Bernina Fan Club Archives

October 95

Sunday, October 15th - Saturday, October 21st

Date: Sun, 15 Oct 1995 00:04:21 -0400
Subject: Re: 830 or 930 for classes

I have been sewing on my new (old) 830 for a few days, and have had a 930
since it was new.  To me it would depend what type of classes you like to
take and if you can cope without the needle down feature.  So far I like the
830 a lot, in fact if I never had the 930 it probably would be fine for a
primary machine along with a serger and embroidery machine.  The main thing
that I have had to get used to is not having the needle down feature, but you
revert back to turning the wheel pretty instinctively.  At least the 830 has
the knee lift for classes.  To me the knee lift is BIG time important.  The
830 also seems a little lighter than my 930.  I have decided I will haul it
to classes instead of my 930, because it looks like it just came out of the
box and I don't want to damage it in any way as it is my baby!  The 830 feels
as good to sew on, just as substantial, so I really like it.  You really
can't beat the price on these used for what you get if it is in good

Good luck making the choice,


ps.  I want to brag to everyone about my #2 rescued red dog, Rocky, my Golden
Retriever, who passed his Canine Good Citizen Test today.  Although he
already has a beautiful bandana with his name on it courtesy of my DECO he
has definitely earned another piece of doggie attire with some sort of
embroidery on it!!  Perhaps a cloak of some sort?  Got to get busy......he is
definitely a great pup deserving of some Bernina magic.
Date: Sun, 15 Oct 1995 08:57:46 -0400
Subject: Re: Free Motion Problems

I don't know if anyone else has suggested this, but I discovered putting my
invisible thread on a cone stand behind my machine really helps with the
tangled thread problem. Also, for me the SewArt International invisible
thread works much better than the kind tha comes on plastic cones. The SewArt
comes on cardboard spools. I used to get it through Keepsake Quilting, but in
their last catalog, they no longer had it listed. Sue M.
Date: Sun, 15 Oct 1995 08:57:59 -0400
Subject: Re: Applique

Be very careful with Heat and Bond, there are two kinds, one is supposedly
lite and the other is heavy duty. The light can be sewn through, but the
regular really gums up your needle if you sew it. The light probably needs
some sort of edge stitching for wearables, but supposedly the regular
doesn't. I haven't really experimented with the regular, and would love to
hear other's comments. Sue M.
Date: Sun, 15 Oct 1995 09:05:05 -0400
Subject: Re: Bernina Digest 10/13/95

I have an old cut and sew attachment for Bernina's.  I never used it, but it
has been used, as it came with my 830 when I bought it.  I have no idea what
to charge for it, but if anyone wants it please e-mail me.  
I also have a straight stitch plate for the  1630 , let me know if anyone
wants that too.


Date: Sun, 15 Oct 1995 09:33:11 -0400
Subject: Re: Pennsylvania Fabric Stores + Sewing in the 90's

Using Nancy Zieman's books is a great way to get started.  I don't know about
Penn. but do invest in some of Nancy's boks.\
Date: Sun, 15 Oct 95 13:54:00 UTC
Subject: Re: 830 or 930?

My girlfriend keeps her 830 at my house and when I've had to move it, I
don't find it any lighter than my 1530.
Date: Sun, 15 Oct 1995 10:46:34 -0400
Subject: answers to various questions

To Jill who is trading in her 1630, including software, perhaps you might
announce on this forum that you have the software and feet available. I don't
believe we can sell openly, but I do think Sue said we could announce that we
know where something is available. I know that if I had a pc now, I would be
making you an offer. Secondly, you might want to hang on to those 1630 feet,
you can use them on a lower Bernina.

To those contemplating which Bernina to buy: I have been watching the prices
that people quote all over the country on Berninas, both new and used, and it
is very clear to me, that Berninas do not go down in price. Even after 30
years. So lets say that you buy a 1260 now, because the 1530 has things you
don't need, well what happens when three years from now you want that thing
that the 1530 has? You'll spend big bucks to get it THEN. 

I really like my 1630, and I have been very lucky with it. I am careful to
put thread that comes on those big king spools onto a Dritz spool holder, and
I clean out the lint a lot. I also have a straight stitch plate, which I have
been using in combination with my 1/4 inch foot lately and am very happy. I
rarely use the sideways sewing, but the few times I have it has really come
in handy. Last night, as I was about to fall asleep on the couch, my husband
told me he needed me to sew his boy scout badges on his shirt so he could go
camping with my son. I said I would if he would keep me entertained while I
sew. Which he normally does not do. He had very carefully pinned the badges
to the sleeves, and pinned the sleeves shut! He asked is this would be a
problem, and I told him only if he planned to wear the shirt. So I used the
trick I learned to put buttons on, and used Scotch Invisible Tape to hold the
badges on. I also used the sideways sewing to sew the den numbers on the
sleeve. He was impressed. He also must have never really paid attention. I
had manually raised the tension lever while putting the shirt in, then I used
the knee lift to drop it. My husband said "Hey! Something fell off your
machine!" I stopped of course, he had just seen the tension lever fall. So I
had to explain it all.  This was cool because whenever I try to tell him how
neat my machine is his eyes glaze over. 

By the way, I sew badges on using a zig zag stitch, with YLI monofilament in
the needle. I throw the cone on a Dritz conestand. I have had problems with
cheaper brands of monofilament, this one works well for me. The cone stand
also helps.

On another note, I had asked earlier if any of you had a small machine to
take to classes. I saw a Euro Pro and a BabyLock something or other. They
were little teeny, and my daughter wanted me to buy it immediately. I played
with it a bit, and liked the Euro Pro. I was actually surprised. I even free
motion quilted with it. I would just take it to classes. The machines were
cute and had that curvy look to them. I would be interested in any feedback
you all have. They were inexpensive, both $250. No goodies like knee lifts of
course, but I can think of a lot of places I could use this.

On a third note, after working with my serger all evening, making a pink
denim poodle skirt I have some comments for those of you contemplating
purchasing a serger. First off, they sure are nice to have when you need one.
I hardly ever sew clothes, but when I do I use the serger for the seams. And
the waistband went on very quickly. There are tricks to using a serger that I
keep forgetting because I don't use it enough. They don't make things harder,
they make things easier. I just wish I could remember what they are! But I
would like to say, that if I was spending big bucks on a new serger, I would
very seriously consider getting one of those that suck the thread through a
tube so you don't have to rethread the machine. I only rethread the machine
when I break a thread, otherwise I tie one on. But when I have to I am not a
happy camper. If you have to manually thread your machine, I would advise
making sure you can thread the machine by following the diagram printed right
on the serger. This is so much easier than getting up and looking for the

Another serger hint-mouse pads make great serger pads.

And to the woman who wanted sewing classes, if you didn't already ask, ask
your dealer. You'll probably also pick up lots of hints on using your machine

Happy sewing.

Date: Sun, 15 Oct 95 10:49:06 PDT
Subject: Re: Bernina Digest 10/5/95 

The Eura-Press is an iron attached to a iron board.  There is a water tank 
in the board which makes steam and sends it to the iron.  The board sucks so 
the steam is pulled through the cloth.  It looks great! I priced one in Utah 
(100 miles from me but the only dealer in the area) for $475.00.  They now 
have a sleeve board as an attachment.  It says it can produce steam at any 
angle.  I have heard from one person who has one and she loves it.
Name: Sue W
Subject: 1630 vs 1530
Date: 15 Oct 95 09:54:32 -0700

I'm not a Bernina owner yet but I went to the local dealer yesterday on
a preliminary scouting expedition.  I'm in lust for one of these
machines.  I've been doing free-motion machine quilting on my Elna but
not haveing a needle-down feature is ddriving me nuts.  My tendency is
to go forthe top-of-the-line expandable machine, the 1630.  But today I
read Jill's post about wanting to trade her 1630 back down for a 1530.
Jill, just what is it that you dislike about the 1630?  I sew clothes a
little,  have done heirloom sewing and I quilt.  I'm interested in
having alphabets to label my quilts.  I like the 1260 because it has a
script alphabetwhich the 1530 does not have.  But the 1260 does not have
many decoraaartive stitches as the 1530 and 1630.  This is not a
decision I have to make tomorrow since I'm 9 months shy of paying off my
car but I'm trying to round up the info.  I'm big on doing lots of
research before making a major purchase.  Terri
Date: Sun, 15 Oct 1995 12:28:45 -0700 
Subject: shipping

