In 2011 my aunt Rhonda passed onto me her Baby Lock Imagine serger. I was already intimidated before I even opened the box. I tried to thread the machine myself but I am not good at learning though a book, I need a teacher. Our local sewing shop was having a serger class this week and the owner agreed to teach me how to thread my serger before I took the class. She had never threaded a BL so it was new to her too. Hello it was so easy with the air thread system for the loopers. I have the best serger ever. Thank you so much Rhonda for this little jewel.
I learned a lot in the class and I am addicted now. I can't wait to make something new with my serger. Love the air feed loop threader and I have no tension to set!!! Holla! Tension setting is the worst thing about a sewing machine. I love that you can sew "air" with a serger unlike a sewing machine. In class to make our pillow we had to use the sewing machine for a few things and I kept messing the sewing machine up because I was trying to sew air and pull like a serger. opps. I am not a very straight cutter or sewer so I also love that the serger cuts the edge fabric off straight.
This is my finished pillow project. We even made the pillow inserts (SO much quicker than on a sewing machine) but she gave us the wrong fabric cuts so they were smaller than the pillows. I have taken a basic sewing, geometric smocking, picture smocking, and bishop construction sewing classes and I am always behind the rest of the students. Not in this class, I was ahead of everyone and finished my pillow before others even started piecing theirs. Not because I am a good student, but because I had the best machine.
I gave my pillow to Claire for her cave.
If you sew do you think it is important to invest in a good machine early on? I am sort of torn because I think you should start low to see if you like the hobby then invest in good equipment. But on the other hand a good machine takes away so much frustration. I guess you should invest in the best you can afford and most sewing shops sell used machines that are in great condition.
p.s. Last year when I was trying to understand how to thread the serger I stumbled across this video. OMG it is such a gem. If you know me it is so a song I would have made up as an ode to my serger. If you need a good laugh check it out.