Serger Maintenance

I’ve only had my Brother 1034D serger for about a year.  A serger is used in conjunction or sometimes in place of the sewing machine.  It cuts off the seam allowance and finishes the raw edges of the fabric at the same time.  Some weeks it gets used almost constantly, img_20170119_012316392_hdrothers not so much.  I have religiously followed the manufacture’s directions about opening the front cover and clean all the lint out after every every session.

Thanks to a FB post I found out that it should be cleaned in other places.  I wish I had img_20170119_010106352taken a picture of the mess when I took the side off, because it was so full of lint that it was ready to expload!  I got in there with the machine lint brush, but that wasn’t getting the lint out of all the nooks and crannies so I ended up using Q-Tips.

This is most of the built up lint I removed.  It was also on my table, floor img_20170119_010014316_hdrand me!  After removing all the lint I put a drop of oil on all the moving parts. Since this is not a part of the regular maintenance, it would have lead to a very expensive repair!  All clean now!

I’ll be sure to clean this area out more frequently.  Special thanks for the posting in one of my FB groups for saving me a ton of money!

This is an example that we have become a “throw away society.”  The cost of servicing this machine would be about the same amount as buying a new one.  And it would be so easy for the manufacturer to include instructions on how to preform this maintenance.  What happened to “Reduce, Reuse and Recycle?”  The majority of people would probably get an estimate for the basic servicing and just throw it away and buy a new one!  When I buy a sewing machine, I expect them to last more than a couple of years.  Now knowing this information, I will hopefully have this one for many years to come.

 

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Lacey Back Tee by Snuggle My Baby Patterns

Hi All.  It’s not that I haven’t been sewing, but I’ve been remiss with keeping up with the blog!  I will try to do better!

I had the honor to test this cute little tee for Snuggle My Baby Patterns!

The Lacey Back Tee is another versatile top from Snuggle My Baby Patterns.  Design wise, you can use the back panel to make a feminine lace top or use the same or a contrasting knit to make this top fun and playful!15972775_1453024134709842_3280666993642489839_o  The pattern has three sleeve lengths so you can play with matching lace sleeves for ultra feminine top or again contrasting or the same knit for playful and fun.  Short,  long, or 3/4 length sleeves make it year ’round.  The hem is also a design feature with a straight hem in the front and a longer scooped hem in the back.  It comes in sizes 2T-16 and has a layered feature so you can print only the size you need!

The pattern comes with a full tutorial and color photos in an easy to print PDF. Tutorial includes body measurements chart, fabric layout chart, and required fabric chart. Since it is a knit pattern, the expertise level is for advances beginners up.

 

15936852_1453024031376519_7759357537114069262_oCailey chose to have this top made from a little ribbed light blue ballerina t-shirt knit and wanted lavender stretch lace for the back.  It was chilly outside, so our little model got cold quickly, but she did wear it to school with a cami underneath the next day.  She wants a pink butterfly short sleeved one next with hot pink lace for the back and sleeves.  She adores her new top!  And our group of testers LOVED this top so much that we encouraged Jennifer Gunn to put a matching Ladies sized on her pattern to do list so look for one later in the year!

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Order this pattern for an introductory price thru January 20, 2017 at Snuggle My Baby Patterns!

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