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For Sale, Wanted & Free to a good home / Wanted: Bernina 117K or 117L
« on: March 11, 2021, 12:09:26 PM »
Please contact me if you are looking to sell or swap either model of this machine. 

I'm based in the UK but am willing to arrange shipping from elsewhere.

Thank you!

ETA: I could trade a Bernina 1150 MDA overlocker (never used from new) or a Janome Coverpro 2000. 

Machine Accessories / Re: Madam Sew presser foot set
« on: February 05, 2020, 20:33:44 PM »
I have a set, it's like Christmas morning. I  have adapters for all my machines so they are universal snap ons. The cut out areas in the box for the individual pieces are well shaped and supportive.  The kit comes with a CD about usage and even special instructions on how to open the box  0_0

I would recommend it, because with the exception of a walking foot it has most presser feet you could want, I won't say everything because that could of course be wrong!

If you want to go barefoot and use no presser foot can I suggest you reinforce your fabric with a suitable stabiliser so it doesn't all go down through the needle plate?

I have a box full of assorted needle threading aids in every shape and size, but none of which work for me. Neither can I use the automatic threaders on my overlocker or coverstitch machine.

But not all is lost, because I find that a strong light close by, eg an LED, a nice clean cut at the end of the thread and a bright white sliver of paper to hold behind the eye of the needle does the job. I am right handed but I thread a needle better with my left hand, would you believe. With my OT hat on I think the skill may have to do with muscle memory.

But... I thought an industrial SM is defined as a machine that usually is astonishingly fast, has just one function (eg straight stitch or buttonholing), an external clutch motor and needs plenty of space because of the size of the table, etc., and a technician in attendance to make any adjustments? Also, try moving one! In truth, a purely domestic application would be silly, I think.

Seriously though, it is marketing speak as pp have said to the uninitiated and I guess the moral of the story has to be 'Buyer beware'. Personally, if a poor metal domestic machine had spent its days in a surfer dude's bedsit mending sails or repairing motor bike seats, I wouldn't want it. ;)

I've never used one before but I'm thinking of getting a used entry level specifically embroidery machine.
The machines I have seen at the shows for instance look very advanced and would probably be wasted
on me and I've never tried one.
I would use it for decorating home furnishings and fashion accessories with lettering and designs a little more interesting
or unusual than the stitches that come with an ordinary sewing machines. 

I have Windows 2000 on an old laptop so something that would be compatible with that could work.
Janome for instance seem to produce so many different models that I don't know where to start.

Help please!

Vintage Machines / Re: Are you a purist with your vintage machine>
« on: December 03, 2019, 11:40:43 AM »
I'm generally practical but I would love to find (incredibly cheaply) a Singer two thread embroidery attachment, called a Simanco 35505.  They seem to be like hen's teeth but a real thing of beauty -

Here in all it's glory

Could there be someone out there who could retro-engineer them?  I'd be first in the queue!

Sewing Machines / Re: How many machines do you have?
« on: November 02, 2019, 15:45:02 PM »
@Rhapso I'm interested to know what you are making with the embellisher.  I have one but not managed to make anything with it yet  :[

I've been doing C'mas decorations such as little birds and reindeer cut out from embellished shapes then edged with crystals, and a border to go onto a woven scarf I made for DM who is having memory problems but loves anything with texture. I bought a case for my machine, otherwise it could still be living in the box it came in and possibly forgotten too.

Sewing Machines / Re: How many machines do you have?
« on: October 26, 2019, 16:48:25 PM »
The herd chez moi:
Bernina 930 bought new in 1984, an absolute rock, my desert island machine, and for a long time an only child
Bernina Virtuosa 150 QE made 1999, bought her second hand for quilting and reprogrammed her which was a thrill
Bernina 707 Minimatic I got because it was like my grandmother's that someone stupid gave away after she died
Singer 201k Mk2 handcrank from 1959 I got because it was like my mother's that was also given away  :'(
Singer 99k handcrank/treadle from 1917 because she is so old and lovely and does the best straight stitch of any in the herd
Singer 431G (1964/5) free arm with chainstitch function, arrived stripped by the seller of any accessories or bits like a bobbin slider plate and foot controller so this is my restoration project in a small way for the next few weeks
Grain Mk2 a British made toy machine from 1963 that will do chain stitch and is very retro cute when she doesn't buck me off
('Collictivitis' now gaining quite a hold I think you can agree)
Elna Lotus SP from 1975, a little minx, still channelling the cute theme
Elna Supermatic 62C with a shedload of very sexy cams, and who wants a Necchi Supernova to come and live with her
Bernina MDA 1500 Overlocker, we are still working out who's boss, she and I
Janome Coverpro 2000 Coverstitch, we're good friends and whisper together about the overlocker when she's not looking
Janome Embellisher from someone very nice on this forum, being used to make C'mas decorations at the moment
Bernette b35 bought for daughters but surprisingly fun and up for it so she may join the breeding programme right here

I don't think I have missed any out, yet you can see I am a Necchi short but I can't decide which model - Supernova Automatica or Ultra?  Grateful for any suggestions on that or another machine entirely.

ETA: I suggested a FW to myself that I came across purely by chance yesterday (yes, really) so the Necchi will have to wait.  I said to myself for ages that a FW does hardly anything except straight stitch and look cute but suddenly all that was forgotten and I had to have it.  OH to his enormous credit has not suggested that another must go to make space :*

Sewing Machines / Re: Which sewing machine for a complete beginner?
« on: October 26, 2019, 16:10:08 PM »
A couple of months ago I bought a new Bernette b35 for £199 on Amazon primarily to encourage my daughters to sew somethings themselves. It's a mechanical machine made by Janome and closely resembles their J3-24 so I knew roughly what to expect, but I must say I'm very pleased with it and in no hurry to pass it on  :D

What I like about it for a beginner is that it's hands on, it won't run away from you and the functions it does have are simple, clear and intuitive. It's reasonably robust, not plasticky, and seems like it would take a learner reasonably far, from the basics like cushion covers and curtains through to clothes and simpler patchwork without too much trouble. The one step buttonhole is as good as any other machine I have and the machine also has a free arm facility by removing the tool box. It has a needle threader and there are several decorative stitches but of course it won't embroider and it's not too happy if there are too many layers. I have a box full of Madam Sew Janome-style snap on presser feet and they all fit this machine so there's plenty of scope for playing about with those if someone wants to improve their skills. 

It's not often I would recommend a machine to absolutely anyone, because it's often horses for courses, but I think this one is really quite good for what it is and a beginner would be in safe hands.  I hunted around online and found one at about £30 less than some other sellers.

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