Bernina Fan Club Archives

October 95

Sunday, October 22th - Saturday, October 28st

Date: Mon, 23 Oct 95 05:55:00 UTC
Subject: FAUX Quilting Stitch

For all of you whom have e-mailed me on this stitch, I lost my file....and
so I am hoping you will see it here......
for the 1090: #9 stitch, 0 stitch width, 4 length, #8 foot balance +2
vertical, upper tension #7.
for the 1530 (people give the 1630 for this so I won't guarantee anything)
 feather stitchD2, stitch #7, 0 width, 4 length, #8 foot, balance +2
vertical, upper tension #7.
for the 1230  #16 stitch, 0 width, 4 length, foot #8 balance +2 (push
balance button twice) upper tension on 7-8 1/2. you may need to adjust that
a little to suit you machine.
Date: Mon, 23 Oct 1995 17:48:45 +1000 (EST)
Subject: Rain and Wind

Hi Sue:

I had to laugh when you mentioned the weather in Connecticut U.S.A. with the
At the very same time, it was pouring rain hail and wind miles away in
Melbourne, Australia. It was too miserable to sew so all I did with play
with the computer,

Hope all your computer problems are solved.

Date: Mon, 23 Oct 1995 06:58:53 -0400
Subject: Re: Short bio &question

I love my Bernette 334ds and recommend it heartily.Rumor is that it is going
to be discontinued, so you might be able to get a good price on it.  I use it
for hems and MOST of mt seams
Date: Mon, 23 Oct 1995 05:39:35 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: Re: Bought the 1090!

Pam, why do you think you'll be upgrading to the 1290?  I'm a 1090 
owner and user and very happy with my machine.  I have absolutely no 
interesting in going "all the way up" to a 1630 or whatever, but I'd 
like to know more about a 1290.

New sewing machines are wonderful, aren't they?!

Allyn H
Date: Thu, 19 Oct 1995 16:36:47 GMT
Subject: Re: Rotary Cutting Mat

In your message dated Wednesday 18, October 1995 you wrote :

> 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?
Haven't got much to say about the rotary mats- I've got the OLFA one and have no 
complaints. Do keep it flat at all times, never leave it in the car or in the 
sun, don't stand it on end. Use the back of the board when you don't need to use 
the grid (for trimming, etc.) - never be tempted to cut through wadding or the 
hairs stick in the "sealing" wounds on the board and it ends up looking like a 
giant brillo pad!
What I would say is don't go mad and buy a bunch of rulers until you've found 
ones you like. I prefer the Omnigrid some of my quiliting friends prefer the 
more brittle rulers with the ridges on the back. The ridges are meant to grip 
the fabric better, but I don't find them any better - and the lines drawn on 
them are much thicker than on the Omnigrid, which makes it harder to be exact 
when cutting strips.

Hope this helps, and don't forget to include Band-Aids in your sewing kit from 
now on!

Mandy B
Date: Mon, 23 Oct 1995 10:05:39 -0400
Subject: Re: DECOing on a sweatshirt

I have had very good luck using the Sulky product, Totaly Stable.  It doesn't
seem to pull as much of the fleece off as others.  You might want to try
ironing on a small piece in an inconspicious place and then pulling it off to
see how it works on your shirt.  If the shirt is real plush or has a texture
on the surface, adding a layer of Solvy (the water soluble stabilizer) on the
top in addition to the under stabilizer will keep the stitches from sinking
into the pile or texture of the fabric and disappearing.  Good luck.
Date: Mon, 23 Oct 1995 10:19:43 -0400
Subject: Re: Bernina Digest 10/22/95

I would use iron-on woven cotton fusible interfacing under the design area on
your sweatshirt.  Then again maybe a knit fusible would be better with the
knit sweatshirt. 
 I just took a thread painting workshop and she used nylon organza and do-sew
in a hoop under the design.  With all the products on the market it does get
confusing.  Seems as tho each teacher has their own pet products.  This
teacher made a good point that what is available in her area is one guildline
to what she uses.
Good luck-is this a gift?
Subject: 1630 Stitch Designer
Date: Sun, 22 Oct 1995 13:04:23 +0100

I am about to get my 1630 upgraded to a 1630S (I didn't know I could until I
joined this group - thanks, everyone). As far as I know this has two
benefits - the ability to store designs downloaded from a PC (if you have
the software) and the stitch designer works up to 45mm wide. 

Firstly, I dont have the software and am not sure whether to get it. As it
was one of the main reasons for buying the 1630 I am tempted, but it isn't
getting  a very good reception on the BFC. Could someone give me a review of
what it's features/bugs etc. are. I work in computing, so am used to dealing
with software that isn't perfect, but is it really usable? 

Secondly, I really use and love the stitch designer, even though restricted
to 9mm. I cant imagine how you create 45mm designs on such a small screen,
how does it differ? More importantly will I still be able to design 9mm
width stitches? (I am trying to set up stitches that I have seen on other

While I am on the subject, if I need to set up more than 25 stitches on the
designer can I store them on a memory key?

Sorry to throw so many questions at you at once, but these things have been
buzzing around my head for a while. I dont want to take my machine in for
upgrade and lose it for a few weeks unless I am absolutely sure it's a good

Thanks, Nita
Date: Mon, 23 Oct 1995 10:39:43 -0500
Subject: 2000DCE

I purchased the 2000DCE before Labor Day for $1599. It was on sale for the Sept.
Sewing Month. This is my first serger.

