Bernina Fan Club Archives


Wednesday, January 7

Date: Mon, 5 Jan 1998 13:50:15 EST
Subject: Re: Pro Glide Iron

  I have the Bernette Pro Glide Plus iron. I can highly recommend it, although
mine doesn't get much use now except as a take-along iron ever since I got my
Europro system with the vacuum table!

Subject: Re: Help for Wedding!
Date: Mon, 5 Jan 1998 13:09:39 -0600

Thanks for that great tip.  I was going to make a trial one but I really
like the lining idea.  

Thanks so much!

Sandra (Don't know WHY I couldn't think of that!)
Subject: My new Bernina (Activa 130)
Date: Mon, 5 Jan 1998 23:34:53 -0500

My husband and in-laws surprised me this christmas with a new sewing machine, 
the new Bernina, Activa 130, I love it so far , this I my first Bernina, my
old machine was a Brother, I had it for 10 years. I have two little girls under
the age of two so I will have lots of use for my nina. I would apprectiate any
help suggestions.

Subject: RE: Boiled Wool
Date: Tue, 6 Jan 1998 13:08:36 +1100

Further to this discussion.  There was an article in Threads.  It was at
least a couple of years ago.  I have a memory of the cover of the
magazine.  It pictured a blue Chanel style jacket made of boiled blue
wool.  I was unable to locate the article in the Threads index linked to
the Taunton website.  

Maxine i 
Date: Mon, 5 Jan 1998 23:06:21 EST
Subject: Re: Pro Glide Iron

I have had my Rowenta for over five years.  Works great!  Just a bit heavy
when I use it for regular ironing.  But I never have used tap water since ours
is really hard.  I only use distilled,  and pre-heat before using (only takes
2 or 3 mins).  I iron heavy workshirts with it and the weight helps there.  

I have been interested in the Singer press-type primarily for large flat
pieces and interfacings.  I used an old ironrite as a child and loved the
speed and quality of pressing.  Do the Singers perform like the old iron

Sharon C.
Date: Tue, 06 Jan 1998 09:41:31 +1000
Subject: Re: Invisible Thread

I have a friend who said that Thread rots from the inside of the spool
out.  If you are having trouble with it maybe this is the reason.
Subject: Re: Ideas for Machine Tables
Date: Mon, 5 Jan 1998 09:57:14 -0500

I too had an older cabinet.  My husband built a shelf in it so my serger
sits at the proper level.  I use it for my older serger.  I do have a
wrap-around so it works just fine.  
A thought I will share with others - my son had a computer table with a
roll-out keyboard drawer (the full length of the table) which was no longer
needed for his computer.  I have my Deco embroidery machine on it and used
4 of the thread holders from Joanns so all my thread is right at my
fingertips in the drawer.  
Date: Mon, 5 Jan 1998 23:57:42 EST
Subject: Re: Serger Overcast Stitch

Yesa.... wooly nylon in both loopers and if you wqnt to, put it in the needle
also but it isn't absolutley necessary.  You will need to use a needle
threader to get it though the needle.  I use it that way for bathing suits and
baby clothes.

Date: Mon, 05 Jan 1998 08:35:13 -0700
Subject: Hand Look Quilt Stitch

I am having difficulty producing an acceptable hand look quilt stitch (D10)
with my new 1630.  This stitch was perfect on my 1260.  I am following the
instructions to the letter, and have fiddled with tension, different types
of monofilament, and varied the bobbin thread and the needle.  No success.
Very frustrated!!!    As yet I do not have a straight stitch plate - my
dealer is getting one in for me.  Will this make a difference? Is there
anyone who has had success that can give me some tips?  Thank you!

