Monday, January 21, 2008
Today I want to introduce my serger which has been sadly neglected since I started quilting. I spent some time this afternoon sewing sweaters from the white fleece I bought in Fargo. This Babylock serger is the most amazing machine you can imagine. It can use 8, yes count them, 8 threads at a time but I usually make do with 4. The other 4 are for flatlock stitch, which is the one found on the bottom of t-shirts. The most amazing thing of all, though, is that it is self-threading. If any of you have spent time cussing an improperly threaded serger (overlocker for those of you down under) you will know what I mean. With this machine you just put the thread into the correct hole on the lower front of the machine, push down the lever that is beneath the holes and a big poof of air sends the thread all the way to the needle area. Unlike most sergers, there is no correct or incorrect threading order. On my old serger, an Elna, if you threaded the wrong one first the thread would keep breaking. Sewing with it today reminded me of how fast and neat the seams are with this machine. I can see some more garments in my near future, if only to use this wonderful machine.