Bernina Fan Club Archives

November 95

Sunday, November 26th - Saturday, December 2nd

Date: Sun, 26 Nov 1995 07:28:35 -0500
Subject: Pa sales tax: Evaporation

Pennsylvania merchants are not supposed to charge tax on merchandise shipped
out of state.  I missed the original question, so I don't know anything about
the merchant, but if it is someone who very rarely deals with mail order, the
dealer may not be aware of this.  If it is someone who routinely ships out of
state, I do wonder who is getting the benefit of the money--the state or the
  Not all chemicals in water evaporate when left out in the air.  You may
find that you have achieved the opposite of what you wanted--the water may
have gone, leaving the unwanted chemical more concentrated than originally.
Date:         Sun, 26 Nov 95 12:33:01 EST
Subject:      Re: Bernina Digest 11/25/95

First of all, thanks again for all your great work in getting the Bernina
Digest out. I read it daily but just don't post often.  We appreciate you!
Second, congratulations on the new baby-to-be.  Happy sewing and keep us posted
on what you learn.  I'm a new aunt-to-be (Laura Catherine was born in China on
6/14 and will be adopted there by my sister and bro-in-law on December 3 and
return to the US on 12/14).  So, I get to sew baby stuff all over again, too.
I'll appreciate you sharing what you learn.

Finally, just a quick note--PolarTec is made by Malden Mills in Lawrence, MA.
They have a great outlet store (also one in Seattle from what I've read on-line
from all of you).  Polar fleece is a generic term, with many manufacturers
(BTW, not everything that Malden Mills makes is Polartec; they also make more
generic stuff sold under other names).  But, PolarTec is 100% polyester (a
previous poster said that the fleece is acrylic).  There may be some fleece
fabrics made out of acrylic, but I know for certain that PolarTec is 100%
polyester.  And, many of the other brands are also polyester.  It seems to me
that the acrylic fleeces would "pill" more than polyester. Maybe not...

I recently sewed on PolarTec for the first time.  It was a breeze (someone on
another newsgroup found the need to use a walking foot; I have one but didn't
seem to need it so didn't use it).  The only 3 pieces of advice I'd give are--
--use 5/8 seams (I used a KwikSew pattern designed for fleece.  It had 1/4"
seam allowances and that was difficult with the 300-weight PolarTec).
--use wooly nylon in the loopers if you serge (I didn't and regret it)
--know the right from the wrong side.  Supposedly, it "wicks" to the outside.
I'm told that if you pull the fabric cross-grain (along the cut edge), that the
fabric rolls toward the right side.  I cut accordingly.

Good luck!!

Date: Sun, 26 Nov 1995 10:05:42 -0800
Subject: Re: Bernina Digest 11/21/95

Debbie with the new 930

Well, now it's time for the 930 owners to come out of hiding and tell
everyone how wonderful our machines are.  I have had mine for 11 years and
it is wonderful.  You will love having a bernina.

Welcome and enjoy.  Haven't had any problems with mine in the years I've had
it, just use good thread and needles and have it serviced and give it a hug
every now and then.

Even if I get a newer computerized one (I'd like a 1530) I don't want to
sell the 930.  I'll keep them both.  I have 2 daughters so we'll need them. 

Date: Sun, 26 Nov 95 19:32:00 UTC 0000
Subject: Bernina Digest 11/25/95

   French Terry is like sweatshirt material, except, instead of "fuzzy"
insides, you have an inside like a terry cloth towel.  It seems thinner than
a sweatshirt, but warmer than a standard cotton shirt.  Express sweatshirts
are french terry.  They seem more "classy" looking than an embroidered
   Also...FYI, the sewing teacher said that the 1630 can stitch at 1100
stitches per minute.  My HIGHLY unscientific test rated my machine at 950
stitches per minute (a scientific test would probably put it closer to 1100).
 The average serger runs at 1500 stitches per minute.  So...don't buy a
serger JUST because it runs faster...I think my serger runs at approx the
same speed as my 1630.  The serger does do nice decorative edges...which
would be nice on a blanket edge or robe edge and it does cut the edges.
   My personal opinion would be that you would do better by investing in a
class on your existing serger for the decorative stuff, do the utility stuff
on the 1630, then buy the Deco!  (that assumes you're interested in spending
a spare $1500-$2000!).  That way, you'd have all the toys!
Date: Mon, 13 Nov 1995 02:57:34 -0500
Subject: funky polar fleece hats

To introduce myself to the group, my name is Nancy and I live in Ontario, 
Canada and the proud owner of a 1230. I sew for my two sons 7 and 5, 
occasionally for my husband and hardly ever for myself (no time). I have just 
recently discovered the wonders of the Internet and having been reading all 
of your letters with great interest.  When does the Bernina page hope to be 
There was a letter awhile ago about someone wanting to sew the new "funky" 
polar fleece hats that kids are wild about right now.  I have a Canadian 
mail-order source for patterns if your interested: Peak Fabrics by Mail, Box 
15, Site 36, RR2, Calgary, Alberta, T2P 2G5.  They have patterns for a jester 
hat, a crown, bomber, beret, rooster hat, gloves and mitts.  I just completed 
the jester one for my son which was very simple to make and turned out 
beautifully and is getting raves. The patterns are $5 each and include adult 
and chidren's size.  The catalogue is free but the swatches are $3.  I have 
been extremely happy with my orders from them and am sure they would ship to 
the United States.
Date: Sun, 26 Nov 1995 12:03:13 -0800
Subject: RE: Quilt Stores North Western

There is an excellent listing on the Quilting FAQ section.  The address is

Sally in Wash. State where there are many excellent stores...two which are
not mentioned on the listing because they are new -
                Heirloom Stitches 
                Commerce Ave
                Longview, Wash.
Off I-5 in downtown Longview on main through street, directly across the
street from Jo-Ann Fabrics.  This store has recently moved from the second
story of the Mercantile Building and doubled it's size.  She use to just
have needlepoint and cross stitch and has expanded into quilting in a big
way the last year.  Nice selection of books, patterns and fabrics.
                The Quilt Shoppe 
                19285 SW Martinazzi Ave.
                Tualatin, Oregon 97062 (Suburb of Portland)
                (503) 691-7933
Take the Tualatin exit off I-5 and it is in the shopping plaza just directly
behind Fred Meyers which is adjacent to I-5.  Small shop but beautiful
samples and wonderful selection of fabric.

Also not mentioned is Sister's Fabric on Main Street in Chehalis, WA.
Established store (10 years) with over 4000 bolts of quilting fabric,
complete line of Aunt Gracie,  well worth the 2 minute drive off I-5.   Take
the city center exit.
Date: Sun, 26 Nov 95 21:40:00 UTC 0000
Subject: Sewing for babies


while I don't have the deco, or babies........a serger in my opinion is a
most necessary tool, if you are going to sew clothing........yep, I would
give up a new addition on the house for a serger or maybe the deco, but I
don't have the desire to have the deco, I have my pfaff, if I need the
extras, my bernie doesn't offer me........I don't know about the brother, as
I know there are decent sergers on the market, and then the singer sewing
machine type serger......while I don't want to complain or express my
opinion of a bad serger, those companies that brought out sergers that are
sold at walmart or chain fabric stores, these sergers are not worth the few
hundred dollars you would spend on them....(and I chained those last words,
so I could stay on the list).....and always will be......they are mean't to
do small chores, and nothing heavier......the loopers and tension disks,
don't hold up to time and are expensive to replace......let alone finding
someone to fix them.....

