So Many Sewing Projects May 31, 2017
There are four of us in one of my sewing groups who have Baby Lock Ovation and Evolution sergers. We decided to do a project specifically to learn techniques and stitches on our sergers. We chose a pattern that Stoney found on line and started making tote bags. I think we surprised ourselves with how much we actually accomplished. The pattern is Creative Tote by Deb Canham (http://www.debcanhamstudio.com/ ). This is not a bag that can be serged together in a few hours. At least not by someone who is not proficient at making all the stitches available on a serger. I will let you know when this project is completed and will post a picture.
Stoney and I also took a three-day serger class at Country Stitches in East Lansing last week. The class was taught by Denise Schober ( https://www.deniseschober.com/ ), who is a “trained professional” as she likes to call herself! She is a really great teacher and knows all kinds of helpful hints to make using a serger easier! She taught us to use approximately twenty (20) different feet for our sergers. I hope I can retain the information I was given. It helps that we were given a workbook with descriptions of the feet and the settings for our machines. Most of the feet can be used for more than one purpose. We made a purse on the last day in class using some of the feet and techniques we learned. It will be important for us to use these techniques in other projects at home in order to retain what we learned in class. I think the information from this class will be helpful with making the Creative Tote. I also want to find time to thread my serger for the cover stitch and then unthread it and rethread it again at least ten times so I can get proficient with that. I have a little trouble remembering how to thread the needles for the cover stitch. I know if I keep repeating it, it will become as easy as threading a sewing machine.
This past weekend I took my Baby Lock serger and my Pfaff Creative Sensation Pro to Sweetser, Indiana for my granddaughter, McClane, to use to make her 4-H project. She is making a wool coat and is almost done. This is a good thing because the fair is in June. This is her last 4H project because she graduates from high school in June.
I also have three gifts I want to make. I have started a laundry bag for a graduation gift and I also want to make two aprons for another gift. Maybe I will be able to finish and post a picture of at least one of these gifts this week.
I still need to make some summer pants and blouses for myself, but I have so many projects and so little time. If I could sew at night, it would help. I don’t enjoy sewing after dark because my eyesight is not what it used to be. So, I try to limit my sewing to daylight hours.
I hope your sewing projects are going well. This is a busy time of year with graduation parties, gardening, and just regular daily activities, but don’t forget to save some time to sew!