Why my serger and I no longer speak

I can use a serger. Honest. I took a full semester class at the local junior college learning how to use that darn thing. I can thread it, turn beautiful corners with it and make cool-looking home dec fringe on it.

And still we can’t work out our differences.

The last time I tried to use it, I would thread it, it would sew beautifully for 4 inches, then it would make horrifying kachunk noises and jam up. Over and over again. I am convinced it is not my fault. I have 3 semester units that say so. I think the timing is off. I’ve had the serger for 17 years, and it has never been serviced. But then, it’s barely been used.

Regardless, I got so frustrated during this incident that I had a crazy thought: What if I tossed it out the window and never used it again? Well, the broken-window-for-no-good-reason part sounded crazy, but the never-use-the-serger-again part? That sounded, well, absolutely liberating!

The Fancy Damn Sewing Machine has a straight stitch for knits. It also has a nice overcast stitch. It doesn’t trim for me, but is that so much to give up to eliminate a considerable amount of frustration from my life?

Right now, I am a one-machine seamstress. And monogamy feels really good.

So, my serger and I have ended our relationship. Said serger remains in its trolley case in the back of the closet, in case I ever decide it has learned its lesson and deserves a second chance.

Meanwhile, we are no longer on speaking terms. And I don’t miss the cussing at all.


8 thoughts on “Why my serger and I no longer speak

  1. Karen Moore September 27, 2011 at 8:02 pm Reply

    It might be time to have it serviced. Just moving is arround can mess it up.


    • Jeanne Marie September 27, 2011 at 11:04 pm Reply

      I think you’re right, Karen, but I’m loving just working on my one machine. No hassles and so easy to thread!

      Sent from my iPhone


  2. Corinne September 28, 2011 at 5:29 am Reply

    so sorry about the break up! Nothing worse than a finicky machine. I am a stickler for regular cleaning and service. Hope you work it out because the serger can be a girls great friend!


  3. Jeanne Marie September 28, 2011 at 6:28 pm Reply

    Thanks, Corinne. I am so over this serger at the moment, but I haven’t gotten rid of it either. 😉


  4. Sue Merrell September 29, 2011 at 8:36 am Reply

    Maybe you should sell it on Craig’s List or Ebay — truly liberating yourself. Then go and by a newer model!


    • Jeanne Marie September 29, 2011 at 6:28 pm Reply

      Sue, you are a bad influence! Maybe I should save for one of those bad boys that self thread and sew a cover stitch!


  5. VeraVenus September 30, 2011 at 1:12 am Reply

    I’m there with you on being a one-machine seamstress…

    I bought a Baby-Lock a few years back- used it maybe five times and between the blade not cutting anything but cotton fabrics and never having enough matching spools of thread, back in the box it went!

    The straight-stitch and two stretch stitches on my 65yr old Bernina are quite enough to do everything I want.


    • Jeanne Marie September 30, 2011 at 9:21 pm Reply

      Yes! Thanks for backing me up, VeraVenus. Gorgeous clothes were made 65 years ago. If your Bernina was good enough then, it’s good enough now. I love that the process of sewing has changed very little since the very beginning.


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