So sorry, I can't answer your other questions, but I am sure there are
others on the list, who have children.....

Date: Sun, 26 Nov 95 21:38:00 UTC 0000
Subject: Buttonhole Stitch Thread


What does Debra use in the bobbin if you have the two threads of buttonhole
stitch in the needle......would that be cotton thread size 50.

thanks, I am going to try the buttonhole stitch thread....

Subject: Duffle Bags
Date: Sun, 26 Nov 95 17:40:40 EST

	I picked up a McCall's pattern a couple of years ago that
had a duffle-type bag, as well as backpacks and grocery bags.  I made
up the set of grocery bags; they went together well, and we always get
comments from the checkers about how nice they are, but I didn't try
to make the duffle bag. FWIW, the pattern # is 803.
Date: Mon, 27 Nov 1995 10:36:54 +0800 (WST)
Subject: 1630 in Perth

Hi Susan,

I am a yank temporarily in Perth, W. Australia and have bought a 1630 
here.  I paid A$3400, US$2550.  With that I got the #37 foot and a 
walking foot as well as the upgrade to the wide stitch designer.  They 
are also going to convert the machine back to 110 volts electricity 
before we go back to the states.  The Bernina people are realy nice here 
and willing to negotiate.  It is nice not to have to carry a transformer 
to classes.

When is your friend coming?  What kind of sewing does she do?  If she's a 
quilter there is a great guild here.  Fabric is expensive here and she 
may want to stock up before she comes.

Hope this helps.

Kay L
Date: Sun, 26 Nov 1995 22:36:15 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Re: Sewing for babies

Sue - I made many shorts for hardly anything for my son.  At a small age, 
there are nice patterns.  As they get older it does change - as you well 
know.  Good luck in getting the girl.

Peggy K
Date: Sun, 26 Nov 1995 19:43:22 -0800
Subject: Re: Thanksgiving Day Activities

>What is this 1 hour vest pattern?  I need something fast!  - I mean that
>makes up fast!
The pattern is Burda 3868 (view C).  We used non pedigreed polar fleece and
cut it out using a rotary cutterWe used the serger for all the sewing. We
didn't bother with any hems or facings. Instead we finished the edges with
wooly nylon in the upper and lower loopers. This was my first experience
with wooly nylon. I like the look as an edging effect.

Date: Sun, 26 Nov 1995 23:39:58 -0500
Subject: Kenneth King

> I took a class from Kenneth King a few years ago in San Francisco,  If he
is on TV let me know as he is fabulous and wonderful.  ... I would love to
know what channel???  


LUCKY you to have taken a class with him! I have heard that he is a great
teacher in person. He does a portion of SEWING TODAY with Peggy Flemming (I
called her "Nancy" by mistake last time - been watching too many sewing
shows!  :D  ). It is carried here in S.E. Florida by our local PBS station,
every Saturday.

Date: Sun, 26 Nov 1995 23:40:16 -0500
Subject: "Uniquely You" dress form

>  I have a "Uniquely You" and I love it.  It is a foam rubber body that
comes with a cover that you fit to your own figure, then you fasten it to the
form so that it takes on your own shape.

Erin, does this mean that you can alter the form in case of any (repeated)
close encounters with cheesecake? I gained almost 25 lbs after an auto
accident - never weighed so much in my life - and have been working it off
(and sometimes a little back on =====:O  ). But it is slow going and I would
like to have a dress form NOW.

Date: Sun, 26 Nov 1995 23:40:25 -0500
Subject: Bernina Bucks!

I have 4 coupons for Bernina purchases:

$200 off on any Bernina purchase up to $999
$300off on any Bernina purchase from $1000 to $1999
$500 off on any Bernina purchase from $2000 to $2999
$800 off on any Bernina purchase of $3000 and above

I am quite happy with my 1630 , so have no use for these coupons. As far as I
can tell they are transferable and good at any participating dealer (call
yours first). If anyone wants one (free, of course!), e-mail me ASAP - the
coupons expire 12/17. You may also see if your local dealer has this flyer at
their store (there is also a 25% off on accessories coupon - that baby's
MINE!) It is a 3-fold color flyer labeled "How to avoid a sew-sew Christmas
and get a Bernina instead."

Date: Mon, 27 Nov 1995 08:50:20 EST
Subject: Sales Tax

I have to state that what Tricia is saying
is true.  The tax laws in the past two-three
years have changed tremendously!!  

Many of the states realized (or thought they
did) a few years ago that even people 
that lived in one state and did business in 
another owed each state taxes.  I believe
it was a baseball player that was playing
in NJ that set the ball in motion ( no pun
intended).  The state of NJ felt it was
entitled to a portion of the players income
because he earned it in their state.  Since
then a lot of tax laws changed.  

Too many fingers in the cookie jar! 

Check your PA's state law on the subject.
Date: Mon, 27 Nov 1995 08:56:42 EST
Subject: Sewing for babies



My niece had her first girl
last year and is expecting again.  I have made
here a lot of knit outfits and owe it all to my
2000de serger.  I love it.  My niece has even
commented that she thinks she should have
purchased a serger instead of her sewing  
machine last year.  

There are a lot of great patterns in the pattern
books for babies and Stretch &Sew has lot great 
patterns too.

You'll have a lot of fun sewing for the baby!! 
And everything turns out so nice. 
God Bless you all!!

Date: Mon, 27 Nov 95 9:06:49 GMT (Original EST)
Subject: re: American girl dolls

Could someone send me the 1-800 number for the American Girl doll catalog.  I 
know that this was posted recently but I lost the slip of paper that I wrote 
the number on.  I have a new granddaughter and plan to start buying a doll or 
2 and the clothes to give to her at the appropriate time.  Five is earlier 
than I expected but that is ok too.  My niece (now 9) chose Samantha as a 
christmas gift last year and loves her.  I love this list, you never know 
what you'll learn!!!
Date: Mon, 27 Nov 1995 09:45:10 -0500
Subject: Re: Sewing for babies

Congratulations Sue,

That's wonderful news.  I have 2 boys and hope maybe one day we'll have
another and if I'm real lucky it might be a girl.   DH claims they only make
boys in his family (testosterone speaking I hope)

I have found a shortage of boy clothes in all varietys.  Jeans &casual stuff
is out there but very little "dress up" wear.  There is a book by Kirsten
Martenson Called "Sewing For Babies".  It is under Kwik Sew's label now I
have the old edition I think.  I contains patterns in all sizes and simple
instructions for sewing mix &match seperates and sleepers - appliques
designs and even crib bedding bumper pads etc.  I used it for my first son a

Anyway...hope that is helpful.  Good Luck with "little fish"

Date: Mon, 27 Nov 1995 09:45:12 -0500
Subject: Re: Pattern for Garment and Duffle Bags


I have one duffle bag pattern.  It is in a rodale press book called "Sew it
tonight Give it tommorow"  It is not a real big one about  22" long x 12"
high.  Let me know if you want more info.

