Bernina Fan Club Archives

September 97

Sunday, September 21 - Saturday, September 28

Date: Sun, 21 Sep 1997 00:38:46 -0400
Subject: monofilament

hi all,
I recall a few months (maybe 8) back there being a discussion thread about
monofilament thread.  Someone posted that she learned from a reliable
source (sorry, I can't find the original posting) that monofilament thread
can wreack (sp?) on your machine and not to use it.  Has any body else
heard/seen anything about this?  I will continue to search my paper records
for the source, but meanwhile, I was wondering if anyone else heard of

hi mom!
Subject: Quilt Show
Date: Sat, 20 Sep 1997 11:31:08 -0400

Hi.  Anyone in the Boston area interested in quilts:

Saturday 10-5 and Sunday 11-5  Sept. 27-28

Belmont High School - Belmont, MA  (next to Cambridge, Waltham,
Lexington, Watertown)

This will be a great show and there will be 18 vendors.  Admission is charged 
($4 I think), refreshments available, raffle quilt, boutique table.

As a proud mom I will tell you that my two children (Son, 8-daughter, 9) will 
both have bed quilts machine pieced and quilted on my 930 in the show.

Hope to see you there. Any questions, e-mail me privately  

Date: Sat, 20 Sep 1997 15:28:39 -0700
Subject: Prevention of linen wrinkling

Dear Bernina Fans,

What is an appropriate lining to use when sewing with handkerchief linen
or other fine linens --- to help prevent wrinkling?

Thank you,

Date: Sat, 20 Sep 1997 10:33:06 -0700
Subject: Help from Bernina techs

I sent Bernina an e-mail two weeks ago to ask how to get the circular
stitcher and the Feetures publications, since I live so far (at least 2 1/2
hours, one way) from a dealer. I followed up that unanswered e-mail a week
ago by calling and talking to a real human, who promised to forward my
question to the proper people. She assured me that I would have an answer
very soon. Wrong. What do you have to do to get someone there to answer a
question? Any ideas? TIA

Subject: No Hands Wizard
Date: Sat, 20 Sep 1997 22:05:38 -0700

I'm looking for a source to purchase the "No Hands Wizard" sewing 
machine foot, made by the Wizard Attachment Co. It comes in three
sizes and works with almost all machines, it eliminates the need to 
stretch elastic by hand and sews tapes, laces and ribbons. It was
shown at the March AHSCA trade show in Las Vegas.

Date: Sat, 20 Sep 1997 14:56:01 -0500
Subject: Re: New Bernina Serger

 I think most dealers haven't brought out the new ones until they sell
as many of the other ones they can with the12 mos. no payments plans.
According to my Bernina dealer, the 2500DCE will be coming to *her store
towards the end of this month and should be around the price of the
2000DCE. Compared to the 2000DCE, the 2500DCE has:
* 5mm Cover stitch (3 needle)
* 2.5mm Cover stitch (2 needle)
* Chain stitch (2 thread)
* Unlike the 2000DCE in conversion to cover stitch, there is
    no stitch plate change
    no presser foot change
    no screwdriver needed
* New features include:
    thread cutter
    8mm cutting edge
    swing out presser foot
    no presser foot change

Date: Sat, 20 Sep 1997 15:35:35 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: Machine Quilting Question

What a dealer told me:
1630 Vers. III  (Built=in Hand Look Quilt Stitch)
As programmed, tension normal or slightly tightened.  When usin cotton
thread, upper tension  increased to 7.

1630 All Versions  Feather stitch technique
Stitch  G2/7
Length as programmed
Width  0
Balance  +2V
Tension  7

Speed at 1/3 recommended.
Monofilament thread in needle

Foot #1 reverse pattern or #8 jeans or #50 walking

I don't have a 1630, so I haven't tried this.  It is simply the info on the
dealer's handout.

Hope it helps.

Date: Sat, 20 Sep 1997 15:34:44 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Parking Garages

I've been anxiously waiting for our new Wal-Mart to open in Naugatuck, CT so
I could go look for the famous parking garages. I went last Saturday, didn't
remember the name of the garage, but they didn't have any. I was so
disappointed! I went into Ames today for other things and went into the toy
dept to look to see if they had K-Necs for my nephew. They didn't have that,
but I was delighted to find the parking garage, and for only $5.99! That's
less expensive that people have quoted Wal-Mart's price. I bought the last
two on the shelf so if you go to the Naugatuck Ames they won't have any more
right now. But if there is an Ames store in your area, you may find the
garages there.

Date: Sun, 21 Sep 1997 09:25:17 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Satin Stitch/Feetures

I didn't see original note on satin stitch but HH says use COTTON 60 weight
thread in both bobbin and top-and thread the bobbin thru the finger hole. The
best satin stitch is when the top thread is pulled underneath and no bobbin
thread shows.  If using #80 in bobbin, test tension.  NOW when doing one of
the emb. st. on the machine she says use #30 on top(ie.scallop st) and #60 in
bobbin and thread thru eye.  Reason being 30 gives more coverage, but w/satin
st. it might overlap.  This works beautifully as I am doing 25yds of scallops
for trimming.  Always stablize fabric-I'm using freezer paper-works great.
Machine quilting-HH says Sew Art. 004 is not as shiny as YLI.  She has used
over 20 yrs w/no problems so I go w/her judgment.
Feetures-not a book-They are Units-I wrote about them a few mo. ago--They are
great. Only about $10 each unit and will be an on going thing for all the
feet.  I only wish that the speciality feet units were separate.
Any more info needed write
Date: Sat, 20 Sep 1997 20:15:28 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: Buckwheat Hulls for Neck Pillows

I'm wondering can those buckwheat hulls be used for  stuffing hams . I'm
considering making a new one and  the book I read said to use rice but i
heard somewhere that can be a problem after a while  because of bugs.  thanks
to anyone with an answer 

Subject: Re: Source for Webbing
Date: Sun, 21 Sep 1997 08:28:38 -0700

I too would be interested in sources for webbing.  I make many tote bags
with machine embroidery on the pockets.  I had a bad experience with
webbing from St. Louis Trim.  I had used the navy blue webbing on a tote
bag that I gave as a gift.  The friend got caught in a rain storm and the
blue color faded all over the bag.  She finally told me so I didn't use it
again.  I experimented with the webbing I had left.  It too ran on the
fabric.  I sent 2 letters and a sample to St. Louis Trim but have never
gotten a response.  I tried to find them on the WWW but no luck.  My point
is test all webbing for color fastness before using.  Too much time and
costs involved to have this happen.  
Subject: re stuffing for neck pillows
Date: Sun, 21 Sep 1997 09:45:26 -0700

I've made trivets stuffed with rice, and am looking forward to trying the
neck pillows stuffed with buckwheat hulls. One way to ensure that you don't
get Indian mealy moths (the pantry moths that often hatch out of grain) is
to freeze the grain for a week, then keep at room temperature for a few
days, then freeze again for a few days. The freeze/thaw/freeze cycle
ensures that you get them all.
You could also tell the recipient to keep it in the freezer to use for
Ellen Barrosse
Date: Sun, 21 Sep 1997 09:36:54 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Mono Thread

Sorry forgot something, When using the mono thrad put it on a cone thread
holder and then thru the little thread guide on the handle of the machine,
then thread as usual.  This helps tension esp. using Sew Art which is not
cross wound.
Date: Sat, 20 Sep 1997 19:55:37 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re:  Little Feet / Parking Garage

I agree that you can't go overboard trying to get angry with someone trying
to make money in a business.  Who cares if their equivalent parking garage
container is $4 more than whay you pay at Walmart?  Companies are in business
to make money.  Sometimes you find that a company prices some items very low
to get shopper interest and then prices other things higher to make up some

You need to be a good shopper to find things at the best price.  I'm happy to
be linked to such a great group of people who can help me find what I need at
a good price.  Thanks for the warning at the higher priced parking garage -
I've already bought one at Walmart for $7.96 - (or something close to that
price) and am very happy with it at that price.

I did find someone who bought a similar (but smaller) type tackle box which
was just the right size and height for bernina feet.  You need to shop around
a little, and it can be amazing what you find.

I do like the recent car ad that says "relax and enjoy the ride...."

Date: Sun, 21 Sep 1997 11:01:53 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: 801 Sport


Thanks to all who responded to my questions about the 801 Sport.  I bought it
yesterday and spent the evening bonding with it.  It truly is a great little
machine, very solid and with good stitch quality.  

The dealer was originally asking $550, as is (no table and two feet missing).
 I ended up buying it for $500, including a new table, all the original 7
feet and some misc notions.  It is in MINT condition, looks nearly brand new.

The only difference between the 801 and 801 Sport is in name, the Sport has a
carrying handle and was packaged with fewer accessories (no table, soft case,
fewer feet, etc.)

My only disappointment is with the 5 step button hole.  Because the second
bead is stitched in reverse, it isn't consistently as even as the first bead.
 Even after additional internal adjustments by the dealer, it does not stitch
as well as the 6 step button hole.  For my use, however, this is of little
concern since I still have my 1006 and 1031 which have the great 6 step
button hole.  

For anyone who is interested, this dealer also has several machines in the
800 series - an 830, 831, 802, 803, and others.  He also has a 1030.  If
anyone is interested, let me know and I'll give you details.  Not affiliated,
just a very happy customer.

I'm off to play with my new toy again!!

Steve P 
Date: Sat, 20 Sep 1997 18:46:05 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: Monofiliment Options

I've discussed mono thread before.  As a shop that sells machines (Bernina &
Elna) and repairs, naturally, we think that the big advantage in the
polyester sulky is less ware on your machine parts, because the nylon can be
abrassive, as we found out when we had a machine quilting business.  If you
don't use it a lot it is probably not to bad.  The sulky seems to be a little
more supple, though.

