Wednesday, May 02, 2007

The hubby does goood...

You know it's a really special thing when you mention a sewing machine in passing and the hubby takes enough notice to let you know when there is one going on Ebay....that's what happened last week and look what arrived today!

At my last quilting meeting a friend of mine had a Bernina 707 Minimatic and I couldn't help notice what a solid little machine it is...and that was it, I decided that I wanted one and that it would double nicely as a machine for my daughter. I had been resisting buying one of these £50 machines that only does 8 stitches and made of plastic parts knowing full well that it would only be a matter of time that it would be in pieces. I took the advice from many ladies that an older, metal machine would be a better start for her. The nice thing about this machine is it will be nice and portable. I can leave the computerised one at home!

So if anyone out there has any info on these machines I'd love to hear from you. I would be particularly interested in knowing what the knob and the lever on the lower right side are for...something to do with satin stitching. The manual isn't very clear how these are used.

Thanks in advance :o)

8 comments:

anne bebbington said...

Jane - I too have one of these that I bought from ebay. I can vividly remember using the exact same machine at school in the mid to late 70's when I took Needlework 'A' level. I always vowed when I bought myself an all singing and all dancing machine, to replace my mum's old New Home which I had at the time, that it would be a Bernina based wholly on the assumption that any make which could withstand the pounding of endless classes of 20+ girls would be a good buy - they are much stronger than anything at any price you might pick up new nowadays. Eventually in the winter of 1991 I bought a Bernina 1090 - my dream machine and I still stitch on it every single day. Incidentally my 1090 feet fit the minimatic too so that saved me buying another walking foot. As for the buttons and levers on the right hand side - the top one is the stitch width for zigzag/satin stitch and you set it to zero for straight stitching, the lever beneath it I believe twists to move it to whatever stitch length you wish and then you flick it the opposite way to go backwards, like at the start of a seam in dressmaking, the bottom dial is I think to lower the feed dogs for free motion work but I'm sorry I can't for the life of me remember what the little round button next to the lever is for - think this is all correct - it's a while since I've had mine out of the box - Happy New (to you) Sewing Machine!!! Hope you and Bernie will have a long and happy life together :o)

Thimbleanna said...

What a great buy! I love the old machines. We still have the old Viking-all-metal-parts that I learned to sew on. I think my sister and I will soon be fighting over it -- so, checking on E-bay for another one is a great idea. The new machines will do everything, but they just aren't as sturdy as those old workhorses!

Rebecca (feltmaking and sustainable living in rural Ireland) said...

OOh I've been lusting after a Bernina for a long time now but ended up getting a Brother. Bernina is supposed to be an ultra reliable machine and well worth every penny. I hope you have a long and wonderful relationship together, and as for your hubby, extra brownie points!

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Randi said...

Wow! Bernina's are supposed to be the best. Enjoy!

Patricia said...

Jane, I just found your blog today. Great work you`re doing.
My mother has the same Bernina machine as you have. When I was 9 years old my mother teached me on her then new expensive machine to sew. My Grandmother always warned her, that I could damage the machine, but in all the 37 years that my mother had her machine, only one fixing at the store was necessary.
My mother does some quilting too and sewed a lot on her machine over the years.

The lower button is for the feed dog, but I also can't remember the function of other little button. Because I'm living in France for 3 month, I can`t ask my mother immediatly what the button is for. But I could ask her the next time she calls me.

Patricia

Claire Louise Milne said...

I'm considering buying a 707 minimatic and I'm dying to know how big it is and if it's heavy? I'm assuming it's portable if you saw it in quilting class. I've seen the 730 which is similar but I've read that it weighs 35 pounds!
Congratulations as I've heard it's a wonderful machine.

Maria said...

I have an old Bernina that I inherited from my mother. I would like to sell it as it is really more machine than I need. I haven't used for several years, but it was running great last time I did. If anyone is interested, please email me at mariaholiday@myarbonne.com since I just found this blog while searching for the value of the machine.

Michael Treadwell said...

WOW, what a site ! I have a 707, made in 1970. I've had it 19 years and have only JUST realised it does reverse stitching !!!!! Always had the fag of turning whatever around and getting in a pickle ! Who needs instruction books ! Thank you for this site - I wonder what else I'll learn in the next 19 years !