So if you haven't noticed, my Disney obsession has spawned me into a clothing making spree. I haven't really made a lot of clothes since I was in high school, so in a lot of ways this is pretty new for me. I have been sewing as long as I can remember...way back a bazillion years ago...ok maybe just 20 years ago, my Momma let me play in her stash and fiddle with her sewing machine. She taught me about using a 5/8" seam, how to use a pattern, how to install zippers, and of course the value of a seam ripper. She also taught me how to use her serger...boy oh boy, you don't know what you have until it's gone! Let me tell you! When I grew up and moved out I did a little bit of sewing, but it wasn't until about 7 years ago just before my second child was born that I discovered quilting and really started sewing on a daily basis. Still, that was quilting, and anyone who sews can tell you that quilting and garment sewing are two very different sports. I made a few costumes and the random outfit here and there for the kiddos but I am just now rediscovering an interest in making clothes.
Why didn't I think long ago about making custom clothing for my children??!!! I'm kicking myself now!
Anyhow, because I didn't think I needed one, I never invested in a serger. I know there are inexpensive versions out there...but remember, you're talking to the queen of thrift right now. I figured why spend the money when I only make an outfit once a year...I'll just use Mom's serger. Well now adays I have three kids and it's not so easy to run over to Mom's house to use the serger...and I don't have the money sitting around to buy a serger...so as I make more clothing a dilemma begins to form.
Well what about all those feet in my attachment box? They must do something. What the heck did people do before sergers? They used their sewing machines DUH!!! So here is what I found...my sweet little inxpensive Simplicity Quilter's Classic makes a pretty nice little overlock stitch...isn't it pretty? Holy cow I am thrilled!!! Two different ways that I like to use it...like this...to finish an edge...
...or like this, to hem and finish off the raw edge at the same time. Who knew? I rubbed along the stitching to test it's durability...it's pretty darn secure! Woohoo! Sergers...pppffffbbbbt...who needs 'em.