As to approach.  We found in the machine quilting business that we did about
two thirds mono thread because you can get by being very good, but with
regular thread as the surface design you have to be more perfect.  The other
consideration is the mono makes the "quilting effect" stand out (the puffing
and such), whereas the regular thread gives a good measure of that quilting
effect while emphasizing the surface design of the quilting.

Date: Sun, 21 Sep 1997 11:49:46 -0500
Subject: Skipped stitches

I was going to machine quilt using my 1260 qpe.  I broke a needle,
replaced it.  From then on, every 8-9 stitches it would skip stitches. 
I tried everything then called my repair man.  He said the timing was
off (i.e., the needle was not in the proper position with respect to the
bobbin area to pick up the stitch.)  He had to take it apart and fix the

So, if your machine is acting up, it may be bad timing that the repair
person may need to adjust (not tension, not thread, etc.)

Just wanted to save some headaches if your run into this problem.
Date: Sun, 21 Sep 1997 11:48:22 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Full Spectrum

While negotiating for my 801 Sport, the topic of full spectrum lighting came
up - another customer recognized my name from the BFC and remembered our
earlier discussion about full spectrum lighting.  Since this is still a
current topic of discussion, I thought it might be helpful to review this

With a little bit of information and a few phone calls to your nearest
lighting store, you can save big $$$$ and have wonderful, quality full
spectrum lighting throughout your home.

Full spectrum (FS) lighting is readily available to anyone who has a
fluorescent light fixture and access to FS lamps (clarification:  "lamp" is
the technically correct term for a fluorescent type "light bulb".  The device
that a lamp is installed in for use is called a "fixture").   FS lamps are
available in straight tubes, u-bents, circulars and the small PL style lamps.
  You do not need special fixtures or pay big prices for full spectrum
lighting.  If you already have a fixture, all you need is the lamp.

FS lamps are not yet widely available in hardware stores, discounters, or
other retail outlets where you usually buy regular lamps and light bulbs.
 The exception is some stores are now selling expensive specialty lamps and
fixtures like the Ott light.  

Recently, some stores have begun to sell WIDE spectrum lamps.  These are not
the same. (There was a recent question here asking about color - warm versus
cool)  FULL spectrum lamps do NOT have a color hue.  WIDE spectrum lamps have
a broader light frequency output than regular warm and cool fluorescent
lamps, and hence the options, but they are NOT FULL spectrum.  FS is like
being pregnant - either it is or it isn't, there are no options.

Actually, it isn't quite that simple.  The measurement of FS lamps (and this
is what you should look for when shopping) is called the Color Rendering
Index, or CRI for short.  The CRI is a measurement compared to pure sunlight
at high noon.  The sun at high noon has a CRI ratting of 100 (%).
 Unfortunately, technology has not yet been able to produce a lamp that has a
CRI of 100.  ANY lamp or light bulb that has a CRI above 90 can be called FS.

There are several major manufacturers, including Sylvania, GE and Phillips,
who produce FS lamps at reasonable prices.  Thus far, I have only seen these
for sale through specialty lighting stores - where contractors, architects
and designers send you for selecting fixtures for a new house.  Although, any
good retail store that sells lamps and bulbs can probably order them for you.

HERE IS THE IMPORTANT PART:  When shopping for FS lamps, ALWAYS ask to SEE,
in writting the CRI rating.  The higher the CRI rating, the better.  Don't
settle for a CRI of 90.  While you won't ever find a rating of 100, you can
find them in the 93 to 97 range.  The ratings will vary between sizes and
styles of the same brand, so you need to look at the rating for the specific
size and style lamp you need.

Before buying one of the expensive specialty fixtures/lamps, you might look
into buying a FS lamp from your local retailer or lighting store.  Let your
fingers do the walking!!  I bet, with this information in hand, it won't take
very many phone calls before you find them.  With the money you save, you can
add to your fabric stash or buy a few more feet for your Bernina!!!

Steve P 
Date: Sun, 21 Sep 1997 11:29:59 -0400
Subject: Re: Buckwheat Hulls Neck Pillows

I've been seeing these pillows advertised in one of our local department
stores.  Price--$29.  That's a bit pricey for buckwheat hulls, I would
think.  But it gives you an idea of what the finished commercial product
would cost.  This particular department store has regular sales, and I
suspect that price will be reduced to about $19.95 one of these days. 
They are called "Sobakawa, the original Oriental sleeping secret as seen
on TV" pillows.

Date: Sun, 21 Sep 1997 13:35:36 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: Machine Quilting Question

I have a 1230 is there a handing quilting stich on this model?  If so, any

M in MO
Date: Sun, 21 Sep 1997 13:12:36 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Walking Foot

I am making my first ever quilt.  Am now ready to do the machine quilting
across the top but when I use the walking foot, I have to really push the
fabric through the machine and the stitches aren't even.  If I take the foot
off and use a regular foot,  the fabric doesn't lie as flat.  HELP!!!!  TIA,
Date: Sun, 21 Sep 1997 13:11:11 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Buttonhole Problem

In a message dated 97-09-21 07:46:33 EDT, you write:

>> had trouble with the 
 button holes. I have a 1530 and the button hole foot.. >>
I have a 1630 so I don't know if your proceedure was right or not, but
whenever I have any trouble with my buttonholes it is because of the seam
allowance not letting the buttonhole foot move freely.
Subject: Re: Walking foot
Date: Sun, 21 Sep 97 13:41:38 -0700

Has anyone bought feet for their Bernina other than from their dealer?  I 
know Softwear Productions sells feet but I am hesitant to buy other than 
from my dealer.  I am also looking for a walking foot and 1/4" foot for a 
160.  My dealer says they won't be on sale until the end of October.  Is 
there another source at a better price?
Date: Sun, 21 Sep 1997 14:17:11 -0400
Subject: differences in types of thick thread

Can someone please give me the difference in weight and uses of 3 different
types of thick thread :  

jeans thread
top stitch

Which one is the thickest?  
Does someone have a good on-line source for them, especially the thickest
one?  (I'll probably want white, but may at some point want colors.  Am
planning a Sashiko wall hanging.

Thanks in advance
Date: Sun, 21 Sep 1997 21:47:43 +0100
Subject: Re: Prevention of Linen Wrinkling


I'm afraid that linen is SUPPOSED to wrinkle.  It will, and it's simply a
feature of the fiber.  I made a blouse from handkerchief weight linen and
lined it with lawn.  Organdy is good too...helps cut down on the sheer-ness,
and gives a little body, but not too much..

Date: Sun, 21 Sep 1997 22:32:17 -0700
Subject: Cry Babies

Can anyone give me the directions for making the "Cry Baby" soft doll? 
I'd never heard of them, but my friend has seen them at two different
craft fairs and would dearly love to know how they're made.  Any info.
will be appreciated.  Also, can anyone tell me how to successfully get
crayon out of cotton bedding fabric.  DIL accidentally dried bed ruffle,
spread, etc. with a red crayon.  We know the technique of pressing on
paper towels, but was hoping for an easier way.  Thanks for info. on
this too.   Bev  
Date: Sun, 21 Sep 1997 20:30:31 -0700
Subject: Monofilament

What timing!  Just yesterday I took a class on new machine quilting
techniques.  In that class Lynette Fulton, who has her work featured in
Machine Trapunto among other places, warned us about monofilament
sources.  She recommended three brands and ONLY three brands of mono: 
Sew Art International, Sulky, and YLI Wonder Thread.  These need to be
purchased only from quilt shops and reliable sew&vacs as opposed to
places like Michaels, Clothworld, and WalMart so you know they are
fresh.  Even within these parameters, you need to make sure it is hair
fine and crimp free.  Check for a softer feel.  If it's not right, send
it back!  Poor quality monofilament thread can and has--get this!--eaten
groves in the inner workings of one's sewing machine.

Now, I always felt protective of my needle, but free to throw any old
thing on the bobbin.  (I do a lot of upside down stitching.) True, there
have been problems with cracking or even exploding plastic bobbins wound
improperly with mono.  But my Bernina uses sturdy solid metal bobbins. 
Lynette had a metal bobbin taken from a 1260.  It looked like it
belonged in a Dali painting!  The poor thing was warped, dented, and
expanded to nearly half again the size of a regular bobbin.  That does
not even begin to describe the distortion!  She also showed us another
student's hook that had been literally sawed in two by some KMart
monofilament thread!

After her class, I intend to continue using monofilament thread.  But I
am donating my "economy" spools to a fisherman!  I intend to change
spools of mono as I change needles:  between every job or every so many
hours' use.  And I will test it ahead of time.

By the way, I had a new horror story to add to Lynette's collection for
future classes.  I am a go-with-the-flow quilter.  When I'm designing, I
don't necessarily bother to stop for meals or sleep.  When I am piecing,
whisps of fabric filter to the floor.  (They later become quilter's
jelly.) When I am sewing, thread tails drift in the air...or so they
did.  I messed up a vacuum cleaner so badly with monofilament that the
repairs were estimated at almost $800 over replacement!!  Now if I'm
using mono, it goes immediately into an old tissue box.  Afterwards I
run masking tape over the carpet before vacuuming. 

The moral of all this is don't be hesitant about using monofilament
where it best suits your goals.  Just treat it with respect.
Subject: Wanted: Bernina designer and Wizard 
Date: Sun, 21 Sep 1997 22:40:09 -0500

I'm looking for these to go with my deco 500 embroidary machine,  if anyone
has one for sale, please e-mail me.

Date: Sun, 21 Sep 1997 19:44:13 -0500
Subject: press~service merchandise

I believe the subject of table top press irons was mentioned on this
list.  Service Merchandise has the Singer brand which is the same size
as the Elna press, for 189.00.  They have a much smaller sized press by
Singer which has the steam iron features on it for an on sale price of
189.00  I checked out the Elna dealer and the  going price is approx
550.00......and there is no steam feature on any of the Elnas.

So should I go for the larger sized Singer without steam?
or the smaller sized Singer WITH steam?

