Bernina Fan Club Archives

December 95

Sunday, December 17th - Saturday, December 23rd

Date: Sun, 17 Dec 1995 09:08:24 -0500
Subject: Sewing SHows

>PBS may have canceled the sewing shows but try WLRN. .... 
I think WLRN is Channel 17??? Locally.  Hope this helps.\

:::weeping copiously:::: Hi, Pam  >sniff<

Thanks, but although I am less than 2 hours north of you (Martin Co.), I do
not receive WLRN.

Date: Sun, 17 Dec 1995 09:08:34 -0500
Subject: Hiding Out in FL

> Don't know exactly where you are "hiding out" but I will be in ... Ft.
Myers for the months of Jan-Feb then maybe Sarasota area for March.  Want to
get together?  

Dennie, I'd love to, but you will be on the West Coast and I live on the East
Coast. If you love sea shells, you couldn't do better than nearby Sanibel
Island (near Ft. Meyers) - it is one of the best shelling beaches in the
world; also one of the prettiest. At least that is what the international
travel guides say! I have trouble traveling far, or I would zip over and
investigate the fabric possibilities of the West Coast with you!  :D

I had planned to do a Quilting Tour of New England before my car accident 2
years ago. It starts in Boston and meanders North, eventually reaching the
White Mountains and one of the QUILTING MECCAS af the U.S.: Keepsake Fabrics!
If I am able to do it next year, maybe you and I could "do" Boston fabric
stores! Has anyone been on that tour?

Date: Sun, 17 Dec 1995 09:49:11 EST
Subject: regarding stick on dots

I use masking tape on a dispenser for all my marking needs. Its cheap 
and comes off all fabric easily.  Rox
Date: Sun, 17 Dec 1995 14:02:12 -0500
Subject: Madeira Thread

Will, Try Madeira again!  Call 1-800-225-3001 and when you get the ordering
dept. ask to speak to Carrie. I have ordered many times and she is the
greatest! No minimum order and their thread is WONDERFUL ! The price even
with postage is much much lower then you would pay in the stores. 
Date: 17 Dec 95 14:06:37 EST
Subject: Thanks to All

I've been lurking on this wonderful list (thanks, Sue!) for several weeks. I 
had intended to ask for advice on an upgrade Bernina (1031 to ???) but I 
quickly found there were several others that had been 'bitten' by the bug to 
either purchase their first Bernina or upgrade, and I decided to just listen 

So I just wanted to thank everyone who has offered advice/thoughts/etc. on 
selecting the best machine for a person's particular needs! This is all to 
say I'm the proud owner of a new 1260. I have only had it a few days and have 
only just begun to 'play'. I have 'retired' from making clothes, but like to 
quilt and find decorative stitches for edges of flat pieces.

The happiest and safest of holidays to all!

Date: Sun, 17 Dec 1995 14:18:16 -0600
Subject: Re: Madeira Thread

Madeira thread is the best thread I have every used. My Bernina dealer
carries some of their thread, but not all of the different types. Try
calling 1-800-543-4727 Sewing and Craft Supply for their Catalog. They carry
all of the Madiera threads and seem to be very nice to deal with.
Faye P
Date: Sun, 17 Dec 1995 15:50:14 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Re: Bernina 1630

Here it goes-- My husband has just made a terrible mistake - He asked me 
if I wanted to turn in my car and get a new one, as he has decided not to 
buy a new truck after all.  WOW!  Well, being momentarily stupid, I said, 
no, I was happy with the car I had.

Now, upon reflection, what better to drive than a Bernina 1630?????  So, 
before he gets too settled into thinking he is not going to have to spend 
money, I need to get an idea from you folks as to how much you paid for 
your 1630's.  My shop in town is closed today and Monday, so I will have 
to wait until Tuesday to go in.  I would like to have time to convince 
him to get me this machine so I can just go in and buy it Tuesday, not go 
in and check the prices.  I have test run the Bernina 1630 and the Pfaff 
7550.  It is still hard to decide, and I will go try out the New Home 1+ 
Monday to be sure, since I have not tried it out.  But maybe not.  I do 
like the BNernina/Pfaff dealership.  So it will be one of those.

Anyway - I need to have a ballpark figure to give him.

What do the "Christmas Cards" cost, or other cards for the 1630?  Does 
the wide satin stitch foot come with the machine?

thanks for your help!

Peggy K
Date: Sun, 17 Dec 1995 15:53:22 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Re: Madeira Thread

I l-o-v-e Madeira threads.  However, they are, as you found out, really 
tough to locate. I like Mettler and Sulky for everyday stuff, because 
"everyone" carries them.  When I run into Madeira decorative threads I 
grab whatever I can afford at the time.  Maybe so few shops carry them 
because the shops probably have the same trouble you had in trying to 
place an order.

Beverly S
Date: 17 Dec 95 16:17:43 EST
Subject: Re: Polar Fleece prices

Just want to let people know it can be worthwhile to check out mill end,
warehouse, and outlet stores for polar fleece.  The ones around here (a metro
suburban area) generally carry solid colors for $5/yd and prints for $8/yd.
Occasionally they have 25% off sales too, if you don't mind elbowing your way to
tables and standing in a cutting line for an hour or so.

Date: Sun, 17 Dec 1995 16:20:07 -0500
Subject: Bernina 1630 for sale

Top-of-the-line, Bernina 1630 for sale.

Electronics and mechanics just updated by the Bernina factory (not the 
dealer)...showroom condition. Selling because embrodery has now caught my 
fancy...can't afford 2 machines!

Make offer.

Also have at least $500 (probably over $600, maybe more...lost count) in  
accessories, including latest walking foot. Entire lot (no pieces) -- $250 with 
purchase of 1630 or $300
Date: Sun, 17 Dec 95 20:39:00 UTC 0000
Subject: Re: Marking Notches

Old habits die hard, but I'm sure not going to go to the bother of cutting
notches outward anymore. :)
Date: Mon, 18 Dec 95 00:10:00 UTC 0000
Subject: Madeira Thread

 I use Madeira thread a lot. The price is about 1/4 of Sulky (twice the
yardage on a spool for half the price). I have to say, though, that when
I've had to deal with their CA office, I've gotten the same attitude that
you did. I always call early in the day and call the NH number.

Their thread is very good and their service is outstanding. Last week they
sent me a whole bunch of #60 thread instead of the #30 I had ordered. I
called NH, and the lady said that my order had been shipped out of CA and
that I'd have to call there. I told her about the unfriendly experience I'd
had there before and she gave me the supervisor's name. I called and asked
for the supervisor, but she was busy in the warehouse. The woman who
answered the phone asked if she could help, and it turned out she was the
one I'd talked to on a few occasions before. But that day she was really
nice. Anyway, I got the replacement thread the next day and they're having
UPS pick up the wrong stuff. Couldn't ask for more.

Maybe the lady in CA is one of those up and down kind of people. You might
try calling NH and telling them what happened, because when I originally
asked for my color cards and samples I got them the same week.

My only complaint is not about the thread itself, but how they "package" it.
The smaller spools (1000-1500 yards) are on tubes with no end caps and I've
had problems with it falling off the ends. I use a Deco 500 and have finally
started using it in the horizontal position (I've tried the vertical with
the little adaptor thingie they send you) with the little net tube stretched
over it. I find that the Deco works better with the thread horizontal, so am
happy I came up with a solution. You do have to be careful in handling the
spools and how you store them, though, so that you don't accidentally knock
a bunch of thread off the end.
Date: Sun, 17 Dec 1995 20:26:08 -0500
Subject: Re: PatchWork Foot

Another use I've found for the patchwork foot is in paper piecing. The slot
allows you to see just where you're sewing, but it holds it more firmly than
the open toe foot would. I love my 1/4" foot and don't use any other except
for quilting. Sue M.
ate: Sun, 17 Dec 1995 20:37:36 -0500
Subject: Donations?

To Debbie D.,  Why are they collecting money for the workers?  I read and
heard the Co. Maulden Mills will pay their Dec. payroll, cover with medical
benes, and they will get unemployment til their jobs are offered back?  I'm
not heartless, but where is the need here?  If you really want to help pay to
rebuild the CO.  But they probably had insurance too and the rebuild will
probably be an improvement over the old facility.  I think I will support
them better by buying their products.

To Phyllis with placemats,  One of our guild members made a tote for
needlecrafters (or anyone really).  She use purchased flat binding and saved
all zip lock bags she could.  She layered these on one side of the placemat
from the mid point placed the bottom of the bags.  Sew binding across this
mutilayered baggies on the bottoms.  You can have bags going in both
directions.  Different sizes allow for various sizes of materials to be
sorted.  The sew binding on both ends for ribbons to tie, or completed
handles.  A spot of velcro on the inside of each end helps keep the tote
closed.  You could use these as next years small gift items for sewing
friends or anyopne that needs to carry small objects around without losing or
getting tangles.  We all loved this idea and each has made several of their
own.  Each year someone includes one as their gift exchange in the guild at
Dec. meeting.  The bright yellow would certainly show up in drawers or
suitcases - for travel items. 8-)
Happy Holidays.

To Mary,  I was just able to get the H&G recently.  Have watched the
last two weekends.  This weekend was reruns of last weekend.  What a bummer.
 My memory is not that short.  Today there were a few "new" programs but I
probably will not watch that much.  I understand reruns, but within two
weeks?  I get my PBS off the satellite out of Alexandria and they dropped all
but Sewing with Nancy.  I emailed them and someone wrote back in very
patronizing terms, telling me to contact my local PBS station!  What jerks.
To MacWill, I never noticed any difference in these threads.  The Wt. is
important to my piecing and quilting, and I have problems finding the #50 til
I started mail ordering from Pine Tree Catalog.
Date: Mon, 18 Dec 95 02:22:00 UTC 0000
Subject: Re:Madeira Thread

I guess I lucked out.  I called Madeira last Monday and had the color charts
on Wednesday!!!!!!!!!!!!  The person I spoke with (New Hampshire phone #)
was pleasant and gracious.  The  various charts are fabulous and to my
surprise they also sent a sample of their ecofil rayon thread.  I have
always liked their thread especially the 40 rayon and I've had no complaints
about their service.

Date: Sun, 17 Dec 95 19:55:45 PST

> someone in this group wondered how many models back the
> Bernina had the  feature of tapping the back pedal to 
> raise or lower the needle

The first 930 that came out in 1982 did not have this feature,
this is when my DH surprised me with my first Bernina.  About
six months later this feature was added to the newer 930's.

