Bernina Fan Club Archives

October 1997

Sunday, October 26 - Saturday, November 1

Date: Sun, 26 Oct 1997 09:43:46 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Bernina 1630

Thank you for the information you recently sent me by email regarding stting
up my 1630 version 2 to do the hand look quilt stitch and the thread and
needles to use. Have not tried it yet.Too busy getting out orders for
Christmas now.

Now need more help......I just baught by Bernina 2 weeks ago. It is a used
one. It had no walking foot. My non Bernina dealer ordered a walking foot for
me and when I went to pick it up yesterday he had tried to save me a bit of
money and ordered a non Bernina foot at $44.oo cost. I decided to go with a
Brand name Bernina product....the new walking foot...he had no idea what the
order# or specification for the NEW FOOT to order for me.....WHAT EXACTLY IS
work!!! what am i getting into here? That foot is very expensive and if it is
not designed correctly.....why are you selling it?
Date: Sun, 26 Oct 1997 00:05:35 -0700
Subject: Quilting in Humboldt Co.

  Sometime ago, I mentioned to someone on this list that I wasn't sure
if there was much quilting activity in our area.  I don't quilt, but
after visiting with my SIL who does, I really felt that I had to correct
that statement.  She belongs to an extremely active quilting guild in
the Humboldt area.  There aren't very many fabric stores specializing in
quilting, but evidentally this guild takes full advantage of the ones
that are here.  Their guild meets regularly, they have a variety of
projects, they just held a big show at the local Jr. College and they
are hosting the quilting gal from HGTV in the near future.  So---sorry
for my misinformation--I feel better now.  ALSO, thank you so much to
those who helped me solve my DIL's crayon on fabric problem.  I
appreciate your advice and passed it on.  Sincerely, Bev-
Date: Sat, 25 Oct 1997 22:22:39 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Patterns for under birth weight babies

yes, I have made some of these myself. I am a nurse and have a friend who has
had to pay huge prices of the tiny items. so I ask for one to go by and then
made her several from it.  I then embroidery cute things with my deco 500 and
she was so grateful.  It is such a trying time for the parents of one of
these infants and the cost of items and being out of work to care for sick
infants and to pay for around the clock nursing, special formula, etc.  I
think you are doing a wonderful thing. Ask to see one or borrow one, draw a
pattern, and have fun.
Subject: Re: Bernina 108 Card
Date: Sun, 26 Oct 1997 02:41:20 +0000

At 07:21 PM 10/24/97 +0000, you wrote:

>I talked to my Bernina dealer today and they told me that the Deco Card 108
>will not be able to be used in the 500.  I was surprised since I heard it on
>BFC that it would.  If anyone knows what is correct please email me at
>Thanks.  Joan in FL

Wrong-o!!!  I'm stitching out a design from card 108 on my Deco 500 as I'm
typing this, so I KNOW it works.  And why wouldn't it?  These are the
built-in designs for the Deco 600, so why would this card be produced for
the 600 only?

Date: Sun, 26 Oct 1997 09:44:54 -0500 (EST)
Subject: 1630 for sale

I have a 1630 for sale.  Less than 2 years old, barely used.  E-mail me
privately for a great deal!   
Date: Sun, 26 Oct 1997 15:10:51 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Montreal Fabric Stores

I am looking for stores in downtown Montreal where my daughter could find
good quality heavyweight cotton at least 150 cm wide to make a futon
cover. She is a student and doesn't want to spend too much. Any ideas? TIA.
Date: Sat, 25 Oct 1997 22:32:17 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Mail Order Fabric Source

HELP, HELP!  I am looking for some mail order fabric shops. Can anyone send
me some good ones.  I am starting my own business and need to buy bolts
wholesale. But I now buy at Gastonia, and Walmart occassionally. But don't
like Walmart quality.  I want to get some Debbie Mumm, from South Seas,
Hoffman, etc.
Thanks, I am making Nursing lab jackets, on my bernina and having fun.  I
have found like many others that Walmart prices are lower than wholesale, but
I preferred a better quality if I can get it.  Cheryl  
Date: Sun, 26 Oct 1997 18:17:17 -0500 (EST)
Subject: 170-170E and 180-180E

   I just returned fro 3 long hard days of TRAINING for the new machine!  I
came away with the I HAVE GOT TO HAVE feeling!  Yes, I am  working at a
Bernina dealer!  But I have to make the same discussions : to buy or not!Yes
I wilol be buying the 180E.  Soon I problem is my husband's work
told hime he had to REPLY for his job/ They are doing away with a few
departments and his is one of them.  He has to apply for another job within
the company and hopes and prays he gets it. If NOT he get the pkg. I do not
want another Package for my family. We lose a job 4 1/2 years ago and not
yet climbing out of that one!

Better news. the machines are so easy to use....quick....and you name it it
can do it. I lost cound on the buttonholes! There is a buttonhole swetting
you can use if you need top repair a torn one. The sizing of all the
stitches are wonderful. In our class of owners and sales help, we were
embroidering a boot on a pillow front.  No two were alike in size.  Only
problem was all the electric cords in a room that was to small. We finally
said once machines starts to one walks around.  To many feet
unplugging the machines.  They have an eco will save what
you are doing BUT turn the machine off.  You leave for work, or bed, or
phone and come back and turn the eco button back on and start back on the
emb. design you made so big it would take 3 hours to sew out.  The
possibilities are unlimited.  GIVE IT A TRY!    

At the time of the training....yes I will go for the training...but I will
keep my 1630, 1080, 2000de, and 009dcc.   Well I will soon have a new member
of my family. Now for thje decission to keep or trade the 1630?

Take care and look for the machine.  The are trying for the middle of
November is best to just say end of November...ther are a few who
want asap if a date is mentioned.    

I just started a formal for a wedding for my daughter last Sunday and
finished on Thursday am and she left 3 hours later for NC to be in this
wedding. Glad I have such a good machine to keep me going.     Clara 
Subject: Stuff
Date: Sun, 26 Oct 1997 20:44:40 EST

Dear Nina Fans:

I first bought the parking garages in Florida for $6.96...came back home
to New Jersey and found a Wal-Mart, bought some more...went back to good
ol' Wal-Mart...and they are now $8.99.

They found out we are buying them and raised the price!!!  Wal-Mart is so
creepy; they make small business go belly up, and then control the
prices, etc....I can't understand why people don't get it.  The nice
stores where we pay a bit more and get service, a smile, assistance,
quality...they have to go out of business because Wal-Mart is getting the
business for lower prices (and lower quality).  Soon, there will only Be

Too bad!!

I'm so desperately craving the 180 and I haven't even set eyes on it yet,
only the flyer, which is GORGEOUS!!!  All those quilting stitches!!! 
Sigh, and soooooo extremely expensive....better save my pennies!!!  How
many of you out there have one yet?  (Aside from dealers, that is)...

I think I'll have to sell off my entire sm collection to buy the 180 and
still not have enough $$$$..sigh...sigh...I used to long for sport cars,
clothes, things change!!!

FWFanatic, Quilter, Sewist,  Writer, New Jersey.
Date: Sun, 26 Oct 1997 05:04:00 -0600
Subject: Re: Binder Attachment

> I recently bought the Bernina binder attachment (approx. $130) because I am 
doing a lot of baby gifts (bibs, etc.) 

Wow!  That is quite expensive for a foot but may be worth it if you
do a lot of binding.  Doesn't the binder that Bernina makes come in
three different sizes?  Is there one size that people buy that they
use more often than others?

Subject: Re: Bernina 1260
Date: Sun, 26 Oct 1997 17:52:20 -0600

Hi Everyone,

I'm really excited about the new TOL machines.  I saw one at a show near my
home a couple weeks ago and they are truly amazing!!  I even managed to get
my hands on one of the brochures so I've been drooling over it for a couple
weeks already.

I have an 830 and a 1260.  I'm thinking that maybe I should sell my 1260 if
I get one of the TOL models.  I guess I'll have to wait and go sit in front
of one and try it out first to see how the stitch quality compares.

Does anyone know what 1260's are going for these days?  Just a ballpark

I've been using a friend's Babylock Esante Ese and I'm not all that
impressed with it.  There's nothing in particular that went wrong, just
didn't "feel" right?!  One of the things that was annoying was that when the
bobbin thread ran out the machine kept going for quite a while and didn't
stop!!!!  Ask me how I know that one....

Anyway, guess I'm just looking for some opinions on this.  Thanks for any
help and/or input you can give me with this.


Date: Sun, 26 Oct 1997 06:02:02 +0000
Subject: Re: Tracing patterns on Tyvek (Was: Answer to ? Tyvek)

Dear Debra,

You could trace patterns off onto Tyvek if you either tape the 
pattern and the Tyvek to a large window/patio door for a light source 
behind it, or use a 'light table' like some quilters use.  

I would describe Tyvek as translucent, meaning letting some light 
through, but not transparent like commercial tracing paper where you 
can see fine lines and details for copying.  

Most commercial patterns do not use a heavy enough line to be able to 
trace through Tyvek without using some sort of light source to 
heighten the contrast.

Hope this helps,

Date: Tue, 28 Oct 1997 08:22:59 +1000 (GMT+1000)
Subject: Christmas Decorations

  I need a little help here, I'm not really into making Christmas
Decorations, but for our Bernina Christmas party, we are supposed to make
and bring some form of Christmas Decoration,[made on the machine , of
course,no hand mades].  I would be grateful for any suggestions anyone can
offer, that won't take up too much time as I have too many other sewing
projects on the go at the moment, the most important being,making a couple
of new outfits and matching turbans each time my SIL goes in for chemo
sessions[which is every 2 weeks up until Christmas.   I have a Bernina 1630.
My apologies to anyone who may be offended by the fact that I am posting
this on multiple lists[once again the time factor]
If you don't want to clog up the lists, please post privately.
Subject: Re: Knit Fabric
Date: Mon, 27 Oct 1997 14:31:04 -0600

Sewing with Nancy originates from Nancy's Notions in Beaver Dam, Wi.  I've
been there and their fabric is great!
Date: Mon, 27 Oct 1997 16:26:39 -0500

I was fortunate to get to training on the new Bernina Artista 180 and Artista 
Designer software from October 24-26th. I was totally bown away by both the 
software and the machine. The 180 is so has a personal stitch 
program, programmable buttons, totally customizable machine settings, fabulous

buttonholes (one way to do buttonholes is to put the button on the touch
to get the buttonhole size), there is a creative consultant that tells you
stitch to use, foot, etc. based on fabric, 16 direction sewing, customized 
pattern selections...stitches can be downloaded at any time to the machine so 
you will be always up to date with stitches...there is a quilter's menu and 
many other features. This sewing machine can be connected to a serial port and

all the upgrading is done from the more circuit board swaps to 
upgrade. Upgrading is a breeze and fast.

The embroidery module was fabulous with 18 designs which are completely 
changeable. You can rotate, reposition, mirror, resize, combine within the 
embroidery module. And the is easy and powerful. It will 
import jpeg, tiff, bmp and other formats I forget so using clip art is a 
breeze. There are 12 pattern fills, a magic wand that automates manual 
punching, built in Sulky, Madiera, and Metler color charts. The design 
libraries are fabulous as are the alphabets. I have the beta software

is almost finished...and am having a ball with it. I can complete a design so 
quickly. I know I am missing so much...there are great brochures coming out. 
You all must see a demo of these new products. If you are in the Lancaster 
County, PA, area, I will be doing a demo of both the Artista and the software 
on the Friday after Thanksgiving at the Patchwork Dollhouse. E-mail me if you 
are interested in attending.

Before you buy anything...look at these products. You can use your pes designs

in this machine. The great thing is you can resize ANY designs you can import 
and have the appropriate stitch density adjusted automatically. Not just GNC
CND designs. This is a FANTASTIC feature for us all.

I am not on Bernina's payroll...just an excited consumer who wants to teach 
everyone about these wonderful products at my local dealer. Believe me, the 
waiting is well worth it.

Subject: Re: Sewing and younger generations...
Date: Mon, 27 Oct 1997 10:23:05 -0700

I wanted to add my observations and perhaps some encouragement.

There is a renewed interest in all the domestic arts, including sewing,
among home educators and their children. Many women in their 20s, 30s, and
40s who have decided to stay home to educate their children have realized
the financial and practical need to be able to cook from scratch, do their
own decorating, garden for cheap fresh veggies, and sew their own clothing.
Their daughters are learning along with them and in most cases have more
time outside of schoolwork to be creative.

So be of good cheer - home school magazines are carrying articles on sewing
how-tos as well as other arts and crafts. Just a perspective from one small
segment of the population.

