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Today... One thread per day / Re: Thursday August 13th
« on: Yesterday at 15:11:42 »
Oh what a lovely crop of tomatoes Justpottering - I am on my way to you!!!!!

Today... One thread per day / Re: Wednesday 12th August
« on: August 12, 2020, 20:29:13 PM »
RJR_38  the white stuff was like hail and was settling up here in the hills, and what wind, I have never seen anything like that before, and then the rain so intense - it has come through our porch.  Just glad I wasn't out in it.  All of this happened just after I posted earlier - so the bright light of the sky's clouds were just the preliminaries to a flash storm, it lasted quite a while, there was a lot of thunder immediately overhead, and once the rain came the temperature dropped quite quickly. I had washing out on the line and it is still there dripping, so will wash it again tomorrow as the wind whipped up all sorts and was throwing it everywhere.

Now I must away and finish turning the hems of my frilling ready for pressing and starching so I can hopefully do this first thing in the morning, and perhaps I can then follow this with some more ironing - still too hot this evening, but at least I can pin the turnings whilst watching the TV.  By the way the sky now is a lovely blue with some grey clouds but at least I can see the blue again.

Today... One thread per day / Re: Wednesday 12th August
« on: August 12, 2020, 16:15:48 PM »
Twopence it is 33c in my sewing room, so far to hot to even stay in here for long, and that is an east facing room.  I am ploughing on with my scalloping and am now held up as I need to go starching metres of frilling.  It goes through the machine better when it is starched, but it is far to hot to even contemplate that.  Coupled with the fact that the machine foot control seems to get very hot extremely quickly, so I have finished what I had to do, and no have to wait until it is cooler, but when will that be.  I also have some ironing to do bedding and some tops and shirts, but there is no where cool enough to even think about that.

Suddenly the light has changed to a very bright light that is hurting my eyes, yet there are white and grey clouds looming, the sun is still out but from what I can see no blue skies, so perhaps it is going to pour down shortly - desperately need the  temperature to change and fast.

Hi, I'm new... / Re: Greetings from Oxfordshire
« on: August 11, 2020, 16:54:31 PM »
Hello and welcome from me too.  I live in the neighbouring county up in the Chiltern Hills.  I too have an Elna SU, using it at the moment, a lovely machine only problem is the foot control is getting rather hot, but put that down to using a closely packed up stitch built in No 3, to create tiny scallops, and I have yards and yards to stitch.  My machine was bought new back in 1975 and was my one and only machine until I inherited my mother's Bernina 830 Record, so that has become my day to day machine as it was not used that much - same age and bought the same year as my Elna.  I also have another and newer Bernina Artista 200 and two Bernina overlockers - one can convert to coverstitch as well.

You will find lots to interest you on this forum and plenty of male members.  Look forward to seeing and hearing what you are making.  Now go and explore and enjoy TSP - we are a friendly lot.

The Haberdashery / Re: Scissor recommendations please
« on: August 08, 2020, 12:29:46 PM »
Like others I have many pairs of scissors, some going back to when I was a teenager which still get used occasionally.  I also have all my scissors for sewing and embroidery hidden well away from anyone else.  I then bought some Fiskars, only on the blade they say Wilkinson Sword, but now my favourite ones again by Fiskars and these are called soft touch and are American, they are spring loaded and the whole hand can go in the lower part of the handle.  Then I needed some fine grip scissors and all I could find at that time and of course in a hurry was a pair by Mundial and supposedly have a very fine serrated edge to the blades.  Of course I have numerous other pairs of scissors large and small for all sorts of work - mostly Fiskars and a few pairs of what were called surgical scissors that are lovely and sharp and ideal for embroidery.  My late friend gave me a few pairs of scissors and I also inherited some of the smaller Fiskars from my mother.  Then I have two pairs of duckbilled scissors a normal large pair and then a very tiny pair suitable for lingerie work.

Technical Help / Re: Thread problems
« on: August 08, 2020, 12:17:07 PM »
I was also given quantities of older threads like Coates, Moon thread, Sylko and unbranded overlocking threads from a lovely old friend who has since passed away.  It does seem a shame to just dispose of these i.e. Charity shop and then possibly other people will have trouble with them.  However I am still a great believe in tacking so I can use some of them up this way, but I also do embroidery, cross stitch, canvas work, and I like to put in a contrast colour taking thread so that the fabric ends up gridded to match the chart I am working on, this makes it so easy to just flick the eyes from one to another and this also ensures that I am working in the right place.  I just snip the contrast thread when it is going to get in the way and then there is no problem.  A long time ago I read that old reels of thread - like those I have been given can  break easily - part of the thread's make up, so no good really for sewing.

Wishing you a very happy birthday Kenora, hope you have a lovely day.

Have you thought of trying the person who used to be in Luton - Theobalds - he has moved down to somewhere in Dorset - if he took all his old workshop stuff with him, there is just a possibility that he would know what part you need and may have one, or point you in the right direction - perhaps worth trying.

Today... One thread per day / Re: Tuesday's TSP birthday wishes
« on: August 04, 2020, 10:55:55 AM »
Wishing you a very happy birthday Twiggy, hope you have a lovely day.

The effect you have achieved Rubywishes is wonderful and I really mean that - I am not a Darksider.

Today... One thread per day / Re: Saturday 1st August
« on: August 01, 2020, 10:41:00 AM »
I had a cat who simply adored cream and knew the word cream as well.  So on the few times we needed to give him a tablet I crushed this to a fine powder and then mixed into a spoonful of cream and fed it to him and it worked like a dream and I don't think he was any the wiser.  Glad to hear that Pippin is home, now she has to concentrate on getting better.

