Bernina Fan Club Archives

November 1997

Sunday, November 9 - Saturday, November 15

Date: Sun, 9 Nov 1997 12:54:09 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Re: Pattern systems - which do you use?

I also would like to get back to sewing clothing, but I'm anxious about
sizing.  Does anyone know anything about the Bonfit Patterner?  They're
expensive and I'd like to hear from those who have had experience with them.
 Shirley Adams on PBS makes them look great!
Date: Sun, 9 Nov 1997 03:39:01 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Re: tracing patterns onto Tyvek

Hi all,
   Just another idea for tracing patterns. My personal preference is to use
drafting vellum. It is easy to see through for tracing, you can fold it and
smooth it back out, and even iron it! For clothing patterns I use it as is;
for applique and quilt block patterns, I use those plastic laminating sheets
on the front and back and then cut out. Makes them VERY durable, and they can
be reused over and over. Just my $ .02 worth.  The vellum can be purchased on
rolls at most office supply stores.
Date: Sat, 8 Nov 1997 22:03:14 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Re: Greater Cleaning/Tune-up Than I Expected

You will NEVER regret owning a 1530.  In fact, I've been so delighted with
mine for the last 4 years that if my budget would allow it, I'd buy another
one before they're all gone--just to stash away in case anything ever happens
to my first one!  It's by far the best machine I've ever used. 
Date: Sun, 9 Nov 1997 11:02:39 -0500 (EST)
Subject: 180 embroidery software

Does anyone  know at this time  (other than Bernina)  as to whether or not
the software will work with the Deco?  I have been holding off buying the
Wizard and Customizer for this reason.

Date: Sun, 9 Nov 1997 16:28:34 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Hemmer Foot

Regarding getting started with the hemmer foot.  Make a tail (either by hand
or machine) of thread on the starting end of the fabric.  Then use this tail
to help feed the fabric into the hemmer.  After you get started just guide
the fabric.  I strongly suggest practicing on a scrap of fabric before you
start on the REAL item.  Straight grain of the fabric is probably the easiest
to work with when you are beginning.
Date: Sun, 9 Nov 1997 12:59:51 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Re: #69 Foot

I have a #68 Foot which is similar, and the best tip I got from my Bernina
dealer was to heavily spray starch your fabrice.  It works a LOT better when
starchec!  Good luck.
Subject: New 180s
Date: Sun, 9 Nov 1997 16:55:26 -0600

You may see the first artista 180s in stores this next week.  They are 
being shipped initially to dealers who attended training within the last 
two months.  The store where I teach got a 180 on Friday.

Thanks, Debbie , for the idea of sewing another button onto the back 
of a ceramic one!  Simple solution.

Date: Sun, 09 Nov 1997 14:48:06 -0500
Subject: TOL 180 and kids

	The  new Bernina 180 was delivered this week to one of the shops I work
for,  and it coincided with a kids class I was teaching that day.  We were
short on machines so I carried the 180 back to the classroon and put it on
the table.  I told the 8 little girls that this was a brand new very
special machine.  Several minutes later I turned around to find an 8 YEAR
OLD threading it! (She is so tiny I have to provide a box so she can reach
the foot pedal)   I decided to just watch and see what happened.  Several
minutes later she called out rather excitedly, "Mrs. Fyock, this machine
has HUNDREDS of stitches on it!"  With no instruction whatsoever this child
had figured out how to thread, scroll through the designs and in short
order was sewing out the teddy bear!  What a kid, what a machine!!!  I had
a bit of a time keeping them "on track" that day. VBG

Mary Alice  
Date: Sun, 09 Nov 1997 17:34:43 -0500
Subject: Sewing  Polar Fleece

I made a jacket for my son using polar fleece and it is just great. 
Kwik Sew has tips for sewing polar fleece at  There is also information and
interesting information on their website.
ate: Sun, 9 Nov 1997 21:33:44 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Re: Sewing and younger generations...

In a message dated 97-11-07 23:24:16 EST, you write:

>>  He did everything himself (except cutting the
 initial rectangle w/the rotary cutter -- I'm retaining custody of the rotary
 cutters having had a personal lesson in their finger cutting ability). >>

You can get rotary cutters that have retractable blades when not cutting.
They are perfect for children. Try a quilt shop or mail order
catalog--Joann's does not carry them.

Date: Sun, 9 Nov 1997 19:27:56 -0500 (EST)
Subject: charing cross kits

Does any one out there know where to find Charing Cross Kits?  I last bought
one about ten years ago, but the US distributor at the time went out of
business.  Are these wonderful screenprinted fabrics still made in England?
Date: Sun, 9 Nov 1997 22:34:01 -0600
Subject: Re: 730


Here is the address for the older modles forum
I have a 1230 and a Bernette 004D serger.  I learned a few interesting thing
from this forum.

Have fun,
Date:    Thu, 06 Nov 97 13:19 HST
Subject: Re: Re: Where to Get Seasonal Buttons?

Last night I bought a lot of DARLING hand-painted JBH (?) buttons
at our local Calico Cat.  These buttons say made in England.  They
were quite reasonable - 1.50 for one CUTE moose - to 2.50 for twosies
of Santa, Ms. Clause, Gingerbread man, etc.  Since I'd gotten on-line
to get the map to Piecemaker's in Costa Mesa to mail to a friend -
looked at THEIR ceramic buttons on-line at $5.25 for ONE - I felt
like these were a bargain - so I ended up spending $30 on buttons!
I know I vowed to buy buttons when I SEE them - but I hope I won't
USUALLY see so darn many TERRIFIC ones at one time - or I'll be

Now I feel totally compelled to MAKE something to USE them - and
think I'll applique one of those wooden trees with the buttons
being the ornaments hanging off of it.  That should be an easy
pattern to make.  I also thought of just appliquing a Christmas
tree and sewing them on it.  These would just be cute wall hangings.
Any other ideas?  Or even know where there are patterns?  I saw
the wooden tree as a needlepoint with ceramic buttons as the
ornaments - it was SOOOO cute!
Date:    Thu, 06 Nov 97 12:54 HST
Subject: Re: Re: Tilt Tables

Egad - a fallen Bernina - I dare not even CONTEMPLATE such a horror!!!
I was thumbing through a book on sewing machines at Barnes and Nobles
last night - and in THERE it had the suggestion about the two
gum erasers WITH a picture.  But it was also recommended that one
have their machine on piece of low-pile carpeting to cut down
on vibrations - and I would THINK that material could be some sort
of a non-slip sort of carpeting.  The advantage of doing it yourself
is that you can adjust the height.

This same book (sorry I don't recall the title or author) was really
geared toward telling all about sewing machines - so it discussed all
of the brands.  One section described the author's visit to the
Bernina factory in northern Switzerland (gosh - that might be a fun
excursion - good excuse to go into that area).  After 3 days of
scrutiny (with invitations to planning meetings, etc - even signed
a non-disclosure agreement) were explained - it makes one realize
why they must cost so much.  Six people were involved in the assembly
of each machine - the last one making sure all the sewing parts
worked.  Knowing about software bugs - I can imagine the NEW machine
REALLY goes through some paces - to make sure all of the mechanical
movements match up with the computer instructions.  It did sound like
Bernina was VERY responsive to what sewers want - so vocalizing your
"heart's desires" to Switzerland sounds like a worthwhile effort.
I was thinking a "bobbin almost out of thread" blinking light or
beeper would be a good addition (I read that some machines have this
Date:    Wed, 05 Nov 97 14:06 HST
Subject: Re: Stores in San Francisco

This is farther north of San Francisco and I haven't BEEN to them
(they were recommended to me by people who SOLD Bernina's from
a repair shop but don't have classes or sell fabrics, etc.).  I plan
to visit them at Christmas time.  In Petaluma there is

    Petaluma - The Quilted Angel at 200 G st.

    Near Santa Rosa (saw it in the SR phone book - but I don't
        know the names of all the little towns) - Treadlearts

Last time in SR I did go to this store - nice supply of fabric if you
were going that way anyway.

     Healdsburg - Fabrications

DARLING to visit if going north for a drive - with a town square and
neat shops all around the square.  It's a small shop with NICE
fabrics, patterns and a lot of specialty fabrics for doing upholstry
and pillows.  I've been to that shop - really fun to explore!  But
it's crowded with stuff so you see something new every time you
turn around.

      Lafyette (more on the Oakland side?) Cotton Patch

This is a Bernina dealer with a classroom and lots of neat-sounding
things to look at.  I almost bought a floor model 1260 from them
for $1899 - over the phone, no less - sight unseen.  But I found
a 1230 here - so got that instead - and am JUST learning how far
behind my umpteen years of not sewing has put me.  Actually, loving
all the neat gadgets and fast techniques - just LOVING getting back
into sewing.

You might just put these in your address book and visit them if you
go to that area when exploring around San Francisco - but nothing
I would make an excursion to see in and of itself.

What DOES sound terrific - is the events they have at some big
fair ground in Santa Rosa (again, N. of San Fran).  My daughter was
telling me they just had a humungous craft fair and LOTS of sewing
people came to it - one lady was from Utah!  I believe they have
big shows a couple of times a year because the Santa Rosa Bernina
dealer mentioned a few BIG shows a year in the San Fran area - and
he always goes to them.  You should find out when they are and plan
to go to them.  You might also call the local sewing guild (can
find them out on-line but I forget how) and call them - they'll know
ALLLLL the places to go - perhaps including places similar to those
in the garmet areas of NY or LA.
Date:    Thu, 06 Nov 97 13:05 HST
Subject: Were to get emery fill for pin cushion???

I don't know WHAT the "emery" stuff inside the strawberries on
the pin cushion tomatoes are - much less were one could GET it.
Actually, I had no idea the strawberry part was anything but "cute."
Functionality didn't enter my mind.  I guess that's why I've decided
to take a 3-session Bernina class in basic sewing.  I've never had
any formal classes - except in Home Ec - which seems a blur - I only
recall a braided yarn octopus that stayed on my bed all through
high school more than I do that horrid white blouse I struggled to
make and don't think I ever even WORE one single time!  I DID learn
to make gathered cotton skirts tho - made several of them - obviously
in the days of hoops and crinoline slips - lasted 7th and 8th grade,
as I recall.  Anyway - I hope to catch up on a LOT of gaps! :-)

I'm going to make a few cute pin cushions for Christmas gifts and I
wanted to put that sharpening "stuff" on it as well - and exPLAIN
what it will do.  Since this group seems incredibly informed - I'm
hoping someone will enlighten me!

By the way - I know you're suppose to use a new needle for each
sewing project (machine needle).  Would this material work if one
poked their sewing machine needles into it as well?
Date: Sun, 09 Nov 1997 22:46:27 -0800
Subject: Borders Key for 1630

Hi, everybody ... I just got around to stitching out some of the patterns on 
this key and was very disappointed. I'd like to hear from others who have used

thiskey, or any of the other theme keys, about how they liked them and how
tweaking you have to do to go from one size bow, for example, to another and 
thenback to the original. This is the only one I have purchased, and I guess 
that at that price point I thought it would be "plug and play." Thanks.
Date: Sun, 09 Nov 1997 22:30:24 -0800
Subject: Advanced Guidebooks for Bernina Designer software

Does anyone know if the Advanced Guidebooks, presumably used by Bernina
instructors to teach classes on using the Bernina Designer software package 
that you can buy for the 1630, are still available? Would this be a good 
resource for those who purchased the Designer program and want to get the most

out of the software that they can? Thanks!
Subject: Polar Fleece FAQ; Knitted Preemie Booties
Date: Sun, 09 Nov 97 14:28:18 -0500

Someone asked about tips for sewing with polar fleece.  Sheree McKee has a
FAQ, Sewing With Polar-Type Fleece Fabrics.

And for those sewing for preemies, you may want to check out the Preemie
Baby Booties pattern.  This is VERY basic knitting!