UPS said, unless it was the ORIGINAL box, they would not insure it. And the
UPS lady, marked, it ORIGINAL box.  I double boxed a knitter, in it's
original two boxes.  When it got to the repair man in Washington, it had
$150 worth of damage.  He repaired it, got the $150 from UPS and when he
sent it back, still in original box, The UPS man stayed on the porch
although he did not WANT to, we unpacked it, it was all bent.  So UPS did go
the $1800 we insured it for.  But, I had to buy a demo from a dealer, as it
was my busy season, and I was frantic.  So, I am not sure, I would trust a
sewing machine to UPS.  Also I do not have the original box.  Maybe I shoud
ask my dealer.  I just wanted the sewing machine, and to go right home when
I got mine.
                                Hugs,  Andrea
Date: Sun, 15 Oct 1995 14:49:06 -0500
Subject: Re: Applique

>I fused some fabric cutouts onto a sweat shirt using Heat N Bond.  Is it
>necessary to also sew an applique stitch around the edges or will the
>bonding material hold after washing?  The directions tell you it is not
>necessary to sew the edges but just wondering if it really works.

Sarita - I'm sure you'll get lots of responses to this, but I'll jump in, too.

It depends on which kind of Heat-n-Bond you used.  The heavy-duty kind does
not require stitching also.  It's stiff and if you DO sew around it, you may
have trouble with your stitches--not to mention "gunking" up your needle!
The lighter kind of Heat-n-Bond IS sewable and you can easily do either
satin stitch or blanket/buttonhole stitch through it.  I learned this the
hard way a few months ago when I was making a 4th of July vest and found I
had bought the heavy-duty kind by  mistake.  I went ahead and did a blanket
stitch around the appliques but really had trouble with the stitches being
smooth and accurate.  Won't make that mistake again!

Good luck on your project---
Date: Sun, 15 Oct 95 23:17:00 UTC
Subject: Re: End of bobbin noise

 Did you know that women hear a different range of sounds than men do? We
hear high pitched sounds that are impossible for them to hear. We once had a
tv with a remote control that pierced my brain every time it was used. And
my kids swore that I had bionic hearing. They could never seem to get away
with anything. :)
Subject: Re: applique
Date: 16 Oct 1995 00:26:12 GMT

> I fused some fabric cutouts onto a sweat shirt using Heat N Bond.  Is it
necessary to also sew an applique stitch around the edges or will the
bonding material hold after washing?  The directions tell you it is not
> necessary to sew the edges but just wondering if it really works.

Hi  Sarita:  A word  to the wise regarding the satin stitch (applique stitch)
on Heat 'n Bonded applique.  Don't EVER try to do this if you have used ULTRA
HB -- it will be a disaster...too much adhesive gums the needle and balls up
the thread.  But you will have no problem if you use LITE HB.  I learned the
hard way; had to trash a beautiful Santa doll project because I was
uninformed about ULTRA.  I cried!!!  But once burned, twice shy.  I now use
only the LITE in my applique projects and have perfect results (Oh... Wunder
Under is also fine)   Of course if you aren't going to "sew" any fusible is
good.  Hope this saves you some agony!!!

Date: Sun, 15 Oct 1995 20:20:01 -0400
Subject: Re: faux hand quilting stitches

I have a 1630 (and, by the way, I love it!  It requires a little more tension
adjustment but I use the wider decorative stitches alot and also have used
the stitch designer to duplicate some cool Pfaff stitches that Bernie didn't
have) and use the feather stitch with a width of zero, length of 4,
monofilament on top with top tension at 8, regular 50 weight cotton thread in
the bobbin with the bobbin tension quite loose.  When you hold up the bobbin
case by the thread the case should fall steadily, not all at once.  It takes
a few stitches before the bobbin thread is pulled to the top, so if I'm
sewing a square I stitch on top of my first few stitches.  It takes awhile to
get the bobbin tension just right -- even tiny little turns of the screw make
a difference.  I have a separate bobbin case just for this.  The top tension
may also be between 6 and 8, so just keep trying.  Back to the 1630 -- I
think that it gets bad reviews because people maybe don't use it to the full
advantage.  Some of the appliqued garments I wear people think they were done
by hand, but it is because of the versatility of the 1630 that I can get that
look.  It does like tension attention, but it is more complicated because it
has more stuff on it.  The problem may be that dealers are selling the
machine and not really understanding it and not providing support/education.
 The first 1630s were not great, but I feel the company did a good job of
replacing the defective parts.  At least where I live, the dealer was very
open and helpful.  I have sewn on the top of the line Pfaff and found lots I
didn't really like (I loved some of the stitches).  Maybe sewing machines are
like husbands -- there is no such thing as constant perfection.  (Can you
tell what kind of weekend I had?)
Date: Sun, 15 Oct 1995 20:24:52 -0400
Subject: Re: Locating a Bernina Dealer

Thanks for the 800 number!!

Date: Sun, 15 Oct 1995 17:35:18 -0400
Subject: Re: Bernina Digest 10/14/95

Can anyone suggest my next foot for my 1530 Inspiration?  I have the circular
attachment, the walking foot, the #37  1/4" piecing foot.  There is a sale
coming soon with 20% off, so I want to buy another foot?  Thanks,
Date: Sun, 15 Oct 1995 20:24:02 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: Walking foot problem

Now, that's not very nice........My husband could do in a walking foot 
with a golf club!  (he! he!)   Oh, you mean fix it?

Peggy K
Date: Sun, 15 Oct 1995 17:35:06 -0400
Subject: Re: Bernina Digest 10/14/95

I got a good deal on a Bernina when I bought during a local quilt conference.
 The dealers were all together in the gym of the local high school and all of
them were competing for the consumer.  I even got the walking foot thrown in
and the owner swore me to secrecy from her partners or they would "get me"
(meaning her not me). ;-)
You can't go that without planning though so this weeks purchase will not
have the competitor edge.
Date: Sun, 15 Oct 1995 17:35:12 -0400
Subject: Re: Bernina Digest 10/14/95

To Peggy K
The Knee Lift, the needle down, the walking foot (modified for quilting), the
great support staff, the wonderful shop, the sturdy metal feet (my Pfaff
friends have broken feet from time to time),.....I can't think of anything
else right now but that is the top of the list as to why I bought and love my
Bernina 1530 Inspiration over Pfaff and many of the others.  My Pfaff friends
also put a lot of pressure on my to buy Pfaff, but my Bernie friends just
smile. ;-)
Date: 16 Oct 95 00:40:54 EDT
Subject: 006D

Hi Paula

I purchased a 004D several years ago for $500 (a price I've never seen again)
and absolutely love it.  I assume the 006D is an upgraded version; if so, it is
a wonderful starter machine.  The more expensive machines are wonderful too, but
I don't think you need them for the type of use you describe; they are great if
you intend to experiment with a lot of exotic threads and fabrics, or do a great
deal of heavy-duty work, or absolutely *must* have a 2-thread capability.

No cut-and-sew foot I have ever seen duplicates what a 3/4 serger with
differential feed can do.  For starters, you can sew much faster on a serger.
Also, the differential feed on the serger means you can strip-piece quilts
without the annoying problem of the bottom piece feeding faster than the top
piece -- achievable on the sewing machine only by using a walking foot.  The
serger is definitely a better choice.

Good luck!

Date: Mon, 16 Oct 95 04:36:00 UTC
Subject: Steam-a-seam

I am not really worried about whether it is washable.  As I think you could
just reapply it if it does wash off.
Date: Mon, 16 Oct 1995 01:21:51 -0400
Subject: Re: EuroPress - Or Euro-Pro?

