Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Substantial Table needed for Bernina 830

I looked and looked and looked to find a table that would be heavy duty enough to hold my Bernina 830 with the embroidery unit.  I did not want to spend hundreds of dollars but I did want a stable table.  I found this table top at IKEA and these legs which are adjustable.  I have them at the highest setting and I can stand and monitor the embroidery OR I can use a drafting table chair to sit and sew.  Works out beautifully. 

Monday, July 16, 2012

Marilee's Numbered Q pins

I found these numbered pins at the Sewing Expo in Raleigh. 

I use them when I need to keep track of rows. I am working on a patchwork tote bag and needed to keep the rows straight.  Here is a picture:

Love them!

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Bernina Binder Attachment #88 - The UGLY, The REALLY, REALLY UGLY

This is part 3 of my first experience in using the Bernina Binder Attachment #88.  I have covered the GOOD and the BAD.  I have saved the best for last --


1.       Oh, those CORNERS!  I thought that I could make them look like the normal mitered corner.  I had not seen this TUTORIAL yet but I DID have the right idea.  Just making it happen was easier said than done.

The biggest problem is it has to be taken OUT of the binder, the binding folded nicely on BOTH sides of the corner with the raw edges of binding folded under and finally pinned to keep it that way. Then you have to get the binding pulled back INTO the binder, get the folded corner with the pin under the foot and then remove the pin or not run over the pin AND catch BOTH sides of the mitered corner with pretty stitching. Not something that I could do! 

                My corners ended up being pretty ugly.  I cut the binding, folded it over and started again at each corner.  Not pretty but this was not to be a competition quilt nor was it going to anyone that was familiar with any kind of quilting rules. 

Below are pictures that tell the most frustrating story of my corners.

What a mess this was.  I had TOTALLY missed covering the zig zag stitching and had issues with getting the binding pulled back into the binder.  It has to fold at the top and the bottom of the binder AND not get twisted.

The next three quilts I did, I rounded the corners.  It worked beautifully BUT I STILL have to learn how to miter REAL corners.
2.      Both the binding and the quilt have to be fed through the machine and binder at an even speed and tension.  You have to make sure that you don’t stretch anything or you get wiggly edges.  They pressed out (mostly) and this was the only quilt that this happened on.  Not sure whether it had anything to do with the zig zag stitch or not. 

And that ends my first experience with the Bernina Binder Attachment #88.  I hope you can learn from my mistakes.  I have been successful binding the last three quilts that I have completed.  I used a strip of 1 1/2 " binding heavily starched  and rounded the corners on the quilts.  I did not zig zag the edges first. Like most things in life, it takes practice and trial and error to learn how to master new gadgets!

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Bernina Binder Attachment #88 - The BAD!

This is the 2nd installment of my first experience with using the Bernina Binder Attachment #88.  Yesterday I shared the GOOD.  Today I am sharing the BAD!


1.        I could not figure out how to attach it.  The instructions were not clear to me. The picture was too little and I couldn’t follow the written instructions. 

a.       Here is a picture of the correct setup. 

                                                               i.      The large black screw fits in the holes on the base of the sewing machine. 

                                                             ii.      The smaller silver screws in the back loosen so the attachment can be slid closer to the foot or further away from the foot. 

                                                            iii.      Note the piece that butts up next to the foot on the side.

                                                           iv.      The binder butts up next to the front of the foot.

                                                             v.      The binder will swing away from the foot if needed.

2.      I loaded the binding incorrectly at first.  The WRONG side needs to face you.  The RIGHT side needs to face AWAY from you. 

3. Speaking of binding, DON’T let it get twisted like this. WHAT A MESS!

4. I ended up putting it behind the machine so I could keep an eye on it in case it twisted again.

5.       I read somewhere that it was better to zig zag the edge before using the binder. (You can see it well in the picture above.) This would keep the edges together and compress the batting.  My thought process was:  I wanted the binder so I would NOT have to make 2 passes around the quilt.  If I had to sew a zig zag stitch around it, I was STILL making 2 passes around the quilt.  So, I tried it without the zig zag on the next quilt and had no problems.  It was actually better because I did not have to worry about covering the zig zag stitch.  I used cotton batting on both quilts so it was not thick to begin with.
The ugly is scheduled for tomorrow.  Trust me, it is REALLY, REALLY UGLY!

Friday, July 13, 2012

Bernina Binder Attachment #88 - The GOOD, The BAD and the UGLY!

              I have had my Bernina 830 for a year now.  I purchased the binding attachment #88  when it came out and looked for instructions about how to use it.  I have the largest one (38 mm) and it is suitable for attaching quilt binding.
                I found  THIS video on the YouTube site but it was not in English.  I watched the video and it was helpful up to a point. I went to the Bernina site and found THIS information.  At the time, those 2 links were all that I could find about the Bernina Binder Attachment #88.  
                 I also tried to find out how wide to make the binding in INCHES.  I could only find the information in MMs.  The large one is 38 mm which translates to 1.5 inches.  The finished binding is 10.5 mm which translates to .41 inch wide.  (a little less than 1/2 inch)
                 Later I learned of this TUTORIAL through one of the Bernina Series 8 Yahoo groups that I am a member of.  It shows how to do the corners.  
                  I decided to take pictures and blog about my first experience with the Bernina Binder Attachment #88.  Today I will give you the GOOD.



Here is the front of part of the quilt.

Here is the back part of the same section:

2.        You do not have to use bias binding.  It will work with straight grain binding.  Because I could not figure out the corners, I started making rounded corners and straight grain worked beautifully with the rounded corners and the binder.  More on those tricky corners in the UGLY section.
3.       Don’t forget that you must use a 95 C foot with the binder.

4.       Use a seam ripper to push the binding strip into the binder.

5.       I cut the binding 1 ¼ “ which was an ok size.   The next time I used 1 ½” which I liked better. 

And that concludes the GOOD stuff that I can say about my first experience with the Bernina Binder Attachment #88!
Next -  The BAD!

Wednesday, July 11, 2012


I absolutely LOVE Pinterest.  It is SO much fun to pin a picture and then have someone else pin it or like it.  I also love being able to have things in one place if I need to find a pattern or something that I want to make.  Follow me on Pinterest.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

July Meeting of Triad Modern Quilt Guild

Attended the meeting of the Triad Modern Quilt Guild tonight.  I participated in the QuiltCon block challenge.  This is my donation.  We had to use the colors of the guild. You can find more information at the  Quiltcon block challenge