Long before I ever made my first quilt, I made skirts.
So when I got news that my daughter would need a white skirt for her upcoming kindergarten graduation, I figured I would make one, rather than spend all my time scouring the internet for the perfect white skirt.
And then I remembered why I stopped making clothes - the seams! Finishing seams has never been one of my favorite things to do. I used to encase the seams with a zigzag stitch. Later on, I learned how to sew French seams. But it always seemed like extra work.
Then it occurred to me: get a serger!
I've always been intimidated by sergers. They seem so complicated - so many threads and a knife that cuts! For so many years, I thought they were above my skill level and out of the range of my wallet! But I started doing some research. I found that there is quite a range in price and features. I wanted something basic that would be easy to thread.
I decided to go with the Brother 1034D. It got great ratings on Amazon and a poll of my Instagram friends confirmed that it is easy to thread, just as it advertises.
I forgot to order thread when I bought the machine so while I waited for my order of Maxilock thread, I used some of my quilting thread. It worked, but I do like the Maxilock thread.
I'm having fun with my new toy! It really is easy to use. I've already used it to make a skirt for my 5-year old, using some fabric from my stash. I used a tutorial for a simple skirt by Dana Made It to figure out the measurements. Highly recommend!
I also made a skirt for my 2-year old, using some fabric from one of my favorite maternity blouses that I used to wear when I was pregnant with her. I love being able to give my maternity clothes a second life.
And check out the seams!
I see myself making lots of clothes for my girls now that I have a quick and easy way to finish the seams.
Now I just have to find the perfect white fabric...