This cowl neck shirt is the first project with my new serger.
Yup, that’s right, I said new serger (happy dance!).
When I first started this blog, I posted about my old serger here. I got her at a garage sale for $20.
I discovered the manual for her online, and ordered a new blade, and she was humming along. Then I accidentally broke the lower looper by sewing with the upper blade half engaged – I forgot to re-engage it after I fiddled with the lower blade.
Soooo, I ordered a new looper, and I replaced the broken one, and I’ve had nothing but problems ever since. It constantly unthreads itself and tangles thread, and generally causes me to curse.
So Hubby said I could get a new one. This is the one I got:
It’s a Brother 1043D. I got it on Amazon because 1) it’s inexpensive 2) it gets great reviews 3) I’ve had great success with Brother machines. When I taught sewing for costuming, I bought a lot of these Brother LS2125 machines. They withstood years of abuse from high school students, and that is why I’ve come to love Brother machines. I mean, where else can you get a machine for under $100 that can hold up to years of beginner sewers? I also own a Brother PE770 Embroidery machine, which I showed in this post.
So far, the serger is impressing me as much as the other machines. Now granted, they’re not all metal like my vintage Singer, but they do the job. The serger successfully sewed through the gathered layers of the cowl at the shoulder seams without hesitation.
I actually used a pattern for the shirt. It’s McCall’s 4716, which is out of print
But it’s a nice, easy pattern, which came together in a couple of hours. And now I have a new shirt for tomorrow!
Congrats! I´d tuck wish for a new serger into my socks. Hope my Santa alias hubby see it 😀
It looks gorgeous! Congratulations on your new toy 🙂
Love the top and it looks great on you!
Amanda @ Ninth Street Notions
Super cute! I really need to use my serger more. This turned out great.
This is AWESOME! Cowl necks are beautiful and so flattering! Congratulations on your new serger! Can’t wait to see what you make next!
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This is lovely! I’m always scared to sew with knits but your shirt turned out great!
What a stunning color on you! You did a wonderful job! I’d be thrilled if you dropped by to share your creativity at the Head to Head Showdown, going on right now at http://www.icantstopcrafting.blogspot.com ~Jen
What a perfect shirt- the drape, the color, the proportion. congrats on the new serger!!!!
Shelly @A Creative Space
Your new T looks great! You’ve got skills!
Beautiful color! I’m asking for a sewing machine for Christmas so I can finally learn to sew.
(You should submit this to the Make and Takes spotlight page–http://www.makeandtakes.com/spotlight)
SO darling!! Hope you can link this up at my turquoise lovin’ party going on right now!! (and red during the holidays!) http://www.sweetlittlegals.com/
I saw this in a few link parties before I clicked through, but it always caught my eye. Beautiful color!
ooh I’m definitely picking up this pattern at the next sale that’s darling. did the patter fit pretty true to size? it seems like I always have to take shirts in a ton
also I’d love you to add it to what we wore and made party over at http://raegunwear.blogspot.com
This looks great! So much better than the package for the pattern, actually. I want one!
The top is fabulous! I love the color and it looks great on you.
Great shirt! That color is beautiful on you.
Funny enough, looking at that pattern I can’t imagine how any of those tops would look good, yet in actual finished form that top looks great, I love the colour as well!
I bought a very similar pattern recently. After seeing the finished product, I don’t think it’ll be long before I make my own. It looks great on you.