This is one of the reasons I purchased my 1530 a year ago.  ;0}-- 
Jean P
Date: Sun, 17 Dec 1995 21:14:47 -0500
Subject: More Polarfleece questions

Sorry everyone if this has been answered before, but you all talking about
polarfleece got me to try sewing up a hooded sweatshirt type thing for my
daughter. I ordered it from Nancy's and it seems to be really good quality
compared with what I've seen in the local stores. Anyway, what kind of thread
and needle have you been using and what stitch can I use on my 1080? Is
everyone butting seams?
Thanks all, if everyone hadn't been talking about this all the time it would
never have occurred to me to make it. Except for vests I mainly quilt these
Merry Christmas! 

Date: Mon, 18 Dec 1995 08:08:43 -0500
Subject: Re: Sewing for Others

Ah Barbara, it is the "gifts" that have gotten me in trouble!  My neighbor
who asked me to make her curtains had seen the ones I had made for another
neighbor's nursery - as a gift for her baby shower!  She hasn't mentioned it
to me anymore since the initial request, but I understand that she has been
making inquiries about how to "get in" with me so I will do the same for her!
 I have really been enjoying the discussion we have been having on this topic
- I especially liked the idea of having her clean my house!!! I will keep you
all posted on any new developments.  Linda 
Date: Mon, 18 Dec 1995 08:08:44 -0500
Subject: Re: Christmas heat &Sewing

Sylvia - Ain't it awful?  I guess perfection just doesn't exist.  No offense
taken - but you could be sloshing around on slippery roads trying to buy all
that food you are going to prepare! Linda inStL who also loves the changing
of the seasons.
Date: Mon, 18 Dec 1995 7:45:53 -0700 (MST)
Subject: Re: Patchwork foot

I must be the only one who doesn't like the #37 (1/4" foot).

One reason I really like my Bernina (it's a 1080) is because the material
guides so smoothly through the machine. It's really easy to sew a *straight*
seam or row of topstitching.  When I use the patchwork foot, this isn't
so, the fabric feeds more squirrley - not as bad as my previous piece of
junk machine, but I have to work harder &sew more slowly to keep the seams

I've found that, on my machine, using the edge of the basic foot and moving
the needle to the right one position gives me a 1/4" seam (finished blocks
are the correct size), and that foot feeds the fabric much straighter - I can
just "floor" the foot pedal and things get done more quickly..

Date: Mon, 18 Dec 1995 09:52:14 -0500
Subject: Re: Bernina Digest 12/16/95

Sylvia,   MOVE..............PR
Date: 18 Dec 95 10:04:40 EST
Subject: I GOT A SERGER!!!

Hi Folks!  I'm SO HAPPY!  I bought a 2000DE this weekend and will pick it up
tonight.  I think I got a good deal on it.  It's a demo that was out only a few
days.  I got it for $1199, plus I'll get the 5 feet in a box that are being
promoted now.  I'll also get an as-new warranty, with an extra year from the
dealer (Hoops and Hollar's in Cleveland, Ohio - they're a really great
quilt/sewing shop and also a Bernina Dealer of the Year for 1994).  It will be
my first serger, and the class won't be until mid-January - Are there any
tips,hints, and/or suggestions for a try-it-out project that I can do on my own
before then?  I'm planning to put an order into Nancy's  by the 20th (for .95
shipping) - any neat (INEXPENSIVE) things I should order?  What kind of thread
is best?  I read somewhere that cream, rose, and grey go with about everything
for clothing construction.  Has anyone tried that?

Also, I wanted to thank the people who responded to my previous question on
sewing on terry cloth.  The robe with the hood that I'm making for my 1 1/2 year
old nephew is almost done (just needs hemmed), and it is VERY CUTE!  I sewed it
with my 1080, using the double overlock stitch.  (I was very careful, and
trimmed it close to the stitching afterwards.)  That is a very nice stitch for
the fabric, which I learned later is actually terry velour.

Boy I'm long winded today, but I'm excited!  I also want to say how much I
appreciate this group, and all that I've learned.  None of my friends sew
either, so it's very nice to get the latest word and advice on things!

Patches - I want to do the challenge, too!  Please e-mail me if you don't have
the 1080 chart yet.  I also have a copy of the fantasy stitches for the
1080/1090 that Judy offered last month, if that would be helpful.  They're
really neat!

Date: Mon, 18 Dec 1995 10:42:23 -0500
Subject: Re: Bernina Challange

Thanks for clarifying your intentions.  I would like to participate.
Please let me know what to do.
Sue K
Date:	Mon, 18 Dec 1995 10:03:17 -0600
Subject: Houston 'Nina dealers

Can anyone tell me the phone numbers, location etc of Bernina dealers in
Houston?  I want to make a run while I am off over the holidays.  My dealer
is in Huntsville but I am boycotting her...  please help,
Date: Mon, 18 Dec 95 11:23:46 -0600
Subject: On loosing children

From some painful things that have happened to me and some really nasty
foot-in-mouth experiences of my own I want to share the following ideas
with the list about dealing with the loss of a child (or any great loss
I guess).  I hope that I don't offend anyone but I felt like this was a
good forum for sharing do's and don'ts when dealing with someone who has
had a loss:

Please don't assume that you know what it feels like - each loss happens
at a different time in your life and means a different thing to you. 
You can loose a baby and be over it quickly and say " It was all for the
best" and for someone else it is a haunting pain for a long time.  One
person can even respond differently to two seperate miscarriages ... it
all depends.

Do express sympathy - it really helps.  The best is to just say that
your prayers are with the person and you are sorry for their loss.

Do offer to be helpful but don't push in.  Each situation is
different... ask what you can do and if they way nothing, offer your
prayers and call back in a week.

Do let them tell their story --- over and over again if they need to. 
It is a part of accepting the loss.

Make nice things - like a lap quilt, food, special cards.  Be gentle and
supportive.  One person said it is like they are recovering from surgery
- a part of themselves has been lost and they need time to recover from
the wound to the soul.

Don't set time limits - it takes as long as it takes.  Please never say
"Get over it".  Do say " It's been a year, maybe you need to talk to a
professional about the pain".

The pain is real and it is not pretty but when you really love someone
you stay with them in their pain and accept it as part of them.  DONT
try and fix it for them.

I hope that this helps us to love each other gently.

Nancy C
Date: Wed, 06 Dec 1995 22:42:47 -0500
Subject: Rotary Blade Sharpener

In the newest Sew News I noticed a new gizmo.  It is a circular 
sharpening stone to sharpen rotary blades. Says it is around $18, made 
by Dritz and sold by Nancy's Notions.  
Does anyone own one of these? and is it worth the purchase?

Date: Mon, 18 Dec 95 15:02:48 EST
Subject: Re: Sewing shows

     If anyone has a baby satellite dish - we get a program 
     called Simply Quilts that is well done and informative on 
     HGTV (Home and Garden TV) - out of Knoxville, Kentucky.  I 
     am really enjoying it!
Date: Mon, 18 Dec 1995 15:12:26 -0500
Subject: Re: Placemats

>They are excellent quality, oval shaped....but bright yellow! Now yellow is a


I know, what you mean, try using a dark color with the yellow.....

like deep purple, or navy blue, even a dark brown, the dark colors will help
to tone down the yellow.

Date: Mon, 18 Dec 1995 16:33:46 -0500
Subject: Re: Bernina Digest 12/17/95

Hello to everyone,

I don't talk much on this bb but I do enjoy 'listening' everyday!

We are traveling from Ohio to Myrle Beach SC for the week between Christmas
and New Years.  Does anyone have time to show a fellow Bernina lover around?
 We will be staying at one of the resorts on the beach.  My DH wll be in a
golf school half days all week and I am looking for somewhere to get into
trouble with!  (fabric-wise!!)

Date: Tue, 12 Dec 1995 14:00:53 CST
Subject: RE: Rotary cutters and notches

Hello again!!
I use a Rotary cutter for just about everything I cut out.  About notches -
it depends on the fabric as to whether I clip them or use a Dixon marking pencil
to mark a |.  If it's a ravelly type, I don't clip,  But then again, if I
am serging the edges after sewing the seam ..  But always with knits and sweat
shirt and Lycra-type fabric, where I will serge the seams together, The clipped
part will get serged away, so it won't affect the strength of the final enclosed
seam.  It just depends ... I suggest making a sample with scraps.  But I haven't
cut out around the notches since I discovered the marking pens/pencils.  I just
cut out my pattern and stack the pieces, then go back thru the stack to mark
everything.  If I wait til I start to sew, I'll forget that I haven't marked
anything!!  I would guess if using weights, you'd just have to make a habit of
marking before you remove the weights.   Hope this will help!!

I am enjoying this forum, and looking forward to finishing Christmas sewing,
and getting ready for the New Year Challenge!!!

Thanks everyone for the ideas you share!!

Date: Mon, 18 Dec 1995 23:14:36 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Flannel (cotton) for Toddler PJs

Help! Awhile back I bought a cute Christmas cotton flannel print. Now that
I have the time, pattern and washed the fabric, I have been wondering if I
should follow the pattern's warning and use only flame retardant fabric. Also
the fabric states on the bias "not suitable for childrens sleepwear". What
do all of you do?

My daughter will only wear this 1 or 2 nights, since we live in Florida and
because of the Christmas print.  Any suggestions?

thanks and Merry Christmas!

Date: Tue, 19 Dec 1995 06:41:31 -0500
Subject: Re: Placemats

To help with the bright yellow placemats:

My small cousins and their mother gave me some cute placemats last
Christmas. They used sponges cut into tree and star shapes and "sponge
painted" them. Maybe you could tone down the whole thing by sponge painting
all of it with a more somber colour and then you could use your sewing for
decoration, if you like.

By the way, I've been lurking here in North Carolina for a month or two.

|   Mary S
Subject: Re: Hiding out in FL 
Date: Tue, 19 Dec 95 08:11:51 -0500

What stops are on your New England quilting tour????

Sheesh, I live just outside of Boston and keep on thinking of driving
up to Keepsake Quilting some Saturday or Sunday.  It's only 2 hours or
so from here, but weekend chores being what they are...

Besides Keepsake, where would you visit?  The only other place that
comes to my mind is a stop in Lowell (Mass.), to visit the national
park dedicated to the textile industry and the quilt museum.

Somehow it often seems as if people in an area just don't appreciate
or even know about the riches around them...

