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Monday, April 30, 2012

It was a thoroughly scientific process!

Basically, I gave the two machines an equal rating, and then I thought to myself :
"Should I sell one or the other of these, and then in the future decide I want to replace it, which one is going to be more of a challenge to replace?"

If you want the answer to that question, go to eBay and search for Bernina 930 and then search for Bernina will become apparent very quickly.

The 1030 is much much harder to find/replace.
I am not exactly sure why this is, but the evidence is there!

So.. I am going to relist the 930.....BUT with a difference!
I am going to make the most complete set for that machine ever seen on the face of the planet!!(this may be poetic license!)

I think

I've come to a solution regarding which of my machines I'll keep.

And I did it logically!

Details to follow....

Friday, April 27, 2012

Feeling torn...

I'm trying to make a decision.
Whether to keep the 930 Record or the 1030 Record....

The machines:

I have a nearly full set of accessories for each, including walking feet and Cut-n-Sew thingies.

The differences:

The 1030 has a total of 26 built in stitches. Admittedly, I use about .. 4 of them (6 on a very adventurous day)

The 930 displays 26 stitches, for some bizarre reason omitting the other 14...
Yes, there are reversing versions of each of the stitches. 

The 930 has  4mm stitch width 

The 1030 has a 5mm stitch width.

The 1030 has no LEDs. The 930 has a red and green light to show you which mode you're in.
The 1030 has a mechanical gauge to show you the ideal foot, stitch length, and stitch width for the stitch you've selected.

The lighting is SLIGHTLY better on the 1030.
the thread cutting is functionally identical.

The case for the 930 is the most insane case for any sewing machine ever while the 1030 uses that same modern 'slip over' hard shell case.

Any thoughts?

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

New 830

I got a request for a mint condition, or as near as possible, Record 830.
At first, I was unsure if it would be possible for me to complete such an order.

I mean really! These are 30+ year old machines!

And then....
I found it!

We'll start with the table.
It's a folding table designed for this particular machine. 

The finish on this machine is nearly perfect. The plastic bits have all discolored with age, but that is a function of time and exposure to sunlight.

The table folds up and around the machine, providing a large work area.

The accessories case has everything, including a replacement bobbin winder wheel!

This is one of the most complete machines/sets I've ever come across!
It needed a bit of servicing, as it sat unused for about a year..

Friday, April 20, 2012

In a break from my traditional 'think up a design and then wing it' type sewing, I am going to be working from a pattern.
This pattern:
simplicity pattern
for those of you who don't like to waste time following silly links...
This pattern, but I am going to do it in two colors, black with contrasty bits in blue :)

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Today's find..

is a 185K in somewhat stinky shape.
It's in good shape physically, but it definitely came from a smoker..
As I already have one, this little guy will most likely end up on CL or etsy when I'm done with the servicing!

I uploaded a video of an 830 running, so that an interested party could hear how the motor sounds...sometimes technology amazes me...
I am going to break my own rules here...
I have a thing about not posting shots where my head is visible :)
But, I really love this outfit/ I'll share it!

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Crazy weekend...

this weekend was!
I had a few clients come by the house, to try and/or buy machines. They were all very nice people, which is great.
I've had a few people who were either scammy or 'stick up the behind'y and either one is not fun.

And I got an email form my favorite sewing instructor/designer/seamstress saying her machine was broken.
That would be Bree of Breedom, btw.

So I popped on over there and got to help her out.

She sews on a Bernina 930, so really.. fixing things that go wrong is fairly easy :)

And today, I encountered someone who claims to do costuming/vintage reproduction sales.She asked if I sell the dresses I make and when i said no, she said 'we need to change that'
Eh, we'll see. 99% of my sewing is done as a test for the machines I'm working on. It's serendipitous.
Sewing for other people.. dunno how well I'd handle that.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Pantaloons done.
Now the ruffles for the front of the dress...


Now I am not sure if these need more ruffles or not...
I sort of think so, to go with the dress...

I'm also considering adding more ruffles to the bodice, to bring it closer to the original design.

Any opinions?

Monday, April 9, 2012

Not sure why

but I woke up at 4 this morning and was unable to fall back asleep.
Now, I find myself wandering around the house like a xombii, bumping into walls and drooling.
That's probably an image you REALLY wanted in your head!

It's funny how something that is really a very small change can completely upset your whole day.

Anyhow, I am napping.
But I am not JUST napping.

I am also making a set of pantaloons to go with the new dress, and I'm using my 807 minimatic to do it.
Basically, I am trying to decide whether or not to sell that machine.

That purple fabric to the right is the material I am using for the pantalloons

Friday, April 6, 2012

Never shop for machines when you're tired/cranky

So, I went to look at a sewing machine that had been posted to CL today, after eating a very large lunch..
I was tired, full, and really not in the mood to analyze the value of a machine.

The machine itself was a Bernina Record 730, in a cabinet.
The price was reasonable, though it was missing an extension table and a portable carry case.
I think because it was set up in the table, those pieces were probably lost to the ages.

But I knew.. I don't really have the space or desire for another 'table only' machine.

And then.. the tired kicked in.

So, I ended up telling the woman selling the machine.
"You know, you can get a lot more for this machine if you just take a sponge and CLEAN the crap off of it. It's filthy. No one wants to spend hundreds of dollars to buy something that is dirty. And get some sewing machine oil and squirt it in there where the little red marks are, and then run it for a bit. It'll get rid of all that stiffness and make it much nicer for when the next person wants to try it. You can get 4-500$ for this machine, which is more than twice what you're asking, with a little work."

"Wait, you're telling me it will sell for about 2x what I was going to take from you for it? Then why don't you want it?"

"I just told you, it's dirty. I'm too tired to clean it"

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

I've decided

to sort of start changing parts of the way I do business.
I'd been focusing selling machines on craigslist, but I think that may have been naive of me.
There's a smaller market there than if I sell them through my etsy site!

So, more work on the new dress:

One layer of ruffles left to go, and then I can start the rest of it!
I'm making a video of  using the 1030 to do ruffling etc, when it's done, you will see it here!

Monday, April 2, 2012

more progress

So, you may be asking:
'Well, D, what are you planning to do with this insane gown when it's finished?'
The answer is, of course, same thing I do with ALL the dresses I make! Wear it!
I'm not one for toning down my sense of style. You might think 'you can't possibly wear that kind of gown to shop in!!'
You would, of course, be completely wrong!
But you could think it!

As you can see, I added more ruffles to the skirting tiers!