Monday, August 23, 2010

The Joy of Serging

When I was in college I worked in the Theatre Department building Costumes for all the shows. We had lots of great sewing supplies but by far the best were our sergers. After becoming a Homemaker and picking up the love of sewing again I have been wanting one of my own. I started watching Craigslist for the best deal but didn't have much money to spend. One day a lady posted a Bernette made by Bernina for $25!!! Wow, what a deal! If it worked.

It looked like it had been sitting in an open box in an attic for about 10 years and the lady confirmed that it had. The gears were so tight and stuck together that even Eli (my husband) couldn't get them unstuck. We took it all apart, cleaned it out and WD 40ed it! We got everything moving except the upper loop and I think if we had kept working at it we would have gotten it, too.

My parents sweetly gave me the money to have it serviced and now it works just like new!! I LOVE it! I serge EVERYTHING. Oh, that towel has a ragged edge, let me serge it. We need some new cloth wipes, let me serge some. I can't get enough of it.

My first project was a Yoga Mat Bag. I had a scrap piece of material and a matching solid that was the perfect size.

I got another bag almost finished for the Etsy store! I've also been working on cloth snack bags to sell.


Brandy said...

YAY you found one!

Anonymous said...

i'm so glad to get to see a sergwer. i had no idea what one looked liked!!!!

That one girl said...

Okay even the word "serging" scares me! I'm new to sewing...