Sure would appreciate input from you press owners out there!!!

Thanks in advance.....Pat.  
Date: Mon, 22 Sep 1997 01:49:37 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: Help from Bernina Tech

Dear Sandy,

I saw your posting and decided to tell you about my wonderful dealer from
which I just purchased by 160.  My name is Dana Lynch and I am from Memphis,
TN.  I purchased my Bernina from a shop in Dyersburg, TN called Sew Many
Ideas.  The lady who manages the shop is Eddy.  She could answer any question
you have and would be happy to send you any borchure or foot that you would
be interested in.  I have found her to be most helpful and kind and my
dealings with her are also long distance.  She has mailed me several items
very promptly.  July thought this might help.  Hope to hear from you soon.

Happy sewing.  Dana  :) 
Date: Mon, 22 Sep 1997 10:07:49 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: Machine Quilting Question

1230:  Feather Stitch technique #16
Stitch length: 4
Stitch width: 0
Balance: +2
Tension: 7

1/3 speed

monofilament in needle, cotton in bobbin

Foot: #1 reverse pattern OR #8 jeans OR #50 walking foot

Needle size 80 or 90

Good luck
Betty i 
Date: Fri, 19 Sep 1997 07:00:31 -0500
Subject: Price of Parking Garages

I wanted to put my two cents in.  I too agree with some other voices.  If
we want to be able to buy fabric, supplies, etc. from other that Walmarts
of the world,  we better all be willing to support, with our dollars the
small retailers or they will all be out of business.  Think of how many
fewer there are today than there used to be.  I don't want to only have
Walmart, Hancocks and Cloth World for my creative inspirations.  I love
bargains don't get me wrong,  but I also love small, independent fabric
and quilt shops. 
Date: Mon, 22 Sep 1997 08:53:13 -0600
Subject:  I'll be going to Newark and Saratoga Springs, NY in October

I'll be going to Newark and Saratoga Springs, NY in October --
besides looking at the Fall leaves, can anyone suggest fabric and yarn
(cross stitch) stores to visit in the area?  Would appreciate any

Date: Mon, 22 Sep 1997 09:19:38 -0600
Subject:  Machine Quilting Info

Betty in Arizona,

Would you be willing to share the information you got about hand 
quilting on the various Bernina models?  I'm sure many of us would 
like it.  Anyone else have an information sheet like this?

Date: Mon, 22 Sep 1997 16:41:48 -0500
Subject: ? Favorit

A friend of mine has a model of Bernina she says has the word *favorit* on
it.  Can you tell me what model # this is?  She says it's about 30 years
old and a light pea green.
Thanks for any info.
Subject: Re: Rip Off?
Date: Mon, 22 Sep 1997 12:37:45 PDT

Rip-offs are dishonest representations.  It is not a crime in America to 
have a high price.  In our small town, we have several Texaco gas 
stations with vastly differing prices for exactly the same product.  
It's not illegal!!!  But, if you are a savvy shopper, you can save a 

Robbi couldn't have said it better.

Date: Mon, 22 Sep 97 18:33:06 UT
Subject: 830 walking foot

I'd like to locate an old-style Bernina walking foot for my beloved 830.  
Since it has a narrower zig-zag than the new computerized machines, I don't 
need the wide foot they now make and sell.  Does anyone have the old, narrow 
walking foot which they'd like to get rid of so they can "upgrade"?  Email me 
with particulars....

Pam Woodruff 
Date: Mon, 22 Sep 1997 15:42:47 -0700
Subject: Re: Help from Bernina techs

Thanks to all who have written with suggestions on how I can get the
circular attachment and the Feetures publications. I'll be on the phone in
just a minute now! However, I still think the Bernina people should have
answered me, if only to give me the same information you all so generously
shared. Thanks again!

Date: Mon, 22 Sep 1997 20:22:51 -0700
Subject: Re: Prevention of Linen Wrinkling

Someone told me a long time ago to chant "Wrinkles are rich ... wrinkles are 
rich" when I wore natural fibers. This was in the days of bullet-proof 
polyester, but I think
it still holds true. ...Kathleen  
Date: Mon, 22 Sep 1997 23:06:36 +0100
Subject: Re: Newark and Saratoga Springs, NY

Nancy Soteriou mentioned she was going to Newark (airport, I presume) and
Saratoga Springs this fall, and asked about fabric or yarn shops in the

I'm from Florida, and had to travel to Newark (airport) and Parsippany NJ
this summer on business.  There's a g-r-e-a-t fabric shop (and they also
have yarn) called the Acme Quilt Shop in Pequonnock.  They're open Tuesday
nights call ahead to be sure, and for directions - 973-696-1784.  Take
287N to Rt 23S.  From there you're only a few minutes, but you'll need
their directions.  Pretty little town, but a great fabric shop that also
carries fashion fabrics.

Date: Mon, 22 Sep 1997 22:53:41 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: 801 Sport

Steve, I'd love to know where your dealer is located and have you used this
dealer in the past.  If so were you pleased with his service.  Thankyou in
advance.  Terri  
Date: Mon, 22 Sep 1997 21:36:53 -0400
Subject: Gastonia Fabric Store

My dh and I are going to the US in mid October and I've persuaded him to
stop for a night in Gastonia, NC.  Could someone e-mail me privately how
to get to the fabric store everyone is drooling over...MaryJo's, I
think.  What exit do we take off I-85??
     Also, does anyone know of a fabric store that's in Floyd, Virginia
that apparently is in a schoolhouse, and has great fabric....I hear.
Date: Tue, 23 Sep 1997 00:06:53 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: Machine Quilting Info


If you go to Bernina's home page, then to the FAQ link, there is information
on all recent & current models on how to achieve the machine quilting stitch.
 While you are there, look around for other good infomation.

Click here to go there now:    Bernina USA

Date: Tue, 23 Sep 1997 00:00:05 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: Parking Garages

I have heard so much about parking garages on this site that I just had to go
and check them out at Wal Mart.  Now, I need another piece of plastic like I
need a hole in the head, but....  These things are the cutest things!  Every
one is talking about how convenient they are for Bernina feet and they are,
but they are even greater for storage of thread.  They have  48 spaces for

I have also found the neatest container (more plastic) at Lowes (similar to
Home Depot).  It has 19 drawers,  9 large and 8 small.  The whole piece
measures l9" long, 9" tall and 6" deep and holds all kinds of gew-gaws.
 Found it in the hardware department and the best part is that its white with
clear drawers.  Keeps the sewing area neat and tidy.  Check it out.


Enjoy all the information on this site. 
Date: Mon, 22 Sep 1997 16:16:57 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: 801 Sport

In 1980 I bought an 801 for $699. I can't believe they still can cost $500!
It's a great machine though.

Date: Mon, 22 Sep 1997 15:46:25 +0000 (EST)
Subject: Velvet lyrical dress

My daughter (15) wants me to make her lyrical competition costume out of a
lovely black velvet with back sequin design.  I have made lots of costumes
out of lycra based fabics but have no idea how to make a fitting and
flexible very short dress (tunic) out of velvet.
	Lyrical dance is a blend of ballet and modern and the competitors
are judged on strength and flexibility so the costume has to allow for a
wide range of motion.
	It has to fit snugly from the waist up as she does some moves that
put her upside down.  Yet is has to be flexible enough to show her back in
arch and allow her to bring her leg vertically up to her ear.  I figure
there will have to be side slits or a "fringed" style skirt portion rather
than the normal circle skirt.
	I have a serger and a Bernina 1090 machine.
Date: Mon, 22 Sep 1997 14:11:54 -0500 (CDT)
Subject: Parking Garages/Little Foot Press

I read a post today where someone made mention that Little Foot has
gadgets and junk.

Sorry, not true!  I have no affiliation with this company, but have
purchased some of their products.  They are usually at the large quilt
show we have here in Oklahoma City.  I love the little foot for 1/4"
seams and love the big foot for free motion work.  They are both
great and can usually be found in the better quilting shops.

I have purchased the paper piecing supplies for several quilts.  They
usually have a demo area set up to show you how to use the feet and
paper products.  I enjoy their newsletter also.  Their adapters work
on Bernina feet and only cost $10.00 when I got mine.

Also, the garage is a little pricy, however, not every one has a 
Walmart near them.  I sometimes find items in quilt shops and at
Bernina a little pricy.  Just my humble opinion.

Jerry Sue  
Date: Mon, 22 Sep 1997 12:03:36 -0700
Subject: Source for twill

Does anyone have a good source for 100% cotton twill (similar to Docker's).
I have seen it being used to make duvet covers and would like to make one.
Date: Mon, 22 Sep 1997 13:47:23 -0500
Subject: Re: Prevention of Linen Wrinkling

> What is an appropriate lining to use when sewing with handkerchief linen
> or other fine linens --- to help prevent wrinkling?


Someone on one of my lists suggested that you underline linen with Silk
Organza.  They said it helped keep the linen from wrinkling.

Date: Mon, 22 Sep 1997 17:22:32 -0500
Subject: Customizer Software for the Deco 600

I just purchased a Deco 600, Wizard & Customizer Software.  Can anyone tell
me how to convert gif images so they can be used with the Customizer
software.  Also, what format do I need to use when  I see all of the free
images available for downloading on the  Internet?  Any help concerning the
software and Wizard would be greatly appreciated.- 
Date: Tue, 23 Sep 1997 06:54:10 -0400
Subject: Please help!

Although I've had my 1630 a long time, I've never had any instruction on how
to use it. Recently I sent it to be up-graded to ver. 3, etc.  I have made
arrangements to get some private tutoring when I pick it up later this week.

I think this lady will teach me whatever I ask for as long as I can be
specific......I have no interest in clothing construction anymore, just
quilting. This is dealer is several hours from me, and is an expensive
venture considering upgrade, tutoring, motel, etc.  I feel like I've got to
make every minute count!  Since she is not a quilter herself, I think she
may be frustrated at how vague I am about what I want to learn.  I need to
be more definite in my requests. 