Date: Sun, 9 Nov 1997 16:50:52 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Fabric Store

Someone on the list mentioned a great fabric store in Kalona Iowa. 
I had written down the name of it but can't find it now. Will be in Iowa in a
few weeks and Kalona is not too far away.  Always try to get to the Cheese
Factory and the Amish store.  
Thank you. 
Date: Sun, 9 Nov 1997 19:08:48 -0600
Subject: Burda patterns

I have used the Burda pattern magazine and think it is a very good deal.
Once you get used to working without seam allowances I find I actually
prefer it - it makes altering the pattern or adapting it much easier and
with a double tracing wheel it's no trouble to add a seam allowance.  I
have a large sheet of cork which I bought at Home Depot which I lay on a
piece of plywood on top of the table.  I then put the paper I'm tracing on
to under the pattern sheet and run around the outlne with a toothed tracing
wheel, which takes no time at all.  I then can make any alterations I want
to on the traced piece - for example I always have to shorten the back
length from the neck to the waist.  I then trace around the altered pattern
piece with the double tracng wheel set to any seam allowance I desire - for
example I use a 1/2 inch  for knit garments I plan to serge and up to 1.25
inches if I think I'm going to have to make a lot of adjustments to width.
Some people don't add the seam allowance until they have the pattern on the
fabric but I play it safe in case I forget - I also think it's easier.
	I like their fit and their variety of styles very much.  I used to
use mostly Vogue patterns but got tired of the fitting difficulties - I
don't think I'm a Vogue shape somehow.
	It is true the instructions are sparse - even with their sewing
lesson of the month the diagrams aren't very detailed but if you are an
experienced sewer you can work it out OK.
	You can subscribe to the magazine or buy it at book stores for
example Barnes and Nobles.  Considering the number of patterns per issue
you wouldn't need a new one every month - I just get it occassionally.
Date: Mon, 10 Nov 1997 07:59:13 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Shark's Teeth

Recently I went to a quilt show and one of the vendors was a Bernina dealer.
 She had a beautifully textured jacket featuring a technique called Shark's
Teeth.  She very kindly told me how to do this technique (it makes a row of
triangular "teeth" secured in place by a row of decorative stitches across
the base of the teeth).   But when I went home and tried it (3 times!) my
teeth came out oddly proportioned and not even!  I must have missed something
in her explanation.  Does anyone know this technique and could describe it to
me?  I would appreciate some hints very much!  Thanks!
Date: Mon, 10 Nov 1997 05:06:53 +0000
Subject: Re: Automatic Buttonholes

Menu C1 has a variety of buttonsholes. In the bottum layer on your
supply box in the automatic buttonhole foot.Page 49 of the manual
explains this foot.The othe buttonholes are eplained on pages46 to48.
Date: Mon, 10 Nov 1997 07:57:04 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Dressform

In a message dated 11/9/97 11:50:26 PM, you wrote:

>> Has anyone had any experience w/dress forms i.e. Twin Fit or My Double.  I
would appreciate any info pro or con.  You can e-mail me privately or send
reply here. TIA

I have experience with both and don't recommend either.  My favorite
dressform without taking a mortgage is the Uniquely you form.  It is always
in the National Thread ad in Sew News. (Usually the last couple of pages.)

It is the most accurate and easy to change.

Subject: RE: Spool Drool
Date: Mon, 10 Nov 1997 11:30:20 +1100

I have successfully used a type of finger bandage cut into suitable
lengths.  It's really only necessary for emroidery rayons/silks.  I
believe this material is a net to keep a finger bandage together.  It
can be purchased locally at chemists.  

The later model Berninas (mine is a 1230 about 3 years old), have a
thread guide built into the carry handle.  Threading through this
usually is sufficient.

Date: Mon, 10 Nov 1997 06:21:23 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Re: 730

Grammie Deb,  I also have an 830 and love it, if you find out about page with
the older models please let me know.  Terri 
Date: Mon, 10 Nov 1997 19:36:29 +0900
Subject: Re: 730

Hello Deb,
I also have an 830 that I love. The older machine forum address is . 

I also want to say hello Liz P.  , Martha ,and all here on the BFC. I have missed your wisdom while not receiving the BFC since the spring. We've had a very busy summer and start of school.

We will be moving to Bridgeport, CA yes CA in Jun 98 does anyone know of
a quilt guild and fabric shops in the surrounding area?

Happy Reading,
Date: Mon, 10 Nov 1997 02:14:36 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Re: Automatic Buttonholes

In a message dated 97-11-09 23:33:49 EST, you write:

>> I have the  1630 and I can't figure out the how to make an automatic buttonhole (the one that remembers the size of the first one you do.)  Could someone explain it to  me in detail.  Is there an icon on the screen I'm suppose to use instead of the  reverse button next to the needle?  I'm confused!!!  >>

Hi Julie--
I bet you're using the wrong foot.  You want the one UNDER the other feet in
your case.  Can't remember the number of it off hand.  You mark your trial
buttonhole.  You choose the style of buttonhole.  You sew down one side of
said buttonhole; when it is the proper length, hit the reverse button.  It
does the rest all by itself and stops when the buttonhole is complete.
HOpe this helps
Subject: Re: baby clothes patterns
Date: Mon, 10 Nov 1997 12:04:14 -0800

>ould anyone tell me whether or not patterns for infants run true to size. 
Can you accurately go by the weight/height listed on the patterns? 
Thanks in advance for your response.

I recently made my new granddaughter a newborn sized McCalls pattern (it said
to 13#)  She is now 13 1/2#  and is just outgrowing it so that was sized well.
Some patterns I have made seem to be large but I think the infants sizes are
pretty good.

Date: Mon, 10 Nov 1997 09:54:24 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Re: Metallic Thread

Sewing with Nancy recently offered a tip for eliminating, or at least
decreasing, the breakage of metallic thread.  Of course, using a needle
designed for metallic thread, double thread the needle, using both the
metallic and an invisible thread, either nylon or polyester.  

Date: Mon, 10 Nov 1997 08:41:08 -0600
Subject: Re: Maternity Clothes

I have one little thing that I want to mention about maternity 
clothes....I used button-up elastic in my waist band....that way as my 
belly got bigger my pants could too. Cork
Date: Mon, 10 Nov 1997 09:35:33 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Re: Thread Quality

Re: large spool

Try placing your large spools on a spool holder directly behind your machine.
This seems to feed better into the machine. I think the weight of the large
spools somethimes hampers the intake.
Date: Mon, 10 Nov 1997 18:48:05 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Re: High Cost


Hey, I think you did a great job with your college economics!!  I only have
the following to add (after discussing this with my economics major DH)..

Supply and demand.  Apparently, enough of us have been willing and able to
pay the premium prices for the TOL products.  Until we collectively sit on
our purses and give Bernina and the other manufacturers a few unprofitable
years they will continue to reach for the moon.

My DH also pointed out that while we've generally enjoyed good economic times
for a long while now, in a recession the first thing to be hit are luxury
goods.  And while I'd love to keep having TOL sewing tools, they are light
years beyond the "necessity" level.

Personally, I believe TOL's have far outpaced normal inflation in price, and
I wish they'd take a step back towards reality.  Will I spend $4300 on the
180?  Well, the last "machine" I spent that much on was a new Chevette!!

:-)     Mary  
Date: Mon, 10 Nov 1997 08:39:24 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Re: magnetic wrist pin holder

Most any fabric store carries these wrist pin holders.  They velcro around
your wrist.  I have had one for years.  Check notions section in any sewing
store.  Good luck!

Date: Mon, 10 Nov 1997 07:27:20 -0500
Subject: Protecting buttons

	There is a product on the market called "button clams"  that should
solve your problem.  They are plastic covers that go onto fancy buttons
to protect them in the wash, and are reuseable.  I've seen them in
stores and catalogs.
Date: Mon, 10 Nov 1997 16:18:07, -0500
Subject: Kids & Sewing

Our local middle school still has sewing machines and each 6th grader 
has to take a week of sewing.  They do some hand sewing and then make 
a drawstring tote bag on the sewing machine.  I helped w/ this 
project for a couple of years & was amazed at how focused the kids 
were, boys included.  The class improved even more when the teacher 
went out & got great fabrics instead of relying on parents to buy the 
kids fabric.  I teach at a local shop & our kids classes fill 
incredibly fast, we can't offer enough.
We emphasize having fun, being creative, and choose projects they can 
be successful at.  I teach adults and I've heard too many horror 
stories about Jr. High Home Ec teachers killing the desire to sew by 
making students turn in perfect work.  I don't allow parents in the 
room when I teach kids and I'm full of praise for the students 
projects.  It always hurts to hear a parent or grandparent pick a 
child up from class, look at their work and offer to help them "fix" 
it.  I've seen that with maturity and increased ability to pay 
attention, and concentrate, the kids just get better naturally.  I 
know I have a hard time not correcting my 10 yr. old daughter, so I 
send her to classes taught by other teachers.  I learned how to sew 
at 10 & little did I know it would be my life's work.  I love it.

Date: Mon, 10 Nov 1997 12:31:42 -0600
Subject: Burda  patterns by mail

Someone wrote in a post asking if you could get Burda patterns through
mail order.  I was looking through my Softwear Productions catalog
(Phone 1-800-297-9670) and noticed that they sell the Burda patterns
through the mail at 30 percent off retail.  They don't list the
patterns.  You have to know the size and the pattern number that you

Date: Mon, 10 Nov 1997 09:41:56 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Re: Yards of Silk

Would you please forward to me where "Western Market" is?  Thanks much!
Date: Mon, 10 Nov 1997 12:47:03 -0500
Subject: Re: Phone # for G Street

Thanks to those of you who responded with the phone # for G Street
Subject: 1230 to Purchase
Date: Sun, 9 Nov 1997 22:24:17 -0800

I am interested in buying a 1230 - if there is someone out there interested
in selling, or knows where I can find one on the West Coast please post me
privately.  I will be gone on vacation until 11-18-97.
DeAnn & her 830
Date: Mon, 10 Nov 1997 17:46:23 -0800
Subject: Re: New Bernina Artista 180

I just took the dealer training on the new 180.  It is the new top of
the line machine and it is replacing the 1630 which is no longer made. 
It is a combination embroidery and sewing machine, but you can purchase
the sewing machine without the embroidery mode if you wish.  It is a
great machine--really a sewing computer.  You can even hold a button up
to the screen and it will size the buttonhole for you.  It is definetly
worth seeing.  Very state of the art.
Date: Mon, 10 Nov 1997 09:12:02 -0600
Subject: Re: Price

">Other technology (VCRs, computers, etc.) always seems to come down in price.

CONSIDER THE NUMBERS. HOW MANY TV's and VCR's are sold every day, compared
to how many Berninas?

Also, how many TV's VCR's or computers will still be going strong after 20

Date: Sun, 9 Nov 1997 23:34:54 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Cuddle-duds


We had our first snow storm two weeks ago in the Lincoln NE, Omaha NE, 
Des Moines IA area.  We had  12-14 inches at my place.  It was too early 
- - the leaves were still on the trees.  We had at least 30 trees damaged 
or destructed by the falling limbs.  We were without electricity for 6 
days and without phone for another 8 days.  Some in Omaha were without 
electrity for 10 or more days.

When all this came, I got out my cold weather clothes.  One brand that I 
really enjoy wearing is the undershirts and leggings produced by 
Cuddle-Duds.  I was wondering if anyone knows where to get fabric of the 
same type or knows of a factory outlet for the fabric.

Thanks in advance -
Subject: HELP chosing Machine
Date: Mon, 10 Nov 1997 05:19:51 -0500

Can anyone help me decide which machine to purchase as a Christmas gift for
my wife.
I can spend up to $1200 and the machine must be capable of sewing heavy
denim as well as lighter materials.  Thanks in advance for any help.
Date:    Wed, 05 Nov 97 15:06 HST
Subject: LA area fabric stores??

