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I just found out about a giveaway on the SewMamaSew blog for a brand new Husqvarna Viking s21 Serger. Me want!
My daughter would LOVE it if I could get a serger, for several reasons.
First of all, she’d have better access to my sewing machine. This kid is a sewing machine, no pun intended, and makes pillowcases, doll quilts, and little tote bags like there’s no tomorrow. Right now my machine is in the middle of her project making doll pjs. I’ve gotten her a real sewing machine of her very own, but she prefers mine. Savvy girl knows I can’t resist when she says “But it’s so much easier to sew when the machine is set into the table!”
Second, she’d no longer have to deal with hairy clothes. Hairy clothes? Hairy clothes. This is what happens when you sew clothes for your kids with a straight stitch. When you wash them, and sometimes even before, the fabric unravels and creates ‘hairs’ on the inside of her clothes. Yes, I can and have gone over the seams with an interlock stitch (39, on my Pfaff) but it would be much easier with a serger than having to do the zig stitch down right/straight stitch up/zig stitch down left/straight stitch up dance.
Third, in addition to being the only kid I know of with her own sewing machine, she can move on to being the only kid in her entire 900-student school who knows how to use a serger. She sews, for real, on real machines. I teach her what to do, how to do it, and supervise while she learns it. Believe it or not, this girl has my permission to use my $2000 Pfaff when I am out of the house.
Fourth, she’d be able to make more pillowcases. She’s made dozens and dozens already, but has run out of friends to give her ‘hairy’ pillowcases to. With a serger, she’d be able to start donating them to ConKerr Cancer.
Me? I want a serger too. I’d love to be able to serge the seams on her clothes to make them more durable. (I have a tomboy who likes skirts, so the patchwork skirts that I make for her require frequent repair because they got caught while climbing a tree or under her hands when doing twirls on the playground bars. I love the idea of being able to make a real lettuce hem on a shirt. I’ve been wanting a serger for quite a long time. I’ve been quilting for more than 10 years, and love it. Since my daughter was born (she’s now 8) I’ve been making more and more clothes for her and her dolls. I love it when she tells me and others that I’m the best sewer in the world!
I’m so hoping that we win!
I have occasionally tested patterns and quilts for a few quilt designers. It lets me try out new patterns, see how other designers think and write, and lets me edit something other than my own writing.
I was quite surprised to get an email out of the blue for someone I’d tested for before, almost a year ago. Three of us took up the challenge, and a challenge it was because she needed edits and a finished quilt top in a week. All zigging and zagging aside (see my post on Murphy’s Law!) I got it done in 6 days.
While I can’t show you the whole quilt (yet!), below is a super close-up of part of the middle. The multicolor yellow print does have sequin-y things on it…your eyes are not decieving you.
I like this pattern – I think it’s really flexible…it can be made in loads of sizes, colors, and from any type of fabric – charm packs, layer cakes, jelly rolls, FQs. Just add a yard of this and a yard of that to all those scraps and watch it come together!
Sometimes things just don’t go as planned. As I mentioned, I got asked to test a pattern for a clever designer. Somehow she zigged and something zagged and I’m quite confused! So I’ve got a perfectly clean sewing space, a bunch of half-pieced blocks, a deadline of next Monday, and can’t work on it!
Well, there is a silver lining. Since I’m not likely to get my clarifications tonight, I’m going to work on American Girl quilts instead. I should be able to get at least one set done tonight.
I’d gotten 90% of my cleaning done by the time I succumbed to the urge to pull fabric for a new quilt. Well, two new quilts. So there will be no ‘after’ pictures because the completely clean phase was merely a nanosecond. I can walk around, sit on the sofa (my favorite place to plan), and lay things out without losing them.
So, what’s next? I had made this quilt earlier this summer, and just finished binding it. It’s good-sized, simple to put together, and graphic. And only takes one yard of the print material.
I’m going to make the new version out of these fabrics. I’m turning the lights and darks backwards and will see what it looks like. I love the oval fabric (from JoAnn’s) but have found it really hard to use because it’s directional. I’ve used this fabric twice before – once I let it go every which way, and once I cut it directionally. This time it’s also going to all go in the same direction. I seem to have *just* enough to finish make this quilt and then will have nothing but scraps of left. Bonus!
The other quilt I was going to make is super-simple. My daughter sewed this quilt and pillow for her American Girls. One of my quilt guilds, North County Quilters’ Association, is having an auction/boutique sale in November and I thought I’d make three sets of these for the boutique. (I have to say it – that’s Felicity’s quilt and Rebecca’s pillow in the picture. I couldn’t find Felicity’s pillow this morning.)
Fortunately, I haven’t cut anything yet. Yesterday in my email I got a request from a clever pattern designer to test a new pattern for her. I love testing patterns! I’m an editor at heart, so to combine my love of editing with my love of quilting is just the best! She needs this one back in a week, though, so it’s a good thing I’ve not cut anything yet. This is a cute pieced pattern that will be super flexible for sizes, themes, ages. Back to my fabric I go! Her cover quilt looks fantastic and is in blues and greens. I wonder what mine will end up looking like???
So, karma worked in my favor. I cleaned everything up and was rewarded out of the blue by a request to test a new pattern!
In no particular order, this summer I’ve made two costumes (50’s poodle skirt, Ceremonial Princess Leia), a dozen American Girl sleeping bags and three quilts (one yet to be quilted). I’m sure there are a few things I’ve missed, too.
And I’ve not cleaned up my sewing room once. It is a disaster of unmitigated proportions right now. I’ve lost, by my reckoning, the embroidery blocks to my daughter’s new twin quilt, the random embroidery blocks I’d been working on in the car, two pairs of blunt-nosed scissors, a seam ripper, the patterns I bought at Long Beach, and several costume patterns. And that doesn’t count what I don’t know is missing!
So what am I doing tonight? Well, now that I’m done watching a movie with my daughter, I’m cruising the net for quilt inspiration, and I’ve found it in spades. But I’ve got a quilt room that’s a disaster!!!
I need a fresh start. So I’m going to clean up, tonight and tomorrow, and be ready for a fresh start. And no more costumes!