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Friday, July 5, 2013

Serge: my new crush


Meet Serge. He's powerful. And swarthy. And a bit noisy. Just how I like my men. 




I've wanted to purchase a serger forever, but after researching them, decided they were too expensive. From what I had gathered, lower end sergers cost around $500 and the higher end ones approached $4,000!!!! Who knew?

So I gave up on my dream of converging with Serge. 

Then a sewing machine sale popped up on Fab.com (you ever shop there? They have such unique items: shoes, clothing housewares, at incredibly discounted prices) and there I saw Serge...originally $700 on sale for $250. I knew this was an opportunity I couldn't pass up. 

He arrived on my doorstep and sat in his box. I was too afraid to open him. Too afraid of the time commitment I was going to have to make learning how to operate yet another machine. I was afraid of his four-spooled physique. But after a trip to my local fabric store, I inquired as to whether or not they gave serging lessons and, they did!

I went to my one hour lesson the other day with Jacqueline. Now here is a woman after my own heart. She makes ALL her own clothes and she even recently made her wedding dress as well as all the bridesmaid dresses and linens!!

She helped me through the basics of Serge...how to thread him (it is a complicated process, but once I did it a few times, I think I have it down) and what he can do (although I think we only really scratched the surface there). 




For those of you who aren't familiar with sergers...they are like a sewing machine, but instead of using one spool of thread they use 4 in an intricate interlocking fashion to make edges that look like this. 




In fact, if you look at the underside of most of your garments you will see evidence of a serger or serger-like machine has been used. The threading is durable in a way that regular sewing isn't and if you like working with knits or jersey...serging the material will not alter the way the material stretches as sewing does. Plus Serge works super fast!!

But he is loud. I wondered who was jack hammering out my window and then realized it was just Serge. 

Jacqueline suggested I use four different color threads until I get to know the machine, that way, if one stitch looks wonky I can figure out and adjust the right one. 

So far, Serge and I came together one afternoon and produced a set of octuplets in the form of napkins. 



Who knows what we'll make next?

(and who knows why I have sexualized my Serger??!! But if you're still reading my posts after all this, then I know you still love me.)

2 comments:

  1. I LOVE my serger. I just made a pair of knit shorts for the kiddo for 4th of July. I even entered them in the Shorts on the Line contest!

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  2. I honestly don't know how I made it this long without one!!! I'm going to check out this shorts on the Line contest!!

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