Welcome SewMamaSew! Thanks for doing another amazing giveaway.
In my previous post, you'll see that I have just made a dress form made out of duct tape a.k.a. the duct tape double. (I know you’ve got a lot of entries to read, but check it out here.)
I’m so pleased that I can tailor clothing to fit my unique figure. As a busy Toddler teacher, comfortable, easy, good-looking, professional clothing is important. Knitwear could certainly achieve all of this, but I know that it can be challenging to sew knits without a serger. I haven’t actually used one since working in the costume shop in college. In fact, that was where I first heard of this miracle machine and discovered the ability to quickly sew strong seams, tackle knitwear, and cut edges while sewing (thrilling!) But my affair ended with graduation. Even with the tens of dollars that I make as an ealy educator, I’ve never been able to buy a serger. But after making my duct tape double, I got to thinking: If I could save money and create the perfect dress form out of duct tape, maybe I could do the same thing with an overlock machine. So, I took out what was left on my roll of duct tape to make <drum roll> my own DUCT TAPE SERGER!
Knowing that sewing knits would be a breeze, I thought I would start with a simple repair job of my husband’s favorite t-shirt.
It did close the hole, but hubby is complaining of the stickiness. So picky!
So, I thought I’d make something for myself. After all, that’s why I made this serger. I’ve been seeing lots of lovely, embellished t-shirts lately, and it would be great if I could shorten a t-shirt to better fit my 4’ 10” self. So, I thought I’d use the awesome decorative stitch feature of my Duct Tape Serger to fancy up my shirt.
Just a little dial adjustment...
It IS awesome, no? NO?!!
I was probably trying to be too awesome with my Duct Tape Serger. So, I picked the simple task of refinishing the edges of our cloth napkins that are starting to fray.
Just a run through my Duct Tape Serger
I was so excited for Nora to get the napkins before dinner to see what she thought.
Well, she’s a bit of a tough critic. She’d rather I make her some clothing anyway. Here’s what I did in an attempt to make a hem on her dress last Winter.
Before the Duct Tape Serger:
(Clearly, I have no idea how to use hem tape, and it took forever!)
After the Duct Tape Serger:
I think that I remember hems like this in my high school costume shop!
I used my Duct Tape Dress Form to clean up the seams on a cute Built by Wendy top. I used a vintage bed sheet for the fabric.
The seams look a little lame, and making French seams takes so long. It took only seconds to finish the seams with my Duct Tape Serger!
Hmm... it’s not as “awesome” as I thought it would be.
It looks like there are some jobs that Duct Tape simply CANNOT do. <gasp!>
So, SewMamaSew team, it looks like I really could use the amazing Husqvarna s21 after all.
Please don’t make me stick with the serger that I have!