Bernina Fan Club Archives

September 95

Sunday, September 3 - Saturday, September 9

Date: Sun, 3 Sep 1995 08:43:14 -0400
Subject: Re: Help

Hi Petchy,

If you don't really want any threads showing on such a small ribbon, my
choice would be to use one of the fabric glues on the market to place the
ribbon on the skirt for your daughter.  I've used several types with great

Date: Sun, 3 Sep 1995 09:44:42 -0400
Subject: Re: Stitch Problem

Re guareding the owner of the new 1530 without the lessons.  I, too, bought a
Bernina from a lackluster dealer.  The lessone were hard to come by (I had
the second one almost 1 year after I purchased my machine) and the Bernina
club was $150 a year.  They also didn't offer the trade up option.  

The buttonhole problem could be because you didn't thread your bobbin thread
through the hole on the arm of the bobbin case.  Normally this isn't
necessary but it is great for fancy stitching and buttonholes.  Also,
sometimes my tension is off because I have neglected to clean out the lint as
often as I should (PLEASE don't tell anyone!)

Good luck!

Date: 03 Sep 95 10:54:56 EDT
Subject: Bernina DIgest 9/2/95


I have the new 1630 and my old #12 foot works just fine.  You just push the
button in for a 2. or 2.5 double needle, that way it will only swing the
distance you want it to.  I wouldn't let that stop me from getting a 1630.  It's
a wonderful machine, I sew for a business of my own and put it through the
hooops just like I did my 1130.  To tell you how much I sew, I have 8 machines
but I still managed to wear a groove in my bobbin case and a groove on the
bottom of foot #1 and my throat plate.  The dealer couldn't believe it.

Date: Sun, 3 Sep 1995 11:14:23 -0400
Subject: Upgrade

Hi -- a fun list to read!!

I got a 1080 a year ago -- when there was a special price for it.  I miss
having the lift -- and am thinking about getting the 1090 -- should I try to
sell the 1080 myself -- or should a dealer help me out??  Would it be better
to get a 1260 -- altho all my sewing is quilting, but I did used to make all
my clothes before I started working -- 

Any tips you guys could give me I'd really appreciate!!

Thanks -- Patsy 
Date: 03 Sep 95 10:54:58 EDT
Subject: Help


What I would do is do a zigzag with the same color thread that the ribbon is
just to the edge 
of either side of the ribbon, or just catching either side of it.  Hope this

Date: Sun, 3 Sep 1995 11:43:32 -0400
Subject: Re: Help

In answer to sewing on the ribbon, use a machine applique trick: fasten the
ribbon (applique) down with light dabs of fabric glue, then, using a hemming
stitch, sew along the outside edge of the ribbon (applique).  Use a pretty
narrow left-hand "jog" in the stitch to catch the edge of the ribbon
(applique) and keep the straight stitch as close to the edge of the ribbon as
possible to hide it.  Oh, I forgot, use thread the same color as the
background fabric to further hide its appearance.
Date: Sun, 3 Sep 1995 11:49:25 -0400
Subject: Re: How often to service your Bernina?

We strongly recommend that your Bernina be taken in at least every 18 months
for servicing. This is especially true if you are using your machine alot.
The reason for this is to save on larger repair bills in the future - lower
carrier wear, motor brushes burning up motors, adjustments that are not right
on that cause wear, etc. Your machine is a worthy investment, and should be
treated as well as a new car - periodic tune-ups. My mechanic has finally
gotten our a lot of our customers to do this and the major repairs that it
saves are noticable.
Date: Sun, 3 Sep 95 09:13 PDT
Subject: Fiesta Skirt

Three ideas you might try for your Fiesta Skirt.
1) Wind the ribbon on the bobbin and sew with the right side down.
2) Use your cording foot and zig zag using invisible thread on the top.
3) use the blind hem stitch.  Sew on both sides of the ribbon.  Very little
thread will show on the actual ribbon.
Hope this helps.
By the way, what is a Fiesta skirt?
Subject: Re: Help 
Date: Sun, 03 Sep 95 12:52:52 -0400

Here are two ideas.

1. Use transparent nylon thread and sew a single line in the middle of
the ribbon.  (I'm not sure if you'd count this as not being plastered,
but at least it would be invisible plaster:-))

2. Use a #10 foot and a narrow zigzag stitch.  Place the edge of the
ribbon right next to the edge of the hem.  The guide on the foot goes
between the two.  The zigzag stitch catches the ribbon, then the hem,
then the ribbon, and so on.  The length of the zigzag should be short
enough to give strength to the side-by-side seam and to reduce the
chance of the ribbon snagging on something.  If you match the thread
color to the ribbon color, this should be practically invisible and
definitely not a plaster job.

Date: Sun, 3 Sep 95 09:18 PDT
Subject: How often do you service your Bernina?

I take my Bernina in once a year for its annual checkup.
At home I break it down and dust and oil it every time I finish a project.
I also change needles at the end of every project.  If it is a big project,
like a quilt, I will change needles several times.  
A sharp needle makes such a difference to the sewing and they are not overly
I think that it is worth changing too often than not often enough.
Date: Sun, Sep 3, 1995 10:57 AM
Subject: Re: sewing narrow ribbon

Try a double needle just the width of the ribbon. 
Date: Sun, 3 Sep 1995 11:41:58 -0700
Subject: moving to Boston - need advice
        we will be moving to Boston w/in the month.

more zipping up to G Street Fabrics for their wonderful classes and 
fabulous selection.....What will I do when I get to Boston?  Any 
suggestions on where to shop and look for classes (clothing and maybe 
I'll try quilting while I'm there).  Also, since I don't know Boston at 
all...any advice on areas to live, good restaurants, just about 
anything you'd care to share about living there - will be greatly 
appreciated.  Think my husband will be working in Cambridge and would 
like to have an easy commute for him.
Thanks in advance,
Date: Sun, 3 Sep 1995 14:59:48 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Sewing machine pricing

I am getting the bug--to get a new sewing machine, that is.  First I 
wanted a serger, but began to feel that the whole sewing room needs 
upgrading.  Anyuway, I've begun my preliminary pricing with the local 
dealer (we have only one).  And I know only one person who has a 1630 in 
town so have bent her ear a bit.  Buying a Bernina is very much like 
buying a car.  I can get a terrific trade-in allowance, but believe that 
the list price of the Bernina is inflated.  All in all, there are 
probably no true bargains--it's just what you feel comfortable with.  I 
think the lessons and Bernina Club are VERY valuable, and I would get 
these for an indefinite period at no extra cost from a good teacher.  
Besides the machine and, possibly a serger, I am going to need to 
upgrade my sewing table.  I want to do some machine quilting and feel 
it's a must to have a level work area, so some improvement is in order 
over what I have now.  My old machine is 12 years old--an 801.  It's a 
simple, workhorse of a machine and still sews beautifully and reliably.
Trade-in value, sight unseen, is $700.  Don't think I paid that much for 
it new.  Well, you all are helping a great deal and I read comments on 
the 1260, 1530, and 1630 avidly.  In anticipation, I've already converted 
to "driving" left-footed.
Date: Sun,  3 Sep 95 20:17:00 UTC
Subject: Re: Bernina Digest 9/2/95

Wow, I am amazed to.  How did you manage to wear in those grooves.  Glad to
know you can use some of the feet on the 1630.  Still don't like the machine
tho.  hehehe
I see you found the bernina digest ok.  Glad you got here ok.  Remember when
I asked you if you were from Hagerstown.  hehehe
Date: Sun,  3 Sep 95 19:55:00 UTC
Subject: Re: Help

Thanks for the great idea on putting the ribbon down with the hem stitch.
I'm thinking of putting on several rows of ribbon, using different
techniques on each one. These fiesta skirts can be as fancied up as you have
energy for and still be "in style."
Date: Sun, 3 Sep 1995 16:57:29 -0400
Subject: Re: Bernina Digest 9/2/95

>> I have the new 1630 and my old #12 foot works just fine.  You just push
button in for a 2. or 2.5 double needle, that way it will only swing the
distance you want it to. <<  

I'm not exactly sure if I understand why you push the double needle function
button.  All feet that you use on 1530 and down can also be used on the 1630
without any need for you to make any changes.  The large feet for the 1630
that accomodate the 9mm swing also have the coded heads on them.  It's this
coded head that lets the machine know that it can swing 9mm.  If you have a
5mm foot on, then that is all that your machine will do. 

Date: Sun,  3 Sep 95 19:55:00 UTC
Subject: Fiesta Skirt

 Thanks for your ideas. I never would have thought to put the ribbon in the
bobbin. It'll come up through the little hole ok?
Gotta try that cording foot idea. I knew there was a foot in there somewhere
for this job. :)
A Fiesta Skirt is what you probably call a broomstick skirt. Made the same
way, but we put lots of embellishments on some of them. Traditionally ric-
rac and braids, but ribbons are also popular. It's just that I've never used
such narrow ribbon before. I picked up a bunch of it on sale a while back
and had even forgotten I had it. This was a good opportunity to use it up.
Date: Sun, 3 Sep 1995 18:13:04 -0400
Subject: Re: How often to service your Bernina?

What do they actually do during a tune-up?  I've had mine done on my 1530 a
couple of times and haven't noticed much difference when I get it back.  I've
cleaned the lint out and vacuumed under the plate (?) often and I oil it
whenever I clean it, too.  I also periodically clean the entire outside also.
 I can adjust my own bobbin tension pretty well (I have 2 bobbin cases) and
haven't had any trouble with my upper tension.  I have just moved to a new
area and the nearest Bernina dealer is 1-1/2 hours away and I can't stand
being without my machine for more than a day!

Date: Sun, 3 Sep 1995 19:24:37 -0400
Subject: Re: Sewing machine pricing

As to the topic of pricing - what would someone suggest to a woman who wants
to buy a sewing machine for her 16 year old daughter? She's new to sewing, so
the woman doesn't want to spend a lot and the Bernina dealer suggested a
Bernette, but I know nothing about these machines. I suggested she look for a
used Bernina, but she said the dealer didn't have any. Are the Bernettes good
machines? Any other ideas? Sue M.
Date: Sun,  3 Sep 95 23:18:00 UTC
Subject: Re: Sewing on narrow ribbon

I found my double needle, but I don't have the right foot for feeding it
through. I thought I did, but it didn't come with the machine. (Remember, I
just got this 1530 fairly recently and don't have a local dealer to call for
help.) Was that a #12 that someone recommended? Guess I'll have to buy it.
Date: Sun,  3 Sep 95 23:18:00 UTC
Subject: Sewing machine pricing

 You should be able to get $700 off the list price of a 1630 WITHOUT the
trade-in! That's exactly the markdown the ABQ dealer advertises, and she has
compared high to others who have posted here. The discount I show for the
1530 is $800, and for the 1260 it's $1000! So basically what your dealer is
doing is taking your old machine off your hands, giving you the same
discount you could get by keeping your machine, and then I'm sure s/he's
turning around and recouping a big part of the discount s/he gave you by
selling your old machine. You should either get that trade-in off the
discounted price (it appears that ALL the dealers discount the machines) or
keep your machine and sell it yourself.
Disclaimer: the above is my opinion. :)
Date: Mon,  4 Sep 95 00:13:00 UTC
Subject: Re: How often do you service y

If you call ahead and ask them for an appointment most dealers will
accomodate you.  I do this, cause I won't give my machine up for a day
I service mine once a year, without fail.
Date: Sun, 3 Sep 1995 20:49:15 -0400
Subject: Black Latch -- Not!