I have a friend who lives in Raseda - which to MEEEE is LA -
since the jillions of little towns are all in one BIG area and
run right into each other.  She doesn't get on the computer but
recently retired early and has been indulging her sewing passion.
She is JUST getting into clothing - has always done curtains and
chair covers (every few years when I visit it's like it's a
completely new house - including a MOVABLE electric fire place -
which she moves from wall to wall in re-doing - so one thinks they've
lost their mind when they don't know) and drapes and bassinets and...
Her sister is a tailor tho.  I've been encouraging her to try
quilting - take some classes - etc.  I wanted to tell her about
some wonderful fabric stores in that area - the note with the
San Diego area stores really made me realize the wonderfulness
of this internet resource!

I was told there's Peacemaker in Costa Mesa - in fact I found
them on a web site - and it looks HUGE and WONDERFUL.  So that is
ONE place - but I'm sure there are many others.  Now that she has
the time to "browse" I'd like to make suggestions for classes and
for fabric stores.  So those of you "in the know" - can you give
me the names?  Actually, I visit my Mom/Sister in Lancaster (just
north of LA) once or twice a year and want a "fabric" day in the
LA area when I go there next time.  So I have an ulterior motive
in finding out this info.

As for classes - they might NOT be at a fabric store - perhaps
someone who's just good at giving classes or maybe a program like
we have here - where they have what are called Community or
Continuing Education classes - that are good (well, for OTHER things,
dunno about sewing).  Maybe there's a Bernina dealer or two giving
great classes as they do here in Honlulu.  She's an inveterate OLD
Singer person (actually uses a treadle machine - cuz all she everrr
does is straight stitching) but is ready to learn new tricks, I
think.  And I don't think Bernina HERE cares WHAT you sew with -
just that their classes are given on Bernina's so it'd be HARD not
to DIE for one!  In FACT, I think maybe I should NOT go to the demo
of the new machines at the end of November.  It'll just make me
want - what I simply cannot have (well, unless I win the CA lottery -
which I AMMMM counting on someday :-).

Thanks!  Sandi
Date: Mon, 10 Nov 1997 05:03:41 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Re: #69 Foot

  The #69 foot is the 4mm Roll and Shell Hemmer. It is designed for use with
light to medium weight fabrics, and will give you a "shell" type hem, like is
frequently used for lingerie. Since this is a 4mm finished hem, fold up 4mm
width of fabric at the beginning, and secure with a dab of glue stick, then
turn up one more time, and applly another dab of glue stick. Put your fold
under the foot, but NOT in the scroll at this point. Sew about  1/2 inch,
leaving your needle down in the fabric, then raise the presser foot, and
GENTLY pull the fabric into the scroll at this point. Lower your presser
foot, and continue sewing. Keep the edge of the fabric vertical, so that the
foot can turn and fold it
    If you are using a very fine fabric, you might want to use the narrower (
2mm) #68 roll and shell hemmer. 
    Hope this helps,
Date:    Thu, 06 Nov 97 14:08 HST
Subject: Re: Re: Where to get seasonal buttons?

I think it's marvelous to know WHERE to get wonderful buttons.  Of
course, SEEING them is best - and I can imagine scanning in ALL pix
of them on the web is too costly.  But I would love to know
of any websites that DO have them.  I looked at pix of ceramic ones
at - only had maybe 12 pix - they were REALLY
expensive - like $5.25 per button.  The dealers should get the
manufacturers like Mill Hill (actually, I think I DID go to their
site and they DID have a lot of button pix) should have the pix on
THEIR website and the vendors can then just refer to that site for

I DID do some scouting and didn't find Halloween but our local Ben
Franklin store has several packets of very colorful hearts in two
sizes - so I hadddd to get those (LOVEEE hearts).  They would be
getting merchandise similar to Michaels, perhaps.  I'm going to have
to really scout around when I go to CA in December.  I also heard
that Good Will stores and similar are sometimes good sources of
buttons and also cute material (albeit in some clothing that you
wouldn't buy for the CLOTHING).  I don't frequent these places but
feel I SHOULDDD now - and garage sales.  Gosh - I have so little
time for sewing and other interests as it is...
Date: Sun, 09 Nov 1997 23:50:18 -0800
Subject: Walking Foot

I have been reading the posts about the walking foot.  The problem I
have noticed is that when I have the walking foot on and it comes to a
seam, it stops like it can't get over it.  I have the Update 1630 that I
bought in 1996 and the walking foot I purchased for it has the number
003 208 70 00 on the box.  Is this the same one everyone is posting
about or are there different ones?  I don't know what the bar is that is
being talked about.  

Thank you very much.

Date: Mon, 10 Nov 1997 19:11:12 -0500 
Subject: Advice in sewing pop corn material

>I have this nice material which is like a wrinkle fluffy one. I once sew
>a tennis skirt and had problems with it, because every time I had to
>iron the seams it stretched. Worst, I wear it to play tennis, and had
>the embarrasement that it all curled up when it got wet with
>perspiration. Now, I bought another one similar but I am not going to
>use it for playing tennis. I just want to sew a nice blouse. Is there a
>special way to handle this material? I connot see sewing without
>ironing.   Cusy

what is popcorn material?
Date: Sun,  9 Nov 1997 22:55:53, -0500
Subject: RE: Ceramic button protectors

I found the answer for the person looking for ceramic button 
protectors during my sewing related search tonight.  The address is,

Look under Sewing Room, then Tips & Techniques.  The tip was to make 
Velcro covers to wrap around the buttons while being laundered.  
Sounded like it would work great.  I found the home page as a link 
from another site.  I was never able to reach the site by typing the 
URL myself, so I hope you can access it OK.

Good luck,

Date:    Wed, 05 Nov 97 15:18 HST
Subject: Re:Protecting Ceramic Buttons

Gosh - for a laze like me - pinning sounds GREAT!  But what specially
shaped pins are you talking about?  Quilting pins (which I JUSTTTT
learned about in quilting class) that have a bend?  They are really
BIG - the ones I've seen.  Actually, the ceramic buttons have two
holes just like regular buttons - so does one wind thread through
the two holes and then pin the pin to the threads?  I can't quite
picture this as being very easy to do.  So obviously - you must
mean something else.
Date: Mon, 10 Nov 1997 23:10:42 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Re: Automatic Buttonholes

Julie the 1630 make a great button hole Mark your first buttonhole, placement
and length, the first row will work  in the satin stitch, stop at the length
you  marked and push the reverse button, and the machine will sew a straight
stitch in reverse to the beginning tack then satin stitch and bar
tack, then sew a few short stitches and stop. All you do for the rest of your
button holes is start at the beginning and each one will be the size of the
first. ( If you make button holes in a heavey fabric SEW YOUR BUTTON HOLES
TOWARD THE CENTER FRONT.) will avoid the button hole foot hanging on the
heavy seam. Kay  
Date: Mon, 10 Nov 1997 21:28:10 -0600
Subject: Re: magnetic wrist pin holder

Dear Sandi,

I couldn't find it in my Nancy's Notions cataloge either (I know it was in
one of her older catolaloges).  I did find it in Clotilde's.  It on page 43
of the one with the Perfect pleatter contest on the front.  the item number
is 145125 it's called a wrist grabbit, retail ($8.90) her price $7.12  The
toll free order number in 1-800-722-2891.

Hope this helps.

Date: Mon, 10 Nov 1997 17:55:42 -0800
Subject: Re: 830 Manual

Hi Sherry!  I too own an 830 and they are a wonderful machine.  Mine is
23 years old and sews like a top.  I know I should give it away because
I have a 1630 and several machines, but I haven't found a family worthy
of it (smile).  I work for a Bernina dealer in CA and we often order
manuals for the 830 from Bernina.  We sell them for around $16.  I am
sure your local Bernina dealer could get you one from Bernina in
Chicago.  Enjoy that machine!!!
Subject: Serger projects
Date: Mon, 10 Nov 1997 10:58:13 -0500

Hi everyone!  I am going to be the proud owner of a new Bernina serger
this week!  Can anyone share with me good books that I should invest in
or share some project ideas for a newbie?  I have never used a serger
before so I definitely need ideas.  Hope you all are having a great day!
Date: Mon, 10 Nov 1997 16:16:46 -0600
Subject: New Fabric Store In Town!

FYI for anyone living in the Colleyville, Grapevine, Arlington, FtWorth 
areas - there is a NEW FASHION fabric store in Colleyville called The 
Grapevine Collection - 1101 Cheek-Sparger Road - 817-514-6061 (Tara 
Village Center).  Just been open a couple weeks - MUST SEE.  Lorene has 
some beautiful fashion fabrics and plans to add much more.  Large 
selection of one of kind designer buttons plus a good selection of 
"card" buttons. Well worth your time to check out this new store.  I was 
there today and very impressed - NO affilitation except I had received a 
postcard they were open.  Brenda
Subject: Re: Needs advice of use of monofilament thread
Date: Mon, 10 Nov 1997 13:55:58 -0500

Do you use the Sulky clear invisible thread on the top, and also in the
bobbin, when machine quilting?
  Thanks,  Linda 
Date: Tue, 11 Nov 1997 01:38:18 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Re: 730

Go to the Bernina Home Page
scroll down and look on the left side of the page
CLICK on Sewing Forum
Scroll down till you 'OLDER MODELS"
Date: Mon, 10 Nov 1997 10:14:19 -0600
Subject: something funny....

Hi all!

This past weekend I was in an Amish settlement near
here and I went into a fabric store (mostly quilting) and
there were a few Amish girls working there (dressed as
they do in the plain clothes and bonnet/caps) and one
was at the counter hand appliqueing a quilt top and one
was back in a corner sewing fast and furiously on one of
the new TOL Bernina's!!!  I thought it was so darn funny
to think of them riding in horse and buggies and having no
electricity in their homes and then sewing on this electronic
sewing machine that cost an arm and a leg!!!  LOL!!!!!

Just thought you'd get a kick out of it too!
Date: Mon, 10 Nov 1997 09:15:56 +0100
Subject: Re: Bernina 108 Card

Hello Debbie,
I am very tardy in reading my email but I did want to confirm that the 108
card definitely works on the Deco 500.  I have the Deco 500 at home and of
course the card works just as Bernina intended.
Date: Tue, 11 Nov 1997 08:31:21 -0700
Subject: Sulky Monofilament

I cannot find the Sulky Clear Invisible thread that several of you have
said is superior to the YLI monofilament.  I live in a small town with few
stores that sell the important things in life (and I mean fabrics and
notions, not groceries...)  Does anyone know of a mail-order source?  TIA!!

Date: Tue, 11 Nov 1997 09:40:56 -0600
Subject: Looking for a good used Bernina

I am looking for a good used Bernina sewing machine for my wife for christmas.
She is an avid member of the Emroiderers Guild and loves to sew. Until now
all she has is an old Dressmaker that is lousy and makes her mad.

Some of her friends have Bernina's and they rave about them.

If anyone is know of a Bernina that need a good home, please email me


Happy Sewing,

Date: Tue, 11 Nov 1997 08:55:46 +0100
Subject: Re: Ceramic button protection

The notion to protect your ceramic buttons are called Button Clams and they
are available in 3 sizes.  They work just like a clam to encase your
buttons.  They work very well!
Date: Tue, 11 Nov 1997 08:01:30 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Re: Bernina Dealers


A not to miss Quilt Shop/Bernina Dealer, (multi-line-Pfaff & Brother, too.)
is It's A Stitch in Humble.  They carry quality 100% cotton quilt fabrics
(mega # bolts), patterns, notions, machines & accessories, etc., also have
lots of classes, samples, &  good customer service.

The owners also have a second shop with the same name located on Richmond in
SW Houston.  Also a multi-line machine shop, etc. with everything but the

Subject: Re: Three Piece Outfit
Date: Tue, 11 Nov 1997 09:47:51 -0700

>I have just completed a three piece outfit of plaid flannel, denim and a
>light weight long sleeve T-Shirt.

>What project are you working on at this time?

I made a simple dress - bodice & sleeves from raspberry pinwale cordoroy
with metal buttons, skirt from a beautiful matching plaid flannel.

