Bernina Fan Club Archives

Hanuary 95

Date: Sun, 1 Jan 1995 09:56:29 -0500
Subject: Schmetz needles

Re:BARB's note about machine needles:

The SCHMETZ "Quilting" needle is wonderful for all machine piecing.  Very
sharp, small point, etc.  And machine quilters tell us they really love it,
too, for machine quilting.  

We carry the full line of Schmetz needles for a full 20% off retail.  Schmetz
are the only machine needles we carry because we like them best.  There's a
new machine embroidery needle that's received rave reviews, too, and we have

Hope this helps re: needles for piecing and quilting.

Happy New Year --Addy
Date: Sun, 1 Jan 1995 09:53:03 -0500
Subject: Re:  Trouble w/ Nylon Thread


We've heard about trouble with invisible nylon threads from a lot of quilters
... and we have something that may help.  Sulky makes a polyester invisible
thread in clear and smoke ... it takes some heat and can be ironed.  440
yards per spool, it's on page 18 of your PineTree Quiltworks discount
catalog.  We hear great things from machine quilters; the stuff seems less
likely to loop, snarl, skip stitches, etc.  It is much less like fishing

Happy New Year --Addy
Date: Sun, 1 Jan 1995 09:53:37 -0500
Subject: Bernina 1080

In response to D ... I have a 1080, love it, and see no reason to
upgrade.  It pieces magnificently, is a real workhorse, and nothing has gone
wrong with it over heavy use in the year-plus I have had it.  It is as
accurate as I could ask.  Would have liked the knee lifter, but didn't feel
that it justified the extra money (I don't machine quilt.)  The #37 piecing
foot makes it simply the best machine I have ever used; the needle-down
button is a treasure, as is the push-button for reversing my line of
stitching.  Couldn't ask for more.

To all Bernina Owners ... A Happy, Productive Quilting New Year.

Date: Sun, 1 Jan 1995 12:10:49 -0500
Subject: Re: Foot 37

Got to admit that as an owner of both an 1160 and a 801 which is probably as
low as you can go-- It has no stitches-- I really mean no stitches-- it
straight stitches and zigzags and does blind stitches and that is it-- well
to make a long story short-- it finished 2 quilts this week, made 6 pairs of
polar fleece pants for my kids, 12 hats in many different styles-- mittens
and various other dodads--- needless to say I still love it-- wouldn't trade
it and I don't care if it doesn't have computer or anything attached-- IT
Date: Sun,  1 Jan 95 17:57:00 UTC
Subject: Bernina Digest 12/31/94 Happy
I have heard over on GEnie that the new library for the 1630 will only be
brochures and not books.  Kind of dissapointing to hear that, but at least they
are doing something.
I have heard nothing about the walking foot for the 1630 or the new keys again.
 I have a feeling it will be awhile.  Does anyone know the price of the new
walking foot?
Date: Sun, 1 Jan 1995 13:23:16 -0500
Subject: Re: New Bernina

I love my Bernina serger too.  I have made many a thing on it and I find that
I do lots of things where I use both the serger and the machine.  It just is
such a pain in the butt to set up the serger-- that I often leave it open so
I can go back and forth.  With 5 kids and no sewing room  this can cause a
problem. I am thinking of upgrading my machine to another Bernina-- I think
that I want a 1230-- as I have an 1130 and I am happy except for my need to
have an alphabet-- I will seriously look at machines in May as I don't think
that we will have the resources until then.  DH will be finishing a
consulting job in May and should have some extra $ so I just have my greedy
little eyes set on using some of it for my new machine.  Actually my DH is a
doll and I am definately not going to give him away.  His mother told him
that I have to have a Bernina-- and he should never buy me anything but
that--- comes from a very good family eh?  Lonnie
Subject: 801
Date: Sun, 01 Jan 95 16:57:00 -0500

Hi,  I also own a 801.  It was my first machine 7 or 8 years ago.  I
bought it used.  And I have been sold on Bernina's ever since.  At one
point I considered trading it in and the dealer told me not to dare give
that machine away.  Considering the new flimsy plastic cases the new
machines come in I am so glad that I kept that machine.  It is great for
when I travel someplace--which doesn't seem to be too often.  I also own
a 1230--which I am absolutely in love with.  I had one a few years ago
and traded it in on a 1530.  I really didn't like the track ball and
having to go thru all those screens--even though there are features that
did like--More needle positions, etc.  I even traded it in on a 1630 for
one day.  Fortunately, the machine had been used in a training class or
something and the bobbin area was filled with batting lint.  So, I
returned it and got my 1530 back.  I then traded it in on a New Home
Memory Craft 8000 because my husband was feeling generous.  I didn't
have enough money to get another 1230 so I bought a machine with a knee
lift that was just one or two models below ther 1230.  When I could
afford it I traded that in on the 1230.  And that is the machine that I
sew on all the time.
The thing that really threw me about the 1630 was that all those filled
bobbins that I had would no longer work and it seemed that I needed alot
more feet than I already had.  So, I'm glad that I went back to my 1230
especially since from what I understand they have stopped making them.
I would recommend to anyone that they find one while they still can.  I
can't sing its praises enough.
Subject: 801
Date: Sun, 01 Jan 95 16:57:00 -0500

Hi,  I also own a 801.  It was my first machine 7 or 8 years ago.  I
bought it used.  And I have been sold on Bernina's ever since.  At one
point I considered trading it in and the dealer told me not to dare give
that machine away.  Considering the new flimsy plastic cases the new
machines come in I am so glad that I kept that machine.  It is great for
when I travel someplace--which doesn't seem to be too often.  I also own
a 1230--which I am absolutely in love with.  I had one a few years ago
and traded it in on a 1530.  I really didn't like the track ball and
having to go thru all those screens--even though there are features that
did like--More needle positions, etc.  I even traded it in on a 1630 for
one day.  Fortunately, the machine had been used in a training class or
something and the bobbin area was filled with batting lint.  So, I
returned it and got my 1530 back.  I then traded it in on a New Home
Memory Craft 8000 because my husband was feeling generous.  I didn't
have enough money to get another 1230 so I bought a machine with a knee
lift that was just one or two models below ther 1230.  When I could
afford it I traded that in on the 1230.  And that is the machine that I
sew on all the time.
The thing that really threw me about the 1630 was that all those filled
bobbins that I had would no longer work and it seemed that I needed alot
more feet than I already had.  So, I'm glad that I went back to my 1230
especially since from what I understand they have stopped making them.
I would recommend to anyone that they find one while they still can.  I
can't sing its praises enough.
Subject: tried machine quilting
Date: Mon, 2 Jan 1995 11:33:33 -0800 (PST)

Well, I tried machine quilting this morning on my rather late 
christmas stocking (next year = goal).  It was great.  I just
used the foot that was on there (#1, I think).  I will have
to look into getting the proper foot.  