Today... One thread per day / Re: Double TSP birthday wishes
« on: August 01, 2020, 10:25:33 AM »
Wishing you both a very happy birthday, the sun is shining so go and have a wonderful day.

Vintage Machines / Re: Bernina Nova or Minimatic
« on: July 31, 2020, 11:22:06 AM »
Annieeg I believe you watch GBSB - well a few series ago the one where there was an Army fellow that was an excellent dressmaker, well he had a Bernina 530 and had taken this away with him on various postings and thus had repaired many  uniforms etc.  Whilst it looked rather sorry for itself, this was not surprising remembering all that this machine had gone through in its life.  These older Berninas are built rather solidly and provided you can still get parts for this should carry on stitching away for some time yet.  I also believe that Arrow over in Norway may have one of these machines.

Sewing Machines / Re: Frank Nutt?
« on: July 30, 2020, 17:46:25 PM »
Sewingsue  well yes I suppose it does sound a lot, but I do have so many feet for my Artista, there are a few spaces left.

Trouble is I never seem to know what I would like when it comes to Christmas and Birthday, and at least these feet and accessories are going to be useful to me and far better than chocolates or toiletries etc.  Also this was a lovely way to build up such a wonderful collection.  I did this also for my Elna SU when I first bought this machine back in 1975, I added feet and the embroidery is done by using either single or double discs and there are a lot of discs, however whilst I still have this machine, the width of stitches is not huge and neither can you elongate the patterns.

For my sins I found a lovely collection of Bernina videos from Bernina USA,  have a look on they are not very long, and the experts show you how to use the feet, and they were not necessarily on the latest machine which was good.  So I have built up my collection over several years.  I also scoured many sewing machine shops and the internet looking for something that Bernina UK did a good few years ago and these were a set of about 24 Sewing Leaflets, again showing you what to use the different feet for, and then Bernina went on to produce something called Bernina Collection - I do not know how many were in that series, I have only managed to find a few but oh they are so useful, and it is lovely to be able to try and follow exactly what to do.  Part of being able to sew is having the time to play and of course this is the fun part.

Sewing Machines / Re: Frank Nutt?
« on: July 30, 2020, 15:37:02 PM »
Efemera have you decided yet about which possible new machine you are going to get?

I have typed out the following, it may help you make up your mind.

Yes the Bernina feet and accessories are expensive, but the feet are certainly good and solid unlike some makes.  When I bought my Artista I requested that if my family wanted to know what to give me for Christmas and birthday presents then Bernina feet would fit the bill nicely – I actually did the buying of them, so that I made sure that they were for my particular machine.  I was also pointed in the direction of the Bernina - Bogod’s Warehouse down in Cardiff, and now I always buy any feet or accessory direct from them.  The service is so quick, sometimes the next day and the two ladies I have dealt with Rachel and Jackie are brilliant – they know what they are doing.  Also on the Bernina UK website they have during the last year or so been offering an accessory or foot of the month, so quite a saving to be had, and of course they put up what they are offering.

Of course if you are going down the 700 series, I expect the feet and the bobbins are going to so different from certainly what I have, the machine probably comes with an accessory box – in other words what has become   known as the Bernina ‘Wardrobe’, and the feet hang from racks, my machine a good few years ago now came with two wardrobes which I have filled up, so I got in touch with Rachel at Cardiff and bought another wardrobe and the appropriate rack which I needed to hang the feet with the larger sensors on the side on.

My Artista also came with its own special  bag and trolley system called the Bernina Suitcase system.  However I couldn’t store my embroidery unit where I wanted to and started looking for the matching bag for this (will sit on top of the machine in its bag on the trolley).  Bernina had then changed the design of the then current bags and I  thought mine was much nicer.  I got in touch with the then Dawn in Bernina London – she has since retired, and asked her if she knew of any dealers that might have had an original embroidery bag.  Well later that day she came back to me saying ‘you just knew I would find you one’.  They just had the embroidery bag floating around the London offices for a while, and then Bogod moved premises in London, and the new premises were smaller.  So during the move all surplus stuff was despatched to the Cardiff Warehouse into what was known as the ‘London Room’.  Dawn got in touch with Rachel and asked her to go into the ‘London Room’ to find this bag.  Dawn then spoke to her boss and got a decent price for this, and it was despatched to me in a huge box which arrived the next day – the box was big enough for my then young grandson to be able to get into.  The embroidery unit bag is certainly not big enough for him to get into!!!

So ever since I have dealt with Rachel down in the Cardiff Warehouse and she certainly knows her stuff and always goes the extra mile for me.  There was the time when I needed the bigger rack to hang my feet with sensors on, the one they sent me was too small and they couldn’t understand it, so Rachel whilst still on the phone to me walked into the stock room where a very knowledgeable man knew his stuff, and between the three of us eventually found the appropriate rack – whilst I do not have one of these super huge machines like the 800 or 700 series, some of the feet  I have have these large square sensors on the side and the rack needed for them are the racks for the bigger feet for (they look totally different) the 800 or 700 series – so the Stockman, Rachel and her team all now know and have put a reference to this in their books/computer programme.

They also sent me free of charge a very useful book of all the attachments for the machines, and in the front they have listed in groups which category the machine number itself belongs to, so when going through and looking at the various feet etc. you can easily pick up the part number for your particular machine, and I prefer to phone them with my order – it is always nice to chat to Rachel or Jackie.

For those who are interested in Bernina’s (Bogod) UK warehouse/shop their address is:
Bogod Machine Company, Fortran Road, St. Mellons, Cardiff CF3 0WJ.  Phone is:  029 2079 2079


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