Tackling my first serger.

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I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas!  I’ve taken a bit of a break from blogging because I was so overwhelmed with my craft shows this year, and then before I knew it, the holidays were upon us.  I found myself shopping just a week before Christmas, not realizing that Christmas was just a week away!  I don’t know where my head was.   I’m usually mostly done with my Christmas shopping by Thanksgiving.  This year, I was starting the week before Christmas.

I received lots of awesome crafty items for Christmas.  My parents bought me a Singer ProFinish Serger!  It’s my first serger… sort of.  I really wanted one when I was in my early 20’s (maybe even younger), and my parents bought me one then.  I remember opening the box, and going into shock when I saw how you thread it, and I put it back in the box and had my mom return it!

It’s taken me a looooong time to give a serger another shot.  I’m at the point now where I need one.  My mom kept asking me what kind I wanted, and I had no clue!  I didn’t know one from another.  They all scared me.

When I saw the serger I got for Christmas, I was very excited… (scared, but excited). Singer is a great brand.  My mom said this one came highly recommended and has really good ratings online.

The day after Christmas, I took it out of the box. I took a deep breath, and plugged it in. (That was the one and only easy part.) I attempted to figure out how to thread it, but quickly became extremely intimidated by this machine.  I was remembering how I felt when I was younger with my first serger, and those overwhelming feelings were coming back and  I had to walk away from it.

Day 2.  I sat back down at this machine. Turned the machine on. Attempted to thread it, again.  Thought I had it right, and tried to sew on a scrap piece of fabric.  It cut the fabric very nicely… but did not sew.  In frustration, I shut it off and walked away.  I was having second thoughts about this machine.  Maybe I just wasn’t meant to own a serger.

Day 3.  Once again, I sat down at this machine.  I loved this machine, but hated it at the same time.  Why do you have to be so difficult? You are supposed to make my life EASIER!!  I unthreaded the darn thing, and threaded it again.  I even referred to the manual (dad would be proud).  But did I need all 4 spools threaded? Why does the manual say I can use 2, 3 or 4 threads?  What is a looper?  Why is there an upper and a lower looper??? So confused!!  I thought I had it threaded again, but nope.  Again, it would cut the fabric, but not sew anything.  And again, I had to walk away, feeling completely defeated by this little white machine.

Day 4.  I told myself that I was not going to walk away in frustration again.  I’m going to sit at this machine until I have it figured out, even if it takes all day. I followed the manual, very slowly, step….by….step.  I found out that what I thought were orange dots on the machine were actually YELLOW (and in some places it’s called gold).  And what I thought was RED, was actually ORANGE. (Note to self… the people who write the manual for Singer are COLOR BLIND).

Once I had the whole color coded thing figured out, I thought I FINALLY had it threaded correctly.  I turned it on, placed a scrap piece of fabric under the foot, and stepped on the pedal.  You know what happened?  IT WORKED!!!!  IT WORKED!!!!  It cut the fabric AND serged it at the same time.  And it looked perfect!!  Hallelujah, it’s a miracle!  Sound the alarms!

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Ok, so I know it was a baby step for most people, but it was one HUGE leap for me!  I’ve had serger-phobia for about 20 years, and I’m finally cured!  I now feel like I can accomplish anything.  And watch out, because my crafty wheels are turning!  I have so much stuff I want to create, my brain is in overload.

My parents also gave me money to make an official craft table that I’ve been wanting to make. I have a DIY craft table bookmarked on Pinterest that I fell in love with.  It’s simple, but has storage and will be perfect for my crafts.  So I’m very excited to have that project completed as well.

So… let the crafting begin! (although… did it ever end?)

I wish you all a Happy New Year and a year of happy crafting to all of my friends, fans and followers!  Hope to see you at the craft shows!

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