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#108450 Apr 10, 2014

I think with this list, it could very likely be everything I have to share about working with Bernice until next Christmas. But all you Mega Hoop Sissies, jump into the pond. After the first few freezing, terrifying moments, it's really not so bad. :)1. Mega Hoop is aman. I know this because he spends mostof his time being lost and bumping around the edges of the hoop, trying tofigure out where he is. If he'd justask, I would tell him, but noooooo.

2. Half the stuff inthe box so far falls in the "interesting extra parts" category forme. Maybe if I decide to finally readthe manual I'll figure out what it all does, but so far I've being going for "functional and streamlined."3. The larger thehoop, the larger the number of things that can go completely south -- and thenumber of WAYS in which said trip to carnage can occur. (If there's anything bigger than the Mega,Katie bar the door.)4. Telling you allthe things I experienced in #3 would be potentially helpful, but it would takeall the adventure out of it so I'll keep some of them as Mr. Mega and my dirtylittle secrets.5. Position 1 and 3are backwards. Now, I realize this is abold statement and maybe it has something to do with Swiss culture orsomething. But I am steadfastly holdingthis position and here's why. We do notpull fabric through the machine and sew back to front. We PUSH it through, front to back. Therefore the FRONT of the machine is wherePosition 1 should be and the BACK of the machine is where Position 3 should be. The end.(I am, however, fully supportive of where they decided to put Position2.)6. If you can't get the hoop into Position 1, when all else fails you may wanna lean over and take a gander IN the hoop andsee if the presser foot is up. (Itappears I may have found the ONE instance where the cricket that lives inBernice decided to dummy up and leave me floundering around.)7. Position 1 is inherentlyfar more evil, hostile, and dangerous than Position 3. Maybe that's why they hide it in the back,out of shame.8. Do NOT letPosition 1 lull you into a false sense of security. Just because the foot cleared the hoop andyou "detected position 1" without incident on the first pass acrossyour design, it doesn't mean it's not going to turn on you the next time. So beware (and it never hurts to lift up justa tad on the front of the hoop as it's heading over the rim either).9. If you are goingto break a thread: (a) it will beclosely after you have gone from 3 to 1; and (b) you will then back up slightlytoo far in stitches and Mr. Mega will then DEMAND you go back to Position 3. Despite my best efforts to convince everybody otherwise, I'd end up goingthrough the motions, like some Mega Hoop Hokey Pokey, "You put the hoop in3, you put the hoop in 1, you put the hoop back in 3, and then you go and grab adrink" -- Oh, wait. That's not howthat song goes at ALL, is it?10. Despite all hisquirks, however, I love this man, Mr. Mega Hoop, and he's in my family tostay. Can't live with him, but can'tlive without him. :) Laurel







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#108459 Apr 11, 2014

Laurel, I love your sense of humor! I have a mega hoop, haven't tried it yet, and now I want to find out just how sinister it can be. You, apparently, have found that out.

Laura in Wyoming



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#108461 Apr 11, 2014

Oh, Laura, be brave, be daring - do the mega hoop this weekend!! Despite all his "unique" traits (and none of them are any reflection on the traits of the USER. Nope) he is a marvelous addition to my sewing nook. I'm so delighted and grateful that he came with Bernice because I probably would have had to wait a good while before purchasing a mega hoop otherwise. For the towels, it was fabulous, truly!

And Kari, OH- EM -GEE. I just Googled "Hoop It All." And lo and behold, the mega hoop is actually just the runt of the litter when it comes to super-duper-hoopers. Who knew?! I was of course immediately drawn to the "Hoop It All, Super Double Wide 14 x 23 with Bonus Bracket." (A friend of mine saysthe little girl in the "more" commercials from AT&T is doomed to grow up to be me) My word, I bet this is the Category 5 Hurricane of all things hoop related and I can only imagine:

1. Just how far out of my little sewing nook closet I would have to drag Bernice to actually use it in Position 1 (assuming it's still lurking in the back).2. All the evil little secrets this beast holds within the depths of those 322" of irresistible real estate.Fortunately (no, definitely unfortunately) I will not have the budget for this Titanic of the hoop world for a good while, though. Darn it!!!L---In 430_440_630_640_730@yahoogroups.com, lbrewer230@...> wrote :

Laurel, I love your sense of humor! I have a mega hoop, haven't tried it yet, and now I want to find out just how sinister it can be. You, apparently, have found that out.

Laura in Wyoming


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