Geez, I can't sneak anything past you people can I? In the last post I mentioned, oh so casually that I did some serger projects. WHAM Tango commented with Musta missed the post on you getting a serger?
and Barb commented did I miss a post where you got a serger? If so, how do you like it?
So the post I didn't make a few weeks ago must be made. I decided to get a serger. I looked at them for a long time. I couldn't see a real reason to get one. Then I saw a show where a lady made several items in a flash with her serger. "I need one of those!" I thought.
A few weeks went by, I shopped eBay and the internet. I saw sergers for thousands of dollars. I read horror stories of impossible to thread machines. I read praises of the serger. I got my income tax refund and made a decision. Amazon had the best price on an inexpensive serger that got mostly good review on the internet.
So this little puppy came to my house all shiny and new. It came with four spools of thread...each a different color. Why on earth? Wait a minute..look at the dials. Yellow, Red, Green, Blue - just like the threads. it makes figuring out the threading a bit easier. See under the dials? I added labels with the name of where each path goes and the threading order. I believe in making things easy.
I have re-threaded it several times. Mostly I don't cuss when I do it..but sometimes the blue words fall from my lips (sorry, but it is true-- hey it happens)
The serger finishes edges nicely.
It trims the edges as it goes for a very clean finish, plus the edge is covered so you don't get ravels.
but this is one of my favorite things:
This is a rolled edge. Think of a washcloth or a napkin or a nice scarf...yeah, that kind of edge. I did a picture where I did it with a metallic thread, but I couldn't get a good picture for you. Trust me it is coool!
You can use decorative threads in the loopers and get some interesting finished edges.
I haven't tried the flatlock stitch yet. It is a decorative stitch that has possibilities. (it looks like a ladder - you could thread a ribbon thru it to pretty up something.)
UPDATE: The Follow Nick giveaway is still in progress. You still have time to enter. I am thinking the cut off date will be May 19th...but I have to consult with the Carver. The prizes are pretty cool. FABRIC (and I know you all love fabric!) a cast version of a GolfBall Critter, (a great piece of art even if you don't play golf!) and some of my Art Printed Notecards. ( you can see the fabrics HERE )