new stuff: serger edition

Is there anything more fun than a new power tool? This magnificent machine gets ish done.

Truth be told, I was hesitant about it at first. I already have a sewing machine that I love, and it has a serging stitch, so what more could I need? I’ve been able to finish most of my projects pretty nicely.

What I didn’t realize until yesterday, when I finally pulled the Singer ProFinish serger out of the box, was that my 2-4 step “finishing” process (sew garment, trim seam allowances, go back and sew over the allowance with a serging stitch, then clean up any stray threads) that got me a nice, homemade-looking product was a major part of why I have trouble actually finishing projects. It takes a long time to do the final steps that make a project look good, and I don’t always have the patience.

Sergin' it.

Example of sergin’ it with my sewing machine. This is a Christmas stocking. I had already sewn this once, and had to go back and finish it up, thereby sewing it a second time.

Not anymore!

This puppy does it all in one fell swoop, and it does it with a more professional look. I’m sure this is old news to anyone who has a serger, but good grief, this is going to change my crafting life FOREVER.

What a beauty!

What a beauty! Note the differences between this and a traditional sewing machine: two needles instead of one, and four spools instead of a single spool and a bobbin.

The learning curve is a little more steep than a regular sewing machine (it took me about a half hour just to thread the thing), but once I was finished with that, I quickly realized how magnificent it is. This is one Christmas gift I will be taking excellent care of so I can have it for a very long time. Thanks, Mum and Dad!

Threading this sucker took some doin'!

Threading this sucker took some doin’!

The results! I still need to play around with tension, as the loops are a bit loose, but that's all with practice. I can think of a million projects that will be easier and more polished all in one go. Hooray!

The results! I still need to play around with tension, as the loops are a bit loose, but that’s all with practice. I can think of a million projects that will be easier and more polished all in one go. Hooray!

Do you have a serger? Any tips or tricks I should know? I can’t wait to give it a real spin this Friday night with my cousin Bethany!

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