PLEASE, help me make a list of specific techniques and skills that I need to
learn that is applicable to quilting ......which translates into, " Wanna-Be
Contemperary Quilter Finally Learns How to Use 1630 After Years of Only
Going Forward and Backwards!" 

Thanks for your help!
Date: Tue, 23 Sep 1997 07:31:08 -0700
Subject: Re: Price of Parking Garages

> I wanted to put my two cents in.  I too agree with some other voices. If we 
want to be able to buy fabric, supplies, etc. from other that Walmarts of the 
world,  we better all be willing to support, with our dollars the small 
retailers or they will all be out of business.  Think of how many fewer there 
are today than there used to be.  I don't want to only have Walmart, Hancocks 
and Cloth World for my creative inspirations.  I love bargains don't get me 
wrong,  but I also love small, independent fabric and quilt shops.
> _____________________________________________

I know what you mean.  Don't get me wrong.  I love to shop at Walmart
but the local fabric shop in my town will not stock quilting fabrics
in her store because Walmart stocks quilting fabrics and people will
go there to get their quilting fabrics.  This means that if I want
QUALITY fabric I have to go to Monroe which is 30 miles from where 
I live.  I am just not so sure of the quality of fabric that Walmart
stocks and am not sure if I want to put these fabrics in a quilt.  JMHO

Subject: Decorative thread sewing with the bobbin thread showing
Date: Mon, 22 Sep 1997 18:54:04 PDT

In response to Vickie
 I have been doing decorative sewing for some time now and I have found 
that I have to decrease the tension of the decorative thread. Recently, 
while using decorative thread double loaded in the needle, I had to 
loosen the tension way down to 2 or a little less. It works. Sew on 
something non-critical first, loosen the tension a little at a time 
until you reach the point where the bobbin thread does not pull up to 
the top.
 Hope this helps.

Date: Mon, 22 Sep 1997 18:54:17 -0700
Subject: Bernina Travel Carrying Case

I would like to purchase a canvas/nylon carrying case for a Bernina 
sewing machine as a gift for a quilter friend... You know what I mean??? 
one of those soft-sided, padded cases for hauling the sewing machine 
around from place to place... "Have Bernina will travel"...

Anyway, I have not been able to find such a case at any of the local 
Bernina dealers (BerninaUSA was not able to offer much help either)...

Can anyone out there point me in the right direction???  If so I would 
be very greatful... Please e-mail me 
Thank You... Bill  
Date: Tue, 23 Sep 1997 08:35:18 -0700
Subject: Sue Lord Embroidery Site

I just found Sue Lord's machine embroidery site.  I don't have a DECO
yet but found this site interesting for those of you who have the
DECO.  Each month she offers a free embroidery design in the PES format
which I guess is the format used for  Bernina, Brother and Esante.
She has some nice designs.  BTW she is a Bernina person and I have
her book The Added Touch I which was published several years ago.
It teaches shadow embroidery by machine and also has a couple of things
in the book using the flower stitcher.  You can buy her books from her
on her site.
Date: Tue, 23 Sep 1997 09:53:17 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: Walking Foot

In a message dated 97-09-22 01:47:25 EDT, you write:

 I am making my first ever quilt.  Am now ready to do the machine quilting
 across the top but when I use the walking foot, I have to really push the
 fabric through the machine and the stitches aren't even.  If I take the foot
 off and use a regular foot,  the fabric doesn't lie as flat.  HELP!!!!  TIA,
 ____ >>

Maybe your batting is too thick to feed under the walking foot.  If so, you
might do better using the darning foot with the feed dogs down and "free
motion" quilt even the straight lines.  Or maybe you need to press and starch
well both your top and backing to help the fabric slide smoothly through the
machine.  The main thing is to make several practice squares using various
techniques before starting your "real" quilt.  Good luck.

Subject: Re: Walking Foot
Date: Tue, 23 Sep 1997 08:31:25 -0400

I also have a 160. I bought the walking foot a month ago. I love it. It is
a bit pricey($85) but well worth it. I think you can order the 1/4 in foot
I emailed Bernina and they told me it was avaliable.I am going to the
dealer today to get my machine listened to. I think the bobbin case rattles
around to much. We'll see. For the money I don't think it should make
noise!!! Cindy
Subject: Re: Crayon stains
Date: Tue, 23 Sep 1997 09:46:52 -0600


Gather materials: 
WD-40 (car parts lubricant)
Dishsoap (Ivory, Dawn, Joy)
Laundry detergent
Color-safe bleach 
paper towels

1. Test on inconspicuous spot first.
2. Spray WD-40 on one side of stain, let stand two minutes (paper towels
3. Spray WD-40 on the other side of fabric, let stand two minutes (paper
towel underneath)
4. Work in liquid dishsoap with fingers - change paper towels as they get
5. When most/all of the crayon seems to be loosened, launder in hot water
with laundry detergent and color-safe bleach for 12 minutes or heavy soil
6. If crayon is melted on dryer drum, clean by wiping with a soft cloth
that has been sprayed with WD-40. Then wipe off WD-40 with soap and water
and run rags in dryer for 30 minutes to ensure it is clean before using.

For a very nice stain booklet on how to get any Crayola product out of
clothes, carpets, off walls etc., call 1-800-CRAYOLA. Of course the
directions will apply to any brand of crayon/paint/colored pencil/etc. The
operator who answers will also read the directions to you over the phone so
you can get destaining right away. I lost my booklet so am going to request
another one - I keep it in my laundry room. 

The WD-40 WORKS. I saved a pair of brand new white pants following these
Date: Tue, 23 Sep 1997 08:27:42 -0600
Subject: blanket stitch

I have a few older model Bernina's, and although I don't want to get rid
of them, I find myself wanting a machine that can do a blanket stitch
and also a feather stitch.  I do applique work on projects, and I really
like the look of the blanket stitch around the appliques instead of
satin stitch or zig zag.  Can anyone give me a clue to the cheapest
machine I can buy to get some of these stitches?  This won't be my main
machine; I just want to use it for these stitches.  My machines aren't
computerized, so I can't add these stitches to my old machines.  I don't
want to trade in because my 540 and 830 are so reliable, the stitches
are beautiful and, boy, is that 540 fast!

Subject: Looking for great stores in LA
Date: Tue, 23 Sep 1997 10:13:00 -0400

I am going to be in Los Angeles next month and wonder if there are any
great fabric stores I should try to see.  Thanks. Sandy
Date: Mon, 23 Sep 1996 12:38:04 -0600
Subject: Re: Prevention of Linen Wrinkling


I've considered interfacing linen with  Sheer Interfacing to keep it nicer

Subject: Re: Machine Quilting Question

Thank you, Betty in Arizona, for info on how to get the hand quilting look on
my 1230.  I am fairly new to this mailing list (or news group or whatever it
is) and my interest in my Bernina has been rekindled since starting to read
the messages.  I'm back to sewing with more enthusiasm (I never actually

Date: Tue, 23 Sep 1997 11:54:43 -0500
Subject: machine quilting & monofilament / walking foot problems

Harriet Hargrave, in her workshop on machine quilting, never mentioned
monofilament thread causing damage to machines.  However, she did stress
sticking to either Sew Art International or YLI brands of .004
monofilament.  She showed us another brand that claimed to be .004 but
was visibly 2 or 3 times thicker.  It may be that using thicker
monofilament can cause damage; thicker nylon thread would not break
before causing damage, whereas the .004 is so fine, I would think it
would break before it was able to etch metal.  Typically monofilament is
used only as the top thread, and the upper tension is lowered to
compensate for its stretchiness.  HH did not recommend the Sulky
polyester for machine quilting; sorry, can't remember exactly why.  I do
know, however, that polyester and nylon have different properties.....
Since HH machine quilts on Bernina's, and since she sells Bernina's in
her shop, I think she would have mentioned any potential for machine
damage from using monofilament.  She does recommend keeping your machine
in top condition and taking it in for regular maintenance.

Regarding that first quilt, and having to push the quilt through the
walking foot and getting uneven stitches -- what kind of batting are you
using?  Typically, for machine quilting, you want a relatively thin
batting.  Also, cotton batting is easier to handle than polyester.  If
you have used a thick "comforter style" polyester batt, you may be
better off machine tying the quilt instead of trying to use the walking
foot on it.  Most machines have a knob so you can adjust the height of
the presser foot (to accommodate thinner and thicker fabrics); however,
I have been told the Bernina's do not have this, and certainly my 1230
manual doesn't mention it.  Normally, on a Bernina with the walking
foot, you do not have to push the fabric at all; the walking foot is
supposed to be doing all the work, "eating" the layers of fabric -- both
top and bottom -- at equal rates.  HH recommends keeping your hands in
front of the walking foot and pushing up a "bubble" of fabric in front
of the feed dogs, so the top fabric is feeding *down* into the presser
foot.  This is a lot different than pushing the fabric into the foot.
It is the pushing that is creating the uneveness in the stitches.  The
feed dogs move the fabric at an even rate of speed; any manual
interference will cause a little more fabric to be included in one
stitch, and a little less fabric included in the next stitch -- which is
the same as uneven stitches.

Date: Tue, 23 Sep 1997 18:50:20 -0400
Subject: Need motor for 730 Record

I just got bad news--my 730 Record (27-yr-old) needs a new motor and it's
obselete.  If you have one for sale, please respond.  Thank you!
Date: Tue, 23 Sep 1997 15:55:33 CST
Subject: Re: Parking Garages

These parking Garages are made by a company named Plano.  
They also make plastic fishing tackle boxes.  I thought the
parking garage was a little big for what I needed since I
had 12 extra feet so I bought one of the smaller fishing
tackle boxes.  These should be carried by any department
store such as Walmart, K-Mart, Venture.