Donna:  Do you mean the Euro-Pro ironing system when you say "Europress"?  If
so, we started carrying these in our Bernina store a few months ago, and
they're getting rave reviews from buyers.  It's an iron with a steam
generator tank and - get this - a very strong suction in the board itself.
 The suction dries out your object, which means 
a)you don't have to have the iron temp as hot as on a regular iron
b)you don't have to squash your object with the iron unless you want to
c) you can block knits beautifully by just steaming instead of squishing
d)creases in hems, pleats, etc. last longer, since they are quickly dried
while on the board.
We have sold the Passap press and the Bernette press (which have upper hot
plates that clamp down).  Those are great particularly for fusing
interfacing, wonder under, stabilizers; but not that great for blocking or
dealing with garments. This Euro-pro also just came out with a great
sleeveboard you switch easily to - it has suction inside it, too!  This is
not intended as and ad - we don't do mail order sales, but FYI, we sell it
for $799 with the stand, not sure on the price of the sleeve board.  I'm
amazed at how many of these sell at that price, since the presses at $5-$600
just sat there, and we had to stop carrying them.  This thing is tons more
versatile, and you wouldn't believe the steam.  It's great.  If you can't
find the number for the local dealer, let me know and I'll get's at
work and I'm at home.....
Date: 16 Oct 95 00:40:55 EDT
Subject: Steam-a-seam

Sorry, Patches.  Once you iron the steam-a-seam both sides are permanently
bonded to fabric.  And before you iron it, only one side sticks. 

There is a way to make removable appliques using a couple of products from
Clotilde's catalog.  I have never tried it but sounds like it is just what you
are thinking of.

Date: 16 Oct 95 00:40:56 EDT
Subject: High-pitched hum

My 1230 has that hum.  When I had my class, about half had noticed the hum in
their machines and half had not.  The dealer said it was normal for the
machines.  I may be mistaken, but I thought it was only the computerized models
that hum.  (There were no mechanical models in my class.)

I installed a radio in my sewing area and *always* turn it on when I sew.  The
hum is apparent to me only when the room is silent.  Earphones might work, or
ear plugs.  In any case, you are not crazy and you are not alone.  

Date: 16 Oct 95 00:40:54 EDT
Subject: Steam-a-seam

Hi Pia

Steam-a-seam is sold in 12-inch x 1 yard pieces through Hancock's and
Clotilde's, so the price isn't quite as bad as you think.  I have not seen it
available on bolts.  Why not buy one piece and try it out to see if it is worth
the price differential over Wonder Under?  It does exactly the same thing as
Wonder Under, but is a little faster and a little softer.  I also think it bonds
slightly better.

Incidentally, I did not preshrink it and I have not washed anything appliqued
with it yet.  If anyone else has, could you please comment?

Date: Mon, 16 Oct 1995 02:21:33 -0400
Subject: hummmmm

My 830 does not have any high pitched sound. Maybe you  should have your
dealer check it. (I love mine, too! I bought it for my daughter, but I keep
it set up for me as well)

Subject: Re: Pennsylvania Fabric Stores + Sewing in the 90's

Do you get PBS on your television?  There are some excellent sewing programs 
on the air.  My favorite is Sewing with Nancy.  You can also order
the videos of her programs thru her catalog, Nancy's Notions.   

Date: Mon, 16 Oct 1995 08:14:22 -0400
Subject: Re: Great Dealer, Great 1630 Deal

Hello! I have been lurking for awhile, but I wanted to tell you about my
Bernina dealer in Jupiter, Florida. The name of the store is Quilter's Choice
and I have enjoyed shopping and taking lessons there for years. Last year I
was interested in a 1630 Inspiration Plus, but I balked at the price (I think
it was $2900). The owner, Vivian phoned me one day and said that her Bernina
rep was offering a demo 1630 for $2595. It had been used just an hour or so
at a sewing expo and by an expert. I jumped at the chance and have never
regretted it. When I picked up the machine, not only was it pristine, but
Vivian threw in an extra new memory key ($80). I got all the regular
warranties and lessons.
    Quilter's CHoice has regular Bernina Club meetings as well as occasional
"Try It for Free" classes. In one of these we used sergers to make a pretty
fabric manipulation pillow.
     This is the type of place where you can spend a long matching fabrics on
your own or with their friendly and knowledgeable help. Vivian brings in a
lot of new and exciting fabrics all the time. Although the main focus is
quilting, there are a lot of classes on garments, teddy bears,
tote/hand/carpet bags, SRE, etc. Lots of neat fabric manipulations and so
many COLORS!!!!  :D

Date: Mon, 16 Oct 1995 09:18:50 -0400
Subject: Re: Pennsylvania Fabric Stores + Sewing in the 90's


I grew up in Bellefonte and State College was where we went to buy nice
fabric! Clearly, that was some time ago. Have you tried the Woolrich outlet
in Woolrich? Or Roaring River in Altoona? Both used to be good and I've seen
Roaring River mentioned recently in alt.sewing, so it must still be in

For quilt fabric (and black polyester), there's an Amish dry goods store on a
farm outside either Madisonburg or Rebersburg. Go to Center Hall and take
Route 192. Stop in Madisonburg and ask directions (it's off the beaten path,
to put it mildly). The store doesn't have electricity, so it's only open one
evening per week when they use kerosene lanterns. Lanterns and fabric are an
uneasy combination, so I'd go during the day myself. Large selection and
cheap prices.

There's also a fabric store up on the hill behind Zimm's at Dale Summit, but
I've never had very good luck therexit's close at least!

Good luck. If you find anything, let me know. I visit parents and in-laws
several times a year and I'd love to add some fabric shops to the list!

Date: Mon, 16 Oct 1995 11:01:14 -0400
Subject: Re: APPLIQUE

I have had very bad experiences with HEAT &BOND, I personally would not give
you 10 cents for a truck load of the stuff.
I prefer TRANS WEB OR WONDER UNDER, if you follow the instructions with these
you will have good results!
Date: Mon, 16 Oct 1995 10:14:21 -0700
Subject: Re: Applique

>I fused some fabric cutouts onto a sweat shirt using Heat N Bond.  Is it
>necessary to also sew an applique stitch around the edges or will the
>bonding material hold after washing?  

I have had mixed results.  I painted the outside edges with puff paints, and
several t-shirts held up through years of machine washing (and inadvertent
husband drier drying), but several other shirts made in this way didn't hold
up well at all!  For the latter, I may not have applied enough heat or did
it improperly or there was extra moisture in the air, or whatever!  

To be safe, I would sew around the appliques, even a simple running stitch,
covered with a thin layer of paint... and be sure to wash and dry carefully...

Kathryn F
Date: Mon, 16 Oct 1995 11:30:30 -0700
Subject: heat n bond

        Hi - I have used about 15 yards of the "lite" . I feel more
comfortable with it machine buttonholed.  I tried the heavier on a
sweatshirt, but, did not like the "unfinished" look.  It was a little slower
to machine the edges.  Some one said Alene's was lighter, but, the heat n
bond lite is always going on special.  
        Why did I use so much?  I went a little crazy with Sunbonnet Sue, on
baby quilts, wall hangings, and tons of potholders.
                                Hugs, Andrea
Date: Mon, 16 Oct 1995 11:30:38 -0700
Subject: sucking sergers

Hi - Robbi, I bought one of the Eclipse sergers in a moment of madness
before I ran out of money.  I love it, and it does "suck" the thread through
the eyes of the loopers, and has a needle threader like a pfaff for the two
needles.  Someone said, the tube could clog up, well, if it does, "they'll"
fix it.  I used to spend 30 minutes trying to coax the thread through a
white 234 and I would get so frustrated I would not want to sew.
        Have not used this much, but, it's worth every penny, also has
differential feed, and you can just pop the cutter out of the way.
                        Hugs, Andrea
Date: Mon, 16 Oct 95 15:19:27 EST
Subject: question