Anyway, it was awful when I tried it with my old Sewmore, so
I had sworn off machine quilting.  And I LIKE hand quilting,
but htis was so easy and so fast.  I will have to reconsider
my position.  
Date: Mon, 2 Jan 1995 18:14:11 -0500
Subject: in defense of the 1630

I have had a 1630 for a little over a month, I can't compare it to the
machines lower on the line, since it is my first Bernina. I bought the top of
the line because I plan to keep it for many years and it was only a few
hundred dollars more than a new 1260. I figure in for a penny, in for a
pound.  I see that some of you criticize the 1630 because it has different
feet and bobbins, but I don't plan on buying them all at once, just what I
need. For example I have no problem finding a quarter inch seam allowance
without the special foot. Also, bobbins make a good gift for my husband to
buy me. Also, if you switch to a 1630 and want to use the thread on a full
bobbin from any other machine, just stick the full bobbin on the thread
spindle and fill the new bobbin from it. I am doing this  as I go along, to
empty my Pfaff bobbins. I would also like to report, that happily I have not
encountered the problems I was expecting from the rotary hook on the 1630. 

The 1630 was a major investment for me, but I am glad I got it. In fact I
think I will go sew!

Date: Tue, 3 Jan 1995 08:11:53 -0500
Subject: Re: 801

I've had my 801 for 16 years and love it dearly. Would never give it up but I
am thinking of getting a 1260 later in the year. How do they compare with the
1230. I know it is an update of that machine. What are the differences? Have
they improved anything or "broken" anything? Should I be looking for a used
1230? Thanks. Kathy
Date: Tue, 3 Jan 1995 08:41:04 -0500
Subject: Re: Tried Machine Quilting

I also love hand quilting although I do more by machine now. I balance it by
always including at least some hand quilting on every quilt so I feel like I
have "connected" with it personally and not just mechanically.
Date: Tue, 3 Jan 1995 08:53:35 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Re: 931

No, It's not only the foot pedal that does the one stitch at a time 
thing, it is also wiring in your maching that understands what the foot 
pedal is trying to do.

Date: Tue, 03 Jan 95 08:39:39 cdt
Subject: Re: 931


          Call Pam at In Stitches, 314-394-4471, and ask her about
          converting your 931.  I thought needle down was the whole
          point of that machine!!!

          Good luck.

Date: Tue, 3 Jan 1995 13:20:55 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Re: In defense of the 1630

On Mon, 2 Jan 1995, Bernina wrote:

> Date: Mon, 2 Jan 1995 18:14:11 -0500
> Subject: in defense of the 1630
> I have had a 1630 for a little over a month...
> ...if you switch to a 1630 and want to use the thread on a full
> bobbin from any other machine, just stick the full bobbin on the thread
> spindle and fill the new bobbin from it. I am doing this  as I go along, to
> RobbiE

Hi, I think there might be a problem switching thread like this, so if 
anyone knows for sure, please correct me if I'm wrong. When you wind a 
bobbin, the thread comes off the spool lead end first onto the bobbin. 
When the bobbin is put into the case and used the thread come off tail 
first. When you rewind bobbins, the tail end now goes on first and the 
lead end comes off first. I think that there might be a twisting problem 
from the bobbin thread and might cause tangles, etc. I base this opinion 
on the way you are "suppose" to use hand thread: Right handed people 
thread the needle with the lead end and knot the cut/tail end. Left 
handed people knot the lead end and thread the needle with the cut end. 
It has to do with the twisty-ness of the thread on the spool.

Subject: 1230 vs1260
Date: Tue, 03 Jan 95 22:45:00 -0500

Hi, Kathy.  I also own an 801.  And, I have a 1230 and wouldn't give it
up for anything.  I have sewn on a 1260 and didn't find the stitch
quality the same as the 1230.  It could have been the machine I was on
but for one thing the buttonhole was horrible.  I would recommend that
you go in with lots of scraps and try out the machine for yourself.  My
personal recommendation to a friend recently was to get a 1230 while she
still could.  She waited and now her only option is a used
machine--which I still think is better than not having a 1230.  That
machine is so simple to use.  The one big difference that I saw was that
there were two different alphabets--but really neither one of those
impress me very much.  I have another machine for that stuff.  For great
sewing a go for my 1230.
Date: Thu, 5 Jan 1995 02:28:52 -0500
Subject: Re: 801

Thanks for the info and I agree that the 1230 is the machine I want to
upgrade to.  I also heard that they are nolonger making it too.  The dealer
has been sending me to the 1530 or the 1190?.  I don't think I am inclined to
go for the 1530-- but when I have the money in hand then I will decide.
 Thanks again for the input.  Lonnie
Date: Fri, 6 Jan 1995 08:50:10 -0500
Subject: Re:  1230

Lonnie ... from everything we've heard, you can save yourself some money and
get a great machine if you put the word out to dealers and others that you're
looking for a used 1230.  People keep upgrading to the computerized machines,
but the 1230 has a reputation as being a workhorse that works great, does
everything it's supposed to do well, etc.  Still, however, people do trade
them in.  At least one of our local dealers has a "list"; the other one may,
too.  I think that's worth pursuing if you can get a 30-day warranty to give
you a chance to use it a lot and make sure everything works the way it's
supposed to.
Date: Fri, 6 Jan 1995 09:00:12 -0500
Subject: golf quilt

Sorry to take SO long to get back to you on this.

The book is Hook, Line and a Hole in One.  Designs to make for Men by Four
Corners.  I paid $13.00 for it.  If you have trouble finding it, I'll see
what I can do to get you one here.  It is a fun book.

Take care,
Date: Fri, 6 Jan 1995 14:18:55 -0500
Subject: 1630 cheers...

I just got a 1630 for Christmas, and I LOVE it!  It has so many features and
only cost a bit more than the one below it.  Mine came with a serger, and
THAT is what I am having trouble with!  Well, I'll just keep going to the
classes and maybe the light will click on in my head!!!

Happy January :)

Mary Beth
Date: Sat,  7 Jan 95 11:45:00 UTC
Congratulations Mary Beth.  You will love both the 1630 and the serger.  It
took me a while to get the hang of the serger too!  Don't give up, just keep on
talking to it and you'll get the hang of it .
My 1630 is waiting for it's offical call from Bernina to come home to Illinois
for it's upgrade.  Hope it comes home sooon, my dealer did promise me a loaner
though.  I have a class on the 26th on making a cotton bale bag vest, I will
need a 1630 for that as it involves lots of fancy stitching and embellishments.
Date: Sat, 7 Jan 1995 13:34:42 -0500
Subject: Re: 1230

I know someone who has "been thinking" about upgrading from her 1230.  She
too, her 1230 though and is not sure if she's ready to make the plunge.  She
bought the machine last February and I think she was offered a trade of about
$2000.00.  I'm not sure if that's the greatest price, but then maybe it's
okay.  If you are interested, I will ask her.  As I said, I don't know if
she's willing to give it up, but I will ask.  
Date: Fri, 6 Jan 1995 23:20:08 -0500
Subject: Do I have a defective 1630?

Help!!! I am just finishing up on a project that must be done on Monday and I
have left the embroidery stitches on my 1630 til the last.  The initial
stitches I made a month ago of the embroidery stitches were not able to be
made as wide as I expected no matter what the adjustments, but the problem
seems to be getting even worse!!!  I am able to change the length of stitches
quite a bit, but not the width. 

For example, stitch number R1-7 (a Jacobean leaf pattern) measures 3/8 of an
inch wide in my initial tests, but now, whether I choose the basic setting,
or extended stitch, or the widened balance, I cannot get the stitch wider
than about 1/16 of an inch less than 1/4 inch.  The other stitches have the
same problem.