Subject: Re: Donations? 
Date: Tue, 19 Dec 95 08:34:57 -0500

>To Debbie D.,  Why are they collecting money for the workers?  I read and
>heard the Co. Maulden Mills will pay their Dec. payroll, cover with medical
>benes, and they will get unemployment til their jobs are offered back?  I'm
>not heartless, but where is the need here?  If you really want to help pay to
>rebuild the CO.  But they probably had insurance too and the rebuild will
>probably be an improvement over the old facility.  I think I will support
>them better by buying their products.
>Sharon in TN

Hi Sharon!

Happily, I've never had to be on unemployment, but I don't think it is
anywhere near what people earn when they are working.  Malden Mills
paid its workers well compared to others in the textile industry
(about $13/hour, which works out to about $26,000/year in an area with
a high cost of living), but even at those wages, there is not a lot of
wiggle room in the family budget and probably most of the workers
don't have a lot in the bank.  So living on unemployment could be very
difficult.  The Lawrence area is short on jobs, too, so it might be a
while before some of these people can find work again.

As many have pointed out, here and in the newsgroups, the president of
Malden Mills is the anti-Scrooge and will be rebuilding in Lawrence.
The latest news is that he expects to have up to 2/3s of the employees
back to work in a matter of months.  There has *got* to be some way
for this guy to get the public recognition he deserves!

An observation: The Internet seems to be a great economic leveler.
Seeing only each other's words, we often have no idea about who among
us is very affluent and who is working hard to make ends meet.  But
every so often, someone speaks us, and it becomes apparent just how
different our circumstances can be.  I am very lucky to have fallen
into a profession that pays well, but I know other people with more
education or training and who work just as hard and responsibly and
earn a lot less.  Especially at this time of the year, things like the
Malden Mills fire remind me, personally, that I am very lucky and
should be sharing as much as I can (probably a lot more than I have
been) with my neighbors, close and far away.


Date: Tue, 19 Dec 1995 14:29:20 GMT
Subject: Re: Deco Ideas &1630 Question

The scanner cannot add to or change the original cards, but you can sew an 
outline of the disign if it has one, scan it and do your own changes.  Have fun 
they are great. Holly
Date: Tue, 19 Dec 95 15:34:00 UTC 0000
Subject: More Polarfleece question

 I'm in the process of finishing up about 12 or 13 polar fleece garments to
give to various family members and friends for Christmas. It's so easy to
sew with that I'm not even tired of looking at it yet. :)

I've found that Nancy's PF is much thicker than any of the ones I've bought
here or in Albuquerque. Since I'm a newbie to PF, I have to assume it comes
in different weights. I think Nancy's is more suitable for outerwear (my
opinion). I made my first daughter a gorgeous hooded cape out of the purple
from Nancy's, using the serger for the seams and putting wooly nylon in
light gray around the edges. I put some of my new custom buttons on it in
purple/gray/turquoise and it is just stunning. I think she'll be thrilled. I
made my other daughter a jacket out of Nancy's black. I used fake sherpa for
the collar/lapels and cuffs, then put red braid around the edges of
collar/lapels and cuffs. Added appliques of a big cowboy boot on one side
(in printed cotton fabrics) and a sheriff's star on the other. Put little
silver buttons on the points of the star. I think she'll really like this,

For all the grandkids, I've made pullover "jackets" with kangaroo pockets on
some and their initials embroidered on with the Deco. Some have hoods, some
have loose turtle necks that are tightened with a cord running through.
These I made of the lighter weight PF.

Where there is a seam I can't do on the serger, I have been laying them
flat. The serged seems squish down good and flat and aren't hard to handle.
What I really love is no facings, etc. These are a breeze. Sometimes it's a
little tricky adapting patterns. Although I love to sew, I'm not talented
enough to draft my own patterns so am dependent on commercial ones.

Hope you're having as much fun as I've had sewing this. Just wish there
wasn't such a deadline causing me to spend 12-14 hours a day sewing. :) Some
days I feel like I'm on an assembly line. I get the Deco 500 going on some
project and then whirl around and start sewing until the Deco needs a thread
change. I have my 1530, 2000DE, and Deco on three different work stations
positioned in a "U" shape. So I can whirl to any one of them without getting
up out of my chair.

Date: Tue, 19 Dec 95 15:33:00 UTC 0000
Subject: Re: Madeira Thread

 I think the reason so few shops carry Madeira threads is because the price
from Madeira is the same to anyone who orders from them. They essentially
sell wholesale to the public.

I recently took out a business license and am in the process of setting up a
mail order business. I expect to specialize in unique and original items
(like buttons I'm having made up by a clay artist), but also want to supply
some fabrics and notions. In lining up my sources, I checked with Madeira on
wholesale price lists and was told they sell to anyone at the same prices.

Since their service has always been so great, and I'm very dependent on mail
order because of lack of local sources, I can't recommend them and their
products highly enough.

Date: Tue, 19 Dec 1995 10:12:25 -0600
Subject: Re: real Polartec

I just wanted to say that the polartec I get from Rainshed is about 12-17 a 
and the only stuff that is 29-39 per yard is the new windproof laminate 
This stuff is essentially like goretex in it construction, although I don't know 
if its waterproof.

Date: Thu, 07 Dec 1995 04:56:19 -0500
Subject: Re: More Polarfleece question

Bernina wrote:

> Sorry everyone if this has been answered before, but you all talking about
> polarfleece got me to try sewing up a hooded sweatshirt type thing for my
> daughter. I ordered it from Nancy's and it seems to be really good quality
> compared with what I've seen in the local stores. Anyway, what kind of thread
> and needle have you been using and what stitch can I use on my 1080? Is
> everyone butting seams?

I like to use 100% polyester or polyester-wrapped because I think it is best to 
match thread content to fiber content. I find the 80 universal 
needle works fine for me.
I used to serge my seams together but after bending an upper looper I 
try to avoid that except for applying ribbing to fleece garments.  Since 
fleece doesn't ravel I just use a straight stitch at 3.5 or 4 and 
depending on the seam location ,open the seam for less bulk or trim 
closely.  I have read about flatlocking seams together and that is 
suppose to reduce bulk and you aren't suppose to be able to see the 
stitches on the right side because of the fluff--might be worth a 
try. I would butt seams together if only using scraps or strips and not 
is highly stressed areas.

Date: Tue, 19 Dec 1995 13:57:10 -0500
Subject: Re: Madeira Thread

Maderia thread is primarily decorative.  They have a web site.  While I don't
hav e the address, since you are on AOL it will be easy to find.  When you
are on line type  Type Maderia in the search criteria
and you should get a list of sites to choose from.
Beware, web crawling can be addictive
Date: Tue, 19 Dec 95 14:19:28 EST
Subject: Re[2]: Patchwork Foot

     Sue:  Whatever works for you is what you need to be happy 
     with!  I like my #37 for patchwork-but I too have had it act 
     weird when I am doing a hem or something-then I switch to 
     the #20 and #1----I also bought a different stitch plate -- 
     but haven't even tried it yet!! HA!  I just LOVE LOVE LOVE 
     my 1630.  What a machine!  The only "mistakes" it makes is 
     the one its operator makes!!
Date: Tue, 19 Dec 1995 13:30:52 EST
Subject: FL/sewingshow

February 1996 during the weekend of the 9th-11th there is a sewing/crafts 
exposition event at the Broward County Convention Center.  Fort Lauderdale, 
I went last year for one day and could have easily spent the whole three 
days.  I will find out more and post the info, but it will be posted after 
Jan 3, 1996.  (o computer access at home).
Perhaps someone else from S. Florida can help.
Everything from Nancys Notions to Berninas, to quilting, to everything 
else.  Workshops were well attended.
Ft. Laud. can be a great spot during Feb.  no snow, hail or ice.
Many hotels both close by (expensive -- 125$ a nite)and farther away. The 
convention center is loc ated at the shipping port, so one could also take 
a cruise to the Bahamas or a one nite gambling junket to nowhere.  Shopping 
center is close by.  Airport about 20 minutes.  Orlando(Mickey Mouse)about 
200 miles north.
I believe the sponsors put this show on around the country, but for those 
who are interested I thought I'd post this.  Im just an attendee, with no 
Will post more info later.
Date: Tue, 19 Dec 95 15:26:36 -0500
Subject: Frostline Web Site


Just got a note from Frostline today &thought I'd pass the info along.  They 
now have a web site.  The URL is:

I've starting poking around there so I don't have a full report yet, but they do 
have a Special of the Month.
Sue T
Date: Tue, 19 Dec 1995 13:45:06 -0800
Subject: Re: Placemats

Bright Yellow.  When I was a floral designer, I made beautiful arrangements
with bright yellow roses and bright blue iris (which have a bright yellow
center) and lots of dark greens to balance it. Why not applique some iris
onto the edge of the placemats? Sort of an Arte Nouveau look....

Erin M
Date: 19 Dec 95 13:11:21 EST
Subject: Serger Technique Questions


This weekend I was making napkins with a rolled hem.  Could someone tell me how 
to do the corners?  I sewed right off the edge this time and then dabbed with a 
bit of Fray Check.  But, I was wondering if there is a more elegant method?

I also had trouble sewing the last edge of some of the napkins.  The machine 
didn't seem to have the power to sew over the thick rolled hem edge that 
already existed.  It kept sewing but then the fabric didn't get caught with the 
stitch.  So I had a serged chain in the corner, a gap and then the fabric.  

Everyone seems to sew with sergers so easily.  I feel pretty stupid for not 
even being able to sew a napkin!

Thanks for the help,
Date: 19 Dec 95 13:07:01 EST
Subject: Bernina Class in Eastern Mass


I wanted to let everyone who might be able to attend, know  that Ann's Fabrics 
will be running an 8-week class using the Bernina Basics Patterns.  Bernina 
Basics is a clothes pattern line Bernina has come up with that is supposed to 
allow you to do minimum of alterations and a maximum of embellishments.  There 
is a pattern for a jacket and a vest and a top and so on.

Lois is teaching the class in Woburn and Kathryn is teaching the one in 
Canton.  I think it starts in February.  I've taken classes with Lois before 
and she has attended so many seminars that I can guarantee you will get more 
than the class tuition back in knowledge from her.  The class is $125 plus the 
material for the garments, plus the pattern cost.  

