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November 23rd, 2010 Leave a comment Go to comments

I’ve got the pockets done on my ABdPM jacket; the body assembled; the sleeves attached.  (Yeah, I’m a little behind on posts.)   I’m merrily serging along, finishing the armholes, getting them trimmed neatly and finished.

And then, this:

Well, it wasn’t just this.  First the needle broke.  Have I before broken a needle in my serger?  I don’t think so, but swapping it out for a new one was easy, until I realized what had happened:  That cute bird’s eye above?  It’s supposed to be behind the arm it’s in front of.  Instead, it’s at a crazy angle, and blocking all the nifty little arms and gadgets that make my serger, well, a serger.

I’m hoping that the stem the bird’s eye is on is attached by a screw that has simply slipped, either through age or from the effort of pushing through the humongous number of  fabric layers in my jacket.  My serger isn’t a particularly fancy one, nor was it particularly expensive, but it has been a good friend forever, and more than adequate for my needs.  We work together well, and I don’t want a new one.

Tomorrow morning, ASAP, I’m running it down to the fellow who may be able to fix it.  I’m really, really hoping he can give me the prognosis before the holiday starts; Monday seems a long, long time away.

I’ll be picking up some heavy-duty  needles for my Pfaff.  The jacket is so close to being finished; a little zig-zagging will do, if it has to.  I hope.

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  1. November 26th, 2010 at 09:30 | #1

    Arrrgh! Much sympathy here – that’s exactly what happened to my overlocker a few weeks ago (only it was the upper looper that bent and went where it shouldn’t be). Finally, after being without it for two weeks waiting on Bernina’s replacement part to arrive at the shop, I sit down to thread it and… the *^%^& thing bent again! So now it’s been at the shop for a full fortnight while the shop sends the (clearly faulty designed) upper looper back to Bernina for inspection while they contemplate not charging me again.

    Lesson of this story (well, apart that Bernina are not the quality name they once were) – make friends with your sewing machine repair shop so they give you a loaner overlocker. 🙂

  2. shams
    November 24th, 2010 at 12:02 | #2

    No! no no no.

    OK, take a breath, Shams. Well, do you *need* a serger for a lined jacket?? I don’t usually serged a lined garment. I say, forge ahead without the serger!!! 😉

    Looking forward to your next progress report. 🙂

    • November 24th, 2010 at 18:15 | #3

      Not to worry, Shams, I was up bright and early this morning and working on the jacket, sans serger. The wool is a slightly loose diagonal weave, and the serger was the fastest and most convenient way to finish off the wildly fraying edges. However, it’ll be another day or so before the next report, as today got shifted around so that I could deliver my poor machine to its “doctor”.

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