What? You were expecting a new puppy or kitty or other non-furry type of announcement? While I am working on convincing Jon about the need for another cat or two, this is it for now.
For those of you non-sewers, here are a few definitions of a serger:
- a sewing machine that overcasts the raw edges of a fabric with a V-shaped stitch
- An overlock stitch sews over the edge of one or two pieces of cloth for edging, hemming or seaming. Usually an overlock sewing machine will cut the edges of the cloth as they are fed through (such machines are called ‘sergers’), though some are made without cutters. …
- A machine that not only can sew faster than the traditional sewing machine, but can also create perfect seams while simultaneously cutting away the excess fabric. Sergers are great machines for speedy industrial production.
I personally like the “speedy industrial production” description. Just think of all the things I can now make…quickly.
Sew Mama Sew recently had a contest for a brand new serger, with almost 1000 entrees of people vying for a chance to win. And the machine they offered, while exceeding beautiful and lovely, offered only 21 stitches!
My serger was cast-off with little regard for her feelings or needs. Someone bought her in 2002 (the original price sticker was on top of the box with the date purchased) and never used her. Not even once. How terribly sad. She sat on the shelf at the Goodwill that recently opened down the street from us since December 16, according to the price stickers. A friend was trolling the store on Saturday, saw her potential, and he just knew I’d give her a good home.
Sophia and I went to Goodwill after nap time and it was love at first sight. Never mind the impractically of it, needing four spools of thread at once – so what if I don’t know how to use her – we’ll find a way to make it work. Now I will probably never have to give up my simple sewing machine with the 5 stitch functions, because with the addition of a serger that has 22 stitch functions, we can make anything. After the serger gets a tune up at the local sewing machine store.
Stay tuned for a massive outpouring of productivity. Or something like that. We may have something of a learning curve ahead of us.