3/1/08

Serging on the Edge



I'd purchased a serger as a companion to my sewing machine and looking to take my sewing to the next level. After checking out the DVD, I seriously contemplated returning it. I watched the DVD and instantly became mortified, the dvd wasn't clear and then thought there's no way I'm going to learn how to use that machine, let alone thread it.


The machine sat for week, I would look at it sideways, mumbling to myself... gurlll you know darn well you have no clue what you're getting into and again considered returning it. While looking for a dvd on jacket making, I remembered that I'd purchased a serger dvd by Palmer/Pletsch. After contemplating it a lil more, I finally decided that I needed to try it out first.


I sat down and familiarized myself with the machine and thought oh! that's cute that they threaded the machine, but in order to learn it I may as well pull all that thread out. I put in my dvd and as I watched it, I became a lil distraught when Martha mentioned she would not show how to thread the serger b/c every machine is different. Then nearly fell out of my chair when she mentioned that she would demonstrate how to thread the serger using the existing threads in the serger... DUH!!! I pulled out the dayummm threads.....uggh!



Well, I had no other choice but to pull out the manual and begin the process of threading from scratch, which took some doing, the lower looper was a real challenge.




End Result......








I DID IT!!!!! YEAH!!! I need to adjust thread tension on the lower looper, but by gawdly... I got it!!!


With that taken care of, now I can move on to my next sewing project, which is pattern New Look 6516.

13 comments:

Adrienne said...

Yay you! Girl I HATE when the thread breaks in mine! LOL

Nashe' said...

yay ! Great start to March ! It reminds me of when i learned to thread just my sewing machine .. sho' i was horrified of that ... ust unfamiliar grounds i guess...but then alas ! the break thru !! go u !

Cas... said...

Wow! Welcome to sergerland! When I read you pulled out the thread I was like "OH NO SHE DIDN'T! That is such a no no with a serger. I bought my serger and it came with lessons fortunately. Threading the suckers in no joke. But they gave us great tips and I now can do it on my own I think! LOL!

Good Luck on your next pattern! It's a very cute one!

Carolyn (cmarie12) said...

Thanks for the laugh! I think Mountain Dew almost hit the keyboard when I read that you pulled the threads out of the serger BEFORE putting in the DVD! But I am glad that you were able to make it work! Before you know it, you will be doing tricks with the serger! :)

bravebird said...

Hi Sheila! I luuuuuv your work! You are really talented! I have a sewing machine in my closet that is calling my name - I'm going to have to blame you for another addiction I see LOL! Can't see what you are going to put out with that serger chica!

Mary Sarah said...

LOL! You did much better than I did when I got my serger. My mother gave me her old one and I had it for months before I tried it. It's quite old and very hard to thread, but once I decided to conquer it, I rethread it all the time. Love the jacket pattern! It'll be great!

gold said...

Threading a serger is the one thing I feel I would have a problem with.When I see them in the store with all that thread on them, all have to say is I would have to take a class on how to thread it!

Lesalicious said...

Sheila you not along with the serger. I to looked at that serger like OMG and finally got down to the knitty gritty and got to threading. It does take time with the tenison which I am still working on. So don't give up don't leave me alone with my serger lol you and I can totally make it fight away. Best of luck on your jacket. I have a jacket to get to work on myself. :) fight back lol.

Lashell said...

I'm glad to see you go the hang of your serger. It would have been a shame to send it back.

Knitaholictoo said...

*clapping* Good for you! Even though I know how to thread mine, I never do I always leave thread in, tie the new thread and pull it through. You go gurrrl! Can't wait to see your jacket.

NikkiJ said...

Good for you! Now please be a dear and offer surge some toddler clothes for me. Why do they make the sleeves so long? Don't they know 4-year olds don't roll up their sleeves?! Ugh.

Valerie said...

Congrats on figuring it out! I would have thrown it out the window. -=giggle=-

Cheryl Wray said...

I love that jacket pattern. That looks so pretty!!