Decisions, Decisions . . .
First, another interesting and informative petticoat comment to add to our other ones! She posted this as "anonymous", so I don't have a name to attribute this to. Thank you for sharing!
"Its funny to see these petticoats still liked today. I was in grade school in the 50s and remember them well. There was a high school girl we would walk behind to school and when she would crest the hill, we saw a rainbow of color under her skirt! Very pretty and my sister and I were envious cause we could only have one. How my Mom took care of them was to wash in cold water, put in a bucket with full strength starch, and then dry outdoors on top of the clothes lines splayed out to get the fullest flare we could. In those days our clothes line was between 2 Ts. "
I've decided to upgrade my studio with another sewing machine. Understand that I only have one machine, a Janome 4800QC. I don't own a serger. Obviously, I've done ok without one, but I can't help but think that a serger would be a good addition to the studio.
I know what you're thinking, "Girl, get out of the sewing dark ages and just get one!". Right. The question now becomes, "Which one?".
I've done a bit of research and checked out Janome's 1110DX at the sewing machine shop today. It can do 2, 3, or 4 thread serging, plus rolled hems and includes a differential feed. My dealer did both stitching and rolled hems on wovens and knits. This machine is comparable to Bernina's 800DL (which was highly recommended to me by a very skilled individual). I can get a very good price on the Janome, less than half of MSRP. I'm sort of leaning toward the Janome, partly because I really like my dealer - they are really, really, good to me. They know the type of sewing that I do and will even loan me a machine if I have a deadline and mine is in the shop. I've also never had any major problems with my current Janome. One time it lost upper tension, but my dealer found the problem in less than a minute and fixed it overnight. Two different people at the shop also verified that they've never had any trouble with the 1110's that they've sold.
I'm thinking I'd really like a coverstitch feature, as I do a lot of alterations where this would come in handy. On the machine, off the machine, done. From what I understand, a separate coverstitch machine is the way to go, so I may have to wait and buy that one at another time.
What do you think? Those of you who own sergers, what do you have and is there anything I should specifically look for?
I've been working on the wedding dress off and on today. Tomorrow I'll show you a picture of it mostly completed - this will be easier to do once I get the zipper in!
Parting Shot: New bicycles! My son was very excited to get a new bicycle this year. He won't be too excited when he finds out there's no training wheels! (Ouch, that picture's a bit overexposed!)