The woman who gave  me my intro class on the 1260 quietly told me not to
bother with the black latch case, that if I jused heavier threads etc ---
just to buy a second regular bobbin case and mark it and store it separately.

I did that when I had problems with using sulky rayon in the bobbin and it
worked great EXCEPT -- the screw that actually creates the tension, when
screwed in to increase the tension, makes it necessary to play with the
bobbin in order to get it in and out of the bobbin case.

I was reading about the extra long screw which the black latch case may or
may not have.  If it is non-fictional, it may be good for loosening the
bobbin tension but could be real trouble if you go towards a tighter setting!

Anyone else have the experience of bobbin hanging up on that little screw
while putting the bobbin in?

Mary Beth G
Subject: Re: Tough Husbands
Petchy, When you used your scanner, did you notice that the outline is 
quite thick? From what I can see 2mm is the skinniest it allows. I am 
going to take a sample to my dealer to take to the district meeting this 
month. I shall love to hear what people are doing with their Decos. Robin 
in Va. Beach ( I guess now we are waiting for Hurricane Luis) Here we go 
Date: Mon,  4 Sep 95 01:54:00 UTC
Subject: Moving to Boston...need advice

Sue...I'm originally from MA, now living in upstate NY.  One of the best
places to live is on the North Shore.  Look in Swampscott, Marblehead,
Wenham, Hamilton, Ipswich area.  Just returned a few weeks ago from
Hamilton.  Love it there &wish I could move back.  Hamilton has a small
quilt show...Cranberry Quilters, but what she carries is wonderful.  Lots of
Hoffman batiks, Japanese, etc.  Has a nice small supply of beads, great
books &she also carries ArtQuilt magazine.  There's another shop in Ipswich,
 Loom &Shuttle....has fabric and yarns.
I'll be interested to know where you settle.
Date: Sun, 3 Sep 1995 22:45:07 -0400 (EDT) 
Subject: Re: Bernina Digest
 Suzie, thanks for the inspiration. I truly wish my husband would find a 
hobby he liked as much as I do sewing. He misses out on so much not 
having something to be interested in. When I thought about the Deco 500 I 
made him go look at it because I truly wanted his input. I still don't 
know what he really thought.  Mr. Navy SEAL doesnt divulge his thoughts 
too easily, but under there is a heart of gold which is why I am going to 
get the machine WHEN it comes in. ( we'll have our 14th anniv. in April)
Robin in Va. Beach 

Date: Sun, 3 Sep 1995 22:48:12 -0400

I do alot of Machine Shadow Applique.  After all of the shadow applique is
finished is when I do my embellishment.  You must have you fabric in a hoop,
drop your feed dogs, set your machine on zig,zag...bring the bobbin thread up
(I use sulky in the needle and 80wt in the bobbin and a 60-70 needle)
 zigzag7-8 times, change to straight stitch, do 2 straight stitches in the
middle and then 2 straight stitches on the side of the zigzags, this will
give you the closest look to a french or colonial knot by machine, good luck!
Date: 03 Sep 95 23:04:28 EDT
Subject: #12 online lessons

The online lessons for foot # 12 sound wonderful.  Unfortunately, I will be
going on vacation soon and may miss them unless there is a way to save them and
get them later.  I have been enjoying reading the Digest very much.  I have a
1630, which I have had for a little over two years, and enjoy very much.  I have
really put it through it's paces, and have had no problems at all.  The only
minor exception is that I occasionally found that very fine thread would
sometimes "catch" in the little black gizmo inside the bobbin case.  One time it
fell out.  I was very concerned and immediately took it into the dealer,
convinced that I was having a problem with the bobbin since Bernina changed the
system with the 1630 and I had heard many negative comments about this.  I did
try sewing without the gizmo in the case, and it sewed beautifully, but I still
worried.  My dealer says that that is just a spacer-put in because of the many
different weights of threads, and that it is not necessary to sew, so I finally
took it out, and have had no problems since.  I have an extra bobbin for very
heavy threads.   I have noticed that it takes a lot of oil.  I have always been
very careful to keep it clean, change the needles, etc, but this machine takes
more oil than my previous Bernina.  For the person who asked about whether or
not generic feet will work-yes, they will, if you have the long adaptor.  I have
collected most of the Bernina feet over the years, and I think they are what
make the machine so fabulous, but once in awhile it is necessary to use a
generic foot.  Case in point is the binding attachment-the one that screws into
the machine.  I thought long and hard before buying it, at $118 plus the $25 for
the #94 foot that you have to have with it (that is not included).  I finally
bought it, as I hoped it would make easier work of binding a quilt.  When I got
it home, I found it only makes a finished 1/4 inch binding, unsuitable for
quilts.  I can use the foot that came with my Featherweight to make !/4 in.
binding!  Fortunately, my wonderful dealer took it back.  I have since found out
that there is a plastic generic foot that will allow me to make up to 1 in.
finished binding for quilts.  I borrowed one, and tried it with a long adaptor,
and it works quite nicely.  I am now trying to find out how to purchase one.  To
the person who inquired about what was wrong with her stitched design from the
Bernina Designer software-I don't know the answer, but suggest you call the
1-800 # of Bernina and ask.  I have worked with my software, and have been
successful with several designs, and have not have that problem, but I am still
in the "learning curve".  I would love to hear any input regarding this
software.  Pat in Calif. 
Date: Sun, 3 Sep 1995 22:48:13 -0400
Subject: 1/8" ribbonat hem

try using an 80weight cotton thread like Madeira
Date: Sun, 03 Sep 1995 22:06:05 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: Upgrade

Patsy: I bought my 1260 in April, and I, too, 'only' quilted, so sorta felt
like the 1260 was overkill. HOWEVER, I will never regret my decision. I have
been doing wearable art (G) since I got this baby...meaning clothing
construction (quilt4ed jackets, vests, etc). All the decorative stitches
have been a real plus, as well as a buttonhole that is to die for (G)! If
you can swing it...don;t hesitate to get the 1260!
	( id AA058418606; Mon, 4 Sep 1995 12:43:26 GMT
Date: Mon,  4 Sep 95 12:37:00 UTC
Subject: #12 Foot (LOL)

I have used the bulky overlock foot for making and attaching piping as
previously described.  The 1630 also has a coded foot equivelant (#12C).  This
foot has a larger cut out on the underside, so it can sew larger sized piping.
The footprint also aligns with the wider spread between the feed dogs.  It will
accomadate the larger interior decorating piping and cordings used for pillows
and such.
Date: Mon, 4 Sep 1995 08:39:52 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: Bernina Club

Thank you!  I am in the Phildelphia/Wilmington area and have been feeling 
a Bernia Club deficit!
Any additional details will be greatly appreciated.

Date: Mon,  4 Sep 95 13:12:00 UTC
Subject: Re: Tough Husbands

 Yes, the lines are way too thick. That is my only complaint so far. The book
says that 1mm is the thinnest you should use and if you outline a fairly
detailed scan, your finished work has a LOT of outline. I finally had to
scrap the design I described in the message you quoted and go for something
simpler. It bothers me to have to compromise that way. It really limits what
I can do with this expensive toy. :)
I'll be interested to hear what feedback you get from Bernina.
Date: Mon, 4 Sep 1995 09:55:00 -0400
Subject: Re: Bernina Digest 9/1/95

It's me I will be doing a lecture and demo on needles and threads, threads
and needles, and stablizers too. I will be showing my wearables of vests,
bags, belts, tunics, and also wallworks. It will hopefully inspire everyone
to give it a go and enjoy. More info available. I will also show work from my
videos. Pat R
Date: Mon, 4 Sep 1995 10:47:47 -0400
Subject: Re: Bernina Digest 9/3/95

I can second what Harriet said about having your machine tuned up every year,
 It is also a good idea to write down when you last had it tuned.  I know
that last year at this time, my 1630 was going back to Bernina for an
upgrade, so I guess it is time for a cleaning.  
The serger was done in Feb, but my 830 is due now.  
Good thing the dealer is close by!

I am machine quilting a coverlet quilt on my 830, I am using my walking foot
that I had the front piece cut out.  what a difference.  Now you can see
where you are going.  It is so much easier.

Date: Mon, 04 Sep 1995 10:30:34 EDT
Subject: Bernina Digest 8/31/95

Re: Help on "Black Latch"
According to my dealer, the black latch case is no different. I just 
purchased an extra case and marked it with permanent marker. I  
bought it several years ago and I can't remember how much more 
expensive the black latch was but I think I paid at least $10. less 
for the extra regular case.
Date:         Mon, 04 Sep 95 10:21:24 CDT
Subject:      Re: stitch &craft supply in AZ??

Address for Sewing &Craft Supply. I have 9631 N.E. Colfax, Portland, OR 97220.
Phone 1-800-542-4727.
    Hope this helps.

Rose Marie T
Date: Mon, 4 Sep 95 12:46:29 -0500
Subject: Re: Moving to Boston..Need Help

Those certainly are pretty towns, and great places in the summer, but
about 45-60 minute drive to Cambridge, maybe more during rush hour on
route 128 :-(.  Often when I am up on the North Shore I find myself
sighing and saying no to the idea of that commute.  (I work in
Cambridge, near Fresh Pond.)

The commute out route 2 is much easier.  It's not half as bad as route
128.  The people in my office mostly live in a wedge that begins at
Cambridge, broadens to Belmont and Arlington, and continues out
through towns like Lexington (20 minutes), Bedford, Lincoln, Concord,
Acton (30 minutes), and Littleton (40 minutes).  Then there are the
people who live up in New Hampshire because they prefer property taxes
to income tax :-(.  The commutes range from 45 minutes (Nashua, not
during rush hour) on up.

Date: Mon, 4 Sep 1995 13:18:23 -0400
Subject: How Great You Are....

Hi all,

I'm delurking to say that I've learned more from this list than I could have
imagined.  When my baby gets here I probabley wont have a single question!!!!

I order my machine tomorrow and it takes 5 days to get it in.  (hey--is this
usual??  Both places here have to order the machine none in stock)

I sifted through you advise and have chosen the quilt shop.  They are willing
to match the price and indictated they may be able to offer a small discount
as I don't want to wait for the Oct 20 sale.  I get five hours of classes -
free club for a year (yes it does sound like a way to sell feet but some I'll
want and the others I'll walk away from.)  I would not have known to even ask
about this without this list.