Date: Mon, 5 Jan 1998 23:52:26 EST
Subject: Re: Pro Glide Iron

In a message dated 98-01-05 23:34:09 EST, you write:

>> Anyone have one of the Bernette Pro Glide Plus irons?  I'm fed up with
  Rowenta's.  I've had two and neither one has worked well for different
  I'm not sure what I'm going to try next. >>

I had a Rowenta and HATED it !!   For $100, it never got really hot enough and
started leaking right after the warranty ran out.  Now I have a Sunbeam Steam
Master and love it -- ton's of steam and a nice see-thru water reservoir.
Get's really hot, too and only $30!!   Got it at Best Buy's in the
Philadelphia area.     Sue  
Date: Mon, 05 Jan 1998 11:59:35 -0700
Subject: Textile Outfitters

Does anyone have any information on this company?  I saw their internet
catalog a few months ago, but now that I want to order, I can't find
them anywhere!  I can't find them in a search, either.  If anyone has
any information, please let me know.  I want to order some outdoor
sewing supplies.

Subject: interfacing question
Date: Mon, 5 Jan 1998 14:24:38 -0500

I bought some thin irridescent fabric and some lining weight fabric to go
with it.  I want to make a  quilted wall hanging out of it.  It is really
thin and flimsy.  I have never sewed with anything like this before. Does
it need some sort of interfacing?  Would an iron on interfacing help stop
some of the fraying from the lining type fabric?  I have a 1230.  What size
and type needle would I use.  Any special stitches?  Any helpful hints
would be appreciated.
Date: Mon, 5 Jan 1998 13:08:52 -0700
Subject: Re: Thread Nest

>I am passing on a suggestion for the folks whose machines are building
>thread nests. I read this suggestion in a book by Donna Lynn Thomas and I
>do this all the time. When you begin a seam, start sewing on a small
>snippet of fabric - 11/2 to 2". This will protect the project from all
>those nests and false starts. Put the snippet at the end of the seam also.
>This will keep the needle and thread in order to begin the next seam.

I read where these were called a "thread bunny".  Wish I could get into the
habit of using it.

Subject: Re: Buttonholes
Date: Mon, 5 Jan 1998 08:41:17 -0600

I had learned to measure the width of the button and the thickness - and
make the buttonhole that length. This is particularly helpful as I almost
always make fabric covered buttons. I use a sliding ruler and lay one button
down and one on edge - then measure. Works pretty well for me.

Happy Stitching!
Subject: tables
Date: Tue, 6 Jan 1998 10:37:26 -0600

I was wondering if anyone could suggest a brand of sewing cabinets and/or
work station manufacturers?
Date: Mon, 5 Jan 1998 17:12:18 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Re: Patterns for Disabled, Elderly

The Simplicity book "Design Without Limits" is really very good. Perhaps your
library has it. It made me realize that the most important thing to think
about when designing clothing is the person who will wear it. The needs of
people in wheelchairs are very different from those who use crutches; both
have different needs than people with arthritis who have problems with button
closures, etc. Of course, some people have several limitations. 

And don't think that just because someone has developed a physical
limitation, that they've suddenly developed a new fashion sense. In fact, my
mother viewed the sweatsuits my sister sent her after her stroke as an
affront to her dignity. They looked better than her previous clothes in her
children's opinions, but she just didn't like them. So try not to push your
own taste too hard.

Good luck. I wish with all my heart I still had Mom around to sew for; she
made me so many wonderful clothes (and yes, lots of clothes to her taste, not

Date:    Mon, 05 Jan 98 10:48 HST
Subject: Bonfit Elastic Wizard/Mag Eyes

I've discovered Aleene's craft show which mainly seems to
serve as an infomercial for various products - some of which
seem worthwhile.  I wondered if anyone has had any experience
with or knows if it works on the Bernina's 830 and 1230 -- the
Bonfit Elastic No-fit Wizard.  It seems to do 1/8 to 1" elastic
sizes and gather the material under the elastic so you don't have
to stretch the elastic while sewing it on.  I have a project with
a wrap-around towel (yes - a pre-Christmas project that is now
a new year's resolution) that uses 3/4" elastic - so I'm wondering
if that would be useful for such heavy material.  I'm sure I'll
have other elastic projects in the future so the hefty $40 price tag
might be worth it if it is as wonderful as it seems.

