It took me quite a while to figure out the tension and what stitch goes where, but after a good bit of work I knocked out my very first Serger project. It’s a pattern from Ottobre Spring 2009. If you’ve never looked at Ottobre, give it a try. It’s a Finnish magazine that publishes around 40 patterns per issue, and many of them will work for boys or girls, so it’s a fantastic value. I believe you can purchase them in the U.S. from The Wooly Thread and Sewzanne’s Fabrics. Anyway, this was my first time serging, my first time applying ribbing, and my second time ever to work with knits. I don’t think it turned out half bad.
I believe I’ve decided a serger is completely worth it. I actually feel it’s easier than a conventional sewing machine and much, much faster. If you’re looking for a new one, I’ve heard nothing but good things about the Borther 1034D. Had I not been given my Bernette I would have purchased that Brother for sure. And keep a look out; the price occasionally drops below $200 and the machine is available through Amazon and Walmart as well. If you’re looking for great knits, try the fabrics at Chez Ami. Their knits are high quality and reasonable. Their clearance knits are $3.50/yd (2 yd minimum), and it doesn’t get any better than that!