Date: Mon, 27 Nov 1995 09:54:45 EST
Subject: Bernina Digest 11/26/95

Please cast my vote with Linda on the 930's.  Mine's definitely not 
in the closet though, she's been out for years and is the focus of my 
workroom among my many other machines.  In my area, dealers have 
waiting lists for 930's to become available.  
Date: Mon, 27 Nov 1995 10:56:36 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Bernina For Sale

Hi there,

I got your address from someone in the sewing newsgroup.  Not sure if it
is okay to post "For Sale" items, if not, please disregard this.

For Sale - Bernina Industrial Sewing Machine.  Model 217N.  Excellent
condition.  Includes heavy duty work table.  $1000.

Also For Sale - Industrial Serger, Siruba model 747D.  4 thread.  Excellent
condition.  Includes heavy duty work table. $800.

Please email me for more info.  I am located in Western Massachusetts.
Date: Mon, 27 Nov 1995 10:15:53 CST
Subject: Little ones and sergers

Congratulations!!! I am hoping its a girl! (We have 2 boys and got a girl the
third time (she was unplanned - but is such a blessing!!))  
On your questions about sergers, YES if you don't have one, you will love it.
My first Bernina was a Bernette 234 serger.  I have used it to sew  shorts for
all 3 kids in the summer and *designer* sweats in the winter.  I like to use 
it when sewing costumes for school, H'ween, etc.  And if you are blessed with
a girl, there's all those dress-up costumes you can make (princess, fairy, 
etc.)  My daughter has a box full now!! and she has given the ones she's out-
grown to her cousins.  The boys like dress up too. (We have several capes, a
Daniel Boone/Wild Bill outfit, and a Peter Pan/Robin Hood outfit.)  They have
now outgrown 'dress-up' (being 11 and 14 years), but they have still used parts
of the costumes for things at school.  Anyway, in MHO, go for a serger.  You
will not regret it. 

Date: Mon, 27 Nov 1995 12:08:08 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Re: Bernina Digest 11/23/95

Here's another hopeful little voice... Please, sir, might I have the
Winne The Pooh patterns too... please?

Elaine J
Date:           Mon, 27 Nov 95 13:13 EST
Subject:        1630 in Perth

> are also going to convert the machine back to 110 volts electricity
> before we go back to the states.  The Bernina people are realy nice here
> and willing to negotiate.  It is nice not to have to carry a transformer
> to classes.

I have just returned to the US after spending 2 years in Sydney.  During my
stay there I bought a new 1230 for AU$1900 (US$1350).  My purchase included
the walking foot, a #37 foot, and a #10 foot.  My dealer also said they would
convert it back to 110v before returning to the US and quoted me
approximately AU$180 (US$130) to do it.  I did some price comparison via the
internet and I felt at the time I save about US$600 buying it there in Sydney
(US$470 after the 110v conversion).  Not included in the savings was the cost
of a converter I would of had to bought in order to use my 110v machine in

When the time came to return to the US, I took my trusty bernina to the
Sydney dealer to ask for the 110v conversion and the dealer talked me out of
letting them do it....  the biggest reason was that they were concerned they
could not re-adjust the machine properly after converting to 110v as they had
to use a converter to adjust and tune the machine after the conversion.  The
other big reason was that any followup problems with the conversion needed to
be dealt with by my local dealer in the US, and if they converted it there in
Sydney, they could support it if there were any problems.  The Sydney dealer
also thought I could get it done cheaper in the US.

When I got back to the US, my local dealer here in Phoenix did do the
conversion for me.  It cost US$265 but that included a free tune-up and
adjustment (that was sorely needed).  Considering the price of the tune-ups
(ie $95.00), I feel that the 110v conversion actually cost me about US$170.
The only problem I had with the conversion here in the US was to convince the
service tech that I _really_ did want to pay to have it converted and did not
want to purchase a converter for US$50.  Once I convinced the guy that I
WOULD pay the $$, it went great.  My machine now works great at 110v great
with no problems.

Date: 27 Nov 95 14:05:51 EST
Subject: Christine Lindamood-Doggie Backpack pattern

There is a kit for doggie packs in the fall/winter 1995 Frostline catalog.  They
are 10" X 12" X 3.5", water resistant Cordura, adjustable, with body  and chest
straps for medium or large dogs.  The kit is $24.94.  A LOT cheaper!!!  Call
Date: Mon, 27 Nov 1995 14:33:02 EST
Subject: PA sales tax

I've met the dealer in question, and I am sure the state will get the 
$. His name has been circulated on this forum, much to his dismay.  
He would like us to stop refering people to him on the I'net. If 
we're in his area look him up in person. ( He is Amish/Mennonite and 
until we started cirulating his name, etc. I'm reasonably sure that 
out of state mail-order was extremely rare for him. so I'm sure that 
he just assumes that he has to collect PA sales tax on everything he 
Date: Mon, 27 Nov 1995 13:28:48 -0700
Subject: Re: Quilt Stores in the North Western US

Tks Sally - I found the list last week but will add the one's you noted to
my list.  Isn't internet just wonderful!
Date: 27 Nov 95 16:53:52 EST
Subject: Coupon anybody?

Hi everyone,
I just got a 50.00 coupon in the mail to spend using my Bernina Card with a
purchase over 1000.00.
Since I'm not buying anything, right now anyway, can anyone use this? I don't
see that it's not transferable so it's worth a try. 
Just E-mail me at and I'll send it to you.
Merry Christmas,
Date: Mon, 27 Nov 1995 14:25:26 -0800
Subject: Re: "Uniquely You" dress form

Sylvia, I am not sure how much the foam gives +/- but I think it could
handle a range of 4 dress sizes (i.e., 8-12) at least. What you would do is
order a new cover, fit it to your "new" shape, take the old cover off, and
put the new one on. I had more trouble getting my cover ONTO the darn form,
so I think I could easily have gained 15 punds and used the same form. If
it goes up much more, I could always order those foam pad add ons you see
in sewing adds.  The point is for me that I can pin to it, and it is closer
to my shapr than the "dial" type ones. I am short waisted AND large busted,
so there is no way to make up for that with those standardized forms.  The
manufacturer might know more about how far up and down you could go....
Date: Mon, 27 Nov 1995 17:59:56 -0500
Subject: Re: Bernina Digest 11/26/95

Sue congratulations to you.

yes you will use the serger,  I use mine mostly for my kids clothes.  
The Deco could be great, if you can afford it now, go for it,  there are lots
of great designs for boys.  Wait till you see the dinosaurs!  