I want the 1260 - but may get the 1090- I have to present the budget to DH
tonight so we can make a rational decision.  I do get the 1 year full value
trade up option and He promised if I do "settle" for the 1090 we can trade up
in a year if I want to.  

Well I've cleaned out my sewing room now to get to the number juggling. 

I just wanted to take the time to tell you all that you're fantastic -- each
and every one.

Date: Mon, 4 Sep 1995 13:25:24 -0400
Subject: Selling the 1080

Re:  Patsy's comment about having a 1080 that she wants to sell ... I'll
share my dealer's response. He was delighted to sell me a 1260 (used one day
at a show) but would neither take my 1080 in trade (and it's like new!), nor
was he terribly helpful about taking it to sell as a used machine or helping
me sell it.  So I've got one for sale, too!  I'm kind of annoyed, but as
I've said, my dealer's not exactly the greatest on support, though he has
gotten much better.  To be fair, Southern Maine's probably not a huge
market, and they are very responsive when it comes to repairs and questions.
Date: Mon,  4 Sep 95 16:45:00 UTC
Subject: Bernina Digest 9/3/95
 I'm "only" a quilter and have a new 1260.  Originally I didn't think I needed
that much in a machine, but I love it and recommend it highly.  I figured I
wasn't going to buy another new machine soon, so it was better to get a little
"more" machine now.  I did a baby quilt and used the writing feature to write
the baby's name across one block - not something I needed to do, but fun to
play with. :)  Go for it!
Date: 04 Sep 95 14:30:35 EDT
Subject: Sewing Machine Pricing

Sue M.		

The Bernette is a machine made for Bernina (not by Bernina) to their
specifications.  They are usually pretty good machines, but if she could find a
used TOL, I'd go that route.

Date: 04 Sep 95 14:30:36 EDT
Subject: 1630 w/old feet


I was not aware of this.  It was a Bernina teacher that told me about the double
needle button for old feet.  I guess she wasn't aware of that either.

Date: Mon, 4 Sep 1995 15:21:01 -0500
Subject: Foot for Binding

  I have since found out
>that there is a plastic generic foot that will allow me to make up to 1 in.
>finished binding for quilts.  I borrowed one, and tried it with a long adaptor,
>and it works quite nicely.  I am now trying to find out how to purchase one. 

Pat - I'd like to know how to buy one of these also.  I tried the Bernina
attachment, too--and returned it also!  This generic foot sounds great.
Please share the info when you get it!  TIA

Date: Mon, 4 Sep 1995 15:21:08 -0500
Subject: Re: Bernina Digest 9/3/95

Roni - Maybe I missed something earlier on about the walking foot.  I'm
going to buy one as I've started doing machine quilting.  I have an 1130 but
understand the walking foot available now fits all Bernina models.  What's
this about having the front piece cut out?  Sounds like it WOULD help to see
where you're going!


Date: Mon,  4 Sep 95 20:39:00 UTC
Subject: #12 online lessons

If you ever find that foot let me know, I want one to.  what is it called,
maybe I can look here on the east coast for you, and together, we could come
up with something.  Thanks for telling me about it, I to bought that foot at
the big price and found out it wouldn't work, but I do use it for other
things to,  like sewing binding on vests.  and thinner items.
Date: Mon, 4 Sep 1995 17:20:34 -0400

Welcome to the neighborhood! I live in Cambridge and have done so for over 30
years  (Gosh, that sounds like forever and that I am 100 years old, NOT!).
It's a great place to live, but it is VERY expensive: housing costs $$$ and
taxes. BEFORE you move to Boston, go directly to G-Street, Vogue Fabrics,
Arlington Fabrics (if they are still there in VA), and buy up everything you
love and have been wanting 'cause you aren't going to find it in Boston,
trust me! There are a few notable shops, ie: NorthEnd Fabrics in Boston,
Fabric Corner in Arlington just north west of Boston, &Fabric Place in
Woburn which is north of Boston. In Lawrence, which is almost on the New
Hampshire border, there is the outlet store for PolarTec, Malden Mills. In
Cambridge there is a great quilting store called Cambridge Quilt Works.
Excellent teaching, fair selection of fabrics and very nice people. I'd add
my vote for the North Shore of Boston to live in. It also has train service,
a major plus. Also the Concord/Lexington area just west of Boston/Cambridge
has a train right into Cambridge! Good schools too! Cheers! LCW
Date: Mon, 4 Sep 1995 22:29:31 -0400
Subject: Re: Help on "Black Latch"

I was told that the black latch bobbin case has a slightly longer screw to
accomodate thicker threads, etc.

Date: Mon, 4 Sep 1995 22:59:20 -0400
Subject: Re: Help


Use the #21 foot with 1/8" ribbon fed through the hole on top of the foot.
 Select the "serpentine" stitch and lengthen the stitch length until you get
the results you desire.  You'll love the way it feeds through the #21 foot!!

Date: Tue, 5 Sep 1995 01:18:50 -0400
Subject: Re: Bernina Digest 8/30/95

Replying to Robbie regarding her situation of the car leading to a 1630, I
had to laugh!
I also got a Bernina from a car!  My month-old 1985 Grand Prix was stolen and
stripped and when we got the insurance check, I wouldn't  (much to my DH's
dismay) replace the new car for one of the same, for fear of another theft
(found out the car was one of the top five stolen cars). So I bought a very
plain grey Tempo and got my long lusted after brand new 930!  Put more miles
on that, then I would have on the car!  
Date: Tue, 5 Sep 95 07:28:11 EDT
Subject: Re: stitch &craft supply in AZ

The Arizona company is different.  I recently bought a sewing/emboidery
machine and was delighted to find that "my" Arizone place had a wonderful
selection of acrylic embroidery thread in many colors.  $2.69 for 700 yards
is a terrific deal.  They also have a rayon 40 wght. over 1000 yards for
$3.99.  They carry everything you can imagine for the sewer &much for the
crafter.  They are friendly and prompt.  Again, I am in no way connected
with them, just have had a membership for about three years.
Ruth B
Date: Tue, 5 Sep 95 07:51:05 EDT
Subject: Re: stitch &craft supply in AZ??

I gave the information on Stitch n craft supply.  FAX them on
1-800-279-1995.  They will send you information.  It costs $25.00 per year
&IF you buy a lot, it's really worth it.  They're prices are very good and
they carry a huge inventory.
Ruth B
Date: Tue, 5 Sep 1995 09:16:15 -0400
Subject: Re: Bernina Digest 9/5/95 #12 foot-LOL

Another use I have found for the # 12 foot is to apply cross-locked beads and
pearls when doing embelishing on wearable art, also the satin cord
(rat-tail).  It feeds through the groove easily.  Use either monofilament on
top and regular thread in the bobbin or with the cord use a matching or
contrasting color rayon or metallic on top and a zig-zag stitch.  You can get
a neat effect using the satin cord and a contrasting color thread.  I always
turn the handwheel for a couple of stitches to make sure I am clearing the
beads and not hitting the foot.  Have fun.

Date: Tue, 5 Sep 1995 09:32:41 -0400
Subject: New Mexico visit

I am so pleased that I will see you there. I hope you will be able to get to
the trunk show as well! It is a lot of fun Pat R
Date: Tue,  5 Sep 95 13:06:00 UTC
Subject: Re: Help

I called Mr. Zimmerman in PA yesterday and ordered the #21 foot! Thanks to
you all for the suggestions and help. I also ordered a couple of other feet
(walking foot and the one for quilt embroidery) while I was at it. And the
straight stitch throat plate and some bobbins for my Deco 500. That man is
so nice, his prices good, and he ships everything out the same day I order
it. Wish I lived near him or he near me. I'll bet he's a whiz at repairing
the machines, too.
Date: Tue, 5 Sep 1995 09:38:48 -0400
Subject: Re: Help on "Black Latch"

not true.....The latch is a different color that is all.....this has been a
story for years........ I always recomend that folks buy a #24 foot and an
extra regular case for the same money as the 
Black Latch.......I refer to the Black Latch bobbin case as the 20 dollar
Date: Tue, 5 Sep 1995 11:00:58 -0400
Subject: Re: misc comments

"By the way, no one responded a coupld of days ago:  does anyone out there
their needles every 8 hours, or what's your method/schedule to determine when
change them? "

I was taught by my Bernina Guide Class instructor to put a new needle in the
machine and to clean and oil it before each project.  If it's a large project
and will take much time, change the needle after 8 hours of sewing.  

I tend to follow this but if I'm doing a few small projects, say a couple
hours, I leave the needle in and will change it after two or three projects.

Date: Tue, 5 Sep 1995 11:34:53 -0400
Subject: Bernina Deco

Petchy says,


I have been looking at the embroidery machines for some time, and my main
complaint with them, too, is the size of the scanned outlines -- so thick!

 Maybe this would defeat the purpose of having the machine, but could you add
outlines (the size you want) on your sewing machine instead?  I know this
would be a little extra work, but might enable you to get the look you

I have experimented with free-motion embroidery to see if I could duplicate
the look of those machines (without spending the $$$) and was able to outline
with as thin a satin stitch as I wanted on my sewing machine. Sometimes a
single line of thread was enough for light detail. However my "fill-ins" are
not as smooth and regular as the embroidery machines can make, alas! If only
my motions could be more "machine-like"! 

However, going back to add shading to your first color is easy, and I don't
know how you would do that on the Deco. Actually, I think that by combining
the abilities of the embroidery machines with some free-motion on your sewing
machine (while you've still got it all hooped up) might be the best of both
Date: Tue, 5 Sep 1995 11:34:56 -0400
Subject: Machine quilting

Roni mentioned machine quilting a coverlet on her 830, even though she also
has a 1630.

I just bought an 830 for my daughter to learn to sew on, and decided to try
it out on a sample pair of pants to see if I could learn to use the knee-lift
thingie. It is a smooth-running machine, and I like it; but I found myself
missing "needle down" and other functions that my other (computer) machine

So-- I am curious as to why you prefer quilting on your 830 to using the
1630. Am I missing something?
Date: 05 Sep 95 11:43:54 EDT
Subject: Re: Bernina Digest 9/5/95

Sue  ,

>if you could find a used TOL I'd go that route

What is a TOL?

BTW, I am also in the Baltimore area.  Where do you live?  which dealer do you

Janet K,
Date: Tue, 5 Sep 95 09:16:21 EDT
Subject: Re: Help on "Black Latch"

Why don't you purchase a regular bobbin case and put a small spot of red
nail polish or paint on it?  You'll save money.
Ruth B
Date: Tue, 05 Sep 1995 13:59:47 EDT
Subject: Re: 2000DCE Upgrade

I would like to upgrade my 2000DE serger.  Does
anyone know how much to upgrade is approximately?