I just finished a jumper made of plaid flannel and denim - using the Fall
Sew Beautiful Barb Griffen design. The skirt portion was made of twelve
vertical flannel fabric panels - six different plaids. I modified a jumper
pattern to make a pullover bodice made of denim from an old jumper of mine.
I appliqued green plaid trees and a bear and a heart made from quilted
strips of the six plaids. It fit my daugher perfectly and other than
initially putting in the broadcloth lining wrong, it turned out great. My
applique skills are not too hot, I need to work on that. Now everyone in the
family wants something made out of plaid flannel panels.

Date: Tue, 11 Nov 1997 19:37:42 -0600
Subject: Is Deco upgrade worth it?

I am looking for help in deciding if it is worth $250 to have a new board
put into my Deco 500.  If any Deco owners have upgraded your Deco 500, I
would appreciate your views.  I am particularly interested if it improved
the outlining in the designs.


Date: Tue, 11 Nov 1997 16:48:45 -0600
Subject: Re:Website for Bernina FAQ
> Just wondering if the website given for the Bernina FAQ Website could be
> wrong? I tried the one given and it came up unknown. I got it as
> Frustrated

Try - this is Bernina's Home Page.  Brenda
Date: Tue, 11 Nov 1997 19:28:02 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Re: Deco 500

The Bernina Deco 500 and 600, Babylock Espree are all made by Brother. Each
manufacturer has customized their machine to present unique selling points.
 I have consistently used all Brother cards (except for the oversize patterns
designed for the Esante ESE) in my Bernina machines. I was a dealer of both
Bernina and Babylock, so with the exception of any really late breaking
"blocks" Brother may be building into their exclusive cards (like Disney),
the cards for these machines are mutually compatible. And I'm sure that if
the Disney card were put through the Wizard/Customizer, it could be rendered
usable on a Deco as well. The card, would, of course, have to be purchased to
avoid any copyright infringements.
Date: Tue, 11 Nov 1997 16:08:44 -0600
Subject: radio interference

My new Virtuosa causes my AM radio to whine in a most annoying fashion.
Does anyone else have this problem? I have the machine on a surge protector
but it doesn't help. Any suggestions?

My halogen lamp also causes static on my AM radio but I can filter it out
by plugging the radio into the surge protector that the sewing machine and
serger share. Thank goodness for that because I LOVE my halogen lamp for
sewing. It provides wonderful indirect, bright light. I couldn't sew
without it. And I won't give up Talk of the Nation and All Things
Considered. Halogen lamps are not dangerous if you just use them as
intended, keeping them away from curtains, etc. Mine is one of the
originals that came with a variable switch and a 500 watt lamp. I'm trying
to find another one to use as a reading lamp in another room but can only
find 300 watt lamps that work on either high or low.

Date: Tue, 11 Nov 1997 16:08:39 -0600
Subject: Denin crazy quilt

There have been several requests for more information about the denim quilt
so I searched through my old videotapes of sewing and quilting shows. I
found it on Dec. 9, 1993 (before I had a serger). It was "Quilting from the
Heartland" with Charlene Jorgensen. I'll try to describe in words, better
than before, and if you want my sketch of the block, E-mail me your address
and I'll send it.

She used a set of crazy quilt templates by Quickstrip. Any crazy quilt
block pattern would do. The only important thing is to be sure that however
you turn your finished block, no seams will coincide with another -- you
don't want to have to match them up. Serging goes very rapidly but not that
accurately. When crossing previous seams they can lay either way. Slow down
to cross thick pocket seams. And, if you copy my sketch, be sure to add
seam allowances where pieces join! They are built in to the templates. (I
don't know where you buy them.)

She used several colors of old jeans so the blocks would be interesting,
using the reverse sides sometimes for more contrast. Also suggested the
possibility of using various colors (browns, black, etc.) She serged with
variable color thread in both loopers and solid green and solid red in the
needles. The colorful seams, which are left on the top of the quilt, are a
major part of the quilt design.

First, trim off the seams of the jeans, but leave pockets, belt loops,
labels if you want to include them. Then lay the two front legs together,
two backs, etc. so that you are cutting two pieces at once and will have
mirror images (this provides more variety in the blocks. Put two blocks
together at once and they will be mirror images of each other.

As blocks are put together, try for greatest contrast between adjacent

Lace, other trims can be incorporated while seaming. Buttons can be added

If you don't have enough jeans, incorporate flannel or plaids, shirt
fabric, etc.

She serged the borders also, so that there was a serged edge to the outside
of the finished quilt, and also serged the border onto the blocks.

It was to be tied, not quilted.

She also did a smaller quilt of silk and other satiny ties, using smaller
blocks. The ties were washed first to be sure the quilt would be washable.
Any ties that did not survive washing weren't used.

If you want my sketch of the block and order of assembly, E-mail me your
snail mail address. 

Date: Tue, 11 Nov 1997 17:43:26 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Re: Yards of Silk

Dear Marcia,

I met you at the Boca quilt guild last month.  I was sitting behind you and
admiring your frog quilt and photos of your stuffed frogs...
Anyway, I was in China this summer and Hong Kong 3 years ago.  The silk I am
most impressed with is Thai silk - the kind that is woven with two different
colors and so shimmers  and shadows in different lighting.  You can find some
of that in Hong Kong.  I did not like the Chinese silk at all - the patterns
were attractive but of very light weight.
I came home with about 12 yards from Thailand (Anita Silks in Bangkok) and do
I ever wish I had bought more!!!!!  I save every inch to use in some way or

I was wearing my denim vest with free motion applique frog on the back.
Date: Tue, 11 Nov 1997 15:40:37 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Re: Automatic Buttonholes

It's all in the foot!  I have a 1530 but it is the same thing.  You put on
the buttonhole foot that has the round little glass on the side of it.  Then
you make your first buttonhole as you want.  After you do your first, ou can
just continue to make buttonholes and they will automatically keep making
the same size.  You do not have to push the "reverse" button anymore.
Date: Tue, 11 Nov 1997 11:21:23 -0800 (PST)
Subject: Quilt shops, and Bernina dealers...

Hi NinaSue!

What part of the NW does your daughter live in?  If she lives kinda near
Seattle, may I suggest a visit to Northwest Sewing?  It's a great Bernina
and New Home dealer--great because the manager of the Seattle store is a
good pal of mine, and I used to work there.  :-) As for fabric and
quilting shops, you simply MUST pay a visit to In the Beginning, again in
Seattle.  You walk in, and it's as if you died and went to quilter's
heaven!!  Say hi to Trish and Gail for me if you go.  

Feel free to email me privately, and I'll come up with a list that's
pretty long for you, if you'd like.  

I hope you find this somwhat helpful...


Date: Wed, 12 Nov 1997 12:08:14 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Re: Preemie Clothes

I am behind on reading, but someone asked about patterns for preemie clothes.
Ruthe Brown has been running a volunteer organization that makes clothes for
premature babies who don't make it. It means a lot to the parents to have
their babies buried in nice clothes. Ruthe isn't on this list, but sends her
greetings to everyone and says, "Anyone who is interested in a pattern for a
simple preemie gown in three sizes, as well as the instructions for the
cuddler and information on getting started, is welcome to send a
double-stamped self-addressed legal-sized envelope along with a small
donation to:  Dress an Angel, HC 68, Box 666, Kirkland, AZ 86332."

Hope this helps.

Robbie Fanning
The Creative Machine Newsletter
Date: Wed, 12 Nov 1997 00:53:33, -0500
Subject: Walking Foot

I teach machine quilting and Bernina classes in the Bay Area.  I had 
the opportunity to go to Bernina University last summer in Wash. D.C. 
 I took a class from Bernina's Chief Technician, Hans on how to 
service a Walking Foot.    We talked about the modifications that 
Harriet Hargrave makes in her book & I told him I felt uneasy 
encouraging people to make the changes because I wasn't sure if it 
would effect the durability of the foot.  He said he actually 
believed that the modifications would not weaken the foot, but he 
reminded me to tell people that if you make these changes to the 
Walking Foot, it does void the warranty.  Should any other part of 
the foot be found to be defective, your dealer will not replace it 
because you have altered it.  I just tell my students to do it at 
their own risk.  I actually have been machine quilting for years and 
I did remove part of the center rubber piece on my foot but I never 
cut out the metal in front and have not had trouble with visiblity.  
Guess I'm afraid I'll mess up the foot.  Hans also told me that 
engineers are working on a walking foot just for quilters, but he 
hasn't even seen it yet & had no idea when it would be available or 
what it would be like.

Date: Wed, 12 Nov 1997 11:34:00 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Re: High Cost

While I am not trying to defend the pricing of the new machines (although I
am not going to buy one, anyway) I don't really think that the price trend of
home computers is a good analogy for sewing machines.  For one thing, people
these days really don't expect a computer, printer, etc. to last very long,
because they know that they will be obsolete in a very short time.  Obsolete
not necessarily in the sense of worn out, but obsolete because it won't keep
up with the technology that it needs to run.  I have an about 5 year old
desktop pc that is still in perfect working order, but is really unusable
because it cannot be upgraded to run the new software and the old color
monitor cannot display today's marvelous graphics.  And while I suppose the
internal 2400bps modem inside that clunker still works, the point is really
moot.  No one can delude themselves that when they spend money on a piece of
computer equipment that they are making an investment for life--so I think
that this fact makes the price of any new type of computer start to go down
almost immediately after it is introduced.  I see many posts on this list
about people who plan to pass their sewing machines on to their children, but
no one looks on their computer as a potential heirloom.

A sewing machine, or a food processor or a stove, by comparison, is something
that really can last a lifetime, and so it makes sense that these items would
not follow the price trend of computers.  Even when a new model of sewing
machine comes along, it does not make the old ones obsolete, as shown by the
many people of this list with very old machines that still work great.
 However, with respect to the new high-end sewing machines specifically, I
think there is a bit of snob-appeal that is being included in those high
prices.  Some people just love to spend money and value something that they
pay a high price for, regardless of whether the price is justified by any
real increase in production costs on the part of the manufacturer.  Same with
luxury automobiles.  People justify spending phenomenal amounts on cars on
the basis that they are so well made that they will last forever, but then
trade them in in a couple of years when a more expensive, more luxurious
model comes out.  So while I think that the newer, fancier sewing machines
should cost more than less elaborate machines, I think that they now cost TOO
much more, for me at least.  I plan to run both my car and my sewing machine
until they stop, but while I think I'll be lucky to get another 10 years out
of the car, I fully expect my sewing machine to outlive me.

Date: Wed, 12 Nov 1997 10:38:17 -0500 (EST)
Subject: George's 800 number

I am trying to find the 800 # for George (?) that sells sewing items at
really good prices.  I have seen his number on the BFC before and didn't
write it down b/c I thought I didn't need it - silly sewer that I am.

TIA,  Julie  
Date: Wed, 12 Nov 1997 14:32:23 +0100
Subject: Re: Automatic Buttonholes

Bernina wrote:

> I have a very basic question that I am almost embarrassed to ask!!  I
> have the
> 1630 and I can't figure out the how to make an automatic buttonhole
> (the one
> that remembers the size of the first one you do.)  Could someone
> explain it to
> me in detail.  Is there an icon on the screen I'm suppose to use
> instead of the
> reverse button next to the needle?  I'm confused!!!


You have to use the correct foot, which in this case will be no. 3C (I'm
in Sweden, but I suppose they use the same numbering worldwide). I don't
know whether it got any specific name, but it is coded and with sleigh,
mine is mainly black and approx. 8 cm long. After this foot is mounted,
you just make your first buttonhole as usual, and then the machine will
remember the size of that and you can go on and on and on ....

