My new serger!
I’m sorry, I’m just cracking myself up at the thought of naming it Sergei, like he’s a sexy Russian figure skater (Wait, is that one big oxymoron?). Sergei. Whatever I call this bad boy, we are about to have a good, long, rollercoaster of a relationship I’m sure.
I actually thought I was getting a serger for my last birthday, 1 year ago. The day before my birthday last year, my husband told me not to give him a hard time about spending too much money on me, blah blah blah. To his credit, he is a VERY thoughtful and thorough gift giver. I figured he’d called my mom or Erin for ideas, and they’d told him about the machine. Wrong.
As I lay in bed, just about at my due date, eating breakfast with Jet and Avery (which was my only birthday request that year, besides wishing for a healthy baby), Pei goes off to get my real gift. He mutters, “You probably already know what it is.”
I mutter, “Is is a Serger?”
“A what,” he says?
Nope. It was a 47 inch flat screen TV!
“Wow, thanks honey.”
I’ll leave the story alone at that.
This year, with a little help from my birdies (thanks Mom and Erin), Pei nailed it! Yay, I am finally one of the cool kids. I’ve spent the last week getting to know Sergei, and just running it on the factory settings with those colorful threads. I grabbed a few knits from the to-be-upcycled stash, and played.
I wanted to see if I could make a Flashback Tee entirely on the serger.
Did it. This very Bert and Ernie shirt was made from an old baby blanket that I had for Jet. Yes, I do know my sleeve stripes should be horizontal, just didn’t have enough fabric. Once, I felt slightly confident with things, I pulled out this too-small sweater, and decided to hack it up.
I turned it into a sweater dress for Avery. It is basically just the Flashback pattern elongated, making use of the hems that were already in place.
The little bow, a barrette, is working to strategically hold that collar down. I’ll put a few more stitches in after she goes to bed, but I think she will make sure that the bow is here to stay.
Avery’s little Wonder Woman boots are by Kenneth Cole Reaction. My M-I-L just couldn’t help herself.
Since it’s always fun to see how these photo shoots really go, here are a few more shots…
That collar was tricky. I wanted to fancy the look up a bit by tacking on a gold-ish knit fabric that was sort of hard to manage. I attached it with the regular sewing machine.
Still workin it, but losing steam.
“Mind if I sit?”
“Ugh. Now can we play my game?”
This girl is a piece of work!
I’m defintely excited for my future with Sergei! If you are considering buying a serger, its time. Knits are where it’s at! Especially if you want your children to wear what you make for them. Thanks for visiting!
Enjoy your weekend!