Like many people who sew, I have a serger. Technically, it’s a serger, coverlock, overlock combo machine (the Janome 1200D). Why serge? I’m making clothing to sell, and it’s got to have a professional look and feel. Take a look at the inside of any professionally made garment. See how the seams are “sealed” with multiple threads? See how stretchy, lycra-type garments (leggings, bike shorts, etc.) stretch, then return to form, with no snapping threads? Those are serged seams. I bought my serger nearly a year ago, and I only started using it this week! For so long, I was intimidated by it’s prowess: five thread capability, a multitude of stitches, two cutting blades, and who knows how many working parts. See?
So I’ve been suffering some growing pains. After 25 years of sewing on a regular, old spool and bobbin machine, the serger is giving me a chance to practice patience and humility. Things I’ve done on my regular machine for personal use (zig-zag seam cheats and general manual manipulation) don’t translate to serger sewing. See the photo heading this post. I was sewing up some “jeggings” using stretch denim and a knit. Some of the seams look great, but some parts look absolutely terrible… at least not good enough to put the Retro Modern Kids label on. I need more practice.
Will this delay my October launch date? No. But I do know, the first piece will not be the denim/knit combo pants. Those will likely take a little more practice to perfect. I do love the colors, and the challenge, though!