Look at what amm’s serger created for Arrine’s Hallowe’en costume this year.
Just a simple circle skirt. If I want to get more creative and use the serger for more than just basic hemming, I think I should take an intro serger sewing class.
But for now, I think amm would be proud of my first attempt. I used the poodle silhouette pattern from a poodle skirt amm made me many years ago.
If amm were here I would have told her about these funny texts my friend Jessica and I recently had. A bit of background information is that amm used to take turns with Jessica’s mom picking the two of us up in the middle of the night from various parties and bush locations in high school and beyond.
Jessica is taking my order for Tupperware.
Me: Here is my order for 4 items.
Jess: K just finishing my cupcakes I’ll text if I have questions
Me: We are such old foggies. You making cupcakes and me ordering Tupperware!
I think amm would be proud of where Jessica and I have found ourselves in life: Moms who still like to have a good time. 🙂
It’s that time of year again! Hallowe’en Treat Bag Time! Tonight while making the bags we’ll hand out on Hallowe’en (chips, chocolate bar, candy and bat/spider/skull ring) I found myself eating a Coffee Crisp before I even knew it. And a few days earlier when I started making the treat bags I ate a Coffee Crisp as well.
Tonight while taking the second bite I asked myself out loud, “Why am I even eating this? I don’t even like Coffee Crisp.” Then I remembered and said out loud again, “Ohhh. Mom loved Coffee Crisp. She’s making me eat them for her!”
Do you know what amm would say when she was teased about the hours of football Charles would have on their tv or all the games she was taken to over the years?
She would say that she likes to watch football for the tight pants that show off the player’s bums.
Did you know that Singer supplies you with tweezers to thread their sergers? You need tweezers!!! And keen eyesight and slender fingers and a back that can hunch over the serger. What you don’t need are two feline assistants.
I didn’t open the wine though. I started at 10:00am and it just didn’t feel right. I told myself that if I was still struggling at noon the wine would be poured.
After following the manual from the 1980’s and figuring out how the thread tension works, I serged a lovely blue square of scrap material into a square.
Anth and Julie and their girls came for a visit at the end of August. While they were in Edmonton they got together with an old friend for lunch. At this lunch Anth’s friend returned a book he lent him years and years ago, Fahrenheit 451. I had never read the book before and when I opened the book up I knew that I had to. Inside on the front cover, written in a felt-tip marker and familiar scroll was “Merle”. This revealed that amm had once taken this book to the classroom with her. She always wrote “Merle” on the inside front cover to keep track of which books were actually hers that she taught with. Also inside was a rectangular sticker that read “From the Library of Anne-Marie Merle March ‘89”. The sticker had lost its stickiness, but it was still carefully tucked between the pages.
I started reading this book on my Batoche trip. It seemed fitting. I used the sticker as a bookmark.
Ok, so I am technically not actually back at the serger yet. But I have taken the next step to figure out the darn thing. I found the user manual online and printed it off. Later this week the plan is to pour myself a glass of wine and lock myself in my sewing room until I figure it out. Or run out of wine. Which ever comes first.
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A foul word hardly left the lips of amm, but I can remember hearing bleeps coming from her sewing room. And almost all of the time it was because of serger frustration.
Sergers are a wonderful machine, but I’ve been told threading them can be a nightmare. Never have I had to thread a serger before – I would always ask amm. Until today. Starting on Arrine’s Hallowe’en costume I thought it would be a good excuse to figure out this darn machine on my own.
And lucky for me, it was still threaded from the last time amm had used it. I got some scrap material and started playing around with it. Singer Ultralock 14 U64A. Then I was figuring out the presser foot and then it happened. All four needles were no longer threaded.