and discovered a better way to store my thread.

The 3730 Plano tackle box (which is about $4 in the fishing department) is
just the right height to store the 1000meter spools on end. Mine is holding
about 75 spools. And you can see them all at once. They are not segregated, as
in the jammers, but I love looking at the ends of the spools. In fact Mary
McManus did say that the varigated rayons do look prettier on end.  

Date: Wed, 3 Dec 1997 17:29:57 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Re: Stain Out?

In a message dated 97-12-03 11:25:27 EST, you write:

>> Does anyone know how to remove a stain in from material?  I was just
 ironing on some appliques, and some of the color from that material
 stained my background!  Help.  Can anyone help? >>

Frist of all ALWAYS prewash what you are going to sew.  Now that that is too
late, there are some things you can try--peroxide being at the top of my
list.  Since the iron has cooked in the color, you may not have any luck.
 How about a larger applique?
Date: Thu, 4 Dec 1997 02:49:25 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Re: Quick Make and Take Project

Also, forgot to answer your question, I was so excited about the
retreat...but at a camp I attended in Arizona....we did a flip and sew "girl"
and then we put them all in for a drawing and somebody won them all in the
raffle so they could make a quilt!!

So, it could be a project like that......
Date: Wed, 03 Dec 1997 17:54:56 -0800
Subject: 150?

I was wondering if any of you have the Bernina 150, and if so, what do
you like and dislike about it? I would appreciate any hints you can
give.Thank you. ( a new owner
)                                             Sandy
Date: Wed, 3 Dec 1997 16:48:57 -0600 (CST)
Subject: PAPER PIECING??????

I would like to purchase a good book on paper piecing.  I have made up 
a few of the "Nanny Granny's" patterns.  I understand that Carol Doak
has some books on this.  I want a good variety of patterns along with
photos for suggested uses and colors, etc.  As I said, I have a basic
knowledge of doing the piecing in order.  Hope someone can help!


Jerry Sue 
Date: Wed, 3 Dec 1997 11:55:02 -0800 (PST)
Subject: kids sewing

To Vicki in PA, and others who teach kids sewing...

Right on to you!!!  Vicki, I think you have supported my theory about
teaching children to sew--the fact that she's picking it up so well means
that it's in the genes--I'm not kidding.  In my family, there are 5 of us
kids (three of us are full siblings, and the other two have a different
mom, and they're much younger than I am), and I was the only one out of
the older batch of kids to really take the sewing and run with it.  My
sister liked having things made for her, and my brother showed little
interest.  BTW, on my mom's side there were two dressmakers a couple of
generations back in the family tree.  Between my younger siblings, my half
sister has taken quite an interest, and her mom quilts.  

Anyway, I ramble, but I'm glad to see Vicki's daughter taking to sewing
like fishies to water...

Have a great day!!

Date: Wed, 3 Dec 1997 16:48:52 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Re: Should I Upgrade??

In a message dated 97-12-03 05:26:57 EST, you write:

>> I recently (5 months ago) purchased a Virtuosa 150. I really like it, but
 am wondering if I should trade up to one of the new, top of the line
 machines. My dealer will give me full credit for my machine through the end
 of December, so I need to decide soon. Pros and cons? Most of my sewing is
 dollmaking and quilting, but I do still make some garments. >>
I would ask if you are wondering because you are facing a deadline or because
you want some of the features on the 180?  If you are already wanting
additional features, then you should trade up.
Date: Wed, 3 Dec 1997 09:08:29 -0500
Subject: Re: Purchase advice - Bernina Machine

The new Artista 170 and 180 are terrific. We are all anxious to get them
in. The last price list from Bernina had the suggested retail for just the
180 at $3599. The 180E (with the embroidery unit) at $4299. The 170 is
$3299 and the 170E is $3999. I have read here that many dealers are
discounting from there.

For a great buy check out the last of the 1530's. They are really discounted.

Good luck in your decision.
Date: Wed, 03 Dec 1997 19:29:28 +0000
Subject: PE200 (Snoopy) for sale

Like new PE200 - three hoops plus hat hoop and 2
asking $1,399.00
Subject: Re: Stain Out?
Date: Wed, 3 Dec 1997 18:22:45 -0500

Hi Sue,
	Its Bonne. I wish I could help you. What color is the background material
that the stain got on?? Carbona is a product I use when colors in the wash
blend into another article. 
Date:        Thu, 04 Dec 1997 08:14:40 CST
Subject: Metafil Needle

Dear BFers,
    I have a 950 Industrial. It works best with Bernina needles, which
I learned after trying to use Schmetz with it. The difference is
unbelievable. My question is, when using metallic threads, will I be
able to use the Metafil needle? If anyone out there with a 950 has
had experience with this I'd appreciate hearing from you.

*               Linda 
Subject: Re: Artista 180 Embroidery Box
Date: Wed, 3 Dec 1997 16:09:27 -0600
.  I'm not happy with the "box" that the embroidery unit
> comes in.  
> Does anyone know whether BOA is designing a sturdier carrying case for
> embroidery unit?  Has anyone found a suitable replacement box for the
> which BOA provided us??  It would be nice to find something to (1) hold
> unit pieces and (2) store the cards as we buy them.

I also picked my 180E up the Wed. before Thanksgiving.  I have not said
much, been waiting on input from others, didn't want to be "first".
About the "box"....IMHO the box was only ment for shipping?????  I had not
considered using it for storage.  Maybe  Bernia will come up with a case
for a few more hundred dollars :'( .So far my dealer has not mentioned
anything.  I did not get both templates or the cards.  Hopefully they will
be here before the end of the month.  Also am anxious to get a "nice"
instruction book and that wonderful workbook and video.  I have a feeling
that by the time I get these items I will have figured it out for myself. 
Also, have not recieved guide class, but that is my fault, I am too busy

It does not seem to have as many stitches as our beloved 1630's.  I
recieved a card for a free "update" which I assume means the remainder of
stitches.  It is sounding like I am disappointed.  Believe me when I say I
AM IN HEAVEN.  I have always in the past when buying a new machine told
myself "I deserve this" and that was justification enough, well I don't
deserve this one.  It is so exciting.  I am supposed to get the software
the end of this week, which is what made me buy this machine and give up a
1230 and 1630 and a New Home 9000.  I counted on Bernina's reputation not
to be disappointed.