     I have just joined the "club" and hate to ask a redundant question - 
     and have been trying to read past discussions re:  1630 updates - but 
     am confused and don't want to let something go that I should attend to 
     now.  About a year ago I purchased a 1630 from my dealer in 
     Tallahassee, FL.  Paid top dollar---etc. - but am really happy with it 
     and have enjoyed the few projects that I have tried.  It has the port 
     for the memory keys and thanks to this club, I have oiled it and it is 
     incredibly quieter than before!  What kind of updates are you getting? 
     I am worried, but do not communicate with my dealer much and hate to 
     start a communication with her that might make her less communicative. 
     She is very quiet anyway, and when I have been in to see her - and 
     asked her to call me when something came in, she never has.  I am 
     still waiting for a call that the walking foot is available-finally 
     purchased one from a dealer when I went to the quilt show in Paducah!  
     Anyway, any info someone can give me would be great!
     Cheryl G
Date: 16 Oct 95 17:39:00 EDT
Subject: Bernina Digest 10/15/95

Just a comment for the lady who was asking what is wrong with a 1630 (sorry, I
didn't see a name)--in my opinion there is *nothing* wrong with the 1630!!  I do
the same type of sewing you do, and I absolutely love my machine.  I have said
this many times before to whoever is interested in listening.  I think one
reason people may not like it is that they have not been given adequate
instruction how to use it, or they have not spent time learning from the manual.
I had excellent instruction, plus I took the time (several days) to work through
the manual from beginning to end, and making up a notebook as I went.  I
purchased a small looseleaf binder from the local drug store, cut up some white
duck cloth into "pages" and ironed on some interfacing on each page.  Then I
stitched each sample from the manual onto these pages.  I used the eyelet to
make "holes" and now have a binder full of samples that I can check any time I
want.  If I made an error, I left it on the page, and when I corrected it I made
a note of what I had done to correct it, such as changing the balance on a
decorative stitch, etc.  Each time I attend a class, or pick up a tip from
others, I include that in my binder as well.  This really helped me a lot, and I
have not had any problems at all with my machine.  I also read everything I can
get my hands on related to Berninas, such as Jan Sanders books, or Jackie
Dodsen's.  Even though these books are for Berninas older than mine, they have a
wealth of information and I often rely on these.  Mary Lou Nall's books are also
helpful.  I have been able to sew anything I want on my machine, and although I
loved my 1230, I am really happy with the 1630, and wouldn't trade it for
anything!!  Pat
Date: Mon, 16 Oct 95 21:56:00 UTC
Subject: Re: Bernina Digest 10/5/95

Sue, Sounds really neat and soooo high tech.  Since you say it is an iron
 attached to a board does this mean I can junk my old flimsy one that always
 falls over? And is it smae size as oldfashioned board or is it table top
 and is it sqaure or does it taper like regular boards?  Don' get out much
 do I?
Date: Mon, 16 Oct 95 21:56:00 UTC
Subject: Re: End of bobbin nois

 That must be why evry time I say the car is sounding funny and hubby says
 its my imagination within a week it goes into the shop for repairs.
Date: Mon, 16 Oct 1995 18:17:23 -0400
Subject: Re: POEM info 

I've been having a great time playing with my new POEM!
The machine is easy to use...someone was thinking when they designed this
setup(for a change)
The POEM connects to a Com port on your computer.  It is controlled by your
computer.  The program is in DOS, but has the look of a windows program.  You
open the program and a box with the large frame appears on the screen.  Then
you load a design.  You can rotate it or resize it.  The largest size is
about 4 inches square.  You can remove parts of the design or add another
design to your field.  When you are happy with your design save it and tell
it to sew.  If you do 'save as" the new and old designs are saved on your
computer.  It prompts you for the first color and you start to sew.  If the
thread frays you cn stop, rethread, back up however many stitches you need
and go on.  
It takes about 10 min to do a design.
Haven't done any digitizing yet, but you can import .Pcx files and digitize
I got a disk with Old English script, and 24 flowers  with the machine.  I
also bought an additional 15 animals(special deal, 1 only for $30, regularly
The machine and software was $1500.  I need to buy a scanner, that should be
about $100.
The paasap phone no is 801 485 2777.
Date: 16 Oct 95 17:42:51 EDT
Subject: Bernina Digest 10/15/95

To Robbie E.-thanks so much for your comments about sergers!  I am considering
whether or not to spend the really big bucks to upgrade mine from a Bernette
334D to the 2000DCE.  My serger really sews beautifully, but I would really like
the automatic tension, and the 2-thread and cover stitch capability.  I also
would like a Deco, and I can't have them both!  Even one is stretching it!!  I
especially appreciated your comments on how a mouse pad is a great serger
pad-that is a great idea!!  Pat
Subject: Re: Strip Piecing
Date: 16 Oct 1995 14:24:21 GMT

>The best book on paper piecing by far is by Carol Doak - she gives over 
>60 patterns which can be traced or copied.  I believe she now has 2 books 
>out - Run!  Buy!  they are like potato chips - once you have one, you 
>want another!

Dear Peggy:

I just went to see Carol Doak at a local quilt guild meeting as I, too, am a
fan of "paper piecing".  She was such a sweet person and her lecture and
"Show and Tell" were really great.  She has more than 2 books: I have three
myself and she had some others with her as well as packets of paper piecing
blocks.  Blew the checkbook for sure!  If you ever get a chance to meet her
don't pass it up: she is very approachable and "laid-back!  She geared most
of her lecture around her fabulous collection of vests - all reversible! but
had a few quilts with her as well.  I think it's a blast doing paper-piecing
and have made a few of my own designs and also make loads of copies by doing
one tracing and then needle punching (without top or bobbin thread) through
several layers of junk paper - #80-90 needles (save your old ones for this)
and a close stitch length.  Works wonderfully - try it you'll like it!  

Date: Mon, 16 Oct 95 23:42:00 UTC
Subject: Re: Bernina Digest 10/14/95

Which machine do you have?  There are different ways for each machine type.
I only have the directions for the 1230 but need the directions for the
Maybe, they are on back messages on genie,  I can look there.  Let me
Date: Mon, 16 Oct 1995 17:22:38 -0700
Subject: Re: POEM info please

Jill said:
>I would like the phone number of POEM so that I could find out where in
>California they sell them so I can demo one.
>I personally do not think Vikings hold a candle to Nina's but I am going
>to check them out, all of them, Pfaff's included!  This POEM sounds neat!
>No one in a 50 mile radius has heard of it.  Maybe in San Francisco some

Try Meissner's in Sacramento. They carry new and used, home and industrial
machines. They also teach classes and have a wonderful selection of
supplies and attachments.  It is worth the trip....

Erin M
Date: Mon, 16 Oct 1995 21:15:41 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: Penn. Fabric stores &sewing in

If the person looking for info on central PA fab stores E's me, I will
forward you to a couple people who live in that area and can give you the
best info. Sorry, but I zapped a bunch of notes before I realized yours was
in it!

Date: Mon, 16 Oct 1995 21:54:38 EDT
Subject: 830 or 930

Omaha.....I have a 930 and a 1630, and the 930 in the case is really, 
really heavy.  It is heavier than the 1630.  If you are looking for a 
machine to carry around, this may not be the one for you.

Date: Mon, 16 Oct 1995 21:52:35 EDT
Subject: Serger or Cut &Sew

Paula, if you are referring to the Cut and Sew attachment, it is 
probably not worth the price today.  I used one with my 930 years ago 
before I got a serger.  Once I had the serger, I never used it again. 
 It doesn't do as good of a job and it is slow.  

