There seemed to be visitors and new members galore at our June Club Night, and they were all warmly welcomed by President Lynne. Our speaker for the evening was Glynn Singleton, the Managing Director of Bernina NZ. He related the history of the family owned Bernina brand, and ran over some of the problems with home sewers which can occur from time to time. Tension is a biggy – different threads and different fabrics can mean that the tension needs to be altered. Don’t be afraid to turn the dial, he said, it wouldn’t be there if we weren’t meant to tinker with it.
Glyn from Bernina
Changing needles regularly is another thing to be aware of, and make sure you only buy good quality needles. Another point was cleaning out the lint from the bobbin race, and to drop a little oil here too – it goes without saying that only good quality sewing machine oil should be used. I’m sure the local Bernina shop will have a steady stream of customers all wanting to buy some nice fresh oil for their machines.
Members who took part in Anna Williams Celtic Circles class took to the stage, and what a variety of colours and designs there were. Anna is a very popular tutor but has now decided to stop teaching. Our club really appreciated her professional expertise over the years with the classes she has run for us.
There was a Club Challenge as part of our 30th Birthday celebrations, and the theme was 1987 – and what it meant to each of the entrants way back then. Five entries were received - these were judged, and members cast their vote for Viewer’s Choice at the meeting.
30th Birthday 1987 Challenge entries
1st Professional - Funky Town, by Paula Shailer
2nd Professional - Disarmament, by Dianne Young
1st Advanced - World Cup Rugby Ball, by Helen Cole
1st Intermediate – To the Land of Aucks, by Debi Levet
Viewers Choice – Chinese Year of the Fire Rabbit – Avon Haigh
Congratulations to all!