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October 3, 2009

BOOK REVIEW & THE GRAY JACKET'S TWIN...

By now you all know that I have a deep love of books and knowledge. Who am I kidding, I'm obsessed with books; I always have been. There is always room for more knowedge especially about a craft that you enjoy. I am constantly looking for new written resources to help me become a better sewist. I received this book this week:


Just how much do you need to know about using a serger? I've had my serger for a little over two years. At times I have considered owning it a Love/Hate relationship, so that lets you know that there is still a lot I need to learn about using it. A preview of this book has brought some interesting information to light. For instance, I was surprised to learn that my serger has two knives, I really thought it had only one. Now that is important to note for safety reasons. Another helpful thing I found in this book is what to do with what I call "serger tails". The book suggests two different methods for securing them. Did you ever wonder why your stitches unravel, or how to get a more professional sewing edge? Successful Serging will prove a very useful reference and just may turn my love/hate relationship to one of sheer joy.

NOTE: If you are interested in any of the reference books that I list in my blog posts, there is a link straight to Amazon.com on my right sidebar.



Well I went ahead with the Navy jacket as originally planned. I finished it today. I just wanted a couple of quick put ons for mornings when I don't want to search for clothing to wear to work. This jacket matches navy pants that I made from Simplicity 2700 way back in June. Both the gray and the navy outfits were initally planned for summer wear, but I ran into delays with getting them done. Even though we are clearly into fall now, I didn't want to let these things linger in fear of them becoming UFO's. They are done now and even though they will get minimal wear now that the season has changed, I am glad that I got them finished. (Faux Welt pockets complements of Sheila and they worked out great again.)







Now I'm on to some exciting garments for Fall. I have SEW many things that I want to make but have no concrete plans. My sewing thoughts are all over the place as usual, but I'm excited all the same. I am definately a Spring/Summer girl, but I so love fall fashion, fabrics and styles. I added some great fabrics to my collection over the summer that I think will work up into a great Fall work wardrobe. I can't wait to cut into them. Now it's time to start my jacket for the Go Channel or Go Home Challenge. I've got six weeks before the challenge is over...










9 comments:

  1. The jacket looks great. Finishing it was a real accomplishment. I hate having UFO's around.

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  2. Great looking jacket! I may have to check out that book as well. I like you love books.

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  3. I'm glad you went ahead with the navy jacket. You can probably mix and match the navy and gray. Navy looks great with almost any color.

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  4. Your navy jacket is very nice and a great classic piece. I'll be interested to hear what you think of the serger book. I should invest in one too. The only thing I do with my serger is finish seams and I would like to know more too.

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  5. Enjoy your book - I've found lots of useful info in mine - although I haven't used it for anything except seam finishing so far.

    I like your jacket. Good plan to finish it even at the end of the season. I'm finishing a summer blouse for the same reason - no additional UFO's :-)

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  6. Another lovely jacket and didn't the second one work up quickly.

    Thanks for the refernced book.. off to check it out.

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  7. Isn't it exciting to get a new sewing book or mag? I love them. Nice jacket, and hope you have time to do some totally serious sewing now!

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  8. I just bought a serger a few weeks ago, and have been looking for a good reference book. Thanks for reviewing this one.

    Great jacket! I may start a jacket - my first - this weekend...

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  9. Both jackets are beautiful! I'm sure you are glad to have them completed and to be moving onto fall sewing!

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BOOKS ACQUIRED

  • Pants Sewing Guide
  • Denim Revolution
  • Pants for Real People
  • Jackets for Real Peopls
  • Easy, Easier, Easiest Tailoring - Palmer & Pletsch - Gifted
  • The Sewing Machine Attachment Handbook
  • Ribbon Crafts
  • Professional Sewing Techniques for Designers
  • Successful Serging
  • Making Trousers for Men and Women
  • Couture Sewing Techniques
  • Singer - Perfect Plus
  • Cool Couture
  • Couture, The Fine Art of Sewing
  • Singer Sewing Reference Library - Tailoring - GIFTED
  • The Perfect Fit: The Classic Guide to Altering Patterns - Creative Publishing International
  • Fit for Real People
  • DK-The Complete Book of Sewing