Date: Mon, 27 Nov 1995 19:49:45 EST
Subject: Re: Sewing for babies

Has anyone mentioned Sewbaby! yet as a source of patterns and supplies?
They are on the web:
or snail mail to:
PO Box 11683
Champaign, IL 61826

I have no affiliation - just checked out the web site while looking for
a Kwik Sew catalog (they have that, too).  I got the catalog in record
time after an email request through the web site.  You might want to
see if they have what you're looking for.  :-)
Congratulations on the new family member!    Peggy
Date: Mon, 27 Nov 1995 15:20 -0800 (PST)
Subject: 1090 vs 1090S

Hi... I am planning to buy either a 1090 or 1090S, would anyone
give some idea over this?  It's would be great if you mentions
the price, when you got it and how you like or dislike it?   I
need this before xmas for a gift............please advise.....
Date: 27 Nov 95 21:15:16 EST
Subject: Bernina Digest 11/25/95

Sue--Congratulations!!! Having tried for a girl 4 times, and ending up with 4
boys, I can't be too encouraging, but *others* have succeeded, so there is
always hope!  I love my boys, though, and wouldn't give them up for anything.
Besides, I now have 7 granddaughters, so it all works out in the end!  I can't
answer your questions about the DECO, but I am pining for it myself.  As to the
serger-I had a Bernette 334D, and although it produced a beautiful stitch,
getting the tensions just right was a pain, and you had to adjust every time you
changed fabrics, which always took me forever.  Threading wasn't *too* bad, once
I figured it out, but threading the looper was always a joy.  I finally got
tired of spending an hour or so threading and adjusting tensions, so I went back
to work and earned enough to buy the Bernina 2000DCE, and I am in serger heaven!
It definitely saves a lot of time, produces a beautiful finish, uses any deco
thread you want, and is a cinch to use.  I could only afford the serger or the
DECO, so I took the serger, even tho I was seriously tempted.  Now I am truly
glad I made that choice.  Maybe, someday, I can get the DECO.  What stopped me
was the price-I could justify the machine, but another $800-900 for the
dedicated scanner seems a bit much.  I already have a scanner, and it annoys me
that I can't use it for that purpose. Good luck with your decision.  I have left
your other questions for people more experienced than I to answer.  Pat
Subject: Bernette 335 Serger 
Date: Mon, 27 Nov 95 21:22:43 -0600

I've owned a Bernette 5-thread serger since they first came out (1987?) and
have never had any real trouble with it.  I mostly use it as a 3-thread, but
occasionally use only the chain stitch part.  Handy if you KNOW you're going
to be ripping a seam!  I would imagine that many of the 335's are being
traded in because their former owners are lusting after the cover stitch
available on the newest sergers.  If my 335 had a cover stitch I'd probably
never trade it, but as it doesn't, I'm saving my pennies!
Date: Tue, 28 Nov 1995 07:47:12 -0500
Subject: Re: Bernina Digest 11/25/95

Hello Kay and Steve,
       There is a great book called "Hold It". I think it is by Chilton book
company. This book has all sorts of different type bags. Quilters Wardrobe
also has a pattern for a garment bag along with some other type bags. Enjoy!
Date: Tue, 28 Nov 1995 09:09:18 -0500
Subject: Stretch-n-Sew website

I have been trying to access the S&S website for more than a day now and get
the message that it is down or not accepting connections.  Has anyone gotten
through recently?  I want to see if they have 1" covered shoulder pads.  I've
got a jacket to finish and these were suggested by the instructor and looked
good in her class sample.  The only 1" shoulder pads I've been able to find
are those things that look like foam and batting.  So I thought, no problem,
I'll contact S&S's website and see what they have.

Also, while I'm here.  Has anyone purchased one of those plastic tables that
I've seen in Clotilde for their serger?  I really wish my serger had a knee
lift, but I've been doing ok without it.

Date: Tue, 28 Nov 1995 10:51:34 -0500
Subject: Re: Bernina Digest 11/26/95

i am planning a trip to naples florida and to sarasota--would love to know
the best fabric shops, restaurants, shopping in general--may even take along
my nina--many thanks, deefie
Date: Tue, 28 Nov 1995 10:37:02 -0500
Subject: Re: Bernina Digest 11/27/95

           I did call the hinkletown sewing place and  they were more than
happy to credit the sales tax back to my account. He said it was a honest
mistake and he was happy I called.

 I'm also will love to get the pooh pattern , I will be more than happy to
pay for copys and shipping. thank you very much for the advice. 
Date: Tue, 28 Nov 1995 12:55:18 -0500
Subject: AG Dress Thanks 'Nina

Inspired by all the talk here, I decided AG doll clothes would be a great
idea for my niece.  Went to the store armed with the pattern numbers I'd

Ended up buying a burda pattern #3678 and a yard of silk that was on sale
$2.88./yd!  I think I have sewn on silk one other time in my life... and not
on little dinky pieces.

Anyway, the dress is finally done.  Used my walking foot which really helped
with the silk and also great with sewing the gathered sections.

The dress I made has almost princess styling for the bodice (which is lined)
and I added small flat bias piping in the seams. Since the silk is an oxford
type stripe it looks rather nice.  And I use a decorative stitch, #25  on the
sleeve and skirt hemline with SULKY rayon thread.  I needed a stabilizer
underneath to keep everything flat and not having anything too professional,
I used tracing paper.  Worked like a charm.

Took quite a bit of time, but I was home sick and could take my time.

Mary Beth <--don't think tiny wearables is my calling, but it is fun.
Date: Tue, 28 Nov 1995 16:58:23 -0500
Subject: Re: Schmetz Needles

G Street Fabrics in Maryland (11854 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD.  20852;
ph. 301-231-8998) and Virginia (5077 Westfileds Blvd., Centreville, VA
 22020; ph. 703-818-8090)  sell the 100 count boxes of Schmetz needles, but I
think only Universals and only in sizes 80/12 and 90/14, and maybe 70/10.
 They do a lot of mail order fabric, book and pattern sales, so give them a
call and I bet they'll ship the needles, too.
Date: Tue, 28 Nov 1995 21:44:28 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Re: American Girl Dolls

I Think it has alot to do with 
the child you're giving the doll 
to. One duaghter received one at 7.  
I bought my other daughter the baby 
when she was four. That worked out 
well and she got a "big" doll when 
she was 6. (I dont) know why my 
lines of type are being cut so 
Date: Tue, 28 Nov 1995 22:30:50 -0500
Subject: Re: Bernina Digest 11/25/95

Hi Sue,
Congrats on the baby to be.  Actually it is your husband who is responsible
for the sex of the child.  He is the one who made it.  You of course play a
big part, but not responsible for the gender.
Also start looking in the Trading Post or classified ads for previously owned
items.  My DH and I purchased crib, playpen, doubler stroller, small eating
chair for the two grandsons visit over Thanksgiving.  Some small repairs (new
buckle on one side of the stroller) and some sewing (new crib mattress cover
-vinyl) and less than $100 got all this.  We probably will resell the stuff
when grands are older and no sign of new ones on the horizon.  Since we
improved the items, I think we can recoup most of the cost.  It was really a
great way to make the visit enjoyable even for the little ones.  Just a
I agree with BBMoris.  The Sewing for Babies Pattern book is great.  I got
mine at my Bernina dealer.  Great joy and no complaints.  Vogue has some
layette patterns with accesories, but I would still get the Kwik Sew for

To Pat Rodgers:
I would be interested in the Cutwork video.  I guess you should email me
since you did not mention the particulars.  How long is video and how much?

To Kay DeFreese:  I'd use a #16 needle on canvas and that worked when sewing
my son-in-laws canvas boat sun shade.  I hope to sew his boat cover next time
I'm visiting them in Dec.
Date: Tue, 28 Nov 95 23:17:27 EST
Subject: Re: Bernina Digest 11/27/95

Hi Ester and others!