I was also interested in the Mag Eyes with the 2.5 and 5.0 x lenses.
That would be more for crafts than sewing, perhaps.  I was THINKING
I could just get some reading glasses at Costco with a 2.5 or higher
lens at a FAR cheaper price tag than the $30 cost of the Mag Eyes.
But it seems the reading glasses don't come higher than 2.0 (I guess
at that point they figure there is too small a purchasing group
to make higher magnification worthwhile).  Since the lenses are
plastic, I worry that some scratching accident will make them
hard to see through (always seems to happen to my 1.25 reading

If anyone has had experience and can offer opinions or personal
experience - I'd appreciate your help!
Subject: 930 for sale
Date: Tue, 6 Jan 1998 10:09:51 -0800

I have decided to sell my 930.  It has been my backup for my 1630  and used
very little.

Please email me privately for more information.
Date: Tue, 6 Jan 1998 13:00:53 -0600 (CST)
Subject: Nifty Little Project!

I am a member of a group that exchanges little token gifts with a
Christmas Card to all the members.  There were 16 of us this year.
Well, its hard to find a token anything that will fit this bill.

Anyway one of the girls (We are allowed to call ourselves "girls"
if we want!) arrived with her packages in the cutest large gift sacks.
If you are like me and have a stash of Christmas "Everything" this
is a great idea.

I plan to make these for my "Token Gifts" next year!

PROJECT - You use a brown paper sack with a handle on it. Visualize a
          large grocery size.  Someone told me I could purchase these
          at "Paper Warehouse".  It just needs to be a plain sack or
          one you can cover the ad on.

          Cut a strip of about 6" wide fabric and fold in half and press
          so that it is now 3" wide.  You can use a stip of adhesive backed
          paper (Wonder-Under) at the two edges and place the fold over the
          top edge of the sack and iron in place.  Maybe a fancy cut edge
          to the fabric.  Then iron on a strip about 3" wide around the
          bottom edge of the sack.  You will probably have to remove the
          handle if it is rope style, punch holes and replace after attach-
          in the fabric to top of sack.  Now use those left over Christmas
          pillow pannels, Christmas cutouts of fabric or several small blocks
          of Christmas prints.  You can trim edges with glitter paint or
          write "Noel" or "Merry Christmas" across sack.  You could trim
          patches to looke like packages with bows maybe.

          My favorite was done with the navy print with the snowmen in little
          squares and then patches of this fabric was ironed on the front and
          glittered around.  I wish I had these sacks when we finished opening
          our presents Christmas day.  All my children could have packed their
          gifts in these to take home.  I'm going to start now!

Jerry Sue ----------------------------------------------------------------------
Date: Tue, 6 Jan 1998 12:17:52 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Re: Serger Overcast Stitch

You can use wooly nylon in the upper or lower--I don't think it works well
if you use it in both - and I don't know that you need too.  But always use
regular thread in the needle.  You should get plenty of stretch this way.
Good luck.  I was thinking of making myself ANOTHER polarfleece jacket.  I
may try something unique.  I did serge the edges of a "jean" car coat jacket
I made (it has a corduroy lining).  I used varigated colored thread in the
blue, yellow, red and it turned out great!  I've been wearing it for years.

Good luck.
Date: Tue, 6 Jan 1998 18:44:14 EST
Subject: Re: What do I need to put pictures on fabric?

Check out the following site:          She has
directions and supplies for making the transfers.  Plus there are pictures of
quilts made from this process.

Date:    Tue, 06 Jan 98 13:24 HST
Subject: Re: Re: Pro Glide Iron

Yipes - I've thought my Rowenta was FABULOUS!  It's been the best
"steamer" I've ever owned.  It's the first time I've ever been able
to really press the wrinkles out of my denim clothes - AND my
"silk blouse from hell."  A fab sewer for Bernina now uses the Pro
Glide (cuz that's what they carry in the store).  I asked her and
she says she missed the Rowenta at first - but now likes the Pro
Glide because of the point at the front to nose into little nooks
and crannies.  But my sister has a Pro Rowenta got at Costco for
about $69 and it's heavier and has a REALLY pointy end, compared
to my Powerglide Rowenta.  The PRO Rowenta seems very competitive to
the Pro Glide.  I used the Pro Glide at a class at Bernina store -
and it seemed - a little awkward to me - almost too long to be able
to feel I had full control (course, the bigger the surface, the faster
things are finished).

