Sew it ain't so...

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Did you know that you could be an uber successful designer without ever as even touching a sewing machine? Crazy huh!? Well it happens all the time as most things are outsourced either domestically or internationally. From first sample to mass production, you could technically to do it all without ever having to do it yourself. Working in the industry, this was the norm. I would sketch up my designs, hand them over to the pattern maker who would in turn draft a pattern, cut a sample, and send it to a sample maker. 

Other than a couple of sewing classes in college, I never really sewed. And when I did it was on a regular one needle sewing machine. I have never even attempted to sew on a serger ( a machine that sews knits). I've somehow managed to weasel my way around it or have sewn only wovens but being that knits are far more comfortable and superior for children, my time has officially come. 

I decided to take the plunge and purchase a serger & coverstitch machine. This is essential to accomplish part one of my plan; to design and create children's clothing. 

As much as I am terrified to learn how these mini spaceships work, I am excited. I've been told that as long as I a. never break the thread, or b. learn how to successfully thread a serger, I'll be fine. Luckily I have an insider tip from a seamstress who has sewn for over 35 years. {When changing the thread colors, tie a not from the old thread to the new thread and just pull through!} As happy as this makes me, I will still read the manual from front to back to ensure if this trick fails, I'll be prepared.

My hobby room is starting to look like a semi-fuctional sewing room. I am waiting anxiously to get my prints in and have a long list of to-do's that need to get done before they arrive.

Time to get to work!


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