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    Anna, the little dog is adorable. Going to a chilly walk today. Nine degrees with a breeze. I don't think I want to know the wind chill until I come in.

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    Put your big boy pants on and go out into your sewing room and play.

    have fun
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    I caution you about the Bernina's. They are without a doubt my favorites, but if it is missing parts you will have to beg dealers for parts...I have a 930, 830 and 802...all of which needed work. The 930 took me months to find the proper parts so be prepared for many phone calls until you can get what you need. That being said...I love the Bernina's.

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    Dan,

    I followed your saga of the 930 from the first post to the last. One of the reasons I'm hesitating. It's a GW auction so I can't eyeball it first.

    Joe

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    Joe, Just take some time off and do some sewing and playing. You don't need to fix the machines as soon as they come home. Stop collecting for awhile and play.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Glenn View Post
    Joe, Just take some time off and do some sewing and playing. You don't need to fix the machines as soon as they come home. Stop collecting for awhile and play.
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    Skip,
    That's perzaktily what I'm doing. Along with cleaning, sorting, packing, and other things. Got to work on my chariot too. Just need a warmer day for that though.

    Joe

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    Quote Originally Posted by DanofNJ View Post
    I caution you about the Bernina's. They are without a doubt my favorites, but if it is missing parts you will have to beg dealers for parts...I have a 930, 830 and 802...all of which needed work. The 930 took me months to find the proper parts so be prepared for many phone calls until you can get what you need. That being said...I love the Bernina's.
    I have one Bernina, an older one, but have not serviced it myself, the reason being that I do not have access to Bernina tools. Do you have Bernina tools, what are they, and where did you get them? Do you know where I can get some?

    Actually, I have the same question for Pfaff tools.

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    Quote Originally Posted by J Miller View Post
    I don't have a Bernina 530, but the technique I mentioned is what I've done to several other machines that were gummed up.

    Joe
    I talked to a friend who has older Bernina's and she gave me the name of an older sewing machine tech. Before I jump into something I don't really know how to do I wanted to find out more. After discussing the problem i've decided to get his expertise on this. I'd love to have confidence to fix this machine but frankly it's above my pay grade at this point. This tech was very informative and I feel he can get the result I'd like..at an affordable price. We'll see. I'll be back to update the outcome. thanks for all the info you all provide here.

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    Joe you might like an old Necchi Nora or some such but they are sorta like a Kenmore.
    Elna SU is nice and would be a challenge for you
    I'm sure Pfaff, Bernina and Viking would keep you busy.
    You have been working on old fairly simple machines so far - that is NOT a bad thing...

    I think this time of year is depressing - no Christmas to look forward to - spring still seems a long way off
    not enough sun or warm weather... blah blah blah...
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.

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    Oh Miriam, I agree totally. My brother and I struggle with Seasonal Affect Disorder. Sounds crazy, but if you'd met my brother . . . . . ;0) lol

    Jan and Feb are always difficult. Though, in NC this year, we have had several unusually warm and sunny days. Let me tell you, I was out on my deck with my pants, sleeves and shirt jacked up. I soaked up as much sun as I could! That has helped me a lot this year!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Annaquilts View Post
    Hi Joe,

    It should also have a foot control for speed. The knee bar on the Bernina serves a different purpose then the knee bar on some older singers and Elnas, which in that case replace the speed controll and can be used instead of the foot control. With the Bernina you will still need the foot control but the knee lifter is to help lift the pressure feet so your hands are free. This is a wonderful feature and is also found on some newer machines like Janome 6500. I have a Bernina 830 and really enjoy that feature.

    I also got a doggie, 7 lb of attitude, last summer and it has helped me get out more often. I agree that they are very calming and help me get out in the sun.
    That is the cutest dog i've seen in a while, makes me smile!
    Just passing through!

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    I'm all for sunshine - not enough of it lately - yesterday we had some but we had high winds - not my thing
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.

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    It's been windy and cold here yesterday, horribly windy and fidget last night and now. This day is shot unless the wind quits and it somehow warms up.

    I've never been good in wind, but this year has been the worst.

    Joe

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    high enough winds to blow away an old black Singer sewing machine... but I don't leave mine outside so we won't know for sure
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.

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    If I'd of thought of that I could have put the Wizard out in the drive way to see if the wind could blow it away. If it did, I'd have one less to fix. LOL

    Joe

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    I have an update on the Bernina 530-2 I posted about earlier...it's working!! Wahoo. It had a seriously locked up screw in the Cam/lever area. The sewing machine guy I went to see got it movingand adjusted in a relatively quick amount of time. As many have said on this forum...the older Bernina's have an awesome stitch. Every stitch on this 54 year old machine is just perfect.

    Joe, you mention a Wizard. Well, I had one in my car that I got back from my other machine service guy who told me it was unfixable. I admit it isn't so smart to pay much to have service guys tell you it can't be fixed but anyway I decided to have this other service man look at the Wizard. He did and he told me what was needed. I left it with him and he called a day later with an update..it now works and the zig zag is functioning BUT..he says I'll need to have some music on my iPod to drown out a clunk noise that he says he doesn't think he can fix. I haven't heard the clunk yet but I believe him if he says it's loud. I think I'll sew on my Bernina 530 that purrs like a kitten and wait a while before I rescue more vintage problems. I hope you are having a sunny day and sewing something fun.