Also - I called Rowenta to complain about my Powerglide Model -
to see if they had an upgrade or "fix" - for the one I had.  It
had a poor design for the steam/no steam slide selector. It was right
where I put my thumb when grasping the iron, so I was always
pushing the selector to "no steam."  They said they'd redesigned
that model - and sent me a brand new (or perhaps refurbished - I
wouldn't know the difference) one - and it's been wonderful.
That sort of "service" made me feel they had MY buying loyalty.
My daughter has the annoying Rowenta now - and says she'll tape
the selector slide in place if she ever finds time to get beyond a
"wanna-be-a-sewer" (I'm the gadget and fabric collector).
As a matter of fact - my sister and several friends bought their
Rowentas (had never heard of them - as I had not until I saw the
demos on QVC) - at Costco (I'm jealous) after my ravings
and absolutely love it!  Each says, and I agree, it's the best
steam iron they ever had.

I DIDDD see an ad on TV or in print - about some iron that says it
has a mode where steam comes out continuosly instead of having to
do a "burst" - and that  feature would be really nice to ME - cuz I
do a "burst of steam" constantly.  It'd also be nice if you were
doing steaming of something (and I know Rowenta has some newer model
that steams in the vertical position so you CAN use it for steaming
 your clothes - but it's still a "burst of steam").  So if
 anyone knows about this iron - I'd be curious.  I think it was
 a more common brand - maybe even Black and Decker.

All I know is - with my OTHER irons - I would fill them up with water
about every 3 months.  I fill up my Rowenta every 3 garments.  It's
been great - but functionality is everything.  If something better
comes along that makes ironing easier - I'd buy it in a heartbeat.
Date:    Tue, 06 Jan 98 11:15 HST
Subject: Re: Re: Parking Garages

Since Walmart in Hawaii was out of "Garages" I went to the Walmart
in Santa Rosa, CA while there over Christmas - and got their LAST
two "Garages" that were parked above the shelves on the very top
where they store excess items.  FORTUNATELY, a Walmart employee knew
what to look for.  Then I bought the LAST three from their local
Target store - so was able to get 3 for me and 2 for my daughter.
They are totally terrific - as touted - and were only $6.98!

Between these items, a LOT of Christmas fabric I bought for 50%
off, some Bernina feet and a great special of "buy 2 get 3rd free"
on Sulky metallic thread (course I decided to get the BIG spools),
I spent all my after-Christmas shopping money on sewing.  I've
warned everyone that all Christmas gifts next year WILLLLLL be

Also - son-in-law got a Plano fishing box - and indeed, it looked
very handy for storing items if one wanted a smaller box that opened
at the top.  Sometime I'll have to explore the fishing section of
these stores and see what other goodies they might have.

They also have a New York Fabrics store that has been purchased by
Joanne's fabrics.  The lady at that store, who was obviously a
sewer, said that Joanne's was going to open some "super" stores
around the country.  She doesn't know where they will be but that
they'd probably have one in the LA area and in some other BIG areas.
I asked what would be "special" about them and she said one thing
would be a really good selection of drapery and upholstry fabric.
This sort of fabric seems awfully specialized and perhaps less in
demand than cotton fabric - so seems a bit surprising and interesting.
I don't know what other sections will make it a "super" store - but
I would want to visit one if I was in the vicinity.
Date:    Tue, 06 Jan 98 11:32 HST
Subject: Re: Re: Bobbins

I bought some extra Bernina bobbins for my daughter's 830 while
while there at Christmas - and daught asked about using other bobbins.
Jim - Mr. Bernina in Santa Rosa - pointed out to her how VERY sturdy
and strong the metal Bernina ones are - you can't really pinch
them in.  These were the 7 hole bobbins.  Then he showed her some
10 hole bobbins (perhaps used on other brands of sewing machines
he carries).  They were cheaper and you could flex in the sides.
He felt the difference in price wasn't worth the chance that you
would have a problem with non-Bernina bobbins.  He said he's seen
it happen many times.  It seems once again - one is paying for
the quality (his Bernina bobbins were .75 ea).

