The serger ate my homework
So I finally jinxed myself. I spoke (wrote) out loud about my white hot mojo and now I have a (possibly) broken serger. Yep, jinxed myself.
Today I whipped out another set of leggings. And, in my fevered sewing and planning, I thought could quickly knock out a t-shirt to match them. Oh hubris. Oh how the mighty fall. But first the leggings. Yes, they are KS 3661 again. I love this pattern, did I mention that yet? Oh yes, I did already.
Here’s an action shot that Jack took which shows the nice pattern matching at the inner leg seams. Am I stretching before a run or holding up the tree? Who knows!
This fabric was purchased at Yardage Town a few months back with my friend Susan of Knitter’s Delight. She’s a pleasure with whom to talk shop and to shop. Susan bought some of this fabric and made some leggings as well.
Now onto the serger trauma part of today’s story, the matching t-shirt. I thought I would “perfect” my lace color blocked tee fascination. After the high of the dot lace and turquoise t-shirt of a couple days ago, I thought I could make a black floral lace and green t-shirt, but this time with cut on cap sleeves like the inspiration shirt. I just freehand drafted the cap sleeves.
I used the green t-shirt knit I previously used (and had no trouble with before, I might add) to make Jack’s and Thor’s baseball t-shirts for the base of the shirt and some black stretch lace I bought at Yardage Town a few months back to make a skirt I never ended up making. Yet. But back to the t-shirt. Everything went together great. I got the front and back sewn, then sewed them together. I added the neckband and was ready to serge the side seams. I was in the home stretch. I started to sew the first side seam and that’s when I heard some popping and saw this:
Disaster! A first world problem for sure, but I was pretty bummed nonetheless. I tried everything to get my serger to stop chewing up my fabric. I disengaged the upper knife. I rethreaded. Twice. I lowered the differential feed and changed the presser foot pressure. I was able to reduce the chewing and broken stitches a bit, but not completely. The weird thing is I didn’t have this problem with any other knits AND I didn’t previously with this very same knit in other projects. How weird is that?
Here’s a sample after the changes to the tensions.
Her’s a sample of another knit having no problem before or after.
In a fit of disgust, I cut off the green knit and cut out a new front and back bottom to attach to the lace in a black knit. Unfortunately, my black knit is a little to stable for the look. I need a little more drape in the bottom knit to go with the lace. This one is too substantial and stiff. It doesn’t look… right. For want of a better word.
See for yourself…
My photographer obviously thought that heads are strictly superfluous in photographs. 😉
What do you think? A wadder? I think I’ll sleep on it. But as for my machine, I’m not sure what to do. Was it just that the machine didn’t like this particular knit? Or should I get it serviced? And where to service? I didn’t like the place I took it the last time. Hmmm… More thinking must be done.
In non-sewing news, Little League has started and the little boy who lives with me and his team are already 2 & 0. Very exciting.
I wish you trouble free sewing my friends.