The info on the feet lately has been terrific!  Thank-you
one and all.

Date: Tue, 5 Sep 1995 18:46:44 +0100
Subject: Thanks for "black latch" info

Dear All
Just to say a big thankyou to all my new found friends who answered my 
question. This was my first question of any list and I am amazed at the 
response. I began to send thanks to individuals, little realising there 
would be so many!
Regarding the question of generic feet with the Bernina adaptor - I have 
been using several including a very old Singer ruffling attachment and a 
"circlet" which makes excellent eyelets. I paid next to nothing for these - 
I dread to think how much the Bernina equivalents cost.  I have a 730 in 
it's original cabinet and I love it.
Erica T

Date: Tue, 5 Sep 1995 17:21:55 -0400
Subject: French Knots

My favorite method for making French Knots by machine was described by Kathy
Ghorashi in her book: "Special Embroidery Touches by Machine". 

With feed dogs lowered, tie off threads in what will be the center of the
knot. Using a stitch width of 1 1/2 to 2 stitch 8-10 complete zig-zag
stitches (or stitch until the threads begin to fall from the top of the knot
to the sides and form a ball). Take 2 straight stitches in the center of the
knot and then take 1 stitch in front of the knot close to the previous
stitching and then take 2 more stitches in the center of the knot to tie off.
Voila- a beautiful French knot by machine!

Happy stitching - Francyne 
Date: Tue, 5 Sep 1995 21:18:13 -0400
Subject: couching

Last night I fed chenille through my three slot cording foot. (I don't know
the number). I used a zig zag to couch it down. It looks very nice. I was
able to make all kinds of curvey designs. 

One word of caution on those trade up allowances that the dealer will quote
you. Often the trade up allowance is against the FULL price of the new
machine. For example, I bought a 1630 last year for $2600. A great price. But
if a new machine comes along, like a 1650 ( I made that up, there is NO 1650
in the works) and it was priced at $4000 I would have to pay the difference
between $4000-$2600. Which is $1400.  So if you are even thinking about the
better machine, it may well be worth dickering on the higher machine in the
first place. Also, you still may do better by selling a machine outright and
getting a discount. 

If you are in a quilting guild, or have one near you, check out putting an ad
in your guild's newsletter. A friend of mine did that and sold an 11something
very quickly and got an excellent price for it.

Regarding the walking foot. I have heard that the only walking foot that will
be available will be the one made for the 1630. You should be aware that this
foot is wider AND more expensive than the older foot. 

Date: Wed,  6 Sep 95 02:18:00 UTC
Subject: Bernina Deco

 That's a great idea! I'll try a little outlining on the ones I've already
screwed up. Can't hurt. What's a little thread when I've already gone
through 2 spools of orange (@ $3 a pop) trying to get my jack-o-lanterns
right? :)
I notice on the pre-programmed cards that the outline is done by just going
over a straight stitched line about 3-4 times. On the scanned ones, it does
the satin stitch, as you mentioned. Maybe the answer is to try to develop a
steady hand and eagle eye and do it on the 1530 as you suggested.
What I need to do for my own information is to go back into Corel draw where
I did the jack-o-lantern and see what that 1mm line is in picas and points
(the only measurement I can really relate to in line width). Although I
doubt it will make any difference since the outline on the scanned images
apparently can only be done in satin stitch. Oy vey!
Date: Tue, 5 Sep 1995 23:49:32 -0400
Subject: Bernina accessories by mail?

     Have I missed something, who is Mr. Zimmerman in PA?  I gather that he
sells Bernina accessories by mail but I don't remember hearing about him.
  I'd love to have more info.

Candy B
Date: Wed,  6 Sep 95 04:31:00 UTC
Subject: French Knots

Wow, Francyne, thanks,  that sounds like a great method, I can't wait to try
it.  I need to get that book, where did you find it,  I can't believe I
don't have it.  Do you know if Nancy's or Clotilde carries it?
Thanks again,
Date: Wed,  6 Sep 95 04:29:00 UTC
Subject: Re: Help on "Black Latch"

Please tell these girls the story of the black latch bobbin case.  How it
doesn't have the longer screw.
Date: Wed, 6 Sep 1995 00:07:29 -0400
Subject: Re: Bernina DIgest 9/2/95

This is true.  As as ex-Bernina instructor, the latch is painted black and
there is NO difference in the length of the set screw.  Another Bernina trick
to get more $$$ out of the consumer.  Purchase a regular bobbin case and
paint your own latch with a dab of nail polish.  
Date: Wed, 6 Sep 1995 00:06:39 -0400
Subject: Re: Bernina DIgest 9/2/95

Try using your universal stitch with a narrow stitch width and a stitch
length at about 4.
It is like a square "zig-zag" and will stitch along side the ribbon and jump
over it straight instead of an angle.  You could also use your blindstitch -
far left needle position and 
stitch width about 2 and let the straight stitch along side the ribbon and
the needle will swing into the ribbon ever so slightly.  Use monofilament
thread and you won't even see it.  Good luck.
Date: Wed, 6 Sep 95 06:16:13 EDT
Subject: Re: Help

I live in Maryland, a couple of hours from Lancaster & have attended the
Lancaster (PA) Quilt Show several times, where I met Mr. Zimmerman.  My
husband and I also drove to his shop in Hinkletown to buy accessories for
the Bernina.  The countryside is lovely, &his shop is in an outbuilding on
the farm where he and his large family live.  They are a wonderful Menonite
family who are some of the most content and happy people I've ever met.
While we were at the farm, we bought fresh eggs and home-churned butter.
I'm glad to here you've been giving him business.  He really is as nice as
can be.
Ruth B
Date: 06 Sep 95 08:40:09 EDT
Subject: Bernina Club??

Hi everyone - 

 Could someone please fill me in on the Bernina Club??  Is it a paid membership
directly to Bernina for newsletters, etc.??  Is it sewing instruction??  

Thanks to everyone who answered my questions a while ago about how many lessons
you get and the number for the Clotilde catalog. 

Also, I know this subject has probably been beaten to death but here goes:  What
number foot does everyone use for machine quilting (not necessarily free motion
but more like template tracings and stitch in the ditch)?  Do you think it's
worthwhile to take a machine quilting class??
Date:	Wed, 6 Sep 1995 08:45:13 -0500 
Subject: Re: Help

Sorry, I must have missed something.... who is Mr. Zimmerman in PA and what is
his number?  

Date: Wed, 6 Sep 1995 08:50:12 -0400
Subject: 1/8 " ribbon

Try topstitching your 1/8" ribbon with a 2.0 double needle. It works great
and fast since you are stitching down both edges at once.

Happy stitching -Francyne
Date: 06 Sep 95 08:40:11 EDT
Subject: quilting catalogs

Thanks, Candy, for all the addresses.  I've tried quiltnet a couple of times and
it won't let me in.  I hear that they have been full for some time.  Besides,
how could I read the Bernina mail and the Quiltnet mail too??!!!
Date: 06 Sep 95 08:40:13 EDT
Subject: Re: Bernina Digest 8/31/95

I live in Milford, CT.  I bought the machine in Fairfield "Sew Bee It". A really
nice store and a great salesperson.  No complaints there.  I was in Danbury this
weekend and went to a new quilt shop/Bernina Dealer.  The store was great. . .
The help was OK.  Not very friendly.  Maybe I caught them on an off day!!!.

Date: Wed, 6 Sep 95 08:05 CST
Subject: Dealers in Phoenix

     Could someone please suggest a good, helpful Bernina in the 
     Phoenix, AZ area?  My family members are gathering there for 
     Christmas and it will be an excellent time to "request" 
     Bernina accessories on the "wish list".  Thanks for any help 
     you can give.
     Also, is anyone else on the line going to "Quilting in the 
     Tetons" the first week of October?  I attended about 3 years 
     ago and am looking forward to going again this year.  Am 
     fortunate enough to be scheduled for two of Harriet's 
Date: Wed, 6 Sep 1995 10:08:42 -0400
Subject: Re: San Francisco

There is a fabulous fabric store in downtown SF called Britex Fabrics. I
don't remember their address but it is listed in the yellow pages. They have
four floors, three are fabric and the fourth floor is all trims, buttons,
etc. The only problem is that it is a good drive from the airport to the
city. I don't know where the port is but you may have a shot at it from
there. We stayed at a hotel around 4th and Market street and it was only a
couple blocks walk from there. I'd say its worth a shot!
Date: Wed, 6 Sep 1995 12:54:17 GMT
Subject: Anybody work for Sun in the Bay Area? 

Does anyone in the group work for Sun Microsystems in the Bay Area. My brother 
who works for Sun in the UK is visiting San Jose (and other Sun Offices) later 
this month. 

What I'd like to arrange is for him to get me a couple of Mary Lou Niall's books 
on Bernina feet. The thought of trying to send him into a quilt store to buy 
them horifies me, so I was wondering if anybody who works for Sun in the Bay 
Area might be able to buy them for me - give them to little brother (who'll pay 
for them) and then I'll be happy when he gets home!


Mandy B
Date: Wed, 6 Sep 1995 11:30:00 -0400
Subject: Ruffler

I am not sure who was interested in rufflers and I came across a great book
called LEARNING AND USING YOUR RUFFLER/Basic Instructins and projects
RT. 1 BOX 117 
WHEELER, TX. 79096
Date: Wed, 6 Sep 1995 11:38:01 -0400
Subject: Re: Bernina Digest 9/5/95

try to swing the 1260, the button hole is so wonderful!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Date: Wed, 6 Sep 1995 11:38:06 -0400
Subject: Re: Bernina Digest 9/5/95

Yes, normally it should only take 2 days UPS out of Chicago, and dealers
really can't afford to have stock in the back on every machine, when those
machines come in the back door, they are paid for, no net 60 days!  How can
any dealer afford to have 1-2 of each model sitting in the back, plus--like
most small stores, where are you going to put them?
The monthe of Sept, you can do the interest free and pay off by March thing
Bernina has going, sure would like to see you get the 1260!
Date: 06 Sep 1995 19:59:36 GMT

If you have a Bernina foot with the green Teflon coating and if that coating
has worn off (as it did on two of my feet), take the foot back to your dealer
and they will be replaced free of charge.  Bernina has realized that they
made an error in the green Teflon coating and has instructed their dealers to
replace them (and keep replacing them) until they have fixed the coating
Subject: Applique foot
Date: Wed, 6 Sep 1995 16:54:21 -0400 (EDT)

I'm taking an invisible machine applique class at our annual state guild
retreat in a few weeks.  My supply list calls for an open-toe applique
foot.  What foot number is that?  (my machine is a 1000)  One of the
requirements of the machine is the ability to do the blind hem stich.
Now, I've had a machine with the ability since 1974...however, I STILL
havn't mastered the technique.  I'm beginning to think that I'm pretty
stupid.  It just seems to be a mental block on my part.  Do the rest of
you have mental blocks like that?