Subject: Re: Projects
Date: Mon, 27 Oct 1997 10:10:52 -0700

>Recently I began the Burda Baby/Toddler magazine subscription and I'm
>the monthly Burda magazine at the local Border's Bookstore. I'm hooked!

Can you tell me what is the format and content of the Burda magazines? I've
thought of ordering via mail but have never seen an actual copy. Are there
full-size patterns or just ads for patterns in the store (ala Vogue Patterns

Date: Mon, 27 Oct 1997 08:34:22 -0800 (PST)
Subject: Re: Visions San Diego 1997 Quilt Shops

Hi, Joan.  I am in San Diego and glad your are coming our way.  You will
find fabulous quilt shops in San Diego.  First try  Rosie's Calico Cupboard
in La Mesa on 70th and El Cajon, she has a huge selection of fabrics. Take
I-8 east to "70th street and Lake Murray exit" go south to El Cajon and
turn left on 70th street the shop is about 2-3 blocks on the right.  She
has somewhere around 5-6 thousand bolts, the last I heard. She was the best
prices on books in the area. All the fabric is discounted a bit, it is
probaly the least expensive shop in SD. The staff is friendly and all
quilters, but very busy, as you can imagine.  If you are there during a
slow time they are very helpful.  Rosie is also open on Sunday, and she and
her husband are usually in the shop all day helping customers.
Also try Zook's Warehouse for Quilters in Poway, about 20 miles north on
I-15, take the Scripss Poway Parkway exit East to Community turn left, at
the next possible left is Danielson Court take a left into the "business
park" area the shop is in the north-west corner.  Very large selection of
fabric, very friendly staff, a gigantic classroom lots of quilts on
display.  The fabric selection tends to run to the "country" theme a bit
too much for my taste, and they carry lots or plaids and flannels and even
some lovely wools. Closed on Sunday.
There is Calico Station in San Marcos not to far away from Quilt in a Day
(once you are that far north) both shops have a terrific selection of
fabric and patterns.  Calico Station has lots and lots of samples from
their craft classes on display.  Some very creative people work there.
Quilt in a Day has a truly lovely selection of fabric, whoever does their
buying has a great eye for color. There are a couple of smaller shops in
the area as well, Quilters Choice in Chula Vista maybe someone else is
familiar with that shop.  And The Country Loft in La Mesa, a small quilt
shop within a fabulous gift shop, I don't allow myself in there any more,
no self control...They are both listed in the phone book so call to get
exact directions, I don't remember the exact location.
There is a super speciality fabric shop in La Jolla called Jane's Fabrique
and a nice little 'ethnic' shop call Fabric Villa-Imports at 6364 El Cajon
Blvd. (really just down the street from Rosies) but he is closed on
Saturdays, open on Sunday.
You won't have any trouble taking some great quilt fabric home with you,
enjoy San Diego and shopping.

E-mail me privately and I will track down the other directions for you...
Date:        Mon, 27 Oct 1997 09:29:44 CST
Subject: Quality of Fabric

Dear BFCer's,
    There was an interesting passage in my state quilters guild
newsletter about fabric quality. It says that there are three
qualities of most cotton fabrics. The first run is a check for
pattern consistency, the second for color and the third is
the final "print". Each progressive rune is done on a better
quality of fabric. The third run is easily identified - it's the
one with the white edge on the selvedge, and sometimes colored
dots on the selvedge showing coordinating colors.
This explains why sometimes identical fabrics differ so much in

Date: Mon, 27 Oct 1997 23:43:32 +1100
Subject: Re: Disney Card

At 05:42 PM 19-10-97 -0500, you wrote:

>Does anyone know how I can get a Disney card for my Deco 500.
>Thanks, Rhonda

Dear Rhonda, As far as we know the Disney Card will not work in the Deco
500 or the deco 600. It is Brother Only.
It will not go in the new Bernina Artista either.
Regards  Sheryll  
Subject: Fans and Fan covers
Date: Sat, 25 Oct 1997 21:32:45 -0700

Hi:  I have "Casablanca" fans in every room (they are on a par with
"Hunter", in the $500 and up range.  These are electronic fans that are
very delicately balanced.  You dust very gently, with a dry cloth, (no
polish or dampness) never lean on them or handle them while dusting, and
they have no sound, and last a lifetime.  Where is it less labor intensive
to put on covers that will magnetize to the dust (like a tv screen) and
remove them to wash and stretch them back on again than it is to gently
dust them?  I wish you success but I would not suggest it.  jr
Date: Tue, 28 Oct 1997 07:14:23 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Re: Thread Quality

I had recently placed a question re: machine quilting & thread so when I came
upon your entry it caught my eye. I feel the same way about the other brands
of thread since I've been using Mettler, Sulky, & Metrosene. I have machine
quilted in the past using the clear nylon thread and would much rather use a
regular thread, just a personal preference. What bothers & questions me the
most is what is going to happen to the quilts that were quilted with the
nylon thread in 20 years? Like I said, just apersonal peeve. Thanks for your
input...and may your quilting stitches always be straight!
Date:    Mon, 27 Oct 97 12:48 HST
Subject: Re: Re: Coupon

Rowenta irons are available at Costco (maybe Sam's Club too) for
excellent price - something like $89 for the professional version
that I have seen for $125+ at bigger department stores.  Of course,
50% off - is the best deal - if one can get that!
Date:    Mon, 27 Oct 97 13:31 HST
Subject: Re: Need Bulbs

Is there any difference in the "gro lite" from the garden stores and
the Ott light - based on the big claim by the Ott light to have
a radiation shield?  I'm presuming this is to protect one from the
UV A and B rays that the sun produces that are the cause of skin
cancer.  I was thinking of calling the Ott company to find out
about this.  I like the light - and have just installed one as

I like the Ott light (altho even at $39 from Office Depot - it's
what I consider on the pricey side - especially if you look at
the lamp portion - just a lot of plastic).  I am now using one as
a bedroom light as well.  I had to pay $12 for a replacement bulb
at Office Depot (it was just he 12" or so size).  I would STILL
like to find the "bulb" replacement that I could use in a clip-on
light.  I saw their "bulb" in the Ott Lite brochure that comes in
the box - it's got a very short u-shaped tube inside of a bulb that
is shaped a bit like a light bulb.  I don't know if the light it
gives off is diminished because of the SIZE of the shorter tube.
Again - something to ask the Ott Light people.

If anyone learns anymore details - let us know!  Meantime - put a
request in at your local Costco or Sam's - to carry the Ott light -
that should cut the price down considerably!
Date: Mon, 27 Oct 1997 21:33:39 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Re: Passing on Sewing Skills

this may be a little of subject but reading this made my think of something
from my childhood.  My grandmother use to make all of her quilts by hand and
from pieces of old clothing collected from each member of the family. I can
remember has a little girl always getting so excited when she would open her
trunk and take out all the treasures that had been constructed over the
years. unfortunately all the quilts are gone now and all i have are those
memories. I'm not a quilter myself but would like to hear from anyone else
who may have in the past quilted this way or quilts this way now.  just
having loving memories of the past.

Date:    Mon, 27 Oct 97 14:02 HST
Subject: Re: Thread Quality

I was sewing a Halloween vest this weekend and using black Sulky
thread.  I was just using a long basting stitch on the 1230 and
could hear a funny sound and noticed the thread bunch and break.  I
thought it was the way I put the bobbin in (the 1230 is brand new
to me - and I've always used a drop-in bobbin machine - have had
my share of clutzies trying to make sure the bobbin was in properly -
and still not getting it in).  But - that wasn't it.  I THEN noticed
the black thread had lumps on it every so often - and the reason
the thread was breaking was, I THINKKKK, because the lump on the
thread was too big to go through the eye of the needle (#80, I
believe).  I harkened back to the note about how black cloth was
dyed - and wonder if black THREAD has that problem as well.
I switched to another spool of black thread from my pre-Bernina and
buy-whatever thread days.  And it TOO had some little lumps on
the thread as I pulled it out and examined it closely.  I'm
thinking of taking the Sulky thread back to the Bernina dealer where
I bought it and exchanging it - if it's just a fluke.
Date:    Mon, 27 Oct 97 13:35 HST
Subject: Two Erasers

Good idea - and saves - $60???  It also makes sense that one can
probably make their own tilting surface - to be just right for them.

I saw another idea for using two erasers in place of those hoops for
doing free hand applique - using the erasers pressed on the fabric
to guide the fabric around.  That sounded like a useful tid bit as
well - although only saves about $16.
Subject: cotton lace
Date: Tue, 28 Oct 1997 06:56:11 -0500

Just wanted to thank those who responded to my post about cotton lace. 
I've enjoyed being on this list and have learned so much.
Date: Tue, 28 Oct 1997 11:48:24 -0600
Subject: sergers w/ coverstitch; Elna

I bought the Elna 925 in September after doing a lot of talking and
reading about different sergers here and elsewhere on the net.  I love
how easy it is to use and the stitch quality is fabulous.  I have the
video and workbook.  I did all the samples in the workbook and it really
helped to see all that is available.  It is easy to switch between the
coverstitches and the other stitches.  The screen shows you what to
thread where, automatically adjusts the tensions, and the needle bar
tilts up so you can insert the needles very easily.  

I love it and decided it had more than what the new Bernina will offer
for a lot less $$.  I feel a bit guilty not having "a Bernina
everything" but I am very excited about my new serger.  (My family is
sick of hearing how much I like it.)  Now if only I had great ideas for
the Christmas gifts like some of you already have going.....

Does anyone have great ideas on how to sneak a new Bernina and the huge
bill into my house???    I think it sounds great!!!

Subject: 1010 Mechanical Machine
Date: Tue, 28 Oct 1997 17:09:08 +0000

I have a brand new 1630 and a 1010, which I've had for over 5 years.  I am
very happy with them both.  To the person who wrote asking for our
mechanical machine experiences, I can only say I have enjoyed sewing more
now than ever since I bought the 1010.  It is a purely mechanical machine --
no electronics -- and has some 13 stitches.  It has been reliable when the
new 1630 has had temperamental problems.  

The reason I have kept the "old" machine is because it is reliable, light
weight, and is far more valuable to me than the dealer's trade-in value.  

I'm from the school that says the more fancy & deluxe, the more possibility
for problems.  I am having a blast with the 1630 and all its decorative
stitches, but will hang onto the 1010 for reliability and excellent stitch

And it was nice recently to be able to loan it out to a neighbor who has
only had poor quality machines to work on.  She was sewing a costume for her
3 year old son, and was delighted with the Bernina's quality!

Well, that's it for my 2 cents!

Subject: Passing On sewing Skills
Date: Tue, 28 Oct 1997 11:28:02 -0500

Hello all,
I'd like to add my .02 on this thread about modern day sewers.  There have 
been many interesting and astute comments on this, and I'm sorry I can't 
address the comments by author's name.

About the advertising to the younger, non-domestic crowd, I heartily agree. 

I must tell a story about an incident that happened to me recently.  I was 
taking a class that my company had sent me to on "Tele-training" (in 
Oklahoma).  This is about setting up classrooms to teach students by 
interactive television, essentially.  Well it was a week long class, and I 
had listened to too many days' discussions of football, and the Dallas 
Cowboys (which I have no interest in), and the merits of Television (which 
I NEVER watch), and was trying to keep a positive attitude about the topic 
(which I'm not sure is appropriate for the company I work for), when the 
instructor went around the classroom asking us what we did on our 
vacations.  So there was the usual cruise, Disneyworld, etc, and when my 
turn came, I said "I made a quilt".  Which was true.  I took my 4 year old 
daughters to Florida to visit my parents, and while we were there, I pieced 
a quilt top while the girls were playing or sleeping. (And by the way, one 
of them actually helped with it - I'm passing on the tradition.)

Do you know what the @#%hole of an instructor said?  Well he said, "Get a 
life!"  I was ready to spit fire, and walk out, etc.  So I stood up right 
in the class and let him have it with all my New York vehemence (I was born 
in the Bronx), and I still get mad when I think of it.  Later the guy 
apologized to me, but if I hadn't been so angry, I would have realized that 
I should have made him apologize to me in front of the class, not 

So the upshot of the story is that people who watch football, and TV, and 
do other kinds of mind/soul/body/heart numbing activities, are the ones 
with a "life"; while those of us who carry on a great tradition, and are 
creative, and etc, are the outcasts. Let me be an outcast from that kind of 
society forever!!

Who was it who said, "No one ever went broke underestimating the taste of 
the American public"?

