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Serged Scarf, Take Three

Serged scarf, take three. Here is the back side of the scarf, pieced together on the serger. Notice that I got both decorative seams on the same side. Ta-da!

Serged Scarf, back side

Serged scarf, back side

Once I added the dark end pieces to the front, the green fabric that I wanted to use for the back was too short. (It’s always something.) I added the dark ends to the back to make it long enough. I figured I’d never be able to get the dark ends to match seam-wise, front and back, so I purposely made them bigger on the back side. See, it’s designed that way. Next up: the whole serged scarf.

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Serged Scarf, Take Two

Serged scarf, take two. I cut three new Batik fabric strips to replace the ones I mangled the first time around. I paid attention to the light strip, because there is a right side and a wrong side. I serged wrong sides together, just as the directions say, so that the decorative thread shows up on the top — on all the seams.

Here, then, is the one side of the scarf, serged correctly.

Serged Scarf Top

Serged Scarf Top, Take Two

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Serged Scarf, Take One

See this mess? It was supposed to be a serged scarf. I saw it demonstrated at Sew Much More’s Serger Club on Thursday. Easy, right?

Not when I’m doing it.

First off, I choose Batiks. I love Batiks. One of the reason I love Batiks is that I can’t tell which side is the right side or the wrong side. That makes it so easy to sew some items. Turns out I still need to pay attention when I am serging and using decorative thread on one side only.

Scarf Strips

Serged, mangled scarf strips

The first seam I serged was the light strip to the brown strip. Only then do I notice that for the first time in my life, I can tell a difference between the right side and the wrong side of the light strip. And the side of that one that is facing up is the wrong side. Rats! I decide to leave it because it is the first time I’ve tried to make this scarf and I allow myself mistakes. And, as they say in the sewing world, no one will notice on a galloping horse.

For the second seam, I forget again to serge wrong sides together. The result is that the decorative thread is on top for the first seam and it’s on the bottom for the second seam. Well, galloping horse or otherwise, that seam has to come out. Only I haven’t quite got the knack of taking out a serger seam. I’ve been told it’s easy if you just …. (I don’t know what goes here).

I get out my seam ripper, Mrs Wiggins (yes, I named my seam ripper because we spend so much quality time together) and take out the seam, badly. When I pull the two strips of fabric apart, it shreds the seam side of the brown fabric, as you can see.

Back to the cutting board. I cut three more strips of fabric, to replace the ones I’ve mangled. Next post: Serger Scarf, Take Two.

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One New Law

From the Plinky prompt of Thursday 27 January 2011: If you could enact one new law, what would it be?

My law would be that legislators (state and federal) cannot exclude themselves from a law that they enact for their constituants. Any law that is good enough for the people they represent is good enough for them. No more double standard, where the standard for the legislators is the better one.

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