I have made a throw pillow, mended DH shirt, decorated a size 5T sweat,
decorated a size #%@ top for me, played with
quilting-buttonholes-mongraming-decorative stitches and everything has been
wonderful.  It is extremely user-friendly and has the integrity of a
Bernina.  The straight stitch is perfect to my untrained eye.  (I could
never tell a difference in my 1230 and my 1630)  I know I am only
scratching the surface.  

I have never owned a Deco so can't compare the two, but I have seen the 600
in action and loved it.  My decision was made on the software for the 180. 
I did not care for the wizard.  

Sorry this is so long winded, but I had kept quiet so long I was about to

Date: Thu, 04 Dec 1997 10:53:01 +0000
Subject: Re: quilting stitch

I'm sure you will get lots of help with this question re the quilting
stitch.  Yes, above all, use monofilament nylon for your upper thread. 
You should get an every-other-stitch look.  If you are not satisfied
with the look, just start tightening your upper tension until you get
the look you want.  Tension will of course vary with varying thicknesses
you are sewing.  The back side will NOT be every other stitch, however;
so if this is a factor, you may decide not to use this stitch.
Date: Thu, 04 Dec 1997 11:50:15 -0800
Subject: Re: Jammers Parking Garages

One of the best things besides the price on the toy car 
garage/thread & feet garage is that it's designed for boys 
at play... so it is really, really STURDY, and won't pop open or crack 
when it takes the inevitable leap off the sewing table.
HINT:  The "firetruck" slot is just the right size for a pair of small 
HINT:  Sew two fat quarters together on three sides to make a bag.  Put 
the garage in the FQ bag.  Tie it shut with a bow.  Great "quilt buddy" 
Date: Thu, 4 Dec 1997 12:05:36 +0000 (EST)
Subject: Idea for power pack placement

	 An ideal (but expensive) fabric is the silk and lycra blends.  It
would have the breathablility that is needed to prevent rashes and the
snugness so it wouldn't move around.  I would go with the t-shirt/tank top
idea with the pocket.  If the top is long enough there should be very
little movement.
Date: Wed, 03 Dec 1997 17:40:07 -0600
Subject: Re: Upgrading Serger - 2500DCE vs 2000DCE

At 04:37 PM 12/3/97 -0500, you wrote:
>A couple of things to consider in your decision re going to a 2000DCE or
>1)  The 2500 is much easier to change from cover stitch to serger, your
>dealer has it way over-priced.  It's a really nice machine, however.
>2)  The 2000 will do everything the 2500 does but takes longer to make
>the switch from one more to the other. 

My 2500DCE will do a three needle cover stitch that my 2000DCE wouldn't do.
It will also do a narrow 2 needle cover stitch. I almost forgot it also has
a chain stitch.
Date: Thu, 04 Dec 1997 12:56:23 -0800
Subject: YLI Home Page

I want to see or request a color chart for YLI's Wooly Nylon.  Only 2 local
stores carry and supply is very limited in colors.  Can mail-order with
better color choices and cost.  Does anyone know if they have a home page?
Date: Wed, 3 Dec 1997 09:00:49 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Re: Parking Garages

As an alternative to the "parking garage", i have found that teh Plano
"Guide" tackle box is fantastic!. Not ONLY does it hold my extra feet, BUT I
can expand areas to hold items such as my Circular embroidery attachment,
Eyelet embroidery set, as well as all my little "tools", AND, the LOWER
section can be (and IS) used fot holding the fabric, etc that I need to take
to classes. Yes, it WILL cost more than the parking garages, BUT, I ifnd that
the convenience MORE THAN makes up for the difference in price!

Date: Thu, 4 Dec 1997 14:42:37 EST
Subject: Re: Hoop

Hello, this is Marcia   Would you give me more details on the
HOOP and the gum erasers....must have missed that last week in the Turkey
frenzy days.
Is the hoop helpful for machine quilting. I have a Version 2 #1630  
Date: Thu, 4 Dec 1997 14:42:39 EST
Subject: Re: Quilt Stitch

You must use a clear monofilament thread in the bobbin and a good quality (
gutterman or mettler ) in the top....check your manual for settings..but I
think you have an auto setting button for the quilt stitch on your machine. I
have a 1630 Version 2 and there is more to set up than you I THINK> Keep me
posted on your findings.
Date: Wed, 3 Dec 1997 21:13:40 EST
Subject: Re: Plastic Bag Holders

If you get towels that have hems in them (rather than fringe), all you have to
do is stitch up the long side, thread your elastic through the hem on one end
and a draw cord through the hem on the other end and you're done!
Date: Thu, 04 Dec 1997 17:50:54 -0800
Subject: RePrice of the 180

When you think about the price of a Deco 500 or 600 plus a top of the
line Bernina such as 1630, that would be more than the 180 which is a
two machine in one.  You can purchase the machine only with out
embroidery module for less than the list price of the 1630.
Date: Thu, 04 Dec 1997 16:07:25 -0700
Subject: 170, 180

Could someone please tell me the differences between the new 170 and the
new 180?

Thank you!

Subject: Trains
Date: Thu, 4 Dec 1997 14:16:57 -0800

Hi:  If anyone can suggest a book with train designs for applique, or has a
design they are willing to share please let me know.
I need them for a quilt for my grandson.  Thank you.  Joyce
Date: Thu, 4 Dec 1997 16:58:37 EST
Subject: 180

I brought home my 180 last Monday. I have done a little embroidery and it is
really beautiful. Area is about 6x8 inches. There are some beautiful new
stitches on the screen. I understand a stitch designer and more stitches will
be added with an update. The update will be done through software at no cost
to me. I think the sideways motion is a little more "positive" than on the
1630. I will be keeping my Deco 500 as I have lots of cards and like having a
separate machine that will not tie up my sewing machine. 
Now I just need to think up a project to showcase all those new features.
Date: Wed, 3 Dec 1997 09:31:52 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Re: Manhattan Dealer


The previous Manhattan Bernina dealer was Park East Sewing (77th & 3rd).
 Unfortunately, they moved to Astoria (near Steinway Street) a couple of
years ago, and I'm not even sure that they are still there.  A new dealer
(Manhattan Sewing Center) just opened in a small shop on 85th (btwn 2nd &
3rd).  I only stumbled across this while using the dealer search at the
Bernina web site.  He also carries Viking and Elna.  I saw the 180 there, as
well as the 160 (I think).  He's a nice enough guy.