Thanks for listening,
Date: Mon, 27 Oct 1997 23:56:09 -0500 (EST)
Subject:  830 Record Electronic AND 1947 Singer Featherweight FOR SALE

A private individual in Dallas TX is offering the following two machines for
sale through the want ads in the Dallas Morning News.  I called him because I
am a sewing instructor and am always looking for used Berninas for my
students.  I am letting you know because I have been receiving the BFC Digest
for quite some time and have seen a number of requests for used sewing
machines, expecially the following:
     (1) 830 Record Electronic, all presser feet accounted for, new foot
                control (cost $114), reconditioned by Bernina dealer in 
                Waco TX, original packaging with machine---------$500
     (2) 1947 Singer Featherweight, original carrying case, mint
If you are interested in either or both of these machines, call Bruce,   He said he does not want to sell to a dealer, that he wants to
sell these machines to individuals who will appreciate their value.  I said I
would publicize these machines to BFC because I already own six Berninas and
have no need for any more right now, but would like for someone out there in
BFC land to have the opportunity to purchase either or both, if desired.  If
you need more info from me, you may e-mail me privately.  Alberta
Subject: RE: Walking Foot / Virtuosa 160
Date: Tue, 28 Oct 1997 08:28:27 -0500

The walking foot helps by grabbing the top layer of fabric just like the
feed dogs grab the bottom layer of fabric.   This action greatly cuts
down on problems--too much top layer of fabric "left over" causing
bunches, too much shifting, etc.  I just bought my first Bernina (140)
and one of the first "extra" things I bought was the walking foot.  I
have been machine quilting for years with my trusty Viking and found
that the cost of the walking foot (comparable) was well worth the
accuracy and the beautiful smooth look.  The walking foot works well
with straight quilting; don't try to do stippling with it or lots of
curves, though.  You'll drive yourself crazy.  Good luck! 
Cindy N
Date: Mon, 27 Oct 1997 19:55:16 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Re: Singer 301

I agree with the Singer 301A being a good machine to take to classes. It
really only weighs just a little more than a featherweight. It has a handle
and also a case. It takes the same FW bobbin and sews a great stitch. It
comes with a longer bed or a short bed like the FW. I have one and love mine.
I think they will be more collectible as soon as everyone finds out about
them. They come in tan or black. Rose 
Date: Mon, 27 Oct 1997 05:13:55 -0500
Subject: New 1630 Board?

Does anyone know if there are any plans for a new board for the 1630 in
the near future? If so, I'll wait before getting one. Thanks.


Date: Tue, 28 Oct 1997 15:02:57 +0000 (EST)
Subject: Re: Judy Hopkins

I found this one listed by Pine Lake Fabrics -

Many other "Mystery quilts" found using alta vista
Kathy H 
Date: Tue, 28 Oct 1997 14:40:35 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Re: Batman Costume

I wouldn't chance ironing on the lame`   poof it would be gone I am afraid.
This best way, I believe, would be to applique on the front. Been there and
have done it with my grandsons who love batman.

I, too, am a smocker (mother of 6 daughters!)  and now 5 grand daughters. If
you haven't seen the magazine SEW BEAUTIFUL  you must find it at your local
bookstore and get a subscription. There is a web site for it here on the
internet. It is   It is a great site and you
will be hooked on smocking for life!

Best wishes and if I can be of further help please e-mail me.     Karin
Subject: I sew because...
Date: Mon, 27 Oct 1997 20:35:46 -0500

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

Date: Mon, 27 Oct 1997 22:15:53 +0000
Subject: Re: Heirloom Shop in Miami?

The only shop I know in the Miami area is a quilt shop in Cral Springs called
Country Stitchers.  Big selection.  she should check her yelow pages in case
there's something closer.
Date: Tue, 28 Oct 1997 08:44:53 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Re: Singer 301

Was just getting ready to offer this suggestion  about the 301 .Most of these
machines are in cabinets but are easily removed and carried around. They were
used in schools in the 50's. I bought mine in '63, used, for $50. and last
year had to replace the bobbin case. In addition to being difficult to find
it was $60.It has nice stitch quality and good visibility since it has a
slant needle which seems to make a difference.
Date: Tue, 28 Oct 1997 07:53:46 -0500
Subject: Found an 803

I just found an 803 at a garage sale for $25 !!!
It seemed to be in perect condition and my dealer showed me where to oil
it.  I also have a 1630 but consider the 803 a great find.
Date: Tue, 28 Oct 1997 07:40:04 -0500
Subject: using sewing machine for cover stitch?

Cork  said ..... I have the 2000DCE It's wonderful....if I had to do
it again I would buy a 2000D and the 009... or I would get a lesser sewing
machine(I have a 1530). I would use my 1530 with a twin needle to do cover
stitch have my serger ready to do seams and have a lesser machine, like my
old 1010 to do any other stitching. 

Question:  how do you use the 1530 with twin needle to do cover stitch?  (I
presume it simulates the cover stitch)  How does it work?  What are the
settings?  Could it be done on a 1260?  

Thanks for the help.  Pat 
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 1997 01:32:42 -0500 (EST)
Subject: 1630 for sale

I have a 1630 for sale.  Less than 2 years old, barely used.  $1990 plus
shipping from Virginia.  E-mail me privately 

Subject: Re: Fabric Glue
Date: Tue, 28 Oct 1997 23:52:01 -0800

Helen Thomas wrote:
>In the Harriet Hargrave book I read (a long, long time ago) 
she recommends an item called "Quilters' GluTube." It's basically rubber cement 
that you squeeze from a tube. I use it for both hand and machine applique. >

Helen, Can you quilt (hand or machine) on an applique that you have used this
on? Also how much do you apply?

Carol in WI
Date: Tue, 28 Oct 1997 12:20:46 -1000
Subject: Re: Denim Quilt

>There is so much you can do with denim.  One neat thing is to use the 
>sides of the fabrics--gives a whole different look.  Another is is 
>bleach over a cut out shape or leaf--then rinse out the bleach when it 
>good to you.  Very pretty and some denims have under dyes of purple or 
>or even red and this is the color that shows after bleaching.  Hope 
>you have

What a fabulous idea!  I've been pondering what to do for my son who
loves surfing & marine animals/fish - I'll use cut outs of fish and
surfing petroglyphs - thanks for the idea!!
Date: Tue, 28 Oct 1997 09:42:27 -1000
Subject: Re: New Bernina on TV

>Hi All:  Saw one of the new Bernina's on HGTV's Simply Quilts this
>morning.  Carol Doak was on demonstrating paper-piecing.  The Bernina
>Virtuosa was prominently displayed.  It will repeat again this 
>at 2:30 I believe.  Thought you might like to get a peak.  
>Carol's paperpiecing was great.  For you who are into quilting, it was
>very inspiring watching an expert.     Denise

The Virtuosa is not the new machines.  The Activa 130 and 140 and the
Virtuosa 150 and 160 have all been out at least a year.  They are all the
idenitical same machine except for extra features, i.e. more decorative
stitches.  I bought the Activa 140 because it does everything I want to
do - it sews beautifully, it has some decorative stitches - as many as I
care to have, and makes great buttonholes, which it remembers until the
machine is turned off.  It has a feather stitch that can be converted to
the handpiecing/sashiko stitch with a little fiddling around, the same as
on the 1190 which can be gotten from the Bernina web site by asking how,
or my dealer knew how.  So, the new machines - the Artista series that
start with either 170 or 180 are totally new and are really two machines
in one - a sewing machine and an embroidery machine.  I can't for the
life of me figure out why anyone would want such a machine - it takes
forever to do the embroidery part, and your sewing machine is tied up
forever.  Seems to me its a far better deal and cheaper to buy the best
sewing machine that you need and then add the Deco or whatever embroidery
machine you want.  It's kinda like the telephone/answering machine and
the tv/vcr all in one - when one dies the other is gone too!
Nuf said - I love toys - whatever kind!
Date: Tue, 28 Oct 1997 18:55:19 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Re: Knit Fabric


Try the Stretch & Sew website :

There is a Stretch & Sew traveling store whose home base is STockton, CA. The
address is :
                        Stretch & Sew Fabrics
                         8900 Thornton Rd. #21
                        P.O. Box 99145
                        Stockton, CA 95209
                         (209) 957-1237

Give Maxine a call and tell her I referred you to her
. Ask to be put on their mailing list and then you will know when and where
their mobile store will be located.

Happy sewing,
Date: Mon, 27 Oct 1997 20:31:03 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Re: House of White Birches

Can't see an e-mail address but their catalog lists a fax number
(1-219-589-8093)  They also have a toll-free number -- 1-800-347-9887.
Date: Tue, 28 Oct 97 12:56:54 EST
Subject: Preemie Gowns

     The Special Occasions 1996 issue of Sew Beautiful has a pattern for a 
     slip and gown for a size 5-6 lbs, 17". Shirlene Sonnier, of Sonnier's 
     Sentimentals, is a nationwide service making preemie-sized clothing 
     (per the accompanying article). To write for info -- 186 Elmira Road, 
     Orange, TX  77632-8188.
     Hope this helps.
Date: Tue, 28 Oct 1997 09:46:14 -0700
Subject: Re: Patterns and Sergers

My sister had premie babies, and we used Sunrise Design patterns, which all
included sizes drawn for premie babies.  There were pajamas, sleepers, jogging
suits, dresses, hats.  They were quite a bit shorter, and proportioned just
right, it seemed.  Of course, these patterns were for after coming out of the

I checked with an article I read in an old Sew News {maybe 6 yrs ago}, and
they sent out kimono patterns for you to make, and send to your local intensive
care/neonatal hospital as a donation.  I believe they snapped across the TOP
of the arms, so that tubes, etc, could still be used and not have to go through 
the babies clothes.  I know the velcro works well, but it is very noisy for these little ones.

Date:    Tue, 28 Oct 97 12:52 HST
Subject: Re: Re: Great Copy Patterns

Gosh - inexpensive muslin doesn't seem to exist here in Hawaii -
9.95 and 10.95 a yard.  Ben Franklin has 1.99 fabric - but it's
not very wide.  I guess I'd buy some inexpensive but pleasant
fabric - that I could then use later on - after going to all the
trouble (for those of us who don't sew clothes very often) of
sewing it together!
Subject: Binder
Date: Tue, 28 Oct 1997 18:09:18 -0500

Sue wrote

>>I was just watching America Sews with Sue Hausman (sp?) on PBS and they
were using a foot on their machine (think it's a New Home?) that you
inserted 1" wide bias fabric in and it would make bias binding that could
also be attached to the edge of something as you sewed. I'm pretty sure
that Bernina makes a similar foot (although I think it's expensive) and
wondered if anyone had had any experience with it? Sounds like a great way
to bind quilts, but am afraid it might be as hard to use as the narrow
hemmers (which I've never gotten the hang of!). Hate to miss out on any
"toys" I might find useful! Sue >>

I have the Bernina binder attachment, and I like it a lot, but I have never 
used it for binding a quilt.  I have typically used it to put bias binding 
around the armhole or neckline of clothing for my kids.  It does a great 
job for this.  Cut the binding exactly 1 1/8" wide, and spray starch it to 
give it enough body to go on easily.  It's really fast.  Also, remember to 
trim away the seam allowance, since the binding edge will be the new 
finished edge.  If you do end up getting it, let me know, as I have a few 
other "tricks" for using it.

I have also heard of it being used to bind placemats, potholders, etc, but 
I have never used it for that.

I paid a lot for the attachment - I think around $150.  I remember after I 
made the first outfit for the kids with it, when I would get compliments on 
it, I'd always say that they were the $150 outfits.  Then after the 2nd 
outfits, I'd say they were the $75 outfits.  Now I don't keep track 

Have fun with it.
Date: Tue, 28 Oct 97 03:13:56 UT
Subject: Smocking

I discovered a new passion, smocking... I took a beginners I'm 
making ornaments, a bishop dress,and smocked romper..Next tue another quicky 
class a wreath ornament... Well it looks like I'll need a pleater 
cost .35 per row so 6.50!!! for two christmas ornaments!! realized after I got

home how much it cost!!  And never any discount at this non-bernina dealer..
so these little things are getting costly well was wondering if any one has 
one collecting dust somewhere and willing to Sell? Amanda Jane is bramd that 
was recommended but I'm willing to consider any brand as long as it comes with

directions..E-mail privatly please

Other projects scarecrow dolls almost done curling raffia tonight in oven, 
while sewing cape for 5 yr old Batman (grandson) got lame to bond to 
sweatshirt ok he looks good in it. Used my bias binder attaatchment to bind 
some cutout bibs what fast work it made out of it So now my niece )4 mos) has 
8 christmas bibs!! Also made her some over-alls and romper cold weather 
motivating me to get some projects done and out of here. Also made my grandson

a vest from SEw Beautifuls Fall issue outside is my old jeans with applique 
tree's and a bear, inside flannel with thermoloam. Flannel addorable tan with 
a camp map printed on it..went back and bought end of bolt @9.99yd!!So I've 
been very busy. 

