Monday, April 13, 2009

Productive Weekend!

I hope everyone had a nice Easter weekend. Mr. Squash and I were happy to stay home after last weekends trip to the Squash House! For Easter dinner I cooked the nicest meal - Lamb Chops with fresh mint sauce (chopped fresh mint, honey, white wine vinegar, Dijon mustard and Olive oil), sautéed mushrooms, steamed broccoli and roasted new potatoes.

I worked on two of my three Christmas in July swap gifts. I’m hand-making all three gifts. The two I worked on are nearly complete. I ran into a major snag, however. When I sat down to quilt the first gift I realized I had packed away all but the neutral range of piecing thread! I didn’t have any quilting thread in my sewing table! I also didn’t want to leave the house, so I started work on the second gift and came close to finishing that as well! Since this is a secret swap I can’t show you what I’ve done, but we are allowed to show a sneak-peek...perhaps this weekend when I'm done quilting!

At lunch today I popped into my LQS for some quilting thread and came away with not only that, but a wonderful book on serging. Last October I posted about my new serger here. It didn’t come with much in the way of instruction so I figure I’m going to have to take some classes before I delve into using it. I was chatting with the resident machine expert at the store and she recommended this book:

She also said nearly all sergers are made by Juki - if they have another name on them such as Bernina, Pfaff, etc., they are still made by Juki - just to that manufacturer’s specifications! Although the title of the book and description lends itself to garment construction, it also has a section here on quilting:

I think this book will be great help in learning to serge! Each chapter has great little “hint boxes” like this on the chapter for gathering:

It also has terrific photos of machine mechanisms and techniques, such as this section on seaming:
I’m sure I’ll find this valuable reading and when it comes time to break the Juki out of the box, I should be an expert by then - right?!!


Libby said...

Sounds like a wonderful, cozy Easter *s*
Have fun with your serger - can't wait to see what you do with it.

Stephanie said...

Wow, you're way ahead of the game! I'm still deciding on fabric and project. :o)

Kaaren said...

Serging? What's that? Is it an English word? (wink)

Ditto with what Stephanie said. I'm still in the deciding mode as well. Guess I'd better get cracking, huh?

Jackie said...

I've never thought a serger was used for anything other that sewing garments! Can't wait to see what you do with yours!

PamKittyMorning said...

I'll be waiting for a real review. I have a serger and do sew some garments and would like a resource for techniques. So far I've just winged it and I know there must be better ways. AT least I HOPE so.

Calamity Jane's Cottage, Bonnie said...

OMG, I haven't even decided what I want to make and your almost done with two. Better get a move on it.
I haven't done much with my serger except finish seams. They can make some cute stuff.
Keep Stitchen'

Trisha said...

Your dinner sounds so yummy! I bet you will be so glad you bought that book. I have a serger and used to use it a lot when making custom crib bedding. I found that they are not easy to work with so a good instruction book should be so helpful.

Ulla said...

Your meal sounds delicious! I recommend reading the book and making exercises with the serger. I use mine a lot for jersey garments, it's a treasure. Keep your fingers and the reast of your project away from the blades!!! It is so easy to cut a hole in the project when it is folded in a way it shouldn't.

Anita said...

Hmm, interesting information about sergers. I've always heard that Juki is the best.

sewtakeahike said...

I could have written this post Candace! My husband made a lamb chop meal with mint sauce a couple months ago that was soooooo good! And I have that book! It's chock full of good info! Another really good one is called creative serging. Fun stuff!

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