I don't know anything about the place in Brooklyn, other than the fact that
Manhattan shop is owned by the same people.  I checked the Bernina web site,
and they list a Weber Brothers in Brooklyn.  Is this the place you're
referring to?  I'm curious because most of the support for the Manhattan
store seems to come from Brooklyn, although this might only be temporary as
they get settled in.

You should also check out Sew Right in Bayside, Queens.  They carry Bernina,
Viking, and New Home.  It's a schlep, but the owner and staff are really
knowledgeable and friendly.  Sew Right is a big sponsor of channel WLIW where
most of the sewing shows are broadcast.

Good luck!
Date: Thu, 04 Dec 1997 23:34:26 -0500
Subject: nursing nightgowns

Does anyone know of a source for a pattern for nursing nightgowns.  I
can find a pattern for nursing shirts (with the flap) but my daughter
wants the nightgowns with openings in the front darts.   Thanks. 
Date: Thu, 4 Dec 1997 22:27:06 -0500
Subject: Bobbins - AGAIN!

Someone posted that the Bernina 930 uses the same bobbins as the Singer
Featherweight. I assume you are referring to the NEW "Featherweights". The
old, vintage Featherweights use a flatter bobbin than the new ones and I am
pretty sure this would not fit in any Bernina!!!! Be careful!

I have a 910 and have just ordered the 170 (can't afford the 180!). They
use same shape bobbins, but not the same presser feet!!!!!

Date: Thu, 04 Dec 1997 21:10:22 -0600
Subject: 830 for Sale

I have a Bernina 830 for sale.  It is a one-owner machine, with all
original feet, accessory box, instruction manual, slide-on portable
table, and carrying case.  It has just been serviced.  If you are
interested, please e-mail me privately, Teresa 
Date: Thu, 4 Dec 1997 21:09:28 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Re: 1260

I thought anything above the 1000 level was a computer machine!  I had a
1090 and it was a computer machine. 
Date: Thu, 4 Dec 1997 18:06:25 EST
Subject: Re: Heirloom stitches booklet

I bought the Heirloom Stitches for the 1630 booklet by Regina Butler.  It has
some wonderful looking designs I want to try.  I programmed in a design I
liked.  It looked just like the picture in the pamphlet on my screen.  I
imported it to the left screen and sewed it out.  The top half and bottom half
that was mirror imaged were about half the design off.  Then as I sewed, at
the end of each single design the machine would move back to about the middle
of that design and start the new design from there instead of just continuing
on.  I tried three different designs and they all did the same thing.  Help!
Date: Fri, 5 Dec 1997 23:05:58 EST
Subject: Re: Clotilde

TO ALL YOU BERNINA ADDICTS OUT THERE......mostly those of you on a budget re
FEET.....I have had a real round around regarding getting the 1/4 " foot that
is REAL Bernina made.....anyway......I glanced in the Clotilde catalog today
and Found a "NEW" item called a 1/4" and 1/8" generic foot with a parallel
quilting bar attached 
that is a low shank and can be used with the Bernina adapter ( which I do
have) to sew 1/4" seams ( as well as 1/8th seams!!) It sells for $10.80. I
ordered it on their 1-800# today ....12/5th.
I asked if they have a WEB SITE...I was told No. 
I asked if they were offering the free shipping benefit this year for holidays
and was advised they are not. I was then nicely invited to join in on their
free calling card and long distance phone club...the benefit Clotilde offers
this holiday time to consumers...I was told you must change your current
telephone carrier to their carrier in order to take advantage of the benefit.
I declined advising that I was disappointed in their very selfish choice not
to offer free shipping to us as the other companies are. I had to order from
Clotilde today as that foot is the only one I have ever seen. I wrote to
Clotilde by email telling them how disappointed I was in their personally
profit minded corporateness to offer a cumbersome and  self serving calling
club instead of the simple and straight foward FREE SHIPPING. I advised I
would discontinue ordering for quite some time until they offer a REAL BENEFIT
at holiday time.
Any of you who wish to do the is the EMAIL address:
Date: Fri, 05 Dec 1997 22:21:05 -0600
Subject: Re: New Embroidery Machine

Bernina wrote:

> Hi:  I was at the Bernina Dealer today.  Learned a few interesting facts.
> The Bernina sews at a very slow rate, it takes a long time to do a design.
> I also think when it gets out of bobbin thread it doesn't beep, at least
> that is what happened in the store today, and the machine kept sewing, so
> the sewer has to find their place back somewhere because there is a big
> half sewn space.  Those two things surprised me because I was really primed
> to be charmed.  jr

the machine you saw demo was probaby a demo machine that benina sent out
as a preview of the completed model...go back and you will be charmed.  
Date: Fri, 05 Dec 1997 21:50:44 -0600
Subject: Re: Bobbins

Please do not use the Kenmore bobbin in your nina.  I have a kenmore & a nina.
the Kenmore bobbin will work but is just enough off that it messed up my nina
and I had to have it serviced.

email me & I will buy you some bobbins and send them to you from my dealer.

Louise   taking care of ll part german shepherd puppies that will
be 5 weeks old Monday. and can be adopted out free to good homes in two to
three weeks.  I am trying to work in seewing as I can.  Puppies are in the
Subject: Sale Deco 600
Date: Fri, 5 Dec 1997 21:42:33 -0600

I have a three month old Deco 600 for sale for $1500.  Want to upgrade to
Artista 180.
Have the large hoop, several metal bobbins, the alphabet card, the #20
small design
card, and the Brother Mother Goose Card.  All will go.  If interested
please EMail me.  Happy Sewing, Donna
Date: Fri, 05 Dec 1997 22:32:00 -0500
Subject: Footworks videos

I have managed to find 4 of the 5 Footworks videos that Bernina did some
time ago demonstrating the various presser feet and attachments. I still
haven't been able to find video #1 though. I was wondering if any of my
fellow BFC members might have one they want to get rid of or can direct
me to a dealer who might be selling a copy. Please e-mail me directly at
the address below. TIA!