    Quote Originally Posted by J Miller View Post
    If I'd of thought of that I could have put the Wizard out in the drive way to see if the wind could blow it away. If it did, I'd have one less to fix. LOL

    Joe

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    IQuiltnFL,

    The Wizard I have was rusted tight on the needle bar end. I got it free by heating certain parts with a torch as I pumped oil into it.

    It is now very easy to turn. It needs the bobbin case retainer replace as that was broken when I got it. But it will work as is. All I need to do is double check the timing, clean it a bit more, and reassemble the small bits I took off to clean.
    It should sew. But I have no idea of how good, or how quiet.

    If your Wizard has a clunk somewhere I'm thinking something is hitting something. Just a guess. Or something hasn't got oil to it yet.

    I know about hard to find noises, my last 413 still clatters and rattles and I have not been able to find the cause. I told my wife we should make a quilt and ZZ all the seams with that machine, pushing it till it divulges it's secret or breaks.

    Joe

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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
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    Elna SU is nice and would be a challenge for you
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    I think this time of year is depressing - no Christmas to look forward to - spring still seems a long way off
    not enough sun or warm weather... blah blah blah...
    Out of curiosity, what makes the SU a challenge? I had one here, worked beautifully so nothing to troubleshoot, really nice stitches too.

    "Up here" there's no Vitamin D to be had from the sun at this time of year, all the walks in the world don't help. Vitamin D comes in pill form only for us. Ugh. It's a good time to hibernate, but if you can stand your spouse this far north in the winter, you can make it through anything.

    Perhaps a new project, Joe? Something that's not bags or fixing machines or quilts... I find that always gets me fired up. I think it's why I have so many "projects" on the go always. I know what you mean, I have a problem child on my desk at the moment that I was really looking forward to sewing with, and I just can't find it in me to finish the repair (new hook, but the new one is problematic) but I've found the time to organise fabric, write a software program to handle my stash(es), and chop holes in a desk to make several sewing machines sit flush with the top. I'm sure you (and I) just need a break.

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    Anna, what a cute little Maltese! I had one of those once . . . . I love the little dogs, although, we do have two large rescued 'ranch' dogs too!

    Joe, you are just going through a lot right now - with moving and all! Take it a day at a time . . . . . do what you can . . . . . , and when you get moved get a pet! It has been proven that a pet can extend and emotionally improve the lives/health of their owners!

    When I am down or discouraged I bury my nose in a horse or a dog!

    Nancy

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    Nancy,

    We do have pets. We have 5 kitties that keep us company. I have my arms around Pollyanna as I type this.
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    As for moving we are stymied now. Most of our stuff is boxed and we don't have any room to move around, and the financial thing is taking forever to work through. I'm at that the point that we need to resort much of the boxed stuff and dispose of it. Or rent a storage locker (no money for that though.)

    Joe

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    is your PollyAnna a polydactyl? looks like an extra toe there!! Gorgeous face on her!

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    Lara,

    Yes she is. 7 toes on each front, 5 toes on each rear. 24 total. She is so incredibly fast and agile we're thinking she may have a sew of invisible wings too.
    Very loving and possessive of my wife, likes to sit on her shoulder as she walks around the house.

    Joe

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    In addition to a lifelong love of all things quilting, I have been collecting fabric for 32 years lol I also volunteer for a boxer rescue. i love my Olivia, a stray we adopted two years ago She gets me outside every day-- sun wind rain snow she doesn't care she lives to walk. A little exercise and fresh air might help.

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    Sideways,

    You are sooooooo very right. But I don't have a doggie to walk and my wife Elaine objects to the leash.

    Seriously as soon as the weather changes for the better I will once again get out to walk. I just can't deal with the cold this winter.

    Joe

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    Hi Bojangles,
    Thank you for your kind words. Actually she is a Havanese. A little Spanish dog and the national dog from Cuba. Nina is small for her breed and indeed because of her coloring, Havanese can be any color or combination, and size looks a bit Maltese. That is one of the main reasons I was drawn to her. She is a lot of fun and so soft. I love the horse in your avatar. This is our first little dog. I loved our large dogs but I wanted a small indoor lap dog and this one fit because she is hypoallergenic or better her hair is. They also have a little more of a larger dog personality and are a little less nippy then some breeds.


    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles View Post
    Anna, what a cute little Maltese! I had one of those once . . . . I love the little dogs, although, we do have two large rescued 'ranch' dogs too!

    Joe, you are just going through a lot right now - with moving and all! Take it a day at a time . . . . . do what you can . . . . . , and when you get moved get a pet! It has been proven that a pet can extend and emotionally improve the lives/health of their owners!

    When I am down or discouraged I bury my nose in a horse or a dog!

    Nancy
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