Wednesday, 9 November 2005
|2053 - Making your own tights, part 2|
I spoke to Stacey Leigh a little bit ago. We discussed my experience level, and knowledge, and it looks like I'm not as hopeless as I thought...basically, I need to get a good serger (she said a White or Pfaff, about $500 worth ("you can set fire to $300 and say you've got a serger"); she uses a $1200 Bernette, but then she uses it all day every day, too) and get some experience using it.
So, that one goes on the list of things to buy. No, not the Bernette...but I don't mind paying good money for good, durable tools, and that's what a $500 serger is. Maybe, when it comes time to buy, I'll drive down to Des Moines and drag irpooh along. (Or go up to the Cities and get rillaspins, or Sioux Falls and melissasutton...decisions, decisions.) In any event, that doesn't have to happen right now.
current mood: pleased
) has a Bernette Serger, I think. You may want to email her and talk a bit.
I would, but I can't seem to find her email address...
Every seamstress dreams of having a serger, they're the ultimate sewing tool. Very much worth the money.
I've got a 4 thread Singer serger because that's all I could afford at the time. I'm dreaming right now of getting the money together for a Husquevarna 5 thread. (Get the 5 thread right away.)
I bought my Husquevarna embroidery machine last year and love it.
Pfaff, has a better foot on it. (But my heart belongs to Husquevarna, I love their machines.)
Associated Sewing just published a really good sale, I'll see if I can find the flyer and if they still have machines available.
Okkay, so what does the extra thread do for you?
The fifth thread runs a chain stitch down along the interlocked threads and completes the seam. With the 4 thread, I also use the sewing machine to make sure the seam is strong. With the 5 thread I wouldn't have to use both machines on the same seam.
Ah. That explains, possibly, why I have problems sometimes with the seam not being as stretchy as the fabric, and breaking instead of simply limiting the stretch. This happened to me with the guard costume in a very bad place, right when I was trying to get down to the masquerade...
The chain stich will actually give you a little more stretchyness than the sewing machine. I don't like the look of the sewing machine stretch stich because I think the zigzag thing looks bad.
Remind me to show you the seams on the tights I wear (no, not while I'm wearing them) sometime. You can tell me what's going on. For that matter, I suppose I could give my camera's macro feature a workout...