Good luck!
Subject: Bernina pin
Date: Wed, 12 Nov 1997 04:56:01 -0500

Sorry if this is a repetition, but didn't recall having read this before,
so thought I'd pass it along to those who might be interested.  While at my
Bernina club yesterday I bought the nicest pin that they had in a basket on
the counter. It's a lovely little pastel crazy quilt heart with Bernina in
the middle that cost $5 and Bernina of America will donate all proceeds
from the purchase to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. I'm glad
to have the pretty pin AND to help such a worthy cause! Hope they raise
lots of money that way!
Date: Wed, 12 Nov 1997 15:41:19 -0600
Subject: Looking for a good used Bernina

I am not sure if I sent this correctly yhe first time, so here it is again.
Sorry if you already saw it.

I am looking for a good used Bernina sewing machine for my wife for christmas.
She is an avid member of the Emroiderers Guild and loves to sew too. Until
now all she has is an old Dressmaker that is lousy and makes her mad.

Some of her friends have Bernina's and they rave about them.

If anyone knows of a Bernina that needs a good home, please email me 


Happy Sewing,

Date: Wed, 12 Nov 1997 01:41:32 -0800
Subject: book reviews

I was just going to muse about sewing, but this turned into a book review.

I bought Sandra Betzina's book, "No Time to Sew" which includes her
patterns of the "new classics". I especially like the tuxedo shirt, &
sewing instructions are easy to follow. I found a nice silk broadcloth that
will make a gorgeous shirt & pants. But I'm really wondering are pull-on
palazzo pants  classic or if is this just elephant pants from the '70s that
will be out-of-fashion in 2 years? It's also a bit annoying to read that to
adjust in the crotch depth, just determine whether the pants you buy are
long or short crotch depth - now, really, if the pants fit that poorly, I
don't buy them! Oh yeah, and her wardrobe advice - all women over 30 must
wear makeup - is pretty dated.

Also bought "Pattern-Free Fashions" by Mary Lee Trees Cole (Robbie Fanning
wrote the Forward!) It includes instructions for serging, sewing or fusing
rectangles to make 12 basic pieces of clothing & many variations, including
a fleece turtleneck pullover & a cocoon coat. The pants however seem a
little goofy - wrap-around pants from the early '80s never felt quite
trustworthy. Anyway this book really got me excited about sewing.

Date: Wed, 12 Nov 1997 14:05:35 -0500 (EST)
Subject: My "new" 830

Had to make an agonizing decision today--

Went to the local 'Nina dealer with the intention of buying an advertised 801
as a machine to begin teaching my children with.  On my way to the register
to pay, I spotted an 830 that had just been traded in.  

I literally sat and stared at those two machines for 1 1/2 hours!  The 801
was 10 years old at $399, the 830 was 20 years old at $450.  They both came
with their basic issue items, but no sewing table for the 801.  Of course,
they both sew beautifully and came with a two year warranty (I'll be moving
in two years, anyway.)

Well, to make a long story short, I bought the 830.  I guess after hearing
all you 830 fanatics out there I decided this must be one he**uva Bernina.  

Anyway, if there's anyone who thinks I messed up, or paid way too much,
please DON'T tell me.  I'd prefer to be dumb and happy than wise and sad.

By the way, if anyone is looking for an 801 or 802, they are still there.

Date: Wed, 12 Nov 1997 13:55:07 -0500
Subject: Basting Spray

I just completed a lap size quilt using Sullivan's Basting Spray and it was
fantastic.  I cross hatched the quilt and didn't have a single pucker
anywhere front or back.  It helps to have someone work with you.  I layed
the backing on the floor with the wrong side up and lightly sprayed it.  I
then layed the batting on top of the backing and smoothed it out.  I placed
the quilt top wrong side up on top of the batting and again lightly sprayed
it, then picked it up and turned it over on top of the batting.  I had a few
puckers, and was able to lift it and reposition it until everything was
smooth and flat.  I didn't use a single pin anywhere, and I wasn't gentle
with it when I machine quilted it, and nothing moved.  I washed it after it
was bound and there's no sign of any adhesive.  When you first spray it,
there's quite a strong odor, but that goes away in a short time.  I will use
it on wall hangings and just not wash them afterwards, because it doesn't
make the quilt stiff or smelly even before washing. It's about $10 a can,
and I think I used about half a can on my project. 
Date: Wed, 12 Nov 1997 20:02:42 -0600
Subject: Re: Various

> Hi, this is my first time writing, however I have been a "lurker" for a
> couple of months.  I bought my first Bernina, a 1090, in 1991 and was
> immediately hooked.  I upgraded in 1994 to a 1260 which I truly love.  I am
> very concerned however that the new line will make it impossible in the
> future to get additional feet, etc.  what do you think?  I also have a 004
> serger.  I would love to trade up for a new serger but haven't found the
> perfect model yet.  Any suggestions?  Also, I will be traveling to the
> Layfayette, IN area soon.  Are there any Bernina dealers, quilt shops or
> antique shops to visit in that area?

Ron...look at the 1100da...a great serger that sews with 3 needles and
has a needle threader and lay in tensions.  Check it out.  If I trade up
it will be to this model.  As for the foot question.  I work at a
dealership I it is my understanding that the "old" feet will be
available for quite a while.  Connie
Date: Wed, 12 Nov 1997 17:29:57 -0600
Subject: Re: Bernina Dealers in Houston

Without a doubt: Sew Contempo!!! They are on Egret Bay Blvd and NASA Road
1....Webster/Clear Lake City area. About 18 miles SE of downtown houston.
Date: Wed, 12 Nov 1997 12:24:14 -0500
Subject: 1230 won't shut off

>>A friend of mine has a problem with her 1230.  Sometimes when
she turns the power button off, the machine does not shut down --
she must pull the electrical plug out to turn the machine off.
Her service-person is unable to locate the source of the problem.
Anyone had this problem and know why?>>

Mary, this is a very common problem with the 1230. Mine has been "repaired"
twice and after a few uses, it reverts back again. I usually remove the
plug anyway since I'm so afraid of power surges. But since that's the only
problem it has, I can live with it.

Subject: Re: Artista 180
Date: Wed, 12 Nov 1997 19:35:06 -0600

Hi everyone,

Well, I've gone and played with the new 180 2 times now and I really think I
like what the machine can do.  The embroidery is truly amazing.

What I'm kind of worried about is the stitch quality that I'll have for
normal sewing/quilting with this machine.  It has the rotary hook bobbin
like the 1630 does.  I'm wondering if anyone can give me their opinion on
how the 1630 does for quilting.  I really love the stitch quality of the
1260 that I have, but I'm pretty sure I will be willing to sell it if I'm
sure that the stitch quality is the same.  Sorry for rambling, but this is a
load of money to spend on a  machine and I want to be darn sure that it's
everything that I dream it will be.

Thanks for any help you can give me with this.


Subject: Sewing cabinet for 160
Date: Wed, 12 Nov 1997 17:50:58 -0800

I have a Virtuosa 160 and need Santa to bring me a cabinet.  Any
suggestions as to type.  I have limited space aprox 30" width but can leave
it up all the time.  I have heard good things about Horn but seems they are
a little pricey.   What isn't?
I love my machine.  Had some problems as my husband bought it for me in
Austria and it had to go to Bernina USA for new boards so I had to wait 3
months UPS strike and all.  Anyway it is wonderful!!
Subject: RE: Dress Forms
Date: Wed, 12 Nov 1997 14:30:39 -0500

Hi everyone,
	I have spent many long hours this summer working on making MY TWIN 
dressform.  My chapter of the American Sewing Guild did a work shop where 
we helped each other.  It is a lot of work but you do end up with something 
very usable.  If you want to know how it works it is a good idea to get the 
vido first and see what you are getting into.  Please e-mail any questions. 
 Happy fitting!  Adella
Date: Thu, 13 Nov 1997 15:19:35 -0500 (CDT)
Subject: Re: Artista (180E)

Hi to all!
  I stopped by the Bernina dealer at lunch and saw the new Artista - 
WOW!!  I am going back on Saturday to play... Nice, Verrrrry nice.
The embroideries are huge! and gorgeous.  Just the machine's basic 
stitches and patterns will keep me busy for months!!
  It's too much to describe.  You have to see it to believe it.
The touch screen is so easy to see, with on screen HELP... 

Needless to say, I want one!! 

   Still drooling,

Date: Thu, 13 Nov 1997 09:13:42 -1000
Subject: Re: Walking Foot

Cindy - my walking foot stuck all the time if I used thick batting and
thick was anything over the thickness of warm & natural or similar
handquilting batt.  I don't handquilt anything - carpal tunnel and time. 
Once I switched to a thinner batt I never had any trouble at all.  I
understand you can have Harriet Hargrave adapt your walking foot altho it
voids the warranty, but if it works why not??
Date: Thu, 13 Nov 1997 12:24:35 -0600
Subject: New Fabric Store

This is for anyone in the Ft. Worth/Arlington/HEB, etc area - there is a 
new fabric shop in Colleyville - The Grapevine Collection - Tara Village 
Center - 1101 Cheek Sparger Rd, 817-514-6061.  Has a great selection of 
fashion fabric - beautiful wools, challis, silks, etc.  Has been open 
about 3 weeks and still getting in lots of "goodies".  Check out this 
store.  Brenda
Date: Thu, 13 Nov 1997 15:32:39 -0800
Subject: converting basic patterns to maternity

What I do is the following: Lets say it is a blouse. Take the front part
of pattern and divide from the botton part into 4 or 5 parts. make a
slash from botton to 3 inches more or less passing bust line. Put the
pattern on top of a paper wide enough to make changes. Open each slashed
line 1 inch (or more if you want) and redraw it. that will give the
pattern an even spread. If there is any question, fill free to ask. 
Date: Thu, 13 Nov 1997 09:24:56 -1000
Subject: pincushions

I learned during training on my Activa 140 that the new tomato/strawberry
pincushions don't have the emery in them anymore, and that coffee grounds
are good filler for pincushions as the oil in the grounds keeps the
pins/needles from rusting - a big problem in Honolulu.  Also, learned to
section off the pincushion for various sized machine needles.  Our
instructor said the needle was good for equivalent of 8 hours sewing &
suggested the divided cushion so needles could be easily recognized.
Also, the instructor said that the needles can't be sharpened. 
Apparently somewhere on the needle is marked the size, but my eyes won't
see it these days - if they ever did - even with reading glasses!!
Date: Thu, 13 Nov 1997 08:29:32 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Another Use for Polartec?

I am a quiltmaker and I have been using the thicker flannel, Logger Flannel,
for the backings of my quilts (I live in Minnesota; we want all the warmth we
can get!).  The other day I was talking to a fabric rep and she told me the
good quality Polartec does not shrink at all, doesn't ravel, and doesn't
bleed.  It's so soft and I wondered if anyone out there had used it as either
a quilt backing or as a combination of quilt batt and backing?  Could be
useful for adding cuddle factor to a heavy quilt, such as denim, where you
need something a little more substantial on the back to match the weight of
the front.  

At one time I had called Malden Mills and was talking to one of their
customer service reps and suggested they have a Polartec fashion show,
similar to the Fairfield Fashion Show of quilted wearable art (which is
sponsored by the Fairfield batting company).   Because heaven knows most of
the Polartec clothing on the market is pretty simple garments (with high
prices).  I would like to see a little more style and embellishing on the
Polartec clothes.  Anyway, the customer service rep laughed at me and said
they cannot keep up with demand at present and don't really need any gimmicks
to increase their markets.  My feelings weren't hurt but I thought it was a
good idea.  At a fabric store recently I saw a couple of samples of jackets
that had been machine embroidered just a little bit around the necklines and
they really looked classy.  Anybody out there embellishing on Polartec?
Date: Thu, 13 Nov 1997 09:41:56 -0500
Subject: Sewing Machine Book (was Re: Tilt Table)

At 09:48 PM 11/12/97 -0500, Sandi wrote:

>Egad - a fallen Bernina - I dare not even CONTEMPLATE such a horror!!!
>I was thumbing through a book on sewing machines at Barnes and Nobles
>last night - and in THERE it had the suggestion about the two
>gum erasers WITH a picture.  But it was also recommended that one
>have their machine on piece of low-pile carpeting to cut down
>on vibrations - and I would THINK that material could be some sort
>of a non-slip sort of carpeting.  The advantage of doing it yourself
>is that you can adjust the height.
>This same book (sorry I don't recall the title or author) was really
>geared toward telling all about sewing machines - so it discussed all
>of the brands.  One section described the author's visit to the
>Bernina factory in northern Switzerland (gosh - that might be a fun
>excursion - good excuse to go into that area).  