He also gave me a discount for being a member of the Sewing Guild.
I know Bernina in Hawaii does the same thing - as do some other
sewing stores (altho I often forget to "ask").  These discounts saved
me about $30 - more than the cost of joining.  I saw their Santa
Rosa schedule and they have numerous interesting class sessions.
I don't recall the web site for the Sewing Guild - but do think
they have one - if anyone wants to check for a Guild activity in
their own community.  A search would find it.
Date: Tue, 6 Jan 1998 21:05:34 GMT
Subject: Re: Pro Glide Iron

       Hi, I had one Bernette Pro glide Iron and at least three Rowenta.
       They all leak badly.  I would use the type of water they reccommended
       but they still Leaked.  I have a sunbeam now which is o.k.  It doesn't
       leak.  I really liked the weight of the Rowenta tho.  
Date: Tue, 6 Jan 1998 17:32:28 -0600
Subject: DECO 600

Help!!  I am having problems with Sliver and metallic.  A lot of bobbin
thread comes up and then the machine stops with the message "Check upper
or lower thread".   If there is a solution, please notify me.  My tension
is set on anywhere from 1 1/2 to 4.  Thanks

Date: Tue, 06 Jan 1998 20:21:34 -0800
Subject: Quilting Software 

Happy New Year. Ref quilting software, Point your browser at the
Internet search engine, MetaCrawler: Enter the name
Sharla Hicks, surrounded by quotation marks. She teaches computer
quilting. When search results load, click on the first entry, #!000.
Sharla's Home Page will follow. On her Home Page, scroll to the bottom
and click on Software Reviews. She'll give you excellent reviews of 8
quilting programs, complete with color graphics of their interfaces. 

There are other good software reviews which can be accessed through
MetaCrawler. Just enter "quilting software" in the blank field provided
and click on Search. 

Word of warning: Although experienced quilters, most of the software
reviewers aren't too computer-savvy. This can cause trouble, especially
if you're running Windows 95. If so, don't use 16-bit or DOS-based
programs. They'll trash the File System. Look for 32-bit software
written specifically for Win95 or Win95/NT. Your hard disk should be
large enough to accomodate a 10-12MB graphics program and give it plenty
of room to maneuver. If there's a program you like, go to the
manufacturer's Home Page for technical details.  

Hope this helps. Feel free to write back if you have any questions. 
Subject: RE: Polar Fleece
Date: Wed, 7 Jan 1998 15:01:48 +1100

Just to put in my two cents worth - commercial jackets of polar fleece
are not usually lined, and they are usually fastened with zippers.

Date: Tue, 6 Jan 1998 21:56:52 EST
Subject: In search of Mettlers' thread for bernina machine?


Is there a mail order supplier for the Mettler's thread?
If you know of one, e-mail me the information.


Date: Tue, 6 Jan 1998 21:18:32 -0600
Subject: Re: Polar Fleece

I have just recently finished a small (size 2) jacket for my grandaughter
made of Polar Fleece.  It was woderful to sew with as it needs no edge
finishes.  I used a seperating zipper down the front and it came out
beautiful.  I also made some long pants to match with elastic waist and
leg bottoms.  My grandoughter just kept rubbing her legs together and
feeling the front of her jacket.  She wnated to sleep in it, but.........
Have fun sewing with your Polara Fleece.      