Date: Wed, 6 Sep 1995 18:34:08 -0400
Subject: Re: Bernina Deco

Hi Petchy

I've been told that if you scan outline with the first color colored in
first you will get a better outline. 
I haven't tried it yet, but plan to very soon.

Good luck!

Pris F
Date: Thu,  7 Sep 95 00:05:00 UTC
Subject: Bernina Digest 9/5/95

Petchy, I didn't see who posted about Mr.Zimmerman in Pa. but I was
surprised to see you mention this Bernina Dealer! The shop is in Hinkletown,
which is in Pa. Dutch country and it is not unusual to see the Amish there
with their horse and buggy and customary dress. The shop is on a farm and
you would never know there was a Bernina dealer there but for a little
sign...the prices are VERY good. My husband bought my 1530 there for me a
year ago Christmas and it was $500 less than any other place within 50 miles.
 There are dealers closer, but he is worth the drive - excellent service,
good prices. And he doesn't sell anything but machines and thread!
Date: Thu,  7 Sep 95 00:31:00 UTC
Subject: Bernina Accessories by Mail

I'm happy to give Mr. Zimmerman a plug. He gives great service as well as
great prices. He can't mail order machines, but he can send you accessories.
        Ervin Zimmerman
        Hinkletown Sewing Machines
        232 Wanner Rd.
        Ephrata, PA 17522
Tell him I sent you! :)
Date: Wed, 06 Sep 1995 21:24:59 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: Bernina Accessories by Mail

Candy: Mr. Zimmerman is the owner of Hinkletown Sewing in Ephrata, PA. I
bought my machine from him in April (at an extraordinary price) and
recommended him to Petchy as well as many others. His prices are superb and
he is the best for service as well. He won;t mail order machines, but he
will mail order accessories. 
I will E you his address &phone!
Robin (in PA)
Date: Wed, 6 Sep 1995 21:13:26 -0500
Subject: Re: couching

This is true!  I talked to my Bernina dealer last week to price a walking
foot for my 1130 and she said the only one made now is a "universal" walking
foot which will fit all models--the cost is $78!  

Date: Thu,  7 Sep 95 02:17:00 UTC
Subject: Anyone work for Sun in the Bay

 My husband doesn't work for Sun, but he works for a company in the same town
where Sun is (Milpitas, next to San Jose). If you don't have any luck
finding someone in Sun, let me know. He's really good about picking things
up for me or my on-line friends. He's only home about every 3-4 weeks and
lives in a room rented from some friends, so he has plenty of time on his
hands and he loves to shop. (Believe it or not!)
Date: Thu,  7 Sep 95 01:38:00 UTC
Subject: re: Help

 I'm happy to use Mr. Zimmerman, and to refer others to him. I really enjoy
doing business with him because he is so direct and honest about everything.
I asked him about a couple of feet and he said I don't need them both and
then advised me which one to get based on what I wanted it for.
I don't know anything about Menonite. Are they the ones who wear black suits
with the round topped hats and flat brim on them? And the ladies in old
fashioned dress with a bonnet on? I've talked to him, his wife and at least
a couple of his children. They're all so very nice.
Date: Thu,  7 Sep 95 05:09:00 UTC
Subject: Bernina Club??

If you are not using free motion, the "walking foot" has no number and is
the one used by quilters.  Free motion, the best # is 9.
As for a machine quilting class, a definite     YES  and by someone well
known for their skill.
Date: Thu,  7 Sep 95 05:09:00 UTC
Subject: Re: San Franciso

Wow, Rm,  that sounds just like G-Street only larger.
Date: Thu, 7 Sep 95 06:27:04 EDT
Subject: Re: Applique Foot

In re applique foot:  get the #20 foot.  It is marvelous.

Ruth B
Date: Thu, 7 Sep 95 06:33:32 EDT
Subject: Re: Help

In re Mr. Zimmerman:  Petchy ordered some accessories from him after
hearing, I think, that he offers decent prices.  I wrote back to her that I
have had some very pleasant dealings with him &have actually been to his
farm/Bernina business.  I wonder if he is the only  Bernina dealer who runs
his business from his Menonite farm.  He and his family are delightful
Ruth B
Date: Thu, 7 Sep 1995 06:30:36 -0600
Subject: Re: Bernina Club??

>number foot does everyone use for machine quilting (not necessarily free motion
>but more like template tracings and stitch in the ditch)?  Do you think it's
>worthwhile to take a machine quilting class??

If it's straight-line quilting or only slightly curved lines I always use
the walking foot because of the smooth feed (no wrinkles on the back side
of the quilt "sandwich".  For all curves or anything that would involve
turning a large quilt I use the #9 foot or occasionally the #24 foot if I
want better visibility.  Watch those little prongs on the #29 foot however,
because they sometimes catch on the fabric.

If you are just learning to machine quilt, a class will give you the
knowledge and the confidence to get you off to a good start.  Don't forget
the main advantage of taking classes is to meet other people who share your
passion - the modern equivalent of the old-time quilting bee!

Date: Thu, 7 Sep 1995 08:28:36 -0400
Subject: changing needles

It is a good habit to change needles on a regular basis but it is hard to
make a rule about how many hours of use. Don't forget that you may spend 8
hours working on a project but you are not actually running the sewing
machine for 8 hours. The 8 hour rule is good for cleaning and oiling (except
for the 1630 which has a 4 hour rule). I change needles often because I need
a different size or type depending on the work that I am doing at the moment.
Run your fingers up and down the needle near the point. If you feel any
roughness, it is definitely time to change the needle. Learn to listen as you
sew because a popping noise when the needle penetrates the fabric means that
it is time to change needles. Irregularity in stitching indicates that a
needle change is due- skipped stitches, thread breakage or shredding, etc.
Save your discarded needles - they are great for hanging pictures because
they make a relatively small hole in the wall which pleases husbands and

Date: Thu, 7 Sep 1995 09:46:31 -0500
Subject: Re: Applique Foot 

     Don't worry about it.  I have taught invisible machine applique for 
     several years now.  Sometimes you just need to see it done. It really 
     is an easy technique to master (after practice).  If I can do it 
     anyone can do it.  It is a great technique.  It really free you up to 
     do your own designs.  I started "doing it" after I took a workshop 
     with Michael James.  After your workshop, if you still have questions, 
     feel free to send me a message.  
Date: Thu, 7 Sep 1995 09:35:07 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: San Franciso

For anyone visiting in San Francisco, Britex IS an experience.  I always 
go, though haven't been in SF for several years now.  This old building is 
three stories high and narrow.  Fabric is shelved from floor to ceiling, 
about 16'.  The last time I was there, two sales clerks fought over whose 
customer I was.  Apparently someone "captures" you when you enter the front 
door and woe unto any other clerk who tries to sell you something.  
Anyway, they are strong on woolens which I can't use in Florida; have 
great cottons upstairs, trims and buttons, and everything else you can 
think of to do with sewing.  It is an easy walk from Union Square and is 
near all kinds of fascinating shops.  I never thought to determine 
whether there was a Bernina outlet in that section, though.
Date: Thu, 7 Sep 1995 09:01:48 -0500
Subject: Re: Bernina Accessories by Mail

 I'm also on GEnie...and I've watched with great interest your deliema, your 
"happiness"...and waiting for that wonderful Deco 500 come to your house.  AND 
now want to know how good is Mr. Zimmerman's prices on Bernina accessories?  I 
have a good Bernina Dealer here...go to her at EVERY sale...but that only 
happens once or twice a year.  I would LOVE to be able to get some feet 
without having to wait for sales.  I wish I lived near him!  He sounds like a 
wonderful person to deal with...and would enjoy some of that home-churned 
butter at that!

Date: Thu,  7 Sep 95 13:59:00 UTC
Subject: Re: Bernina Deco

 I wonder if you'd mind expanding on the idea of scanning with the first
color already colored in? I don't understand how that would help. Thanks.

Date: Thu, 7 Sep 95 10:53 EDT
Subject: Re: Applique Foot

The blind hem stitch is a pain to get exactly right.  I can use it, but
the results ain't pretty. :-)
Date: Thu, 7 Sep 1995 08:35:02 -0700
Subject: Re:  Ruffler

Does the book that mentions using a ruffler talk about using it
for curtains??

Date: Thu, 7 Sep 1995 09:32:29 -0700
Subject: machine quilting

>What number foot does everyone use for machine quilting (not 
>necessarily free motion but more like template tracings and stitch in 
>the ditch)?  Do you think it's worthwhile to take a machine quilting 

Template tracings - use the straight throat plate and a foot that you 
can see through - #20 or your walking foot if you've had the Harriet 
adjustment (bar in front sawed off so you can see).  Stitch in the 
ditch - walking foot with Harriet adjustment.

I personally found a machine quilting class very helpful.  I had 
doodled around on my own, but found it rather stressful - always got 
tensed up and nervous about it.  Then I took a machine quilting class 
and learned that it's easier to go fast, so I stopped getting tense.  
I also learned an enormous amount about needles and threads, which I'd 
never really knew about before (being only a quilter, not a sewer 
ever).  Also learned about battings, and about how to lock your 
stitches (my first machine piece years ago had about 990 short 
straight lines of about 2" on it; every single one had its four 
threads [two at start, two at end] seated into the quilting with hand 
sewing.  What a DRAG.  Got me thinking that there had to be a better 
way, which eventually caused me to buy my first Bernina.)  Lastly, I 
think by taking the class I learned not to be scared of my Bernina and 
that machine quilting is very liberating: it's fun and you're allowed 
to doodle and play.  If you know stuff about matching fun threads to 
the appropriate needle, or what feet to use for what effect, then you 
can act on your creative impluses without being scared of the machine, 
rather using it as the effective tool it is.

>My supply list calls for an open-toe applique foot.  What foot number 
>is that?

Isn't that #20?

>the ability to do the blind hem stich...however, I STILL havn't 
>mastered the technique.  I'm beginning to think that I'm pretty 
>stupid.  It just seems to be a mental block on my part.

Corky, you're not alone!  I *always* have to really think about this, 
I also have to *study* the picture in the book, and then try it out 
with a test piece.  I can't seem to get my brain around the way you 
need to set up your fabric.  It's counterintuitive.  Perseverence 
usually pays off, though.  So try it on some scraps.

Date: Thu, 7 Sep 1995 12:36:47 -0400
Subject: Re: Bernina Digest 9/5/95

Hi all,

Well it's ordered!!!  I'm so excited and so depressed.  For those of you
rooting for the 1260 I must dissapoint you.  The 1090 is my baby.