Additionally, no matter what I have tried on the other stitches as well, I
can't seem to widen the stitches.  Could some of you other 1630 owners try
this particular stitch and tell me if my machine is defective.  I would
really appreciate hearing your results.  If you have any instructions I may
have missed, please advise.  Thanks.  

I need your help ASAP to finish this project.!!!!

BTW, I think I have finally solved the loopy nylon problem, or I should say
that Addy at PineTree Quiltworks (207-799-7357) has solved it!
 She suggested I might avoid the problem by using the Sulky POLYESTER
invisible thread available from them.  It is more expensive than the nylon,
but looks identical on the job, and more to the point, it doesn't give me any
loops on the back.  Anyone having my problem should try this solution.  I'm
definitely using it from now on!!!!

Thanks Addy!  I recommend them highly.  They went out of their way to get
products I couldn't find elsewhere for me, and their prices are good, and
even better, they are quilters who know what works to solve problems we have.
 No connection other than satisfied customer.

Barb M
Date: Sun, 8 Jan 95 10:44:15 -0500
Subject: Re: Do I have a defective 1630?


I've been having trouble mastering the machine embroidery also.  I tries to do 
some monogram lettering a few weeks ago &only got one letter to come out 
correct.  That was on 4 layers of muslin with no stabilizer.  I can't get the T 
to work right at all.  (Of course, I have to have a last name starting w/ T).  
I've had some success by playing with the balance, but still haven't figured it 
out yet.

Anyway, when I was looking through the new Clotilde catalogue last night, on the 
lower right hand side of page 87, is a group of books by Mary Lou Nall all about 
the Bernina,  There are 2 books about the feet #1654 &#1630, one on different 
needles #1628, one on cutout embroidery on the Bernina #1648, &2 on Heirloom 
Sewing #4221, one just for the 1630 #4222.  The book are all listed at $6.56.  
Their toll free number is 1*800*772*2891.  I have no afflilation w/ them.  I've 
ordered from them before &have been satisified.  I'm going to call later today 
&order the 1630 book (&maybe one of the other ones).  I'll let you know if 
it's any good.

Also, on the administrative side, we've been having a few problems with our 
server going down last week.  We took it down yesterday &DH spent the entire 
day doing disk maintenance &upgrading our operating system.  If you have had 
any trouble getting through, please try again.  The system seems to be running 
better than ever.  Also, I have not done the December archives yet.  As soon as 
they are available, I will send them out to those who have requested them.

Sue T
Date: Sun, 08 Jan 1995 16:50:07 MST
Subject: loop problem

I own a 1031 and experienced the same problem.  Since I reread my
manual and realized that one is supposed to thread the machine with the
presser foot lifted, the problem has disappeared.

Date: Mon, 09 Jan 95 10:24:24 
Subject: RE: 930 OWNERS

Perhaps the occasional loopy stitch is caused by the thread not being between
the 2 thread tension disks.  Just a thought.  

Date: Mon, 9 Jan 1995 11:42:59 -0500
Subject: Re: Loopy Bobbin Thread

Even with my new 1260 I have had the same problem.  It happened to me
yesterday when I went to change the top spool.  What I doscovered was that
that the area under the feet dogs was filled with lint.  This surprised me
because when I had finished sewing the previous night I had throughly cleaned
the machine.  As soon as I cleaned the machine again, the problem went away.

Date: Mon, 9 Jan 1995 13:34:51 -0500
Subject: Re: Do I have a defective 1630?

     Be sure you do not have the double-needle control on, which limits the
width of the needle swing....Just another thing to check.        Ida
Date: Mon, 9 Jan 1995 14:16:32 +0500
Subject: Oiling?

I was using my new 1630 last night, and it seemed like it was
getting sort of noisy.  The noise was coming from the bobbin
area.  The stitches looked fine, it was just making a kind
of clattering sound.  

I pulled out my trusty (if terse) manual and found that the
bobbin race is supposed to be oiled every 3 to 4 hours of 
sewing.  The cleaning and oiling solved the noise problem.

That seems like more oiling than I'm used to.  Is it just that I'm
used to my old used and abused Kenmore (which didn't see
oil for months!) and I need to treat this new thoroughbred
with more respect?  

Monica T
p.s.  Other than this, I love my machine!  Very smooth and the 
      monograms work fine - including the "T" which is one that
      I tried!
Date: Mon, 9 Jan 1995 13:40:48 -0700
Subject: Re: 930 Owners

>Hi--I just joined this list a couple of weeks ago and see a lot of
>discussion of the newer machines, but so far no mention of the trusty,
>wonderful 930.
Terry - I have no answer for your problem, but I do have a wonderful 930
that I love. I want nothing more from a machine *except* I would like the
needle up/down option. I have heard that some 930s have this - does yours?
By the way, my sister has an even older 830 and sews all the time - she
wouldn't give up her machine either. Hope you get your problem solved.
Betty S
Date: Tue, 10 Jan 1995 09:33:44 -0500
Subject: Re: Bernina Digest 1/8/95

I took my first machine lessons for the 1630 last week and was surprised at
how much I learned about basics on the machine. I have been sewing for about
30 years (not well though) but I figured I knew how machines worked. We
learned such basic stuff like how often you really need to oil the bobbin
hook, and to thread the machine with the foot lifted (I did not know that the
knee lever actually raises the foot higher than the hand one does, this made
it easier for me to change feet) and I didn't even realize there was a little
disk in the tension thing. I don't know what I thought, I just wasn't paying
much attention. I highly recommend that anyone who can make sure they take
their lessons, and join the Bernina club at the dealer if they can. (That
said I just remembered that I missed last nights meeting, I knew I was
forgetting something....)

I would like to report that I have finished piecing and quilting my first
quilt on my 1630 and I am pleased with the results. I used Madeira supertwist
metallic in the needle (which was an 80 topstitching needle) and threaded the
metallic through that little hole on the handle of the machine. I also used
the darning foot that came with the machine, the quilting foot was allowing
the quilt to flop around too much for me. I set the top thread tension right
where the buttonhole marking starts (I don't know what number that is). I use
embroidery thread in the bobbin. 

Also last night I tested some of the Coats and Clark mettalic thread that I
had gotten from them after having a quilt at the AQS show. They sent me 14
spools of metallic and 7 spools of tinsel, and a spool of every color of hand
quilting thread. I was feeling bad because I could not get the thread to work
with my Pfaff, but I would like to report that the metallic went very
smoothly through the Bernina, at the same settings that the Supertwist did,
and with the same foot and needle. I did get the thread free, so take that in
mind when reading this endorsement.

Also, I have been playing with the monogram and have had no problems with it,
beyond figuring out which direction the machine starts sewing in. I leave the
balance alone, but I loosen the top thread tension and use the #40 foot.

Now I have to go get ready for a job interview, I have to get a job and pay
for the Bernina. It strained our budget a bit too much I'm afraid. I do love
it though.

