I’m sure most of you will know what I’m talking about but I’m having to be slightly cryptic as my ‘thingies’ are a surprise gift… and I won’t be able to reveal them in all their glory until the end of May.
I wasn’t going to post any progress reports, mainly because I didn’t know how, without giving the game away, but to be honest, if a certain person endeavours to follow these clues I should be impressed that he shares an incredible interest in what I love to do! Either that or he is bloomin’ nosey!
But the main reason for this post, not only to let the lovely Karen know that I found a window to jump on board, but I made another amazing discovery about my sewing machine. It serges! Well, of a fashion, I’m sure! There I was, head cupped in hands, eyebrows raised in awe and jealousness at Karen’s beautiful serged seams when… ping! I remembered a strange mechanical foot among my machines accessories and reference in the manual to a ‘side-cutter’! Oh the joy, the joy!! I WILL have beautiful 5mm seams too!
Took a bit of getting used to though, as you can imagine! And I’m sure I can get a better-looking, tighter stitch with a bit more fiddling. But the needle kept falling out! I checked and double checked that I had attached the foot properly, mainly because it does’t sit firmly in position. It is such a clumsy attachment and it kind of wobbles around.
But according to the manual, I had, and there was no reference to this problem in the troubleshooting section either. So I just used the little screwdriver to really tighten the needle clamp screw. Perhaps I ought to be doing this anyway, whenever I replace a needle. I just usually tighten it with my fingers but clearly it needs to be tighter when the fork attachment of the side-cutter is hooked over it.
Anyhows… I am as happy as some Larry’s and quietly confident I will make the party on the 28th once I figure out my disguise!
18 Replies to “A certain night-attire ‘party’ sewalong!”
That’s nifty little gadget! I’m liking your fabric for the pjs too.
Shhhh! What pjs?!!! Fabric is a yummy brushed cotton shirting. Reminds me of my bed sheets when I was little! 🙂
So sorry, I was not concentrating and didn’t realise the “crypric” was not letting on about the make. I blame the mountain of ironing for dulling my brain last night! :s
Oh please don’t worry Anne! I’m not very good at secrets at all so chances are either Little Miss Ooobop or I will let the cat out the bag very soon in any case!
Fantastic! I this the pajama party? What is the blog address and is it too late to partake?
Its cool to be late Tracey! But no, not at all…. hop over to Didyoumakethat to check it out. I think 28th is the finale 🙂
Oh how lucky! A server foot. I’ll have to check my box of attachments. Maybe I’ll be so lucky
Thanks Beth. Though not so lucky when I had to unpick a seam. Don’t want to unpick a serged seam in a hurry ever again!!
Oops, I meant to write serger foot. Sorry….
I always have to use a screwdriver to tighten the screw when I change needles. On my previous machine I never had to, but on my newest (a Janome) the needle always wiggles itself free if I only tighten by hand.
Thank you for your comment. It’s reassuring knowing you have to do the same. My newest machine is a Brother and certainly tightening the screw was the answer 🙂
I had no idea such things existed. What a luck find!
Lucky, until I had to unpick one whole side seam!! 🙁 That’ll learn me for showing off!
I have never seen such a weird sort of foot. What kind of machine do you have? Can’t wait to see the surprise!
It’s not only serger feet that make needles fall out, ruffler feet do it as well, very annoying!
Fabric looks lush, looking forward to seeing the finished project x
That really is a priceless find! I’ve never heard of a foot with cutter, just the regular “overlocker” stitch. Excellent ! Just think what else you can use it for!!