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Posted by: MaryFran

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Posted on: 9/2/07 4:29 PM
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After purchasing my Babylock Imagine [ which dose not have a waste box on it ] I have struggled with the scrap bag that came with the 'Serger Pad / Trim Catcher' that I got to take care of the serger trim waste.

[For the type of serger bag I am talking about please see photo in photo album above, I am sorry I don't know how to insert the photo on this page. Hope this helps ].

The bag that came with this catcher is always so hard to replace after emptying . I have finally come up with a good solution that works well for me. I made a bag out of stretchy knit, very thin spandex type knit . I think you call it spandex type. Lots of stretch anyway.

I used the bag that came with the catcher as my pattern and tapered the top just a little, maybe 1/2 " or so . I folded the fabric so the top would have the salvaged edge. I then cut it out & serged the side & bottom, turned it inside out and put it on ring. I pulled it up to go over the top of the ring,or clip [that fits into the bag ], the top will then cup around this retaining ring and will stay nicely in place.

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PattiAnnJ said... (9/3/07 1:04 PM) Reply
Good idea! I do not have the waste box/bag and have been putting a wastebasket on the floor, between my knees & swipe the scraps into it.
MaryFran said... (9/3/07 8:32 AM) Reply
Mezzobeam, thanks I had not thought of that. This pad/bag did not come with my imagine, I purchased it seperately at Nancy's Notions. Your serger sits on the pad and it has a well like hole that has a bag in it for the waste or scraps. It works well and holds a lot of scraps.
MaryFran said... (9/3/07 8:28 AM) Reply
Vasallese , as you are looking at the picture , it's what you see around the opening of that hole that has a bag hanging down from it. That is the ring & it has a lip.It is the ring that goes inside the bag that holds the bag in the pad opening. I don't have a problem with the waste [ scraps] falling into the bag, but when the bag needs empting, I have a hard time getting the bag back on to ring and staying on so I can insert it back in that hole. The knit bag fits snug and stays on , so it eliminated my problem. Hope I have made the mud a little clearer. There may have been something wrong with my bag , but the problem is fixed, I thought someone else may have been having trouble with it too.
mezzobean said... (9/3/07 7:54 AM) Reply
Hmm, my Imagine didn't come with a scrap bag . . . oh well . . . I just gather the scraps up manually and put 'em in a bag by the side of my machine. And while we're on serger scraps, consider dumping yours into a mesh bag like the one onions come in and hanging it out in a tree - birdies love the scraps for nest material !!
vasallese said... (9/3/07 6:50 AM) Reply
Sorry, I can't figure out what ring you are talking about. Luckily, I have not had problems with the serging scraps falling into mybag, or putting the bag back. But this sounds good.
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