Now I have to get busy for Cristmas gifts..

Still have pumpkins to sew and send to Oregon..Thanksgiving pumpkins!

About Oregon my cousin lives in Hood River Oregon and I would like to go and 
visit during a time of quilt show etc somewhere there Any one kow where 
Sisters.OR is and when quilt show is in 1998?  She came here and was impressed

with fabric/craft stores she's a non-sewer but who started when she got back 
home she's making some cut-out stuff. She lives about hr away from portland. 
well got to get back to work tieing off my pleated ornaments. bye

Date: Wed, 29 Oct 1997 13:48:55 +0000
Subject:  How I use Bernina narrow hemmers

More than 20 people asked for these directions, so I am posting to the

The narrow hemmer is something I wanted to use to make a small 
hem on a shirt-tail a la the David Page Coffin book on Shirtmaking.  
The hemmer foot folds the fabric and stitches it at the same time.

I had the feet for a number of years and did not use them 
successfully, so I am disproportionately pleased at my new skill :)

I had two difficulties trying to use this foot on my own, getting 
started without having lumps of thread and fabric, and, keeping the 
results consistent by feeding the fabric through properly.

This is for Bernina feet # 003, 415, and 569 on the older machines.  
I think the numbers on the newer machines are 61,62,63,64 and 66.  

I was shown two ways to use the narrow hemmers, one involves
using a thread tail as a starter, and the other uses a dab of glue 
and a small piece of fabric as a starter.
I have been able to do this succesfully at home, not just at the 

Method #1-  "Trim a small peice of corner starting'
Use a straight stitch setting, and a straight stitch needle plate if 
you have it.  Set the stitch length for your type fabric (I use about 
a 2-3 on my 830 for shirt-weight cotton and a 2 mm. hemmer.)  

Note: The heavier weight your fabric, the wider hemmer you will 
need, (e.g. 3, 4,  5 or 6 mm. in order to have enough room in the 
rolling/scroll part of the foot to turn the fabric sufficiently to get the 
cut edge turned to the inside before stitching. 

Put the fabric on the machine wrong side up.
Make 4 to 5 small stitches on a diagonal from the corner where you 
are starting, leaving long thread tails (you will use these to pull 
Clip off the small corner of fabric, but leave the thread tails.
Using the thread tails, load the fabric into the scroll part of the 
foot, DO NOT try to force the fabric back to the needle, just put it 
into the scroll part.
Put the needle down, and begin sewing, pulling gently on the thread 
tails to help the fabric feed into the foot.
When the feed dogs catch the fabric, let go of the thread tails and 
the fabric will continue feeding via the feed dogs.
Do not pre-fold the fabric off to the left.  The cut edge of the 
fabric has to be vertical so the scroll can turn it.  If you need to 
keep tension on the fabric, only hold up about 2 or 3 times the width 
of your hemmer foot, e.g. for my 2 mm foot, I hold up 4 to 6 mm of 
fabric vertically to feed into the scroll..
I staystitch curves so that I do not stretch them out before hemming.
Backstitch to secure at end.

Method #2- "Dab of glue starting method"
Use a straight stitch (and straight stitch plate if available).  Set 
stitch length for fabric.

Put the fabric on the machine wrong side up.
By hand, turn over the first fold and secure it with a small dab of 
fabric glue.  
Put the turned over starting part into the hemmer foot.  Drop the 
presser foot down. Use a trolley needle/chopstick/holder thingie 
to keep the folded part folded, while you gently work the unfolded 
part into the scroll portion of the foot.  Begin sewing.  Again, keep 
only a small width of fabric vertical to feed into the scroll.  
Backstitch to secure at end.

Any other suggestions for improving technique on this are welcome.

Subject: x-small babies
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 1997 13:28:36 -0500 (EST)     


I would be very careful with this idea 
although it may work depending on the baby.

My 2 premature babies were almost as long as 
term babies just very thin so the overall reduction would
result in the outfit being too short. 

Because they are hooked up to alot of wires and such
I just got a bunch of the Gerber premature snap tshirts.
They were the easiest to get in and out of.
Most of the time they swaddle them in warmed receiving 
blankets anyhow until they get older/bigger
and can hold their body tempature better.
I also saw some people bring in onesies but the nurses
didn't seem too thrilled with them because they had
to unsnap them to adjust their wires
sometimes waking the babies up in the process.
Those little socks are good to keep their feet extra warm.

Date: Wed, 29 Oct 1997 11:38:16, -0500
Subject: Stretch & Sew

For Debbie Maples:  The Stockton "Stretch & Sew" store brings their 
inventory to the Bay Area 3 times monthly in 3 different locations:  
San Jose, San Mateo, & Union City.  The quality & selection is great 
and the prices are reasonable.  I teach in the area & direct all my 
students there.  Call to get on their mailing list & they'll let you 
know when they'll be in town.  (209) 957-1237

Date: Wed, 29 Oct 1997 15:20:03 +0100
Subject: Buckwheat pillows

Hi all ,

I bought a buckwheat pillow last week and find it great.  Having been in a
car crash a couple of years ago and suffered neck injury, I have tried so
many pillows in a bid to have a good night's sleep, all to no avail.  But
the buckwheat is really great.  It moulds so easily to your head and really
supports your neck.  The noise from it doesn't irriate at all.

Date: Wed, 29 Oct 1997 09:18:57 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Re: Heirloom Shop in Miami?

Unfortunately, I think there is nowhere in Miami that carries heirloom or
smocking supplies.  The Quilt Scene, as the name implies, is primarily a
quilt shop.  In fact, the amount of quality sewing fabric and supplies of any
kind in this town is really pathetic.  If your sister does find a place that
I have missed, please let me know about it.

Date: Tue, 28 Oct 1997 19:53:27 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Re: Bernina 108 Card

Thanks for the info, Georgia.  This dealer is always misinformed,
unfortunately they are the only ones within a 25 mile radius.  I am seriously
considering searching for another.  Right now, my 1630 is with them to be
repaired (supposedly the mother board has problems) and I am very
apprehensive but feel as tho I have no choice.  We bought the machine in MD
and then in 6 months retired to FL.  I have ordered the 108 card from them
and am wondering if it will ever come.  They keep no inventory.  Everything
has to be ordered.  What a way to do business.  Wish me luck.  Joan 
Date: Tue, 28 Oct 1997 19:11:09 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Re: Walking Foot


I have walking foot made for 1630 and have done lots of maching quilting with
no problems. The posts I have read seem to involve the older walking feet.

Happy sewing

Date: Tue, 28 Oct 1997 18:46:14 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Re: Need Serger Advice

I sell elna and Bernina machines and sergers.  One thing i will tell anyone,
the change from conventional serging to cover hem on the elna is particularly
easy.  My advice, go in to a shop and have some one demonstrate.

Both elna and Bernina versions are of good quality, so you will have a good
machine either way.
Date: Tue, 28 Oct 1997 16:04:36 -0800 (PST)
Subject: Re: Walking Foot / Virtuosa 160

Hi Laura!

I got my V-160 a few months ago, and one of the additional accessories
I bought was the "walking foot".  I would STRONGLY suggest you get one
before you machine quilt your treasure.  Do a test run before you
begin, and try out the quilting stitch.  Use monofilament on top and
your color of choice in the bobbin.  It's amazing.  Good luck!

Date: Tue, 28 Oct 1997 18:08:31 -0500
Subject: re:Walking Foot / Virtuosa 160

Hi all,
Laura posts:>>
I desperately need some input!  I am a beginner quilter making my first
quilt.  I have finished alot of my piecing and am now ready to start
quilting, using the 'quilt as you go' method.  In my class last night the
teacher told us that we must have a walking foot, but when I bought my 160
a few months ago the I got the impression from my Bernina dealer that I
didn't need anything extra to use the machine for quilting.  >>

A walking foot is not a neccessity for quilting.  It will help make the job
easier though.  Basically what it does is it simulates feed dogs on the top
of the fabric.  That way both the top and bottom layer of the fabric are
being actively moved along.  It is not a miracle foot.  You will still need
to pin the edges to make sure that one layer (I never remember which)
doesn't move more than the other layer.  The foot was originally designed
to match plaids, with only 2 layers of fabric.  Adding the batting layer,
especially if it is thick is going to change the mix some.  My first quilt
I did 'stitch-in-the-ditch' and I used the #10 foot.  Everything worked out
fine.  Don't sweat it.  Just be careful when you sew.  Besides, the walking
foot is pretty pricey (it is also hand machined, which explains the price)
and you may not want to spend the bucks for it right now ($80-$90 I think).
Hope this helps.
Subject: RE: Cover Stitch advice
Date: Tue, 28 Oct 1997 18:09:47 -0500

I have both the 007D and the 009DCC machines, and I like having both of 
them set up at the same time.  This way I can swing from one machine to the 
other very easily.

The problem with this, however is needing so many cones of thread.  If I 
wanted to get really anal about what I was working on (none of you ever go 
down that road, do you (ggg)?), I'd have 4 cones on the serger, and 3 cones 
on the cover stitch machine. What I end up doing instead is winding thread 
off the big cones onto bobbins for the needles, and using the cones for the 
loopers, which use more thread.  On the cover stitch machine, I keep a 
white cone on the machine for the looper, and then change the needle thread 
to match whatever I'm hemming.  I invested in some inexpensive plastic 
bobbins for this, rather than use the expensive metal Bernina bobbins. 
 Does anyone have any other ideas of what to use for the "spools" for the 
needle threads on the serger?

Date: Tue, 28 Oct 1997 16:10:09 -0700
Subject: Re: Sewing Tables

I was looking for something like this last summer and really didn't have
much luck. I wanted something large enough to be able to hold the bulk of a
quilt for machine quilting. The only things I could find that I liked were
way over my budget, and the only things I could afford had a very narrow
table depth--not good for quilts. I finally opted for a *sturdy* drafting
table (on sale!) and bought the large Sew Steady Portable Table to give a
larger flatbed area. I like this arrangement very much and can even use it
with the tiltable when I want!

Hope this helps.

Date:    Wed, 29 Oct 97 12:40 HST
Subject: Where to get seasonal buttons???

Does anyone know where one can get seasonal buttons?  At the moment
I'm looking for Halloween ones for a vest - and am toooo late to
find any here in Hawaii.  I noticed on Sulky's site that they have
a project that uses ceramic halloween buttons by Apple Creek, I think.
I couldn't find them on the web.  I thought I'd order some even tho
they won't come in time - but be able to finish the vest for next
year.  I can always wait until then - but thought there might be
some still available.  Obviously I'll have to start EARLIER next
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 1997 16:09:14 -0600
Subject: Another small town fabric shop bites the dust

Fabric Boutique which is in northern Louisiana is closing one of their
shops.  They are closing their Minden store which is located in a small
town and consolidating it with their Bossier store.  This particular
store has been in that town for 25 years.  It's really sad that fabric
shops cannot survive in small towns.  Luckily for the people in Minden,
Bossier City is only about 20 minutes away.  

Date: Wed, 29 Oct 1997 14:42:34 -0500
Subject: Bernina Sewing Table

The table that is being described is the "Sew 'N Go"
table by Ideal Creations.  It is sold only through
Bernina dealers.

I have one and I'm very happy with it.  It does take
an hour or two to assemble, but it's very nice.  It
costs $350 (or so).

By the way, the boxes are pretty large.  When you order
it, you can request that it be delivered to your home.
I spoke with the rep at Ideal Creations and she said that
the dealer may say they can't do that, but to check with
Ideal - they will ship to your home.

