:>> :The straight stitch is a must for sure but the next most important
:>> :stitch for me is satin stitch which i found out how to achieve on my
:>> :1030 by looking at where the machine plotted itself for a button hole.
:>> :Bernina have a 5 step button hole system which I have got used to after
:>> :all this time. I think this Bernina uses the same system as my 1030.
:>> :I am hoping this machine also does needle up in stop position as i have
:>> :also become adapted to that.
:>> Nope, it's just a gussied up mechanical machine driven by a clutch
:>> motor. No needle postioning, nor particularly accurate speed control.
:>> No adjustable foot pressure, either. You could replace the motor with
:>> a less victorian servo motor, including one with a sensor for needle
:>> positioning, but that'll cost you a couple hundred bucks (more, if you
:>> have to have a mehanic do it.) for a motor and sensor, probably not
:>> worth it.
:>> I've seen a number of these mounted on tables without a work light,
:>> which is pretty worthless. If your's doesn't have one, a new one is
:>> cheap enough. If it does have one, it's likely to be a low-voltage,
:>> low wattage one, driven off a motor tap. It's easy and worth while to
:>> put a normal plug end on the light's cord, and use a regular house
:>> holc bulb, which most lamps will use. (At least in the US; I don't
:>> know if there are different bulb screw threads in France, but if a
:>> normal bulb fits, it's a huge improvement.
:> that's worth knowing, thank you. We have both screw and bayonet fittings
:> here for light bulbs.
:> The needle position will be a mystery until I get to play. Thanks for your
:> input, useful.
:> Claire in Montreal FRANCE
:The reason for the low voltage high intensity bulb is the heat. A regular
:bulb will take the skin off your hand if you touch the lamp shield after it
:has been on for even a short period of time.
Not an issue with a 15 or 25W CFL.
The heat argument is bull anyway, if people would supply something
other than cheapest junk fixtures. Plenty of suitable fixtures
available, and have been for decades. They cost more than the junk
fitted to most tables, of course.