Wednesday, October 3, 2012
For the International Quilt Festival in Houston....I'm on the verge of serge!
This is great preparation for the machine washing and drying process that I require to bring about maximum shrinkage of all of my cloth.
Insuring that my fabrics are truly READY to sew is very important to me and I hope that the effort gives my buyers confidence.
But all that has changed!!!
In fact, I now own and use a serger and here's some photos to show it!
This whole journey started when I decided to list my handwoven fabrics in a wonderful virtual stockroom for designers called Source4Style. I've mentioned it a few times here and am excited to be on this award-winning site. So, anyway, I needed to produce samples, which you know I have been quite resistant to do because of all that time needed cut and secure the edges of little samples that really end up being rather expensive....using the zig-zag stitch would have simply taken FOR--EV--ER!
I got a detailed lesson which helped me understand the workings of the machine and I learned about adjusting the tension for each weight of fabric. Yes, the heavier ones like Desert Daze and the very light angelic ones like fabrics from Grace (picture above) all serge just fine! I have no doubt that one of my blankets from Doris would also work equally well! Fabrics from Hazle ....like the light-as-air Tencil and Silk (shown at this link.... http://marketplace.source4style.com/browse-marketplace/handwoven-tencil-silk.html ....) did purrrrfectly, too!
Well, I wanted to share the fact that, even if you have had a bad first experience... try, try again...
And don't take 30 years to try, either.....just saying....
Just goes to show ya'.....old cats CAN learn new tricks!
Better late than never, I'm sending out Miles and Miles of Smiles, Cat B.