I have to say that I haven't used the cover stich yet, but I do have an unlined
hooded jacket that I have cut out, waiting...(Halloween costumes take priority.)

If you haven't seen the latest Sew News, they have an article on the cover
stich with suggested uses. It might help with some ideas.

Date: Mon, 23 Oct 1995 11:39:37 -0400
Subject: Re: Bernina Digest 10/22/95

Yes, you should use the iron on stabilizer and "Solvy" on the top (make a
sandwich with the iron on sweatshirt and slovy............put in the hoop.,
then put two or three layers of rinse away stabilizer under the hoop.
I know this sounds drastic but I'm sure you will be happy with the results.
 I also suggest a ball point needle.
I have used this method several times and have had perfect results every
Pris F
Date: Mon, 23 Oct 1995 12:59:41 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: Binding Foot

On Sun, 22 Oct 1995, Bernina wrote:

> I need some infomation and I'm hoping you all can help out.  My friend has
> the binding foot (she isn't online...yet) and she wants to know how to*turn
> the corner* when you are binding a quilt.  I don't know what number it is,
> but this foot has two pieces to it.>

	I have one of those, and you have to round the corners, and then
bind around the curve.  You can't get a mitered corner out of this foot.
Date: Mon, 23 Oct 1995 12:05:06 -0500
Subject: Re: Decisions, decisions

 >Today I went to Bernina Club and found out that my dealer is having a
 >sale until the end of this month, but not on the 334DS, which was
 >nowhere to be seen.  She is selling the 2000DE for $1499 and the
 >2000DCE for $1599.  (The claim is that the 2000DCE is usually $2199,
 >the 2000DE is not claimed to be discounted as much.)  

I paid 1699 for my 2000DCE, so I think your price is a good one.  I think
they are a little high on the 2000DE


ps. I am making swimwear and cycling clothes, so I use the cover stitch on
    each thing I make.
Date: Mon, 23 Oct 1995 14:26:35 -0400
Subject: Re: Decisions, decisions

I absolutly love my 2000de.  No tensions to worry about and always a great
stitch.  I owned a White before and it was a piece of junk.  Now I sew
instead of thread, adjust tensions and change plates.
Date: Mon, 23 Oct 1995 14:29:06 -0400
Subject: Re: DECOing on a sweatshirt

I have used iron on stablizer and I have also added a wash off stablizer to
the front with great results.  Don't pull too hard when putting material into
the hoop, this will distort the fabric and cause puckers.
Date: Mon, 23 Oct 1995 13:30:47 CDT
Subject: DECOing on a sweatshirt

I don't have a DECO, but have a friend with a HUGE computer embroidery machine,
and she uses a tear-away stabilizer under her pattern.  She doesn't hoop the 
stabilizer, just puts a square of it (about the size of her hoop) under the 
area to be embroidered.  That's what I do when doing free-hand machine 
embroidery with my 1130.   Have fun!!! 

Date: Mon, 23 Oct 1995 16:55:06 -0400
Subject: sleeves

I had a battle this weekend trying to set in some sleeves in 
a jacket that I'm making. This was my first complete project with
my new Bernina! The fabric is a raw silk - and I used the gathering
stitch (the one that's next to the basting stitch on the 1260) for
the ease. That didnt work very well. Finally I just used a longer 
stitch length and that helped in pulling the bobbin thread so 
that I could ease the sleeve in to fit. But it looks terrible!
I've set in sleeves before and never had such a problem. I
used a Simplicity pattern (this is one of the first one I've used)
and I'm quite disappointed. I also altered the pattern using Nancy's
pivot and slide method (around the bust and the arm). I dont
know which of these created the problem! Does anyone have any

Date: Mon, 23 Oct 1995 16:29:37 -0700
Subject: 2000DE &2000DCE  


You asked about the 2000DE and DCE sergers.  I have a 2000DE and this is my
fourth serger.  It is a marvel - I love it and it is by far the easiest to
use.  My others weren't bernina's but there were other models is my class
and there is no comparison.  The list price difference between the DE and
the DCE is $300.  If you ever upgraded it would cost at least that.  For
$100 I would definitely go with the DCE.  I know the difference because I
would like to upgrade mine but they want $500 ( I think that's fair but I
don't have it right now.)

Enjoy! It's a wonderful serger.  The onl difference between the two is the
cover stitch.

Date: Mon, 23 Oct 1995 19:20:50 -0500
Subject: Plastic accessory - 1630

I got a plastic thing ~ 7" long with a curved T end. Can anyone tell me what
this is for? It has a 1/2" red piece of tape on the handle near the "T" end.
Faye P
Date: Mon, 23 Oct 95 23:39:00 UTC
Subject: Bernina Digest 10/22/95