Date: Mon, 16 Oct 1995 23:00:25 -0400
Subject: Why Bernina over Pfaff

When I choose my first Bernina, I was heavily into machine applique (satin
stitch).  I took my fabric and went to every dealer of every make I could
find in the Phoenix and surrounding area (lived there then).  I had them all
make a satin stitch on my fabric.  Without a doubt, the Bernina 930 made the
best satin stitch of them all.  It was the top of the line then.  Just this
past April, I did a similar thing.  I was at the American Quilt Society show
and most of the major sewing machine companies had booths there.  This time,
I asked their educators to show me how they tapered a satin stitch from wide
to narrow as you would in doing machine applique on pointy leaves and such.
 I had them do it so the results would be the best the machine could do as
they should know how to do it best.  The Bernina was the only one that would
taper from 5 mm wide to 0 mm without having visible steps where the width
changed.  On the Pfaff, you push a button to change the width which results
in steps on the sides of the taper.  On the Bernina, you can slowly turn the
width knob to change the width smoothly.  I am still convinced that the
Bernina makes the best stitches for what I do.  I now own a 1630.  It has
taken me some time to get used to it, but I think that I will eventualy love
it as much as I have loved all of my previous Bernies.  I have come into the
computer age kicking and screaming, but I am learning.  I can see that that
machine has great potential.  I love Berninas so much that I bought one for
my youngest daughter as a wedding present 7 years ago, an 801.  This year,
she is getting my 1230 for Christmas.  My oldest daughter and daughter-in-law
are also getting new machines too, Bernina 1080's.  I have been fortunate in
teaching enough this year to be able to make this the "year of the machine."
 Obvioulsy, I love Berninas.  

Date: Mon, 16 Oct 1995 22:05:19 -0700
Subject: Rotary cutting mat

Hi all!  Well, after reading what everyone has written about their
self-healing rotary mats, I'm ready to make the plunge.  But before I do,
could someone take pity on me and answer a few questions?

        Does anyone other than Olfa make a "self healing" mat?  

        If there are others, what are the brands?

        What do you like best and why?

        Do you know of any mail order sources for them?  (local stores have
a DISMAL/nonexistent selection)

I'm just going to be using it in my sewing room so I want it 36 inches wide,
and preferably 60 inches long.  Or somewhere around those measurements.  I
make mostly clothes and I'm not too sure I want to have to move all the
fabric all over to keep it on the cutting clothes are a size 24!

Any and all comments and suggestions are eagerly awaited!  Thanks!

Date: Tue, 17 Oct 1995 08:36:41 -0400
Subject: Re: Bernina Digest 10/14/95

The lealther roller!  Just watch your fingers.  It's a neat gizmo that helps
follow quilting lines.  I will admit I'm not 100% sold on it.  I have used it
and enjoy it, I just don't use it a lot.  It is more expensive than the other
feet, so it's a good time to get it on sale.

If anyone else has this foot and has any suggestions as to what to do with
it, please let me know.
Subject: Re: Bernina Digest 10/14/95

>Can anyone suggest my next foot for my 1530 Inspiration?  I have the circular
>attachment, the walking foot, the #37  1/4" piecing foot.  There is a sale
>coming soon with 20% off, so I want to buy another foot?  Thanks,

If you don't already have it you need the #20 open embroidery foot.  It is 
if you do a lot of applique.  If you do a lot of heirloom sewing, the 
pintuck feet
are nice.  

Date: Tue, 17 Oct 1995 09:54:17 -0400
Subject: Re: Feet to Buy

Hi Sharon!  I'm sure you'll get lots of response to you post, but I just had
a guide class yesterday where we saw several feet you may want to consider.
 From what you said you have, I am guessing that you like to quilt.  There is
an attachment and foot that folds and sews binding - #84 &94.  If you do any
clothing construction - the new zipper foot, #14, is really nifty, and the
thread guide, #89 is great for monofilament thread.  Hope this helps.
Date: Tue, 17 Oct 95 17:34:00 UT
Subject: Re: Faux quilting stitch

Thanks......I think that part of the problem, lies in the fact, that the new
machine will come out and the dealer doesn't know enough about it yet to be
able to give the advice we seek yet......I know they have dealer training on
these machines first, but the dealer has to go to the training, and if he
didn't then he is kind of stuck.  So they have to learn the machine just
like everyone else does, and that is kind of sad......
Date: Tue, 17 Oct 1995 14:31:37 -0400
Subject: Re: Bernina Digest 10/14/95

Hi Sharon,
     I am another Sharon, and I have had an 1130, and just got a 1630.  I
love the #10 edgestitch foot, and have had lots of fun with the # 21 couching
foot.  The # 12 Bulky Overlock foot is great for puttting on piping, too.
 And the ruffler is fun.  Happy Sewing
Subject: Model 1090


I just bought my first Bernina, model 1090 -
and I can't believe that I did it.

I have really gotten into quilting/piecing
by machine (I was a diehard piece/quilt
by hand!), and can't wait to go home and
sew on it.

I've been browsing the archives and find it
very interesting.  Unfortunately my dealer is
about 45 miles from home, but was very helpful.
Sure wish there is a dealer closer to home that
gives the support she does!  Her classes really
sound very interesting.  And I don't even want
to look at the embroidery machine!  

Read a lot of helpful and useful information
already.  Thanks.

Date: Tue, 17 Oct 95 14:51:17 EST
Subject: DEALER

     Yesterday I wrote and asked ya'll what an "upgrade" meant for a 1630.  
     Well, today, I decided to just be bold and go see my dealer and talk 
     to her.  She has a kinda-dry personality and even my assertive self is 
     somewhat intimidated by her.  But do you know what? I had a great 
     meeting with her.  I told her this club had me all fired up and I that 
     I had several questions.  She was gracious, informative, encouraged me 
     to attend the free Bernina Club meetings (10/year).  We discussed 
     support, etc. and she told me that her philosophy was that if someone 
     purchased a machine from her, that she owed that person total service 
     - and that if Bernina re-called something, she was more than willing 
     to help out someone who had purchased a machine elsewhere.  
     I can imagine how I would feel if I had moved and didn't "belong" - 
     yet I can also understand her customer loyalty and am happy that I am 
     a recipient of it.  I don't know this for a fact, but I imagine that 
     if someone transferred, or moved here (Tallhassee) and talked with 
     her, she would be happy to service them as well-but for a fee-which is 
     only fair -- since the big bucks were made when the machine was 
     Anyway, I thank this group for getting me fired up to get going and 
     get some answers!  I can't wait to try the quilting stitch recipie!
     By the way, I paid $2,899 for my 1630 in Nov. '94.  I had to bring in 
     a trade in - which I did--an old old old Kenmore head that was at 
     least 30 years old - not even in a case or cabinet.  She commented her 
     husband liked them for anchors!  Anyway - sounds like a fair price.  
     She did give a whole day of instructions - and encouraged us to take 
     advantage of the free monthly meetings.  
Date: Tue, 17 Oct 1995 13:00:43 -0700
Subject: Re:  POEM info please

I just sent this letter to Jill, but thought others might
be interested in it too.   - -  - 

Jill, would you be willing to tell me the results of your research
into an embroidery machine? My experience is as follows:

My dealer strongly suggested I get a 1530 rather than a 1630
because the bobbin mechanism in the 1530 is better, and I
would most likely be disappointed in the embroidery from the
1630. She is a highly respected Bernina dealer and sells many

I took her up on the 1530, and am now looking at the DECO. A local
POEM dealer demoed a POEM for me, and I noticed all her designs
had a lot of back fabric show thru. She said this was normal. The 
DECO designs were nicely filled in. I don't know if this is because
thicker thread was used, or what.

The POEM MUST be hooked up to a computer to operate. This means
if you're computer is in the office, your embroidery machine
MUST be there too in order to run!

The POEM has a lower head, &I questioned the ease of squeezing in
a thick garment (like a coat) so I could embroider a name on the 
chest area.

The PEOM has a special Bobbin you purchase prefilled with thread. 
I don't know if these can be refilled once they are empty.

Anyway, I do hope you will share your research with me.

Date: Tue, 17 Oct 1995 18:30:15 -0400
Subject: Re: Bernina Digest 10/10/95 BLONDIE

The 29 ft. is great for thick batting ,but if you are using fleece or
traditional bats the the 24 is the one I like. The ft. does not seam to catch
and if it does just back up and out and you are set. The 24 allows you to see
where you are, where you are going, and where you have been.  You would also
like to use the needle down for long lines and make sure your hands are in
the right position and elbows on the table. Good luck sorry I am late in
getting back to you, but I just returned from a great time teaching at Ann
Silva's Sewing Center in N.M  Let me hear from you if you have any questions
about what I have said.PAT R
Date: Tue, 17 Oct 1995 17:48:14 -0600 (MDT)
Subject: Re: Applique

Don't sew on Heat and Bond, it will gum up your machine.  This is 
something you can either use fabric paints on, or stitch by hand.  If you 
use wonder under, you can stitch it much better.  You'll probably hear 
from lots of us who learned us the hard way...  :-)

My experience with the fusing things is that they will curl around the 
edges unless they are painted or stitched at least a little bit.