Subject: monofilament thread
Date: Tue, 23 Sep 1997 14:06:05 -0600

Hello All
I looked through my notes that I had taken during my first few Bernina classes

and from what I was able to find, monofilament thread is okay to use in your 
machine.  However, you must use .004 thread.  Any other size will negate your 
warranty as it tends to burn holes in the tension disc.  Another tip I
and have used is to thread it on the left side of your tension disc and 
increase your tension just a bit.  Hope this helps.
Subject: old machine information sought
Date: Wed, 24 Sep 97 01:25:49 GMT

My friend's mother-in-law has a "garage sale" sewing machine that she's had
years, never having the owner's manual.  There are a few knobs the purpose of 
which we are not clear.  If anyone has any information on this sewing machine 
or knows how I can get a copy of the owner's manual, I would appreciate it if 
you would email me privately.

Across the top of the machine are the words "Mercury 100 Deluxe".  I also
a label that said "made in Japan".  On the motor it said, "Commodore C, model 
68".  I really couldn't find any more labels.

Thanks in advance!--Trisha
Subject: Re: Source for Webbing
Date: Tue, 23 Sep 1997 18:24:22 -0600

> I too would be interested in sources for webbing.  I make many tote bags
> with machine embroidery on the pockets. 

I have purchased webbing (100 yd rolls) for about $20 from a local fabric
products maker. He would be happy to sell you what ever you may need. He
has many colors and widths available.

KMR Fabric Products, Inc.
800  821-5908
Twin Falls, ID

Hope this helps,

Subject: Should I buy a l50?
Date: Wed, 24 Sep 1997 00:57:54 -0700

I'm in a bit of a quandry about purchasing a sewing machine.  Several
months ago I almost decided on a l090QE but heard the new machines were
coming out.  I decided to wait and now I"m wondering if I made a mistake. 
I tried out the new l50 and did like it ,but I mainly quilt and it doesn't
seem to have any extras for a quilter.  (no one seems to have the quilters
machines left).  Does anyone have a clue as to another "new & improved"
machine might be on the horizon for us quilters??? At least I know that I 
do want a Bernina.   TIA Barbara 
Subject: presser feet
Date: Wed, 24 Sep 1997 07:40:39 -0400

I just received a Bernina Vertuosa 150 as a surprise birthday gift from my 
children. Thrilled? You bet.
I get 2 presser feet free,my choice,except for a walking foot.
I would greatly appreciate any suggestions as to which feet would be most 
helpful---I am a quilter.
Many thanks
Date: Wed, 24 Sep 1997 00:37:21 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re:  Re: Walking Foot

In a message dated 9/22/97 8:01:12 AM, you wrote:

>Has anyone bought feet for their Bernina other than from their dealer?  I 
know Softwear Productions sells feet but I am hesitant to buy other than 
from my dealer.  I am also looking for a walking foot and 1/4" foot for a 
160.  My dealer says they won't be on sale until the end of October.  Is 
there another source at a better price?>>

I have a 150 and I ordered a walking foot and the 1/4 inch foot through my
dealer (they did not have them in the shop) and it took one week to get them.
 Make sure your dealer is ordering these parts, they ARE available from
Bernina.  Perhaps your dealer has to wait to accumulate enough items to a big
order and isn't willing to order till the end of Oct.
Date: Tue, 23 Sep 1997 15:38:29 -1000
Subject: WANT TO BUY

Want to buy a good used machine - prefer 1080, 1100 series or 1200
series.  Anybody know of any good buys out there????
Date: Wed, 24 Sep 1997 08:29:16 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Help with hemming knit sleeve

I've got a long sleeved T shirt whose sleeves are about four inches too long.
 The manufacturer finished the sleeves with a cover stitch.  I've got a 1230
and would appreciate any suggestions for hemming and finishing.  I'd like to
avoid hand sewing if possible.
Date: Wed, 24 Sep 1997 08:57:49 -0500 (CDT)
Subject: fabrics in HOng Kong?

We leave for a week Hong Kong in mid October.  Of course, I am scouring all
guide books for silk and fabric sources.  Can anyone suggest sources? 

Subject: Re: Press ~ Service Merchandise
Date: Thu, 25 Sep 1997 08:08:34 -0500

Hello Pat,
You might want to wait for the Bernina Pressing System which will be out in
early 1998.  We saw them in Washington, DC and just received a mailing on
it confirming that they will offer it here in the states.  They will also
add a Bernina Vacuum Cleaner at the same time.
Subject: Re: differences in types of thick thread
Date: Thu, 25 Sep 1997 08:18:43 -0500

Hello Pat,
We have all three types of thread in our shop and have used each one of
them for Sashiko Stitching.  The Gimpe is the thickest and is available
only in white and black.  We do mail supplies out so if you are interested,
just let me know.  My snail mail address is:  Just Stitchin', 2002 S.
Stewart Street, Springfield, MO 65904.  Or email me  
Subject: Re: ?Favorit
Date: Thu, 25 Sep 1997 08:13:03 -0500

Hello June,
The model Bernina you describe is probably a 730.  We have serviced many of
them in our shop and no one is willing to part with one regardless of the
monetary offer we make.  This tells me that this is truly a Favorit
Subject: Re: Prevention of Linen Wrinkling
Date: Thu, 25 Sep 1997 08:06:08 -0500

Hello Kathleen,
I love your "chant" for wrinkles in linen - I plan to share it with my
class in Evnasville, Inidiana this weekend!  I am teaching Entredeaux by
Machine and we will be using linen!

You will think I am a real ditz, but I have lost your snail mail address
again!!!  I can't believe myself, brother!  If you will send it to me again
I will promise to put it up by my computer.  Thanks tons!
Subject: New Deco Card!!
Date: Thu, 25 Sep 1997 17:25:20 -0500

I just picked up  the Studio Collection No. 108 for the Deco 500.  It
contains all the built in designs that are on the 600.  It's great.  My
dealer just received it today, so check with your dealer.

Date: Thu, 25 Sep 1997 13:30:18, -0500
Subject: Burda Patterns -- Petite Changes

  Hi  --  Has anyone here used Burda patterns?  Today I bought a 
gorgeous coat pattern from them, but would like to know if there's 
anything in the fit or construction I should watch out for.  
  Also -- is there a standard set of changes that you can go by to 
"petite" a pattern?  I believe Vogue had at one point a line of 
"petitable" patterns that gave specific amounts to fold out of the 
pattern for petite proportions.  The old "lengthen or shorten here" 
lines that don't give any hints are so frustrating!
I am 5'2" and the Burda patterns are printed for 5'7".  At least they 
tell me.

  Thanks,   Susan
Date: Thu, 25 Sep 1997 08:18:25 -0700
Subject: Isle of Wight

Hi! Everyone.
Been a browser for a long time.  Enjoy all of your comments.
My chance to accompany my husband to Isle of Wight, Great Britain, has 
come and I will be there October 13, 14, and 15.
Are there any events happening during that time?
Sewing----meetings, shows, get-togethers
Quilting--meetings, shows, get-togethers
Birds----meetings, shows, walks
How is the shopping?   Anyone interested in taking me by the hand?
Please e-mail separately to  Thanks millions.
Date: Thu, 25 Sep 1997 09:34:03 -0400
Subject: T-Fal Irons

I've read here some time ago that T-fal Irons are good irons.  Who sells
them?  My iron went up last night.  I went to Walmart and Best Buys.  They
only had Sunbeam and Norelco.  Does anyone like the Sunbeams?  I'd really
like to find a T-fal since I heard good reviews but didn't pay attention at
the time where to buy them.  Thanks for helping.  I sew everyday for my job
and am lost without the iron.
Dennis & Charlene 
Date: Thu, 25 Sep 1997 20:13:22 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Schoolhouse Fabrics - Floyd, VA

>does anyone know of a fabric store in Floyd, VA, - in a schoolhouse - that
has great fabric>

To Lynda Simpson -- hope you and dh enjoy your visit to the US -- my family
had a wonderful time in Niagara Falls this past August.

Schoolhouse Fabrics (owner, Jerry Duncan) is my favorite shopping place.  It
is not too far off the Blue Ridge Parkway.  Floyd is a very small town -
whole county of Floyd only has 1 stoplight.  That stoplight is at the
intersection of Route 8 and Route 221.  Schoolhouse is on Route 8 - about a
block from the stoplight.  The place has 3 floors of fabric plus the bargain
building out behind the schoolhouse.  If you see Jerry, tell him I put in a
good word.  He generously supports the Mountain Comforts Quilt Show, which I
coordinate for the Blue Ridge Folklife Festival - Oct. 25th at Ferrum

Date: Wed, 24 Sep 1997 08:29:16 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Help with hemming knit sleeve

I've got a long sleeved T shirt whose sleeves are about four inches too long.
 The manufacturer finished the sleeves with a cover stitch.  I've got a 1230
and would appreciate any suggestions for hemming and finishing.  I'd like to
avoid hand sewing if possible.
Date: Wed, 24 Sep 1997 07:54:07 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: Parking Garages

Okay, I've tried to not say anything about parking garages, but since we're
there I thought I would just say something else about plano plastic boxes.
 What I have is a plano tackle box.  It holds four plastic boxes very similar
to the parking garages.  However, if the parking boxes are like the ones my
son has, (yes, someone out there really uses them for match box cars- can you
believe it) they have handles and won't fit.  

What is so neat about the tackle box is that everything cost me $19 at
Walmart.  The dividers in the plastic boxes can be arranged any size.  For
me, they hold sewing feet, accessories, thread, tools, sissors, etc....  When
I go to a class I just grab my tackle box and I always have what I need.
  The size it about 12"x18"x9".