Date: Wed, 29 Oct 1997 20:56:49 -0500
Subject: Passing on the Skill

After reading several of the messages of passing on skills, I'd like to 
put my two cents in also.  It is our responsibility as adults to pass on 
all the skills we can. I'm involved in community theater, particularly 
the children's projects.  I obtained a grant to introduce the children 
of our community to all aspects of theater (Live Stage) and not just the 
acting end of it.  Most children think that theater is all acting, but 
we are teaching them stage craft, make-up, directing, costuming, 
monetary skills for running a theater project, and hope to expand the 
field for next year.
But we have to remember to MAKE IT FUN!  For all you quilters out 
there...check with the home economics teachers, 4-H, aternative schools, 
or home study programs, and ask if you can give demonstrations in your 
particular skills. You'd be suprised by the response.  
With many families being one-parent orientation, many mothers don't have 
time to use their own skills, let alone teach any one else.  That's 
where you come in.
Give of your time and yourself. Teach a child, or a young adult a new 
I am a working woman, a minimum of 40 hours a week in the winter and 60 
hours in summer, but passing on some of my knowledge and skills to our 
future generations is a BIG priority for me.  It may not work with your 
own children, but keep trying with others.
Here endeth the lecture.

ate: Tue, 28 Oct 1997 22:46:35 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Re: Batman Costume

You can applique with tissue lame.  It helps if you back the lame with
fusible interfacing first, then use your fusible web as usual (fused to the
back of the interfacing of course).  If your iron is to hot though, it will
cause the lame to shrivel up.  Using a press cloth over it is your best bet.
Good luck!
Date: Tue, 28 Oct 1997 22:46:35 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Re: Batman Costume

You can applique with tissue lame.  It helps if you back the lame with
fusible interfacing first, then use your fusible web as usual (fused to the
back of the interfacing of course).  If your iron is to hot though, it will
cause the lame to shrivel up.  Using a press cloth over it is your best bet.
Good luck!
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 1997 20:36:13 -0500
Subject: tilt tables

I been reading all the suggestions for tilting machines.  Hardware 
stores sell wooden wedges that start at about 1" and taper to nothing.  
They are usually about 4 to 5 " long, but could be cut.  Would that 
work?  Seems like the taper would be more stable than the block of wood.

Date: Wed, 29 Oct 1997 10:27:46 -0500 (EST)
Subject: 3 ft. Santa pattern

Hi Bernie's,
I would like to make a 3 ft. Santa (child size) to put in a Canadian sleigh
for display. All the patterns I have found are not sit down or are too small.
I don't want a Father Santa...just a cute stuffed Santa. If anyone knows
where I can find a neat pattern I would appreciate your help.
Date:    Wed, 29 Oct 97 16:31 HST
Subject: Protecting ceramic buttons??

I found some really cute Mill Hill ceramic buttons (whew - expensive)
here in Hawaii - in fact this craft store has a TON of DARLING
ceramic buttons.  She warned me not to wash the vest with my
Halloween buttons in the washing machine since they're ceramic.
Driving back to work I was thinking I could sew some small caps -
like shower caps - out of bubble wrap - put that over each button -
and put the vest into a nylon bag and throw it in with the ordinary
wash.  Has anyone got some experience with washing ceramic buttons?
I will hand wash if I HAVE to - but hate to HAVE to!
Date: Tue, 28 Oct 1997 23:19:39 -0500
Subject: 1530 Price & JoAnns

$2400 for a 1530!  I bought mine approximately 5 years ago and paid several
hundred dollars less.

JoAnn's.  The store in Sterling, VA is exactly as described by others.  Full
of junk, candy, flowers, cooking utensils, spices, ceramics, etc.  We should
send our comments to their web site and let them know these items don't
belong in fabric stores.

Date: Tue, 28 Oct 1997 22:47:02 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Re: Judy Hopkins

Concerning Mystery Quilt, I found one on the Quiltoholics website (address  Maybe this is who you're looking for....
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 1997 20:38:02 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Good Deal on 1031QE

Hi all I wanted to ask if you thought that $1200 is an expensive price to
pay for a 1031QE with all the presser feet and a knee lift.  This machine
was traded in and has been used for about 9 months.  It will come with a
warranty and I will be getting it from the local store so I will have
support for using it.  Is this a good deal?  Thanks STephanie
Subject: 830/Deco for Sale
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 1997 15:57:47 -0800

My local dealer has an 830 listed for $349 and a Deco for $899 in case any
of you are searching.
The telephone is 916 - 483-1414 for the dealer in Sacramento CA area.
DeAnn & her 830
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 1997 17:31:57 -0500
Subject: Preemie patterns.

Go to
You can download a preemie pattern that she has come up with. I have it
and am planning on making some for the local hospitals. Quite a few
other women across the country are doing this also.
- -- 
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 1997 08:10:36 +0000
Subject: Cabinets

My husband bought me a Horn cabinet for Mother's Day after I couldn't make up
my mind to spend the money. The quality of my machine quilting improved
dramatically as a result of being able to work easily on a flat surface.

Date: Thu, 30 Oct 1997 07:33:40 +0200
Subject: 1630 Border Key
Hi All

I have a friend who has the 1630 and would like to find out about the
Border Key.  She has contacted Bernina Head Office here in South Africa and
they tell her that it is not available here as it was made just for the US

What she would like is if some kind person out there could tell me what
kind of borders are on this key and also is there a Bernina dealer in the
US that would be prepared to sell one to her here in South Africa. 
The other thing we are interested in are the Bernina Advanced Guide books
that I read about on this list.  What exactly do they cover,  how much are
they and can anyone supply us with them?

We really would appreciate your help as it is so frustrating not being able
to get any where with Bernina locally.

Many thanks
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 1997 15:57:55 -0800
Subject: 810

Does anyone know anything about this model.  A lady has one for sale but
she lives 2 hours away.  Is it worth it to drive and see it before she
sells it?  Are they good for quilting and what is a good price to buy
one for?  
Thanks for any and all responses.
Date: Thu, 30 Oct 1997 07:33:40 +0200
Subject: 1630 Border Key
Hi All

I have a friend who has the 1630 and would like to find out about the
Border Key.  She has contacted Bernina Head Office here in South Africa and
they tell her that it is not available here as it was made just for the US

What she would like is if some kind person out there could tell me what
kind of borders are on this key and also is there a Bernina dealer in the
US that would be prepared to sell one to her here in South Africa. 
The other thing we are interested in are the Bernina Advanced Guide books
that I read about on this list.  What exactly do they cover,  how much are
they and can anyone supply us with them?

We really would appreciate your help as it is so frustrating not being able
to get any where with Bernina locally.

Many thanks
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 1997 21:35:59 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Re: Lining Boiled Wool

I have used flannel more than once in polar fleece jackets for lining.  Make
sure that you finish the edges and prewash and dry like crazy so it is
shrunk (and it unravels badly when you prewash).  I thought it worked pretty
well for a lining that gave some warmth.  

This year I have used some cute sweatshirt fabric that I found at Hancock
Fabrics for lining polar fleece.  It may not "stick" quite so much to your
clothes -- I quilted the sweatshirt fabric with warm and natural batting to
really increase the warmth -- Of course, I prewashed and dryed.
Subject:  hemmer "dilemmer"; tilting machines
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 1997 19:20:03 -0500

Hi everyone,

I need all the help I can get on how to start the fabric through the narrow
hemmer foot. Would dearly love to hear from dealers or other sewists who can
say the magic words that make this process easy and no-hair-tearing!

I hope the person who suggested the dab of glue will give us the details on
how to do this.

Have been 'tilting' my machine by placing thick folds of thick fabric under
the back edge. It really does make a difference, but I don't think I need to
spend money for a special gadget to do this because the fabric folds work
just fine.

Thanks to any and all who can speak to the narrow hemmer "dilemmer"!

Carol G. 
Subject: Needs advice of use of monofilament thread
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 1997 18:44:00 -0500

Kay Wrote:

>>Okay, I purchased a fresh spool of monafilament thread, 004 YLI brand.
I want to do invisible applique.  What settings do I use on my 1230
to create invisible applique.  I want it to look like I did it by hand
only better.>>

Kay, here's how to make a really nice invisible applique.  Use clear 
monofilament for light colored applique, and smoke colored monofilament for 
dark appliques.
1.  Mark the applique shape on the right side of the fabric.  Then put a 
piece of tulle over it and sew on the marked line.  Trim around it.  Cut a 
slit in the tulle and turn "right side out".  Press.  This gives you a nice 
turned-under edge all around the shape.
2.  Pin the applique where you want it.  Put a tear away stabilizer behind 
3.  Put monofilament in the top and fine thread in the bobbin.  Use the 
button hole stitch or the blind hem stitch (you may need to engage the 
mirror image). I prefer the blind hem stitch.  I use a sw=1 and sl=1 or 1 
1/2.  Use the #20 foot so you can see what you're doing, and sew with edge 
of the applique along the inner edge of the toe of the foot.  Needle 
position is either far right or far left depending on which way you're 

This really works, and looks great.  I've used it on complicated pieced 
pieces rather than doing all that piecing.

Good luck.
Date:    Wed, 29 Oct 97 17:41 HST
Subject: Re: Artista 180

It seems odd to me that I've seen the price of the new Pentium II
computers come down about $1200 in price in the last 2 1/2 months
(keeping an eye on them for a friend - I work with computers) and
expect them to come down another $5-700 by next March -- will be
under $2000!  And these systems are incredible!  I won't bore you but
they're top of the line in video, audio, screen display, peripherals -
it is just as fantastic to computer-interested people as the new
Berninas are.  And THEY excite me as well!  I think they sound FABulous.

I just can't figure out WHY they cost so much!  It canNOT be the
computer technology - I don't THINK!  And certainly manufacturing the
body isn't THAT much more expensive.  So - what IS the cost so high for?
I can explain to someone why portable computers are so much more for
the capability than desktops.  So Bernina should be able to explain
why these sewing machines come at such a premium.

Is it having to re-tool their manufacturing equipment - or DO they
pay SOOO much $ for specialized cards (I don't THINK so - I have a
friend who runs a small company making specialized cards for
appliances, auto industry, etc. and even though  the numbers of
cards purchased are small by comparison to main computer cards, the
cost is STILLLL not outrageous)?  Is it because the software had to
be customized and they paid a lot for development?  I don't think
it would hurt their marketing of the equipment at ALL if they were
to exPLAIN the reason for these high costs.  I still couldn't afFORD
the system but at least I'd know the whys of why not.

Anyone close to the manufacturing side know?
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 1997 21:40:47 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Re: lost Clothing

With my Bernina 1530, I make tags out of bias tape for the grandkids coats
and things with their names and phone numbers (and of course some butterflys
or hearts or something).  I sew these into the coat so they can be notified if
someone finds their coat.
Date: Thu, 30 Oct 1997 03:48:41 -0700
Subject: A Bernina Lightweight...

I recently received a message from a woman who had a Bernina 801 for sale.  
She said that it was designed to be Bernina's answer to the Singer
Featherweight.  I don't know how much it weighs, I have never seen one, but
it might be a handy size to carry to class.  

Date: Thu, 30 Oct 1997 05:25:02 +0000
Subject:  Why Some Modify Bernina Walking Foot

Several new Bernina owners have questioned why some owners 
have chosen to modify the walking foot.  The information below was 
sent to another Bernina list some time back, but I think it explains 
it well.  I am told the author is a well-known quilting teacher. As a 
non-quilter, I am not familiar with her work.  I hope this clears up 
some confusion for people.  I have been told that if you modify your 
walking foot, your dealer will not honor the warranty on that foot in 
the event of future problems.  Jeanne 

"Subject: open toe walking feet
To Judy and all others that missed the first posting -After years of
teaching quilting with walking feet, I found that if the piece of
metal that lays in front of the needle on the walking foot is removed
- - your vision improves 100%, and so does your straight line quilting.
Let me explain. When ditch quilting, it is critical that the needle be
'in' the ditch, and the needle so close to the seam that it rubs. With
the foot closed, it is very difficult to see and control this. If you
put your foot down on the feed dogs, then put the needle into the
machine, you will see that the line that marks the center of the
walking foot is not aligned with the needle. If you quilt using the
line on the foot to guide you down the seam, the needle will not be
stitching where the line is riding. Therefore, you are not 'stitching
in the ditch'. If you try looking over the metal bar, you have very
limited vision of where you are going. By removing the metal, you can
see the seam well in front of you, as well as see the needle and
easily position it in the ditch correctly and have perfect ditch
quilting. It works like a dream! Anyone that would like to have this
done contact Kurt at Harriet's Treadle Arts 6390 West 44th Avenue
Wheat Ridge, CO   80033 (303) 424-2742 He charges $12.00, which
includes insured return postage. There is usually a 1 - 2 day
turnaround once he receives the foot. He has done dozens and dozens of
all brands, but especially Berninas, and has never had a complaint or
regret yet. Harriet Hargreave"
Date: Thu, 30 Oct 1997 09:19:19 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Waiting 

     I am anxiously awaiting the arrival of the new 180---I saw the
proto-type at the San Antonio Quilt show-----WOW!!!  I was told by my dealer
that she should have hers by 11-12-97 and that mine should be in by the
middle of the month. (I had to put down a deposit to get on the list of those
waiting for this machine!!!)  I can hardly wait----it is really an awsome
machine.  I have sold my 1260 and am going to sell my Espree just so I can
have it---and from what I've seen, it's worth that and more!!!
     I am the chairman of the American Sewing Guild seminar Nov 8th----our
star at the seminar is Shirley Adams----I am having the board of directors
and committee people at my home for a pot luck the night before the
seminar----I told my Bernina dealer that it sure would look good and maybe
help show off the machine (and maybe make a sale or two) if my machine is in
my sewing room that night.  I'm really anxious.  My husband says that I sleep
with my brochure---not true, but I do dream about it daily!!!  I'll let you
all know my thoughts after I've played with it----but don't hold your breath!
 I do plan to play continously with it!!!
                                           More later---Vicki
Date: Thu, 30 Oct 1997 06:01:03 -0800
Subject: 1630 FAQ Page update

The 1630 FAQ has been updated!