Hope this helps,

Liz C
Date: Tue, 17 Oct 95 23:13:00 UTC
Subject: Bernina Digest 10/15/95

Terri S,
    I just bought a 1630.  I traded in an Elna 9000...which really did have
a better selection of stitches (people said so...I didn't believe them!).  I
had been really disappointed with the Elna because my decorative stitches
wouldn't stitch consistently (it might do 2-3 patterns perfectly, but mess
up on the next one, then do 2-3 more ok).  I assumed that all machines had
this problem.
    I'm happy to report that the 1630 is 1000 times better at the decorative
stitches.  Now, I'm glad I got the 1630 because I plan to get the software
and program the 1630 to do my favorite stitches that my Elna "could" do
(when it felt like it!).
    Think about what type of sewing you do...that'll help you decide which
model to get.
    Also...this may be a 'local' phenomenon...but the 1630 prices have
actually gone down this year vs last year.  Last year, everyone wanted $2999
for it and the show special at the Quilt Festival was $2799.  This year, the
price is $2899 and the show special is $2499.  I almost decided to keep my
Elna and take the show special instead of buying a new one (though I decided
that I couldn't wait 1 mo, didn't want to risk getting a bad one and now I
know that I can just get the software and have my stitches).
Date: Tue, 17 Oct 1995 20:29:25 -0600
Subject: Bernina Digest 10/12/95

Dear bernie lovers,

Just a couple things ( my $.02)  Elaine I think the price is fair and I 
paid 100 less about two years ago, but my machine was one used at 
the sewing expo here in Denver:>  But I have to agree with Liz, you 
should feel comfortable with the machine and the price. I kinda of wish
I had gone for the 1260 at the time, but hindsight is 20/20:>
I really love my 1080. I do, Ido:>> 

And last but not least the shipping home idea, personally I would go 
with UPS. I saw recently how they fling bags on to the planes and
packages into cargo units on most flights and I think the gorilla in 
the samsonite commercial needs to take lessons from the folks who 
really do the baggae job:>  Just my humble opinion.

Date: Tue, 17 Oct 1995 23:11:02 -0400
Subject: Re: POEM info please

When you check out the Vikings, ask the dealer about the Husky gram
embroidery unit.  It is the same thing as the POEM.  Also you may want to
wait just a little longer to make you decision on getting rid of your 1630.
 I understand that an update on the Software program is coming shortly.
 Don't have any details but am anxious to know what is coming.
Date: Tue, 17 Oct 1995 23:37:14 -0400
Subject: Re: POEM info please

In a message dated 95-10-17 09:56:39 EDT, you write:

><< I noticed your post about the POEM.  Do you have one?  I just got mine
>yesterday and I have been having fun with it.  My next project will be to
>learn to digitize designs.  
>I got 2 full bobbins with my machine and I noticed that they are the same
>size as my Bernina bobbins.  Do you know it that bobbin winder would work?
>hate to keep running back to my dealer to get them rewound or buy new ones.
>I have been using an improvised outrigger to use sulky thread, sinec I only
>got 3 cassetts with the machine.  It works, but I was wondering what you
>used.  BTW the sulky silver tinsel thread worked great!
>Do you have a scanner?  I will probably get one next month. 
>Darn it, I gotta go to work tomorrow!
>I've been using the Huskygram for 3 years now.  Started with the Mac version
>(which is no longer made and it was never upgraded as was promised).  Then
>onto the IBM version.  
>I use the "Husky winder" to wind bobbins and use it as a method of threading
>from large cones instead of rewinding onto the large bobbins that fit into
>the cassettes.  It is an ancient looking piece of equipment that only has
>speed...pedal to the metal so to speak...until you invest in a foot control
>as well.  Not the best in the world but it works,  the bobbins couldn't be
>wound very well on the Viking side bobbin winder.  With your Bernina, if you
>wind bobbins up on the top (as they did when I sold them) you should be able
>to wind them on it.  Just be sure to wind at a med. to slow speed as to not
>shrink the inside demension of the bobbin from the heat &friction.
>Yes, I use the Scanman model 256 by Logitech for all scanning (Huskygram and
>#1+).  I like the Black &White type so that the colored stitches that I'm
>creating on the screen are more visible, especially with the #1+ as you only
>see the grid outline
>Have fun digitizing.
Date: Tue, 17 Oct 1995 23:37:12 -0400
Subject: Re: POEM info please

I'm also hooked up to a Bernina line.  I thought that the info requested
about the POEM/Huskygram might be of some interest in this group as well.
 Hope you don't mind me also sending the info through here too.

 Jill and any other interested parties,

My local contact is:
2001 Butterfield Road, Suite 1450, 
Downers Grove, Il 60515.
Phone #(708)515-5150, 
FAX # (708) 515-5155

Talk to Makato Saito, Masaru Miyaki, or Jennifer (don't remember the last
name.)  This company makes the embroidery machine that is distributed under
both the POEM and HUSKYGRAM names.

They should be able to dirrect you to your nearest dealer.

The Poem machine is distributed through Passap dealers, and as the Huskygram
through Viking dealers's the SAME MACHINE!!!.

Actually Jill, the Viking #1+ is the easiest embroidery machine to use on the
market today (and you get a terrific sewing machine as well!).  I have a
Huskygram and a #1+...I use the #1+ a lot more.  The software is more
friendly...ask to  see a demo on arching lettering on any machine before you
buy it...that includes the Deco!  The Viking #1+ also has the MOST designs
all ready for the customer to use than any other machine to date.  Over 3000
designs already and more in the works...and that's before you add Digitizing
and do your "own" thing!  Ten years ago I would have agreed with your
statement that Berninas were the best...but they've lost ground in R &D
since they waited 5 years to develope their first computer machine and it
didn't even have lettering as the rest in market had by that time.  The 930
was the last of the GREAT BERNINAS in my book...since then they seem to just
try to play catch up...and not very you really like that TRACK BALL

Good luck in making an educated decision on a new embroidery machine.  If I
can answer any other questions for you I'd be happy to.

Date: Wed, 18 Oct 1995 21:03:18 +1000 (EST)
Subject: Quilter's Choice

Hi Sylvia:

Thanks for your information regarding your store in Florida named Quilter's
choice.  Do they have an email address, if not do they have a mailing order
Many thanks
Subject: 1630 / Computerised machines
Date: Tue, 17 Oct 1995 18:50:07 +0100

Jeri wrote:
>  Back to the 1630 -- I
> think that it gets bad reviews because people maybe don't use it to the full
> advantage.  Some of the appliqued garments I wear people think they were done
> by hand, but it is because of the versatility of the 1630 that I can get that
> look.  It does like tension attention, but it is more complicated because it
> has more stuff on it.  
I think Jeri has hit the nail on the head - the 1630 is a versatile and
creative machine, not just a 1530 with extra embroidery features. I am a big
fan of the stitch designer - creating my own stitches (mainly stitches for
giving the impression of textures, not variations of satin stitch patterns).
I feel I have only scratched the surface of what it can achieve - limited
only by my imagination. Is anyone else a fan of the stitch designer? I have
just seen the Deco 500 in action at a show and was quite impressed, but I
think its doing a completely different job than the 1630 rather than
competing with it. Sorry if I sound defensive - I've just finished reading
the archives and felt I had to sing the 1630's praises!
On a different subject, I'm doing some research for the Computer Textile
Design Group into computerised sewing and embroidery machines in general. I
would be grateful if anyone could point me in the direction of web sites,
mailing lists, news groups or other net info on New Home/Janome, Viking,
Pfaff etc. 

