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Posted by: Mary Beth Loup

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Member since: 12/13/02
Reviews: 2 (classes: 2)
Skill level:Beginner
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Posted on: 2/22/05 11:52 AM
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This class filled very early based on the well-earned reputation of Baby Lock Educator Margaret Tully, and a modest price of $99, for which one got 2 full days (10-5) of instruction, lunches, sergers to work on if needed, and fabric kits for the projects/techniques learned. All we had to supply was 4 spools of white thread and scissors. A second class to be offered in June has already filled up, and a third is now in the works for Aug. 12 & 13. Although Ms Tully will not be there, Jenny and her resident serger guru Kim will be more than adequate substitutes, judging by their beautiful serger work on display next to Margaret's.
This class focused on the Baby Lock Imagine (4 thread) serger and all it can do. Since Jennys is a multi-brand dealer, owners of other brand sergers should not hesitate to consider the trek to Salisbury, on Maryland's Eastern Shore, about 20 miles from Ocean City. For Baby Lock owners in other parts of the country, Baby Lock sponsors these Serger Universities at many participating dealer locations: check the Events page at the website:
I can't tell you all the great things I learned at this seminar, and I've been serging awhile! Thanks to BL sergers' easy threading & operation, even the beginners were humming along in no time. Margaret was exceptionally organized, keeping threading changes to a minimum so we could make the most of each stitch in turn. Along the way, she taught us about needle construction, handling heavy seams, zipper insertion, heirloom techniques (including ruffles, piping, lace insertion, and beading right on the edge), and one of the neatest tricks: serging Drunkard's Path curved seams without pins and on normal differential feed. They came out perfect every time! So much more was learned, but I was too busy to take many notes. Among the projects completed: a piped bow tie block pillow sham, a beaded rosette, a "church doll" (in elegant Swiss batiste & laces--no skimping on kit fabrics here!) Some of the pre-cut fabric squares were not square, so Margaret got right on her cell phone to register a complaint with BL headquarters. Besides being a terrific teacher, she's a very funny lady. All who take classes from her become her devoted groupies.
I had never been to Jennys and found it a pleasant surprise. Large, well lit classroom area. Loved the little paper bags taped to each student's table space--hunting for trash receptacles can be so annoying. It all had the air of a well-organized operation. Besides machines, Jennys is well stocked in notions and a good assortment of quilting cottons. And in the cold weather we all appreciated the short walk to the pizza place two doors down for lunch generously supplied by Jenny.
To conclude: this was a class worth its weight in Wooly Nylon!

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mezzobean said... (2/23/05 6:34 AM) Reply
Thanks for the review - I have a Babylock Imagine and KNOW I'm not using it to its full potential! I'll look on the website for a class in my area ... Thanks!
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