This book - The Sewing Machine Guide - is from Taunton Press (home of
Threads) and is written by John Giordiano.  It just came out a month ago or
so, and is really great reading.  What I really liked was that, in the
chapter about cleaning and oiling, the sample machine in the photographs is
*my* 930! :-)

It's also a great book for someone who is thinking about buying a machine,
because it explains why some machines cost what they do, and what to look
for in a quality used sewing machine.

Date: Thu, 13 Nov 1997 09:14:09 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Ceramic Buttons

There are a couple other ways to safely wash precious buttons:
There is a product that looks like the little rubber change purses that when
you push the sides in the "mouth" opens.  I believe these are called Button
Clams.  They come in a couple different sizes (I have the larger ones) and
work wonderfully.
You can also use extra wide sew-in velcro:
Take a piece of velcro that is as long as it is wide.  Seperate the top from
the bottom and on the rough side cut a slit into it to the center from the
center of one of the sides.  Now you put this piece under the button (with
the rough side facing up and away from your garment and lay the other piece
on top and WASH!
Hope this helps!
Date: Wed, 12 Nov 1997 19:44:08 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Magnetic wrist band

Sandi - 

I found a magnetic wrist band at my local hardware/lumber store.  It was
displayed along with other magnets that you might find useful - magnet on the
end of a telescoping stick for retrieving dropped pins, large powerful
magnets with a cord attached for when you drop alot of pins or want to
"sweep" the floor.  As a woodworker and a sewer, I have two sets of these -
one for pins and one for nails!!

Date: Wed, 12 Nov 1997 21:19:25 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Re: Metallic Thread

Where can one purchase this lube-a-thread system.?  Sounds good.  Perhaps at
my Bernina dealer.  ????

Subject: Binding foot number
Date: Wed, 12 Nov 97 22:30:56 PST

What number foot is the binding applicator foot.  I have been applying bias
binding to a tapestry tote bag to carry my quilting stuff.  It was really
hard to put the bias tape on well.

Would this foot or any other for that matter have helped me?
Date: Thu, 13 Nov 1997 10:36:54 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Re: Rowenta Iron

I just baught the Rowenta Iron....lower priced model $ 59.00 called  The
POERGLIDE. I am not sure I like it much. I find that when I just turn the
dial to OFF and leave it plugged in....the handle of the iron remains quite
warm continuously.DOES THIS HAPPEN TO YOURS/
Also, although the soleplate is really smooth , I am not sure that the price
paid is worth it.
What do you think ?
Date: Thu, 13 Nov 1997 09:54:07 -0600
Subject: Re: Rowenta Iron and Spring Water

Carol and Bonnie,

Some spring waters have a higher mineral content than tap water. The only
pure water with no sediments or minerals is either distilled or deionized

Date: Thu, 13 Nov 1997 09:16:17 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Quilt Pattern

In a message dated 97-11-13 08:37:15 EST, you write:

>>Hi all!
  I am looking for a quilt pattern that I saw, but it wasn't for sale.
  It is by Keeping You In Stitches and the name of the pattern is
 "Wilderness Quilt."
  Does anyone have a source to mail order this pattern?
  TIA, Mary Ann >>

I know this company has recently changed their name do to someone else having
it in Florida - sorry, but I cannot remember what they changed it to!  I
would call your local quilt store and ask them.
BTW - have you seen this companies adorable mitten pattern?  The directions
are lacking but the end product is great!
Date: Thu, 13 Nov 1997 18:11:15 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Sulky sliver disaster

I've sewn successfully with metallic thread before, but have never tried
Sulky sliver until today.  I purchased a precious corduroy print yesterday
with penguins on a sky blue background, dressed in Santa hats, wreaths,
lights, etc.   It's very bright and colorful, and I thought it would be
perfect for a vest.  The fabric is busy enough to stand on it's own, but I
couldn't resist the urge to embellish a little.  A few icecycles in a silver
metallic thread seemed just right.  

I used, along with the Sulky sliver, Sulky bobbin light polyester thread and
a Metalfil needle.  I thought I was doing everything right, but the results
were pretty bad!  My machine (a 1260 which recently in the shop for routine
maintenance and seems to operating fine) jammed and the top thread made loops
on the bottom of the fabric.  This happened consistently, and I finally gave
up, deciding instead to couch silver metallic yarn on the vest.

Any ideas as to what I should do differently?  Thanks in advance.

Date: Thu, 13 Nov 1997 17:19:56 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Re: Folkwear Patterns

This gal in PA just started a business last Jan. for folksy tpe
apparel...dresses, vest, hats, etc. They're wonderful! Don't know if she has
emailbut the following is her mail/phone. You'll love the patterns!

"NoMatch Patchwork Patterns"
Juile Wegelin's Sewing Cellar
94North Fourth St.
Reading PA 19601
(610) 376-3490
Date:    Thu, 13 Nov 97 11:43 HST
Subject: Bobbin-out-of-thread light

OOOKKKK - I've struck that from my wish list - cuz I was told
the 1630 has this feature - doesn't beep or start blinking so you
KNOW it's about to happen (I think I'm so unobservant I need a
beep) - so many people don't NOTICE it.  BUT that it takes up
room in the bobbin case so now the bobbins can't hold as much
thread.  That's probably not a good trade off.
Date: Thu, 13 Nov 1997 13:43:45 -0800
Subject: Bias binder

I've lurked for some months and now I need some info about the bias
binder. I just bought one and it really works well, but how do you end
your binding? I'm making placemats (a quilt sandwich) and cut my own
bias. It feeds well through the binder, covers the edges well, but I'm
at a loss as to how to finish it off. I finished some by hand, but am
not sure I like how they came out. I think they could be neater. Does
anyone have experience with this? Everyone who contributes to BFC
manages to answer questions I might have about the various feet so was
hoping someone could come up with this one. Haven't seen too much about
this foot. It is indeed pricey so maybe not too many people have one. I
am sewing on a 1260 that I've had for 18months. This is a wonderful
sewing machine for me. I'm an "old experienced sewer" and I began sewing
on my grandmother's treadle at age 10. Now that I'm retired from my job,
I can sew much more. TIA.
Date: Thu, 13 Nov 1997 16:28:47 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Bernina Vs. Viking

Can anyone compare the new Bernina Artista 180 to the Viking 1+ and tell me
the features that are different?
Date: Thu, 13 Nov 1997 22:34:50 +0000
Subject: softwear

I dawned on me today that since I am buying a Dell powerbook used, I can
probably finally hook up my 1630 to a computer. If anyone is interested in
selling their software/connection thing cheap, please email me.

Also, while at my Bernina dealer today, I happened to notice that the feet for
the new machines were less expensive than the feet for the "old machines". By
about $5. And one new foot was actually even a better foot than it's "old"
counterpart. (I hate to say "old" because there is another even older series.)

I had heard that there was going to be a shank you could buy to convert your
older feet to the new machine feet, I wonder if dealers will also sell old
shanks to go on the new feet, or if Bernina will keep making feet for the
older style machines.

About price: The single needle plate for the 1630 is about half the price of
the 5mm plate for the 1630, probably because not everyone is going to bother
to buy one. 

Date: Fri, 14 Nov 97 00:44:36 UT
Subject: RE: 180 Embroidery Software

I visited with our local Bernina Dealer yesterday and was told the new cards 
were larger than the Deco cards, soooo, you have to buy new for the 180.  
Apparently you can still use the computer program to write to the card so 
anything you have stored on your computer will be okay.  The cards that fit in

the deco won't transfer out - at least I can't get them to.  If anybody knows 
how or if it's possible, please share.

Date: Thu, 13 Nov 1997 22:27:49 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Re: Deco Cards

I have a Deco 500 and have been thinking of buying the software (the wizard
and the customizer).  I am curious if anyone who has the software knows if
you really need the customizer or can you use Corell Draw and send it to the
wizard.  No one at Bernina seems to know.  They, of course, would like to
sell both software packages.


Date: Thu, 13 Nov 1997 17:31:15 -0600
Subject: Re: Rowenta Iron

At 07:06 PM 11/12/97 -0500, you wrote:

>I just bought a Rowenta iron (a moderately priced model) mfg. suggests if you
>have hard water, to dilute with distilled water 1/2-1/2.  Also suggest that
>you empty your tank after every use to avoid mineral build up in the tank
>from sitting water.

Exactly what I did with my Rowenta iron -- and you should see the lime
deposits protruding from the steam vents now. They don't want you to use
distilled, deminieralized, softened, etc. Now what?
Date: Thu, 13 Nov 1997 18:34:45 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Wool

What is a fabric called serge? I heard it's wool, but I don't really know
anything about it? Thanks!
Date: Thu, 13 Nov 1997 18:30:02 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Re: Pattern systems - which do you use?

Yes, we sell and teach bonfit patterners.  First we were as reluctant as
anyone, but bought one commercially because my wife looks fine but has as
much trouble getting a good fit as anyone, and we had a commitment to make
some wearable art clothing.  Consequently, as i said, we now sell them and
teach classes on bonfit and fitting.  Bonfit is basically what they call in
the clothing industry a "sloper", albeit a mechanical sloper, but you only
have to read the accompanying manual to create well fitting clothes, rather
than taking a few college courses (although college courses in clothing are a
good thing).  In fact, my wife makes pants or slacks for the price of the
fabric which looks like they should cost over $100.

So one satisfied customer highly recommends them.  The two secrets are; you
do have to read the very well written manual and, you absolutely need someone
(talented....and trusted  ;-).... friend or shop) to help take the
measurements.  The key to any system, bonfit-computer system-what ever- is
accurate measurements.  Computer software is getting better at pattern
making, but so far most require 3-4 tries before you get it pretty good.
 They will continue to improve but also require various degrees of computer

Yes, we recommend bonfit, and hopefully you will be near somewhere that you
can even get some instruction to make it easier or speed up the learning, but
you can use them successfully on your own, we did.  If you have anymore
questions you can eMail me privately.

Date: Thu, 13 Nov 1997 19:22:35 -0500 (EST)
Subject: help - need hard to find fabric site

I know that I've seen you guys mention an internet site that will help find
hard to find fabric but I can't remember.  I have a friend who needs it now
and of course I didn't save it.  She needs a Warner Bros. tweety fabric from
1994.  ( that much is printed in the selvage of the small peice she has.)
 Any and all suggesions are welcome.

Subject: Re: Artista Designer and Deco
Date: Fri, 14 Nov 1997 10:31:18 -0500

- ->Does anyone  know at this time  (other than Bernina)  as to whether or not
>the software will work with the Deco?  I have been holding off buying the
>Wizard and Customizer for this reason.


I have the Artista Designer and have had training on it. It WILL work on the
Deco and it'w twins BUT you must have the Wizard to work with it because you
need the card reader. There is NO card reader with the Artista Designer
because the Bernina Artista 180 doesn't need one...designs are sent directly
from the computer to the machine. So, yes you can use the software because
it saves files in .PEC and .PES format but you will also need the Wizard to
get the designs to your Deco.

Date: Fri, 14 Nov 1997 05:49:06 -0600
Subject: Re: Shark's Teeth

> Recently I went to a quilt show and one of the vendors was a Bernina
She had a beautifully textured jacket featuring a technique called Shark's> 
Teeth.  She very kindly told me how to do this technique (it makes a row of> 
triangular "teeth" secured in place by a row of decorative stitches across>
base of the teeth).   But when I went home and tried it (3 times!) my> teeth 
came out oddly proportioned and not even!  I must have missed something> in
explanation.  Does anyone know this technique and could describe it to> me? 