Date: Fri, 5 Dec 1997 07:56:54 -0600 (CST)
Subject: 234

A friend gave me her Bernette 234 serger(NOT the 234DS).  I would like to
compensate her for it but have no idea of its value.  She takes immaculate
care of things so I know it is in fine condition.  Can anyone help with a
ballpark figure? 
Subject: RE: Artista 140
Date: Fri, 5 Dec 1997 08:27:51 -0500

I purchased the 140 this summer.  I too home dec sew but have hardly
made any clothing since my maternity clothing days.  I do also machine
piece and quilt.  I found all these applications very enjoyable with my
140.  It is responsive and has no trouble feeding tiny points of
triangles under the presser foot.  I did not purchase the optional knee
presser foot lift--did you?  I have heard fellow sewers say that once
you own this option, you wonder how you ever lived without it.  I have
had no tension problems so it must be automatic--then again, I haven't
tried doing any metallic thread or nylon thread sewing yet.  I have
about 9 of the presser feet and have tried a small home project to learn
each of them.   I got a fabulous deal with this machine--I year free
financing if paid in full within this time.  I am contemplating after it
is paid but within the year of trading up to the 160.  I feel for me it
would be worth the extra money with all the other options the 160 gives.
 In my Bernina get to know your machine class, there were so many more
people with the 160 than the 140 and only one person had the 120.  
Subject: 1230 WANTED
Date: Fri, 5 Dec 1997 00:12:59 -0800

Please, if you know of one for sale, would you mail me privately?
I live in Citrus Heights (Sacramento) Ca.
Date: Fri, 05 Dec 1997 06:46:52 -0800
Subject: Re: New 150

Bernina wrote:

> Hello,
> I am new to the list, as I just bought a Bernina 150 w/12 cps stitches
> that can be changed. This is my first Bernina and I would like to know
> if anyone else had the 150 or 160 and do you like it. Also, how much
> does it cost to have the computer stitches
> changed?
> Thank you,
> Sandy  

I purchased the 150 in July and am completely happy with the machine. 
It is far more machine than I've ever owned before but it gives me the
confidence to DO more than I've ever tried before.  I sometimes wish I
had chosen the 160 but at the time a few hundred dollars was out of the
question.  Anyway....the dealer said I could change the stitches when
I'm ready at no cost.  She suggested I get used to the machine first
before deciding what changes I wanted.  From that I inferred that a
second change may be charged.  Enjoy your new Bernina.

Date: Fri, 05 Dec 1997 13:32:07 -0600
Subject: Re: Speaking of Parts

Bernina wrote:
> Bernina wrote:
> >
> > The bobbins for the Bernina 930 are the same size that the Singer
> > Featherweight uses. I have both the original metal Berninas and many of
> > Singer metal ones that have multiholes on the casing. Both work fine. They
> > are sold in Singer stores on cards hanging on wall displays, just ask for 
> > ones to fit the FWs. Happy sewing!
> > Jill
> Please double check this information.  I jusst went and checked, and my
> bobbins for the featherweight are much narrower than the ones for the
> Bernina 930.   Janice 

I'm going to throw 2 cents in on this too - I have a Bernina 950 (light
industrial) and it takes featherweight bobbins - definitely
featherweight bobbins!  My Bernina 1090 takes regular Bernina bobbins,
not the same thing at all.  I use the 950 to wind bobbins for my Singer
301A, same bobbin as the featherweight.
Subject: Re: Buckwheat Hull Pillows
Date: Fri, 5 Dec 1997 22:25:38 -0600

Dear Sally:  I am brand new at this internet stuff, but I did see the show
Martha Stewart did on buckwheat hull pillows.  If I remember correctly, she
said you could get about six pillows from the big bag of hulls.  Her
pillows were somewhat bigger and much fuller than the ones you buy in the
store, also much nicer (are we surprised?)  Hope this helps! (I hope this
actually gets to you!)
Date: Fri, 5 Dec 1997 09:24:25 EST
Subject: Lingo


In a message dated 97-12-04 04:38:12 EST, you write:

>> By the way I have been wondering what does IMHO mean
 and ttyl?        >>

IMHO means In my humble opinion. TTYL is Talk to you later. It takes a little
while to catch on to the "lingo"
Date: Fri, 05 Dec 1997 06:17:46 -0800
Subject: Re: New 150

You have a great machine.  At the dealership where I work, we will
change the stitches for the customers that bought from us up to six
times the first year.  Then there will be a $25 bench charge.  Because
of the changes in my sewing style over the years, from clothes to home
dec and now to quilting, I think it would be well worth the money to be
able to change stitches and always have the stitches that you want to
use--not be stuck with stitches you'll never use.  
Hope you enjoy your machine--all our customers seem to love theirs!
Date: Fri, 5 Dec 1997 14:31:49 EST
Subject: Re: "Dirty Feet"

In a message dated 97-12-05 03:24:32 EST, you write:

>>  What is the best way to clean my presser feet?  They are covered in
 lint, etc. I don't want to clean them with something that will make them
 rust or harm them.
 Any suggestions?!  Thanks a lot.
 Karen >>

A small soft brush, such as a soft toothbrush, should get rid of the lint.
Subject: Re: New Embroidery Machine
Date: Fri, 5 Dec 1997 15:45:46 -0600
> I also think when it gets out of bobbin thread it doesn't beep, at least
> that is what happened in the store today, and the machine kept sewing, so
> the sewer has to find their place back somewhere because there is a big
> half sewn space.  Those two things surprised me because I was really
> to be charmed.  jr

You can program the 180 to beep once, twice, or three times (Your Choice)
whenever you run out of bobbin or top thread.  Your dealer just had not
done her homework.
I have had my 180 since Wed before Thanksgiving and am still learning, but
so far so good.
Date: Fri, 5 Dec 1997 12:54:46 +0000
Subject: Re: 180