I opted for the quiltshop.  They were great - spent an hour showing me
features not only on the 2 I was looking at but the 1530 &1630 as well.  Let
me play with them all.  NO PRESSURE!!  After we had looked at them all she
stepped back told me the prices and said "just pick your favorite - you can't
go wrong".

I love the 1090.  It sews like a dream.  The 1260 is nice but one buttonhole
isn't worth the extra $$. --Yes I know it has the alphabet but maybe I'm just
finiky - I don't consider myself fantastic at needlework but I can had
embroider letters nicer.  Perhaps it's a prefrence thing.  Granted I can't do
it as fast.....but I just don't like the "gobbledygook" that the machine must
make in order to compleate the stiches and join the letters.  So to me it
wasn't worth it.  When/If I trade up I'll go right to the 1530.  

HERES THE DEPRESSING PART....... It's backordered.  Will be at least the 21st
before its shipped.  Misses my block swap deadline my tears quilt deadline
and probably my baby shower quilt for the 30th.    Whaaaaaa.  For about 30
seconds I considerd calling and telling them to get me the 1260 - - -  but I
really want what I ordered so I guess I wait. . . . 

Thanks for all the advise folks --this soon to me owner will need it.

Subject: Walking Foot
Date: Thu, 7 Sep 1995 10:44:50 -0600 (CDT)

It's rather annoying that now Bernina is making a universal foot.  I 
bought one pricey one for my 930 and then when they came out with the one 
that allowed for a seam guide, I sold the first at a reduction and bought 
the new one.  Then I got a 1230 and had to purchase a different walking 
foot for it. 
Date: Thu, 7 Sep 1995 14:04:04 -0400
Subject: Re: Applique Foot

The open embroidery foot #20 is the foot that you need for invisible applique
work so that you can see where you are stitching. Use it anytime that you
would use a #6 embroidery foot unless you need the hole in the middle of the
bar to hold something. When using the blindhem stitch to blindhem, are you
using the proper foot  (#5) ? The bar on the right side helps in guiding the
fold of your fabric. Each person has a different touch and each fabric will
be different so you need to experiment a little with it. I find that I cannot
blindhem with the needle in the far right position as instructed so I place
it 1/2 right. You can also vary the width of the zigzag stitch in order to
catch the fold securely but not take too much of a bite which results in a
large stitch showing on the right side. Remember that a small adjustment is
all that is required. 

Date: Thu, 07 Sep 1995 13:55:49 EDT
Subject: Bernina Club??


I agree with your statement about the "new quilt/Bernina Dealer"
in Danbury, but, I also think that once you get to know the 
owners that things will change.

In regard to the Bernina Club and Class, Mrs. Murphy, at the
quilt shop, will be more than happy to work something out with
you on the Bernina classes and can give you information about
the Club.

Hope everything works out!

Date: Thu, 7 Sep 1995 15:02:59 -0400
Subject: Re: Quilting in the Tetons

I'm not going to Quilting in the Tetons this year but would love to attend
next year.  Could you please send me an address to contact?

Date: Thu, 7 Sep 1995 11:36:37 -0400
Subject: Walking Foot

I have walking foot #006 327 5000.  Is this the one that is preferred for
the 1630 or is it the original?  I only tried it once......just seemed to
get in my way.... awkward, cumbersome, etc.  I was used to the attached
Pfaff walking foot which is hardly noticable.  I admit I haven't really
given the Bernina foot a fair chance.  Are there folks that put it on,
leave it on, and get used to it when doing all straight line stitching?

Date: Thu, 7 Sep 1995 15:42:48 -0400
Subject: Re: Bernina Digest 9/6/95

Hi, I 'm new to the digest,but I was reading your mesages and I'm also
interested in getting the clotilde catalog #. I ' m also looking for anyone
out there that makes flags\banners and knows were to purchase nylon fabric at
a good price.
Date: Thu, 7 Sep 1995 17:52:01 -0400
Subject: Re: Bernina Digest 9/6/95 Scanner line width

The advice given to me by our Bernina dealer is to scan the design twice and
save it as if it is two different design as follows. 1-scan in the tatami,
outline only mode and save it.  Be very careful not to move the design paper
you are scanning from.  2-Scan the design in the multi-color mode without
outline.  Then when sew it from the 2nd scan.  Change the design selected on
the machine and sew the outline scan.  It is suppose to be thinner.  She also
suggested embroidering the outline first, then the colors and using either
YLI bobbin and lingere thread or the thinnest thread in the color desired you
can find.  Hope these suggestions help.
Date: 07 Sep 95 12:53:54 EDT
Subject: Bridal Veil edging

Hi all!

I recently bought a 1080 and wonder if there is any way I can do a decent edge
on tulle. I make custom headpieces for a living and have been buying my edged
veils. I would prefer not to splurge on a serger right now, since I just bought
my Bernina.
Someone told me to use the buttonhole foot and a tight zig-zag but that doesn't
cut it. Would it help if I got the Satinedge foot I saw in Nancy's Notions and
Clothilde's catalog? They both claim to stop the tunnelling.
Thanks everybody, I really enjoy this group and I'm learning so much!

Date: Thu, 7 Sep 1995 19:37:52 -0400
Subject: Re: Bernina Digest 9/6/95

I have been using my 830 for quilting, mostly because it is upstairs in my
bedroom where I have more room to spread out a large quilt.  My 1630 quilts
well, but my sewing room is small and I don't have enough space behind the
machine to move the quilt.

I heard from my dealer that there is a video now about the scanner.  She is
going to loan it to me this weekend.  I will let you know how it is.  

Sue, I'm sorry that they were not friendly.  Usually they are so friendly,
maybe it was an off day.  Don't be shy about trying them again if you need

Date: Thu,  7 Sep 95 23:55:00 UTC
Subject: Re: Couching

I just ordered a walking foot from Mr. Zimmerman for $49!
Date: Thu, 07 Sep 1995 17:33:28 EDT
Subject: My 1630 Died!

The power went out on my 1630 and I have been told it has to be 
shipped to Bernina for repair.  Any one have experience with that--
how long did it take, etc.?

I am back to my trusty 930 but I really do miss the 1630 with all its 
fancy features.  I think I need some condolences, well wishes, etc.  
I'm feeling pretty blue!

Sandy H 
Date: 07 Sep 95 22:33:12 EDT
Subject: Re: Foot for Binding

My dealer has all the information, and is planning to order a bunch, soon.  I
advised him that several people were interested and he will be happy to mail
order.  As soon as I know more I will post a message on the Digest.  I will be
on vacation from tomorrow until the 19th, so will not know anything for awhile.
It is not as well crafted as the Bernina feet, of course, and I am not sure how
durable it is, but it does do the job.  Pat
Date: Thu, 7 Sep 1995 21:01:03 -0700
Subject: Pam's new 1090


Congratulations on your 1090. You will love it. I chose it over the 1230
four years ago.

You have many years of happy stitching ahead!

Date: Fri,  8 Sep 95 03:32:00 UTC
Subject: Re: Bernina Accessories

 Hi! Nice seeing you here, too. :) Here are the quotes I got from Mr.
        Straight stitch throat plate    19.95
        #12 foot                        13.95
        #21 foot                        18.50
        #50 walking foot                59.95
        #13 straight stitch             16.49
        #23 applique                    13.49
        #24 embroidery                  13.49
        #29 quilting embroidery         19.49
I ordered the 21, 50, and 29.
I'd be interested in how these prices stack up. I've grown to assume that
his are good and I like doing business with him. It's nice to give your
money to someone who works hard for it and gives great service.
Date: Thu, 7 Sep 1995 21:14:48 -0700
Subject: Re: Anyone work for Sun in the Bay area?

I live in the Bay Area but I don't work for Sun. However, local Bernina
Dealer "The Quilting Bee" is in Mountain View, the same town as Sun. They
are open till about 8:30 every week night and are open Sundays as well as
Saturdays. I'm sure your brother could manage the trip.

Their address is:   The Quilting Bee
                    357 Castro Street
                    Mountain View, CA 94041

Their phone number is: 415-969-1714

They are located in downtown Mountain View. If he can't find the books you
request, I'm sure he won't come home empty handed.

Date: Fri,  8 Sep 95 04:18:00 UTC
Subject: Re: Bernina Digest 9/6/95

I *think* I saw flag/banner fabric in Home Sew the other day. I need to
scrounge around and see if I'm right. If I am, I'll post their number for
Date: Thu, 7 Sep 1995 21:16:43 -0700
Subject: Re: Bernina Digest 8/30/95


Yes, I have a 1090. I've had it since 1991 and I still love it.

Date: Fri,  8 Sep 95 04:18:00 UTC
Subject: Scanner width line

Thanks, Barbara. I'll try the two scan method. Sounds very reasonable. I
already use the YLI thread in the bobbin. I've only found it in black and
white. You DID mean to use it in the bobbin, didn't you? And not the top.
Have you tried doing your outlines on the drawing in less than 1 mm?
I really appreciate all this info, since I'm not able to take any classes in
my area.
Date: Fri,  8 Sep 95 04:17:00 UTC
Subject: Re: Bernina Digest 9/5/95

Congrats, Pam! You'll never be sorry. Who would have thought a few months
ago that I'd be spending most of my time in my laundry room? :)
Date: Fri,  8 Sep 95 04:34:00 UTC
Subject: Re: Bernina Digest 9/5/95

Congrats on your purchase  yippee for you.
May I ask, what is a tears quilt.
Date: Fri, 8 Sep 1995 01:26:00 -0400
Subject: Re: Bernina Digest 9/5/95


I agree with you 100% on the decision to go with the 1090.  My shop did the
same thing for me -- let me play on all the machines for what seemed like
hours.  Part of me had this strong urge to go with the 1530, but I really
couldn't justify the added expense for options that I knew I would never use.

The 1090 does everything and more than what I need.  Think I'm finally
getting the hang of that knee lever, too :)  And, my dealer just gave me 20%
off the walking foot and the large embroidery foot as part of my special deal
before the classes!  Can't wait till then!  I've been trying to play with the
different feet to get a feel of things, but I do much better with "show and
tell" :)

Many happy hours with your new baby!!!

Date: Fri, 8 Sep 1995 08:26:57 -0400
Subject: Re: Bernina Deco


I'm not really sure about the reasoning behind scanning with the first color
in at first.  I did try it last night.  It seems to make some difference.   I
have also done a lot of sca nning and left the outline out completely.  You
might be surprised how nice it looks. In fact a lot of people tell me they
like it better.

I have really enjoyed my Deco, it seem the more I work with it the better
everything looks.

I hope I have been some help.  Just give it a try and see what you think.
 Let me know your results.