Date: Tue, 10 Jan 1995 10:26:45 -0500
Subject: Re: 930 Owners

The 930 is the model known as the REAL workhorse of the old Berninas.  They
were so good for so long that there are really thousands of them in America,
still sewing well and making their owners happy.  It was top of the line for
about 5-6 years.  
Your stitching problem sounds like the upper tension has disengaged somehow,
for a short time.  Is your knee on the lift lever, perhaps just enough to do
that yet still be down enough to sew?    Did the thread spool jerk and squeak
just before it happened?
When you lift the presser foot, either manually or with the knee lift, the
upper tension goes off, so when you pull the threads to cut, then start up
again, you have reset the threads in the upper tension disk,and it sews
correctly the next time.
Hope this helps.  It really is hard to solve an inconsistent problem.
Sincerely,  Ida
Date: Tue, 10 Jan 95 23:22:00 UTC
Subject: Bernina Digest 1/9/95
Hi everyone!  Has anyone heard of the #41 foot for the 1630?  It is called the
rotary foot and it is used for directional sewing.  Seems to me they should
have given it with the machine.  The foot actually rotates in the direction you
are sewing.  I didn't buy it, as it was $26 and I didn't have enough, but I
will get it next time.  If you haven't seen it yet, ask your dealer, it is a
really cool foot.
Well, my Bernina is waiting for it's official call from the "home".  Then it
will go for it's upgrade.  Guess they are running way behind schedule. I did
talk to the repair technician from my dealer.  He said it shouldn't be there
for too long, but they will give me a list of things to send with it, certain
feet, etc.  I think I'll make it a little security blanket to send with it!
I tried that R7 stitch, mine worked fine, my dealer tried hers, hers was fine
too.  We couldn't figure out what it could be, Barb.  Is your 1630 one of the
early ones?
Date: Tue, 10 Jan 95 23:57:00 
Subject: Re: 930 Owners

Hi, I have enjoyed reading the many notes from other Bernina owners. I have
a 1530 and love it.
I sometimes have the "loopy thread" or tension problem, here are my two
thoughts on the subject: 1) I believe you must have the tension released
(presser foot up) when you are threading the top of the machine or the
tension will not be right when you start to sew....2)cheap thread! Don't use
the 5/$1 specials, Talon (which has a bad reputation) and - to my dismay- I
have had trouble with the two newest spools of Coats and Clark thread that I
have bought. The older Coats works fine, but I bought some red for Christmas
sewing and my machine acted so badly I took it to the dealer! Several weeks
later I put the same spool of thread on and the tension immediately went
weird and then I realized what the problem was. I thought it was just a bad
spool of thread but I bought another and had the same problem....
go with Metrosene thread if you can get it, it is usually sold at Bernina
Date: Tue, 10 Jan 1995 19:17:29 -0600 (CST)
Subject: Re: Oiling?

Monica, Hi!  My dealer tells me that yes the 1630 does need more oiling 
and that the oiling will actually help with the stitching.  Mines doing 
okay now.  I just have to get use to turn the tension dial on certain 
fabrics and layers!  I really do like the software for a first edition.

Mary Ann
Date: Wed, 11 Jan 1995 09:16:57 EST
Subject: Thread

I've heard Clark's thread went down hill about 18 months ago. I used
to read the sewing newsgroup and someone there said that Talon bought
C&C and now manufactures it to the Talon standards.

I always buy european thread: metrosene, gutterman, or molnlycke and
haven't had any tension problem. (I couldn't have spelled that last
one right if I hadn't had a spool in my tote bag! still can't
pronounce it)

Date: Wed, 11 Jan 1995 07:52:49 -0500
Subject: re:1630 defect possibility?-not!

Well, I am a little embarrassed to report that I caused my own problem that I
posted a couple of days back.  Problem being that my embroidery stitches
wouldn't go wide enough.   It was suggested that I didn't have the right foot
(one with the decoder on it).  That was not my problem, but it was close to
the actual problem.  In case you might think of doing what I did, I am
posting the answer.

I had been having a problem of getting grease on the quilt as I twisted it
under the head and it would poke into the space just above the needle and get
the grease from the gears on the quilt.  My solution (after wiping and wiping
the area didn't entirely eliminate the problem) was to put a piece of plastic
tape over the bottom of that area so the fabric could not get in.  That
solved that problem, but it also covered the coding area of the machine, and
that was what goofed up the measurement.  As was suggested, the foot will not
go wider than 5mm if the coding is not done correctly. The width scale even
shifts to a 1-5 scale rather than the 1-9 scale.

Anyone else having the grease problem?  How did you solve it?

Hope this helps someone else if they run into a similar problem.

Barb M
Date: Wed, 11 Jan 1995 18:43:57 -0500
Subject: Re: Bernina Digest 1/9/95

Just thought I'd enter the competition for the oldest Bernina -- a 707.  I am
amazed at all the tension problems from the newer ones, and it just
reconfirms my decision not to consider something newer.  I've sewn chiffon to
denim with no problem....

I AM considering a serger, though, and will probably get a Bernina.  Right
now I am doing mostly quilting, but if I quit work full time and have some
more time for ME, I think I'd use a serger lots.  I've read from some of you
that you use the serger for quilting.  HOW?

Date: Wed, 11 Jan 1995 20:09:56 MST
Subject: Re: Bernina Digest 1/9/95

To respond to Bunny's question re using a serger for quilting.  Most
purists wouldn't even consider it but I have used mine (a Bernette
004d funlock) for serging long strips together.  I was able to set
my machine for a perfect 1/4" seam.  I was generally pleased with the
results and would definitely do it again particularly on quilts that
I expect to be well used such as baby quilts, quilts for kids etc.  I
did try serging some of the smaller pieces together but here I was not
pleased as it was more difficult to maintain precision.  Some people
like to serge around the edge of completed tops before quilting to
maintain the edge.  I also work fulltime and really make a lot of use
of my serger.  It took me a long time to decide that I wanted one and
now I wouldn't be without it.  Really speeds up home sewing rather you
just use it to finish seams or whatever.  I now watch for sales and
make all my families sweats and I utilize the scraps to make sweat
shirts for children at a local shelter for abused women and children.  IT
only takes about 15 minutes to make a shirt. So, really think seriously
about a serger - i love it.

Sandra M.
Bernina 1031
Date: Thu, 12 Jan 1995 09:48:18 -0500
Subject: Re: Bernina Digest 1/11/95


I use my serger for strip piecing.  You can set it to an exact 1/4 inch and
just fly along!  I also appreciate how easy it is to press the seam
allowances to one side.  :)

I use my serger for a lot of clothing construction.  It's nice and fast for
long seams, reversible vests, ravely (is that a word?) fabrics.  I'll admit
that I haven't done any of the fancy stuff that I bought books for with the
beautiful edges and all of that, but I am a happy camper.

Btw, to those of us who run inbetween sizes, a serger is a great machine.
 Buy the size smaller than you are and then serge at the 1/4 instead of 5/8.
 It works for me.

Date: Thu, 12 Jan 95 08:56:02 -0600
Subject: Re: Bernina Digest 1/9/95

Hi everyone!!!   I have been a lurker.  But just thought I too, would
let you know I have a Bernina 707.  I bought it in 1963 (I think) it
goes to the shop to be cleaned etc every once in a while.  I too am
amazed at all the tension problems I hear.  I have used it for years
have tons of accessories.  Thought the years my sewing has increased and
decreased dramatically depending on where I was in my life.  However,
in another year or two I am seeing a dramatic increase as I will either
be retired or darn near it and have been thinking about quilting more.
I have loved that Bernina all these years.  At times I think I should
upgrade, however, I think something would really have to grab me to switch.

