My New Toy (& Giveaway Winner)

Yup, I sure did get a new toy!  And I’m so excited for it!!

It’s a serger!

I played around with it for a bit before getting started. It wasn’t as bad as I expected it would be.

The threading part was a bit intimidating at first, but I could do it with my eyes closed now! Well, okay maybe not with eyes closed. ;) As I experimented, I admit there was some words flying around every time my lower thread broke (still not sure why it was breaking). Took me a while to figure out the tension settings, but I’m getting the hang of it.

I love that I now can give my raw edges a professional looking finish… and it does it fast! I used to use a zig zag stitch… what a world of difference in speed! This was one of the reasons I wanted a serger.

The second reason was the rolled hem. Several patterns that I have worked with (I work with kids’ patterns mainly) ask for a rolled hem. A rolled hem is so much faster to do than the traditional hem. Also, I love the look of a rolled hem.

I read a serger can do all sorts of decorative edges, so I look forward to some more experimentations!

Do you have a serger? If you do have one, do you have any pointers for me? Send them my way if you do!

Now let’s find out who won last Wednesday’s giveaway! The lucky winner is….


Congratulations Mary!!





  1. August 13, 2012  9:12 am by Heather Reply

    Thats the next thing on my list! I agree I love the look of a rolled hem. Someday I will have a serger :)
    Enjoy your new toy!

  2. August 13, 2012  9:14 am by ColleenB. Reply

    Congratulations to Mary on the win.
    What a great looking new toy you have.
    I don't have a serger myself so looking forward in seeing all your projects that you do with yours. The rolled hem really looks awesome

  3. August 13, 2012  9:57 am by mary norman Reply

    Yey Me!! Thank you so much. I just emailed you my info.
    I will let you know when I get it. :)

  4. August 13, 2012  3:35 pm by Nicole G Reply

    Wow Mary, congrats.... Good luck on your serger machine, the tension part is always my challenge. But once you got it going it should bring a smile instead. Good luck!

  5. August 17, 2012  1:50 am by MeagsK Reply

    Enjoy - I received mine for my birthday last year and agree it is so much easier with the sewing.

    My bottom thread kept breaking too but I think I worked out it depends on the order that you thread the machine i.e you need to follow the 1,2,3,4 order on the threading otherwise one of the threads cuts across and breaks it. Maybe it is my tension too though?

    I haven't played with rolled hems yet, but i'm sure it will come in time.

    Enjoy x

    • August 17, 2012  3:56 pm by Nicole G Reply

      From experience when it is a thread breaking under you need to set the tension on top of the machine and vice versa for when the thread cuts up at the top of the work. Once you adjust the tension correctly, you will have hours of enjoyment. The fun is all in the getting there *smiles*

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