I bought a White 734D serger 5 years ago.  At the time, I wasn't sure what I
wanted in a serger (it's a 3/4 thread with diff feed).  I played with
decorative serging and regular utilitarian serging (doing seams).  Frankly,
I think it's a nice plaything.  I don't do much with it anymore except for
finishing edges on fancy, ravelly fabric.  It's good for doing quick knit
garments (which I did alot of 5 yrs ago) leggings etc.  I've done
some quick quilts on it too.  I've also been trying to make the serger
necklace which was a kit made by Bernina 3 years ago.
I would NEVER pay $1500 for a serger...I don't think it does enough for you
to warrant that.  The two thread chain stitch can be nice for decorative
stitching...but I can get the same effect from fancy threads in the bobbin
of my sewing machine.  The cover stitch can be simulated with a double
needle in the sewing machine (though it would be MUCH faster by serger).
I've seen it on T-shirt hems.  But how many of those will you do????
I saw a 734D for $399 do have to manually switch the throat plate
if you want to do a rolled hem and you can't lower the knife.  It also
doesn't have a computer control.  But for an $1100 savings, I'll take a 734D
any day.  I'd rather have a fancy sewing machine (or even a Deco...) instead
of a fancy serger.
    I don't think you can turn a corner using the attachment (I never
could).  You have to manually fold the miter into the binding (you could
probably pull the binding through the attachment so that you could continue
to use the attachment once the corner was mitered)  There are other methods
where you sew the miter separately...but then I'd think you'd have to take
the binding out of the attachment.
    I would use Sulky's Totally Stable iron on stablizer or plain freezer
paper to stablize the sweatshirt...there won't be residue on the back
(though you could lose a wee bit of fuzz...not enough to be concerned
about).  Otherwise, baste a piece of Tear away behind the area to embroider
(that's the type of stuff that the professionals use).
Date: 23 Oct 95 21:29:56 EDT
Subject: Bernina Digest 10/22/95

Debbie-I had a Bernette 334D (not the DS), which was a very good serger, but I
really wanted a 2 thread capability (which I understand you can get a conversion
kit for the DS for the 2 thread stitches), plus the lower looper on mine was
difficult to thread ( the DS has the same lever as the more expensive ones which
makes the threading easier), and I had a great deal of difficulty adjusting the
tension between different weights of fabric.  Once the tension was right, it
stitched beautifully, but I had a great deal of difficulty adjusting the tension
(maybe it was just me).  I recently attended a special sale at my dealers, and
the 334DS was "on sale" for $899, the 2000DE for $1499, and the 2000DCE for
$1699, but the dealer gave $100 in store credit, or you could get 8 cones of
serger thread, 5 feet, and 2 cones of Wooly Nylon if you didn't want the credit.
I ended up with the 2000 DCE  and although it took me 2 years to save up and I
really worried about whether or not it was worth it, I am supremely happy with
my purchase!  The cover stitch is wonderful for knits, but as I sew mostly
wovens I didn't know if I needed it.  I understand it is *perfect* for wovens,
so I think of all those quickie hems I sew and I think I will love it.  I have
only had it a few days, but have tried as many combinations of stitches as I
could and they have all sewed out perfectly with NO adjustment of tension by me
(VBG).  I have my lesson next week, since I am working and that is when I had to
schedule it.  I hope this helps with your decision.  Pat
Date: Mon, 23 Oct 1995 23:18:32 -0400
Subject: Re: Bernina Digest 10/22/95

The best stabalizer around is called firm hold.It irons on the back side of
your garment and can be placed in the hoop. It works on all fabrics
especially on knits. I don't use any other kind!
Date: Tue, 24 Oct 1995 16:03:23 -0400
Subject: Re: faux quilt stitch

can this stitch be made on the 930?? how??
Date: Tue, 24 Oct 1995 18:02:33 -0400
Subject: Help with My Walking Foot

I am quilting the first full-sized quilt that I've done with a walking foot,
and it is "hanging up" quite often.  It'll suddenly start stitching in the
same place, sometimes making a little clicking noise, like I sewed over
something plastic, sometimes with no noise at all.  When I raise the foot and
lower it again, it resumes sewing.  I haven't had any trouble like this doing
binding or a tablecloth or quilting on the borders of this quilt, so I
thought maybe the weight of the quilt was pulling it and causing this.  But
it sometimes does it when there is plenty of slack in the quilt.  Does anyone
have any ideas?  My Bernina is a 1001.
Date: Tue, 24 Oct 1995 22:01:57 EDT
Subject: Bernina 217n 

Hello, I am new to the group and have an 1130 and just acquired a new 
217n industrial. While I love the speed, I sure miss needle down and 
the ability of getting the needle thread off the bobbin hook easily 
without having to turn the hand wheel.  Does anyone have thoughts on 
using singer feet as opposed to the Bernina feet which are very 
expensive????????...Thanks Roxy
Date: Tue, 24 Oct 1995 08:11:53 -0700
Subject: feet: #12 vs. #21

My local store is having a 20% off sale on accessories this weekend.  I 
was looking through my foot book, remembering that I wanted a foot to 
put on cording ... both #12 and #21 do this.  I only have money for one 
foot - can someone tell me what the differences between them are, 
advantages and disadvantages, etc.  Thanks.

Date: Tue, 24 Oct 1995 10:54:45 EDT
Subject: Repair Problem

Just to let you know the end of the story--I hope--I have my 1630 
back as of October 14.  It was in for repair from August 25 to 
October 14 (7 weeks).  During that time Bernina's service center 
tried unsuccessfully to repair a circuit board 3 times.  The machine 
traveled back and forth between dealer and the service center twice 
with the dealer checking it both times and finding that it didn't 
work.  Even after all of this, Bernina expected the dealer to return 
the bad board BEFORE they would supply a new one for my machine.  
(The dealer had the machine in their possession at this time.)

I called Bernina's Customer Service on October 12 and expressed my 
opinion that this was totally unacceptable service.  I had owned the 
machine for 12 months, two of which it was in Bernina's possession.  
They promised to check into it and call me back.  I also called the 
area representative with the same message.  I did not get the call-
back promised to me by Customer Service, but I did get my machine two 
days later.

The machine works great, and I am happy to have it back.  I hope that 
others of you who may be having this same problem (and I have been 
told this is common) will contact Bernina and let them know that this 
is not the way to treat customers.  I think they need to hear this 
from customers and not just from dealers.

