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Thursday, May 31, 2012

So the new 930

is well underway,
In fact I am using it to work on the new denim dress!
First skirt layer...

It's always nice when the bobbin winder wnids a perfect bobbin!

Friday, May 25, 2012

Today's find:

A little 2 tone box!

With a 1953 child's Sewing machine in it...
this thing is PRISTINE. it's got the clamp and the manual and stuff :)

Wednesday, May 23, 2012


another common issue, with not just the 900 Series Berninas, but with all of the models with this feature:

No, that's not some freaky bit out of Fritz Lang's Metropolis...
It's the thingy that controls the basting stitches on every model after the 830 Record.

Now what happens is, if it's not used for a while...stuff builds up on it.
And then it gets used. and the pin that connects the drive to the needle bar, slides back out of place. But because of the grit/goo/gunk it can't properly reengage the bar. SO the machine stops sewing...
It's not a hard fix, if you know what you're doing, it just takes a little time :)

Monday, May 21, 2012

New project machine

Before I can begin my new dress, there's something I need to take care of.

know what this is?
It's the base plate to a 930 Record.

I bought a parts machine a while back, and now I have the chance to rebuild another machine, using the parts!

The downside is I can't do any sewing until I get these two machines turned into one, and then the non-used parts back into storage...
(they are occupying both the repair desk and my sewing table)

Friday, May 18, 2012

My next

sewing project!
I was inspired by this dress.
So, I am going to make a denim version of it for summer!
I think mine will be a bit... fancier :)

Wednesday, May 16, 2012


I want to talk about a common issue with 93X Bernina machines.
This applies to the 930 931 932 933..

I've seen this more than once, and a machine I am currently working on has this issue, so it's on my mind!

Ok, so the 930 was unique for a few reasons.
1. It was the first machine with an automatic needle return. Meaning the needle always stops in the up position.
2. when the bobbin winder is engaged, the needle is automatically disengaged.

The methodology for achieving both of these things was fairly simple and very effective.

The needle return, however, relies on a fairly delicate shank screw.
If the machine gets jammed for whatever reason, and the hand wheel gets forced, this is the result:
There's a thin metal disc under the hand wheel that will shear through this screw if it's turned hard enough.
Now, I don't really consider this a flaw of the machine, it's user error.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Risen from the dead!

Both me and the 1222 are back to life.
It's an interesting machine, the idea of the IDT is pretty cool, but not one I would choose for myself.
You want to know how tell which machines are better?
Look at the market.

Take old straight stitch machines, as an example.
The Model 66 machines...pretty much valueless.
the model 15 machines...Sell for 150-200
the Model 201 machines..sell for 225-300
And any straight stitch machine that isn't one of those or one of the ancient beautifully decorated ones, I wouldn't touch.
The Pfaff 130 sells for 275-400
The Singer 306...same functions, stupid needle choice, sells for about 50$

The 1222 goes for around 200
The Bernina 930, same functions but no IDT, goes for around 1200...

Quality always wins, in the long term.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

1222 almost finished

I have one adjustment left to make on this thing...
I really don't like whoever worked on it before me.

I came across a new machine yesterday, and though I normally avoid Vikings...this one wasn't stuck in reverse!
It's a 6310,  which is a flatbed version of the 6000 series, and it had all it's original accessories with it!

I'll add pics later :)

Monday, May 7, 2012

Crawling back

towards normal..
I've spent the last 4 days doing...almost nothing, or as close to that as I can get.
Which for me is not a comfortable thing.
I like to have a lot of things going all at once..
As an example, my computer desk has 2 machines/monitors on it, and my tablet, and sometimes my laptop.
While just over my right shoulder is my sewing machine, with whatevet project I am working on at the moment and over my left shoulder is the machine on the repair desk...
The 1222 I have been working on for seemingly ever is almost done, it would have been done before this weekend but... then we hit our little medical snag!

Friday, May 4, 2012

Sick since Wednesday

Sorry for no posts, I had this whole thingy planned..
'the best laid plans of mice and man' as they say

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

A bit of autobiography?

My mother had several 'addictions' in her life.

There were two among there that were chief:
1. Knitting.
2. Romance novels!

When I was a child, almost every weekend, she and I would go to a craft store. We would go through all the skeins of yarn, looking for patterns she didn't already have. My other siblings were too old/not craft oriented, so it was always just she and I.
I used to buy the liquid embroidery tubes, and decorate with them.

I always wanted to learn to knit, but she was not a good teacher.
Well, that's not exactly true. She was a teacher as profession, but when it came to instructing her children, she had really very little patience. I think part of my exacting nature comes from her.

We would also go together to the used bookstores, and she would hunt through the racks of romance novels while I perused the fantasy section.
I wonder if the covers of those 'bodice rippers' influenced my fashion sense?