October 3, 2009


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...


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

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

  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.

  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.

  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 :-)

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

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

  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!

  8. Anonymous10/05/2009

    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...

  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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