I love hearing about the newer Bernina's am getting curious about 1030.
We have a wonderful Bernina dealer here in Madison in which I have
dealt with all these years, now his son is taking over but Dad's still
around when he's not wind surfing or something like that.

I have a Toyota serger, in a moment of weaknes but it's really not too
bad.  However, I really think I will someday make a trade to a Bernette
or whatever their called these days, I haven't checked them out

Does anyone have a Bernette?? serger?  I would love to hear about the


Oh, BTW, I'm 57 (nudging 58 (2/17) married in 1962.  In 1963, my
husband took me for my sewing machine, it was top of the line and I
thought we spent our life's saving (I think it was under $1,000).
I agree with the ones who say do take the lessons as that is my
only regret I din't.  The owners mother gave the instructions at her
home and she had such an accent with being across town I think I took
one.  It took a while to figure it out but I did and have never stopped
since.  I made our daughter's christening gown (even cherish it more
now as lost her in a horrible car accident 1/29/94.  Our son even wore
it.  Whe use to take it out of the box and look at it every once in a while.

Am I the oldest on this list?  Would love to know.  I bet I have all
the polyester phase with Ann Person (took all her classes) over all of you.

I think it's the most wonderful thing to read about all the young people
who are so into their sewing quilting and knitting.  

It's been nice chatting with you.

Date: Thu, 12 Jan 95 09:37:16 -0500
Subject: What foot to use to machine quilt on the 1630 

Since the walking foot is not ready for the 1630, what foot should I use to
do machine quilting?

Date: Thu, 12 Jan 1995 11:50:49 -0500
Subject: Re: Re:Oiling?

I have a 1230 and my dealer told me to oil it after 4 - 5 hours of sewing. I
don't always do this, but when it starts to get a little noisy, it seems like
cleaning and oiling it are just what it needs.  Also on a totally different
topic - all the discussions about free motion machine quilting mention using
the darning foot that came with the machine, but my first machine quilting
teacher recommended using the open toe darning foot (of course an additional
expense) but I really like the increased visibility and always use it. Love
this club!
Date: Thu, 12 Jan 1995 11:52:30 -0500
Subject: Re: 930 Owners

My Bernina dealer really knocks Coats and Clarks thread for  my machine- he
even seems to think it's thicker than the Swiss ones. Since I hate to spend
lots of money on thread, I discovered Coats and Clark thread on large cones
at another Bernina dealer. It is thinner than the standard spools and I've
been pleased with it even though it does seem to be lintier. Just a
Date: Thu, 12 Jan 1995 12:20:46 -0500
Subject: Metrosene thread

We, too, have been about problems with Coats &Clark thread ... we carry
Metrosene, and nobody's had any trouble with that, thank heavens.  Gutterman
seems to have discontinued an all-cotton sewing thread that was available in
large spools ... but Metrosene's going strong!  --Addy
Date: Thu, 12 Jan 1995 19:48:47 MST
Subject: RE: What foot to use to machine quilt on the 1630

I'm confused.  Because I am considering a 1630 at some point in the
future, I asked at Bernina Club last night if you have to have a
special walking foot?  The answer I got was that I could use the
walking foot I have for my 1031 and that the manufacturers hadn't
said anything about a special walking foot for the 1630.  This would
definitely influence my decision to buy because after investing a bundle
in feet for the 1031, I do not want to have to repeat the process with
another machine.

Sandra M.
Date: Fri, 13 Jan 95 23:20:00 UTC
Subject: Bernina Digest 1/12/95
Hi everyone.  Welcome Dorothy!
I am doing some free motion quilting as a type this, well not at the same time,
but it is set up next to the computer.  I am using my Number 9 foot, rather
than the large 29 quilting foot.  I do like it a lot better.  Never thought
about the open toe embroidery foot.
Sandra- We haave been promised a new walking foot for the 1630 since it came
out, still no walking foot.  I have used my walking foot that I had from my
1230 and it works just fine on the 1630.  All of your feet from the 1031 can be
used on the 1630, just that the 1630 comes with specialized feet for it's wider
stitch capability.
Date: Fri, 13 Jan 1995 13:25:25 -0500
Subject: walking foot for the 1630

My dealer has told me that the walking foot for the 1630 will be out in March
but it will be expensive. Some feet for the 1630 are different because the
feed dogs on the 1630 are farther apart. I believe this is one of them. If I
were thinking of moving up and it was important to see which feet still work
I would take them all in and try them.

As I contemplate the huge bill for the 1630 it makes me feel so much better
to see notes from people who spent big bucks on their Bernina's years ago. It
reminds me that this is a really long term investment.

Date: Mon, 16 Jan 1995 11:59:33 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Re: walking fott for the 1630

Yes, I was one of those people who paid big bucks for my 830 many years 
ago and it is still humming along.  I have no desire to get the 1630 even 
though it is computerized.  The Bernina is truly a Rolls Royce of sewing 
machine.  Enjoy.
Date: Wed, 18 Jan 1995 12:03:13 -0500
Subject: dealer pricing

In my sewing career, I've bought 3 berninas: a 850, a 2000D serger, and a
used 1530 (love them all).
However,  I was not able to get a "deal" on any of them (2 different
dealers).  The only way to get a better price was to wait for an advertised
sale. When I talked to the local Viking dealer, she was ready to drop
prices, throw in extras, etc.  Have I just encountered two anomolies or
does part of being an authorized bernina dealer mean you adhere to fixed
retail prices?  I'm not complaining, I hate haggling,but sure don't want to
be paying top dollar if others aren't.

Also, does Bernina have feet that are similar to the "Creative" feet
advertised in Clothilde and Nancy's Notions--the satinedge foot, the pearls
and piping, and the, uh, one that puts the ribbon and elastic on? 
Julia S
Date: Wed, 18 Jan 1995 19:07:21 -0500
Subject: sergers

Although I don't use my serger a lot, I do finish all my quilt edges before
binding.  I've got the Bernette by Bernina.  It's the 0004-D Funlock with
differential.  I've made a couple of turtlenecks with the knit material and
had a lot of fun.  It's so easy on the sergerl.

I don't sew (mend either for that matter) clothes, but wouldn't be without my
serger for quilting.

Happy quilting,  Jennifer
Date: Wed, 18 Jan 1995 20:59:10 -0500
Subject: Re: Loopy Thread Problem

I hope I don't get shot for this ... BUT ... I was talking to a friend today
who has an 1130 and has the loopy thread problem.  I have to first tell you
this woman is a master quilter who does spectacular pieces.  One of her
quilts can be seen in the Jan/Feb issue of Quilter's Newsletter Magazine on
page 64.  Her name is Barbara Barber and I am delighted to say she's also my

Anyways, now that I've bragged.  She told me that she has problems using
monofilament in her bobbin.  Since I haven't had problems with this (knock on
wood) I don't remember what your suggestions were.  I know to use the darning
foot.  What about tension (thread through the bobbin hole instead?) and the
type of monofilament?  Whatever information you have would be helpful.
 Thanks so much!

By the way, I can't tell you how much I enjoy this Bernina Club.  This is a
great way to get tips and questions/problems answered.

