After years of dithering, I finally bought a serger! It's the Baby Lock Imagine with the fancy-pants jet-air threading. The FP JAT poofs the thread into the loopers and I squint and thread the needles my own self. I love that it's so easy to thread and that I can thread it in any order. If a thread breaks I don't have to re-do the whole thing.
I practiced using the new machine by making a few baby blankets - terry cloth on one side, cotton on the other, all serged up with a 4 thread overlock. It was a good way to get used to the speed of the machine, get a feel for how everything lined up to the cutting blade and learn how to serge a rounded corner.
Next I practiced a narrow rolled hem. I want to use this for hemming some silk crepe de chine chemisey-thingies that I want to make soon. I really love this rolled hem:
Then I took a deep breath and serged the seam allowances and hems of a Louise Cutting shirt that had been waiting around for a month or so for me to finish it.
It's Cutting Line Design's Point of View shirt, view B. I did away with the pleat in the back and just gathered it into the yoke. It's a lovely loose shirt to wear on its own or over a camisole or tshirt. The fabric is a cotton from Marcy Tilton. It has a bit of a brocade effect and is a little greener in real life.
While I'm enjoying learning a new machine, and looking forward to using it more, Hattie is enjoying plotting mayhem and practicing her evil laugh