Thanks for all the help and suggestions so many of you have given me 
along the way.  

Date: Wed, 25 Oct 1995 08:53:40 -0400
Subject: Re: Mary Lou Nalls Books

Dear Carol,
Foot Book I
Foot Book II
Just Needling
Heirloom Sewing
Heirloom Sewing With Berinia 1630
Cut Ups and Cut Outs
Date: Wed, 25 Oct 1995 08:53:39 -0400
Subject: Re: Rotary Cutting Mat

Dear Louise,
Dritz makes a 30 x 36 cutting mat.  I use two side by side on my cutting
table.  This set up works great and I can still pick one up if I need to take
it to a class with me.  I have them held in place with double stick carpet
tape.  Even with the tape, unfortunately, sometimes the cutter does not cut
where the two boards meet.  While this is somewhat inconvient I like the
flexibility of having two mats.  When I purchased mine they retailed for
around $25.00.  Now I think they are closer to $30.00.  If you can buy
wholesale, you can purchase from United Notions in Atlanta.  Also have seen
them in Hancocks Fabrics and Piece Goods (has gone out of business here).
Hope this helps.  Please E-mail me personally if you cannot find one and I
will order one for you.
Subject: rotary cutters
Date: Wed, 25 Oct 95 9:42:01 EDT

We all know how wonderful rotary cutters are.  Whenever I have to use 
scissors to cut something out, it feels very cumbersome (even though they 
are great ginghers!).  This is just a reminder that these great tools are 
dangerous.  We get so used to using them, we forget that they are a razor 
blade on a stick.

My finger is all better now but about a year ago I had to spend several 
hours in the emergency room to get the tip of my left index finger fixed 
up with steri-strip sutures.  I was cutting out the last thing of the 
evening, around 10:30 ~ 11:00 at night and my attention wasn't the only 
thing that slipped.  My DH was really upset by the whole thing, as was I.

Since then, I keep in mind Rules of Thumb, actually Finger :-).

1. Never try to use an old blade for "just one more thing."
2. Cut out early, sew late.  Don't use the rotary cutter when I'm tired.
3. Don't rush it, the fabric will still be there tommorrow.

I love my Olfa cutter, it has really changed the way I sew.  I would 
never have tried a strip pieced quilt without it.  I've now done 4 or 5 
Trip Around the World Quilts using my rotary cutter.  Just remember to 
use caution with it.  Happy Sewing!

Monica P
Date: Wed, 25 Oct 1995 08:53:42 -0400
Subject: Re: Bernina 1630

You can have it all with the 1630.  This machine does beautiful Heirloom
work.  Check out Mary Lou Nall's book entitled Heirloom sewing on the Bernina
1630.  I especially love the Handlooms.  
Using the stitch designer on the 1630 you can design or copy any stitch on
any other machine or old fashion hand stitches.  It may take a little
practice but many of the Bernina specialists has worked out a lot of them and
have them memorized on keys.  They are very gracious to share.  Check it out.
Date: Wed, 25 Oct 1995 12:49:35 -0500
Subject: 1630 to 1630S????

Okay, I'll admit it -  I don't know the difference between a 1630 and a
1630S.  Could someone tell me what the differences are and how would you
tell what type your machine is?  I bought mine 18 months ago at Paducah and
except for a problem with the shuttle case (the whole mechanism was replaced
after a long time in the shop) I have been really happy with it. Just wish I
had more time to play....

Date: Wed, 25 Oct 1995 14:00:33 -0500
Subject: Re: Bernina Digest 10/22/95

At 8:31 AM 10/23/95, Bernina wrote:
>So I'd like to ask people's advice.
>1. What do you think about these prices?

Pretty high! The 334ds is made by Juki; the Bernina price tag for the same
model is higher (around $950 list, though you can probably find one in the
$700 range). Sewin' in Vermont has them for $499. Do you really want to
spend the extra $1000 on a 2000DE or 2000DCE?

Date: Wed, 25 Oct 1995 14:12:34 -0400
Subject: Re: 1630 Stitch Designer

Yes, Nita you do want to get the upgrade. You will really enjoy the ability
to design stitches up to 45 mm width but you are not limited to that width.
Motifs can be sewn in 9, 18, 27, 36, or 45 mm widths. The height that you see
on the screen is the full width of  whatever size stitch that you are
designing. The purpose of the memory key is to save designs that you create
or trade with friends so that you are not limited to 25 designs. I hope that
this answers your questions.

Date: Wed, 25 Oct 95 17:33:17 EST
Subject: Virginia

     We are going to University of Virginia next week (football game).  My 
     DH has already routed us through Gastonia and Mary Jo's.  Any other 
     fun fabric/quilt shops along the way from Tallahassee, FL to 
     Charlottesville, Va.? 
Date: Wed, 25 Oct 1995 20:45:04 EDT
Subject: Re: rotary Cutting Mat

Hey, I am new to the group. Do you all know about the irregular 
rotary cutting mats available from Sew Fit. They are about 50% off. I 
just received mine in the mail 48x96 for $75.00 a self healing 
pinnable. The unpinnable ran about $44, all plus $10.00 s/h. They 
have all sizes and prices. Such a deal!!  Call 1-800-547-4739. And, 
The irregularity was no biggie, a small nick on one edge. Roxy
Date: Thu, 26 Oct 95 02:05:00 UTC 0000
Subject: ... no subject ...


You have to use "bias binding" and you must round the corners if you use
it....also, you won't get a large binding to fit thru it, it will only fit
up to about 1 1/2" wide....