M in rainy MO
Subject: Monograms  HELP!!!!
Date: Wed, 24 Sep 1997 07:45:04 EDT

Hi Bernina Friends,

HELP!!! Can someone tell me the correct location for monograms on a man's
long sleeve shirt?  I have asked friends from Colorado to Kansas, and of
course Tennessee, no one seems to know. Not even my Bernina Dealer. Is
there a rule of thumb?  Someone said "1 inch from the button hole". Which
cuff? How close from the bottom edge of the cuff? Thanks to all my
friends on the BFC.

Hillbilly Doris 
Date: Wed, 24 Sep 1997 10:13:19 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: Walking Foot

To: IRichardson,

Bernina's feet are made to work properly with there machines.  Wait till they
out with the new feet, It will be worth the wait.  With other feet you will
still need a 
Bernina adapter,  (only available from Bernina & since of the foot is
different than previous models, you will need a new model adapter.)  with out
it you won't be able to use other brands of feet anyway.

Date: Wed, 24 Sep 1997 08:59:15 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: No Hands Wizard??


In a message dated 97-09-23 03:47:01 EDT, you write:

>>'m looking for a source to purchase the "No Hands Wizard" sewing 
 machine foot, made by the Wizard Attachment Co. It comes in three
 sizes and works with almost all machines, it eliminates the need to 
 stretch elastic by hand and sews tapes, laces and ribbons. It was
 shown at the March AHSCA trade show in Las Vegas.
I've never heard of this.....How do I get a brochure on it????


Date: Wed, 24 Sep 97 16:44:02 PST8
Subject: Re: Monofilament Thread and Vacuums

     My vacuum (less than 1 year old) was starting to make a funny smell as 
     though the motor was overworking.  DH took it in for a service and 
     told me yesterday after bringing it home that the service man asked 
     him if anyone at home was sewing with nylon thread.  Seems the thread 
     is getting caught in the bearings and he had to replace them.  He told 
     my husband that if I had to pick it up with the machine, to check it 
     frequently and if any of the monofilament thread was caught on the 
     rollers, etc. to take a razor (or something similar) and cut it and 
     remove it.
     Just thought this might save someone else the need to replace a vacuum 
     cleaner, or costly repairs.
     Looks like I'll be using the line roller to get the nylon thread off 
     the carpet as it "disappears".
Date: Wed, 24 Sep 1997 15:24:34 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: newark  & saratoga

In a message dated 9/24/97 4:05:10 PM, you wrote:

>>	I don't know about fabric shops in Newark BUT you're only a path train
away from the garment district in NYC which is the best fun and of course
great fabric and notions.  Lots of it is retail now and very safe and clean.
 THE city is just great to be in and walk the district, have lunch in Bryant
Park then go back and make purchases, if you're like me and have to mull over
choices before making decisions.  The stores in the garment district are
great about giving swatches so as you have lunch you can review options.  If
you have the time, it's my greatest sewer's treat.
	Saratoga Springs is another story.  It's a wonderful place!!!  Cute Main 
to walk and shop.  Lots of great resturants but I've never found much in the
line of fabric shopping.  I'm not a needle worker so haven't looked for that
but I bet on Main St.  there'd be a needle shop.  The Northeast Sewing
Symposium was held there twice and there was never any mention of fabric
stores so I don't think there are any except for a JoAnns.  
	If you want to drop down to Albany there's a store called Alfreds which
isn't bad (better than JoAnns).  There's one in Styvencent Mall and another
in Latham Circle Mall.  I'm not sure I'd go far out of my way for them but if
you're going to be in Albany at all, you could check them out.
Date: Wed, 24 Sep 1997 10:29:56 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: Presses

Pat - 
Earlier this year I spent a considerable amount of time researching presses
before I bought an Elna.  

One of the major reasons I bought the Elna was because it did NOT have a
steam chamber.  Like with irons, the most common problem with presses is that
the water/steam chambers become fouled and or rust out.  The steam holes in
the platten can also create "dimples" on lightweight fabrics.

No matter which kind you get, you will have to periodically clean the
platten.  Inevitably, the cleaning process will push gunk up into the steam
holes which will then reappear on your best dress as you are rushing to get
ready for your cousin's wedding!!!!

When I need steam, I use a simple spray bottle to direct it where I need it -
the spray pump on the Elna is an inadequate silly little battery operated
contraption that should only be sold as an accessory to those who feel they
need it.  

TIP:  Regardless of which one you buy, be sure to make a template of the
pressing cover before you use (or atleast before you wash it) the one that
comes with the press.  Use the template to make extra ones from heavy cotton
muslin or twill fabric.  Having a few extra clean ones is a simple, but great
luxury when you are in a hurry - like when you are in a rush, don't have
anything pressed to wear, and you discover interfacing glue from last week's
project all over the pressing cover.

I have never been disappointed with my "steamless" press.  I also make use of
the sleeve board - most of my pressing is dress shirts, but the sleeve board
also adds extra pressure for when you need an especially crisp edge.

Steve P
Date: Thu, 25 Sep 1997 21:17:56 -0500
Subject: Re: Should I buy a 150?

Barbara, the only thing that is different on the 150 is you have to pay
extra for the knee lift(which you must have!).  You can get the three
stitches that made the 1090QE a Quilter's Edition on the 12 cps stitches
you can choose on the 150.  They were the hand quilting stitch, the
feather stitch, and the blanket stitch.  You can purchase the walking
foot and the 1/4 " piecing foot separately, which you would have had to
do on the 1090QE as well.  Hope this helps.
Date: Thu, 25 Sep 1997 22:35:49 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re:  Should I buy a 150?

I'm in a bit of a quandry about purchasing a sewing machine.  Several
months ago I almost decided on a l090QE but heard the new machines were
coming out.  I decided to wait and now I"m wondering if I made a mistake. 
I tried out the new l50 and did like it ,but I mainly quilt and it doesn't
seem to have any extras for a quilter.  (no one seems to have the quilters
machines left).  Does anyone have a clue as to another "new & improved"
machine might be on the horizon for us quilters??? At least I know that I 
do want a Bernina.   TIA Barbara >>

I am a quilter and I bought a 150.  I had the knee lifter added as an option
and I like it very much.  I love the free motion stitching on this machine
and the quilt stitch and the accuracy and the needle down position which
helps a lot with sewing pieces together.  What quilting extras are you
looking for? I have not sewn on the 1090QE so I can't compare the two.
Good luck.  I am happy with my purchase.

Date: Thu, 25 Sep 1997 17:50:31 -0700
Subject: Fabric, etc.

Guess it is time to add a little to this site.  Reference the buying 
of fabric and where, it is definitely  a personal choice.  However, 
if I am going to put lot of hours of time and lots of myself into 
something that I make I want it to last a good length of time.  My 
quilts will never be antiques because I want them to be used, either 
by me of the receiver if a gift.  So I feel I should put the very 
best that I can afford into it...and I need to emphasize afford.  
Not everybody can afford 7 - 10 dollar per yard fabric and they 
should not be penalized for using something cheaper...but we all 
know that you get what you pay for whether it be a car, appliances, 
fabric, etc.  Your local quilt shop should always be your first 
choice and we know they will be gone.  We have lost one this year 
and on the verge of losing another right now in our town.  Kind of 
the same if you purchase notions and other things locally or by mail 
order.  We really just need them all and to each his own.  Just 
don't cry when your local closes.
Date: Thu, 25 Sep 1997 18:30:55 -0400
Subject: Re: Velvet Lyrical Dress

A stretch  velvet would be just the ticket!   Gayle
Date: Fri, 26 Sep 1997 05:29:03 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: Burda Patterns -- Petite Changes

Susan I am a sewing instructor at our comunity college and use lots of Burda
patterns for all sizees , found them to be easy to adjust  and the sizing is
true. Roberta Carr, a contour designer swears by  the Burda.
Date: Fri, 26 Sep 1997 05:09:47 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: Prevention of Linen Wrinkling

Toni I have lots of linens I have made and I line thwm with Hangten it is a
100% polyester but is cool to the touch, Price wise runs about $4,98 per-yd.
I wash all my linens. Kay  
Date: Fri, 26 Sep 1997 16:57:46 +0800 (HKT)
Subject: Re: Fabrics in Hong Kong


There are several China product department stores around the territory.
Also a company that specialize in silk. The name of the company is Angus.
If you like more information you can e-mail me here.   

Date: Fri, 26 Sep 1997 08:59:40 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: schoolhouse fabrics

	Are most of the fabrics at schoolhouse for quilting or is there a large
selection of finer dress fabrics or home dec also?
Date: Fri, 26 Sep 1997 08:26:15 -0400
Subject: Re: machine quilting & monofilament / walking foot problems

Just this morning I received an e-mail in responsea to 2 questions I
submitted to the Technical Department at Bernina.  I have a 1260.  My first
question concerned the fact that my walking foot  gets stuck with the feed
dogs up during machine quilting. Raising the presser foot releases the feed
dogs.  Because of this problem I was getting very uneven stitches.
Bernina's response was "The walking foot was not designed for quilting with
batting.  The fabric is getting hung up on the middle rubber solel.  To
modify this for quilting you need to trim 1mm off the thickness of only the
center rubber sole.  This will allow enough space for the fabric to feed.
We do this all the time since the foot was introduced years ago."  I am
anxious to get back home and take a closer look at my foot and get the
problem remedied.

My second question was that on occasion after I first turn my machine on my
backstitch will not go back and when released to go forward it makes
basting size stitches.  Turning the machine off and back on does, most of
the time, solve the problem.  Sometimes it takes more than one on/off
sequence.  Their answer was "I would have your dealer change out the
S-oprint circuit board while it is still under the 5-year circuit board

The page where I found the opportunity to e-mail the Technical Department
promised an answer in 48-hours and they were as good as their word.
Another reason I am happy I bought a Bernina.

