I have literally been reading this discussion for HOURS! I'm on page 15, but just had to skip forward. Getting my serger tomorrow (gotta love Amazon Prime overnight shipping 3.99 woo!) Unfortunately, as the Juki walks in the door, I will be walking out to my 'other job'. :(
Went to the St. Vinnies today and spent about $60.00 for 20 nice sweaters - only one 100% acrylic (I'm a purple person, too... couldn't resist it!) and a couple wool (now the size of tiny cat sweaters after washing) and some wool blend, mohair blend, cashmere blend and also some nice, tight weave cotton that will make great bodices. I want to make some funky hat/scarve... (scoodies?) for the grandkids and friends and family, but am chomping at the bit to make my own coat. As I checked out, I notice the little sign that said 'blue tag .50' - wish I'd have noticed that when I walked in. Did get a couple of blue tags, but I can go back. Living in Wisconsin, we have lots of natural fiber and natural blend sweaters! Also, when sold on eBay about 12 years ago (mostly jeans) I used to go to a place down in Madison the "Dig and Save" which is the St. Vincent de Paul 'outlet' and they actually have all the clothes poured into washing machine boxes and you really have to DIG but at that time clothes were $1 a pound and on Tuesdays.... .50 a pound! Not sure what their pricing is now, but talk about a wool wonderland! Will be making the hour trip this weekend I think!
When I get down there also going to hit up JoAnn's or wherever I can get some nice serger thread. But I'm so excited to at least make a hat that I'm just going to use my poly embroidery thread Wednesday when I get a couple of hours to play with the new serger. I have a beautiful new Singer Futura Quartet that I purchased for the embroidery unit to add another dimension to my screen printing business (wonderfullywitchy on etsy) and it does have a serger, but I thought I better go ahead and just buy the suggested serger for doing sweaters. I know it was kind of a costly investment, but I've justified it (in my head...) since I rarely upgrade equipment; have had my screen printing equipment for about 7 years and still going strong with it. The only things I ever buy are the essentials; inks, screens, film so... don't tell my husband that the thing from Amazon walking in the door tomorrow costs more than a jug of ink... but hey, I've earned it! :D So now, not only can I print and embroider things, I can SEW and embroider things. Yayyy! See, honey? I'll make that money back!
So, thank you, thank you, thank you Kat et al, for this wonderful forum. Feel like I've met a whole bunch of soul mates and everyone so kind to each other and helpful. Must be a little hippie in all of us.
By the way - I am totally new to sewing! When I got the new Singer, I sewed a sock closed and then mended a pair of jammy pants with the rear end blown out. Seemed to go well... This should be a baptism by woolly fire, but hey, it's how I've learned everything else all my life. Jump in and do it. (but wish me luck anyway!)
Wheehoo! Yummy sweaters!