Date: Tue, 24 Oct 1995 08:47:02 -0400
Subject: Re: DECOing on a sweatshirt

The best way to stabilize a knit is to use an iron-on stabilizer like Sulky
Totally Stable. If you cannot find it in your area, then iron-on freezer
paper. The Totally Stable is not as stiff and it is easier to use especially
in hoops. Either one will tear-away after the embroidery work is done but
because it is ironed-on, the knit cannot stretch out of shape.  The fleece
backing is no problem. Good luck with your project- it sounds great. 

Date: Tue, 24 Oct 1995 07:53:40 -0400
Subject: Re: DECOing on a sweatshirt

Suggestions for your sweatshirt:  Use the hoops it all if you have purchased
it.  Put a piece of stitch and tear under the pattern.  Use a new needle
appropriate to the thread. You may even want to stabalize to top side with a
water soluable spray or sheet.  Good luck!  Linda
Date: Tue, 24 Oct 1995 07:51:47 -0400
Subject: Deco-ing a sweatshirt

I do this all the time, and yes, you do use iron-on. I have a product called
Firm-Hold that comes on a roll, and the other one I know of is Totally
Stable. Both of these iron on but peel right off when you are through. They
won't hurt the fleece. The reason for iron on for t-shirts &sweatshirts is
to hold the item totally stable (therefore the name of one of the products).
Just be sure you get the rest of the shirt arranged so that you don't have
anything you don't want under the needle. I once embroidered a whole design
only to discover the t-shirt sleeve was under the embroidery. The choice was
to wear it with one arm pinned to my side under the shirt, pick the whole
design out, or throw it away. I actually picked it out over several nights of
TV watching, just to see if I could. 

Mary M
Date: Thu, 26 Oct 1995 09:39:36 CDT
Subject: Older Model Sergers

 I agree with your comments of 23rd. I too have an older serger- Bernette 234.
I have to change the throat plate and foot everytime I want to do a Narrow
roll hem, but I never have any tension problems(it's a Bernette, of course).
I have had it now for 8 years and everytime I think of trading up, I just can't
give up my baby.  I do occasionally long for diff feed, or some of the other
neat new features like 2 thread stitch, not having to change the plate/foot.
But like you, Krista, I would rather put my money in a fancy sewing machine.
Now if, someday, I had the funds......

		It might be a different story.

Thanks for this great forum.  I really appreciate Sue for getting us altogether
and keeping us together!!!

Date: Thu, 26 Oct 1995 11:18:54 -0400
Subject: Re: Bought the 1090


At this point I'm not sure I would trade up.  I just think all the extra
stiches are neat - but would I use them??  I don't know.  Perhaps I should
just look at the Deco..... 

If I were to trade up - moneywise it would not make sense to spend $1000 more
dollars for a 1260 when $1300 would buy the 1530.  That was my only point (at
least the only one I thought I was making) 

I love my 1090.  My first guide class is monday.

Date: Thu, 26 Oct 1995 14:04:38 -0400
Subject: Re: Bernina Digest 10/24/95

MR TYLER O WELLS:  My Bernie dealer had an adapter that allowed me to use my
self-modified Singer open toe foot on my 1530 Inspiration.  I used it until I
bought the Bernie open toe.  I like the Bernina feet because they are metal
and seem sturdier than other plastic feet.  Never break!
Date: Thu, 26 Oct 1995 14:04:35 -0400

NM:  The walking foot for quilting needs to be shaved on the
bottom.  My dealer tech. did this for me for nothing.  Others such as Harriet
Hargrave charges about $15.00. I read some place else that a screw tension
adjustment on the back of the foot can cure the problem, but my dealer didn't
know about this or didn't offer.  Hope this helps. 8-)
Date: Thu, 26 Oct 1995 18:04:32 -0400
Subject: plastic curved thing.

Does that plastic curved thing fit on the work platform? I think you may be
referring to that thing that you can move along to set a seam allowance.

Date: Thu, 26 Oct 95 17:58:22 PDT
Subject: RE: Help with my Walking Foot 

My walking foot does the same thing.  I would love to get it fixed.
Name: Sue Wall
Date: Thu, 26 Oct 1995 18:36:36 -0400
Subject: Re: Bernina Digest 10/23/95

Does anyone know if Bernina makes a very lightweight machine for traveling.I
have a 1530and do not want to take it to classes.How much do they run?
Date: Thu, 26 Oct 1995 19:00:12 -0400
Subject: Re: Help with my Walking Foot

I'm afraid this is a common complaint with walking feet, mine does it all the
time and I've just gotten used to lifting the foot with the knee lift when it
starts to catch. Harriet Hagraves recommends shaving a bit of the plastic off
the bottom of the foot, but I'd only have someone who knew what they were
doing attempt this. I'd love to hear if there are any other remedies. Sue M.
Date: Thu, 26 Oct 95 23:46:00 UTC 0000
Subject: Sergers


Maybe, you wouldn't pay $1500. for a serger, but those of us who use ours on
a daily basis would......I use my serger at least once a day....Had I paid
$1500. for my serger, I would have paid it gladly......sergers are a
wonderful machine, and do far more than just finishing seams or decorative
stitching.....they do blind hems, rolled hems, gathering, flatlocking, make
regular seams and far more.....I think that $1500. for a good serger for the
person who is serious about her sewing is not that great an expense......As
a matter of fact, I have 2 sergers.  One is a Juki 4 cone serger, my first
one, which at one time was sold to someone and then when I found out she
wasn't using it, I offered to buy it back and did, and my bernina 2000de.  I
paid at that time $200.00 less of the 1500. for mine....bought it when it
was first introduced, and while I don't like that serger very much, I
wouldn't part with it for anything.

