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Sewing Machines / Re: Thinking of new Bernina machine!
« on: July 10, 2021, 15:12:37 PM »
Bumblebuncher if you can get hold of the booklet Bernina Accessories - solutions for your ideas,  available from Bogod's  Cardiff  warehouse (their phone number is 029 2079 2079) and inside the front cover of this are groups of Bernina machines by their numbers, and are grouped by A,B,C,D,E,F,G,H.  So for your existing machine the Activa 135S you come under the letter B.  Then all the pages that show the different feet and accessories have  given the groups that the feet are suitable for.  You would find this extremely helpful I am sure, and then you could tell which machine you can use these existing feet and accessories for.  This booklet is free or it was when they sent me my copy, as like you I have collected a huge amount of feet and accessories for my two Berninas.  I have an old 830 Record(1975) and that is not mentioned in this book, and then I have a much newer one an Artista 200.  Now the feet for the 830 Record do not fit on the Artista 200, nor do the bobbins and a lot of the accessories.  By the way my Artista comes under Category G.

Over the years as you probably know Bernina have brought out a few huge machines with enormous bobbins and feet which are totally different in the shank to what we are used to, so if you can get hold of one of these books I am sure it will help you and guide you to what you will go looking at.  By the way you are being sensible in trying to find something that you will still be able to use your existing collection of feet with.

Incidentally when I got my latest copy of this book, it came with a separate paper  retail price list.  As a matter of interest over the last year or so Bernina have been doing something called foot or accessory per month, and they select which one they are offering at a slightly reduced price.  Bernina (Bogod) have their own direct website now and if you use this the orders go straight down to Cardiff.

A few years ago now when I bought my Artista 200 it came with what they called  a Trolley or Suitcase System - my machine does not have a hard cover, instead it came with a huge zippered bag on the trolley.  The Embroidery module came in a huge cardboard box - and yes there was a matching bag to house this but was an optional extra.  Well where I intended to store the embroidery module would not take this without it getting damaged, so I then spoke to a lady who had run the Sewing School at Bogod in London for a very long time - she has now retired.  Bernina had also discontinued the style of the matching bags, and of course I wanted the embroidery module bag to be the matching one to my  main machine bag.   Well bless this lady within the day she had come back to me and had found such a bag, and of course this was tucked away in an obscure room down in Cardiff, and I received this much reduced in price the very next day - that was how I really got to know the ladies who operate down in Cardiff and prefer to use them when I am buying feet or accessories as I am dealing directly with them - and paying the same as I would from a dealer, but I do not have to keep on going miles to visit a dealer and then back again to collect, they come in the post usually the next day.

If you do get in touch with the Cardiff place, ask if they can send you  The Complete Catelogue for this year and that should list all the currents models and what they can do.

Good luck with your search and I do hope you can find something that suits you and that you like.

Today... One thread per day / Re: Friday 9th July
« on: July 09, 2021, 10:56:09 AM »
Well done Twopence on finding a house that you both like, now fingers crossed that all goes well from now on and that you sell yours soon.  Having a sewing room on the ground floor is a bonus and as for the double garage, your OH will be in his element.

Today... One thread per day / Re: Ok I will then, 7th July
« on: July 07, 2021, 10:59:26 AM »
For Sandra and any others who are having trouble sleeping may I recommend  that you go looking back on TSP for a post put up by WildAtlanticWay in March 2020 - the 21st to be precise, and in this post she puts up a link to something her husband has kindly done to help you relax and get rid of the stresses of everything that is going on around us, it is not very long, but hearing her husband's soothing tones certainly helps and after all you have nothing at all to lose, but hopefully you will get a good nights sleep and de-stress as well.

Today... One thread per day / Re: Ok I will then, 7th July
« on: July 07, 2021, 10:21:40 AM »
There are lovely yellow tulips as a banner on mine, and I did not put it there either.

Today... One thread per day / Re: Monday 5th July
« on: July 05, 2021, 17:26:16 PM »
Very late to this today, may I wish both Bjay and Mr. Bjay  very happy anniversary, hope you have had a lovely day.