Re the 1090S you wish to buy, I bought mine in Princeton NJ at the American
Sewing and Vacuum Dealer, a month ago for $1295, plus tax. The 1090 is no
longer being made, and if you buy one it is either a floor model or has been
kicking around in a box for a while.  Either way, the dealer should give you
a great discount on that.  

Bargain hard, see if the dealer will throw in an extra foot you may
want,(mine gave me a lot off the walking foot for quilting) or the Bernina 
Advanced Workbook for free (a $45. purchase price).  Ask the dealer for
his/hers best price since you are price shopping.

Nice Christmas present.  Enjoy it.

Jan D
Date: Wed, 29 Nov 1995 08:02:11 EST
Subject: Re: American Girl Dolls

The # is 1-800-845-0005...Watch out,  this doll thing is VERY 
Date: Wed, 29 Nov 1995 13:57:24 -0500
Subject: Price of used 1230

Hello all!  I LOVE this list; it's my favorite!  I've been lurking for some
time, but as soon as I get my 1630, I won't lurk anymore.  My question:  is
$1300 a good price for a used 1230?  I have an offer for one from a
dealer--he'll include warranty, etc.  Please let me know asap.

Date: Wed, 29 Nov 1995 12:31:51 -0700

I've been reading info from this group for quite some time but husband has
been transferred and have to unsubscribe for awhile until we get relocated
and can once again get internet/e-mail hookup.  Am going to greatly miss all
the tips etc. but will have to read all the archives when I return.  Tks
again for all the info/help!
Date: Wed, 29 Nov 1995 22:30:03 -0500
Subject: a word of caution on AG doll clothes

I have used a few of the patterns for the American Girl dolls made by McCalls
and Simplicity. The patterns came with a  pattern for a stuffed doll, and the
envelope said they also fit the AG dolls. THey do, but you have to be a bit
careful. One outfit I made, a jumpsuit with cuffed sleeves and pantlegs, had
to be altered because the dolls hands and feet wouldn't fit through the
openings. So my advice would to be carefull with that kind of thing, unless
you have the doll right there to fit stuff on. My other comment would be that
I have seen custom made AG doll clothes in local toy stores, and at first
thought they were expensive at between $20-$30. After spending hours and
hours on the above mentioned jumpsuit, which even had set in sleeves for
goodness sake, I can understand why. My daughter wanted me to make clothes
for her friends for their birthdays and I just said no way. Another comment I
would like to make, is that the clothes I sewed for the doll had wonderful
tiny buttons, as I had just gotten my 1630 and learned how to DO buttons. It
turned out that my daughter, even at 8 years old, preferred the velco that
comes on the clothes from the catalog. And one last thing, if you buy an AG
doll for a girl, I would recommend you also order at least the hair brush.
Regular hair brushes mess up the dolls hair, and I thought I could find a wig
brush cheaper. That was a royal pain.

I can heartily recommend the Pleasant Company's products though, in fact, my
mother called last night to see which doll my daughter wanted this year. They
came out with new dolls which you can get to look just like your own human
doll. My mother was really happy when I told her they would wrap and ship it
and she didn't really have to do anything.

Subject: Discontinued Sewing Books

Someone mentioned on an earlier post that Kathy Gorashi's book on cutwork
had been discontinued.  If I remember I think it was "A Touch of Cutwork".
I just found out about a place on the web where you can order hard to find
and discontinued sewing books.

It is:

I have never ordered from these people and cannot vouch for them but maybe
others on this list have.

Special thanks to Tammy G for finding this spot.

Kay D
Date: Thu, 30 Nov 1995 09:20:44 -0500
Subject: Applique

Hi Folks,

I am starting out a quilt for a friend (she's having a baby in february)
and I was going to do some applique. I have several questions -
1. I presume that I can use the #6 foot for this?
2. I was planning on using WonderUnder on the applique. Is this a good
idea on a baby quilt? Do I have to use an additional stabilizer? If
so what's the best kind?
3. What stitch lengths to people generally use (for the satin stitch)?

I figured that I would be better off knowing these things before I started!

BTW, I did get to visit Mary Jo's in NC - thought I'd died and gone to 
fabric heaven!! I wish I lived closer! 


Date: Thu, 30 Nov 1995 14:08:22 -0500
Subject: Re: Bernina Digest 11/27/95

I don't buy from Clotilde.  They stiffed a quilter on a commission of the
wall quilt they ordered and changed 4 times then sent it back refusing to
pay.  They still use the photo in their catalog.  Low.

To Ellen in Western Ma,  Could you or someone please tell me more about
industrial machines.  I am trying to do some research on sergers for sometime
in the future.  So many people seem to love them.  I know next to nothing
about them and have only recently begun thinking I need more info.  How is an
industrial machine useful for someone who home sews?  Better or not?

Are the Winnie the Pooh patterns for dolls or costumes or what?
Date: Thu, 30 Nov 1995 15:04:59 -0500
Subject: AG dolls


Thanks for your word of caution.  I have decided to get the dolls for my
grandaughters for their birthdays next year and then give them doll clothes
for next Christmas so I would have time to make several outfits for each one.
 Rather than starting to sew now, I will wait until I have the first doll in
hand so I can chech critical measurements.  As fussy as these doll clothes
are, they can't be any worse than the Barbie ones I tried to make 20 years
ago.  I decided that I would but the Barbie ones but I have always enjoyed
making ones for  the other dolls.  I am going to the Martha Pullen school in
Alabama in February and hope to make a very fancy dress for each one after
that.  She always has a pattern in her magazine, Sew Beautiful, to fit these
dolls each issue.  I can hardly wait to get started on them.

Date: Thu, 30 Nov 1995 16:23:26 -0800
Subject: Re: Uniquely You dress forms

I got a flyer recently from House of Fabrics.  They had this and another dress 
form on sale.  I believe they were about 50% off.  Don't know if they still are.  
I assume this also means their affiliated stores, So Fro, and whoever else, may 
have them on sale as well.

Date: Thu, 30 Nov 1995 21:54:34 -0500
Subject: Re: deco pricing

I 've read some discussion regarding Decos on this forum but just played with
one for the first time today.  Now I can think of nothing else.  My dealer
has one available for $ this a reasonable price?  She said after
this one goes, they'll be $2199....that's a big jump!  Please advise.

Date: Thu, 30 Nov 1995 22:18:19 -0500
Subject: Re: 5 thread serger, steamer

I own a 335 5 threader and an older 234 4 threader.  The 335 can be very
exasperating.  If the thread holder thingamigjig is turned slightly, that
extra looper  thread breaks everytime.  When I bought it, I thought it would
be useful for the chain stitch, which I have used rarely.  The 4 threader you
can use either needle, but the 5 threader you can only use the right hand
needle making that a narrower overlock stitch.  I like having 2 sergers.  One
is generally threaded with off white thread and the other one with charcoal.
 I find that I also like to use this thread for my sewing machine.  Happy
Date: Fri, 1 Dec 1995 02:37:16 -0500
Subject: I have some questions...

Hello everyone!  I have a question or two...Do the 1230 and the 1630 utilize
the same feet?  I have a 1630 on deposit, and an opportunity to purchase a
1230 next week.  If I could only get one, which one should I go for?  (I
think  I'll get both!  