For someone who is considering a first serger purchase, I would not tell
them to go down to their local walmart and buy that one either, a serger is
just as important as a sewing machine and its purchase is something a sewer
must think about, because while it is limited in its options, it makes a
vast difference in the time it takes me to sew a garment.  I am a serious
sewer and quilter who values her serger and does take it seriously.

Date: Fri, 27 Oct 1995 00:11:45 -0400
Subject: Love That  Bernina

I have always thought that the Bernina was the best machine made and now I
KNOW it.  It just happened that I had both of my Bernina's in the shop at the
same time and needed to get some sewing done by a deadline.  (The 1230 is
going to my daughter for Christmas and was being serviced.  The 1630 was
being upgraded.)  I have both the Babylock Esante and the Viking #1 (I teach
quilting and other machine techniques and have them so I can know what is
going on in the machine world.)  I finished my square dance skirt on the
Babylock and did some patchwork on the Viking.  Was so glad to get my Bernies
back, I huged them.  Nothing, absolutly nothing, sews like a Bernina.  The
other machines are good machines, but they don't sew as smooth (jerky feed
dogs) and the lack of a knee lift drove me crazy.  The Viking has a very
peculiar bobbin winding system that takes several tries to get it to wind.
 Any way, now I have many more reasons to love my Bernina.  Happy sewing--
Date: Fri, 27 Oct 95 05:18:00 PDT
(Subject: Help with My Walking Foot

I am quilting the first full-sized quilt that I've done with a walking foot,
and it is "hanging up" quite often.....)

This is just what happened to me until my dh took the foot apart and 
adjusted the spring that makes the foot "walk".  He gave it more UMPH (or 
spring).   Harriet Hargrave gave directions to shave the plastic off the 
foot so it wouldn't stick.  Apparently this is a problem caused by using the 
foot for quilting.  It was probably not designed for that use.  But it works 
great when it doesn't stick.

Date: Fri, 27 Oct 95 12:08:00 UTC 0000
Subject: Re: Rotary Cutting Mat

I bought my cutting mats as a set of two and they came with these little
metal thingies to hold them together. I think it's Olfa brand. When they're
together, which they are most of the time on a big 8 foot folding table I
got at a discount place, they make up a mat about 30x72 (I think that's

I got them on sale at Hancock's in Albuquerque. They seem to have frequent
sales on Olfa stuff.
Date: Fri, 27 Oct 1995 08:28:57 -0400
Subject:  New Toys

I'm new to this group, and to Berninas also.  However, I just had
to put in a plug for my dealer.  Approx 2 weeks ago, I visited a
Bernina dealer in my area upon the recommendation of a
co-worker.  I was in the market for an embroidery machine.  As
Mr. Zimmerman, he's one of the old order Mennonites - he and
his wife and son run the business.  I walked out with a new
Deco 500 at the incredible price of $1295.  He had 20% off
everything in the store.  That was Saturday - Monday I went back
and purchased the scanner for $795.  This Wednesday, I went
in to see what kind of deal I could get if I traded my Singer
Quantumlock 4 in on a Bernina (I got hooked on Bernina).  This
time, I walked out with a 2000 DE - his sale price was $1095
(his regular price is $1195 or $1295) but since I had made the 2
other purchases, he even knocked a good bit off the $1095. 
These folks are absolutely incredible - sooo helpful - and they
really value their customers.  Their son has had the training to
do all the repairs, etc.  As with the other dealers, they cannot
mail order UNLESS a person has made 1 visit to the shop, and
they also need to inform people if there are dealers closer to
where they live.  I think his sale may be over; however, his
regular prices are even quite a bit lower than what I've been
reading from the posts to this group (maybe more so for
sergers than the embroidery machines because of the
newness of the embroidery technology).  Seems like his
preference is to move lots of machines at less profit than to
move fewer machines at a greater profit.  Anyhow, this dealer is
in central Pennsylvania, so if anyone wants any more info, let
me know.  I certainly wouldn't want him to become a target for
angry competitors, but if you're anywhere close, it's worth the
Date:          Fri, 27 Oct 1995 09:17:56 +0000
Subject:       Re: Bernina Digest 10/25/95

There is a wonderful new(ish) shop in Charlottesville, Quilter's 
Fare.   I live there well when I can sneak away without my husband 
checking out where I am going .

Date: 27 Oct 95  9:59:57 EDT
Subject: Two Questions and a comment

1. Is there anywhere on the internet where there is a discussion about clothing 
contruction?  The Bernina Fan Club is great but, I need some more help.

2. I just bought a 2000 DCE.  My dealer is very friendly and will take it back 
if I have any problems but, I was wondering.  Do you think I will use it for 
making clothes all the time?  Is a serger really necessary to get a 
professional look?

Since I discovered the fan club I've spent a lot of time reading about it.  I 
hope I don't get fired.  I have to stay late tonight (a Friday) just to catch 
up on the reading and work I get paid to do.  

Everyone is asking about price in the club here on the net.  I've called around 
to a few of the mail order companies in Threads and Sew Magazine.  I was told 
that generally Berninas cost less on the East Coast.  And judging from the 
prices  I've seen on the net that seems right.  