Hi all,
I'm new to this list--having just purchased my first Bernina--the 
Artista 180E. Even though I am a long-time Viking user, I'm glad I 
switched. I have figured out alot of the stuff the 180 does (no 
manual, yet) but has anyone played with the mock hand quilting 
stitch? I have tried several times to get it right, but the 
colored thread stitches on the top are very small. I'm using clear 
thread for the top thread, but the bobbin thread is not being pulled 
up enough. The 180 is supposed to adjust tension, etc. automatically. 
Anyone had any success?
BTW, what's the significance of purple buttons?
Date: Fri, 05 Dec 1997 16:47:43 -0700
Subject: Re: Artista 180 Embroidery Box

Micki wrote:

"Does anyone know whether BOA is designing a sturdier carrying case for the
embroidery unit?  Has anyone found a suitable replacement box for the "box"
which BOA provided us?? " 

My dealer included a luggage-type carrying case for both the 180 and the
embroidery unit as a "discount gift".  I can't find a tag in them anywhere,
but they match, and appear to be made especially for these machines.

I've had my 180 one whole day.  Am surprised it didn't come with better
instructions.  They take it for granted that everyone already knows what
all the stitches are good for.  I'm anxious for classes, which won't come
until after Christmas.  Not complaining -- I love it, and have faith it
will be the best machine ever.

Sorry to be so long getting to you.  I'm about to change from the digest to
the regular list in order to keep more current.

Date: Sat, 6 Dec 1997 01:22:46 -0800
Subject: re: quick make&take

>>My girlfriend is putting on a quilt retreat and needs ideas for a get
aquainted night.  She would like to provide a quick little project for
everyone to do. >>

Since it's the first night, why not have them make nametags? Applique to a
square using Wonder-Under, then quilt around the applique. Hand out Pigma
pens so they can write their names on the nametag. Sew on the brooch clasp.

We do something similar for new members at a new-member tea. Since our logo
is a dove against a four-patch, this works really well.

another nice project is a finger pincushion. Take a 3" square, fold
diagonally wrong sides together, stitch but leave opening. Turn & stuff.
Bring the long points together to form a ring - it looks like your finger
is wearing a neckerchief - and sew those points.

Date: Fri, 05 Dec 1997 20:42:02 -0800
Subject: Re: Buckwheat Hull Pillows

Her site
> has an address that sells 30lb bags, do I really need that much?
On her show, she(MS) said the 30# bag would make 6 of the 14x21" pillows
like she was doing. I think you'll find it's difficult to get less in
quantity. It's great mulch on items that are fragile in the garden
Date: Fri, 05 Dec 1997 22:45:39 -0800
Subject: foot lifts

Hi All,                                                                 
I am very upset with my Bernina dealer. I bought a 150 last month. He
*threw* in a Foot Lift free. The problem is he doesn't want to commit to
when he might have time to put it on. He just said, leave your machine
and when we have time we will get to it, won't even tell me if he has
one in stock! Sounds like he does not want to give service or the lift
now that he has my money! I had always heard he gave good service, am I
missing something here or being unresonable? He would not even sign my
warrenty card, said he was too busy, so the clerk laughed and said I'll
forge his name, signed it for him! Pretty Bad I thought. Has anyone else
had trouble getting *free* promised items from their
Date: Fri, 05 Dec 1997 19:52:49 -0600
Subject: Re: Wanted: Used Deco

I have a Deco 500 selling for $800  - one of the first. Email if
Subject: Chefs coats
Date: Sat, 6 Dec 97 08:46:47 -0500

Lorraine,  I recently made chef's coats as samples for a manufacturer.  I 
started with a basic madarian collar shirt that closed with loops in the 
front and just had to redraft the front to double breasted and the 
sleeves wider at the bottom with large turn back cuffs.  I learned a lot 
about the reasons for things like the double buttonholes ( if you spill 
on the front and are called to the public area you can rebutton in the 
other direction so you look neat and clean) .  I had a lot of fun 
creating these as we used constrast print fabric for the inside 
facing,inside collar, fabric ball buttons, and inside cuffs.  One of the 
fabrics was a black with red chili peppers on it.  The hardest part was 
the top welt packet, it was hard to get the inside finished neatly.  If 
you need any other info please feel free to email me  
Kathi dba Sew Unusual
Date: Sat, 6 Dec 1997 08:31:44 EST
Subject: 180 vs Pfaff 7570

I recently purchased the 180 and also have the Pfaff 7570.  I have only had
the 180 one day so I am no expert by any means but I can tell you some of the

First the 180 has a much larger embroidery area 6X8 vs 4X4 for the Pfaff.  The
designs on the Pfaff cards CANNOT be brought into the software for
manipulation and therefore can only be stitched out in the sizes provided on
the card.  I have purchased the software for the 180 but have not received it
yet, but I found the Pfaff software a bit difficult and the instruction manual
focused more on manipulating stitches than giving step by step instructions on
how to fill designs.  I can tell you that I went to a seminar where a Pfaff
instructor made the digitizing look very simple so if you use the software I
guess it gets easier.

The Pfaff software comes with all machine stitches loaded into the software
and you can create stitches by removing stitch points and enlarge stitches
like the maxi stitches and fill the stitches.  The Pfaff software is less
expensive than the software for the 180 but from I have seen not as easy to

I kept my Pfaff and sold my 1630 to get the 180, as you mentioned there are
good features on both machines and you must decide which is best for you.

PS.. The 180 will resize designs loaded on the machine and the software will
allow you to bring designs in and resize....for example if you have the Deco
or a Brother machine and software if you can get the designs on a disk you can
bring the design into the software and resize it.  

If you have any specific questions please e-mail me privately.

