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Big Wheel

« on: June 17, 2019, 19:08:01 PM »
Hello all, I'm returning to dressmaking after about 25 years so I expect to be asking for advice rather then offering it. My old Singer Harmonie 400 doesn't like me much so I'm on the lookout for a good second hand Bernina one with easy button hole function and possibly one that will handle leather.


Re: Hi
« Reply #1 on: June 17, 2019, 19:53:46 PM »
Hello there...welcome.

Helen M

Re: Hi
« Reply #2 on: June 17, 2019, 19:57:48 PM »
Hi Big Wheel! Welcome back to the world of sewing.
Stash Busting 2021
Goal: 35 metres
So far: 0 metres


Re: Hi
« Reply #3 on: June 17, 2019, 22:10:31 PM »
Welcome, Big Wheel.
Bernina Aurora 440QE, Brother BC-2500, Singer 99K (1938), Juki MO-654DE overlocker, Silver Viscount 620D overlocker.


Re: Hi
« Reply #4 on: June 18, 2019, 08:46:39 AM »
Hello @Big Wheel  and welcome from me, too  :toast:


Re: Hi
« Reply #5 on: June 18, 2019, 09:59:57 AM »
A big welcome from me too!  Look forward to seeing some of your projects.

Jessie, who is very happy to be here!!  :),  but who has far too many sewing machines to be healthy, and a fabric stash which is becoming embarrassing.

snoozi soozi

Re: Hi
« Reply #6 on: June 18, 2019, 10:27:27 AM »
Welcome @Big Wheel  :)
Let it sew, let it sew, let it sew


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« Reply #7 on: June 18, 2019, 19:48:48 PM »
Hello @Big Wheel , welcome  :flower: :drink:
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Re: Hi
« Reply #8 on: June 19, 2019, 00:03:56 AM »
A warm welcome from me too. :flower:
Minding my P's & Q's in Portreath


Re: Hi
« Reply #9 on: June 19, 2019, 08:26:46 AM »
Hi, what do you like to sew?
2020 stash: not gonna count, not gonna feel guilty.


Re: Hi
« Reply #10 on: June 19, 2019, 14:54:03 PM »
Hi Bigwheel and welcome from me too  :D


Re: Hi
« Reply #11 on: June 20, 2019, 09:00:32 AM »
Welcome @Big Wheel and welcome back to sewing too.  We are here to tempt you and be a good bad influence  :devil:  Many of us here are returnees after a long break, you will probably be surprised at what has changed since you last sewed.  Do you dressmake, quilt, bagmake, something else .... ?
Life's too short for ironing.


Re: Hi
« Reply #12 on: June 21, 2019, 17:41:52 PM »
Welcome @Big Wheel, looking forward to projects. Assuming, you not only got a sewing machine, but also a camera... yes, things have changed in the sewing world!  ;)


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« Reply #13 on: June 21, 2019, 18:40:19 PM »
Welcome @Big Wheel  :snip:  :drink:
Willing but not always able :)


Re: Hi
« Reply #14 on: June 23, 2019, 15:01:13 PM »
Hi Big Wheel and welcome from me too. Your instincts are good there I feel.

A couple of years ago I finally satisfied my lifelong Bernina curiosity with a used 1020 on eBay (it has an electronic foot pedal but is otherwise mechanical) and I fell in love. Since then I've bought two of their early computerised machines (both 1130s) which are now my first choice machines pretty well most of the time while my expensive computerised Pfaff sits unappreciated in the sewing cabinet.

I think they'd cope well enough with thin leather (with the correct needle) but I've used my vintage Singer 201K for repairing handbags and found it fearless. You can pick up a vintage machine incredibly cheaply online and in charity shops. You may have noticed there's a section here devoted to vintage machines if you fancy returning one in need of some attention to an active life again.
Stash Busting 2020
Goal: 50m
So far: 6m fabric; approx 40m crin (horsehair braid)