Well done to both Flobear and Justpottering for your make overs they are brilliant, now enjoy wearing them.

Today... One thread per day / Re: Sunday 4th July
« on: July 04, 2021, 14:53:30 PM »
Well I am back from my little jaunt up north of Milton Keynes, and yes we got lost going and somehow on the return ended up on totally the wrong road and went through Mursley and then found ourselves on the Winslow to Aylesbury road which is on the far west of Milton Keynes.  No we could not get the inbuilt satnav to work, could get so far putting in the post code and that was that, so resorted to the portable satnav and we got there, but using this one to come home goodness knows where it sent us - still it was a nice little outing, we saw some pretty little thatched cottages and lots of greenery.  We also saw places where HS2 is causing devastation - it is a very long time since I went up to Milton Keynes.

WildatlanticWay thank you for the tip about  using a smart phone - sadly I am a newbie with regards to one of these, and an initial look proved this was not already installed, and I do not have a clue  how to do this, but next time my daughter is here I will get her to set it up for me.

Anyway the outcome of my outing was really fruitful, i now have a table top and coffin lid for my treadle base- I declined having the old Singer that was in situ as it was very rusty in places - I could not make out why it had a circular bobbin right underneath the needle/feed dogs, and this was supposed to be a machine that was made around 1914ish - I thought that era only had the shuttles.  Still I had a choice of tops, and the coffin lid was just an extra which is going to solve a lot of problems for me.  Apparently this person goes around collecting these old treadles, removes the top and machine and sells them off, and then converts the treadle part into a table for the garden.

Next thing to do with this is to wait for a lovely hot sunny day and take the base outside and give this a good wash, and I will then probably paint this with Hammerite hammered finish - I absolutely love cast iron and wrought iron, and then get a sander and give the top itself a good going over before varnishing.  I have to admit I was not expecting to find a lid there as the one I had already seen on this advert had already gone, so I was extremely lucky.

Once this finds its way indoors (rugby is on at the moment!!) I will try and get some photos taken of these treasures - so I had better get my phone charged up, as for some reason I cannot get the photos from my phone to the laptop - need my daughter or Twopence's help on this yet again.

Twopence I did wonder if you would have been home as we whizzed past, but after getting so lost someone was keen to get home in time to watch the rugby - we made it just in time.

Today... One thread per day / Re: Sunday 4th July
« on: July 04, 2021, 08:42:07 AM »
I am actually up really early for me this morning, we have a little trip out to Milton Keynes area to look at a wooden top that does have a hand crank in it already for my cast iron treadle base - it looks as though I will have a choice of about 5 tops, all with hand cranks and dating around 1914 to 1920.  One or two of them look quite pretty but we shall see.  I was gifted a cast iron base without a top a couple of weeks ago, and my plan and of course wish is to get a top for this and then put my lovely 201 machine from a treadle cabinet that I don't like too much  in and actually be able to use it.

Now can we get the sat nav on our car to work - well work out exactly what to do, or failing that use a portable sat nav, and as a back up we have printed off a journey map as this will be taking us into an area of Milton Keynes I really do not know as it is north of that city.

In the wardrobe / Re: Poppy skirt Simplicity 8128
« on: July 02, 2021, 14:57:19 PM »
Bumblebouncer I have a place near me in Chesham called Workaid and they refurbish old sewing machines and send these along with other tools - woodwork and gardening - to East Africa.

The tiny shop that I knew in Beccles was called Snippets, and I think their number was 15b, and the shop next door which was the handicraft place was 15a, and I think these two have merged together and now it is Beccles Sewing and Handicrafts.  There is also a totally different needlecraft shop elsewhere in Beccles that deals with embroidery, tatting, etc. - I have been there but cannot say exactly where it was.