Good luck,
Subject: RE: Artista 140
Date: Fri, 5 Dec 1997 08:27:51 -0500

I purchased the 140 this summer.  I too home dec sew but have hardly
made any clothing since my maternity clothing days.  I do also machine
piece and quilt.  I found all these applications very enjoyable with my
140.  It is responsive and has no trouble feeding tiny points of
triangles under the presser foot.  I did not purchase the optional knee
presser foot lift--did you?  I have heard fellow sewers say that once
you own this option, you wonder how you ever lived without it.  I have
had no tension problems so it must be automatic--then again, I haven't
tried doing any metallic thread or nylon thread sewing yet.  I have
about 9 of the presser feet and have tried a small home project to learn
each of them.   I got a fabulous deal with this machine--I year free
financing if paid in full within this time.  I am contemplating after it
is paid but within the year of trading up to the 160.  I feel for me it
would be worth the extra money with all the other options the 160 gives.
 In my Bernina get to know your machine class, there were so many more
people with the 160 than the 140 and only one person had the 120.  
Date: Fri,  5 Dec 1997 11:49:11, -0500
Subject: 180

To the Aussie Bernina fan:  the embroidery field on the new 180E is 6 
1/5" x 8" looks really nice.  I teach Bernina classes locally 
and got to go to the dealer training on the 170 & 180.  I was very 
Besides the embroidery, there are a lot of nice features for the 
sewing machine.  I particularly liked the ability to customize 
different aspects of the machine.  I wasn't happy with the tension on 
the 180 I was sewing on, so I went into a screen that allowed me to 
change the basic tension of the machine.  It worked perfectly....all 
the stitches looked great.  That impressed fiddling w/ the 
bobbin screw, no touching the tension dial....I was able to readjust 
the tension for the entire machine thru the computer.
Write me if you want more detail.  I think this is going to be a 
popular machine.  I personally think unless we want Bernina's to be 
made in some sweat shop where workers are undervalued & underpaid, 
we're going to have to keep paying those prices.  I agree with 
whoever said that unlike computers, a sewing machine will last.  My 
1530 was a lifetime investment for me...I love it and it was worth 
every penny.  I heard Alice Allen Kolb recently tell a group of 
students at a quilt conference that if they don't support their local 
quilt shop, the shop won't be there when they need them.  They have 
to make a profit to be able to keep their doors open and have the 
best supplies for one can help you at the large chain stores,
 at least not in our area.  I guess I better get off my soapbox.

I have another beef....owners manuals, probably written by engineers. 
 I have redesigned our Bernina classes to include some techniques 
from the owners manual, from the AGW, from Sewing Service Leaflets,
& just things I've learned along the way.  I've observed how excited 
people get when they can see the possibilities of what they can do on 
their machines....not just how it works.  For months this year I 
finally worked on making a workbook that my students could use to 
keep all their samples from class and have all the techniques 
documented for later reference.  The book is done now & it ended up 
being 56 pages long, for every model of machine including the new 
ones.  My students really liked it, so I decided to send a copy to 
Bernina.  Now they want to advertise it for me to all their dealers & 
I feel like I'm in over my head.  But, I figure...who knows? maybe it 
will be well recieved & it seems like I shouldn't pass up the 
opportunity.  A friend of mine is making me a flyer, I've got 
business cards, and hopefully some other teachers will see the 
benefit of having the class book as a guide & reference.  If any of 
you see it in the months to come, let me know what you think.  Thanks.

Date: Thu, 4 Dec 1997 19:37:49 -0600 (CST)
Subject: Re:Houston, Tx

Thanks to all those who suggested the Houston area shops...we really enjoyed
ourselfs checking out the FRONT PORCH on FM 1960 who uses the Grammell
quilting machine in their store and Bernina Sewing is next
door. WE saw the 180 and admired its action.

In searching out Juliene's Quilts in Spring, Tx, we discovered the bonus of
Old Town Spring and all its crafts and shops!!! Juliene and her husband John
answered all our questions in spite of being very busy..were very nice and
suggested other places in the area.  Our daughter got moved into her new
home in the Colony Creek area and we are looking forward to Christmas there
and more shopping trips to our favorites of the area...and seeing more of
the Bernina Shop.  Keep up all the good deeds on all the
letters. NinaSue 
Date: Fri, 5 Dec 1997 23:01:56 -0800
Subject: Re: Should I upgrade????

 Abby  wrote that she is considering trading in her new Virtuosa 150
for the 180. She is also wondering if she should add her Bernina 910 to the
trade, even though she was going to save it for her (6 year old) daughter.

I can't help with the decision about the 150, but here is my two cents
about the 910:  keep it.

I recently adopted a 910 from a tailor's shop. Even though I have a
computerized machine, I was curious about Bernina. This 910 is the same as
the revered 930, minus the kneelift and a few decorative stitches. (I also
think it is lighter in weight, as it doesn't feel like a boulder when you
lift it.)

Anyway, I was looking through a cute book called "Soft Toys to Sew" that
has patterns for lots of stuffed critters. My 17 year old son came in and
announced that he needed a birthday present for his girlfriend, but had no
money. If he sewed the caterpillar pattern from the book for her, would I
buy the fabric? Naturally.

I helped him figure out the pattern, and off he went. He stayed up one
night until after midnight (after his basketball game) sewing little legs
and feet. His enthusiam must have been catching, because soon his 9 year
old brother wanted to sew something too! Out came the "I Can Sew it Myself"
book, and he was off and running. Before the dust settled, the 9 year old
had made a pillow with facial features sewed on, and the 17 year old had
sewed 16 legs on an 8 sectioned caterpillar critter. They are both proud of
themselves, and the Bernina 910 took all the abuse they dished out. (like
forgetting to put the presser foot down before sewing) We had to untangle a
few thread nests, but this marvelous machine, once put to rights, would
purr along like before.

I am so impressed with this Bernina mechanical. We all learned lots about
what NOT to do, and how to fix it when you do it anyway. The 910 gets my
vote for "best classroom machine." (And its half-speed feature is great for

Date: Sat, 06 Dec 1997 09:44:16 -0500
Subject: plastic templates

Some time ago, early 90's, Geary Associates, Fairfax Va. ,who have since
gone out of business, made plastic templates for two different mariners
compass patterns.  Does anyone have these templates that may be
interested in selling them?  If so please e-mail me.  
Date: Fri, 5 Dec 1997 06:17:10 EST
Subject: Re: Plastic Bag Holder

In a message dated 97-12-04 11:23:03 EST, you write:

<>> The instructions make sense up to the part about two straps!  Wouldn't one
 strap be enough to hang over a the neck of a hanger?  Or is it hung from a
 lingerie hanger by the two straps?
We used two straps  thinking if it had a loop or strap in the front and one in
the back it wouldn't sag when it was hanging on a hanger or hook -- but
whatever works is right for you.  Some people seem to be putting a casing with
drawstring at the top.  Guess this is one of those projects where you can
"wing it" anyway you please.