Hope this info helps someone.
Sandy B.
Date: Fri, 26 Sep 1997 05:50:23 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: Customizer Software for the Deco 600

In a message dated 97-09-25 16:23:26 EDT, you write:

>>  just purchased a Deco 600, Wizard & Customizer Software.  Can anyone tell
 me how to convert gif images so they can be used with the Customizer
 software.  Also, what format do I need to use when  I see all of the free
 images available for downloading on the  Internet? >>

Many drawing programs have a conversion feature.  I use Corel draw.  Many
people use a shareware program called Paint Shop Pro. There are others that
will do this as well.

You can download tajima files.  They can be converted in the file utility
portion of the Wizard or with the file conversion portion of your Bernina
Customizer.  You can also download any format that your Bernina Customizer
can convert.

Date: Fri, 26 Sep 97 13:35:39 UT
Subject: Adhesive Spray

Hi everyone,

I bought some adhesive spray, similar to some I saw used on one of the 
sewing/quilting shows...and am wondering how safe it would be to use this to 
"glue" my quilt sandwich together before quilting. The brand name is Reliatex 
STUCK-Up adhesive spray. 

If anyone has any experience with this, I would dearly love to hear about it. 
If not, I am going to try it on a sample and will report to the list on the 
results [after I stop having company and can concentrate on quilting].

Finally broke down and got "another piece of plastic"....the parking garage. 
Haven't loaded it up yet, but am planning to park lots of good stuff in it. DH

says, you already have a bunch of boxes like this. I said, well, yesssss, I do

have a few...but none are exactly like this. Thanks to all who have 
recommended it.

Regards, Carol 
Date: Fri, 26 Sep 1997 08:42:26 -0600
Subject:  Linen wrinkles; cotton quality

On another list, someone suggested that the way to make linen softer
was to wet it and freeze it before using it. I haven't tried this myself, but
can believe that it might work.
I did try this on some cotton, but it had no effect that I could feel.
remained rough after washing, freezing, and ironing. This happened with
samples from two different makers. Am using it on a baby coverlet, so
would like it to be smoother. Does anyone else think that while a world of
colors and designs are available to stitchers, the cotton itself often
leaves something to be desired--not closely woven, not silky to the
touch? Makes you want to buy a bolt of pima and have at the dyes.
Incidentally, both of the cotton pieces were black. The clerk said, "Making
a Halloween costume?" Me, "No a baby blanket." No more words from
the clerk. Just an appraising look like, "Well, Mrs. Morticia Addams, I
guess it takes all kinds."

Yours for pink and blue and black and new babies,

Date: Fri, 26 Sep 1997 08:19:56 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: Help with hemming knit sleeve

I have a 1230 also and I have very short arms (I am only 4' 11") so I have to
cuff or shorten EVERYTHING. Use stitch #9 for a coverstitch look. Because it
is a reverse cycle stitch it doesen't stretch out the knits either.

Date: Fri, 26 Sep 1997 07:15:00 -0400
Subject: Re: Machine Quilting Info

I wrote to Bernina directly on their web site
and asked how to use my machine to get a simulated had
quilting stitch.  Since I have a 1030 and not a current
model it wasn't on their site, it only took one day to get a
response!  I'm happy.  I love my Bernina and sew everyday
that I'm not gardening.

Happy Quilting
Date: Fri, 26 Sep 1997 08:34:29 -0700
Subject: Monafliament Thread Question

About four years ago I purchaed some monafilament thread thru Nancy's
Notions.  It's YLI.  Is this something that I can still use or should
I be leary of it because it's over four years old?

Date: Fri, 26 Sep 1997 08:22:00 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: T-Fal Iron

I have a Sunbeam Steam Master. I like the hole placement on the bottom and I
didn't want non-stick. It was about $35 and I like it alot.

Date: Fri, 26 Sep 1997 11:21:49 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: Help with hemming knit sleeve

In a message dated 97-09-26 06:07:58 EDT, you write:

>>I've got a long sleeved T shirt whose sleeves are about four inches too
  The manufacturer finished the sleeves with a cover stitch.  I've got a 1230
 and would appreciate any suggestions for hemming and finishing.  I'd like to
 avoid hand sewing if possible.
 TIA >>

A double needle will give you a nice finished hem.  I use this a lot.

Date: Fri, 26 Sep 1997 10:48:45, -0500
Subject: The Foot Book

Is it out yet and how can I get a copy?

Date: Fri, 26 Sep 1997 09:07:05 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: Walking Foot

In a message dated 97-09-26 01:09:26 EDT, you write:

>> I am making my first ever quilt.  Am now ready to do the machine quilting
  across the top but when I use the walking foot, I have to really push the
  fabric through the machine and the stitches aren't even. >>

It may be that the batting is too thick, but it is more likely that the foot
is either not on correctly or the feet are bent or the foot doesn't fit right
or something else is *wrong*.  Can you take it to your dealer to look at?

I had the same problem when I bought my WF.  I brought it in and they looked
at it, discovered the bottom was bent a bit out of line.  They just bent it
back and its been fine ever since.  

Date: Fri, 26 Sep 1997 12:50:49 -0400
Subject: what's everyone sewing

Hi everyone!!!

Can't help but to go along with this thread.  Its very intersting to hear
all the things fellow sewers are doing.   Well, here goes with the things I
did lately.  
Made 285 scrunchies
6-Christmas stockings with appliques on
6 - Christmas hand towels appliqued and corded
15 - trick or treat bags for little ones
3 - painted wooden cats for Halloween
1- Pochantis costume for GD
1 - Bunch of grapes costume for other 1yr. old GD (requested by DIL)
1- Knit peasant dress for me
And the list goes on.  I started back doing craft shows and this is really
keeping me pretty busy.  I must also start making my Christmas gifts for the
family.  It won't be long before I will have enough craft items made to hold
me over for the 7 craft shows that I have in Nov. and I also have one in
Oct. before Halloween.  My first one was this past week on Sept. 20 and I
did quite well.  Hope they all go this way because if so I am looking at a
nice vacation or either the softwear and scanner for my 1630 Bernina.
Boy, what a choice to have to make.  For my GD's and GS I want to make robes
and Pajamas. I have a list about a mile long.  All I need is a few more
hours in the day.  Don't we all at this time of the year.
Well, must get to sleep now so I can clean tomorrow and then back to sewing
and in the late , late evening do some crocheting.  Keep the letters coming
on the different things being made.  Bye for now.

Date: Fri, 26 Sep 1997 12:17:38 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: Fabrics in Hong Kong?

Audrey~  You'll have alot of fun.  I hit all the markets on Pender St. (in
guidebooks) but found alot of cheap cottons.  I had alot of luck buying silks
and linen at the Chinese government stores.  There are a couple on major
roads.  I also brought back all my sewing buddies little pincushions with the
chinese dolls around the edge...they were about 3 for a dollar.  Also, the
market at Stanley is great~I bought a lot of battenburg type linens to use
for "projects".  My best purchases were silk dupionni and silk crepes for

Date: Fri, 26 Sep 1997 09:16:42 -0700
Subject: Re: Monograms HELP!!

Hillbilly Doris in Tennessee wrote about monograms on a man's shirt sleeve.
also like to know: What stitch would you use on the 1630? Thanks.
Date: Fri, 26 Sep 1997 15:10:04
Subject: Re: PRice of Parking Garages

										Putting in my two cents.  
I have found that the fabrics that
Wal-mart has is just as good as some of the fabrics has.  In fact I have
seen the same fabrics at Wal-Mart that JoAnn's has, and for a lot cheaper.
Now if I want good knit fabrics then I go down to my Bernina dealer to get
it, because Wal-Mart does not have it. My Mother-In-Law buys a lot of her
fabrics for quilts at Wal-Mart and has good luck with it.  I do agree that
we should shop our local shops so they can stay in business but if I can
buy cheaper some place  else I will.  	

Subject: RE: Crayon Stains
Date: Fri, 26 Sep 1997 10:37:26 -0700

I thought WD40 was flammable and shouldn't be used on a dryer drum.  I'm
at work so can't look at my can of WD40 to check.   Are you sure it
would be ok?
The fabric cleaning idea is wonderful.    Verna  
Date: Fri, 26 Sep 1997 12:48:11 +0100
Subject: Re: Bernina Travel Carrying Case

I just called my Bernina dealer about the nylon carrying case, and he said
Bernina's not carrying them anymore (pardon the pun).

He's had a ton of requests for them, even tho they're pricey...they're
sturdy.  Hopefully Bernina will bring them back.

Date: Thu, 25 Sep 1997 22:52:37 -0400
Subject: Re: english rose

Hi all 
By now everyone should have their English Rose pattern. Sorry it took so
long. As I said I have been busy at work. No time for e-mail. I am now
caught up I think.  I had so many requests so I hope I did not miss
Date: Sat, 27 Sep 1997 08:20:24 -0400
Subject: Myrtle Beach

A friend will be going to M. B. shortly.   There was a new quilt shop on
Highway 507, near what town?  Also there was a small quilt shop on
King's Hwy. South near the old Wal-mart.  I went to several meetings of
the Grand Strand Quilters and really enjoyed it.  Everyone wqas so
friendly. Any information would be welcome.  I also heard that one of
the Piece Goods Store had closed. TIA
Date: Fri, 26 Sep 1997 20:13:41 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: Burda Patterns - Petite Changes

I am familiar with Vogue patterns alterations lines for misses petite sizes
because I am 5'1"--so, perhaps you may adapt them to Burda patterns.  It's
worth a try!  Remove 1/4" from the upper bodice, front and back, making a
1/4" tuck across the pattern through the middle of the armscye.  Make a
corresponding 1/4" tuck across the middle of the cap of the sleeve.  Remove
1" from the lower bodice, front and back, making a 1" tuck across the pattern
approx. 1-1 1/2" above the waistline in an area that would not affect the
garment design.  Shorten skirts and pants patterns, front and back, in the
lower torso area of the pattern 1", making a 1" tuck across the pattern in an
area that does not affect the garment design.  However, it is always best to
use your personal measurements to shorten the pattern, especially if you have
a long upper torso or long lower torso.  I consider standardized pattern
changes misleading because no two figures are alike, whether or not your
height is a factor.  Hope this help a little.  Alberta
Date: Fri, 26 Sep 1997 20:11:18 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: Bernina Travel Carrying Case

Hi Bill,
 Check out page 94 in the newest Nancy's Notions catalogue.  I bought one for
my Bernina serger and they make one just like it for sewing machines-----I
think she'll really like it.  I do mine as it is both padded and very sturdy.
 Nancy's Notions ----1-800-833-0690 or 
                                        Hope this helps,
Date: Fri, 26 Sep 1997 20:05:20 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: monofilament thread

My bernina dealer said the that the monofilament thread is ok.
Subject: RE: No Hands Wizard??
Date: Fri, 26 Sep 1997 13:32:03 -0700


I finally located the No Hand Wizard through Aleene's and ordered it
for $39.95 plus postage it won't be available until the end of October
so won't get it until the first part of November. They have been demoing
it on her cable show, I don't know of any brochures out for it. It has only
just come onto the market so is "very" new. It's got a new name some-
thing like BonFit Wizard? But when I asked for it by the name No Hands
Wizard they knew what I was talking about, I can't wait to try it, from 
what I heard they can't even make them fast enough!!! A cool new tool.