Recently I was given a cast iron treadle base in excellent order, I might well give this a coat of Hammerite to smarten this up, and hopefully over the weekend I am going off to see a wooden top with yet another hand crank machine attached, with the intention that I use the wooden parts for the top of my base and put my lovely 201 machine in to this, and depending on the state of I believe a 1914 28K I may keep this or donate to Workaid - until I see these I don't know.  Trying to find a wooden top for a treadle so that it can still be used as a treadle is not easy, and someone about an hours drive away from me has 5 of these for sale, one wooden top looks a lot better than the others, but I am prepared to have a go at sanding down and treating with polish or varnish as I want to actually use the treadle.

As you know so many fabric and sewing machine shops have disappeared over the years they are few and far between these days, so it is always nice to learn of new places.  If we go further afield I always take a list with me of any possible fabric shops nearby and that is really how I found the place in Beccles at that time and as my parents lived up that way every visit we made I went up to Beccles and came home laden with fabric - yes I have enough to stock a shop!!!!

Twopence good luck on the house front this afternoon I will keep my fingers crossed for you both.  Thanks also for your help last evening, I am still in the throes of trying to get up to MK to view this.

B15erk how on earth can a company send a chair out like that, do hope you get this sorted and soon.

Up here in the Chilterns the sun is trying so hard to break through the cloud, and if so it looks as though we might have a very pleasant warm and sunny day.  We even had some daytime mist earlier in the week - that is normally reserved for the autumn and we can't have got there already!

Today... One thread per day / Re: Thursday 1st July
« on: July 02, 2021, 10:23:40 AM »
Ohsewsimple seeing the three Queens go out must be quite something.  Way back in 1963 my sister emigrated to Canada from Southampton and of course the family plus an Aunt and Uncle and another Aunt went down to wave her off.   Guess what was also in overnight the original Queen Mary - now that was something a bit special and I am so glad that I saw this beautiful liner.  My sister actually travelled on the Carmania - another Cunard liner.

Today... One thread per day / Re: Thursday 1st July
« on: July 01, 2021, 23:08:24 PM »
Ohsewsimple you mentioning Meon shore brought back many happy memories for me - such a very long time ago now.  It must have been a wonderful sight seeing those ships setting out to sea after all this time.

In the wardrobe / Re: Poppy skirt Simplicity 8128
« on: July 01, 2021, 17:11:29 PM »
I have to admit Silver Rose that it is while since I was up that way, but on looking at Google this place in Beccles is still there.  At the time I managed to buy some beautiful fabrics, and got friendly with the owner who retired, and after my parents had passed away I was still able to buy some fabrics by mail order from her - that may have been a rather one off though.  The fact that the handicraft shop and the fabric shop seem to have combined probably means they are doing well - do hope so as it was a nice place.  I did go into the handicraft shop one day, and the owner - a man - was delicately cutting out a teddy bear in fur fabric, and was carefully snipping away the fur that would have gone into the seam.  I also bought some overlocking thread there at the time as the fabric shop did not sell overlocking thread, but hopefully all that has changed now.

Perhaps once your other hip has been done and you are fully mobile again a good excuse for a day out!

Today... One thread per day / Re: Thursday 1st July
« on: July 01, 2021, 14:51:29 PM »
Oh Jessie that is not good - wonder what has happened.

Ploshkin, wishing you a very happy anniversary - enjoy your evening out.

In the wardrobe / Re: Poppy skirt Simplicity 8128
« on: July 01, 2021, 14:49:50 PM »
For Silver Rose and Bumblebouncer I used to visit a lovely little shop that was called Snippets in Blyburgate, Beccles, Suffolk, so right up on the Suffolk/Norfolk border, and that shop even though it was tiny was packed with dress fabrics - I used to go up to visit my parents near Halesworth, and after lunch on a Saturday would leave my parents to have their afternoon nap and I would go fabric shopping - once I walked out with my bin bag of fabrics having spent around £140 and all of this was half price - at the time of going I did not know they had a half price sale on everything.  So every time I went up to visit my parents I went to Beccles, hence the huge stash I have today.  However next door to this shop was another handicraft shop and I have a feeling that after the lady I knew in Snippets retired, that the handicraft shop took over Snippets, and if so that must now be a super sized shop with a lot to offer - it is now called Beccles Sewing and Handicrafts in Blyburgate.

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