A comment on our Thanksgiving crafty things post made me think about sergers. Sewing machines and sergers. And the many conversations Adrianna and I have had about them.
We both have pretty basic sewing machines. Nothing too fancy.
We’d get together for crafternoons and talk about projects and what we’d like to work on next. And whenever we’d talk about how we’d like to make t-shirts, Adrianna would make a sad pouty face and stare off into imagined craft utopia, wistfully saying “but I don’t have a serger.”
I really hadn’t thought much about getting one until then.
But I decided to do more reading and research and pondering. Well, the pondering lasted about 30 seconds. I decided I wanted to see what all the fuss was about. And I didn’t want to see any more Adrianna sad face and feel like my crafty-sewy potential was being obstructed by lack of critical equipment. Or what might be critical equipment.
I loved the reviews I read for this serger. Because I was overseas and anything I used would have to be run through a transformer, which is hard on machinery, I wasn’t ready to shell out big bucks for a fancy one. Not that I was ready to anyway since this was sort of a whimsical decision. I mean, I figured I’d love it… once I figured it out.
So I chose this one because the reviews sounded like what I’d want– works well, affordable, accessories included, instruction video included, … and free shipping. As another reader commented recently, “I’m allergic to shipping”.
So the really important part of this post: it arrived. The dials and wheels and spools are fun to look at, but I’m fascinated by the double needle and the looper thing-y.
I watched the video for how to thread it, even though I didn’t actually HAVE to thread it initially because it arrived already threaded with color-coded threads. I studied it. And studied it. And took a deep breath. And tried it. HOLYMOLY THE KNIVES! The knives are totally scary at first. KNIVES. Like, look, we’re making a sweet little baby blanket and there are KNIVES involved. See? Look under the presser foot:
But once you get past the knives, literally, looooook at the fabric shooting out the other side! Like literally SHOOTING. And the finish is so amazingly neat. And so amazingly fast. And so amazingly beautiful. Well, the front side. But even the thread chain that the machine makes is cool.
The memories start to get fuzzy at this point because I got a little frenzied. I called Adrianna. I’m pretty sure she was stomping her foot with impatience to come over for a crafternoon at this point. And her serger-jealousy-phase began. (That didn’t last long. She got her own for Christmas.)
The moment we were both sitting with the serger and checking it out was blissful. I loved watching A’s face as she did the first serge (?) with some scraps and saw the resulting seam. It was one of those moments where the clouds parted and a beam of light shone down magically through several layers of roof and fell upon the dining room table. Angels singing and all that.
The fact is, neither one of us knew exactly what we’d do with it. We just knew we wanted to try. Since then we’ve made skirts, dresses, pants, shirts, naked dressform outfits, spaghetti straps, tablecloths, napkins… loooooots of really fun awesomeness. The rolled edge is particularly fun. The better part of our tutorials post-serger-introduction involve serging. Not that they HAVE to, we’ve just found it pretty useful. (We’re working on moving tutorials to their new spot on a page, by the way. Now located on the upper left!)
Oookay, there’s occasionally some cursing about re-threading. It takes a few rounds to get the hang of. But the video that came with the serger was great (and a fun fashion flashback!) and the plentiful online tutorials and tips for this machine are really helpful. Adrianna chose a Janome serger, and while she loves it, she did find that the Brother model is so widely used that it has lots and lots of how-to’s online that she had a hard time finding for hers. She can edit this post at will or write her own to discuss as she sees fit. As soon as she’s done getting over jet lag, since she’s just landed on the other side of the world.
(originally posted here)
A reader’s comment about not knowing what to do with a serger started this train of thought and I thought I’d share. (Thanks for the inspiration, Tara!) Since we didn’t know what we’d do with them either. And the answer is: you may not know now, but you can do eeeeeverything with one. Once you get past the knife thing. And I thought the thought had some good timing, because if you’re not sure what to ask Santa/Sweetie/Mom/yourself for… this is my/our recommendation.
P.S. Julie’s 20% discount is active until Friday. She noted, however, that you need to enter the code in the special box at checkout rather than in the notes to seller to get the price adjusted automatically.
P.P.S. A, hope your trip was easy-peasy!