Happy quilting from very warm Rhode Island!
Date: Wed, 18 Jan 1995 19:54:08 MST
Subject: Re: Loopy Thread Problem

I don't use monofilament in the bobbin - in the needle only.  I took
a class from a terrific quilter and she instructed us to use mono
in the needle only and thread to match the backing material in
the bobbin.  She also suggested that we try quilting thread for
a different look and her suggestion was always, always make a test
using the backing, batting and a piece of the material used in the
top.  Also, I would recommend Harriet Hargraves book Machine Quilting.
She goes over the techniques thoroughly and also says do not use
mono in the bobbin.

Sandra M
Date: Thu, 19 Jan 1995 02:40:28 -0500
Subject: new user recommendations

Dear Bernina List participants who still have not purchased:

Here's my .02 cents and my story.  Apply it to your situation accordingly.

 I had a Kenmore (actually, still have it) circa 1975.  I was fighting so
much with it and wasting so much time, I decided to get a new Bernina based
on so many comments that I saw on the Net.  The four things that frustrated
me most were: 1. the stitch length setting kept creeping so much that a
stitch that worked well for paper piecing would be like a regular stitch by
the 3rd piece.  2.  The make-shift foot I had to get for machine quilting
didn't work well at all.  3.  The bobbin thread kept breaking so frequently
that in an evening's quilting I would spend more time puting the bobbin in
than in sewing,  4.  The thread kept getting stuck in the bobbin area and
jamming, leading to the same point as #3.

I couldn't believe the difference with the Bernina.  I was able to piece and
stitch for days on end with no problems.  I have only had one jam in the
month I have owned it.  The productivity for a professional quilter doing
this all day will pay back in no time at all! 
I got the 1630, and to tell the truth, am a little disappointed in the
embroidery capabilities.  I am hoping to get the new software and hope it
will open up the size of what I can do.  If not, I will be disappointed.
 However, I love the needle up/down and knee lift.

If you upgrade, definitely consider the Bernina and get one with the knee
lift and needle up/down feature.

Barb M
Date: Tue, 17 Jan 95 11:08:31 -0500
Subject: Re: walking fott for the 1630

Thanks for the information. I have heard from others who say they use their
old walking foot.  Somehow I am reluctant to do so as I know that  computer
driven and  machine driven machines are designed with completely different
technologies.  Perhaps taking license explains some of the problems some
people are having with their 1630s. I want to be cautious and follow the
manufacturer's recommendations because, as you said, the purchase is a BIG

Date: Thu, 19 Jan 95 10:48:00 UTC
Subject: Bernina Digest 1/18/95
Well today is the day my 1630 gets packed up and goes back to Illinois.  My
dealer has been so great about this, she waited until the paperwork came from
Bernina so that I could keep my machine as long as possible.  They told me it
will be gone about 3 weeks, :(:(, the whole procedure takes 2 weeks and about
another week for delivery back and forth.  My dealer assures me I will have a
"brand new" 1630 once this upgrade is done and the bugs are out of it.  She did
promise me a loaner, but I don't think she has any 1630's left to give me, she
has been selling them like crazy!  I am going to ask for a 1260 or a 1090.  I
have definately decided that I want a 1230.  Does anyone have one they want to
Date: Thu, 19 Jan 95 11:57:00 UTC
Subject: Sergers

Thanks, Jennifer, for suggesting using the serger for the edges of the quilt
- I am working on one now ! I also have the Bernette 004, without
differential feed, I love it and have used it a lot on the year I have had
it. I have done a lot of things in knits ( turtlenecks and bodysuits) and
they are amazingly easy. I also use it for general construction, i.e.
dresses for my daughter...  Stephanie
Date: Thu, 19 Jan 1995 08:35:43 -0500
Subject: loopy thread problem

To answer Jenn's question about the loopy invisible nylon thread problem.
 I was the one who originally posted the problem.  I, too, am a pretty
experienced quilter and had done just about everything that people suggested
previous to posting.

First of all, your teacher's problem is somewhat different from mine, but
similar to the problems I had with my old Kenmore.  On that machine, I didn't
get loopy thread, but instead got broken thread.  I was constantly re-doing
my bobbin.  So much so that I spent more time fixing the bobbin than sewing!
 My Bernina is so much more trouble free....but I digress.  Just about every
recommendation I have seen recently on invisible quilting is to not use this
thread in the bobbin.  However, if she insists on using it in the bobbin I
suggest she try what worked for me.

My problem was looping of the *top* thread as I was using cotton in the
bobbin.  The only thing that finally worked for me was to not use nylon
thread.  Instead, at the suggestion of PineTree Quiltworks (,
I used the Sulky *polyester* invisible thread.  You couldn't tell it from the
nylon to look and feel it, but for some reason, possibly less slippery, it
doesn't loop!

Let us know if it works in the bobbin too!

Barb M
Date: Thu, 19 Jan 1995 09:07:40 +0500
Subject: PBS Sewing show with Bernina

There's a PBS show called "Sewing Today" that you might want
to catch.  It covers a different aspect of sewing each week,
with a "how to" segment where Bernina sewing machines and
sergers are used.  Specifically, a 1630 is used by Kenneth 
King (Is he someone famous?).  It's been very good and I've
learned quite a bit about sewing techniques and using the

Topics have included quilting, decorating, couture sewing,
and doll making.  Lots of useful tips.

Monica T
Date: 19 Jan 1995 14:14:39 +0100
Subject: Re: Dealer Prices

        Reply to:   RE>Dealer Prices

Bernina does set prices and offer specials and publicize them in national
magazines.  I got a "deal" on my 1530 because I bought it at a quilt show. 
The local dealer provides them to the show and then sells them at a much
reduced price after the show.  So, they are only used for a couple of days
and then the dealer checks them out before they go home with you. My advice
is to shop around and know what the going price is and then shop at at quilt
show.....One draw back may be whether classes are available or not. Usually
they are the responsibility of the local dealer.
Anita K
Date: 19 Jan 1995 14:52:25 +0100
Subject: Re: Loopy Thread Problem

                      RE>>Loopy Thread Problem                     1/19/95

I DO use monofillament thread as my bobbin and top thread and I don't have
any problem. Make sure it is the thin type.  It works in both my 1530 and 830
machines.  And I always, always do the test before I stitch in my quilt
mainly to make sure I have adjusted the stitch length etc.  Also, Robbie
Fanning's new book is excellent - "The Complete Book of Machine Quilting". 
She addresses a lot of good stuff including trouble shooting, new threads,
needles, etc.  (I have a quilt on page 218).  Harriet's book is also good,
but she does a different style of machine quilting than what I want.  She
does reproduction type quilts with more dimension after the batting shrinks,
like the old ones.  I like to do wall quilts that hang flat and straight. 
Anita K
Date: Thu, 19 Jan 1995 19:22:21 -0500
Subject: Re: Dealer Prices

I purchased my 1230 at a lower price because it had been purchased originally
by someone from out of state and she had problems with her local dealer. So
even though it was only a couple of months old it was used - I think that's
the way to buy Berninas, especially with people trading up all the time. They
obviously keep their value, because even used they're not cheap. I was kind
of hoping they would have a sale on 1530's, but I agree I hardly ever see
them on sale. Probably because they're so wonderful people are willing to pay
the prices. Let me know if there may ever be a sale coming . Sue M.
Date: Thu, 19 Jan 1995 19:28:43 -0500
Subject: Re: Monofilament in bobbin

Ellen Anne Eddy, a Chicago area quilter who does a lot of machine embroidery
on her quilts, often uses monofilament in the bobbin. I took a class from her
a couple of weeks ago and she says the secret is to wind the bobbin very
slowly. Otherwise, the thread gets stretched.  I haven't tried it myself but
it's worth a shot. She does not use monofilament in the bobbin when machine
embroidering, however, because she does most of that from the back and uses
the same colors top and bottom. BTW, Ellen has a 930 Bernina. 