Thanks, Nita
Date: Wed, 18 Oct 95 09:04:21 EDT
Subject: Bernina 1230 Entredeux Stitch

The Bernina 1630 that I have seen makes a beautiful entredeux stitch but
unfornately I am not able to afford that machine at this time so will have to
be satisfied with my reliable 1230.  Can anyone tell me the recipe to 
duplicate the entreduex stitch on my 1230?  Any help will be greatly

Kay D
Date: Wed, 18 Oct 1995 14:31:38 -0400
Subject: 1630's

Cheryl was asking about updates for her year old 1630. I bought mine a year
ago, and I am pretty sure it is up to date, at least it was a few months ago,
when I last asked. Cheryl, people talking about the updates are referring to
machines made two to three years ago. 

Personally, I have just about had it with Heat and Bond. I have forgotten
about the needle stickiness problem a few times. And the lite heat and bond
doesn't seem to bond half the time. I am making a poodle skirt, and I bought
some very cool fabric for the fuzzy part of the skirt. I was planning to bond
it to the poodle body before I did the final satin stitching, but it would
not bond at all.  I have some Aileen's I am going to try. 

As for extra feet, I still hold out that the #10 foot is essential. It's the
topstitching foot and you just butt the fabric up against the blade and go. I
just wish there was a foot with a blade on the far right so I could top
stitch farther away from the edge. I also can vouch for the clear applique
foot, and the couching feet. The #12 foot with "the bump" is really a neat
foot, and is a combination of the old #12 and #21 feet and it will fit on
1530's and the other machines.

I bought another knock off of the Elfa system, so I have two units with lots
of grided drawers sitting right next to my sewing table. I put a desk drawer
organizer on top, it has little slots for pencils, paper clips, etc, and put
all my Bernina feet in the organizer, as well as my straight stitch plate. I
made up a post it note that reminds me I have my straight stitch plate on,
and put it over the "width wheel" on my machine. 

Having owned a Pfaff before I bought my Bernina, I must say that the Bernina
feet are really made well compared to the Pfaff feet. I never did figure out
how to use the blind hem foot on my Pfaff.

Date: Wed, 18 Oct 1995 16:05:57 -0400
Subject: Re: Bernina Digest 10/16/95

Well, I did it, I took my 1630 back, and came home with a 1530, a scanner and
an iron!  I am now in Bernina heaven for sure!
 Haven't tried the 1530 yet, but I did use it at the shop last week, it was
great.  I'm sure it will still be fine.
Now I want to play with the scanner.

Date:         Wed, 18 Oct 95 16:00:01 EDT
Subject:      Heat 'n Bond

All this discussion of fabric-to-fabric adhesives has been timely - I
am in the middle of making a jacket for my daughter out of a cute quilted
denim and found a nice country print to use for appliques. The print looks
kindof like a patchwork quilt with each square containing a figure (cat,
cow, hearts, etc.). I cut out individual squares and appliqued them randomly
around the jacket.

I don't have much experience with applique, so I tried several things to see
which worked best. One interesting procedure I tried was to put a square of
Stitch Witchery on right side of my applique, sew on the 'turn under' line,
clip a small hole in the Stitch Witchery and turn the applique inside out.
You now have a little pillow with the right side of your applique on top
and Stitch Witchery on the bottom, the sides of your applique tucked neatly
inside (no loose threads at the edges) and ready to iron in place. Nice
technique (read something like it in Threads with organza in place of SW),
but too much time for me now. The thing that worked best for me was Heat 'n
Bond. I'm not sure if I used lite or heavy; the directions said not to stitch
it down, though. In spite of that I used a narrow blind hem stitch along the
sides, just catching the stitch on the applique. I didn't have any problems
with gumming up my needle and I think it looks much better. Don't know yet how
it will hold up to laundering since the jacket is still in progress. Didn't
try Steam-a-Seam since I find it in town ... Wonder Under didn't seem to hold
the edges well.

Date: Wed, 18 Oct 1995 16:35:39 CDT
Subject: Bernina Club

I just subscribed recently (this past week) and have been lurking and reading
some of the archives,etc.  I am so excited to find this group!!  I work 85 M-F
5 M-F
and with one teenager, two pre-teens and a busy DH, I don't have as much time
to sew as before when I worked at home and the children were small.  Anyway, I 
have an 1130 and a 234 serger and love this forum, because I love my 'nina and
 'nettie.  But I digress ---
I have a fantastic Bernina dealer here in my town - Kim - who offers a Free BC
if you own a 'nina or 'nette.  She has such a great following that she offers
her monthly BC in 3 time slots over 2 days.  I missed all 3 this week, but
stopped in hoping to catch the trunk show.  She had a trunk show from bernins
of clothing made from the NEW Bernina Patterns.  If any of your dealers offer
this, try to catch it. It's full of ideas if you sew clothing or like to 
embellish.  What do you think of the Patterns.  They seem pretty basic to me,
but I like the idea that they include drx. for all the embellishments seen
on the 4 sets of clothes from the trunk show.    
Thanks for letting me ramble on.  I used to teach a basic sewing class, and
I got burned out on sewing after sewing for the public for a while, but now
after subscribing to this, I am ready to take a day off and SEW!!! THANKS!!
Date: Wed, 18 Oct 1995 19:03:43 -0500
Subject: Help - 1630

I'm picking up a new 1630 tomorrow. The dealer is going to have it set up
for me to try in the store before I bring it home.  Is there any advice on
what I should try to test this machine.
Thanks so much 
Date: Thu, 19 Oct 95 00:09:00 UTC
Subject: Bernina Digest 10/16/95

    I just bought my I don't think I know much more than you
do...but if you're afraid to talk to your dealer, I'd switch!  This person
obviously does not care about your business if s/he is not calling you to
let you know that new stuff has come in.
    What does that faux hand quilting stitch look like????  I tried the
formula and the bobbin thread showed on the top side, roughly every 3
stitches.  Sometimes, it looked like knots to me.  Is this what it's
supposed to look like?
Date: Thu, 19 Oct 95 08:36 MDT
Subject: Computerized &Embroidery machines

Hi Nita,
 Re your research for Textile Design Group;      This is a great homesite
for Viking----keep trying, Primenet has been fickle lately. but worth your time.

Jona (faithful owner of 2 bernies, but love my  #1+)
Date: Thu, 19 Oct 1995 10:25:15 -0500
Subject: quilting foot

I have seen some discussion about quilting feet.  How do these feet differ
from the walking foot?

thanks, Sarita
Date: Thu, 19 Oct 1995 09:45:12 -0700
Subject: Rotary cutting mat

>    Does anyone other than Olfa make a "self healing" mat?

Yes, there are others. But, of course, I can't remember any
brand names.  I use Olfas and love them.  It seems like most
of the people that I know use this brand.

>    Do you know of any mail order sources for them?  (local stores
>    have a DISMAL/nonexistent selection)

I bought my big Olfa mat from Hancocks in Kentucky, because it was
the cheapest source that I found. They may also carry other types
of mats. You can get a catalog from them at 800/845-8723.

Date: Thu, 19 Oct 1995 12:52:23 -0400
Subject: Re: Rotary Cutting Mat

Ask your Bernina dealer about cutting mats. My favorite mat is the one that
is sold to go with the Create-A-Space table. It is large, gridded, cuts well,
rolls for storage, and will last a long time. It is thicker and more durable
than the Olfa mat and not nearly as finicky about the way that it is handled.
It is also less expensive than the Olfa. It can be purchased in several

Date: Thu, 19 Oct 95 08:21 CST
Subject: Re[2]: Bernina Table

     Forgot to mention in earlier message:
     My son lives in Tempe and we'll be visiting there in 
     December.  Are there any fabric/quilt stores we should check 
     into?  I know about the Quilted Apple and Quilter's Ranch.  
     Any others?
     Thanks.  Shirley
Subject: RE: Nothing wrong w/ 1630
Date: Thu, 19 Oct 95 09:27:00 DST

Could you please tell me the names of Mary Lou Nall's books?  Thanks.

