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’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…