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Sewing in Switzerland
Seeking information on European products
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Date: 12/12/07 10:30 AM

I just moved to Zurich from Los Angeles, don't yet speak German, and am antsy to purchase a sewing machine and an ironing system. Everything here is a bit different than the products I was familiar with in the US plus I'm upgrading my sewing machine and iron. And, of course, there's not much product information printed in English! I'd welcome any input from the European sewing community in regards to equipment you've had good results with and any favorite fabric sources (especially internet sources).

Also. I'm extending an open invitation to contact me if you plan to be in the area and are interested in meeting and exploring any aspect of Zurich. I love living here!



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Date: 12/12/07 12:55 PM

Europe is definitely different. Very cool at times, infinitely frustrating at others. We're in the Kaiserslautern area in SW Germany.
Blank Stoffe is a store that sells fabrics, including fabrics used in Burda WOF.

My Bernina dealer always gives me information in English, she gets both German and English here (it could be because of the large American community in this area). I've been learning German but it will be a while before I can read promotional materials in it.

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Date: 12/13/07 1:47 AM

Saashka,

Thanks for your response! I've been considering a Bernina machine (good Swiss company!) and will be sure to request an English manual. Do your machines have dual plug capability so you can use them in the US and in Europe?

I checked your blog for any additional sewing insights that might help me - just howled when I read about the invisible zipper quest! Same here in Zurich - an astounding designer shopping district (Prada, etc) that is a never-ending source of inspiration - but only rudimentary supplies for the home sewer and no invisible zippers. I lived in the Los Angeles area prior to moving to Zurich and still ordered many things online because I couldn't find them locally. I trust that I can buy anything in Europe - especially from Paris? - once I know where to look and how to ask for things.

I often feel frustrated here, primarily because of my own language limitations, but I am madly in love with Zurich!

Thanks for the fabric store information.



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Date: 12/13/07 6:35 PM

My Artista 180E is dual - it just needs the appropriate cord (available from the dealer) and switches automatically. My serger, the 1300DC, is not dual. Mine is US specs and it works fine for me because we have two circuits - one 240V, the other 110V. You could also use it with a transformer if you don't plan to be in Zurich too long, or get the European specs if you do. Or maybe get a different machine if dual plug capability is important to you.

Teehee, I'm glad my zipper incident provided entertainment. I've learned from that experience and now I don't leave the house without memorizing a few relevant sentences first. We've signed up for the Rosetta Stone online course at our library, hopefully we'll have the login info soon so we can start learning the language for real.

I would like to check out Zurich one of these days. I wonder why there are no home sewign supplies. You'd think in a city like Zurich, they'd have everything.

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Date: 12/14/07 4:05 AM

I'd be interested in hearing how you like Rosetta Stone once you've begun working with it. We, too, have considered that source. For now, I'll be taking German immersion at a language school (paid for by my husband's company) and we've ordered a computerized course from Pimsleur. I used Pimsleur to self-study Russian and I liked it.

I think I'm going to try for dual plug if I can get it. I really want an older model Bernina and have enlisted a Zurich native to help me track down local shops and machine service businesses.

There must be sewing supplies here! I think I just haven't discovered them yet. I'll let you know when I find something interesting.

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Date: 12/14/07 5:49 AM

Hi sport!

Being right in the middle of Bernina-land, you're probably not even thinking of a Janome, but when I was looking at sewing machines recently, they sent me a list of their machines that are dual voltage. Let me know if you're interested in it.

There is a German sewing forum, Hobbyschneiderin, that has a sub-forum for sewers in Switzerland. Perhaps the friend who's helping you out could make contact there with other sewers in Zurich for some tips.

Here's a link to the Hobbyschneiderin's home page and a link to the Swiss sub-forum there.

I'm glad to hear that you like Zurich so much. I've always wanted to visit the Lindt chocolate factory!

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Date: 12/14/07 7:30 AM

Hi Sanibelle,
Thanks for your response. I am excited to learn of the sewing forum with the Swiss sub-group and will definately explore that (with help!) I have my heart set on a Bernina, but would be interested in having the Janome list in the event a Bernina isn't within my budget or I can't find the older model I want. Can you tell me how to request that from the company? Are you happy with your Janome? If you've had it serviced, was it easy to find someone to work on it?

Ah, yes, Lindt. I was on a train that stopped within a block of the factory at quitting time...when the doors opened there was a heavenly scent of warm chocolate! Excellent Lindt chocolate is available everywhere here and their big store (at Paradeplatz on the Bahnhofstrasse) is amazing. The chocolate there is very expensive which is probably a good thing because I do eat some everyday - since it costs dearly I only eat a little bit each day! I had a bite of what used to be my favorite American candy bar last weekend; it tasted awful and I did not eat more than one miserable bite. I'm afraid I've been spoiled by the good Swiss chocolate! I'm getting spoiled by many things here.

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Date: 12/14/07 8:43 AM

Fabric stores in Zurich:
LE COUPON
Dufourstrasse 167
8008 Zürich
www.lecoupon.ch

a propos stoffladen
hohlstrasse 201
8040 zürich

Barré Stoffladen
Hohlstrasse 9
8004 Zürich

Stofftrucke
Löwenstrasse 2
8001 Zürich

Zurich Sewing Center
Zurich sewing machines store husqvarna-brother-pfaff

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Date: 12/14/07 9:31 AM

Els to the rescue with another one of her great lists!

Sport, the information I was given came form "Janome America" and refers to machines they sell in the US, I think, so I don't know if it would apply to the same models produced for other markets. If you're interested in any of them, do check with Janome over here just to be sure it's valid for the same models here, too.

I had contacted the various Janome branches via their websites (Janome.com, Janome.de, Janome.co.uk, etc). I've corresponded with all three of those I listed and had quick responses. Some Janome models sold in Europe are not available in the US and vice versa.

According to the email they sent me, the following can operate on either 110 or 220 voltage and just require a plug adaptor:

Memory Craft 350e, 300e, 9500, 9700, 10000, 10001 and the 11000

It also stated that their service department says a power adaptor isn't needed for the MC11000, but a plug adaptor is.

I ended up not getting a dual voltage machine. I went with the Janome 6019QC, an entry level mechanical, since this is my first "purchased" machine. (I'd been using a basic hand-me-down from my DMIL.) I wasn't ready (or able) to invest in something with all the bells and whistles yet. But someday!

I've only had it a few weeks, so I haven't had to have it serviced yet. Though it might not meet the needs of a more experienced sewer, it's miles more sophisticated than the machine I'd been sewing on! I'm very happy with it, but we're still getting to know each other. I bought it online from a sewing machine business in the UK. (Sewing Machines Direct) It only requires that the plug be changed to a German one, since voltage in the UK is the same.

But I hope you're able to find the Bernina!

(Ohhhhhhh, the scent of chocolate wafting through the air.... Boy, do I envy you!)

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Date: 12/14/07 11:20 AM

Els,
This is lovely! Thanks so much.

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