Sue Pennington has written a book that describes this technique.  This
technique is also explained in some of Martha Pullen's books.

Date: Fri, 14 Nov 1997 08:42:27 -0500
Subject: Re: magnetic wrist pin holder

Please be careful--these things can create havoc with your watch!!  Mine
watch ended up running backwards.  
Date: Fri, 14 Nov 1997 08:25:56 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Gortex

Does anyone have tips on how to sew with Gortex?  I am going to try to make a
raincoat.  I guess I will use 2-ply Gortex and line it.  Any tips on which
lining?  Thanks in advance.

Subject: machine cost
Date: Fri, 14 Nov 1997 07:56:19 -0500

My DH said for what I paid for my machine he could have gotten a better car
than he has now!  I think there may be some truth to what people have been
saying about the small demand results in a higher price needed so tshey can
recoup their investiments but why charge less if people will pay that much
for a machine.  I am sure the accountants have figured out the best prices
for the company to charge to maximize their profit and isn't that what
owning a busines is all about?
Date: Fri, 14 Nov 1997 11:15:42 -0500
Subject: Buckwheat hull pillows

Did you all see Martha Stewart this a.m. making a b. hull pillow?  Her
dimensions for cutting were two pieces, 14"x21".  She made her own
piping, sewed the case, and poured in the hulls.  She said an 18# sack
would make 6 pillows, and mentioned that they were available from a
company in Seattle, but gave no address.  So you Seattleites have access
somewhere out there and you know each pillow will require 3 pounds of
hulls.  She filled the case fairly full but not packed full, so there
would still be room in the case for the hulls to spread out.  If anyone
has done this, could you tell us how the price compares with the
commercial pillows?  Our local department store now sells them for
$19.95.  I have been unable to find the hulls in our town.  I called a
feed and seed store and a natural foods store.

Subject: RE: 180 Embroidery Software
Date: Thu, 13 Nov 1997 17:41:06 -0800

>> Does anyone  know at this time  (other than Bernina)  as to whether or not
the software will work with the Deco?  I have been holding off buying the
Wizard and Customizer for this reason.>>>>


Yes it will, but you still need the Wizard to send the design to the Deco 

Date: Fri, 14 Nov 1997 11:28:14 -0800
Subject: Re: Dressform

Bernina wrote:

> Has anyone had any experience w/dress forms i.e. Twin Fit or My Double.  I
> would appreciate any info pro or con.  You can e-mail me privately or send
> reply here. TIA
> Sheri
> _>>
> I have experience with both and don't recommend either.  My favorite
> dressform without taking a mortgage is the Uniquely you form.  It is always
> in the National Thread ad in Sew News. (Usually the last couple of pages.)
> It is the most accurate and easy to change.

Sorry, I have to disagree here. I'm working on a "My Twin" form now.
Granted it's work. Anything worth it usually is. When it's finished,
it's an exact double of all you best and worst aspects. But at least
it's honest. The foam is from a separate co., so all together the cost
of this runs about 165. to 185. If you want more detail let me know.

We did this in Sept. as our ASG project. Was a lot of fun. I've just
been a little too busy to finish up. Our resident dressmaker had hers
done and there for all to see. Was great and will be very useful.

Subject: Re: 1230 Won;t Shut Off
Date: Fri, 14 Nov 1997 07:28:04 -0800

The power switch on my 1230 also ceased to work, fortunately it was covered
by warranty at the time, and my dealer replaced the switch.

Karen when you leave your machine plugged into a switched power
strip, and turn off the switch on the power strip, you are turning off the
surge protection to your machine.  My manual states to always unplug the
machine when not in use.  Otherwise, a power surge will go thru the wire
into the sensitive electronics of your sewing machine.

Subject: Sandwashed Rayon
Date: Fri, 14 Nov 97 16:11:24 GMT

I purchased some sandwashed rayon several years ago.  (At least, that's what I
think the material is!  I'm embarrassed I've taken so long to do something with 
it.)  I was so excited by the sale price that I failed to copy down the cleaning instructions.  I know I can test the scraps, but can anyone tell me
if this is a dry clean only material or is it handwashable?  I love the feel of 
it.  Also, any hints on how to work with this slippery fabric while sewing?  
Date: Fri, 14 Nov 1997 18:54:52 -0500
Subject: Re: 830 Manual

Hey if you ever truly decide to give away your 830 I am sure I can find a=

family worth of it...really really close to me.  :-)  Mel
Date: Fri, 14 Nov 1997 17:45:29 -0600
Subject: Re: Sulky Monofilament

> I cannot find the Sulky Clear Invisible thread that several of you have>
is superior to the YLI monofilament.  I live in a small town with few
> stores that sell the important things in life (and I mean fabrics and
> notions, not groceries...)  Does anyone know of a mail-order source?  

I have a web page with mail order sources.  You might try one of those
sources.  Perhaps Softwear Productions has it.
The url address is

Date: Fri, 14 Nov 1997 17:38:24 -0600
Subject: Re: Needs advice of use of monofilament thread

> Do you use the Sulky clear invisible thread on the top, and also in the
> bobbin, when machine quilting?
>   Thanks,  Linda 

Linda, It is my understanding that you use the monofilament thread on
top and regular thread in the bobbin.  I think they said it stretches
when put in the bobbin.  I hope this is right.

Date: Fri, 14 Nov 1997 16:22:16 -0600
Subject: Looking for a good used Bernina

I am looking for a good used Bernina sewing machine for my wife for christmas.
She is an avid member of the Emroiderers Guild and loves to sew. Until now
all she has is an old Dressmaker that is lousy and makes her mad.

Some of her friends have Bernina's and they rave about them.

If anyone is know of a Bernina that need a good home, please email me 


Happy Sewing,

Subject: Preemie patterns - smocking
Date: Fri, 14 Nov 1997 14:46:35 -0700

Well, I was reading through my old Creative Needles to find ideas for
fall/winter clothing. Guess what I found... a nice article and pattern for
preemie smocked gowns. The article talked about what is acceptable to the
preemie ward of the Atlanta hospital to which the charity work is donated.
The pattern includes instructions for single gowns as well as assembly line
construction for a quantity of gowns.

Creative Needle, July/August 1994, pg 33-34, "Grady Gown by the Atlanta
Smocking Guild", pattern is on the insert.

"Creative Needle has kindly agreed to waive copyright restrictions so that
the pattern and instructions can be reproduced for use by Guilds and other

Date: Fri, 14 Nov 1997 15:58:14 -0500
Subject: Re: New Artista 180

You CAN adjust the brightness of the LCD screen on both the 170 and 180.
Push the Smart button and then I believe "Screen Brightness" you will then
have a screen with one half for brigtening the screen and other for
darkening it.

Additionally, the embroidery display DOES show you the part of the design
that will stitch out in the curent color. It is the part of the design that
is colored in in gray. What's neat about this is that you can see where the
part of the design that will next stitch fits in relation to the design
rather than just what the part looks like. This way you can tell if it's an
eye or a foot.

Date: Fri, 14 Nov 1997 12:56:14 -0600
Subject: Re: Shark's Teeth

 I believe that you start with a square of fabric.  The size depends on your
 quilt or garment.  fold the square in half createing a triangle.  Then you 
fold the triangle in half, bringing all the raw edges together at the bottom
 opposite of the tooth or point of the triangle.  This allows all the raw
 to be in the seam of the hem or binding.  They are generally slightly
 overlapped as they are sewn or basted into a string that is placed in the hem
 or binding.

I hope that this is clear.

Date: Fri, 14 Nov 1997 12:36:27 -0600
Subject: Re: Bernina Dealers

 Try "It's A Stitch" an excellent Bernina Dealer and Quilt Shop in Humble,
Texas.  This is an incorporated city surrounded by Houston located in the
east side of town.  It is located at 9725 W. 1960 Bypass at Highway 59, north.
.  Phone number is (281) 446-4999 .  The owner's are John and Judy Curtis and
their shop and service is great.

They also have another Bernina site in Southwest Houston at 9389 Richmond 
and that number is (713) 785-0097.  The Richmond Avenue site is not a fabric
quilting shop.

They also carry Pfaff and Brother machines.

Date: Fri, 14 Nov 1997 12:43:19 -0400
Subject: Re: TOL 180 and kids

"VBG" wrote: 
>...With no instruction whatsoever this child had figured out how to thread, 
scroll through the designs and in short order was sewing out the teddy bear!  
What a kid, what a machine!!! ...

Well, sure! But that was an eight-year old child - I'm sure she can,
without instructions, set up and program the most complex VCR on the
market, too! But what about us grown-ups?!!!  ;)


Date: Sat, 15 Nov 1997 01:33:44 -0600
Subject: Re: Protecting Ceramic Buttons

Dear Sandi,

I think I didn't describe the pins I was talking about.  They are called
button pins.  they are described on page 76 on Nancy's Notion cataloge with
the cover celebrating her 15 years aniversary.  In case you don't have the
cataloge her toll free # is 1-800-833-0690.  The item # BP2 Button Pins pack
of 10 for 1.10.

Hopes this helps.

Date: Fri, 14 Nov 1997 21:22:42 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Re: Pattern systems - which do you use?

I had never considered buying a patterner until I started watching the Sewing
Connection tv show, where Shirley Adams uses it all the time.  It seems
great, and I think in my case could be a spur to my creativity.  I have sewn
for almost 30 years (gosh that makes me feel old!) and have always used
commercial patterns, which luckily fit me pretty well, with easy adjustments
to back-waist length.  However, I am very timid about altering patterns.  But
the patterner almost forces you to be creative, and it doesn't seem too hard
(at least when Shirley does it).  I'm thinking that this would be the perfect
thing to ask for for my birthday, Hanukah or Christmas (we celebrate both).
 Any ideas about the usefulness of this system over the long run?  Also,
since I don't think this is carried anywhere locally, where to get the best
price through mail order?


Date: Fri, 14 Nov 1997 21:25:47 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Machine embroidery on charmeuse?

I got inspired watching Sewing With Nancy recently when she had a series on
easy machine embroidery, so I went out today and bought some machine
embroidery thread (both metallic and regular rayon), hoop, needles, etc.  I
have some silk charmeuse from my stash that would make a great holiday
blouse, and I want to do some simple embellishments for the collar and maybe
the cuffs.  Other than doodling on scraps, I have never done any machine
embroidery at all.  I have a 1090s.  I am thinking about either just doing
rows of some of the pre-programmed stitches or doing free-motion doodling.  I
am thinking that maybe it would be easiest to do the embroidery before I cut
out the pattern pieces, but would like some tips on whether to apply
interfacing before I embroider, whether and what kind of stabilizer to use,
etc.  There are probably other questions I haven't even thought of, so any
input will be appreciated.


Date: Fri, 14 Nov 1997 17:42:52 -0600
Subject: Re: Serger Projects

> Hi everyone!  I am going to be the proud owner of a new Bernina serger
> this week!  Can anyone share with me good books that I should invest in
> or share some project ideas for a newbie?  I have never used a serger
> before so I definitely need ideas.  Hope you all are having a great day!
> Marty  

Marty, a couple of my favorites are:
Singer Sewing with an Overlock, published 1989
Creative Serging Illustrated by Palmer, Brown and Green 1987
Innovative Serging by Brown and Young 19889

I see as I write these that they are older books and I am sure there are
newer books, possibly even newer versions of these same books; but they
are good solid instruction on basic serging.

Good luck, you will wonder how you ever sewed without a serger.