Pris F
Date: Fri, 8 Sep 1995 08:39:48 -0400
Subject: Re: Ruffler

This is a book that is just about the ruffler. It gives great illistrations
and projects. The book is a great reference. PR
Date: Fri, 8 Sep 1995 08:15:37 -0400
Subject: Re: Couching

I don't have a sample of bridal veil to try, but I would try using the
buttonhole foot and a narrow zigzig and a stitch length of about 2.  let the
right stitch fall off the edge of the fabric and it should roll under.
 Anyway, it works on batiste....closest thing I had
Date: Fri, 8 Sep 95 07:17:16 EDT
Subject: Re: Ruffler

Ruffler - I have the book and it for ruffles in general.  It would
certainly be applicable to curtain ruffles.  I found it to be excellent.
Ruth B
Date: Fri,  8 Sep 95 12:44:00 UTC
Subject: Re: Couching

Let me correct that price on the walking foot. I paid $59 (not $49) to Mr.
Zimmerman for it.
Date: Fri, 08 Sep 1995 08:46:41 EDT
Subject: Re: Bernina Digest 9/5/95


Check with the shop about renting a machine until yours
comes in.  You might be able to work something out.

Date: Fri,  8 Sep 95 12:43:00 UTC
Subject: Bridal Veil Edging

 I make a lot of broomstick skirts, and let me tell you... that rolled hem
that the serger does is worth the price of the serger to  me! You could
probably increase your productivity enough to pay for the machine (with the
additional orders you could fill).
Date: 08 Sep 95 09:37:30 EDT
Subject: Re: Couching

Oh NO!!
I just paid 79.95 last week at a new shop near me that I thought had decent
prices! Now I know better. Mr Zimmerman is going to be getting alot of phone
calls from all of us.

Date: Fri, 08 Sep 95 10:04:03 EST
Subject: 1630 upgrade

     We're going on vacation so I figured it was the perfect time to send
     my 1630 in for the upgrade.  G-Street tells me it will take 8 weeks to
     send it out and get it done.  I know several of you have upgraded the
     1630 -- did it really take that long?  Is it really worth it if your
     machine is working okay?

     Anne B
	( id AA030638756; Fri, 8 Sep 1995 13:59:16 GMT
Date: Fri,  8 Sep 95 13:35:00 UTC
Subject: My 1630 died!

Oh, Sandy... I feel so badly for you. I sure hope it doesn't take long to
get your Bernie back.
Date: Fri, 8 Sep 1995 10:32:03 -0400
Subject: Re: My 1630 died!


Sit down with lots of chocolate.  Preferabley not near the 930.  This was
reccomened to me as I must wait nearly 3 weeks for my first Bernina to come
in.  Rejoice --  your back up could be a Kenmore ;-}}

Good luck

Date: 08 Sep 95 10:56:45 EDT
Subject: My 1630 died


It didn't die, it had a relapse .  I had to have my board replaced shortly
after I got my 1630 because the trackball olnly wanted to track right.  It was
like pulling eye teeth to get it to go left.  It took about 2 weeks.  I didn't
have a machine to fall back on because I traded in my 1130, so they only sent in
my board and not my machine, and put a loaner board in mine.  Thank goodness.  I
can only imagine what you're going through.  Even though  I had my machine, it
seemed strange with someone elses part in it.  It's funny how we get attached so
quick.  Hang in there, maybe they will rush it.

Date: Fri, 08 Sep 1995 08:43:01 EDT
Subject: My 1630 died!


I am sorry to hear that your machine died!  My serger broke its 
arm a few weeks ago so I do know what it feels like to be without
one of your childern.  I found out just yesterday that I will be 
this weekend and am very happy.   We were only separated for a few 
weeks.  Hopefully yours will be back as quickly.

Date: Fri, 8 Sep 1995 11:57:37 -0400
Subject: Re: Bernina Digest 9/7/95

roughness, it is definitely time to change the needle. Learn to listen as
you go

Pam I' m really happy you got the 1090, you are going to love it. I sure love

Good luck 
Date: Fri, 08 Sep 1995 11:46:07 -0500
Subject: Mr. Zimmerman

I'd love to have Mr. Zimmerman's phone number/address.  Birthday money
is burning a hole in my pocket and there are several feet I want for my
new (to me) 1130.

Thanks in advance,
MaryAnn W
Date: Fri, 8 Sep 95 09:23:19 MDT
Subject: Re: Bridal Veil Edging

I took some heirloom sewing class and was able to do a really fine rolled
hem - this should work for the veils; it was with the buttonhole foot - I
don't have my settings with me - will send to you new week.
Date: Fri, 8 Sep 95 09:46:57 -0700
Subject: Re: My 1630 died!

I've never had a machine shipped to Bernina so I can't help you  
there.  But I once heard of a woman who sent the repair place a get  
well card (to her machine) and it came back sooner than expected!    
Worth a try.  If nothing else, think of the :-) :-) :-) it will  

Sharon Z
Date: Fri, 8 Sep 1995 08:17:57 -1000 (HST)
Subject: More propaganda

This isn't Bernina-related...just sharing another "hurl" a QB sent me 
which triggered a memory of a home ec class on creating ambiance in 
the home.


Here is an excerpt of a 1950's vintage home economics textbook. This is
real--I've seen the actual book. The page this text was lifted from
features a picture of a "June Cleaver" type-of-gal unloading a full oven
of food. Of course, she is in a dress, apron, and has a huge smile... 

Have dinner ready: Plan ahead, even the night before, to have a delicious
meal--on time. This is a way of letting him know that you have been
thinking about him and are concerned about his needs. Most men are hungry
when they come home and the prospects of a good meal are part of the warm
welcome needed. 

Prepare yourself: Take 15 minutes to rest so you will be refreshed when he
arrives. Touch up your makeup, put a ribbon in your hair and be fresh
looking. He has just been with a lot of work-weary people. Be a little gay
and a little more interesting. His boring day may need a lift. 

Clear away the clutter: Make one last trip through the main part of the
house just before your husband arrives, gathering up school books, toys,
paper, etc. Then run a dust cloth over the tables. Your husband will feel
he has reached a haven of rest and order, and it will give you a lift,

Prepare the children: Take a few minutes to wash the children's hands and
faces (if they are small) comb their hair, and if necessary, change their
clothes. They are little treasures and he would like to see them playing
the part. 

Minimize all noise: At the time of his arrival, eliminate all noise of
washer, dryer, dishwasher or vacuum. Try to encourage the children to be
quiet. Be happy to see him: Greet him with a warm smile and be glad to see

Some don'ts: Don't greet him with problems or complaints. Don't complain
if he's late for dinner. Count this as minor compared with what he might
have gone through that day. 

Make him comfortable: Have him lean back in a comfortable chair or suggest
he lie down in the bedroom Have a cool or warm drink ready for him.
Arrange his pillow and offer to take off his shoes. Speak in a low, soft,
soothing and pleasant voice. Allow him to relax--unwind. 

Listen to him: You may have a dozen thing to tell him, but the moment of
his arrival is not the time. Let him talk first. 

Make the evening his: Never complain if he does not take you out to dinner
or to other places of entertainment. Instead, try to understand his world
of strain and pressure, his need to be home and relax. 

The goal: Try to make your home a place of peace an order where your
husband can renew himself in body and spirit. 

Enjoy your weekend!

Date: Fri, 8 Sep 95 15:50:25 -0400
Subject: re: Re: Bernina Digest 9/5/95

Hi Pam,  I think you'll be happy with your 1090.  I bought one in July and 
can't believe the difference over my old non-bernina.  It sews like a dream.  
I looked at other machines and might want to trade up at some future date but 
I am having a great time getting to know my machine.  I love this list too, 
so much good information and advice.

nancy j.
Date: Fri, 8 Sep 1995 15:52:35 -0400
Subject: Deco Scanner Video

Just thought I'd let you know that Bernina is now beginning to package a
video with the Deco Scanner.  My dealer let me view a copy she had received.
 It helps somewhat, but it's not super-wonderful.  My dealer is going to
order extra copies to give to the people who have already purchased the
scanner.  You might want to check with your dealer and see if you can get the

My Bernina dealer is also going to start a "Deco 500 Club".  The plan is to
meet once a month.  I think it will be great to get together to see what
others are doing with their machines and also to learn how to use it better.

Hope you have a great weekend!
Date: Fri, 8 Sep 1995 16:34:10 -0400
Subject: Re: Bernina Club??

     I  have been a  Bernina Club Member for the last 5 years, and feel our
clubs are getting a little stale.   I wonder what some of you, in other
areas, are doing ?  Do you have sit and sews or does the "leader" show a
machine technique?  what kinds of things are being done around the country
that maybe middle America is missing out on?? Thanks in advance, I love this
Date: Fri, 8 Sep 1995 18:00:13 -0400
Subject: Funlock 007D

Have been reading messages for a while and find info very interesting. 
I have a 1260 which I love and am considering a serger.  I am looking at the
Funlock 007D.  Does anyone have an opinion on this machine?  Thanks for your
Date: Fri, 8 Sep 1995 18:29:11 -0500
Subject: introduction

I'm one of those who has stayed in the background reading
other's comments and suggestions.  I've enjoyed it thoroughly.
I live in northeast Texas and live about 45 minutes away
from a lady who has been an excellent dealer and has been
very nice and extremely fair. She not only found a buyer for
my 1230, but gave the buyer instructions in using it.  
I teach home economics at the
local high school and have 23 lower end Bernina's in my
department.  I wouldn't have anything else and feel very
lucky to have all Bernina's, and they have withstood seven or
more years of use by more than 30 students per year!  However,
I drive about 1 hour to Dallas to take most of my classes.
They offer a wide variety of classes and are wonderful to learn from and
deal with.  They have several very talented and
creative teachers.  

Since I've never posted before, I'm not sure if I'm doing
this right or even if it's okay to publicize items for sell
but let me know if it's not.  I now have a 1630 and understand
that my walking foot (from my 1230) won't do.  I would like to
sell it (only used it a couple of times).  Any suggestions
on what I should ask for it or anyone interested in buying
it.  I have a ruffler that I used on the 1230 (with an
adapter).  What about it?  Is it obsolete also

Thanks for any help and/or suggestions.
Sue Ann
Date: 08 Sep 95 19:56:40 EDT
Subject: re:my 1630 died

re:my 1630 died
    This happened to me. At the end of a 1630 update class. A board was swapped.
It happened again 3 weeks later and more boards were swapped(l-print and
s-print, I think).   I didn't have to wait long, BOA expressed shipped the
boards the second time and the repairs were made in the shop. Both times I had
loaner machines.
Hope you have your Nina back soon!
Date: Fri, 08 Sep 1995 21:44:30 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: Mr. Zimmerman

> I'd love to have Mr. Zimmerman's phone number/address.  Birthday money
> is burning a hole in my pocket and there are several feet I want for my
> new (to me) 1130.