I love my dealer.  In my opinion she has great prices on machines.  But, in 
reality I never really know the book value on the machine.  Honestly, with all 
things considered I don't worry about it.  Yeah, spending $1000 or $2000 or 
$3000 on a machine sounds like an outrageous extravagance.  But, if my dealer 
marks the machines down and goes out of business I'll really be sorry.  
Whenever I have a question she is there for me.   I just stop in and get free 
advice.  I love it!  The people are really nice too.  Believe me, I come from a 
long line of Swamp Yankee bargain hunters-  just ask the guy who sold me my car 
dealer.  People have commented that their dealers don't give them discounts on 
fabric and tools.  That is kind of disappointing but, again if my dealer makes 
a profit and stays in business I make out better in the long run than if I went 
to JoAnne's and saved 75 cents on a ruler or something.  I would prefer to 
support my local dealer and get free assistance than mail order items to save 
money and have no one to go to when I need help.

These are just my opinions and I don't the years of Bernina sewing experience 
like most of you do but, I just thought I'd add my 2 cents. 
Date: Fri, 27 Oct 95 11:19 CST
Subject: Re[2]: HELP with my Walking Foot

     You can send to Harriet Hargrave's shop in Colorado and her 
     technician will shave one piece of rubber off of the bottom 
     of the foot (the center piece) and will also cut out a 
     section of the toe for better visibility.  Enclose a check 
     for $12.00 with the foot.  This covers the alteration and 
     return postage.  It really helps!  And the foot is returned 
     Harriet's Treadle Arts
     6390 West 44th Avenue
     Wheat Ridge, Colorado 80033
Date: Fri, 27 Oct 1995 14:55:05 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Pfaff changing ownership

I attended my local Bernina Club yesterday.  Our dealer said that Singer 
had been purchased by a Japanese businessman who has now purchased Pfaff.
The latest model--is it 7550?--may be the last of the German-made machines.
Anyone know anything about this?  My dealer will go to a Pfaff seminar 
this week end and possibly get more information.  
Date: 27 Oct 95 15:04:55 EDT
Subject: Re: HELP with my Walking Foot

I shaved a little bit off the bottom of my Bernina walking foot and it works.
Just remember to go at it a very little bit at a time.  If in doubt, take off
less.  You can always take a little more off, but you can't put it back on!!!!
Date: 27 Oct 95 15:04:58 EDT
Subject: Lightweight Bernina

Bernina made lightweight machines in the past.  I have had an 800 and currently
have an 802 and a Nova.  Both older machines, but anyone that has ever had a
Bernina knows that they work forever and hold their value.  The 802 just weighes
about 2 lbs. more than a Singer featherweight, and the 802 has drop down feed
dog, adjustable left to right needle and about 7 different stitches.  You may
have to contact a dealer and ask them to watch for one or watch the newspaper

Date: Fri, 27 Oct 1995 11:58:19 -0600 (CST)
Subject: Re: Plastic accessory - 1630

The plastic accessory that comes with the 1630 is a seam guide.  It hooks
on the sewing table and slides left <-> right.
Date: Fri, 27 Oct 95 23:26:00 UTC 0000
Subject: Re:DECOing on a sweatshirt

What a patient person you are, Mary! I think I would have taken the sleeves
off and put some on to blend with the embroidered design -- or made it
sleeveless. :)

Subject: Re: New Quilt Store 
Date: Fri, 27 Oct 95 20:58:25 -0400

Hi there Carrie!  Have I been there yet?

Date: Fri, 27 Oct 1995 21:58:42 EDT
Subject: Bernina Digest 10/25/95

I have both feet.  I use the 21 almost exclusively. I think it works 
better,at least for me.  If you look on the bottom of the foot you 
will see that the groove on the 12 is larger than the 21.  I use the 
21 for piping and my piping size is 21# cable cord and it fits great. 
 What size cord well you use the most? Hope this helps..Roxy
Date: Sat, 28 Oct 1995 01:28:06 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: Pfaff changing ownership

> I attended my local Bernina Club yesterday.  Our dealer said that Singer 
> had been purchased by a Japanese businessman who has now purchased Pfaff.
> The latest model--is it 7550?--may be the last of the German-made

I heard part of this well over a year ago. Singer did indeed purchase
Pfaff....the Industrial machine division, and I believe they will be/are
being made in Czechoslovakia (not exactly sure on that where!). Pfaff still
owns and makes the home machines. I did not hear anything about a Japanese
businessman purchasing Singer, but interestingly enough, on today's news I
heard a report that Singer is trying to buy back 10% of their stock....they
are doing this because that will increase the value of the stock for the
shareholders, and they feel their stock is severely underrated.
Date: Sat, 28 Oct 1995 09:44:48 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: Two Questions and a Comment

To Terri, who asked about using a serger in clothing construction, and 
about information on the internet.  I, too, have explored the internet 
but haven't found anything really satisfying.  I was lucky enough to have 
had a superb teacher for tailoring and sewing several years ago. Since 
then, the best I've found is Nancy Zieman, who teaches about like my 
teacher did.  You might enjoy her program on PBS or her videos on 
clothing construction.  I have found her very sound.  You might also find 
lessons in your community.  As for using sergers in clothing 
construction, when I purchased my serger years ago, I looked at the 
commercial garments in department stores for ideas of how to use the 
machine.  That was helpful.  I do not use my serger extensively, but do
use it on every garment I make.  As far as spending a lot of money on 
one, go for it if you can afford it.  I judge that you have already 
purchased the model 2000DCE and are now feeling guilty.  Don't!  Just enjoy 
it and regard it as a tool like a table saw which wouldn't get used every 
day either unless someone was in the carpentry business.  Yes, you can 
certainly get a professional look to garments without the serger.  I 
happen to "live" in slacks and blouses which are washed and dried.  They 
benefit by having serged seams and, I think, hold up much better with the 
hard use I give them.  Best wishes.
Date: Sat, 28 Oct 1995 14:50:05 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Birthday Treat