There is now a web site for Frequently Asked Questions (and Tips &
Tricks) about the 1630 machine.  You can find it at:

We've updated the site to fix typos & add some more information. 

A group of us have put together the start of a page with FAQs & tips on
the 1630.  This started out as just information about the Designer
software, but it's grown to cover all 1630 issues.  (Note:  we're not
affliated with Bernina except that we love our 1630s.  The official
Bernina site is:

Our hope is that folks will use the 1630 email list to ask & answer
questions, then we (the group of us that have worked on the page) can
pull off those gems of wisdom & put them on the FAQ.  That way, the
discussion stays on this list, where everyone can see it.
Read more about it on the FAQ.

We're also planning on having some pages where you can download stitches
to share (for those of you with the Designer Software).  (Since it looks
like Bernina hasn't updated their pages in a while.)  But that's still
in the works..


 - ashley
Subject: Tilt a table
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 1997 21:44:37 -0600

I haven't tried this yet and perhaps I should wait to comment until I have
but, why not put the wood under the legs of your table and that would slant
the entire top slightly if a 3/4" thick piece was used.  I'm going to try
Date: Thu, 30 Oct 1997 07:55:51 -0600
Subject: Re: Mail Order Fabric Source

> HELP, HELP!  I am looking for some mail order fabric shops. Can anyone send
> me some good ones. 

Try these.  I have not ordered from any of these places but I hear good
things about them from various sewing groups on the internet. 

The Fabric Club  -
Fabric Stash -
Fabrics Unlimitted -
Hancocks of Paducah -

Hope this helps

Date: Thu, 30 Oct 1997 08:19:12 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Re: Mail Order Fabric Source

I have several sources...however, I'm leaving for work shortly, If you will
e-mail me I will send you a list. Look in the back of SEW BEAUTIFUL or SEW
NEWS magazines and you will see quite a few sources that say wholesale only.

I am a nurse and would love to find a source of fabric to make Lab coats of
the quality that one buys!

Best wishes,    Kasie
Date: Thu, 30 Oct 1997 11:49:55 -0500
Subject: TV Sewing Shows

Dear Bernina:

Does anyone know if the Georgetown area of South Carolina, gets the
Sewing Shows on the PBS channels, like Eleanor Burns, Nancy Ziemann.  I
am new to the area, and have searched the channels with no luck. Maureen
Date: Thu, 30 Oct 1997 10:36:16 -0600
Subject: Christmas Sewing

Hi everyone,

I found a most wonderful site the other day that has FREE paper piecing
Christmas ornaments.  There are about five ornaments you can make.  I
have already made one out of Christmas fabric and it is so cute!!
Here is the url:

Have fun sewing.

Subject: Re: Walking Foot
Date: Thu, 30 Oct 1997 07:51:29 -0800

Pottedfrog wrote:  Why am I seeing so many notes in Fan Clb regard trouble

The walking foot for Bernina's was designed  for matching plaids and sewing
two layers of cloth.  It was not originally designed for quilting.  Harriet
Hargraves an expert machine quilter began modifying the walking foot by
shaving the center rubber piece and removing the cross bar at the front of
the foot.  These modifications made the foot work better for quilting, and
improved visability because there was no longer a metal bar covering the
space between the two sides of the walking foot.

I have a new style walking foot for my 1630 and it works well on that
machine.  I was not happy with the results of using it on my 830 and 930
machines, and bought an older style walking foot for use on them.  For
machine quilting I like the older style narrow walking foot best.  I
believe that the design of the walking foot has been changed to function
better for quilting and it has a seam guide attachment that the older one
does not have.  I'm happy with the results of both of mine.  Last year I
quilted some Supplex to make a winter jacket for DH using my 1630 walking
foot and the seam guide and was pleased with the results.  I have not had
either of my walking feet modified.  Good luck with your new machine!

Date: Thu, 30 Oct 1997 10:53:39 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Re:  Mail Order Fabric Source

Try the Fabric Club at  No affiliation, usual
disclaimers etc.  Check out their Malden Mills PolarTec prices!!!
Unbelievable!!!  Karen
Date: Thu, 30 Oct 1997 10:49:23 -0500 (EST)
Subject: buying a pleater

In a message dated 97-10-30 05:10:39 EST, you write:

>>.any smockers? I'm wondering how long i can survive without buying 
 pleater! >>

Hi Laurie,

Whether you should buy a pleater or not depends on how often you will use it.
 In other words, will you use it enough to pay for it.  I received a 16 row
Pullen Pleater as a "when am I going to have a grandchild" gift many years
ago (it took us many years to produce that child, and the pleater was idle
for a while, but stays warm, now).  I think you can buy them for $90 - $100
if you shop around.  Smocking stores will pleat your fabric for a fee, I
think around $5 or so is reasonable.  I'd go the latter route for your first
few garments until you have a feel for how much you really want to do.  Using
a pleater takes some practice, but the convenience of having your own is a
big plus and might also be considered in making the decision to purchase.
 Your neice is lucky to have an aunt who smocks and sews -- her mother will
probably appreciate it more than she will!

Subject: Maternity Clothing 
Date: Thu, 30 Oct 1997 11:34:04 -0700

Is there a basic pattern adjustment that can be made to tops, dresses, and
jumpers to convert to maternity?

Date: Thu, 30 Oct 1997 11:52:33 -0800 (PST)
Subject: Wouldn't it be nice...

Greetings, fellow seamsters/seamstresses!

I was just thinking;  with the recent closure of one of my favorite fabric
stores, wouldn't it be nice if Burda sold their pattern line over the
internet?  This store carried Burda patterns, and I use them (when I do
sew for myself) excusively.  I want to make a little polar fleece swing
jacket for my boyfriend's three year old niece, and I like their
children's line the best out of everything I've seen.  I work swing shift
four days a week, and my nearest Burda source is out by the University of
Washington, which is well out of my way.  

Sigh!!  Just wishful thinking...

Have a lovely day...I'm going to get ready for work.  However, if anyone
does know of a source for Burda patterns online, I would love to know
about it.  


Subject: 1630 and 1230 for sale
Date: Thu, 30 Oct 1997 13:13:31 -0600

I have placed my order for the new TOL  as soon as it is available.  I am
selling my 1630 and my 1230 to finance this hopefully great decision.  If
anyone out there is interested in either machine E-mail me  
Thank you.
Subject: Re: Preemie Clothes
Date: Thu, 30 Oct 1997 11:09:47 -0700

> I am looking for patterns to make under-birth-weight baby (1 to 3 pounds
> and 3 to 5 pounds) clothes to donate to our hospital.  Many of the doll
> clothes are not poportioned for these tiny babies.

I just read this on the American Home Sewing & Craft Association page: "The
San Diego chapter of American Sewing Guild hosts community service
"sew-ins," where preemie clothes and blankets are made for donation to
Children's and University Hospitals; and garments are mended for The
Polinsky Children's Center."

Anybody in San Diego part of the ASG? I'd be interested in their preemie
patterns as the others who would like to do some charity sewing...

Date: Thu, 30 Oct 1997 12:58:17 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Re: Mail Order Fabric Source

This is Marcia in South Florida: Try out.....HOBBS, Quilt Farm, Keepsake
Quilting, Patchworks, also sign onto the WEB and find QUILTROPOLIS.....thay
have wonderful stuff there. GOOD LUCK
Subject: Re: Quilting in Humboldt Co.
Date: Thu, 30 Oct 1997 09:57:11 -0800


I have been to your fabric stores in your area and I think they are great! 
Trinidad has a wonderful quilt shop that everyone should visit.  Arcata has
the most unusual fabric store with such a wide variety of hard to find
fabrics that I have ever seen.  You are lucky to have such great shopping. 
I am also from No. Calif.

Leigh Anne
Date: Thu, 30 Oct 1997 17:21:19 +0100
Subject: Batman costume

>Hi all, my grandson wants to be batman so I bought black sweatshirt/pants
>to applique batman emblem on shirt ie easy way with fusable if possible. 
>Bought some silver tissue lame at joann's but now I don't think it'll
>bonding with wonder-under or will it? Anyone have any ideas?suggestions?

>thanks for assistance.....Laurie

Hi Laurie,

In class last week, a friend mentionned using lame, but also wondered about
it surviving.  Our teacher suggested buying fusible lightweight cotton
interfacing and then using both layers to applique.  It seems this works
very well.  Good luck!  Let us know how you get on.

Date: Thu, 30 Oct 1997 19:38:17 -0500
Subject: phone # for G Street Fabrics

Does anyone have a phone # for G Street Fabrics?  Thanks in advance
Date: Thu, 30 Oct 1997 16:25:12 -1000
Subject: L.A. Quilt Shops

Will be in L.A. area, specifically San Fernando Valley, at Christmas
time.  DD has promised to take me to a bunch of quilt shops - where's the
good stuff?? I know about Quilt Emporium in Woodland Hills and Crazy
Ladies in Santa Monica - what else is a must see??
Thanks Estelle 
Date: Thu, 30 Oct 1997 20:01:22 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Re: Great Website for Fabric

Someone wrote to me about the web site I quoted for the article about
Creative Children and sewing studies.  I found it under the Home Sewing
Association web
site at
Date:    Thu, 30 Oct 97 14:55 HST
Subject: Re: Re: Bernina 1260

I considered purchasing a floor model 1260 for $1899.  I ended
up buying a 1230 for $1200.  I've seen both for less - maybe in
the Older Model Forum - but have also heard of them going for more.
Date: Thu, 30 Oct 1997 17:38:07 +0000
Subject: sewing skills vs. interest

Well here goes... I am the last one to see a soap box and not step up.

With regard to the discussion of passing along sewing skills, I am of the
mind that the interest to acquire the skills to be an
accomplished seamstress or quilter are on that same pendulum that swung
way over to the left side of necessity.  As women were slowly accepted
into the workplace as equals (still working on that one, we are). The
time it takes to manage a household and raise a family became very
precious.  It took less time to buy the family blankets and clothes at
the mall. So went the desire to stay up till all hours sewing the
children school clothes. But those who never lost the desire to sew were
rewarded. And lets face it some just didn't have the knack for sewing. As
we rediscover the joys of sewing and quilting, or canning and gardening
lets enjoy the experience and share it with others. 

Instead of focusing on the lack of interest in young children for the
sewing arts find a few of those critters and TEACH them.  There are girl
scout troops, boy scout troops, elementary classrooms, pre-schoolers and
4-H clubs, and a million other groups where you can have a very strong
impact.  They may not decide to become quilters for the rest of their
lives, but they can add the experience to the old memory bank and who
knows when and what will happen in the future. I say the sewing arts are
not dead just taking a breather.

But now I really must respond to the post that tried to convince us that
advertisers only "reflect society", they have swallowed the company
line... hook, line and sinker.  Please tell me that we can not rise above
the lowest common denominate, and that is what I see when I think of the
TARGET audience of the advertisers.  So in a perfect world (text book
edition), yes... advertising reflects what happens in our world, but when
it is actually OUT THERE it does little more than assaults us.


Lin, I think I'll step down now ;)
Subject: Gutterman thread
Date: Thu, 30 Oct 1997 17:19:04 -0800

I went into a quilt shop on Sunday, I haven't been to often, to get some 
thread.  I normally buy Mettler, but they only had Gutterman.  I told her
what I had heard about some of it being made in Mexico and the store owner
that apparently this had stopped and she did not buy any of that thread.  
However, she did pick up a spool and on the end it said, "Made in Greece." So,

will this thread be as good as the German made?  I bought a spool to try.