Mary M
Subject: Temperature Reduction in Sewing Needles
Date: Thu, 19 Jan 1995 16:28:39 -0800 (PST)

You will not believe the paper that just came to me to 
be reviewed!

"Temperature Reduction in Sewing Needles"
by M Najafi, S Smith, D Dareing, and H Ye
University of Southwestern Lousiana

They tested standard solid needles, entirely hollow needles,
hollow with short solid tips, and hollow with long solid tips.

They used a Singer Model 691 and 100% cotton material of 
medium (?) weight and no thread.

What a giggle.  Do you know how hot your needle gets?
If anyone would like to know the results, send me e-mail.
Date: Thu, 19 Jan 1995 21:33:01 -0700
Subject: Sweatshirts

Hi all Bernie Fans,

I too am glad that others have told how much
they spent on their berninas years ago, it makes
my budget feel betterand my conscience!

I did do my first serger club the other day and 
it was frustrating because I didn't know as much 
about the machine as I should have, and I used 
metallic thread (uugh!). It was frustrating, but
I did finish the 2 color block sweatshirts they 
had us cut out. I learned something and it was fun.

One lady suggested that as women we used to have a 
coffee clach, and now we have serger club and bernina

Today is my first serger class am I looking 
forward to it!

Happy Sewing!
Date: Fri, 20 Jan 1995 17:20:22 -0500
Subject: Re: Loopy Thread Problem

I agree that it probably isn't prudent to use monofilament in the bobbin of
our machines..I have been using DMC embroidery thread to quilt my quilts with
much sucess, it comes on 500m spools in a great many colors, and is a nice
weight for the quilts.  I have always had a fear of the monofilament thread
especially in baby quilts, I had nightmares of the thread unraveling and
choking an infant. Jane
Date: Fri, 20 Jan 1995 15:34:56 -0800
Subject: Re:Machine value

When I bought my beloved 930 about 11 years ago I felt almost sick about
spending so much money on a sewing machine.  Now, besides the fact that I
feel it has paid for itself over and over again, I discovered that used
930's are selling today for as much as I paid new all those years ago!  Very
few things I own have held their value that way--certainly not my used
McIntosh and my old minivan, which both cost a lot more than the
Bernina--neither are worth nearly as much now as it is.  
Date: Fri, 20 Jan 1995 10:05:17 -0600 (CST)
Subject: Re: new user recommendations

Barb, When you get the software please be aware that designing takes ALOT 
of Time!  Also, fill up the space that is given to you to get a design 
that looks nice!  Play around with it.  At first you'll have more 
mistakes then good but after awhile they WILL start getting better.  I've 
had mine since Xmas and have some designs that I really do like.  Just 
remember this is the first version of the software.  If you have any 
suggestions about future versions--WRITE Bernina--my dealer says they 
want our input!

Mary Ann W.
Date: Sat, 21 Jan 1995 21:44:53 -0500
Subject: Re: Bernina Dealer

I must reply to these conversations about dealer prices. 

I was a Bernina dealer here in Odessa TX, for  about 8 years.  Closed my shop
4 yrs ago in March, 1991.  I miss the good parts about being Bernina
dealer..As yet they haven't found another dealer for this town.
     Bernina only recommends retail prices for dealers, who pay the whs. cost
plus freight, plus advertising, shop costs, lessons to the customers, and so
on.  Few expect to sell many (or any!) at full retail price.  But sellers (of
all mdse.) do all kinds of things to make a sale--"free serger" is a very
popular promotion .  So it is up to each dealer to decide at what price he
wants to sell any B. product.
Bernina does provide a lot of training to dealers so they can give you good
dealer support.  And that is worth  a lot to you in the long run.
        My advice to those of you now shopping is to look first at a dealer
near your home.  Ask for a demo, ask all your  questions, find out what they
do for lessons to learn to use your machines, what they do as continuing
support for you.  Then consider the asked price.  If you can build a
friendship with your dealer, unless his price is way out of line, that will
be the best deal for you.
         Another thing you can do, after you've looked around, is decide what
you want, and what price you are willing to pay for same.  Then go to your
dealer and make him a firm offer ( I mean be ready to write the check right
He may need the cash that day to pay a bill...and other variables.  Be sure
your deal includes all the dealer support.   Then support your  dealer in
other ways in the future, you will both benefit.
   BTW, I think Berninas are the finest sewing machines on the market.  I
sold enough when the 1230s were new to earn the trip to Switzerland to go
through the B. factory. It was a wonderful trip!  One of my lifetime
highlights, I'm sure.  The 1230 is still my favorite.
Enjoy your Bernina more,   Ida
Date: Fri, 20 Jan 1995 01:55:15 -0500
Subject: Re: Bernina Digest 1/18/95

Re:  Jenn, Loopy Thread Problem ...

When (Barbara M) mentioned a loopy thread problem in this
newsletter, I suggested that  she try SULKY invisible 100% polyester thread
in her Bernina ...because although it looks about the same as the nylong
monofilament, it seems to have more texture.  Barbara reports that her
problem is solved!  We at PineTree Quiltworks DIscount Quilting Supplies
carry the product (we have miles of it in stock).  The polyester thread will
not melt at normal iron temperatures, is available in clear and smoke.  
Retail cprice is $2.99 per 440 yd spool; PineTree Price (you pay) $2.39.
 Please E-mail me  -- your name/street
address/city/state/zip if you would like  a copy of the catalog or further
info on thread.  --Addy
Date: Fri, 20 Jan 95 02:38:00 UTC
Subject: Bernina Digest 1/18/95

 I put monofiliment in my bobbin all the time...use it mainly for Machine
Embroidery, but have done some quilting...Maybe it's the type of thread
she's using???
I have a 1030..Different model..but I use that "Wonder Thread."  The thread
can make all the difference in the world!
 I've been lurking here lately...Wanted to know if anyone has a 006 or 007
(Bernina?  Bernette?) serger yet?  I was talking to my dealer today and he
gave me "sale" prices of $699 and $799...are these good prices?  And does
anyone have these sergers?  Or can anyone give me advice about these
sergers?  I want a serger, have a Brother on layaway now, but would much
rather buy a Bernina.
Terri R
Date: Mon, 23 Jan 1995 09:07:31 EST
Subject: black latch bobbin case and others

"My" bernina shop has good stuff on sale. Straight stitch throat plates
1/2 off, darn, I already had one, 1/4 off all bernina feet, I got a
button sew-on foot, and 1/3 off black latch bobbin cases.

I asked what the difference is besides the black latch and was told
the tension screw is longer, therefore greater control. I still
can't imagine that the longer screw is worth $20!! At 1/3 off, it
came to $36 and I bought it anyway. 

I don't know if they will mail order stuff on the sale prices
but you all can call and ask. It's a coupon sale till the ens
end of the month.  

Maryland sew and Vac 301-899-7200
No affilliation except they have lots of my money!

