Remember one of my New Year’s Resolutions was to learn how to use my new serger? I wrote more about my serger aspirations here. I excitedly and somewhat naively thought that once I got my serger, I would be churning out all sorts of apparel. I imagined myself making all these fancy shirts and cute dresses, I really thought that I would be an emerging fashion designer and all these people would be complimenting me on my fashion forward clothes as I walked the streets of San Francisco. HA! Psh! It took me awhile to even muster up enough courage to open the box and learn to thread all four spools of thread. I watched the instructional DVD a few times but even with all the diagrams on the machine, there was one confusing thread that I just couldn’t get right. My friend had to came over and threaded it for me and I was finally all set up.
For my first project, I decided to try to make a simple tank top. I thought it’d be easy enough. I had some yellow and white striped knit fabric leftover from my circle scarf and decided to trace one of my tank tops to make a pattern:
My plan was to just serge the bottom hem, then the sides and top shoulders together. In theory, it shouldn’t have been too hard. But what started as a loose flowy long tank slowly started turning into a short midriff as I kept messing up the bottom hem and cutting it shorter and shorter. Then one of the needles hit a pin and the needle tip broke off. Oops!!!
I couldn’t find any info in the instruction manual on how to change out a needle or even what kind of needle I should get to replace it so I stuffed the whole machine back into its box and shoved the whole wretched thing behind a bunch of boxes.
And that was my first serging experience. Fail.