Date: Fri, 1 Dec 1995 08:05:22 -0500
Subject: Re: A word of caution in AG doll clothes

Robbi, I appreciate the input on the American Girl dolls patterns from other 
companies.  After at least 2 years of wanting the dolls, my daughters, ages 8 
and 10 are ordering their own.  The order was placed Monday, 11/27.  The deal 
was  that they pay for the dolls and I would pay for shipping.  I had seen too 
many dolls in my house go the way of not being used after the initial attraction 
wore off.  

At any rate, my younger daughter wanted a "Girl of Today", a blond, and blue 
eyed doll.  That one is on backorder until DEC 19!!  She finally got over not 
being able to have it as SOOOOON as she thought.  Daughter no. 1 ordered a Molly 
doll and it was supposed to be here yesterday.  I paid extra for 2 day rush.  
Well, it didn't arrive.  We do live kind of in the Boonies and UPS only delivers 
once a day to this area.  As soon as they are on the schoolbus and I check 
Pleasant company catalog hours, I will be on the phone.  It broke my heart to 
this girl standing at the window looking for the UPS truck.  

This is not to belittle Pleasant Conpany in any way.  Everything I have read 
about the comapny here has been positve.  I realize the Christmas rush is on and 
we must be patient.  But little girls with their heart set on something find 
that a hard concept to grasp.  Now, -I- was never like that!!! NOT!!!

Date: Fri, 1 Dec 1995 07:37:48 -0700 (MST)
Subject: Sew Beautiful 1-800

Since I, too, have gotten hooked on the AG dolls for my children and trying
to sew their clothes before Xmas, I saw that Sew Beautiful has patterns
featured in their magazines.  Could someone please provide me with the 1-800
phone number so I may order the magazine?  I can't seem to find that
magazine in this small city that I live in. Thank you.   Linda
Subject: Pooh
Date: Fri, 1 Dec 95 10:45:14 EST

I have noticed that there are several Pooh fans in the group.  I just 
received my early Christmas present to myself yesterday, a pewter pin of 
Pooh with Piglet.  The SIGNALS catalogue has a set of 4 Pooh pins, 2 
Pooh blankets, some Pooh ornaments, all at reasonable prices (the pin, 
7/8" tall was $8.00).  The company is a pleasure to deal with and some of 
the proceeds go to support public television.  If you have never seen the 
catalogue, they have pretty cool stuff besides Pooh.  You can get a copy 
by calling customer service at 1-800-669-5225, 8:00am - 8:00pm, M-F.

Monica		|\_/|
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	       /    \
              / __  |
             |  \ \ |    __
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Date: Fri, 1 Dec 1995 10:58:23 -0500
Subject: Applique/baby quilt


I have used Wonder-under with very good results on all kind of applique for
babies and children.  While you can use the # 6 foot, the # 20 would be
better as you can see better where you are going.  Yes, you do need to use a
stabilizer for this applique.  I like either Totaly Stable by Sulky or plain
old freezer paper.  Can also use Tear-away or Stitch and tear.  As for stitch
length, start with the satin stitch setting on your machine.  Depending on
the type of thread and stitch width, may have to adjust it slightly.  On most
Berninas, you should thread the hole in the finger of the bobbin case so the
bobbin thread won't show on top.  Before you start on the quilt, do a sample
using the same fabrics and threads as in the quilt to check the stitch length
and tension settings.  If you haven't done much machine applique before,
practice turning corners and going around curves on your sample before you
tackle the quilt.  I enjoy doing machine applique and hope you will too

Date: Fri, 01 Dec 1995 10:30:38 -0800
Subject: Interested in a Bernina sewing machine

-- My wife is interested in buying a Bernina sewing machine.  Any 
suggestions or information on buying used or new machines?  Do you
maintain a list of people selling used machines?

Thank you and have a nice day.
Date: Fri, 1 Dec 1995 11:09:38 -0800 (PST)
Subject: Re: Applique

That I don't really know...Hope the other info helps somewhat...I'm not 
an applique person, but I work at a Bernina dealer, and I've picked up 
info by listening to my co-workers.

Date: 01 Dec 95 14:08:33 EST
Subject: Re: Applique

This is the way I do satin stitch applique:  #70 needle, Sulky thread on top,
regular thread in bobbin but threaded through hole, upper tensionat about #3,
length of mm+2, width of 2.5.  Width and length are largely a matter of taste,
so consider this a starting point.

I prefer the #20 open toe foot because it has better visibility, but #6 would

The background does need to be stabilized, but I prefer to starch the background
fabric rather than use a stabilizer underneath.  For starching I use a
half-and-half solution of water and Sta-Flo liquid laundry starch (from the
grocery store).  You can either dunk the fabric and hand-squeeze the excess or
(especially for small pieces) paint the starch on with a large brush (I usually
grab the pastry brush from the kitchen drawer).  Large pieces can be lined-dried
or tumbled in the dryer; smaller pieces can be speedily dried with a hair
blower.  Be sure the fabric is at least damp dry before ironing to avoid
scorching the starch.  Scorches will wash out as long as the fabric itself isn't
burned, but they are disconcerting to see.  I use steam to iron.

If I am going to machine quilt (often recommended for baby quilts because they
get so much use), I leave the starch in the top and also starch the bottom.
This eliminates any tendency for puckers or tucks in the quilting.

Cotton batts are recommended instead of polyester for baby quilts because of the
flameability (sp?) factor.  I have not used it yet, but have heard Warm &
Natural is a good choice, especially as it does not have to be quilted closely.

All fusibles I know of will add stiffness to the applique.  Steam-a-Seam is
slightly less stiff than Wonder Under, and has the added advantage of
eliminating the first ironing step (it has one sticky side like a Post-It note
that adheres it to the fabric while you are cutting out the pieces).  However,
SAS is more expensive and not as widely available.  If you have the time, you
can eliminate stiffness by cutting out the *middle* of the applique before you
adhere it to the fabric.  E.g., you would trace a heart on Wonder Under, then
cut out the *middle* of the heart 1/4" from your tracing, and then you would
iron it onto your fabric, and then you would cut out along your traced heart
line.  This results in an applique that has fusible only along the stitched
edges; the center of the piece is just fabric.  I do not know if it will work
for this purpose or not, as I have not had a chance to try it, but I recently
bought an Exacto-type craft knife with a swivel head to see if I could cut out
the middle part quickly using an Olfa-type cutting mat.

Date: Fri, 1 Dec 1995 14:33:17 -0500
Subject: Re: Stretch &Sew Web page

The address is
I tried again today and still can't connect.  Someone posted an 800 number,
but I've lost that.  Oh well, must be time to hit the fabric stores :)
Let me know if you get through.  Thanks.

Date: Fri, 1 Dec 1995 14:31:14 -0500
Subject: Re: Stretch &Sew Web page

According to the webcrawler you can get a free home catalog by calling
800-547-7717 (I did call and talked to Ms. Persons, asking about the
Snuggler pattern.  I received the pattern and the catalog in just under 5
days.  The catalog is full of wonderful patterns).  e-mail: (I was not able to connect either, maybe they are doing
construction on their site) or FAX 503-465-8983.  Orders may be placed 24
hous a day/7 days a week.  Hope this info helps.