Mary Ann:

Ervin Zimmerman
Hinkletown Sewing
232 Wanner Road
Ephrata, PA 17522


Date: Sat,  9 Sep 95 03:36:00 UTC
Subject: Deco Scanner Video

I've been thinking seriously of running a little ad in the local paper in an
effort to start a Bernina group locally. We don't have a dealer, but there
must be plenty of Bernina owners who'd like to get together and share ideas.
Yup... think I'll do it at the beginning of the week.
Date: Fri, 8 Sep 1995 21:06:10 -0700
Subject: machines

Is this too dumb to ask?  I bought an 830 for the knee lift and I love it.  
In the old days there were 730,830,930, but what are all these 10 numbers, 
and 16's.  Is there a sort of top to bottom price list or list of machine 
numbers in order from old to new?  My dealer said, there were some without 
the knee lift.  I used it for a few minutes, and my left foot is doing fine. 
ALSO, there is a tiny uplift to the foot, and sometimes, I can chain without 
the lift.  I have 199 more 4" blocks to do on the flannel quilt, I missed 
the number by a long shot, and had to redo the math.  
        What is the top of the line with all the bells and whistles.  I have 
the 7550 Pfaff on the side, also.  But, have been afraid to use it's 
computer program, but, it can sit.  I am sewing like mad on the 830, better 
get out the oil can.  I'd forgotten we have to do that.
               Hugs,  Andrea
Date: Sat,  9 Sep 95 04:32:00 UTC
Subject: My 1630 died!

Unfortunately, I don't have good news for you, and feel sad that your 1630
went down on you.  It takes anywhere from 6-8 weeks to get your machine
fixed depending on how backed up they are.
However, some dealers will give a loaner while you are waiting for your
machine to come home.  You should check into this.
So sorry it happened to you, happened to me, during my busiest season last
October, and my machine was gone approximately 6 weeks, got to know my pfaff
real well during that time tho.
Take care,
Date: Sat, 9 Sep 1995 08:18:28 -0400
Subject: Re: Bernina Digest 9/7/95

My 1630 went back to bernina for an upgrade last year.  I was sooooooooo
depressed, I didn't have my 830 at the time, so I was sewing on my old
Featherweight.  talk about a culture shock!  I was lucky, that my dealer gave
me a loaner machine.  
The turn around time was pretty quick as I remember.  I think I had it back
within 3 weeks, which then seemed like forever.  Wish I was closer to you,
you could come over and visit mine!

Petchy, will you stop buying things!!!!!  You are amazing!

Date: Sat, 9 Sep 1995 07:37:31 -0500
Subject: problems

I am bereft.  Last week I had just started to work on a machine quilting
project--I only had one block to finish on a quadrant and wanted to finish
before dinner--my machine(an 1130) was all of a sudden going half speed, and
then it stopped.  It was frozen.  Now, I take very good care of this
machine.  I clean and oil it regularly and take it in every year for regular
check-ups.  In fact, I was going to take it in that very weekend.  The last
time it was in the shop for a check-up was 13 months ago.  I asked them to
tell me what I was doing wrong, as I don't know anyone else that this
happens too, and many of my friends use their machines much more than I do.
One machine quilts for a living and does two or three a week, plus a LOT of
machine piecing.

This happened once before.  When I bought my machine, I asked the dealer how
often I should bring it in for cleaning.  She told me, "If its not broke,
don't fix it"  In Other words--don't bring it in unless it was really sick.
So, I was going along merrily after three or four years, and it just
stopped.  I took it to her to fix that time, but ever since have gone to the
next town over.  It is an hour drive, but I have a lot more confidence in

Anyway--has this ever happened to anyone else, and could I have some advise
from the collective wisdom so that it never happens again.

                         Nancy M
Date: Sat, 9 Sep 1995 09:37:49 -0400
Subject: Bobbin Noise - Problem?

My 1260 has developed a rather loud noise, which I have tracked down to the
bobbins rattling in the bobbin case.  Doesn't seem to be dependent on what
bobbins I use -- I have both brand new ones and old ones (even a few solid
wall ones).

The noise seems to have increased over the last month or so.  No apparent
effect on sewing quality.

I've thoroughly cleaned and oiled the bobbin area on a regular basis and see
no other problems.

Any thoughts?  Should I get this checked out or is this noise common.  Should
I get another 1260 in order to compare :-)  ?

Mary Beth G
Subject: Sew before you sew

>mastered the technique.  I'm beginning to think that I'm pretty 
>stupid.  It just seems to be a mental block on my part.>>

Au contraire... I find it MOST helpful to do at least a small sample piece of
something like that, especially if I haven't done it in awhile.  I need to
remember how to line up button holes before I unleash the machine on my
project.  I do a little blind hemming to get my mind and fingers in synch
with the machine and make any adjustments while doing so.

AND I especially do a bit of machine quilting before starting to sew on my
project!  Just to check the needle, tension, thread, ME.  I have found this
to be an important few minutes to spend.  I don't quilt everyday or even
every week! I do a lot of quilting but feel I really benefit from this little
practice shot.

Mary Beth G
Date: Sat, 9 Sep 1995 10:13:38 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: Bernina Club??

I have been a member of our local Bernina Club--mainly that year after I 
bought my Bernina 801 many years ago.  It was very nicely structured so 
that none of us felt that this was a permanent way of life.  As soon as 
new models, and customers, began to proliferate, I believe we were 
expected to move on with our sewing lives.  If we upgraded, we would be 
invited to rejoin the Club.  I'm sure that every dealer is different.  My 
own dealer has limited seating/teaching space.  It's a little room at the 
back of her shop which can accommodate only 15 to 20 chairs.  No wonder 
one netter feels that, after five years, the lessons are growing stale.
It would take a whole group of teachers to keep the same group interested 
that long.  There is only so much to be taught on the sewing machine by 
demonstration.  I would expect the focus to be on NEW equipment and 
accessories.  If you purchase a machine and keep it for many years, I
don't believe you should need Bernina Club to keep you going.  How do 
other BCs work?  In ours, we watched while the dealer/instructor 
demonstrated.  We, of course, were always free to ask questions and 
seek help outside of the Club meetings which only came once a month. 
She was always generous with her time and advice.  It's as though she 
adopts you for life if you purchase from her, but there wouldn't be room 
in Bernina Club for you for that long.
Date: Sat, 09 Sep 1995 08:46:16 MST
Subject: RE: Funlock 007D

I have had one of these machines for two years and love everything
else, it depends on what you want to do...however, to date the machine has
done everything I want...great stitch quality few or no tension problems
(now that I know what to look for!)...there is a generic gathering foot
available....good value for the money.
Date: Sat, 9 Sep 1995 08:24:42 GMT
Subject: Upgrading a 1230/1260 to a 1530

Hi All,

It may interest you to know that a 1230/1260 (and perhaps other models - I don't 
know) can be upgraded to a 1530.  I know this because there are problems getting 
1530's in the UK - they aren't good sellers, so the distributor upgraded a 1260 
to a 1530 for me. This entails replacing the front panel that has all the 
buttons on (I think they call it the L plate) with the 1530's tracker-ball 
screen, the plastic side also needs replacing to cater for the OK and CLR 

All seems just fine. I don't have retractable cables, but I guess I can live 
without 'em.

How the parts compare in price to trading in or selling a 1230/1260 and buying a 
1530 at discount I do not know, but it may be worth considering.

P.S. can't go to a 1630 though!

And, many thanks to all who wrote about the Quilting Bee in the Bay Area - 
brother is primed and flying over Wednesday.

Kind Regards

Mandy B
Subject: Re: introduction
Date: Sat, 9 Sep 95 11:51:09 PDT

Hi Sue Ann;

I was able to use my ruffler from my 930 on my 1530, so maybe you won't 
have to replace that item.  I sold my walking foot for the 930 last 
year for $45 and that is what I paid for it.  Hope this helps.  :0}
Jean P
Subject: Re: Bernina Club??
Date: Sat, 9 Sep 95 12:51:33 PDT

When my 930 was new in '82 we had a wonderful dealer in town.  There was
no charge to come to Bernina Club once a month.  They did not have a lot
of room, but we all crowded in and very much enjoyed the demonstrations.
She would provide print outs and we could make additional notes.  These
demos were usually about different feet each month or a garment or
project that was hot at the moment.  This shop did not sell regular fabric
but specialized in lingerie fabric and trims.  By doing this class once
a month she increased her sales by many many $$$ as we all were into 
making lingerie and purchasing all the feet to make these projects.  It
was the same feeling of getting together with friends and learning and
seeing new ideas as it is with a quilt guild, and it keeps the creative
juices flowing and your interests up to share with friends.

As was mentioned earlier, new equipment came along, some upgraded and
some did not.  Those of us who did not bought sergers, ironing machines 
and many other sewing items from her as did your husbands.  But the 
techniques and feet and items she taught could be made on which ever 
machine you owned.  I guess that in this case we adpoted her for life, 
but life was all to short in this case and nothing is forever.

Supporting this shop was a joy for many of us and it was a sad day for us
all when they retired and moved to Oregon as so many do from this area. We
were happy for them but have never stopped missing the service they were
able to supply.  :-(
Jean P
Date: Sat, 9 Sep 1995 16:02:33 -0400
Subject: walking foot 1230/1630

Sue Ann

I have also heard that the walking foot for the 1230 won't work on the 1630.
 Well, I have a 1230 and a 1630 (1230 is going to my daughter for Christmas)
and I have had a walking foot for the 1230 ever since I got it.  I had the
bridge cut out so I could see where I was going when I did machine quilting.
 I use it on my 1630 constantly and it works just fine for quilting.  I
haven't tried it for anything else, but for machine quilting, it works for
me.  I would try it on my machine before I bought one of the new ones. All of
the feet from the 1230 will work on the 1630 but since they are not coded,
they will only sew 5 mm wide.  Good luck

Date: Sat, 9 Sep 1995 16:00:02 -0400
Subject: Scanner width line


If the outline needed is black or white, use the bobbin/lingere thread on
top.  Also, I have seen this type thread in another brand (can't remember
which one) in several colors.  Metrolene was suggested also as it is very
fine.  I also heard that you can use the Pigma pen, black, in the .05 size
for drawing the lines to scan as long as it is a new one and gives a good
dark line.  Hope this helps.  Went to our guild quilt show today and our
Bernina dealer had a display there.  People were very interested in the
embroidery machines.  He carries both the Bernina and Babylock ones.  

Date: Sat, 9 Sep 1995 21:15:52 -0400
Subject: Re: Bernina Club??

Can everyone please tell me some of the subjects and projects addressed in
your various Bernina Clubs??  Do you have lecture/demo's or hands on sewing?

Date: Sat, 9 Sep 1995 21:57:21 -0400
Subject: Re: Bernina Digest 9/8/95

Thank god I work for a dealer,I feel bad that you all had to wait so long for
a 1630 upgrade mine took an hour that included a cleaning too!! I work for
two wonderful people who take good care of me and my machines!!! Congrats on
your 1090, that is our most popular selling machine,you'll love it!

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