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Returning to sewing with a baby on the way
dubrouillet97
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Date: 6/5/12 12:55 PM

I'm just getting back into sewing (and I'd classify myself as new - I took classes as a teen - but I haven't done enough to be "impressive" yet I have a strong support group with my best friend (and her mom who taught us whose in town for a month or so).

I have a machine - and most of the stuff I'm wanting to make is easy (crib skirt that I'm making out of panels instead of entire skirt, crib sheet, burp clothes, etc)

Most of these are straight seam and done - maybe put in some elastic. however - a few items I'm looking at - I can see where a serger would rock my world and save me time.

I saw the recommended one - Brother 1034D for $200. (as I'm saving that one bedding alone I'm ok with the price) - Would I get good use out of it for a baby, infant, toddler?

Its a girl so there will be lots of baby legs going on (for me and my gf) don't think I would use it for that - but the swaddle blankets that are so hip right now - its gauze fabric - run through the serger.. for instance.. what do you think?

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Date: 6/5/12 1:01 PM

The birth of my first child prompted me to investigate sergers. Until that point, I had only been sewing on a regular machine, and almost always woven materials. But the baby's need for knits, i.e, stretchy materials, wasn't met by the cumbersome stretch stitch of my regular machine, and I bought a serger eventually. Now I don't know how I ever lived without one.

I am not familiar with the model you're asking about, but I want to advise that you look for a serger with a smallish presser foot. For example, I have a BL combo machine, and that foot is too unwieldy and large to handle small seams. When you go shopping, do a sample run on real-size little sleeves and necklines and test what works best.

Claudia

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Date: 6/5/12 2:14 PM

I also returned to sewing few months ago. My 2 daughters love wearing knit clothes. They go throe leggings like candy That was the first reason I got serger and it made a huge difference in sewing knits for my kids. It is fast, easy and look better made with serger for my taste.
Since I have it, I began sewing swimsuits. I never expecet I'll ever trie to do swimwear. Serger just make it much easier.
I can't speak about serger choices, because I'm so new to it, that I can't even understand what needles needed for them
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I'm sorry for my poor grammar. English is not my first language.

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dubrouillet97
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Date: 6/5/12 2:15 PM

thank you both! I think between me and my best friend who has 3 kids and is a bit more of a sewer I can justify the price Now where to order....

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Date: 6/11/12 1:25 PM

Just an update - THANK YOU! I got my Brother serger and I'm in LOVE. I made two swaddle blankets this weekend (one jersy and one gauze) with a rolled hem and yes - one side on each is really not pretty - but you know what? Once you swaddle the baby no one will notice and I'm over joyed! Tonight / tomorrow I start with burp cloths beteween my serger and sewing machine (to decide how I like it and also just practice everything) Then once the crib is up - crib skirt! So excited and happy :)

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Date: 6/11/12 10:54 PM

Congratulations on your purchase. What thread did you use for rolled edge? If not wooly nylon, I recommend you give that a try. It makes a beautiful rolled edge, as does any stretchy thready or yarn, and comes in every color imaginable. Enjoy your new toy!

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