Time permitting I will be taking the class.  I need to learn more about fitting 
and alterations than I do about fabric embellishment.  I'm still a beginner 

The phone number to Ann's in Woburn, Massachusetts is 617-933-2201.  If you 
will be going to the class in Canton then call information for the number 
because I don't know it off the top of my head.

I'm not a representative of Ann's, just a friend and loyal customer.  

Happy Holidays,
Terri K
Date: Tue, 19 Dec 1995 19:20:27 -0600 (CST)
Subject: 1/4 inch Foot #37

About a year ago I bought the 1/4 inch foot.  I believe it is also called the
quilting foot.  I paid $20 for it.  A friend of mine wanted one went to 
the same place I did and told me they wanted $30 for it.  Is it possible 
this foot went up in price by 33% in a years time?  Is the store owner 
just getting greedy.  Would appreciate any input about cost of this foot.

Roberta M
Subject: What is the best way to make Laced Pillow Covers?

Hello All;
   I am only 13 years old and no one in my house sews.  I have been taking
Bernina classes in Clarence for about 2 years and I have gotten to be really
good  but I can't figure out how to make Laced pillow cases. I already have
the pillows so I will need to know how I should measure them for the pillow
cases. I am really confused and I am hoping that someone could help me.
Thanks and have Merry Christmas!
Date: Thu, 07 Dec 1995 14:46:46 -0500
Subject: Re: Flannel (cotton) for Toddlers PJs

> Help! Awhile back I bought a cute Christmas cotton flannel print. Now that
> I have the time, pattern and washed the fabric, I have been wondering if I
> should follow the pattern's warning and use only flame retardant fabric. 

I really do not understand the thinking behind the regulations of 
sleepwear for children.  Polyester does have a higher ignition point 
but, when it catches fire it melts adhering to the skin.  Cotton does 
ignite faster but it doesn't melt, it turns to ash. 
I also find that my kids sweat when they sleep therefore I like the 
breathability of the cotton.  It is a personal choice, but I feel more 
comfortable with my children sleeping in cotton.
Date: Tue, 19 Dec 1995 22:54:59 -0500
Subject: Square dance patterns

I printed out the note asking about what patterns I use and promptly lost it
so I don't know exactly who asked about them.  McCall's Patterns has a few.
 The 2 I have close at hand are # 6284 and 6413.  I think they are both still
available.  They also have one with a basic tiered skirt and 2 versions of a
blouse.  Kwik Sew also has several.  I have # 1158, 1160, 1466, and 1481.  I
have several others in the sewing room, not at the computer.  In the
classifieds in Sew News, there are ads for a couple of companies that sell
square dance and western style patterns.  I also picked up some new patterns
when I was at the National Square Dance Convention in June from some of the
vendors there.  I have also adapted the directions on the 9 degree wedge
ruler, used in making circular quilts, to make skirts.  If you have any
questions or are interested in the wedge ruler one, e-mail me directly at  

On another note, will be leaving tomorrow to go to the Phoenix,AZ area to
spend Christmas with our oldest daughter and her family.  We are taking DH's
laptop so hope to be able to stay in touch.  Hope everyone has a wonderful
holiday season.  

Subject: Help with my 1090s!!
Date: Wed, 20 Dec 1995 00:18:02 -0500 (EST)

Hello everyone,

I was going to wait until after the holidays to ask this, but
here goes. Has anyone ever had any problem with their machines
making a *crunching* sound when the needle goes down into the
fabric? I am talking about not only sewing two pieces of cotton
together, but also quilting and attaching the binding to a
quilt. It has been into the shop at least three times and they
can't get it to repeat it's performance (my car does the same
thing :( ). One of the times I had put the bobbin in backward
and I have been especially careful not to ever do that again.
Talk about feeling really stupid!!!!  We all thought that was
the problem, but it wasn't long before it happened again. 
This machine is only four months old! It was wonderful for 2
and 1/2 months and I was in heaven. Now I am always
apprehensive when using it because I never know when this
intermittent crunch is going to happen. I just wish it would
happen when the shop had it. 

They have checked the timing.
Cleaned it  (so did I)
They even kept it and sewed shop samples on it with no prob.
(I had the use of their 1090 for this period of time)

Now for the heavy questions:

I know I should take it back, but I really don't want to take
the floor sample as an exchange and that is what she offered. 
(Yes I know it works because I used it for at least a week, but
my old singer was also a floor model and it was horrid)

Since I am now not too thrilled with the 1090 how much better
is the 1260? The quoted price is $2559. I really loved my 1090
when it was working well and am sick about this . It was hard
enough to convince my DH about the 1090, and this is going to
be really difficult. 

Thank You everyone who responded to my question on hemmer feet.
I know it has been a long time but as soon as I sent that off
the *!#% machine started acting up.  I haven't bought anything
yet for obvious reasons but will if I can ever clear this up.

I really am very careful with the machine and do not treat it
roughly at all. Any help would be greatly appreciated.......


Karen S
Date: Tue, 19 Dec 1995 22:30:23 -0700
Subject: Bernina Digest 12/13/95

Dear Bernie lovers,

Happy Holidays to all and thank you for the support Sylvia :>
I did finally decide to take it as a compliment and I always 
wave hello to the neighbors and come inside my house and 
find some relaxing sewing of some kind to do :> 

I was so sorry to hear about the Malden Mills plant,  I haven't
tried polar tec sewing yet, but I sure want to.  Our Serger club
is going to do a shirt out of it in January. That should be fun:>

Well I probably won't get the chance to post again before  the 
holidays. Here's hoping everyone is appreciative of the things
you make them for gifts and of each other. I wish you all

Health, Happiness and lots of joy and good tidings!

See you next year,
Date: Wed, 20 Dec 1995 08:42:59 EST
Subject: Re: Removing Pencil Marks

I am behind in my e-mail reading but I can clue you in on why hairspray will 
help remove pencil contains alchol.  Also a warning, it can and will 
create a stain of it own, so use with caution.  

Karen P
Subject: Polar Fleece Question
Date: Wed, 20 Dec 1995 14:35:44 GMT


I've been lurking on this group for a while now and I've learned so much from
it. There has been a lot of talk about polar fleece recently. I would like 
to make my husband and myself jackets with this fabric over the holidays.
I have a 1260 (my pride and joy!) and was wondering if anyone could recommend
the correct stitch to use when seaming it together. I have a shop bought fleece
and the seams appear to be butted together.

Also, my shop bought fleece has the cuffs trimmed with a lycra type binding.
What is the name of this? 

Anyone got recommendations on a pattern for a casual polar fleece jacket?

Any tips on working with polar fleece would be gratefully accepted.


Date: Wed, 20 Dec 1995 10:29:13 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Re: Polartec--dry clean?

I refuse to dry clean my own garments.  (Husband's slacks and jackets, yes)
I don't know why Polar Tec garments would require dry cleaning unless the 
manufacturer has used some interfacing or trim which has not been prewashed.
Many fabrics are washable before construction which are labeled dry clean 
only.  I tend not to buy fabric which says dry clean only, but if I 
really loved the fabric, I'd buy a half yard and test it, measuring for 
shrinkage and appearance.  L.L. Bean Polartec garments are washable and 
dryable, including the prints.  
Date: Wed, 20 Dec 1995 13:57:00 -0500
Subject: Re: Flannel (cotton) for Toddlers PJs

In a message dated 95-12-19 16:30:48 EST, you write:

> have been wondering if I
>should follow the pattern's warning and use only flame retardant fabric.
>the fabric states on the bias "not suitable for childrens sleepwear". What
>do all of you do?

You have to use your judgement on this one.  One BIG concern would be if
anyone holding the baby would be smoking, in which case there is no way that
I would use it.  Nor would I use it if I had a space heater fireplace or wood
stove in the house, pprobably not a factor in your case.  
Having said that I always used it, reasoning that in my situation the only
way the baby would catch on fire is if the house was burning down and at that
point it wasn't going to matter if the sleeper would burn.  I am sure that a
lot of people would disagree with me, 
Date: Wed, 20 Dec 95 14:30:30 EST
Subject: Re: Frostline Web Site

     Sue!  Thanks! They have Ploartec!!  Yeah!!!!
Date: Wed, 20 Dec 1995 15:07:04 -0500
Subject: Bernina Challenge

I'm behind times I know, and I'm sorry, but my lightning quick trigger
finger deleted all of the save messages concerning the challenge.  Could
you e-mail me privately (if others have been organized enough to save all
of their instructions and don't need a repeat) with details of what I need
to do to get in on this project.  Also, I recall a request for stitch
patterns.....most of the chatter is about newer machines, I have an 830
will this do?  Let me know what to do, I will be going on Christmas holiday
Friday afternoon and won't return to work until the following Thursday
afternoon....will this be too late?  Thanks.

Peggy Q
Date: Wed, 20 Dec 1995 15:59:56 MST
Subject: Re: 1/4 inch Foot #37

I know that in Canada at least there was a marked increase in the cost
of accessories...when I bought my #37 I paid $20 for it but noticed
recently that it had gone up by quite a bit.  I use my #37 for all my
quilt tops...I do not use it however for garment sewing.  It is primarily
designed for the 1/4" seam...when sewing garments, you do need the better
holding power of #1 or 0...Have reallly enjoyed this list for the past
year...have learned a lot ...thank you.  May you all have a very joyous
holiday season.
Sandra M
Date: Wed, 20 Dec 1995 21:25:38 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Re: FL/Sewing Shows

Th Show you'r referring to is sponsored by the American Sewing Guild, and 
is called something like "Sewing Exposition".  It *is* a great show, 
with lots of vendors (mostly national) and many, many seminars by the 
likes of Shirley Adams, Sandra Betzina, etc.  I've attended each of the 3 
years they've had the show, and although the mix has changed each year, 
it has always been well worth the trip.  Especially since the 90 minute 
seminars are only $5!
I also wanted to let those of you who are interested in this area that 
there are two events going on in March.  Our local quilt guild (Palm 
Beach County) is having a Quilt Camp on March 9,10, open to the public.  
We're having Libby Lehman, Anita Shackelford, Genie Barnes, and Paula 
Nadelstern for a weekend of workshops.  Anyone who's interested in more 
info, email me.
The other event is the Bi-Annual Quilt Show in Sanford the following 
weekend.  I don't know too much more about it, but our Guild always charters 
a bus, so this will be my first trip.  About 2 hours north of West Palm 

Beverly S
To: Bernina 
Date: Wed, 20 Dec 95 12:50:00 PST

 In the last post, someone wrote...