Subject: Re: Pro Glide Iron
Date: Tue, 6 Jan 1998 20:38:47 -0600

How much money wise do these irons cost?  Thanks.
Date: Tue, 6 Jan 1998 20:18:40 EST
Subject: Buttonholes

In a message dated 98-01-02 00:03:17 EST, you write:

>> Today I am finishing up a blouse and have a question about the black
 buttonhole foot - 3a since I don't have my in-store class until later in
 January.   It worked great but the hardest time I had was deciding how long
 to make the buttonhole.  Are there any tricks to deciding that or anything
 special I should be doing to the foot to set the length other than making
 trial buttonholes and seeing if they fit the button? >>

I usually set the button down on the fabric and place a little blue dot with
my wash away marker at each end of the button start  at one blue dot and when
the other little blue dot comes into view in the slit that the needle goes in
,in the foot I sew just past it and hit the back up button to  set the length.
It is usually right the first try. Just do a sample first to make sure. Hope
it helps:-) Peggy  
Date: Tue, 06 Jan 1998 19:07:35 -0800
Subject: Re: AG Patterns

I have the AG patterns from the Pleasant Company and they are real
cute.   I have the patterns for Kristian and the ones for Addy.  I found
out when I was in Nashville from Children's Corner that they will be
having a book come out this January with several of their children's
patterns adapted for the 18-inch doll.  This book will sell for under
$20. and have about five of the patterns.  I know that the bishop is one
of the styles that will be included in this book.

Date: Wed, 7 Jan 1998 06:04:45 EST
Subject: Sweater Machine

Thanks to all who responded to my quest for an Incredible Sweater Machine.  On
Sunday morning, my Longsuffering Husband stunned me by purchasing an ISM for
me at WalMart.  I had never seen the Bond in action before, but I want to tell
you this knitting frame thing is just way too cool.  In minutes I was knitting
the sleeves for a machine-quilted patchwork "sweater."  If you love the look
of handknitting but don't have time, or have carpal tunnel problems, I would
highly recommend this textile tool-toy.  It comes with a very helpful video to
get you started, and there are lots of free patterns and instructional sites
here online.  Unlike most knitting machines, which take only sportweight or
thinner yarns, the Bond/ISM works with worsted weight and even novelty yarns.
It takes only a few hours to knit a luxurious chenille sweater; minutes to
make a hat.  The finished fabric handles like, well, knit fabric, and can be
sewn or serged, then cut. You can knit Fair Isle, intarsia, cables, etc. The
mind reels!

WalMart carries the machines Nov. - Jan., and they cost $99.96.  If you are
looking for a great deal on one, offered to sell me hers, in
"like new" condition and including at least $50 worth of extra goodies (row
counter, intarsia keyplate, extra books) for only $100.  Sometimes you see a
used one on eBay, but they don't go cheap.  Seems this is one of those items
that many people see on TV, buy, and then just don't get into it for whatever
reason.  But people like us, the few, the proud, the textile freaks, we careen
madly over, under, around and through the learning curve, to emerge on the
other side, dazed and dishevelled, masters of a powerful new technology.

Sunday, we went to WalMart to buy, ostensibly, car battery. The rest, as they
say...well, you know what they say.  The one who dies with the most sweaters

Subject: Bernina 930 For Sale
Date: Mon, 5 Jan 1998 18:45:24 -0800

I've located a 930 with the needle stop down feature, so I am going to sell
mine that does not have this.  It comes with original case, manual,
accessories box and 10 presser feet.  It is a sweet machine that has had
little use.  I've used it as a backup to my 1630.  It is clean and has been
serviced regularly...

If interested email me privately for information.  I am in Northern

Date: Mon, 05 Jan 1998 21:08:57 -0500
Subject: Re: Patterns for Disabled, Elderly

Don't know that there is anything for sure but you might try asking at
Nancys Notions at  I think they might be a good source to try.
Date: Wed, 7 Jan 1998 02:26:46 EST
Subject: Re: Buying a Serger

In a message dated 98-01-06 23:47:17 EST, you write:

>> I am going to be able to buy a serger as a belated Christmas gift. I would
 like your input on what to look for when I go to make this purchase >>

OOOOH!  Happy shopping!  There are several MUSTS on my serger list:  how easy
is it to thread the machine?; how easy is it to change from regualr serge to
rolled hem?; does it have differential feed? (it must), does the store have
classes to teach me how to use it? (an absolute must).  Take some scraps of
the fabrics you sew on and test the serger with them so you can see what the
serger can do for your type of sewing.
Have fun!
Date: Mon, 5 Jan 1998 15:21:01 -1000
Subject: Trip to California

OK - I promised to report on our trip to L.A. and it was absolutely
marvelous!  DD absolutely outdid herself making sure I got to do all my
"must-sees" and even found more for me to do!  First, our beautiful
grandbaby Amber Jessica (now age 6.5 months) is truely a marvel - she has
such a sweet disposition and nature, and DD is a fabulous mom - so much
patience & love.  Plus A.J. has 3 grannies and 4 grandpas so what can
anyone expect!  I'm a bit jealous that I can't spend the time the L.A.
grannies can, but we're all just one big family anyway.

