Oh how I enjoy my serger. For many moons my serger sat next to my sewing machine with the protect plastic dust cover on it. I was too nervous to use my serger. My serger was like a hungry monster that whipped threw thread and fabric like the dickens and there’s no undo or seam ripper that can save the fabric after the serger had a turn. So it sat there.
After doing some sewing projects on the machine, I realized, like anyone’s been told before, I was getting the hang of things. I was certainly not perfect in my sizing, reading patterns, or straight seams, but these mistakes taught me what not to do or what I should do to get results. So I gathered all my gumption and bought some knits for some test runs.
I attempted some simple designs such as lounge pants and shorts for the hubby. These practically straight line seems got me comfortable running the serger. I then tackled a Sew U Sketch dress project. Pictures, you ask? Let’s just say it was a learning experience. Wearable, but meh. I did learn the importance of when to use the knife.
In these heroic attempts, I got comfortable with my serger. I have a few more trials to get use to sewing curves and not cutting more fabric than necessary, but I have learned the glory that is a serger. A serger is great, no, fantastic at finishing seams. It’s so fast and clean that if I need to finish a seam, I move my seat over to the serger.
Sigh… Serger = smashing!
Now with the that awe inspiring rant, let me get to my jitterbug’n dress.
I’m sure most have read about Japanese sewing books. Welp, I attempted, for the fourth time, a dress from Stylish Dress: Wear with Freedom. I’ve already completed three other ones which were all trials to find the right size, but this one I was definitely proud to showcase.
Let me first state that I did a hybrid of the dress patterns. I took the length of Dress C, but chose the sleeves of Dress D, but didn’t want to bother with all the buttons so I altered the pattern to not have buttons.
The dress turned out fabulous, but needed some warmth. In comes the cardigan.
Next time I might go with the buttons or maybe work the sleeves to sit better.
How did I finish my seams on this lovely gem? My serger. Sigh….