 What stops are on your New England quilting tour????

I don't remember of the top of my head, but I will look it up. I think it is
one of the Heritage Tours. There is a company that advertises in Quilter's
Newsletter that runs these tours at different times of year through different
parts of the country. There is one that takes in Paducah, for example.
Another hits Houston during QuiltFest.

> Somehow it often seems as if people in an area just don't appreciate or
even know about the riches around them...

 Yes! I lived in New Jersey for a good part of my life and never made it
passed Mass. as far as New England goes! Now I am in FL and have to pay $$$$$
to get back up there! :::whacking self on little, pointy head:::

Date: Thu, 21 Dec 1995 02:10:36 -0500
Subject: Freezing farkles! ====:O

> ...Sally....freezing her farkle off in Wash. State and wishing she had
appreciated Florida more when she was there!!

::::uploading a nice, warm, quilted farkle warmer::::   ;)

>>  I sew for DH because he LOVES whatever I make him (even the shirt made
out of a fish print, but the fish are upside down

Yes, but when HE looks at it (while wearing it), the fish are right-side up!!

Date: Thu, 21 Dec 1995 02:25:35 -0500
Subject: Re: Bernina Digest 12/19/95

Want to car pool and visit the Nengland tour together. I am outside Boston
also. They go to Cranston Print works, which tour are you thinking of.
Date: Thu, 21 Dec 1995 04:17:11 -0500
Subject: Re: FL/sewingshow &more

> February 1996 during the weekend of the 9th-11th there is a sewing/crafts
 exposition event at the Broward County Convention Center.  Fort Lauderdale,
 Florida. ... Everything from Nancys Notions to Berninas, to quilting, to
everything else.  Workshops were well attended.

Sounds great! I wondered if it was any good. I'll nose around for info down
here. Do you know if there is a wholesale buyers day? Like at QuiltFest?

>  About a year ago I bought the 1/4 inch foot.... Would appreciate any input
about cost of this foot.

My dealer sells it for $20. I got it (last week) for $15 using one of the
 Bernina Christmas coupons. There seems to be a few 20% off Bernina
Accessories sales every year.  I ususally wait until then (if I can!!!)

Date: Thu, 21 Dec 1995 08:25:15 -0500
Subject: Re: Serger Technique Questions

Sewing off the corner, leaving a tail and dabbing with seam sealant is the
accepted method for making roll hems on napkins, etc. It really works very
well. I don't know why you had a problem with a Bernette serger at the
corners unless you tried to sew around the napkin clockwise. The best method
is to hem 2 parallel edges and then the other 2. There is less distortion
(dog ears) this way.

Date: Thu, 21 Dec 1995 08:58:51 EST
Subject: Serger Technique Questions


One of the things that I do is to fold the corners in 
to create a mitered corner: 
         />          <\
         |               |
         |               |

That way you don't have all that extra bulk. 

Date: 21 Dec 95 09:41:43 EST
Subject: Re: FL/Sewing Show

I have attended this show for the past two years and have really enjoyed it!!
There are lots of classes by well known teachers, make it, take it classes, and,
of course, lots of vendors.  February in Florida is usually beautiful, with warm
days and cool nights and lots of sunshine.  For a schedule of events  call

Date: Thu, 21 Dec 1995 09:50:08 EST
Subject: Bernina Class in Eastern Mass

Hi Terri,
The Bern. Patterns I've never heard of before.Would you mind sending 
to me or doing a general posting of an address to purchase them? I 
have too many food problems to travel more than a day's outing from 
home. So all these good seminars are not in the pix for me. Thanks in 
advance----------Julia M
Date: Mon, 18 Dec 1995 10:42:23 -0500
Subject: Re: Bernina Challange

Thanks for clarifying your intentions.  I would like to participate.
Please let me know what to do.
Sue K
Date: Thu, 21 Dec 1995 14:10:37 -0500
Subject: Re: More Polarfleece Questions

Sounds like my sewing room, when the Deco is running I get on the computer,
iron open seams , cut out patterns for my next project or construct some
garmet.  Right now I am working on a fake suede vest.  Had fun embellishing
with scrapes of suede.  My grandaughter is waiting for her "Willie" sweat
shirt.  She is a real fan of Willie the whale.  I am going to scan a Whale
picture from Corel Draw and hopefully Deco it on the front of a white sweat
shirt.  She is only 3 and just thinks I can whip this out and seconds.  I
need to think this thru.  I still have trouble scanning.  Any ideas?
Date: Thu, 21 Dec 1995 14:10:38 -0500
Subject: Re: Real Polartec

Does the polar pill?  I haven't ordered any from Rainshed yet.  I would
really like to feel the fabric.  Maybe I should sent for samples.
Date: Thu, 21 Dec 1995 14:10:44 -0500
Subject: Re: More Polarfleece question

I ordered Polar from Nancy and it pilled bad after the second wash.  Very
unhappy with it.  I guess thats why I spent more 17 19 per Yd. and get no
Date: Thu, 21 Dec 1995 12:30:56 -0800 (PST)
Subject: Re: your mail

Helluva deal you got there!!!  A word of caution on threads:  Don't use 
anything with the word "lock" in the name (for example, maxi-lock, 
tru-lock, etc.).  Your new DE will not like it, and your tension will be 
off.  Besides, it's cheap thread anyway, and will totally misbehave and 
frustrate the pants off of you :).  I use RSC thread in my serger...It's 
such good quality that you can (almost) use it in
your sewing machine if you get desperate.  As for the three colors you 
mentioned, that's a new one on me, but it sounds like a good idea.  I 
have black and white thread for the same reason. Ask your dealer, see 
what they recommend.   Also, there's a good book out there called 
"The ABC's of Serging", and it's a good starting place for you 
first-serger people.  It has many good simple projects to get you started.  

Have a fun time--Read the manual before you get too carried away :D!!
Date: Thu, 21 Dec 1995 16:16:39 -0500
Subject: Hoop-it-all

Has anyone used the Hoop-it-all attachment for embroidering odd things like
baseball caps? How does it work? What do you use it for? Do you recommend the
investment? The price I was quoted was $180.00. Seems high but if it is worth
it I will consider the investment.

Date: Thu, 21 Dec 1995 16:03:33 EST
Subject: Holiday

Hi Everyone:

Heading out for the Holiday and I want to wish 
everyone a very Happy Holiday.  

Date: 20 Dec 95 10:11:23 EST
Subject: Bernina Digest 12/17/95 


Has channel 42 canceled the sewing shows???  I thought (hoped) it was just for a
Saturday or two. :(
They just had a fund raiser a few months ago, and had members of ASG answering
the phone.  That made me hope that they were FINALLY getting responsive to their
local sewers.  No ALL of us spend all our time on the golf courses in S. Fla!!!

Have you ever been to Suzannes in Royal Palm?? She has some really nice quilting
fabrics.  Do you go to the Ft. Lauderdale Expo in Feb?? I've gone for the past
two years and really enjoyed it.  I purchased my Nina from Bob's Sewing &Vacum
in Lake Worth, a really good dealer, with classes and lots of support.


Date:          Wed, 20 Dec 1995 09:18:30 CST6CST
Subject:       Re: Malden Mills Fire

There is a long article about the owner of this business in the 
Minneapolis Star Tribune that I haven't had time to read yet this 
morning, but he sounds like an unusually good person. Debbie D. says 
there has to be some way to get public recognition for him. There are 
probably many organizations that honor special people, but one place 
that comes to mind is every Friday on the Peter Jennings news he 
chooses a person of the week. It sounds like the Malden Mills 
owner would be a good person to nominate for this. I look forward to 
the person of the week segment because it usually counteracts all the 
bad news with something good. 

CBS Sunday Morning frequently has segments on people who make a 
difference. ABC and CBS have web sites. I think one or both invite 
input and feedback. If a lot of people tell them to have a feature on 
this man maybe they will and it would also send a message to the 
media to cool it on the negative news and feature positive things for 
a change.

Date: Thu, 21 Dec 1995 21:55:06 -0500
Subject: Sew Perfect

Did anyone catch the Sew Perfect show about altering waistbands? I taped it
and then taped over it before I could watch it! Aaaccccckkk! If you did,
would you please e-mail me about any interesting tips she gave? 

Date: Thu, 21 Dec 1995 21:33:46 -0600 (CST)
Subject: Re: Flannel (cotton) for Toddlers PJs


When my kids were little, I always used regular flannel for their pjs and
nightgowns and never worried about "flame retardant" fabrics since we didn't
have any open flames around! Since you're in Florida, you probably don't
have any either!  I guess maybe I wasn't being a particularly
safety-conscious mother, but I just didn't see it being a problem--besides,
I never cared for the flannels that were flame-retardant!  The feel of them
just wasn't the same!  My 2 cents....

Date: Thu, 21 Dec 1995 20:19:21 -0800
Subject: Fabric find!!!

Anyone in the Knoxville, Tennessee area might like to know I found 
Pooh, Tigger, and Piglet fabric for $2.00 a pound  (about 2 yds to a 
pound)  They also had Disney sweatshirt fleece for $2.98 a yard. 
Phoenix Fabric Outlet is now located at 1503 Mitchell Street.  About 
1/2 mile off I-40 Cherry street exit. They also have many other 
fabrics.  Some are overdyes and damaged.  Their fabric selection varies 
each day.  
I am not connected with Phoenix in any way but have enjoyed many 
special trips there.
Date: Thu, 21 Dec 1995 23:28:38 -0500
Subject: 1630 price

> The going rate for the 1630 in Orlando is $3600 without any discount or

=======:O  WOW!

Head south to Jupiter (Palm Beach County)! The quilt shop there has a
standard price of $2995. I got my 1630 for $2500. Great support there, and
they even threw an extra key for free (priced at $79). 

Date: 21 Dec 95 23:46:43 EST
Subject: Re: 1090s problem

If I were in your position and were not able to get the problem resolved, I
would have absolutely *no* hesitation in trading the machine for the floor
model!  After using the floor model for awhile you would know that the problem
really was with the machine and not with you.  Seems to me the dealer would be
likely to agree to let you upgrade to the 1260 (getting a full price credit for
the 1090s) if you're not happy with the floor model after using it for a month.

When the crunch occurs, do you stop immediately and then when you start sewing
again it doesn't happen for a long time?  Does it happen in the middle of a
seam, or just at the beginning?

