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From: czmicdancr
Date: 06-19-2007, 06:27 PM (1 of 7)
Hi, I'm Deann and I live in TN. I've been sewing for a while, using a Serger. But when it comes to a regular machine, I'm clueless!!! I have someone coming over tomorrow to try to help me understand it all, so wish me luck!!!

I have five children, one ds(19), four dds (16, 8, 6, 2) and one granddaughter (2). I've recently started making custom outfits for them to wear to Disney World, well the younger ones, that is!! I've made several pillowcase dresses/tops and now I'm getting ready to start some twirl skirts, I'll let you know how it ends up!!
User: czmicdancr
Member since: 06-19-2007
Total posts: 17
From: lendube
Date: 06-19-2007, 06:56 PM (2 of 7)
Wow, you did it backwards. It's usually the serger that someone with sewing experience has to practice on and learn to operate. I'm guessing a regular machine will be a breeze if you've mastered the serger. I'm new to serging but I really like it.

Good luck and welcome!

User: lendube
Member since: 08-06-2006
Total posts: 1548
From: czmicdancr
Date: 06-19-2007, 08:06 PM (3 of 7)
Really? Well, I've dabbled in sewing all my life but took a quilting class with my grandmother a few years ago and that's when I learned to use the serger (after I made a baby quilt entirely by hand :bluesad:) Now it's all I use. If it can't be serged, then it has to be done by hand. But, I'm hoping that after tomorrow, I'll be able to stitch stuff down and make hems instead of sewing by hand or using Heat 'n' Bond!
User: czmicdancr
Member since: 06-19-2007
Total posts: 17
From: esrun3
Date: 06-19-2007, 10:04 PM (4 of 7)
Welcome sound like you are very busy. Hope you will share some of your items with us-we all love to look at pictures!
User: esrun3
Member since: 12-02-2004
Total posts: 2345
From: DorothyL
Date: 06-20-2007, 07:05 AM (5 of 7)
I would think that if you can use a serger you can use a sewing machine.
User: DorothyL
Member since: 12-09-2002
Total posts: 3883
From: czmicdancr
Date: 06-20-2007, 11:55 PM (6 of 7)
Well, I spent about three hours today learning all about my machine! And I've decided that someone in this house is getting a twirly skirt tomorrow!!!

I'll post pics when I get some stuff done! Wish me luck!
User: czmicdancr
Member since: 06-19-2007
Total posts: 17
From: MartySews2
Date: 06-25-2007, 08:10 PM (7 of 7)
Hi Deann, welcome to the group. There are American Sewing Guild chapters in TN that can offer classes, support, and sewing buddies. Sounds as if you have a great start in sewing. I love my serger and sewing machine especially the embroidery components. Have fun sewing for your family and don't forget to make something just for yourself.
User: MartySews2
Member since: 05-03-2007
Total posts: 293
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