Peggy Q
Date: Fri, 1 Dec 1995 17:08:12 -0500
Subject: Re: Bernina Digest 11/30/95

Preethi---yes, you can use the #6 to applicque, also the  #1 pr the #20 (open
toe); I find the open toe easier to use. If you use the #6, you could run
some gimp thread through the little toe and use the satin stitch to create a
raised edge. If you use Wonder Under, you don't have to use satin, but could
use a decorative stitch. Since the WU "seals" the edge, there shouldn't be
any ravelling. Be sure and use some type of of stabilizer, such as stitch and

Francyne---I found the Stretch &Sew web site by doing a search on "Stretch
and Sew"; there wasn't anything there there last week, it was still under
construction, as well as the Bernina home page. That one could be exciting if
it we get some hints and tips from the factory itself!

I don't know about anyone else, but I can't ever remember foot #s! I just
know where they are on the rack, so everytime I'm here and want to look for a
# I have to run downstairs to the "studio"!  My day will come for a puter in
there (if I can find space). After watching everyone's comments the last few
weeks on pros and cons of different models, I've decided the 1630  software
will be out in spring, probably a new model in the summer, so next fall I'll
trade in the 1530 for even more bells and whistles. The ability to do larger
motifs is intriguing!!

From Donna
Subject: Re: I have some questions... 
Date: Fri, 01 Dec 95 18:12:03 -0500

The 1630 can use all the feet that the 1230 uses but you can only sew
stitches up to 5 mm wide using 1230 feet on a 1630.  Since a 1230 can
make stitches up to 5mm wide, all the feet for the 1230 have that as
their maximum stitch width.  To get the 9mm stitch width that a 1630
can do, you need to use special "coded" feet.  There are only a
handful of these so far, so it is not a big deal in terms of replacing
feet if you upgraded from a 1230 to a 1630.  In fact, I think I have
only two coded feet that are vital to me and did not come with the
1630, the #10 edge stitching foot and the #12 bulky overlock foot
(what a misleading name), which is very useful for sewing on piping. 

Which machine to get?  It depends on how much you want the extra
features of the 1630 (for example many more stitches, the stitch
designer) and whether you like track balls or push buttons. :-)  I
love my 1630.  I'm sure you'll enjoy whichever machine you get.

Debbie D
Date: Fri,  1 Dec 95 17:15:37 PST
Subject: RE: AG dolls 

I can never find Sew Beautiful in my local stores.  Can anyone supply a 
address or phone number.
Date: Fri, 1 Dec 1995 19:58:03 -0500
Subject: Re: Applique

Date: Sat,  2 Dec 95 00:31:00 UTC 0000
Subject: I'm Curious

Hi all,

Happy Holidays.......

I have a question, Has anyone ever tried that fake hand quilting stitch by
machine.....I had tried this about a week ago, but had wondered if anyone
had theres look like mine did on the back of the project, I was fully
expecting it to look the same on the back of the project as it does on the
front, but it looked like a broken feather stitch (sorry, best way to
describe it)   how about this....

------\-------\   imagine this with a half slant line instead tho.....

Does anyone know if that is what it looks like......I was impressed with the
top, but needed the back to look hand quilted as well......

thanks for any help.

Date: Fri, 1 Dec 1995 23:33:18 -0500
Subject: Re: I have some questions...

The 1230 and the 1630 can use the same feet in most cases.  The coded ones
are for the 9 mm wide stitches on the 1630.  If you use the 5 mm wide feet,
the 1630 automaticaly knows that the stitch is only 5 mm wide and decreases
the size of the stitches so you won't break the needles.  I have heard rumors
that Bernina is going to bring out a throat plate with a 5 mm wide opening
for the 1630 like they did the straight stitch throat plate so that you can
work on soft fabrics easier.  Sure hope so.  I even use the 1230 wlking foot
on my 1630 and it works great for me.  

Date: Sat, 2 Dec 1995 02:44:44 -0500
Subject: Clotilde

> I don't buy from Clotilde.  They stiffed a quilter on a commission of the
wall quilt they ordered and changed 4 times then sent it back refusing to
pay.  They still use the photo in their catalog.  Low.

I am pretty sure that it is illegal for them to use that photo without the
expressed consent of the owner. Even if it is their photo, the artwork shown
to promote their company isn't.

Date: Sat, 02 Dec 1995 06:20:01 EST
Subject: Re: deco pricing

Hello Bobbie!
Hubby and the kids just gave me the Deco for my far, I 
love it.  They gave me the scanner with it, but I have not yet tried 
it...hopefully this weekend.  I know you're not supposed to know the 
price of your presents, but for an item this big, I HAD to!  Ha! Ha!  
Hubby paid $2199 for the machine AND scanner and ALL 3 hoops!  I hope 
this info helps you.  TTYL-Donna
Date: Sat, 2 Dec 1995 11:33:05 -0500
Subject: Re: I have some questions...

I can't speak to the 1630, but I've owned a 1230 for several years and can
testify to its durability and value.  It does everything I want, quilt, make
curtains, clothes, ruffled pillows, you name it.  It has gone on the road
with me when I travel with my husband (he  visits paper mills up and down the
west coast, I set up in the hotel room and sew) and it goes with me to
various classes.  Once, when it was just a year old, I was going down a short
flight of stairs to a class with the 'nina on a luggage carrier when the
strap broke and my prized machine tumbled down 5 or 6 steps.  Everyone was
horrified, but I set it up on the table to check it out and it started right
up, didn't sound anything different, and has been sewing without incident
ever since.  I'm here to tell you, it's one tough machine. 
Date: Sat, 2 Dec 1995 14:53:49 -0500
Subject: Thanks to Chris

I'm so sorry to post this to the entire list, but I don't have Chris's email

Thank you for the "Taste of Texas"!   I was very glad to send you the Fantasy
Stitches, but I liked getting my surprise in return.   Thanks again......
Date: Sat, 2 Dec 95 15:29:07 -0500
Subject: Thanks &I Decided

Happy Saturday, 

First, I'd like to thank everyone for their well wishes on my pregnancy.  I will 
keep you all updated as things progress.  If you can reach it, the Stretch &Sew 
web site was great.  They also had a garment &duffle bag pattern.  I know 
someone was looking for one.  

Secondly, I made my decision.  I talked Eric into a Christmas/Birthday gift(my 
birthday's 12/24 so it helps when I'm looking for BIG gifts).  We went to the 
'nina store today and ordered a Bernina 2000DCE serger.  Because of the 
holidays, I had a $500 off coupon plus Bernina is giving away the complete set 
of extra feet in a cute little box.  So I figured that we made out pretty good.  
I also checked out the Deco 500, but we decided that one really big gift for me 
was all we could get right now.  I figured that the serger would really be more 
practical &Eric says that he'll start saving for next year.  : )  (He really is 
the most wonderful husband even if he doesn't understand the fabric &sewing 
machine addictions)

Now, I have a question.  It's been awhile since I've done any non-quilt type 
sewing &was wondering how many people out there rotary cut their clothing 
patterns.  How do you cut something if it's bigger than the cutting mat?  My mat 
is only 18x 24 &I just can't afford the really big mat till after the X-mas 
birthday season.  (Josh 11/8, Kris 12/16, Me 12/24, Eric 12/29, Dan 1/13, at 
least the new little one will be in june!!)  Most of the pieces I'm cutting are 
for baby clothes anyway, so they fit on the smaller mat, but I was wondering if 
there was some creative way to handle larger stuff.