The only problems I have had with my 1230 were caused by not inserting the
needle high enough, and not tightening the needle screw enough; however, these
just resulted in some weird stitches and no crunching sound.  By any chance did
you change the needle after the dealer did all the test sewing?

I would keep a pad and pencil handy near the machine and start logging the
problem -- at least maybe you could tell if it's becoming more frequent.  And
I'd exchange the machine for the floor model if the problem doesn't get fixed on
the fourth try.

Date: Fri, 22 Dec 95 04:42:00 UTC 0000
Subject: ... no subject ...

 Congrats on the serger! You'll love it. The first thing I did on mine was an
unlined jacket (light weight to wear to work, not outerwear). I serged every
possible seam I could and it came out great. Now I'm a serging fool! :)

I got those serger tweezers from Nancy's. I like them lots better than the
ones that came with the serger. I also bought Maxi-Lock thread at everyone's
suggestion and have not been disappointed. Nancy's has it. :) I did get
several colors, but not a lot. Black, white, gray, red, navy -- I think. I
didn't get four of every color because sometimes you only need to put the
"right" color in the lower looper. Also, try the wooly nylon for finished
edges. It's fun and it looks really nice.

But mostly, just have fun!
Date: Fri, 22 Dec 1995 00:55:20 -0500
Subject: Re: #37 foot

Someone recently wished for a 1/4" foot that had an edge built on to fun the
fabric along.

Much the same effect can be achieved by using the guide that comes with your
machine -- it goes thru the hole in the back of the foot and is held by the
small set screw.

You can butt that right up against the side of the foot you're using and it
helps quite a bit since it also protrudes beyond the front of the foot.

I've been experimenting with it and the only thing I've found is that you
need to make sure the front of the guide is down as far as it can go. I think
in the process of moving fabric etc, it sometimes lifts just a bit.

Hope you find this helpful.  Use the guide that comes with the machine -- the
ones that come with the walking foot have too long a bar and it really gets
in the way.

Mary Beth G
Date: Fri, 22 Dec 1995 08:20:39 EST
Subject: Re: Flannel(Cotton) for Toddlers PJs

I agree with what Carol said about taking extra care if there are
woodstoves, smokers, etc. in the environment around the baby.

> Having said that I always used it, reasoning that in my situation the
> way the baby would catch on fire is if the house was burning down

I think that's true for infants.  Toddlers might be a different
situation.  They can get into the darnedest things with no warning. 
One thing that comes to mind is disposable lighters, which toddlers see
as wheels on a toy.  They've been known to roll them over carpets with
terrible results.  Candles also come to mind around the holidays as
notorious for singe-ing sleeves as the unwary reach over them.  

Some fabrics can flame incredibly quickly, depending on fiber content. 
Others (particularly synthetics) can melt to the skin, continuing to
cause awful damage.  I don't want to dwell on this unpleasant topic,
but I think that Carol's point is important:  Consider very carefully
before deciding that your individual circumstances are safe enough to
risk using the cute, but not flame-retardant holiday fabric.  Before
going to the work of sewing, you may also want to try holding a match
to a scrap of your fabric over the kitchen sink (so you can drop it
quickly if it fails the test!).

 That said, happy holidays to all, with best wishes for '96!           
Date: Fri, 22 Dec 95 13:17:00 UTC 0000
Subject: Polarfleece Question

 McCalls has a nice line of patterns for jackets and such that are designed
specifically for polar fleece. The numbers all start with a "P" and they're
usually in special displays in the stores. I've been using them quite a bit
and they're really nice. Nice styles, some with applique patterns included,

Don't know what stitch to tell you. I've been serging the seams. When I've
put on pockets I've generally used the stretch stitch, but I'm not sure that
wasn't overkill.

Wish I could be more helpful.
Date: Thu, 21 Dec 1995 21:48:02 PST
Subject: machine embroidery

I have a 1630 but I'm getting more interested in machine embroidery.  
 Does anyone know of a forum like this which discusses machine 
 embroidery?  Compuserve has a big forum on that subject, but I don't 
 have an account there.   I sure wish Bernina had a machine which did 
 sewing AND embroidery like the Pfaff 7570 or Viking 1+.  I can't 
 justify spending the big bucks for  another top of the line sewing 
 machine, and I've invested a lot  of money in Bernina accessories.  Oh 
 well.  I don't like the Deco and am looking into the POEM/Huskygram.

Date: Fri, 22 Dec 1995 11:00:29 -0500
Subject: Sewing for others

Please forgive me if this is duplication; I got an error and I don't know if it 
went out or not. ;

Just a comment on sewing for others.  I have not been asked to sew for others, 
other than family, which is no problem.  At my quilt guild Holiday pot luck 
meeting I presented my secret pal with a gypsy vest, (aka the threads vest).  I 
made it out of two beautiful Hoffman fabrics with sulky rayon, metallics, and 
Sliver thread.  It came out gorgeous!!  If anyone has ever made a vest like 
this, it is structurally easy to do, but requires a lot of sewing of the 
decorative threads.  At any rate, she was thrilled!!! She told me, "I sew for 
everyone and no one ever makes me anything."  That was thank you enough as I 
know the feeling.  

I was also asked that night to teach a class at the local sewing and vac store. 
I told the lady who asked, I would think about it as I have never taught this 
type of class (sewing/techniques) before.  I have only taught military subjects 
and that with the subject matter already prepared; only requiring the 
facilitator to make it interesting!!  

I, as well as my daughters get many compliments on these vests. They are alot of 
fun to make.          

ate: Fri, 22 Dec 1995 12:26:03 -0500
Subject: Crunch noise

To Karen S, 
 Why not take some work into the dealer, sit down and sew til the crunch
reappears under you hands.  That way they will hear it and you will be sure
they hear it. Sounds like a plan to me.

About Flame retardant fabric:  I have an old 'recipe' that I came across when
setting up my new studio recently.  I would be happy to dig it out and type
it for anyone who would like it.  It seems old fashioned, but says to flame
retard any wear.  I have not guarantees and would not want any liability for
this recipe, but am willing to type it here if you like.  You could probably
get the same recipe from your local public library if you posed it as a
reference question.  They love doing research for that kind of stuff.  I
obtained the recipe when my kids were born and the youngest is now 27 y.o.
Feb. 96.

I would like the directons for the challenge.  I didn't know they were
published yet.  I think I must miss some entries. 8-(

Good Grief, I paid less than 2500 for my 1530, so that sounds inflated
pricing to me.
Date: Fri, 22 Dec 1995 17:16:13 -0500
Subject: BOA &Fantasy Stitches

I have some news that I would like to share....   Over a year ago I was going
to teach a class at a local Bernina shop on Fantasy Stitches.   I realized
that Bernina hadn't published any literature for the 1080/1090 machines and I
needed to put something together for those machine owners.  So.... I sat at a
1080 and compiled a list of Fantasy Stitches &Motifs and the people taking
the classes loved them.  I also had offered them on this group and have
mailed out ALOT!!!  Due to the response, I also sent a copy to Bernina of
America a few weeks ago so that they could pass them out to dealers if they
would like.  Well...... today I received a letter from Bernina of America
thanking me for the stitches.  Also, they are planning to have it formatted
in a brochure form and will include it in the next dealer mailing which will
be distributed the end of January.  WOW!!!  How exciting!!  Now all of the
1080/1090 owners who don't have access to this group can also receive my
stitches!   It is such a good feeling to share my efforts and know that they
are truly appreciated.  What a wonderful feeling!  I just can't describe my

Date: Fri, 22 Dec 1995 18:26:23 -0500
Subject: Re: your mail


I'm sorry, but I too have the de, and have no problems with
maxi-lock.....and it is not cheap.......maxi, is the only thread I use in

Date: Fri, 22 Dec 1995 14:04:20 -0700
Subject: more Polarfleece

Just received my American Sewing Guild magazine with some great polar fleece
ideas.  There are instructions for making a fringed shawl that looks easy
and fun.  For those asking questions about seaming--the article suggests (if
you don't serge) to sew with a 1/4 in seam allowance, press open and top
stitch on each side of the seam or use a 4mm twin needle and topstitch down
the center of the seam on the right side.

There is a new book called "Polarfleece Pizzazz" by Ruthann Spiegelhoff and
Judy Laube.  For a copy of this book write: Spiegelhoff's Stretch and Sew
Fabrics and Great Copy Patterns, 4901 Washington Ave., Dept SG, Racine, WI
53406.  Phone 414-632-2660, Fax 414-632-0152

It didn't give the price and I know nothing about the book, but since there
is so much interest in polar fleece and some of you might not belong to the
sewing guild, I thought I would pass along this information.

A very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you all,

Date: Fri, 22 Dec 1995 19:48:26 -0500
Subject: Re: No Subject

I am so happy for you.  I also have a 1080 and 2000DE also a Deco and
scanner.  I love to spend money.  I work hard for it.  Good lock on all your
projects and Merry Christmas.
Date: Fri, 22 Dec 1995 19:51:15 -0500
Subject: Re: Holiday

Happy Holidays to all of you great sewers.
Date: 22 Dec 95 20:46:31 EST
Subject: Bernina Digest 12/21/95

If Nancy's polar fleece pills excactly which brand does not.  There seems to
be several types of fleece and I am not certain which to purchase.
Date: Fri, 22 Dec 1995 19:48:31 -0500
Subject: Re: Deco 500 &1630 questions

You sound like a great person.  Someone I wouldn't mind meeting.  Merry
Christmas to you and thanks for all your great ideas.
Date: Fri, 22 Dec 1995 19:51:15 -0500
Subject: Re: your mail

I have used Maxi-lock and you are right, bad thread.  But I do have trouble
getting thread in Toledo, unless I go to the dealer which is a longer drive.
 I do have White, grey, black and beige and it does work.  Matches most
Date: Fri, 22 Dec 1995 19:07:42 -0800 (PST)
Subject: Feeddogs

	I've been lurking for a while (learned all kinds of great stuff!).  
Right now I'm nearly in tears and want to ask a question, or for oppinions.
	I don't have a Bernina (yet). I'm planning to buy on after the 
beginning of the year.  I don't really know what dealers in my area are 
good, though.  I have a moderate priced Brother, about 4 1/2 years old.  
Last week I got a flyer in the mail with a coupon for a substantial 
discount on routine maintence for sewing machines.  I was studying for a 
final &working on a term paper, knew I wouldn't have time to sew for 
about a week and thought having my machine serviced there would be a good 
way to check out the shop. When I took it in it was working o.k., but the 
stiched had gotten less "crisp".  Otherwise it was fine. (o.k., it's 
under-powered, doesn't do half of what I want it to and it's 
tempermental. :-) But compaired to how it worked when I bought it, it was 
	I got it back two days ago and am having SERIOUS problems. Last 
week the feed was fine, now it only feeds sporatically! I even tried 
putting the walking foot on it, no improvement.  I've used several 
different fabrics to see if that was it, same problem.
	I called the shop this afternoon.  The mechanic said he didn't 
have any ideas, I'd need to bring the machine in. (The repair facilities 
are about 20 miles away, and I don't have a car.  Besides, it's the last 
working day before Christmas - I'll just bet I'd get it back in time to 
finish my Christmas sewing.) He was very insistant that there couldn't be 
anything wrong with the machine, it was probably something I'm doing 
wrong, because they check the stiching before they leave the shop.  When 
I asked what I might be doing wrong, he didn't have any suggestions, just 
said, again, that I'd have to bring it into the shop.
	I took the plate off so I could look into the bobbin, and watch 
the feeddogs as I moved the needle.  Now I may be wrong, but the feeddogs 
seem to be "dragging" only when the needle is in the down position.  Is 
that right?  How can the feeddogs drag the fabric when the needle is in it?
Doesn't that indicate a problem with the timing?  Or is that how it's 
supposed to work?  By the time I took it apart the shop had closed, so I 
can't talk to the mechanic until Tuesday. AAAARRRRGGGGGGG!!!!