Date: Thu, 30 Oct 1997 18:03:24 +0000
Subject: Re: Mail Order Fabric Source

Fabric by Mail advertises in Sew News out of St Louis MO
Subject: RE: New Bernina Artista 180
Date: Fri, 31 Oct 1997 11:37:56 +1100

This machine does not feature on Bernina's home page.  Where does it
come in the scheme of things?  Does it replace the 1630? Is it a
development of the Virtuoso range?

Subject: Burda Magazine
Date: Fri, 31 Oct 1997 11:24:31 +1100

Burda magazines contain patterns for the garments illustrated.  (The
exception is a glossy magazine, produced a couple of times a year, which
contains only a few patterns).  The format of the pattern sheets can be
confusing at first but with perseverence is a wonderful resource.   Be
careful to note whether seam allowances have been added. 

I have used them for nearly forty years. 

Subject: Burda Magazine
Date: Fri, 31 Oct 1997 11:24:31 +1100

Burda magazines contain patterns for the garments illustrated.  (The
exception is a glossy magazine, produced a couple of times a year, which
contains only a few patterns).  The format of the pattern sheets can be
confusing at first but with perseverence is a wonderful resource.   Be
careful to note whether seam allowances have been added. 

I have used them for nearly forty years. 

Date: Thu, 30 Oct 1997 18:57:56 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Natman Costume

nder under to bond tissue lame and it worked beautifully!  I
used a teflon press cloth over it so my iron never actually touched the lame.
 Good luck!!!

Date: Thu, 30 Oct 1997 18:44:32 EST
Subject: Re: Bernina 1630 Walking Foot


The number on the Bernina Walking Foot box is:  003 208 70 00.  I am puzzled
as to all the complaining about the walking foot and having to have it
modified.  My foot does a beautiful job and I have no complaints.

Date: Thu, 30 Oct 1997 18:44:31 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Re: Preemiw patterns

When my youngest son (now a BIG 9-year-old) was born 8 weeks prematurely, we
got him a couple of Cabbage Patch Doll outfits at a craft fair.  We paid $10
for 2 outfits--FAR less expensive than preemie clothes--and they fit!! He
only wore them for about two weeks, but they worked.  So if you can't find
preemie patterns, I'd try Cabbage Patch patterns!

Subject: Re: Christmas Decorations
Date: Thu, 30 Oct 1997 15:35:53 -0800

Re:  Christmas Decorations 
Marie - I am planning on making Christmas tree decorations on my 1630 by
using the embroidery patterns with Metallic threads on red or green fabric.
 They will be little individual pieces with binding.  If you have the
Christmas key it has some very nice designs, if not any of the large
flowers on the 1630 would be lovely done the same way.  Hope this helps,
Date: Thu, 30 Oct 1997 15:50:26 -0600 (CST)
Subject: yards of silk

Thanks for the information concerning silk purchases in Hong Kong:

We are surrounded with 23 yards of buy location: "Western
Market" second floor is devoted to fabric merchants who previously sold in
the street lanes(some of which have been swallowed by new construction)
Raw silk best price $3.50/ydUS (36in wide)
Others varied up to $10 US/yd and were 45in wide.  
These were good buys when compared to those for sale in the China Arts and 
Crafts stores which charged at least twice as much. (I wish I had bought
twice as much, also).

At the moment I am combining the glorious colors in foundation pieced
inserts for black raw silk vests.  How do you treat silk?  I have always
cleaned or washed any fabric...but I am wary of this. I am such a chicken
that the fabric in the first vest has not had any treatment!  (So far,
anyone who gets one of these vests for Christmas will have to have it dry

For how long will I continue to wake at 1 a.m. as alert as any morning? 
Does jet lag last more than a week?

Thank you all so much for all the suggestions.  The silk colors are 
Subject: Re: Bernina 1630 Walking Foot
Date: Thu, 30 Oct 1997 15:51:27 -0500

I have a 1630 and I bought the walking foot designed to fit it.  It is
great. It is my understanding that this new design has the cut out section
that Harriette Hargrave talks about.  It also works great on my 1260.  Have
had no problems at all.
Date: Thu, 30 Oct 1997 15:17:30 -0400
Subject: fabric store reviews, etc.

Hi all ... just back from vacation to NC and MD; wanted to give you a
fabric store report :). My dad couldn't understand why I wanted to spend
a whole day of my vacation fabric shopping! I had to explain the lure of
fabric collecting to him. Luckily, my DH enjoys taking me hither and yon
... I shop and he reads a book, both without the kids, which is a treat
in any case.

First stop was the Doncaster-Tanner outlet in Rutherfordton, NC. They
have a moderate selection of excellent fabrics: wools, polys, silks,
some cottons, linings. Prices were fair, considering the quality of
material (most of what I purchased was in the $10 - $20 range), but
probably half the fabric was on sale for 50% off or more, which was
great. I got a royal blue cotton/lycra knit and a grey/black wool blend,
both 60" wide, for under $2/yd. The sales help was superb. They also had
lots of beautiful buttons. The fabric is at the back of their clothing
outlet and it was interesting to see a nice outfit and then find the
material and buttons for sale in the back. Their clothes are gorgeous,
but even outlet prices were too steep for me! It's not a BIG store, but
I'm definitely going back every chance I get :).

Next stop was Mary Jo's. Mary Jo's had a good selection of nice fabric,
but most of it was rayon or poly solids; wish they'd had more prints.
Lots of quilting, home dec., and formalwear fabrics. I found a wonderful
upholstery material for a futon cover for only $5/yd. Great selection of
notions and trims. I think I liked the quality of fabric at
Doncaster-Tanner better, but unless their material was on sale, Mary
Jo's definitely has better prices and a larger selection. Also, Burda's
are 25% off ... it's hard to find them on sale (hard to find them at all
in my area of FL)

Last stop was G-Street. Spent part of 2 days here ... one to look and
another to buy. Got some nice wool blends for jackets, some nice
cottons, cotton knits and a couple of polys. The $1.97 clearance tables,
where I usually find lots of goodies, had nothing interesting :(. Wanted
some poly microfiber, but at $19/yd decided to pass. I love G-street ...
you can find better prices elsewhere, but they always seem to find a few
exceptional, reasonably priced fabrics that I can't live without.

For Debbie, who was looking for knit sources, I recently saw the knit
and children's swatches from the Sewing Studio (mail order). Both were
very nice; their knits are exceptional; prices around $12/yd. (a little
high, but I didn't see better prices for equivalent fabric at Mary Jo's
or G-Street). They're at: Sewing Studio Fabric Club	1-800-688-9324. I
also like to look at KnitPicks online; haven't ordered from them, but
have heard good reports ...

sorry to rattle on, but wanted to share :) 

Date: Fri, 31 Oct 1997 20:52:25 -0500 (EST)
Subject: 730

Janis :

My 730 is sitting on my sewing desk just behind me, I've had her from
new...... March 1966.............and she's been across the Atlantic, having
begun as a 240volt British Model, and is on her 3rd motor........ the
original burnt out due to a, making a leather coat, and b, the extreme
voltage variance we used to get out in the wilds of Cumberland, then I had
to get a new 110 volt when we came to Canada. Otherwise she's like a certain
Pink Bunny and keeps going and going. I cannot think of any other major work
she has had, and I'm always sewing. The one big snag, and hopefully I can
find another one, is that my Teflon Soled Foot is worn out,  the Teflon has
two deep grooves from the feed dogs. The enamel is wearing thin in a couple
of places, just from wear, and the original accessorie box, a wierd thing
that swings round from behind to the right of the machine, is broken, but
then it is plastic. 
I still cannot grumble at the stitch............still a very good quality,
and the buttonholes are as good as they ever were, but then she is one of
the first to have a semi-automatic buttonhole built in. 
There is a whole page devoted to older 'Nina's on the BERNINAUSA
site......"Older Models Forum". It's great for info on any of the older
models.  If you are thinking of a 730 for 'carry-along'....forget it, she
weighs about 40 lbs.

Date: Fri, 31 Oct 1997 20:01:16 EST
Subject: Re: Bernina dealers in San Francisco

Cheryl,  Welcome to the Bay Area!  I am new to both the Bernina Digest and the
craft of sewing, and I am also the lucky owner of a Virtuosa 160, which I
bought from a very good Bernina dealer in Oakland.  Her business's name is Sew
Images, located on Piedmont Ave.  I can pass on more info to you later on, if
you would like.  She came very highly recommended by two different friends.  

     As far as fabric stores go, Britex in San Francisco is illustrious but I
have yet to set foot inside.  In the East Bay, which I know best, we have a
New York Fabrics ( West Coast version of Joanne's),  and more unique places
like Poppy Fabrics in Oakland and Stonemountain and Daughter in Berkeley.
There is also a quilters' store in Berkeley, New Pieces.   I don't know how
this will compare with Boston but I am sure there are many more gems in and
around San Francisco for you to discover.

Date: Fri, 31 Oct 1997 18:06:38 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Re: Where to get seasonal buttons?

In a message dated 97-10-31 06:40:48 EST, you write:

>> Does anyone know where one can get seasonal buttons?  At the moment
 I'm looking for Halloween ones for a vest - and am toooo late to
 find any here in Hawaii. >>

My dealer has all sorts of seasonal ceramic buttons from several different
companies.  They will do mail order except for sewing machine things which
their contract disallows.  E mail them from their web site at " ".  Let them know what you want and they will get back to you.

Date: Thu, 30 Oct 1997 23:39:30 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Premie patterns

 >I am looking for patterns to make under-birth-weight baby (1 to 3 pounds 
 >and 3 to 5 pounds) clothes to donate to our hospital.  Many of the doll 


Way back in the days of Cabbage Patch dolls, I used to make clothes from an
infant pattern from a company called Sunrise Industries.  I know they had
some change of ownership, and not sure I've seen their patterns over the last
few years.  I dug out an old one I have & the address is P.O. Box 1316, Orem,
UT  84057.  The only pattern I have left is one for western wear in sizes for
1-4T, but I know they had some cute infant patterns also.  

What a marvelous way to use your sewing abilities.  

Subject: sewing on polartec
Date: Fri, 31 Oct 1997 14:40:43 -0500

I bought some fleece polartec fabric to make a jacket and was wondering if
anyone has any tips for sewing it.  Is ther anything special I need to do? 
What stitches do you recommend.?
Subject: re: Thread Quality
Date: Fri, 31 Oct 1997 10:55:19 PST

To Bernadette

 I did mention quality of thread. Metroscene is the BEST and worth every 
penny or $0.50 you might part with. 
 When thread is made from cotton with short staple, one gets lots and 
lots and lots of dust bunnies, not to mention what hides inside your 
machine. I sew on a 1630 and must be a superb house keeper. I cleas and 
oil it every time I change the bobbin. I notice I must clean the "dust" 
more often when using an inferior thread AND I notice splitting of the 
thread before it gets to the needle and it will hang up in the tension 
plates. Just drives me nuts!  So, I don't find 5 spools for a dollar a 
bargin at all. Just test the strength of the thread its self if you need 
further proof.
Happy sewing,
Subject: passing on sewing skills
Date: Fri, 31 Oct 1997 13:36:21 -0500

Just bragging I guess, but My daughter started a doll quilt when she was 4
years old.  Got side tracked when she broke her arm, but finished it about
a year and a half later.  She hung it in our quilt show this summer and was
very proud of herself. (She turned 6 this June)  I let her use the fancy
stitches on my 1230 to sew the binding down (the whole thing was done on
the machine).  Once she learned what those buttons did she had a great
time.  She hasn;t wanted to do more sewing yet but likes buying fabric and
looking at quilt designs in books and magazines.
Date: Fri, 31 Oct 1997 09:54:19 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Re: Thread Quality

I did have a spool of metrosene (my husband buys me thread and needles for
my Christmas stocking!) that had a "catch" and wasn't wound
it was wound from the inside out or something.. but this was just a
fluke..and hardly the typical.  It did drive me nuts though.  I finally used
it for bobbin thread so it I could unwind it and get enough momentum going
that it would unwind without it sticking.  I do have a big spool of Guterman
(Germany) on my machine now and it keeps backwinding, everytime I stop,
under the thread spool.  Then the upper thread stops until it breaks..lots
of fun, huh?  I typically do not buy these huge spools..but had 2 lined
winterfleece coats for the grandkids I am making--both the same fabric --
and figured I would need this much.  I have a 1530.  
Date: Fri, 31 Oct 1997 08:37:19 -0600
Subject: metallic thread

Sorry for a repeat of this question, (I'm sure)  but I tried using some
metallic thread and it keeps breaking. I am trying to stitch on a vest
consisting of  two layers of cotton/polyester  fabric.   I am using an
embroidery needle and regular thread in the bobbin. Could someone tell me
what I am doing wrong?

