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blouse 002 It's Saturday afternoon, after a tough week I have the house to myself. DD has a birthday party, DS has a hockey-sleepover party and DH is away running for a last training before Wednesday when he wants to do a 15 km run. This morning my two Jalie patterns arrived in the mail. I could do with an instant gratification project, and traced a Jalie tee, cut it and wanted to sew it with my serger. No way... my serger is on the point of breaking down I think. 16 years old, already a repair job last year. I did everything I can do: cleaning, oil, other thread (started with Seralon, a high quality serger thread) and other, new, needles. Re-threading numerous times. Nothing helped. My tee could easily have been finished by now, and all I have after over an hour of trying are these accumulated scraps.

Time to make dinner for the two of us. After that I'll try again.

Thank you all for your comments on my last post: I agree about the points made about finding out that the pattern you want turns out to be a RTW item and that the line drawings are important for the details in the back too. The last point was in my post originally, must accidentally have deleted that while editing.


  1. I hate it when something like that throws you off course! Especially when you need to sew to relax or un-wind this is not what you need. I hope a little time alone will make it behave the way it should.

  2. That is so frustrating, I hope the serger behaves and you can get to sewing.

  3. I hate machine problems! What should be a lovely, easy project becomes an exercise in frustration. Hopefully you can get it to behave and not have to buy a new one.

  4. Frustrating! But at least you use your serger, unlike me, who leaves her poor serger to gather dust!

  5. i'm with you there, sigrid. nothing like having some time to yourself to sew...and then pow! your machine has other ideas! when that happens to me i become so frustrated i may not sew for another couple of days.

  6. My serger did the exact same thing on my last project. Fortunately it was a woven so I resorted to old school methods, but now I need to use it again and I am almost too scared to try because I know it will frustrate me when I just want to sew!

  7. I've been having trouble with my coverstitch... It's so frustrating when our tools are not up to the task they were made for...


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