	I wish I knew someone who sews that I could call, but I don't.  
Sorry to be so long winded, but, like I said I'm about to cry. I promised 
my Granddaughter Barbie clothes for Christmas, and planned to make shoe 
bags to "wrap" presents in, rather than the usual boxes.  I'm very very 
dissappointed at having to break a promise to my Granddaughter. In fact, 
I'm just about heartbroken.

	What does anyone think about the feeddog problem? Is is me or are 
they not doing their job? (Don't think I'm going to buy my Bernina at 
THAT shop! :-)

Merry Christmas!
Date: Fri, 22 Dec 1995 22:33:25 -0500
Subject: Re: Flannel (cotton) for Todd...

I have some opinions on pure cotton vs other materials for sleepwear for
kiddos.  They have not been researched, but since when have I let that stop
1.  I wouldn't let a person hold my baby while smoking, but even if I did and
an ember fell on the pajamas I don't think it would make much difference.
 Untreated cotton is not going to incinerate immediately.  Same if the child
was supervised around a fire.
2.  A friend from Germany told me that she was warned by a firefighter NOT to
dress her children in synthetics for bed, because God forbid they were in a
fire the pajamas would MELT, which was much worse than having them burn.
3.  I find cotton much more comfortable to sleep in than a synthetic, so I
assume my children do, also.
4.  I worry about the chemicals in flame-retardant cotton.  Seems much more
dangerous to KNOW the child is breathing in horrible-smelling stuff.

All this is why I make all of my children's pajamas out of pure, flammable
cotton (flannel in the winter, knit in the summer).  Serging them is a great
and VERY fast undertaking.

Merry Christmas from Denver, where it has been cold for a few days, but not
much snow down on the plains.
Date: Fri, 22 Dec 95 23:31:19 EST
Subject: Polar Fleece Shirts

Merry Christmas!

Beth Lancaster said that her serger club was going to make a polar fleece
shirt for their January project.  I've been looking for a shirt pattern for
myself and for my 6 yo son and would appreciate help from those of you who
have made polar fleece *shirts*.  I'm looking for your basic shirt with a
collar, cuffs, maybe a pocket on the chest.

I love working with polartec and have made my son's jackets and coats for
the past 3 seasons.  If I can get all my Christmas baking done I'm going to
make his new jacket (fortuanately it's not a present!) this weekend.  He
loves them which is incentive enough for me to sew!

Date: Sat, 23 Dec 95 03:57:00 UTC 0000
Subject: Re: More Polarfleece Questions

 My new studio is the first time in my 50 (soon to be 51) years that I
haven't had to sew on the dining room table, and I can't get enough of it!
It was a store room when we bought the place, but judging from the shelves
and cabinets and stuff, it was at one time someone's very nice workroom. It
even has a fireplace and I swear it hadn't been used. All I did was clean it
up, have it painted and put down commercial carpet. The fireplace has been
going constantly since I started my marathon sewing of Christmas presents a
few weeks ago.

It's nice if I want to walk away from something right in the middle of
cutting out a pattern to just leave it as is. I have one of those 8' folding
tables for cutting with a huge Olfa pad on it (covers almost the whole
table). I don't have to worry about the cats climbing around on it, or
moving it so someone can eat dinner, etc.

It's cold when I first go in in the morning, but I just wear my jacket until
the heater gets going good and the fire does its thing. It has south facing
windows, so the sun is a big help, too.

Feliz Navidad to all my Bernina friends from sunny (but cold) New Mexico!
May all the blessings of the season be with you and your families.

Date: Sat, 23 Dec 95 03:56:00 UTC 0000
Subject: Re: Madeira Thread

Sure, Nancy... here ya go

        Madeira USA Ltd (NH) 800-225-3001
        Madeira West (Fresno) 800-462-3347
        Madeira South (Jax, Fl) 800-262-2461
Date: Sat, 23 Dec 95 03:57:00 UTC 0000
Subject: Hoop-it-all

 I bought the hoop it all, but haven't used it yet. It is supposed to work
very well. The reason I"m answering you is to say that I got mine for less
than $100! I think the going price is a little over $100. I'd look around
before paying $180.

Date: Sat, 23 Dec 95 03:58:00 UTC 0000
Subject: Re: your mail

Maxi-lock came highly recommended to me by many people, so that's what I use
in my serger. I've never had a problem with it and am quite pleased. Sure-
Lock, on the other hand breaks frequently. I bought it without getting
recommendations and about all I use it for is basting. I've seriously
considered throwing it in the garbage just so I don't have to look at it
anymore and feel guilty about buying it.

Date: Sat, 23 Dec 1995 00:12:20 -0500
Subject: Re: Sunny's questions

>Has channel 42 canceled the sewing shows???  I thought (hoped) it was just
for a
Saturday or two. :(

:::dancin' in the rain::: THEY'RE BAAAAAACK!!!! Sewing shows start again
tomorrow! Yes!

> Have you ever been to Suzannes in Royal Palm?? 

Not since before they moved. Royal Palm is a bit of a trip for me (Martin
Co.). I mostly stick to Quilter's Choice in Jupiter. I have never been to the
Sewing Expo, but I think I might go to this one! Perhaps we can meet there!

Date: Sat, 23 Dec 1995 00:12:29 -0500
Subject: Tension woes

Having a problem with the 1630 lately. When I use the zig-zag (and similar
type stitches), the tension on one side is off so that a "channel" is formed
in the fabric. Also, the last time I used it the straight stitch (default
settings) started comeout as tiny zig-zags! I turned the machine off and back
on, and that "cleared" it for a while as far as the straight-stitch problem,
but I still can't get a zig-zag stitch that lays flat. Has this happened to
anyone else?


PS - Happy Holidays to all! And to all a good stitch!!  :D
Date: Sat, 23 Dec 1995 14:00:12 +0800 (WST)
Subject: More Upgrades

First, Merry Christmas to everyone and a Happy New Year Too!

I was in my Bernina dealer a few weeks ago to pick up my new 2000DCE and 
found out that there will be a new upgrade board for the 1630 in a few 
months.  Bernina is replacing the zodiac motifs with flowers, adding a 
quilting stitch (The picture of this wasn't very clear) and changing the 
big monograms to be scaleable, ie 10mm, 20mm and 30mm. I think they were 
also changing some of the other stitches but I can't remember it 
affecting any that I used a lot.

They also had the Version 2 1630 software and were playing with it before 
demoing it to the salespeople afoter the first of the year.

Didn't get any prices on anything yet.

I just finished 2 of the three classes that come with the 2000DCE.  Wish 
that I wasn't so busy with Christmas and summer vacation that I could get 
it set up and play.  Oh well, give it a few weeks to calm down.

I'm new to this serger/overlocker business.  What is the best thread to 
use in it?

Bye for now

Kay L
Date: Sat, 23 Dec 1995 01:13:47 -0500
Subject: Re: Bernina Digest 12/21/95

I called Madiera last night to ask some questions before I place an order. I
called the NH number, but they had closed and the CA office answered. They
also told me that the offices in all locations were closing until 1/3/96 (or
maybe 1/2).

Have any of you used the Madiera neons in the serger? Does Madeira make a
serger thread? 

Also, I looked at the circular embroidery foot at my dealer, and was
wondering if the $35 foot works $34 better than the taping the tack to the
bed of the machine trick. (Read Know Your Bernina) 

My husband bought me a pintuck foot for Hanukah, and did a nice thing and got
the double needle to match it. He got me the 7 slot. I was checking to see
what pintuck foot I already had, and I had the 5 slot, but had the needle
that matches the 3 slot, and none for the 5. So maybe I should have him do
the shopping....

Date: Sat, 23 Dec 1995 01:15:42 -0500
Subject: Re: Machine Embroidery


> Does anyone know of a forum like this which discusses machine 

I know of no forums for this type of topic......

> embroidery?  Compuserve has a big forum on that subject, but I don't 

So why not join compuserve......I love it there, and they have wonderful
ideas on this very thing.

Date: Sat, 23 Dec 1995 01:15:43 -0500
Subject: Re: Fabric Find!!


>Pooh, Tigger, and Piglet fabric for $2.00 a pound  (about 2 yds to a 

So how come your not offering to go on down there for me and get some?

how bout shipping me some?  send me your address, I'll send ya some money.

Date: Sat, 23 Dec 1995 06:49:48 -0400
Subject: Re: Bernina Challenge

>In the beginning there was the word, and the word was Chocolate.  And it
>was good.  -- Confections 1.5 oz, 240 cal

This is my all time favorite signature!!!!!  Made my day.

Happy Holidays,
Date: Sat, 23 Dec 95 13:09:00 UTC 0000
Subject: Machine Embroidery

 GEnie has a huge Needlearts "forum" (we call them roundtables). There are a
lot of us with embroidery machines of all different brands. We chat a lot
about them in our own topics, and even have swaps to show what we've learned
to do on them, and to show what different machines do.

