Monday, April 14, 2014

National Serger Month

Did you know that? How did I miss it? With a busy day to day, a quilt show, tons of fish to bread and mountains of pirogi to roll it got lost in the shuffle. Let me try to catch up here. I purchased my first Serger, a Janome 634D sometime in the 1990's. I have used that little machine a lot. It has handled thick and thin and now needs a good cleaning, some oil and maybe a new upper blade. I just noticed last week that the stitch quality is not so good and I will need to change the needles too. It has required no maintenance other than that over the years and I have been well pleased with it.
Bernina on left, Janome on right.

In 2007 I wanted to upgrade and bought the Bernina  1300MDC. The quality of this machine is outstanding. It is more complicated than the early Janome and it also converts to a cover stitch machine.  It has  fine tuning features that makes it much more versatile for different types of sewing. But make no mistake, it makes a very professional finish to garments, home dec and quilting as well.

I like to serge all the edges on foundation quilt blocks, finish the raw edges of varied baby products such as burp pads, diaper changing pads, nap quilts etc. While a bound edge quilt gift is in one arena, day to day and wash over and over items in the layette need to be practical and sturdy. The new Moms are sometimes timid using the gifts so I make it perfectly clear that my items are to be used until they fall apart! With apparel, a clean finished edge is a must for me. I am not making couture garments and my clothes get a lot of washing. A finished edge is essential. 

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LINKS:
About National Serger Month and some Free Projects.
U-Tube demonstration about Sergers.
Serger Tips and Projects on Pinterest.
Rolled Hem Tips.
Threads Magazine, win a Babylock Serger!
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