We went to the Autry Museum of Western Heritage in Griffith Park for the
Patterns of Progress - Quilts in the Machine Age exhibit.  WOW!  I really
didn't know they machine quilted in the 1800s, but they did and many
samples were on display as were quilts from today.  The exhibit is
beautifully hung and I thought quite large - don't remember how many
quilts.  DSIL & DD were also appreciative of the exhibit and DSIL kept
asking "can you make that?"  I finally asked him what he really wanted to
know - can I make it or can he have it?  DH enjoys quilt shows almost as
much as I do and he was really impressed.

I was particularly entranced with Libby Lehman's work - she does free
motion embroidery on the quilt tops - looks like swirling ribons and
other designs.  Since the exhibit was "no photos" I went to the Museum
Shop to purchase a catalog and found to my delight that the Museum had
the foresight to provide books from the various quilters and Libby's book
was there (now is in my home).  The catalog is the size of an instruction
book and cost about the same, but I didn't care - I have a great tool to
remember with, and I have Libby's fabulous book!

Amanda (DD) also had an intinerary of quilt shops to see, and even tho we
were there 12 days, we couldn't do them all what with getting ready for
Christmas and taking Amber J. around with us.  We did get to Q is for
Quilts in Glendale, Quilt 'n' Things in Montrose, Quilt Emporium in
Woodland Hills and Heartwarmers Mercantile in Ojai.  

Q is for Quilts advertises on the net that they have 6,000 bolts of
fabric - wouldn't surprise me if they had 6,000,000!  I was totally
overwhelmed and walked around the shop several times before I could get
my wits and really look at the fabric and decide what I wanted.  Every
color was together, and every shade in every color!  The staff was very
warm & friendly, and quite helpful when I said "this is tooooo much for
me!".  I'll go back.

Quilt 'n' Things was charming - even tho I lived in LA for years I'd
never been to Montrose (my ex says I have just don't remember).  Lovely
little town, felt like an old village - the shop was small and very
sweet.  DH bought me 2 value finders, one green & one red, and the owner
put them in a little brown bag with a fabric design glued to the front
and tied with a cord, and included a fabric swatch in the bag - very nice
touch and I'll definitely go back there!

Quilt Emporium was on my must see list and I was a little ticked off at
DH for making me wait until after Christmas to go but it turns out that
her mother in law gave me a very generous gift certificate - so off we
went, and I spent a mint!  I lived around the corner from this shop for
over 13 years (but the shop wasn't there then), so it was neat to revisit
the old neighborhood.  Must return to this place.

Then off we went to Ojai to Heartwarmers Mercantile (they have a web
page, don't remember where, but I found it when I was searching for info
about Oxnard CA - there's a link on the Oxnard Chamber of Commerce).  We
were interested in Ojai as a possible retirement site, and of course - a
new quilt shop!  The woman there was very nice and had quite a good
fabric selection and many "goodies".  Don't know if we'll retire there,
but I'll go back 'cause I liked the place.

Everyone gave me fabric for Christmas - Amanda told her MIL & MIL's best
friend and exhusband's wife and they all went shopping and bought me
yards and yards and yards, including the gift certificate!  None of the
fabrics are remotely like the others, and many are fabrics I'd definitely
never buy, so I'm going to incorporate them all into my loving quilt to
me made someday.  I think I'll also put charms from the swaps into it as
well as other swap stuff!

L.A. was cold cold cold even tho DD kept saying it was warm - but
remember, I live in Hawaii where under 70 is cold.  Don't think we'll
retire there, but who knows - Amber J is mighty cute and the shopping is
to die for!  I was definitely glad to get home to my own shower & bed and
cat.  What luxury.