Carol R
Date: 16 Oct 95 17:39:00 EDT
Subject: Bernina Digest 10/15/95

Just a comment for the lady who was asking what is wrong with a 1630 (sorry, 
didn't see a name)--in my opinion there is *nothing* wrong with the 1630!! 
the same type of sewing you do, and I absolutely love my machine.  I have 
this many times before to whoever is interested in listening.  I think one
reason people may not like it is that they have not been given adequate
instruction how to use it, or they have not spent time learning from the
I had excellent instruction, plus I took the time (several days) to work
the manual from beginning to end, and making up a notebook as I went.  I
purchased a small looseleaf binder from the local drug store, cut up some
duck cloth into "pages" and ironed on some interfacing on each page.  Then I
stitched each sample from the manual onto these pages.  I used the eyelet to
make "holes" and now have a binder full of samples that I can check any time 
want.  If I made an error, I left it on the page, and when I corrected it I
a note of what I had done to correct it, such as changing the balance on a
decorative stitch, etc.  Each time I attend a class, or pick up a tip from
others, I include that in my binder as well.  This really helped me a lot,
and I
have not had any problems at all with my machine.  I also read everything I
get my hands on related to Berninas, such as Jan Sanders books, or Jackie
Dodsen's.  Even though these books are for Berninas older than mine, they
have a
wealth of information and I often rely on these.  Mary Lou Nall's books are
helpful.  I have been able to sew anything I want on my machine, and 
loved my 1230, I am really happy with the 1630, and wouldn't trade it for
anything!!  Pat, in CA.
Date:    Thu, 19 Oct 95 10:36 PDT
Subject: 1260/1530 advice needed

I need your advice and knowledge, please.

My local sewing machine shop is an authorized Bernina dealer,
and they are having a sale. They offered me a 1260 for $2100 or
a 1530 for $2500.  They said that their prices are low because
they do not offer classes on how to use the machines, but said
that if I am comfortable with computers I should be able to
figure out things myself. They are willing to answer questions,
they will take the machine in trade if I decide that I want
another model, and they service the machines.

Now, I saw the Bernina recommended retail price list and on
April 1, 1995 the 1260 was $2999 and the 1530 was $3199.  On
June 1, 1995 another price list came out and the prices were
increased by about $200 for each machine.  I was told that
Bernina would probably raise the prices again just before

Please let me know if the prices are so good that it would be
worth it to buy without the classes.  Are the classes so useful
to your understanding of the machine that you feel that they
are indispensible? (I am comfortable with computers and I
like puzzles and trying to figure things out, but I didn't
look at the instruction manuals for both machines to see
how clearly written they were.)

Also, what features do you particularly like (or have problems
with) on each machine.  And, of course, any other comments
would be much appreciated.

What do I use my machine for? Right now I'm making a lot of
quilts.  I'm machine quilting and machine appliqueing quilts
from baby size (my friends are all becoming virtual baby-making
machines ;> ) to queen size.  I'm interested in using stitch
designs to decorate items.  And, I'm making baby/toddler
clothes and am becoming interested in heirloom sewing (all
of those cute kids on the cover of, what is that title?
Creative Sewing maybe?  Anyway, the one with all of that
marvelous smocking!  You know the one I mean.)

Thanks for your help.

Cathy W
Date: 19 Oct 95 16:35:38 EDT
Subject: Bernina Digest 10/17/95

Carol-thanks so much for the description of the Poem.  I have been wondering for
a long time just what it was like, and now I feel I have a better idea.  Since I
just spent the "big bucks" for a new Bernina 2000 DCE serger, which I have
wanted since it came out, the Poem is a long way off, but it sounds like it
would be a better choice than the Deco for me, since I already have a scanner
and prefer the looks of the designs I have seen done on the Poem.   Pat
Date: Thu, 19 Oct 1995 22:57:31 -0400
Subject: Re: POEM info please

This is in reply to Judith Good's comments abpout the POEM.
The only concern that I found to be valid was that you might have trouble
embroidering a design on a bulky item.  However, remember that the design can
be rotated so you have a choice of angles.  In the case of a coat, you would
rotate the design 90deg and sew from the front opening. ALso, you do sew with
it hooked up to your computer.  I believe it will run on a 386 with 4 meg RAM
You do not need windows.   
You are NOT limited to the thread that comes on the bobbins.  That is 50wt
acrylic.  I have also used SULKY, Mettler cotton 30wt and Sulky silver tinsel
thread.  You use a device like an outrigger with a tension disk.  The bobbins
can be rewound.
If you are having a problem with the backing showing through you can change
the fill density.  BTW you can also change the size.
For the versatility, I'll stick with the poem.
Right now, it also costs about a thousand dollars less.
Date: Thu, 19 Oct 1995 23:47:23 -0400
Subject: Bought the 1090!

Well, I finally did it, though I don't have it yet.  I ordered the 1090 this
week, and it should be here in about a week.  I have a feeling I will be
upgrading to the 1260 in six months, but by then I will have paid off the
1090 so the jump to the 1260 won't seem so expensive.  Now I'm looking
forward to spending some evenings and this weekend dusting off some of my
stockpile of patterns and cutting out some of my fabric stash, so I can have
something to sew on as soon as I get the machine!  I'm so excited!

Date: Thu, 19 Oct 1995 23:26:01 -0400
Subject: Re:quilt stitch

Krista - Try loosening the bobbin tension slightly more.  The bobbin loop
needs to be pulled to the top to form a stitch that looks like a small hand
quilting stitch.  Be sure that your bobbin thread is soft - cotton or rayon -
and is good quality.  Sometimes it takes many tiny adjustments, but once you
get it, the stitch looks great.  I have seen other variations to try, but I
don't know the exact method because I have good success with this one.
Date: Fri, 20 Oct 95 03:34:00 UTC
Subject: Re: Europress  Or Euro-Pro?

 Thanks for the info.  I have a dealer here and it sounds absolutely
 wonderful.  However, my B card is maxed out right now w/ year of interest
 free deco.  So at that price I gues I'll have to guilt trip hubby into
 giving it to me for xmas.    Thanks again donna.
Date: Fri, 20 Oct 1995 08:15:49 -0400
Subject: Re: Bernina Table

Please send me the info on the Quilting table.  I currently use an 8 ft long 
banquesst table, but it is covered with lots of stuff.(small iron board, iron, 
ufo's, second sewing machine, thread rack, the list goes on).  Thanks so much, 
Michele B
Date: Fri, 20 Oct 1995 05:48:28 -0700
Subject: Re: 1630/Computerised Machine

You wrote: 
>Jeri wrote:
>>  Back to the 1630 -- I
>> think that it gets bad reviews because people maybe don't use it to 
the full
>> advantage.  Some of the appliqued garments I wear people think they 
were done
>> by hand, but it is because of the versatility of the 1630 that I can 
get that
>> look.  It does like tension attention, but it is more complicated 
because it
>> has more stuff on it.  
>I think Jeri has hit the nail on the head - the 1630 is a versatile 
>creative machine, not just a 1530 with extra embroidery features. I am 
a big
>fan of the stitch designer - creating my own stitches (mainly stitches 
>giving the impression of textures, not variations of satin stitch 
>I feel I have only scratched the surface of what it can achieve - 
>only by my imagination. Is anyone else a fan of the stitch designer? I 
>just seen the Deco 500 in action at a show and was quite impressed
Date: Sat, 21 Oct 95 02:52:00 UTC
Subject: 1260/1530 Advice Needed

 I bought my 1530 back in April for about $2500 (I think it was $2700 with
the tax). The class, as I understand it, is mostly having someone go through
the book with you to clarify everything in it. I had already gone through
the book page by page while sitting at my machine, doing the exercises as I
went, by the time I took the class. As a result, I didn't find the class
very useful. I felt very cheated, but recently had a very nice letter from
one of the ladies at the dealer, explaining to me that I'm the first person
they've ever had to do that. :)
I think if they're willing to answer your questions, and you're willing to
go through the book (and computer experience really helps with this
machine), the price isn't bad. Especially if they are local and have a good
repair facility.
But don't take my word as gospel. I'm one of those who reads software
manuals. :)

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