You all have been very helpful, and I have valued your posts a great 
deal.  I finally decided to treat myself to a 1630 since today is my 
birthday and my husband said, "if you want it, get it."  I have been 
bouncing back and forth in my decision-making process, but now feel
satisfied with the purchase.  I was taken aback--when I went down to the 
shop a few hours ago, I expected to be ordering the machine because the 
dealer had told me about a month ago that she only special-ordered the 
1630s since they have to carry so many different machines.  She handed me 
the warranty card to turn in and said Bill, her husband, would carry my 
machine to the car.  It was sort of like picking up a new baby.  Well, as 
you can imagine I had to come home and clean up the old machine since she 
is to get that as a trade-in and one thing led to another.  Had to clean 
up the sewing area, rearrange things, read the first manual, unpack the 
box, empty the old bobbins--you've probably all been through this more 
recently than I.  We are supposed to go out to dinner.  Husband's 
birthday is Nov. 1 so we try to celebrate if there is a week end in 
between the two dates.  Now, I just want the fastest possible meal and come
home to my new machine.  Lessons will come along in a few weeks.  She 
accumulates 3 or 4 new owners so she can teach a small group.
Date: Sat, 28 Oct 95 18:15:29 EDT
Subject: Re: Two Questions and a Comment

>1. Is there anywhere on the internet where there is a discussion about clothing
>contruction?  The Bernina Fan Club is great but, I need some more help.
There is a group called Wearable Art.  You can subsribe free of charge at

Just type subcribe wearable art in the body of the letter.

Date: Sat, 28 Oct 1995 18:59:13 -0400
Subject: Bernina Day

Today was a Bernina day for sure.  All three of my Bernie's got used, and
performed fantastically as always.  I made 2 pillowcases for my children, one
out of birthday fabric, then I used the Deco to embellish it with Birthday
cakes and happy birthday written all over it. Then I did one for my daughter,
out of flannel, same idea, only I used a rabbit pattern.  Came out great.
I used the serger to put them together, now I am piecing a wall hanging on
the 1530, it is just humming along, happy as can be.  
Nothing sews like a Bernina, you can be sure of it!

Date: Sat, 28 Oct 1995 19:39:56 -0400
Subject: Re: 1630 to 1630S???

There have been some upgrades on the 1630 but I had  never heard of the 1630S
either.  The latest machine had a sticker on the top of the head that has a
bird on it.  If your machine has the bird sticker you have the latest version
of the 1630.  The last upgrade affected the stitch designer.  If you go to
your stitch designer screen and in the lower right hand corner you have a
block with the number 27 in it you have the upgrade.  If you click on the 27
you will see the number change from 9 to 18 to 27 to 36 to 45.  This simply
means that anything you create in you stitch designer can be sewn out in all
five sizes.  The other change in the upgrade allows you to import and save
designs created on your computer thru the Bernina designer software.

A note on the bird sticker:  I understand that Bernina has stopped putting
the sticker on the newer machines.  The best way to tell if you have the
latest version is to check the stitch designer sizes as I explained above.

Hope this helps.
Date: Sat, 28 Oct 1995 20:23:57 -0400
Subject: Re: Lightweight Bernina

Several years ago Bernina made a model 901 Sport.  It was a great little
machine and more light weight than other models.  You would have to run
across one used unfortunately as they no longer make it.
Date: Sat, 28 Oct 1995 21:20:55 -0400
Subject: Re: Bernina Digest 10/27/95

To: Re[2]: HELP with my Walking Foot
My Bernina Tech. at my local dealer did it for free and with a smile.  She
also told me the word is making it way back to Bernina and she anticipates a
fix in the next model.  It may be a new and just as expensive foot.  Like the
Black Latch Bobbin case.  Really, just by an extra regular case and dot it
with nail polish! ;-)
Date: Sun, 29 Oct 95 02:22:00 UTC 0000
Subject: Bernina Digest 10/27/95

Help!!!  I was sewing on my 1630 for about 4 hours.  Then, suddenly, it
decided to stop sewing sideways.  I had been working on the star which is
shown in that Inspiration guide book (the one on the zodiac vest).  I still
am having trouble with it...10 stitches of direction 4 seems to be too much.
In any case, I kept trying to rekey it in to memory thinking that I must be
keying in too many of direction 4 when it suddenly decided that it was only
going to go forward and backwards.  I then tried sewing other wide stitches
and it wouldn't work.  Finally, I turned the machine off and on and that
seemed to "reset" something because it started sewing normally again.  Then,
it seemed to get a bit flaky.  I finally decided that it probably needed to
cool down.  After cooling off, it seems to be working well again.
    Has anyone else had such problems????
                              Krista do you scroll through the memory if you've keyed in more stitches
than fit on one screen????
Date: Sat, 28 Oct 1995 22:37:40 -0700
Subject: Christmas Sewing

I would like to know if any of you out there are sewing for Christmas 
yet.  If you are, WHAT are you making??  If you can't tell, I am 
searching for great ideas.  I have a 1001 and a 334D.  Nothing fancy, 
but certainly fun to sew with!

I am trying to get a good start on this whole Holiday thing.


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