Sewing it is. Lately, sewing it is. Sewing videos, sewing tutorials, sewing patterns, sewing talk, oh and this week on Monday I decided to go rummage through piles (literally) of used clothes at Ropa Usada (used clothes) warehouse. I am serious when I say I was in a pile of clothes. The mound must of been about 10′ tall. Why? Well, I wanted to buy used clothes super cheap so I can practice sewing and hemming and surging and whatever else comes along. It was fun guys! Because 1 pound of clothes cost $.50 I got completely carried away with my stash! Anyway, I toned it down put stuff back and came home with a good 6 pound pile. Score! More to come on these items.
But you all, here is the point. I wanted to practice as much as I could with the budget that I had and it was a win. Since I purchased this new Brother Lock 1034D serger I have been on a quest to not be intimated by this machine and make it work for me and not me for it! In all sincerity I think that I have been doing that. It’s being conquered! From threading the machine to figuring out a good speed. For threading the machine there are some awesome Youtube videos and Pinterest boards out there that you can grab reference from and for everything else it’s practice.
What’s been extremely helpful for me, is creating a sample book of all the stitches my serger can do. I’m still working on it and it takes time at the front end but believe me once it’s complete, I can only imagine how much time will be saved. Woo hoo!
I can’t be more happy with my serger. It’s been so cool having this machine as part of my sewing crew. It’s a work horse. I hope we go far together. Ha!
Here is a picture of my book in all its glory folks! Am I proud of it? Yeah! It rocks! The thread is color coded to match the deal to each needle or looper position and it has scrap samples! Awwwesome! I keep saying this but if you have or looking to get a serger creating this book is sooo helpful.
So here is what you do. Learn how to thread your machine. Practice awhile. Trust me that you will find using your serger much more enjoyable once you know your way around it. So practice threading it. When you have all that down, start with the basic default stitch. I say default because the machine’s dials and knobs come set with the basic stitch. So, start there. Get a handle of the speed because it goes fast. Get a hang of fabric placement and so forth. Really you guys, it gets so much easier after some practice. I practiced by using a scarp piece of muslin and then serged away. I even had the serger sew over the previous stitch because I wanted to see if the knives would cut through some added thickness. It did a great job at cutting right through.
I don’t want to forget but let me mention that the manuals and video that come with the machine are great! The manual even has each stitch example with it’s options and a picture of the finished stitch. This is an awesome resource but for me I need to see and hold real examples to better understand what I am doing. That is why I am creating my own book. The pictures in the manual are black and white so that was another struggle for me. I still keep it by my side for reference. One last tip when starting out with your serger and that is to label your dials in the front of your serger. This will help you thread the machine with more ease. I saw this tip on Pinterest and thought it was such a great idea that I had to do it my self. It has helped me keep my threads straight and also it has helped me to identify problems with a stitch. The manual suggests that the serger be threaded in a certain order to make sure that the user doesn’t experience continual thread breakage. So the order goes like this… 1. Upper Lopper 2. Lower Looper 3. Right Needle 4. Left Needle. I have been using this method and I haven’t experienced any trouble thus far.