Date: Fri, 05 Dec 1997 22:31:50 -0500
Subject: Boxer Shorts

Kwik Sew pattern No. 1672 has no back seam.  The men in my life (hubby
and 2 sons) just love them.  Stephanie - owner of 1530 and loving  it.
Date: Thu, 4 Dec 1997 21:09:30 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Re: "Dirty Feet"

I don't know if this is "correct"...but I usually take a Q-tip and put a
drop or two of oil on the tip and go over the metal parts in the bobbin area
to get fine lint, etc. off--also under the feed dogs and inside the bobbin
case.  Don't have your Q-tip real "greasy"..  actually, I was taught this
way from my Bernina store.  It works great in getting the fine junk off your
feet also.  Just make sure after you oil your machine and put it all back
together that you run it for a second before you sew something "fancy".  

P.S.  I do this on my serger too.
Date: Fri, 05 Dec 1997 16:17:35 -0600
Subject: Re: New 150

>I am new to the list, as I just bought a Bernina 150 w/12 cps stitches
>that can be changed. This is my first Bernina and I would like to know
>if anyone else had the 150 or 160 and do you like it. Also, how much
>does it cost to have the computer stitches
I have a new 160 and so far have not had time or need to have the (18)
computer stiches changed but my dealer said she would not make any charge.
As soon as she can get the software for me I will do it myself. I don't
know what the price of the software will be.

I really like my new machine. I had an 830 and find the stitch and tension
controls just as good as ever. But now there is needle up and needle down
which I LOVE. 

BTW, my old bobbins work just fine. My dealer gave me a handful of new
ones, too, so I wouldn't buy and try to use any cheap plastic ones (her
words.) Wish the feet were interchangable.

Date: Fri, 05 Dec 1997 14:16:54 -0600
Subject: New Embroidery Machine

Hi JRosen,

I picked up my 180E on Monday.  Tuesday, the first chance I had to play
with it, everything went fine.  I do know that the bobbin thread
indicator can be set to beep, probably the default is not to.  That is
not a problem.  I don't know about the sewing at a fast pace, certainly,
normal sewing is perfectly normal.  The designs are large, since they
have one of the largest hoops on the market, so naturally it would take
a while to sew out.  I wouldn't judge too much from what you have seen
so far.  Be patient.  See more.

Date: Thu, 4 Dec 1997 19:00:55 EST
Subject: Re: Quilt Stitch

To get the machine to do the quilting stitch you need to put monofilment
thread on the top and a a color on the bottom. I usually use a 50 wt. cotton
thread in the bobbin. I have had lousy luck using Coats and Clark in the
bobbin with this stitch, so just use plain 100% good old cotton now. You may
need to raise your top tension to 7 or so, and you might get a better stitch
with a quilting needle. Experiment and have some fun.
Date: Sat, 06 Dec 1997 12:42:09 -0700
Subject: The New Artista 180

Well, I've had my Artista for two whole days now.  And have gotten in quite
a few hours of practice already.  My biggest disappointment is the owners
manual.  They have taken it for granted that all who buy this machine are
already proficient at sewing, and have owned a Bernina before.  Although I
have owned and loved an 1130 for ten years, I worked full time and did not
become an expert at it.  Now I find myself having to go back to my 1130
owners manual to find out about practical uses for the practical stitches,
fault prevention, and general tips about getting the most out of your
machine, such as use of needles & thread, stabilizer, and such.  The
Artista manual tells you what all the buttons (and touch screen functions)
do and that's IT.  Nothing about care and maintenance even.  I expected
better from Bernina for the price I paid.

BTW, my dealer is wonderfully helpful, but I live nearly 200 miles away and
can't run up for lessons or advice at just any time.  Lessons are coming,
but not for a month.  The 1130 manual, though small, was clearly written,
well illustrated, and very helpful.

There is also another glitch (probably in the computer program) for the
embroidery module.  After I choose a design, it warns me to lift the
pressor foot.  No matter what I do, the warning message keeps coming back,
and the only way I can get out of it is to turn off the machine.  Would
like to know if anyone else has encountered this problem yet, and/or a way
to fix it.  My dealer will be calling Bernina about it this coming week.

Once we get the "bugs" worked out, and the machine does everything it's
supposed to do, I'm sure I'll love it.

Date: Sat, 6 Dec 1997 14:12:10 EST
Subject: Re: 180

I also just purchased the 180 on Thursday - I am planning to get into it this
weekend - can't wait!  I hope that we can all pass on info.  as we learn about
this new machine - I think we're all going to be thrilled!       Marea
Date: Sat,  6 Dec 1997 12:24:59, -0500
Subject: 1260

Dear LIDA, 
I have to disagree with you.  The 1260 is a computerized sewing 
machine!  Anytime you can preset the sewing machine to do certain 
things, it needs a "brain" to remember those things...the computer.  
Mirror Image, Needle Stop Down, Single Pattern etc. are all computer 
functions...not to mention the ability of the machine to program in a 
name or stitches.  The first of the old style machines to use a 
computer is the 1080, of the new style, it is the 130.  
Date: Sat, 06 Dec 1997 12:40:00 -0500
Subject: Polar Fleece; Re: Denim quilt;009DCC Funlock;  New Iberia and Bernina