Date: Fri, 26 Sep 1997 19:58:55 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: Source for twill

>From time to time, G Street Fabrics, Rockville Md will offer twill fabrics
through their monthly portfolio.  The 800 number is listed in their ad in the
back of most Threads and Sew News magazine.  Hope this helps you!  Alberta
Date: Fri, 26 Sep 1997 20:14:38 -0400
Subject: Fabric, Stitchery stores in SC

To All:

Does somenone know of a fabric store, like Sofro or Joanne's, in the
Georgetown, Myrtle Beach area.  I have Walmart near me, but the selection
is poor.  I have just moved in this area, so I am not familar with the
shopping areas.  I've heard someone mention Oak Street Fabrics in Myrtle
Beach, about a month ago, I was still in NY at the time, and forgot to
save the message..  Do they sell only fabric or other things like, Cross
Stitch, etc.
Date: Fri, 26 Sep 1997 19:55:54 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re:  Should I buy a 150?

I have heard that the new berninas arre assembled in taiwan even tho the
parts are swiss.  also, my dealer feels the stitch quality is not as good as
on all the older models up to and including the 1630.  you can get the hand
quilting look from any machine.  I have a 1020 and a 1530 and would never
trade them for one of the new 150 or 160s.  If you look around, you might
still get a quilters edition machine, a dealer near me had one 2 weeks ago.
 Call every dealer around and see.  Good luck.  Karen
Date: Fri, 26 Sep 1997 17:50:09 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: Table irons

I bought my table press iron at Sams (Wal Marts "sister" store) a couple of
years ago at Christmas.  I paid about $45 less than the prices advertised in
magazines for the Singer steam presses.  You may want to check out Sams from
the first of November thru Christmas, because Sams in my town stocked these
irons every year since I bought mine. 

To tell you the truth, the main thing I use the iron for is fusing stuff.
 The iron is invaluable for that. I prefer the Bernina Pro Glide for most of
my ironing, especially ironing while sewing.

Bernina is coming out with a Euro Pro system this winter & I'm eagerly
waiting to see that!

Subject: RE: Monograms HELP!!
Date: Fri, 26 Sep 1997 09:37:07 -0400


My husband has a few monogrammed shirts and his are on the left cuff about halfway between the top and bottom and near the front so it shows when his arm is hanging down.

Hope this helps.

Subject: Re: ironing presses
Date: Sat, 27 Sep 1997 07:40:27 -0500

I second Steve's praise of the Elna press. I have had mine for probably 8
years and never had one problem with it. As he says, it does not have a
steam chamber for which I am grateful. It is very rare that I even use a
spray bottle with it, as the 100 lbs of pressure is generally adequate for
getting wrinkles out. It is incredibly wonderful for iron-on interfacing.
For that, I put a press cloth on top and spray it with water and then leave
the press down till it beeps. Now that I have a scanner and color printer,
I also use it for iron-on transfers which I would hate to do with a regular
iron because of the marks from the holes. With transfers, heat up the
fabric first, then put the transfer on and close it till it beeps. Remove
the transfer immediately, and if any of the transfer paper does not come
off, put a press cloth over it and keep reheating the area until you have
removed it all.

The press is great for putting creases in pants, and those who are creative
can learn to iron anything on it. Mostly I just stick to pants and flat

Subject: RE: Customizer Software for the Deco 600
Date: Fri, 26 Sep 1997 09:12:24 -0400


You need to bring the gif images into a paint program and save them as bmp 
files.  While I don't have the customizer, I understand that it can translate 
any format into the format needed for the Wizard.

Date: Sat, 27 Sep 1997 09:09:02 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re:  Help with hemming knit sleeve

If you don't have access to a cover stitch machine, a straight stitch on your
regular sewing machine, using a twin needle  (4 mm) is a good subsitiute to
hem knits.
Happy Stitching!

Date: Sat, 27 Sep 1997 09:40:34 -0400
Subject: Re:Velvet lyrical costume

   There is a stretch velvet that is available which is what those
dresses are made out of.  If you cannot convince your daughter
differently then you may have to insert some lycra panels because regular
velvet has no give.  I have sewn plenty of costumes.  Having a low back
will help alot and if you find that it is not enough then along the sides
insert black lycra panels.  I have designed and sewn  skating and dance
costumes and you may e-mail me direct if I can be of any help.  I am an
avid reader of the digest but mostly lurk... gee that sounds terrible!
Subject: 1630 question
Date: Sat, 27 Sep 1997 07:57:26 -0500

Need help,
On the 1630  I am trying the two thread in needle. I would like to do the
D2 stitches on a crazy quilt jacket, but when I use two threads I have
trouble with the bobbin thread showing.  I have started at 6 on tension
gone to almost 1 and still shows.  Do I need to use other needle (using
embroidery 130/705 H-E and embroidery bobbin thread)?
Thank you for your help. 
Date: Sat, 27 Sep 1997 12:52:07 -0500 (CDT)
Subject: Quilting as fast as I can!

Well, my Christmas projects on are "on hold" now.  I just received this
telephone call from my daughter, "Mom, how long does it take you to make a in a baby quilt?"

Mary Jane 
Soon-to-be Grandma
Date: Sat, 27 Sep 1997 11:54:33 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Hemming t-shirt sleeves

Here's what I do:

Turn up the sleeve to the desired new length and mark with basting or
fade-out marker pen. Sometimes, depending on the shape of the sleeve and how
much it is being shortened, it may be necessary to taper the sleeve from
about the elbow point down to the new hem line mark.  Stitch a small bar tack
across the seam at the new hem length then release the rest of the seam.
 Note that stitching ends at the hemline fold mark.    Trim the hem allowance
roughly to about 2".  Turn up the hem and press.  Depending on the shape of
the sleeve there may be a v-shaped gap in the hem allowance near the seam on
the inside - this is okay and will not show on the outside.    Use a double
stretch needle to stitch the hem in place 1/2" - 1" from the fold.  Trim the
excess hem allowance away close to the stitching.  No need to serge or turn
under the hem allowance since knits do not ravel.  

I use the double needle and trim away close to the stitching technique to
shorten all knit items, not just t-shirts and not just sleeves.  Works great
and simulates the commercial cover stitch look quite well.

Date: Sat, 27 Sep 97 07:32:13      
Subject: Re:  1530SE vs. New Models

After reading the Bernina Fan Club archives over the last year, I subscribed 
to the list this last week and will attempt to post my first message.
I've been reading so much about problems with the new machines, that I've 
gotten the Chicken Little complex:  The last good Berninas are going!  The 
last good Berninas are going!  So I'm going out to my local dealer to 
compare the new machines against the 1530SE.  If I like the new machines 
(they seem to have some nice new features), that's the end of it -- I can 
safely put off upgrading as the new machines will be around for a few years 
and will only get some of the kinks worked out of them.

If the new machines are less than what I'd expect from a Bernina, then who 
knows?  I might just have to get a 1530SE before there all gone.

But I need some more help from forum members in justifying the upgrade.  I 
have a 1020 and am mostly interested in clothing construction/tailoring.  
The 1020 has everything I've needed so far, but the ability to make keyhole 
buttonholes.  Can forum members help me out with further justifications?  Or 
will someone tell me how to make a keyhole buttonhole with the older style 
mechanical machines.  Last week a worked out the settings for sewing a 
manual buttonhole with narrower beads than the automatic six step 
buttonhole.  It going to look pretty darn good on my next shirt.


Subject: 1630 need help
Date: Sat, 27 Sep 1997 09:00:58 -0500

Help I am trying to make crazy quilt.  Would like to use 2 threads in
needle.  I am using sulky 30 wt. and Embroidy bobbin thread.  Using the D2 
but my bobbin thread comes to top.  I have gone from 6 to almost 1 on
tension.  I am also using embroidery needle 130/705 HE.  The fabric is
velvet have thin batting and cotton backing.  This is for a jacket.  I
can't do it from the back since I can't see the seams.  Any help would be
nice I will try almost anything.

Thank you
Date: Fri, 26 Sep 1997 18:11:17 -0700
Subject: Beverly, Mass and Brattleboro., Vermont

We are going to these areas as leaf peepers Oct 4 - l2 and I am hoping
to get my dear husband to take me to a few quilt stores during our
trip.  Hopefully, I won't have to jump out of a moving vehicle.  Ha ha. 
I hope to run into some craft shows and cute shops.  The 11 and 12, we
will be in Columbus Ohio area and hope to go to Berlin in Amish country
to see quilts.  We fly to Columbus for a stop over.  I'm excited.  These
cactus in Tucson don't sprout very many leaves.     


 World Wide Quilting Page * Bernina Page