Well, I've gone on long enough.  I'm off to finish Josh's quillow.  Nascar 
fabric, I'm just following the pattern, but quilting around the cars isn't easy 
Sue T
Date: Sat, 2 Dec 1995 15:35:43 -0500
Subject: Re: Applique

Assuming you are ironing applique on, and satin stitching 
around the whole design: 
>1. I presume that I can use the #6 foot for this? 
>2. I was planning on using WonderUnder on the applique. Is this a good
idea on a baby quilt? 
 Do I have to use an additional stabilizer? If so what's the best kind? 
>3. What stitch lengths to people generally use (for the satin stitch)? 
>I figured that I would be better off knowing these things before I
Date: Sat, 2 Dec 1995 14:10:52 -0800
Subject: Re: winnie the pooh

Give me a day or two and I think I can help All those wanting the Pooh 
pattern.  Someone sent me one and my husband says he can scan it into 
the computer.  We will see.    Peggy
Date: 02 Dec 95 17:21:30 EST
Subject: Bernina Digest 12/1/95

Michelle-The 1530 and the 1630 can use the same feet, with a few exceptions.
The Cut and Sew attachment won't fit the 1630, and neither will the circle
maker.  You have to have a walking foot that will fit the 1630, but it will also
fit the 1530 (not the other way around).  The 1630 also uses several feet that
can be used by the computer to read the width (9mm), so if you buy it, you would
want those feet.  I can only speak for the 1630, but I love my machine and have
used it for everything from heirloom sewing to sewing on leather, and have never
had a problem.  I have had it for 2+ years, and have the software for the
Bernina Designer as well.  It makes a beautiful stitch-I have heard others
disagree-but I had a 1230 before, and I think this machine makes just as nice a
stitch.  Just my opinion. Hope it helps, Pat
Date: Sat, 2 Dec 1995 16:53:35 -0700
Subject: Re: I'm Curious

 Has anyone ever tried that fake hand quilting stitch by


Would you describe how to do the fake quilting stitch, please.  Thank you.

Date: Sat,  2 Dec 95 17:23:41 PST
Subject: Re: A word of caution on AG doll clothes 

Sorry to hear about the doll not arriving.  I would call and ask that they 
refund the extra cost since the doll did not arrive.  I have done business 
with them and have always had a positive experience, however they may not be 
ready to be as popular as they are getting to be.  I hope they remain a 
customer friendly company.
Name: Sue W
Date: Sat, 2 Dec 1995 19:59:54 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Re: Thanksgiving Day Activities

Lynn - thanks for the information on the vest - I will probably use a 
pattern I already have, and just wolly nylon the edges - I like the look 
of the wooly nylon.  I'm thinking I will try some matching sport or baby 
yarn in the upper looper - this should be nice - I will let everyone know 
if it works out.  Has anyone used heavy thread/yarn in the upper looper?  
My machine booklet says "It can be done!".

Peggy K
Subject: Re: Sew Beautiful 1-800

>Since I, too, have gotten hooked on the AG dolls for my children and trying
>to sew their clothes before Xmas, I saw that Sew Beautiful has patterns
>featured in their magazines.  Could someone please provide me with the 1-800
>phone number so I may order the magazine?  

The toll free number is 1 (800) 547-4176.  The cost of the subscription for
six issues a year is $25.95.  You can get a free subscribers video is you
send in an additional $4.00 to cover the postage and handling.  I have 
subscribed to Sew Beautiful since the beginning issue and I thoroughly 
enjoy each issue.  

By the way did you know that Martha Pullen has a PBS sewing program on?
It is called Martha's Sewing Room and she sometimes has a doll clothes
segment in her program.  Also, did you know that there is a web page on
Martha's sewing room.  The web page just contains a brief description on 
what  each of the programs is about.  The location of Martha's Sewing Room

Happy Sewing,

Kay D
Date: Sun,  3 Dec 95 03:39:00 UTC 0000
Subject: Various


If you can't remember the 80 some odd feet bernie offers, hehehe (like I
could to), you can pick up a pamphlet on this very thing at your dealer
nearest you, they are free and open into three pages.......has every foot on
those pages.....I keep an extra by my pc with a check mark by the picture of
every foot so I know which ones I have when I visit the bernie store,  I
have 50 some odd feet so I find the pamphlet handy to have, I guess you
could say to keep  a running inventory, when I joined this list, I realized
I needed it, because I didn't know the #'s some people talked about.....I
only know the #'s I talk about.....hehehe,

would be worth it to pick up that pamphlet, after all, bernie just gives
them away......

Date: Sat, 02 Dec 1995 22:56:22 EST
Subject: Re: Quilting stitch by machine

> I have a question, Has anyone ever tried that fake hand quilting
stitch by
> machine.....I had tried this about a week ago, but had wondered if
> had theres look like mine did on the back of the project, I was fully
> expecting it to look the same on the back of the project as it does
on the
> front, but it looked like a broken feather stitch (sorry, best way to
> describe it)   how about this....
> ------\-------\   imagine this with a half slant line instead
> Does anyone know if that is what it looks like......I was impressed
> the top, but needed the back to look hand quilted as well......
Patches and others interested:

I have not used the "quilting stitch" in a project, but I have made a
sample using the settings I was given.  It looks fairly good on the top,
but the back is a heavy stitch, almost a =--=--=--= type look to it.  I
don't think  it is possible to get the back similar to the top, as the
stitch is created by manipulating the top tension and balance.  I do
machine quilting using the regular straight stitch or the free-motion
quilting  with the feed dogs down.

For others who may be interested, the settings I was given for this
stitch that looks like hand quilting follow:

A monofilament thread is used in the needle (use the very fine thread--
should not be wiry) and put a 50 wt. cotton in the bobbin (this is the
thread that will show as the quilting stitch).  

Machine                    1230               1260                   
1530              1630
Feather Stitch              #16                 #16                    
G2/7             D2/7
Stitch Width                                 all models are set at 0 
Stitch Length                                all models are set at 4
Foot                                             for all models, #8
Balance                       +2                  +2                   
    +2                +2V
Upper tension                                for all models, 7 to 9

Hope some of you try it out...
Date: Sun,  3 Dec 95 04:46:00 UTC 0000
Subject: Bernina Challenge

Hi All,

After the first of the year, I wonder if anyone would be interested in
making an online vest or jacket, or even a wallhanging doing the things we
are learning about our bernies......I would love to include everyone in this
so that all the various models could do the techniques......It could be like
a crazy patch, and we could all pick like a technique or stitch pattern and
try working it out and then making it into the project you chose to do......

I don't have the notion that we would all make a vest, or wallhanging, but
if you wish to make a vest and put those projects into it, that is what I
think would be fun.......not something where we just collect a bunch of
techniques or samples.

I don't mean a swap here, just something we could all do in the privacy of
our homes and then discuss as we are working on the project.......

Maybe this could be like a "Bernina Digest Challenge 1996" kind of

Am I dreaming, or what do ya think.....


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