On Saturday I went to the local Babylock dealer, Eddie’s Quilting Bee, for a class on how to best use my new machine. It was a fun change of pace to get up early and get to the store, a wee bit dressed up in one of my me-made dresses. 😉
It was a pretty basic class, as I’d already been using the serger, and had one before this one for 8 years, but I learned a couple of key things that would have taken a long time to get around to learning on my own. I am SO chagrined to say that one of my major complaints of late about the old machine would have been solved just by using one of those handy plastic over the thread cones! Sigh. When using slippery thread, it’s key to keep the strand from dipping down and catching on the bottom of the cone on the way back up. Seriously, I felt so silly for not thinking of/remembering that.
We sewed a bunch of samples and I had a ball taking notes right on my fabric squares! I found my favorite settings for a nice rolled hem, and now I’m itching to make napkins for everyone! I got to discuss how to best use my new coverhem binder, though we didn’t go over that in class, and I think I’m in for a LOT of practicing before I use it to finish my XYT top. (I’m thinking this first go I will just do elastic as Melissa suggests.)
Most fun of all, probably, was teaching the teacher something! I showed her Debbie Cook’s great technique for finishing a coverhem in the round. So all this blog-reading does do a person good after all, it seems, aside from making me want to buy more fabric and patterns!
All in all, it wasn’t the complex techniques class I look forward to (they have those every couple of months), but it was fun to spend the day sewing with other ladies, talking about sewing, and being out for an activity for which I am usually at home. The store offers “serger club” classes, the next couple of which are somewhat elementary for me, but I may just go and have fun anyhow! This month’s is a pyjama project, and I owe my dear husband a new pair of PJ pants, so maybe I’ll go and sew those up while the others do the assigned ladies’ pattern. 😉