Date: Fri, 14 Nov 1997 21:58:17 -0600
Subject: Rhinestone zippers

Does anyone know a good source for rhinestone zippers?
Subject: Re: Kids & Sewing
Date: Fri, 14 Nov 1997 20:10:18 -0800

Just wanted to comment on how nice an attitude K. Farber the sewing teacher
has- I love sewing now but only because I finally had a patient praising
teacher in the 11th grade. I went to Queen Anne high  in Seattle in 1968
maybe some one else remembers her? Anyway I was so awkward and her praise
stuck with me for years until I could get a sewing machine.Thanks for all of
us Mom never taught-
Subject: RE: Help Chosing Machine
Date: Fri, 14 Nov 1997 14:17:40 -0500

Michael, I purchased a model #140 @ the Vermont Quilt Show.  I bought a
"demo" model and saved a tremendous amount of money--less than what you
have targeted.  I priced the same model machine at several dealers
around me and none could match the price.  Keep your eyes open for
deals, try the "demo" models at dealers with the newest model coming
out.  I just love my machine.  Good luck.
Date: Sat, 15 Nov 1997 00:34:11 -0600
Subject: Re: Cuddle-duds

Hi Connie,

Sew Sassy Lingerie sells "cuddleskin" which is like the fabric "cuddle-duds"
are make of.  Their address is:
        900 Bob Wallace Ave Suite 124
        Huntsville, AL  35801

Phone:  205-536-4405

I've ordered from them many times and think their selctionand prices are

Hope this helps.

Date: Sat, 15 Nov 1997 01:47:45 -0600
Subject: Re: Sulky Monofilament

Dear Kaathryn,

Try Nancy's Notions.  I too live in a small town.  It has one fabric store
which has outdated fabric and not alot to choose from.  Nancy's Notion
carries alot of notions she has an online website.  Or
you can call 1-800-833-0690.  You can also contact Clotilde at
1-800-772-2891.  If anyone knows of others please post them I like a variaty
to choose from.

Hope this helps.

Date: Sat, 15 Nov 1997 07:36:47 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Trip to Chicago

I will be in Chicago the first week in December and would like to know of
some good fabric stores.  

Subject: kids and sewing
Date: Sat, 15 Nov 1997 07:07:09 -0500

Had to add a comment on kids and sewing: my son started sewing on my old
Sears Kenmore when he was REAL small (about 4 or 5, I think) and did a real
good job. However, when I got my Bernina 1230, I really hated to have him
use it and not long after, he stopped being interested in sewing. Looking
back on this, I now wish I'd let him use my new machine (would rather
instill a love of sewing than be concerned about something happening to my
machine!) but it's too late to think of that now! And I think I've heard of
many schools using Bernina's in their classrooms since they're so durable?
One good thing, though: when he was in junior high they also had a unit on
sewing (wish I'd been there to see how the teacher handled the program!),
and he made a bike pack from a kit  (which was something he could actually
USE) and did such a good job that he got an "A" - so maybe there's still
hope for him returning to sewing some day (when he's no longer a teenager
and thinks it's not "cool"!). Sue  
Subject: Bernina binder
Date: Sat, 15 Nov 1997 06:58:30 -0500

I recently got lots of great advice about binders from members of this
group (thanks so much to everyone!), but was real pleased to discover that
there's also a little info on this device in a new book by Debra Wagner
called Traditional Quilts/Today's Techniques. Lots of great info on all
kinds of ways to use our wonderful  machines for quilting (and she IS a
Bernina owner, I believe!), but what I was real pleased to see was a
PICTURE of the Bernina binder and also some info on using it! Still have to
check with my dealer sometime to actually see one in person AND find out
about the price, but it's always so busy when I'm there for Bernina club
that I never get a chance. Guess I'll just have to make a special trip (not
hard since there's also a QUILT shop attached to the store!). Sue 
Date: Fri, 14 Nov 1997 22:29:14 -0500
Subject: magnetic wrist pin holder

I have a red one with "Bernina" on it that I got at Fishman's Fabrics in
Chicago, but I have also seen them in varying colors at Jo-Ann's Fabrics
on their notions wall.
Date: Fri, 14 Nov 1997 22:07:26 -0600
Subject: Re: Sulky Monofilament

>I cannot find the Sulky Clear Invisible thread that several of you have
>said is superior to the YLI monofilament.  I live in a small town with few
>stores that sell the important things in life (and I mean fabrics and
>notions, not groceries...)  Does anyone know of a mail-order source?  TIA!!


I was just looking through my Hancocks of Paducah and they have it for
$1.99 per spool.  I just paid $3.17 here.  You can order on the internet
and not pay shipping I think.  Web address:  Or toll free # 800-845-8723.  Hope this

Date: Sat, 15 Nov 1997 23:25:13 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Re: Looking for a good used Bernina

Hi Peter,
    What a nice and intelligent DH ("dear husband") you are.  Check out your
local Bernina dealer as with the new TOL machine coming out this month there
will probably be a lot of trade-ins.  I have a 1260 that I love and I
personally would recommend it.  The other two older models that I would
highly recommend would be the 1230 and the 930----the latter might be a
little harder to find. Best of luck to you in your sm search---you have a
lucky wife as I am a lucky wife.  My husband knew that there would be no
substition for a Bernina either.
Date: Sat, 15 Nov 1997 22:36:17 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Re: Bernina Dealers

to Nina Sue ,
Great Expectations on Memorial near Dairy Ashford is a great quilt shop.
If you are willing to drive south , Quakertown Quilts is in Friendswood .
Quilts by the Bay in Galveston.
The Painted Pony in LaPort.        Peggy 
Date: Sat, 15 Nov 1997 22:36:26 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Re: Needs advice of use of monofilament thread

Sometimes I use Monofilament on both top and bottom and it seems to feed
better because it has the same stretch. It causes less breakage or puckers
for me.I got some new spray in a can at Quilt Festival in Houston called
 Sullivans Quilt Basting Spray.You spray the back of the lining and spread it
out on the batting then spray the back of the top flip it over and spread the
top on the other side of the batt. It holds great but can be repositioned if
needed .I used it on a wall quilt I machine quilted and it held every thing
smooth and slick. :-) Worked like a charm! Peggy
Date: Sat, 15 Nov 1997 17:23:56 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Re: Yards of Silk

Not sure this is where you need but you can get a 15# box of silk scraps from
Talbott-Studio, Carmel Valley-CA 93294 - 1-408-659-4540 - opens at 10 AM
their time.
Cost $20 ea and $20 shipping.  It's my understanding there are many good size
pieces included.  We crazy quilters use them for that.....Good luck.

Subject: Re: Three Piece Outfit
Date: Sat, 15 Nov 1997 18:34:47 -0800

It's very nice to see what others have been doing.  It gives me an
incentive to try new things.
I've been reading this forum for several months now.  I bought my 1260QE in
June and then went off to Ariz for my son's wedding.  After I returned, I
finally took my classes but before I could use my new knowledge I was off
to Indiana to visit my son and his new wife.  (They just got married in
Ariz. My son lives in Indiana and my new daughter-in-law lives with us in
Washington state while she finishes up her PhD).  We had a local reception
for them last weekend and I decided to make Jenn a bolaro jacket to wear
with her wedding gown.  Her gown was fine for Tucson in July but much too
exposed for Wa. in Nov.  The jacket was made from some silky polyester in a
turquoise color.  Until Bernie and I connected I would never have even
dreamed of trying something like this.  It was very easy and I got many
complements but best of all Jenn liked it and wore it the whole time. 
Someone said "I didn't know you sewed."  Frankly I didn't know it either. 
I've made some very simple dresses for my mother who is in a nursing home
but nothing more complicated than that.  It's amazing how much confidence
having a GREAT sewing machine can make in what you're willing to try.
Thanks everyone for all the great tips and encouragement I've gotten from
this forum.
When I bought my machine the salesladie at the Bernina dealer said she had
named her machine.  I thought "how silly".  I now find myself talking about
my machine and calling it by name-Bernie. Guess it wasn't so silly after
Date: Sat, 15 Nov 1997 17:20:28 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Topsy Turley Dolls or Old Fashioned Double Dolls

Someone on one of my lists I get was really wanting patterns for Topsy Turvey
Dolls.  A lady here in Montana makes them and takes to craft shows and tells
the story to go witheach one.  She has  Red Riding Hood, Grandmother & Wolk,
Little Bo-peep & her lost sheep., Cinderella scrubbing and cleaning and ready
for the ball., The little Old Lady and Ginbgerbread Man - Fox.  Goldilocks
and All Three Bears.  The origional double doll "Awake and Asleep", Precious
4-in-one doll, Brown and Yellow, Black and White to teach about
nationalities.  Mama Pigt and 3 little Pigs finger puppets and the Big Bad
Wolf.  They are all just lovely dolls and the stories are great.

Her address is "Old Fashioned Double Dolls, Shirley Overcast, Box 146,
Sheridan, Montana  59749 (406) 842-5748....  I couldn't get near her to ask
if she would sell patterns but you might ask.  These are really neat dolls
and sell from $25 to 35 and 40 dollars ea.    Good luck.  

Hope you can use this information.

Date: Sat, 15 Nov 1997 13:34:46 -0700 (MST)
Subject: Re: Looking for a good used Bernina

Speaking as the husband of an avid Bernina owner and having been greatly
involved with her in many of her projects, I am greatly impressed with the
quality of the machine and it's local service support facilities.
My wife recently upgraded to a newer model Bernina and is interested in
selling her previous mainstay. It is a model 1090 which we purchased in late
May of 1994. It includes a knee-lift, walking foot, extra bobbins and
additional feet that came with the machine. The original price was $2000.
Oue asking price is $1100. The machine will be completely serviced by the
local Bernina dealer before sale.
We would be interested in corresponding further with you.
Date: Sat, 15 Nov 1997 14:53:20 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Re: Sharks Teeth

This is a quilting technique and should be available through a quilt shop or
at the public library.
Subject: New Bernina dealership
Date: Sat, 15 Nov 1997 12:05:26 -0500

I just bought my first Bernina.  (160), at the new Bernina dealership,
Sister's Choice in Pittsburgh.  A friend has had a Bernina and loves it
whiel I have been fighting with a Viking400. But I didn't have a dealership
I wanted to deal with until Sister's Choice -my favorite quilt store- added
Berninas.  THey are very helpful and great teachers.  I love the machine
and I'm glad I waited for a good store becasue it makes all the difference.
Date: Sat, 15 Nov 1997 16:51:42 +1000
Subject: Re: Shark's Teeth

There is a very good book called Fabric Oragami that will explain the
technique and many others to you.
Date: Sat, 15 Nov 1997 10:57:02 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Re: Serger Projects

Marti - Some of the best books for serging techniques, in my opinion, are the
books by Gail Brown and Pati Palmer.  I have the first two they wrote (I
think), Sewing With Sergers and Creative Serging.  I've had them 10 years and
still refer to them.  They've written some newer ones, too, that would be
worth looking into.  They really are the "Serger Wizards".

Have fun with your new serger.  I know you'll love it.

Barb - who just sold her 1630 to Sandi!
Date: Sat, 15 Nov 1997 10:02:27 -0500
Subject: rotary blades

Has anyone tried the "generic" rotary cutting blades offered at very low
prices ($1.99 for a 45mm blade) by Hancock's of Paducah? Any good?
Also will the sharpening kits take out a nick made by running the cutter
over a pin?


BTW.. Hancock's web site has an offer of "free" shipping if you order on
line.  I would not recommend doing this since they do not have a "secure"
site. (Nancy's Notions, for example, is secure. The data, like your
credit card number, is encrypted) You would be hanging out your credit
card number for anybody who was looking for it to see.  I think it is
irresponsible of Hancock's to even suggest that people do this.
Date: Sat, 15 Nov 1997 09:14:22 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Re: magnetic wrist pin holder

You can make your own - I saw a McCalls pattern (6903) yesterday that had
sewing room accessories including everything from iron board covers to a
magnet wrist pin holder!
Date: Sat, 15 Nov 1997 22:36:25 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Re: Serger Projects

I also got a new serger (Bernina 2000DCE) the lessons the dealer offered were
a big help.If you can get help from the dealer (like a class) be sure and
take advantage of the help.  If a bought a book for serger help it would be
the Chris James book mentioned on Bernina Home page . I believe a Bernina
serger is used in this book.     Happy serging.Peggy

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