If you'd like info on getting on GEnie, please let me know. It's inexpensive
and there are great people on there who are like family. GEnie doesn't have
all the bells and whistles that $P and AOL have, but it's easy to use and
the people are wonderful.

This is not a paid advertisement! :) Just an endorsement from a long time
satisfied user.

Date: Sat, 23 Dec 1995 11:11:16 -0500
Subject: Re: Hoop-it-all

Francyne- I use the Hoop-It-All almost exclusively, because it is much easier
than the traditional hoop that comes with the Deco.  The sticky paper acts as
a stabilizer and holds the fabric at the same time.  No need to use a new
sheet each time, it can be patched with smaller pieces of sticky paper.  It
is great for any kind of fabric that might stretch in a hoop and for getting
into small places, like a cuff or collar. I think it was definitely worth my
investment.  Linda 
Date: Sat, 23 Dec 1995 08:40:07 -0800 (PST)
Subject: Polar Fleece/PolarTec

To Kit :

About your Polar Fleece question.....  I've found out a bit in the last few
months about this fabric, and this information comes from the Malden Mills
Outlet Store in Seattle:

Polar Fleece is the "original" version of this stuff.  Yes, it pills.  No,
there is no way to avoid it.  It is sold considerably cheaper at the outlet
store and the salespeople do not recommend it:  they are VERY specific about
telling you the faults and problems with it!

PolarTec is the "newer" version.  It DOES NOT pill (I've washed my hubby's
robe several times and it's STILL wonderful and looks new!).  It also comes
in various weights:  100 (which is single-sided and, according to Malden
Mills, is best used as a liner in a jacket because the smooth (wrong) side
will pill; 200 which is pretty much the standard; and then it goes to 300
and some real esoteric ones that have wind block, etc. 

The names Polar Fleece and PolarTec are registered trademarks, so if you see
something like "Frigid Fleece" or whatever, it isn't made by Malden Mills.
*Apparently* (I THINK my facts are correct on this one) Malden Mills
originated the process for making PolarTec and their stuff is the best (at
least as far as I could find in the Puget Sound area it is).  I think most
of the copies are of Polar Fleece....I haven't found anything even remotely
similar to PolarTec in any fabric stores.

The outlet store sells 200 PolarTec for $8.95/yard solids, and a bit more
for prints (don't remember exactly right now).

I've also seen some questions regarding the "wicking" of moisture away from
the body.  Some people think that you have to be careful of which is the
"outside" of the fabric to achieve wicking.  Again, according to the person
I talked to at MM (and based on my own experience lately), it doesn't seem
to matter.  The moisture will wick to whatever is the outside....that is the
nature of any type of wick.  You can use whatever side you prefer (I like
the "wrong" side the best!) and the moisture is going to move away from your
body to the air.

If you don't have access to a MM outlet store, I personally would spent the
$$ and get the REAL THING!  It wears like iron and I'm sure that over time
you'll get your money's worth out of the garment.

Hope this helps!  Sorry for being so wordy, but when I started my research
last fall, I learned a lot and have made several jackets and robes from this
stuff recently.  It's wonderful!  And in a cold, drafty, 1905 house that is
usually damp, PolarTec 200 robes are the BEST invention in the world!!

Spending the day sewing warm clothes.......
Date: Sat, 23 Dec 1995 11:57:23 -0500
Subject: Re: Crunch Noise

Please send your "flame retardant recipe".  One of the computer gurus I
worked with at my former company did a project with his son using tests on
how flammable various fabrics were.  Turns out the flannel they tested as
flammable was less flammable than one that was rated for low flammability.
 Another advertising ruse to fool us into paying more and getting less all
for the sake of safety.  Sounds like testing fabric yourself is a better way
to go.
Thanks in advance.
Happy and healthy holidays to you and yours,
Date: Sat, 23 Dec 1995 13:41:50 -0500
Subject: Machine Embroidery

Hi Susan C,  YOu might try the SEW board on AOL.  Thats where I found out
about this digest.

To Michelle,  Can you tell me what Gypsy Vests/ThreadsVests are?
 Sounds good.

To Judy,  Great!  Are you being compensated in some way?  Don't deminish your
ideas and hard work, it drags the rest of us down when we discount our own
contributions.  You owe it to yourself and to other hard working, creative
women.  Write them back and ask for compensation.  You can't eat smiles, nice
as they are.

ME TOO.  I don't know what kind of Polar Fleece to buy.  Should I look to pay
15 - 20 / yd?  Will that insure non-pilling?  I have been sooo intrigued with
all this talk I keep looking at the stuff in Piece Goods, but fear the lower
price indicates pilling problems.  I have thoughts of sewing a coat. I really
need one, but hate to spend $100 or so on ready-made.  Any suggestions for a
pattern, I need it for everyday to the office.
Thanks, Sharon in TN

Hi Grandma,
Look this is a good lesson for the granddaughter.  Sometimes things happen
outside of our control, and we have to bend like the willow not be so rigid
that we snap.  Wrap the pattern and Barbie fabrics and a promise to complete
ASAP when other things like sewing machines are in working order.  She will
love the anticipation and you might even work in a trip to the fabric store
for her to peruse the remnant table for other Barbie fashions. - When life
throws you scraps, make a quilt!
Happy Holidays.  Throw the items in Brown paper bags and decorate with
stickers or ribbons or both.  People won't mind.  Honestly, this is the most
forgiving time in the year, don't you think?  I'm wrapping a plant stand in a
black garbage bag for my daughter and son -in-law.  Just smack a red bow on
it and they will love it.  SHe always loves whatever I give her - even a
I wouldn't give those unhelpful people my money.  Find somewhere else.  Then
report the jerk to the owner/manager. Techs can be such nerds.
You are only disappointed in yourself because of your high expectations.
 Realize you can't control everything, but you can control your response to

To Petchy,
 I too have a new studio (1/2 of the basement) that my husband finished just
before Thanksgiving.  I love mine for the same reasons you offered.  Mine is
on the duct work for the house and stays warm all the time.  I just love it.
 I have had a great year.
Happy Holidays everyone.  We leave tomorrow for daughter's in NJ and will
finish up Christmas Day.  I'm taking my Nina with me. ;-)
BTW what is a HOOP It ALL?
Date: Sat, 23 Dec 1995 16:19:36 -0400
Subject: Re:Cyberspace Connections

>An observation: The Internet seems to be a great economic leveler.
>Seeing only each other's words, we often have no idea about who among
>us is very affluent and who is working hard to make ends meet.

This cyberspace stuff has made my world so much bigger.  I am constantly
amazed and amused at myself and how my thinking has changed in some aspects
because of the input from others from all walks of life.  Sometimes I feel
jealous, sometimes VERY grateful, but certainly more aware of who I am.
Because I have tried to second-guess who others out there really were, I've
had to find out who I was too!

Happy Holidays,
Date: Sat, 23 Dec 1995 16:55:11 -0500
Subject: Re: Machine Embroidery

Dear Susan
I don't think you will be disappointed with the POEM as it is very versitile.
 The only thing you can't do is stuff a huge wad of fabric into it.  Sweat
shirts are about the largest items. And you have to have it connected to your
computer.  I have a pentium but I believe you can also use a Mac
Here is a list of things you CAN do.  
Rotate, edit and size designs.  You can change the stitch density if you are
dealing with a heavier  or finer thread. 
Purchase third party disks.  They run as low as $30 for 12 designs
Use many kinds of threads(you need an optional tension device, kind of like
an outrigger) I have used the acrylic that came with it, regular Sulky, Sulky
tinsel(with a metafil needle) and Metler cotton embroidery.
Scan in designs to digitize.  You don't need a  dedicated scanner, one of
those $99 deals will work.
Draw your own designs in any program that will save as a .pcx file
I paid $1500 for the machine and software.
There is an active POEM folder here on AOL.  I can probably email you a log
file if you are interested(don't know where my last one is at the moment)
Date: Sat, 23 Dec 1995 17:49:23 -0500
Subject: Re: Serger Technique Questions

When I serge napkins, I serge to the end of a side, slow way down and take a
few stitches off the end and stop the machine, lift the presser foot, pull
the fabric back (away from me) a bit to loosen all threads, then reposition
the next side of material under the foot and start sewing again.   If you
don't take too many stitches off the fabric, it leaves quite a neat corner,
but I, too, add a dab of FrayCheck.  After all four corners are serged, I run
off the last side to make a long enough chain to then thread into a tapestry
needle and run under the stitches for a couple of inches then clip off the
excess and Voila! a nicely finished hem.
Date: Sat, 23 Dec 1995 15:03:41 -0800 (PST)
Subject: Re: BOA &Fanatasy Stitches

Congratulations Judy!!
Date: Sat, 23 Dec 1995 19:26:23 -0500
Subject: Thanks and Merry Christmas

Thanks to everyone who answered my "more polarfleece questions".
Unfortunately, I'm sick again with another sinus infection (only two months
after my surgery) and bronchitis to boot! I have 20 people coming for
Christmas dinner  and haven't been able to sew my 'fleece. 
Petch, I'm jealous. I have a workroom too but yours sounds amazing! There's
nothing like being able to close the door and leave the mess without worrying
about where we are going to eat dinner!
Anyway Merry Christmas to all of you,especially you Sue, I really appreciate
all you do.
Date: Sat, 23 Dec 1995 17:28:54 -0800
Subject: Re: PolarFleece /Polartec

I read recently that there are several MaCalls patterns featuring 
Polartec but how do you adapt a pattern to use it.  i want to make a 
cardigan/jacket like the Stretch n Sew master pattern cardigan but 
without the ribbing.  How do i modify the pattern to use 
Subject: Malden Mills update
Date: Sat, 23 Dec 95 21:53:13 -0500

Somehow this fits the season exactly...

Less than two weeks after the devastating fire, Malden Mills resumed
production of PolarTec yesterday (12/22), putting 300 people back to

Best wishes to everyone for a loving and peaceful holiday season.  May
the new year be filled with hope and triumph over all adversity.  

Debbie D
Date: Sat, 23 Dec 1995 22:41:19 -0500
Subject: Today's Equivalent to the 930

I am trying to advise someone who is buying a machine and wants something
mechanical with features similar to  my 930 and 830 machines.  Can anyone
tell me which of the current models would be comparable?  Also, do they have
the knee lift and needle down?  If you have any suggestions, I would also
like to know the going price for them.

We may look for used machines but used 830's and 930's go fast around here.

Thanks to all and Merry Christmas too!!!

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