[Quick recap to set the scene. Our protagonist Susan loves to sew knits. She possesses no coverstitch machine. She thinks zigzag for hemming is okaaay, but it doesn't look ready-to-wear.]
TWIN NEEDLE: [Enters stage right, with a dramatic flourish.] Here I am! I will hem your knits beautifully, for just a few bucks and none of the table space you’d need for another machine!! I ROCK!
SUSAN: Oh twin needle, thank you!! You’re everything I ever wanted!
[TWIN NEEDLE and SUSAN exit stage right, into the sunset, and sew happily ever after.]
Not so much. In reality, my first (second, sixth…) attempt to use a twin needle resulted in a headache and a desire to hurl myself out of my first-floor sewing room window. I would have given up many moons ago, but I had developed a bit of a stubborn vendetta. (You’re shocked, I know.) I was acutely determined to figure this thing out. Flash forward about a year later, and I’ve discovered quite a few tidbits that can help. I love twin needle hemming now; it’s fast and easy, as sewing with knits should be!
Important note: I have a Brother PC-420 PRW sewing machine, so some of these notes may or may not be applicable to your machine. Regardless, they could give you points to ponder in your own twin needle exploration. Since this is a popular machine, I wanted to point it out.
image source: Brother International Corporation
I recently participated in a charity sewing event, and I brought my serger to use for the day. I was so amused by my fellow sewists’ reactions to my conebobbinspools of thread that I had to create a tutorial.
Let me back up… As many of you know, when you first purchase a serger, one of the investments you make is in the thread. While one cone isn’t going to break the bank, buying four of them each (in oodles of colors) will definitely start to add up. Not to mention sorting out the storage of said cones. Continue reading
After checking out my boards on Pinterest, a friend of mine remarked not too long ago that she was surprised to see how attracted I was to bright colors and prints, when I tend to wear rather neutral-colored clothing. The funny thing is that my fabric stash, both the apparel and crafting fabrics, is anything but neutral. But she’s right, when I buy ready-to-wear, I gravitate towards solids — and not bright ones. And since I can’t say (yet) that my wardrobe consists of very many self-made items, it is definitely more understated than my stash closet. Very interesting. I will continue to give this some thought and will get to the bottom of it! Maybe I tend not to like the colors and prints that are offered to me off the rack? Or for some reason I try to be more “practical” when shopping for clothes than for fabric? Or possibly, it’s just that I don’t want my clothes to clash with my bags…
Amazingly, with the number of times that I’d used some technique or another from The Bag Making Bible by Lisa Lam, I’d never actually made one of the eight patterns included in the book. Continue reading