Date: Thu, 26 Jan 95 07:53:09 -0500
Subject: A Quick Note

Don't be alarmed if you don't get ny mail over the next 2 days.  DH &I are 
going away for the weekend to celebrate our anniversary.  I'll send out any 
messages as soon as I get back on Sunday.  Have a good weekend &find some time 
to spend with your Bernina.
Sue T
Date: Thu, 26 Jan 1995 09:34:10 -0500
Subject: Re: A Quick Note

Happy Anniversary, Sue and DH!  Enjoy your weekend!

Amy L
Date: Thu, 26 Jan 1995 19:24:18 -0500
Subject: Re: A Quick Note

Have a WONDERFUL weekend with your husband?  Just one question - Are you
taking your sewing machine with you?  Don't forget to  stop at the fabric

Have fun,
Date: Sun, 29 Jan 1995 12:45:51 -0500
Subject: Machine quilting

I've been practicing free motion quilting for a month now, getting ready for
a real quilt in the works.  So, this weekend, I pulled it out and quilted it.
 It is done, but I am not happy at all.  On the small practice pieces, it
looks terrific, but on the big piece, I have less than perfect curves.
 Squiggles in some places, dings and bumps in others.  The weight of the
quilt is almost impossible to deal with (and it's only a 45 inch square
piece).  I'm glad it's done, but I don't want to give up on machine quilting
based on this experience.  Any suggestions?  I finally bought surgical gloves
which did help me get a better grip on the fabric.  I tried Debbie Wagner's
method of sitting around the machine, increased the raised surface area to
support the quilt (I used warm and natural baby batt boxes), etc.  Any help
is greaty appreciated.

Date: Sun, 29 Jan 1995 17:49:42 -0500
Subject: Re: Machine Quilting

I'm sure you've already thought of this, using plastic "bicycle clips". Also,
be sure that you only go in the directions "North-South" or "East-West", not
in between. I'm sure that you are quilting at your slow speed, with the feed
dogs down. The sewing speed needs to match your movement of the fabric.
Have fun &good luck!
Date: Sun, 29 Jan 1995 21:32:06 -0500
Subject: Machine quilting problems

Dear Kelly,
Re: your machine quilting problems.  I used to have my Kenmore on a table and
tried fairly valiently to get a larger more slippery surface for machine
quilting.  I had the same problems you described.  Knowing I was going to do
machine quilting exclusively when I purchased my new Bernina, I bought a
fairly cheap cabinet for the Bernina.  It cost about $350, but it has a
slippery surface (sort of like, but not, formica).  The surface is at the
level of the machine top and is about (I think) 36 in deep by 48 in wide.  I
still have some quilt in my lap, but find that sort of grabbing (actually,
pinching) the fabric with my fingers outside of but near the needle area gave
me the control I needed and I didn't have to use the rubber gloves I had to
use in the past. 

At any rate, I found that the combination of the new Bernina and the level
surface was able to increase by productivity at least fourfold.
neck no longer hurts and gets up tight when I do machine quilting.  I highly
recommend if there is any way to get a cabinet for your Bernina to do so, if
you do machine quilting to any extent at all.

Barb M
Date: Sat, 28 Jan 1995 15:10:31 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Teeny Bernina?

My brother has just found me a used Featherweight (in Oklahoma)
and said that the person selling it also has a tiny "Bernette" (I don't
know the spelling and the man selling it is Filipino and he didn't have
it with him). His wife used it to make dolls and loved it. He told my
brother it is the size of or a little smaller than the Singer Featherweight.

Anyone have any idea what this might be? Shall I buy it (the Featherweight 
was a price not to be beat! so bought that)

Date: Sat, 28 Jan 1995 13:21:33 -0500
Subject: Re: A QUick Note

oops - I have to mention my typo.  Or freudian slip.  I meant to type a
period . after "have a wonderful weekend with your husband" - NOT a ? mark.

Take care,
Date: Mon, 30 Jan 95 10:37:00 UTC
Subject: Bernina Digest 1/29/95
Kelly-  am still not happy with my machine quilting either, sometimes it is ok,
others it is awful.  I did find that playing music in the background does help
set my speed. Instead of wearing rubber gloves, I wore filing finger
protectors.  They helped alot.  Everyone tells me just to keep on going, so I
Don't give up.
Date: Mon, 30 Jan 1995 10:43:08 -0500
Subject: quilting surfaces

I use a "glass box", a cardboard box that you can get from a mover, for
really cheap. It's height is the same depth as the top of my needle bed. I
cut a hole in it for the sewing machine to sit in. It is big enough to
support an 80x80 inch quilt if I roll it in all four directions towards the
center and then bicycle clip it. Also, I work in a small area of the quilt,
(I am not quilting straight lines here), then move on to another area. Hope
this helps.

Date: Mon, 30 Jan 1995 10:52:36 -0500
Subject: Re: Machine Quilting

There are a few things that you can try to get the results you want. First is
to think about where you are going, and not where you are,  or where you have
been. Then let the machine speed catch up with your hands, not have your hand
try to catch up with your machine. Let the surface support the weight of the
quilt, and on a larger piece pinch up a bit of quilt with your thumbs. I try
to form a triangle with the needle in the center of one side and my Hands
forming the other two sides. This combined with getting your elbows on the
table (or the fleshie part of your arm resting against the work surface)
should releave the back pain. Try some of these techniques and see if they
help. PAT R
Date: Mon, 30 Jan 1995 14:10:46 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Too tight thread problem

Sometimes when I am doing free motion quilting, the tension on the bobbin
thread gets so tight it pulls the top thread completely through the quilt
and it is possible to rip out the quilting stitches just by pulling the
bobbin thread. It does not happen consistently, even in one quilting
session, although it seems to happen most often while doing a sharp curve
(such as in a feathered wreath). I know this happens to other people also
(because I always check out the backs of machine quilted quilts); I want
to know what causes it and how to avoid it. My working theory is that it
is related the the speed at which I am moving the piece and also the
tightness of the curve and has nothing to do with the tension on the
bobbin. Anybody got any ideas? 

Date: Mon, 30 Jan 1995 14:49:05 -0500
Subject: Re: Teeny Bernina?

Hi Susan,

Personally, I'd challange just exactly what is the "Bernette".  You probably
know that there are ALOT of machines out there and some might be cloning the
Bernina.  The Filipino gentleman may or may not know what he has.  He may say
"yes" to everything you ask.  I'm not saying he would intentionally mislead
you, he just may not know the correct answers.  Without seeing the "Bernette"
for yourself, I'd advise caution.  Maybe someone who knows Berninas could go
and look at it for you and advise.  

Good luck you may have the "find" of a lifetime!!

Date: Mon, 30 Jan 1995 21:29:57 -0500
Subject: Re: Bernina Digest 1/29/95

At one quilting class I took, they suggest putting a card table behind the
sewing machine to hold the extra weight.  Works quite well.
Date: Tue, 31 Jan 95 11:30:00 UTC
Subject: Machine Quilting Problem

Barb, your note interested me when I read that you no longer have neck
stiffness while machine quilting because of putting your Bernina in a
cabinet...I find my neck and shoulders get very tired doing this kind of
work. I wondered if anyone knows, what is the proper height for your machine
to be at? I have often wondered if I need a lower table or a higher chair!

Bernina Page * Main Quilting Page