I noticed a mentioned of Hancock's which reminded me-- I have been
meaning to ask if any of you out there know whether the polar fleece
from Hancock's ($6.97 vs. $12.97 elsewhere) is "good" quality. 
Hancock's is our only fabric store, per se, here in our little podunk
town.  The bolts, many times, don't have any printing on them, however,
Thursday they had several bolts that has the name "Rainbow" on the
ends.  I like to patronize my Bernina/fabric dealer's store but $5 per
yard would be quite a contribution unless the fabric actually is THAT
much better.  (Besides its 60+ miles to my dealer's store.)  I would
like any and all opinions.  
- ------
Barb, I have a friend who has been collecting jeans from garage sales in
anticipation of making a quilt she saw in a magazine.  As I recall the
picture showed the seams to the outside and somewhat frayed from
washing.  This gave a really nice effect.  Also, I believe there were
some pieces of bandana printed fabric involved some way.  I said all
that to say this--I just called her and she thinks she can lay hands on
that article and has promised to bring a copy (she has her own copying
machine!!) to me at church tomorrow.  SOOOOOO, if you are interested and
will send me your snail mail address I will get it off to you Monday or
if you have the option of receiving attachments to your email we can go
that route.  Just let me know.  Anyone else who might be interested just
let me know.  I can't do it justice with only words but it really did
seem like the ideal thing for a boys room.  
- -----
When considering models of sergers, some of you might want to consider
dropping down to a less than top-of-the-line serger and add the little
Funlock 009DCC as an additional machine.  I understand it's on sale in
many shops for $649 about now.  (About $400 less than last December!!) 
I have one and the more I use it the more I like it.  Not  having to
convert and unconvert, just scoot over to it when needed, has meant that
I have used the coverstitch much more than I would have otherwise.  From
some of the prices I have seen here it appears that for about $150 more
one could have two machines instead of one. 
- -------
For the person looking for Bernina dealers in the vicinity of New
Iberia, Louisiana--
DH goes to Lafayette every 2 or 3 months and we see a big Bernina sign
on a shop right off I-49 at Opelousas.  It's called "Janice's".  I mean
it's right there on the service road on the east side (on the right if
your back is to Lafayette).  We have never had the time to stop in, but
hope to in the future.  Also, there was a dealership in Houma and I
assume there still is.  My Bernina dealer had one or two workshops
conducted by a lovely little lady from that shop.  She was very
vivacious and knowledgable (sp?).  I know either of these would be quite
a drive for you, but I have to drive from Natchitoches to Shreveport
(actually Bossier) to visit my favorite Bernina dealer and consider it
well worth it.  I always come away inspired and with more ideas dancing
around in my skull than I can possibly actualize.

Happy sewing to all!!
Date: Sat, 6 Dec 1997 09:26:24 EST
Subject: Re: 1630 & Buttonhole


With your 3C foot attached, select the type button hole you want, sew the
length of the buttonhole you want, then press the reverse button and the
machine will automatically finish the buttonhole for you, and will remember
the length you wanted and make all subsequent buttonholes the exact same way
until you change to another stitch.

Hope this is clear.

Date: Sat, 6 Dec 1997 09:26:25 EST
Subject: Re: Teaching Kids to Sew


Good for you for helping keep the tradition going.  

I have two gifts for my daughter this Hanukah...One is a doll she has been
drooling over for months, the other is a well stocked sewing basket with a few
fabric panels and notions to get her started on her own doll clothes making.
My mother did this for me exactly 31 years ago, and I don't believe I was ever
more thrilled with a gift (unless, of course, the 1630 my DH bought me :-P  ).

I cannot WAIT to see her face after we light that first candle.......

Date: Sat, 6 Dec 1997 16:26:58 -0500
Subject: Footsteps Publications


>My dealer said Bernina had discontinued the footsteps publications
associated with the feet,
but I desperately need them.  Does anyone know where I can acquire them?>

Northwest Sewing in Seattle still has many copies of the Footsteps and now
marked down to 20 or 25 cents each.  They also have the Sewing Service
leaflets but I'm not sure if the price has been cut on these also.  They
will mail them to you.  Call them at (206) 527-7964 and if the Seattle
store doesn't have it ask them to check with their Bellevue (425) 747-6272
or Everett (425) 348-7696 Stores.  Also Stretch 'n Sew in Lynnwood (they
also do mail order) still has a large selection of both leaflets, however I
don't know if they are on sale or not (425)  776-3700.

Date: Sat, 06 Dec 1997 15:15:16 -0600
Subject: Re: 1630 & Buttonhole

Dear Susan,
  I think you are doing what so many students I have had did. It's not your 
fault, it's the manual. In Europe, I suppose, they call the REVERSE button the
securing stitch, but they also have a funtion button called a securing stitch.
Just push the REVERSE button (close to the needle), and see if that solves the
problem. If not, I'm not sure why it's happening. Hope this helps.
Date: Sat,  6 Dec 1997 12:09:59, -0500
Subject: Quilt Stitch

Saw your message about the quilting stitch.  The quilting stitch is 
designed to be used with nylon monofilament thread in the TOP and a 
contrasting color thread in the bobbin.  Increase the tension just 
slightly (maybe to 6 or 7....experiment with this).  The thinner 
stitch you were referring to will be invisible because of the nylon 
thread, the thicker stitch is the machine pulling up the bobbin 

Good luck & have fun.

Date: Sat, 6 Dec 1997 22:28:46 EST
Subject: Hoop for Machine Quilting

I must have missed a Bernina Digest because I've only seen a reply that
"something" was a great idea in place of the "Quilt Sew Easy" hoops for
machine quilting.  What is the "something"?  Could someone please either e-
mail me privately or post again to the list?  This sounds like a great idea.

Date: Sat, 6 Dec 1997 21:19:01 EST
Subject: Batman

Would anyone happen to have a Batman for the large hoop????  Would like to sew
one out for  Son  Please...
Subject: Re: Kids and Machines
Date: Sat, 6 Dec 1997 18:16:52 -0800

Just a reminder to everyone it helps if you give at least a state where you
are when you need an area specific question answered-- We have lots of
people come on to the Digest and they may not have caught your place in a
previous  post THANKS-Ruth 
Subject: Re: Bobbins
Date: Sat, 6 Dec 1997 18:00:10 -0800

 I have a new160 that takes my old bobbins from my old 1974  model 1914
Kenmore  the bobbins have 10 holes as opposed  the 7 holed (metal) it didn't
hurt any thing and frankly I didn't notice the difference, but suppossedly
only the Bernina ones are rigidly balanced so as to give better life to the
machine parts over time and it's suppose to make for a quieter sew on your
machine. I'd guess that means it wil definitely not hurt your Kenmore to use
them. Hope this helps--RUTH  


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