Thanks, Sarita
Date: Fri, 31 Oct 1997 07:18:24 -0800
Subject: Re: Stuff

> Dear Nina Fans:
> I first bought the parking garages in Florida for $6.96...came back home
> to New Jersey and found a Wal-Mart, bought some more...went back to good
> ol' Wal-Mart...and they are now $8.99.

Hi Mary & All,

Just thought I'd let you know, I was in Wal-Mart yesterday and they had
the Jammers parking garage back in---price: 6.96. 

Date: Fri, 31 Oct 1997 05:33:27 -0600
Subject: Re: Smocking

> I discovered a new passion, smocking... 
>  Well it looks like I'll need a pleater
Linda's Silver Needles is supposed to have great prices on pleaters.
Thier ad in Sew Beautiful says "Unsure of which pleater is right for 
you?  Call toll free for free, friendly advice--and our low, low,
prices.  Each pleater includes a FREE 2-3 day rush delivery comes with
a free "Smocking Secrets" instuction video, complete directions,
fabric dowels, complimentary smocking design, quilting thread, and 
toll free phone support for all your pleating questions.  By the way
the TOLL FREE number is 1-800766-2548.  The people who answer the 
phone are super friendly.   I have never ordered a pleater from them.  I
purchased one from somewhere else before I found out about Linda' Silver
Needle but I have purchased sewing supplies and have been pleased.  They
offer free shipping on merchandize when your order is $20. or more.

Happy Sewing,

Date: Thu, 30 Oct 1997 23:39:30 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Premie patterns

 >I am looking for patterns to make under-birth-weight baby (1 to 3 pounds 
 >and 3 to 5 pounds) clothes to donate to our hospital.  Many of the doll 


Way back in the days of Cabbage Patch dolls, I used to make clothes from an
infant pattern from a company called Sunrise Industries.  I know they had
some change of ownership, and not sure I've seen their patterns over the last
few years.  I dug out an old one I have & the address is P.O. Box 1316, Orem,
UT  84057.  The only pattern I have left is one for western wear in sizes for
1-4T, but I know they had some cute infant patterns also.  

What a marvelous way to use your sewing abilities.  

Date: Fri, 31 Oct 1997 14:05:57 EST
Subject: Re: Cover Stitch Advice

Dear Lisa,

See if your Bernina dealer (or check the Clothilde or Nancy catalog) for an
item called "E-Z winder". There is a little gizmo that attaches to your bobbin
winder and you put the plastic spools that come with the gizmo on that. Then,
you wind 650 yds of thread onto it from your cone. You can also wind crochet
thread, yarn or anything else you want on a spool. It costs about $20 for the
gizmo and 4 spools. Extra spools cost $6/4.

Subject: New Machines
Date: Sat, 1 Nov 1997 00:16:59 -0800

Hi:  I have the feeling many of you will be buying the new machine.  It
might save some time when you mention that you plan to sell your old
machine that you give the city you live in.  That way any one reading your
message would know if they live nearby or half way across the country.  jr
Date: Fri, 31 Oct 1997 18:56:59 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Machine quilt stitch

Dear Bernina club,

I have an 1130 and I also have a 1000 (bought one and inherited the other).
 I keep hearing people talk about machine quilting using the quilting stitch.
 I don't think my machines have this stitch, but someone tell me if I'm
wrong.  Is there a better stitch than straight stitch for machine quilting?
 What's the best stitch length?  Do you use a different stitch for quilting
in the ditch vs out?  Thanks for your help.

Date:    Fri, 31 Oct 97 10:34 HST
Subject: Re: Protecting Ceramic Buttons>

Acutally, I've decided to glue a tie tac type pin back on the
ceramic buttons - so I can use them on things other than the vest
and I won't have to hand wash anything.  Also - I realize I can
sew thread through the two holes in the button so it MIGHT even
LOOK like it's sewn on.  Alas, I've learned I can't hot glue the
backings on - so today - talk about LAST minute - at lunch I'm
going to get some crazy glue and glue the metal backings onto the
ceramic buttons (HOPE that will work) and wear them on my vest
for the last half of the day.  This craft store had some DARLING

This craft store had some DARLING Christmas buttons and buttons
for other holidays as well - I hope this pin idea works! I'm worried
because when I put the clip on the back it doesn't LOOK like it
fits as tightly as I would like - but I guess I could put a little
piece of batting at the back of the pin on the wrong side - use it
like a washer - to make the front part snug enough to not twist.
If it DOES - I think I'll get a bunch of different ones to do this
to - will make the CUTEST pins!
Date: Fri, 31 Oct 1997 18:02:29 -0800
Subject: Ceramic Buttons


Re your buttons. Why not make small eyelet holes and use what I've
always called a cotter pin? They're found in the hardware store or some
fabric shops do have them. Hopefully the buttons have a shank on them
but if not you can make a nice cord one. put it thru the eyelet hole and
slip a cotter pin thru and Voila^! Removable buttons. Hope this helps.

Date: Fri, 31 Oct 1997 09:16:35 -500
Subject: Re: mail orders

Hi All,

I recently ordered items from Keepsake Quilting and Pinetree and I 
just want to tell everyone on the list what great service I received. 
It seems like I put the order in the mail and the next thing I knew 
it was at my doorstep.

I do live in New England which is close to both places but I still 
think this is terrific service.

The usual, no affiliation...

Date: Fri, 31 Oct 1997 21:29:01 -0700
Subject: rowenta iron

I've been lurking and reading all the interesting info from all you avid
Bernina owners  (I am one, too).  I really appreciate the information and
tips everyone passes on.  So maybe someone out there can help me.  Awhile
back there was quite a discussion on irons and what kind of water to put in
them, but I don't remember seeing any information on the rowenta irons.  I
have a rowenta titan plus and need to know if I can use tap water in it.
Our water is somewhat hard, but not too bad.  Also, do these irons get a
build up inside, and how would you go about cleaning them?  I am able to
take the water tank off.  Does it make any difference in the build up
inside whether or not you take the tank off when the iron is not in use?
TIA  : )

Date: Sat, 1 Nov 1997 14:39:11 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Walking foot

After taking Harriet Hargrave's class, I decided I, too, needed the walking
foot modification.  I didn't want to send my walking foot away because I have
an 1120 and the foot is the old one - didn't want to risk it getting lost in
the mail.

So....I broke down and called ex-DH who is a tool and die maker.  It took him
only a minute or two to take the bar out and then smooth the rough edges
...and it was free.  He did a great job.  If anyone wants theirs done, let me
know.  He said he didn't mind doing any others for my "friends".  But then
again he doesn't know how many "friends" I really have.  

Anyway, I haven't had time to use it yet but plan on doing so at my quilt
retreat this coming weekend.  Will let you all know if it makes a big

Date: Fri, 31 Oct 1997 22:04:25 -0600
Subject: Re: Protecting Ceramic Buttons


I found two solutions to your problem in washing your ceramic buttons.

#1  Nancy's Notions has BUTTON PINS they are on page 76 item # BP2 10 to a
package.  They have a little hump to put the button on and you can take the
buttons off before washing your vest.

#2  Clotilde has BUTTON CLAMS they are on page 33 and slide over the ceramic
button and keeps them from chipping during washing.  They come in 3 sizes
1", 1-1/2" and 2" size all are in package of 4 and are reusable.  Clotilde
has a web site  Hope this helps.

Date: Sat, 1 Nov 1997 14:07:40 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Re: Where to get seasonal buttons?

you'll love me for this - i have the name of a co but do not have their
address or phone #. "Jesse James" either from Bethlehem or Emmaus, PA. I
bought some awhile back from a guild member but have none of the packages
with their info on it...I empty my buttons into an embroidery floss container
so I can view them easier. I'll retain your file incase I can get more info
for you. I do know that I saw them at more craft shops similiar to Rag Shop,
Michael's, AC Moore, etc. They are available in packets (a dozen or so /pkt)
pertaining to the holiday & have several themes such as Victorian, Folk,
Floral, Teachers/School, Fish, etc. It's a wonderful selection. 
Date: Sat, 1 Nov 1997 10:48:05 -0700
Subject: Walking Foot

>From what I've been reading in this digest, the modifications only need to
be done to the older model walking foot, not the new one. Is that correct?
If so, how do we know which one we have??? Thanks!

Date: Sat, 1 Nov 1997 10:48:05 -0700
Subject: Walking Foot

>From what I've been reading in this digest, the modifications only need to
be done to the older model walking foot, not the new one. Is that correct?
If so, how do we know which one we have??? Thanks!

Date: Sat, 1 Nov 1997 10:43:01 -0500 (EST)
Subject: 108 Card

In a message dated 97-11-01 04:15:06 EST, you write:

>> I have card #108 and have used it on my Deco 500.  I have not had any
 trouble with it, it seems to work fine.
 Rhonda >>
Wow You people are sooo lucky...  Card 108 isn't coming out till after the
first of the year....:-(
Date: Sat, 1 Nov 1997 09:04:44 -0500 (EST)
Subject: 801 Sport

In a message dated 97-10-31 23:50:02 EST, you write:

   If you
 need a light machine for class look for a good used 801 sport you can't
 go wrong.
 Louise >>

I agree---My sport is about 10 yrs old--I use it as a back up -the kids have
used it ---friends have borrowed it --It is user friendly and works a works
an works
Date: Sat, 1 Nov 1997 08:38:41 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Re: Sewing and younger generations...

I've been raising 3 grandchildren for the past 8 1/2 years -- and along the
way they each have become familiar w/the sewing machine.  When I moved up to
the 1630, the Elna 7000 became theirs.  They look forward to making Christmas
presents for aunts & cousins .... well, the 11 year old boy (who has a major
problem w/attention deficit disorder) started middle school and in the
sewing/cooking segment of the tech wheel he amazed the teacher by knowing how
to handle the classroom Elna's - in fact his self esteem soared because he
could show the rest of the class how to thread & use the machines.  He made
an A+ pillow project with an animal panel print.  This week he had a science
project -- make a model of an atom and he ended up being assigned Lithium.
 An option was making a flag.  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).  He
did a beautiful job making a reversible flag - heat & bond ultra the large
letters (made the pattern by printing out in large font from the computer.)
 He took it to school Friday -- and first thing, his teacher accussed him of
not making it himself.  It did look pretty professional.  So he went back to
the sewing teacher who checked the flag & said, yep!  That was Dennis' 'cause
he always had a little "wiggle" at the beginning of seams.  He had to give a
step-by-step explanation of how he did it........have a feeling that the
science teacher can't sew!   ----  Anyway, sewing can be a way for a child to
succeed, even when he/she isn't a high-flyer in other skills.  

Date: Sat, 1 Nov 1997 00:21:31 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Re: Fabric Stores

I will traveling to San Clemente,California this coming week to visit a
daughter who recently moved there and hasn't really foiund her way around
yet. Is there anyone here that knows of any good fabric stores in that area?
Thank you,  

Date: Fri, 31 Oct 1997 20:46:48 +1000
Subject: Re: Sewing and the Younger Generation

I work at a middle school as a school nurse.  There are 7 or 8 girls who
come in to my office every day at lunch to learn how to crochet. They
wanted to learn how to sew but I wasn't able to get any machines for
them.  Last year I had 3 boys in the group.  The year before I did a
class on needlepoint. I had one chinese boy who did't speak any English
but did beautiful work. I think if there was someone to teach these
things that there would be more interest.
Date: Sat, 01 Nov 1997 13:02:16 -0500
Subject: Deco 500

Bernina Sisters/Brothers:  Is it true that Brother, Baby-Lock embroidery
cards are interchangeable with Deco 500 machines?  Looking for a source for 
these other cards. Please advise. Thanks. Ellen:
Date: Sat, 1 Nov 1997 13:56:40 -0500
Subject: re:tracing patterns onto Tyvek

Hi all, 
I came to this discussion a bit late so I apologize if I am repeating stuff
already said.
Anyway, I have found that the Swedish Tracing Paper is really good for
tracing patterns onto.  It can be written on with pen or pencil and is very
sturdy, better than that stuff with the little red dots on it.  It 'cuts
and slashes' really well.  I know that it is available from Softwear
Hope this helps,
Date: Sat, 1 Nov 1997 03:40:30 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Re: Walking Foot / Virtuosa 160

Just another note about the walking foot. I have a Bernina 1090s, and
wouldn't be without my walking foot. I don't really use it for quilting, as
the only machine quilting I do is freemotion, and prefer the 29c foot for
that; however, I ALSO do a lot of garment construction, formal gowns, etc,
for teenage daughters. When working with slippery fabrics, linings, etc, the
walking foot just can't be beat!

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