When I got home I immediately went to Bernina store and traded my almost
new Activa 140 up to the Virtuosa 160 - I love my new machine!

Date: Mon, 05 Jan 1998 19:13:35 -0600
Subject: Patterns for the disabled

As a full time caregiver to a disabled individual I have found I can
adapt many patterns for practical use.

I eliminated buttons and zippers and substituted velcro.

I also use more pullover tops and elastic waist pants. 
Pants/Slacks are cut fuller for easy on/off and a DIAPER ALLOWANCE is
added by widening the pattern from the high part of the thigh to the

When the client/patient no longer has the mobility of the upper body
then it is MUCH MUCH easier to use a top that VELCRO CLOSE the entire
length of the back.

DECORATING SWEATS with embroidery has been VERY popular.

Velcro shoes are also great! (Yes, I know I can't sew these!!)

Yes..I'd love to share more info..gotta go right now, client just called
to have her blinds installed!!

I also sell plantation shutters, wood 7 vinyl blinds, shades, etc.  I'd
rathernjust sew...but gotta pay those bills!

Date: Tue, 6 Jan 1998 11:29:44 -0600 (CST)
Subject: smoke smelling fabric

Have you tried using a can of spray lysol?  I use this all the time to cut 
the odor in clothing, upholstery, etc.  Due to our allergies, I always
purchase the unsented one.  You can spray the fabric heavily on both sides
and maybe lay on towels outside on a real sunny day or just dry them inside.
My husband smokes (but only outside or someplace away from us - and a 
cigar at that ) and since he steps out back several times a day to take a
"puff"  the jacket he wears sometimes "reaks".  I spray it ever so often
and it really cuts the odor.  Spray until the fabric is damp!  

Jerry Sue 
Date: Tue, 6 Jan 1998 09:16:13 EST
Subject: Re: Quilt Software


First I bought the Quiltsoft.  After having a bad experience with the people
who do the QuiltSoft software, I bought EQ3 and found it to be much, much
better, in every way.  If you are a member of the American Quilter's Society,
you can order EQ3 through them for as little as $77 (which I did) and also get
deep discounts on quilting books.  Though the annual membership cost is $18 to
AQS, I have saved many times that amount on the books and software.  And they
deliver VERY quickly.

To join AQS,  call 1-800-626-5420.

Subject: Decorative Stitching for Polarfleece Jacket
Date: Tue, 06 Jan 1998 07:35:41 PST

In regards to Trish's inquiry, It is best to have the wooly nylon in 
both the upper and lower loopers of the serger. This gives the best 
coverage possible. Well, the extra wooly is really the very best. Use 
regular thread in the needle. Need use only one needle. If your serger 
accomidates 2 needles, the one you use will depend upon how wide you 
want the decoration to be. 
 Happy Sewing

Date: Tue, 6 Jan 1998 00:26:40 EST
Subject: Re: Serger Overcast Stitch

In a message dated 98-01-05 23:31:25 EST, you write:

>> polarfleece jacket.  I want to do a decorative
 overcast stitch to trim the edges.  The first time I tried to do this,
 the stitches broke when wearing the jacket since the the thread was not
 stretchy.  I bought some wooly nylon thread.  Does this go in both the
 upper and lower loopers, and regular thread in the needle? >>

You can put wooly nylon in the upper & lower loopers.  Definitely use regualr
thread in the needle.  You could also do a rolled edge with wooly nylon only
in the upper looper, but am not sure how this would look on polar fleece.
Good luck on your project.
Date: Tue, 6 Jan 1998 22:53:44 +1300
Subject: Sewing classes - Perth.

Hi, Am delighted to be a new subscriber to the BFC. Hope someone in Perth
can help me. I will be visiting Perth 13 to 18 march 1998 and would like to
attend Bernina related course/s whilst better half attends his conference.
Enjoy all sewing but especially keen on crafty stuff. Dates and venues of
any possible classes would be much appreciated.
Many thanks,Anne 

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