Monday, October 10, 2011

the door...

has opened and not only did i walk through it... i went through it running, screaming, and waving my hands about like an idiot! one weekend of sewing with my Yams Violet & Traci and this is what happened...

the boy toy bought me a Serger!!! holy shiz... i never thought this day would happen... i've been so deathly afraid of these machines ( with their scary mini knife... chomp, chomp and all! LOL ) that i've avoided even attempting to sew clothes...

but, i say it proud now... I WILL SEW CLOTHES! LOL



OMGosh... tell me they don't look so cute together!!! like Mama & Baby Janome! hahaha...


Okay, my darling kids... if you know of any great Serger patterns or ideas... PLEASE send them my way! I can't wait to ignore my life and dive into this baby!! :)

Yay for Mondays!!
Xo, Heather

29 comments:

  1. Yay! They're really not that scary once you get the hang of them. I can't wait to see what you come up with!

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  2. I've had a serger since BEFORE YOU WERE BORN probably! Use it for quilting too...such a nice edge after a quilt sandwich before binding....nice edge to stop the raveling before hand quilting...love a rolled hem on some voile for a quick scarf...sew up some soft knit baby clothes for?? etc. etc. You will love it!

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  3. Biggest thing I found when I got mine was to practice threading it. It took me FOREVER, and I had to put it away for a bit while I was super frustrated, but the DVD that came with mine was helpful, as was this book (which I refer to constantly): http://www.amazon.com/Ultimate-Serger-Answer-Guide-Troubleshooting/dp/0801986451/ref=sr_1_4?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1318260063&sr=1-4
    I recommend serging the cut edges of fabric before washing, use the 4-thread safety stitch for sewing with knits (just made an open jersey cardigan last night using only my serger), and using the rolled hem for dresses and skirts - way faster than the alternatives. Have fun!

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  4. I recently got a serger too, well a few months ago, but I don't know how I lived without it. Congrats on your new 'baby'

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  5. YEAY!!!!!!!! The serger is AWESOME!!!! Once you get the hang of it, you'll want to start making your quilts with it too ; )

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  6. I have had mine for YEARS, and I agree that threading it correctly is the biggest challenge, it won't work if it's not. I too serge the edge of my quilts, I love the finished look and makes adding a binding so much easier. Congratulations.

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  7. I just recently embraced the serger.. It's a Janome, and it's very lovely. Check out Noodlehead's simple shirt tutorial.
    http://www.noodle-head.com/2011/08/sewing-with-knits-mondays-quick-tee.html
    I made it and love it!

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  8. I never liked sewing with knits till I got my serger-now it's a breeze! I use mine a lot for all types of clothing-love the neat finished edges

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  9. Ummm, I'm so sorry -- I don't quite know how to tell you this ... but today's *my* birthday ... I'm pretty sure I was supposed to be the recipient of that new serger. Again, I'm so, so sorry for the mix-up ... you can just put it in the mail to me, okay? LOL! Just kidding (well, it really is my birthday)! Congrats on your new happy!! :)

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  10. Wow, very exciting! best of luck with the clothes-- I've not been brave enough to try any yet! Can't wait to see what you make!

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  11. Just about a week ago I told my husband I wanted one for Christmas! I can't wait to hear about your adventures with your new machine.

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  12. Sergers are amazing but they're an absolute nightmare to thread. And the choppy choppy bit is pretty scary to start with.

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  13. Please keep us informed on your serger progress...I have always been a little intimidated by them, but I think I could find lots of reasons to use one(I like the binding idea)

    http://piecefullife-elizabeth.blogspot.com/2011/10/1st-edition-little-quilt-monday-ticker.html

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  14. Awesome! Looks almost like the one I have..and yes, the threading is the toughest thing I think. Pretty cool little machines though!

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  15. Hooray!! Can't wait to see what loveliness you come up with!

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  16. How exciting! I just got a new fancy one a couple of weeks ago for my birthday (to replace the old garage sale one from the '80's that I had). I'm loving being able to do a really pretty rolled hem. I found this tutorial on You Tube on how to make your own wire edge ribbon with a serger (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O3iuo08QSB4). I would have never have thought of that in a million years but I'm super excited to try that too for wrapping christmas presents. I'm excited to see some new serger projects from you!=)

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  17. lucky dog! I really want one of these--I've even been stalking Craigslist. Shiver.

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  18. You GO GIRL.

    I have a Janome serger that I got over a decade ago. It has been in a box in the top of my closet.....because I'm scared of it. I've been meaning to take it to the dealer to get cleaned up and ready to roll.

    YOU HAVE INSPIRED ME.

    Plus, I have the same Janome machine as you, and I agree that they look cute as a pea sitting next to each other.

    I hate making clothes. Cuts into my quilting time. :-) But maybe the serger will change all that......

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  19. Share what you find!! I have had one for over a year and have not used it yet!

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  20. Heather, I am so glad to hear that I am not the only one frightened by this machine! My boy toy bought me one for Christmas last year and I have been terrified to pull it out of the box and try to use it (I know it is my whole failure complex talking, but I can not help it!) My good quilting friend Christine was just telling me the other day that I should get it out and use it to make a simple pillowcase, just so I would get over my fear. I really need to do this....Good Luck and I cannot wait to hear your adventures.

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  21. Oh yeah. We are going to get our SEW ON with that pretty baby!

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  22. I got a serger for my 21st birthday…and this year I'm 40 and she still works like a dream! Enjoy!

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  23. I just got one after years of yearning and I am using Built by Wendy Sew U home Stretch- Excellent and very versatile way of making your own clothes and adding design details you want

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  24. That´s really exciting!!! Now more pretty things!!!
    Hugs from Brasil!

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  25. Looks like hubs bought you the exact same model that I have...so I'll give you a re-threading tip! Cut the current thread close to the spool. Add 4 new spools and then tie a strong knot from the old (still threaded) thread to the new color. Using your presser foot, slowly start "sewing" you will see that two of the threads will go through first, and the last two threads are the ones that go through the needle. Usually the machine does it all by itself, but if the knots should get hung up on the tension dial, just stop and work it through by hand, and the same with re-threading the needles. But this method works like a charm every time, and no worrying about it anymore either! Good luck and enjoy your new machine!

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  26. Oo, I'm jealous, I am hoping to get a serger soon!!

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  27. Congradulations on your new addition! Segers are so much fun. Don't be afraid. I too just recieved one recently and I love her so much. She makes pillow cases in two seconds flat. And dress patterns became a piece of cake.

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