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:
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?!!