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One of the challenges I have set myself this year is to learn new skills and try new craft techniques.
I am rather ashamed to say I have a brand new overlocker sat in its box for several months. To be honest it rather terrifies me, four threads, two needles, lots of knobs, a blade which cuts the fabric as you sew… Somehow it feels very different to my normal sewing machine.
This is particularly difficult to admit due to the story behind it’s purchase. Last autumn a facebook craft page lit up with conversations re Lidl’s special offer on overlockers, specifically which stores had any left by midday. The tot wondered quite why we changed shop for our groceries that day, but to no avail. But then this kind lady I have never met offered to pop to her Lidl and buy one for me, I could refund her once she had purchased it. The kindness of strangers can be quite overwhelming at times.
So this month my challenge was to get this what by now felt like a monster out of its box, learn how to thread it and make something, anything!!
I have enlisted assistance, purchasing my first course from Craftsy “Beginner Serging“. Having not used an online sewing course before I appreciate the fact that you can revisit the video lessons as many times as you like, their are downloadable course materials, plus you can ask advice. I could not be more impressed, even though I am only on lesson number three. I particularly like the idea of keeping a record of samples with the tension, stitch width etc for each sample. Time consuming initially this is going to save so much time in future. I am looking forward to moving beyond this step and completing the course – learning to sew a box bag with zip.
I have also invested in the book “The Overlocker Technique Manual”, which I am also finding incredibly helpful. In particular photographs of stitching with the wrong tension with suggestions of how to fix it.
What’s more I have sewn two items:) Starting with an infinity scarf I followed this fab tutorial over at Serger Pepper. It’s a great quick project to start sewing knits, what’s more I could use some of my stash of old t shirts just waiting to be upcycled.
Secondly I have sewn up a Uptown/Downtown dress for my daughter – although I suspect I will be making the next size up very soon! The eagled eyed amongst you will remember I have sewn this pattern up before. The knit fabric comes from a stall on Norwich Market, its great to support local business. I am amazed how quickly the dress sews up with an overlocker, its so quick:)
The overlocker remains a steep learning curve, the tension continues to regularly
defeat challenge me.
This month I am joining up with a try something new blog hop organized by Swoodson Says. I am looking forward to seeing what everyone else has tried for the first time this January.
See what other bloggers tried this month!
Rebecca at Hugs are Fun – Sashiko Embroidery
Kristy at Simply This Life – Knit Latvian Braid
Crystal at Stitched By Crystal – Wood Burning
Vicky at Vicky Myers Creations – Using a Serger/Overlocker
Kelly at Just Another Project – Sewing with Piping