I just took my Juki in for her first service, she was running fine, but when I bought her the salesperson recommended I get her serviced after a year, well low and behold it has already been a year since I bought her. I figured it would be a good idea to reflect on my last year with Juki. I can already say offhand that I sewed so much more frequently than I did before purchasing Juki. I figured I spent so much money on my new machine that I had better get to using it, Juki is also a lot easier to use/less stress inducing than my old Brother, and I also began taking sewing classes this year, which I think helped.
So, this year Juki and I sewed:
4 pillow covers;
2 children’s skirts;
1 not so successful bikini;
4 pairs of leggings (still haven’t found a perfect pattern);
3 pairs of lounge pants;
7 knit tops;
14 dresses; and
a whole bunch of baby bibs, burp cloths and blankets.
I feel like I have learned a lot in the last year, going to class certainly helped with that, but I still have so far to go. Right now I am really struggling with garment fit. It’s really hard to want to complete a project when you just know it isn’t going to fit correctly. So this next year I think my focus is going to be on learning to alter patterns to fit better.
My main goal in sewing is to make clothes for myself and I pretty much live in dresses and leggings. During winter I like to wear leggings with long tops that cover my butt, however, finding long tops the last few seasons has been impossible. So I figured I should be able to make myself some in exactly the length I want. When I began looking up tutorials for making t-shirts/knit tunics, everyone was making them on a serger, which I don’t have. I know that everyone says you don’t need a serger and that you can do everything on your regular sewing machine, but everyone seemed to be gushing about how awesome it was to sew knits on a serger. Since I was interested in sewing knits I started looking up sergers. During my research I noticed a few things 1) sergers are expensive, 2) sergers are confusing, and 3) sergers are scary looking. Since I have never even touched a serger before, I didn’t want to spend a lot of money on a serger in case it wasn’t something I liked or found that I wanted to use. I know in my post about sewing machine shopping I said what a mistake it was to buy a cheap sewing machine, because it is just not worth the aggravation, so maybe I will be making the same mistake twice, I guess time will tell. So I began looking at the lower end sergers. I looked at the Brother 1034dwhich had good on-line reviews and the price was low ($190). Then since I just bought a Juki sewing machine I began looking at Juki sergers. The Jukis started pretty reasonable at about $250 for the MO-50e, then went up to about $289 for the MO-51e, then the prices started to jump to about $300 for the 644D and $400 for the 654DE. People on SewingPatternReview.com were recommending getting the 654DE, but since I just bought a new sewing machine that wasn’t really in my budget. So I was debating between the Brother (because it was slightly cheaper) and the MO-50E (because I really love my Juki sewing machine). I ended up finding the MO-50E for slightly less and with a coupon it turned out to be the same price as the Brother so I ordered it.
I anxiously awaited its arrival and quickly unboxed it after getting it home. Once I had it out of the box, however, I really had no idea what I was doing. I attempted to thread it and play with it, but the tension was clearly not correct. I had signed up for an introduction to serger class at Sew LA for the next weekend so I figured I would just leave it alone until after class. Fingers crossed I didn’t make a mistake by buying a cheapy serger.
Since purchasing my new Juki F-600 I have been really making an effort to make time to sew, which can be difficult when you have a full time job, try to make an effort to exercise regularly, have a house that needs to be cleaned, and have a boyfriend who doesn’t like to leave you alone when you try to craft. But since getting my Juki I have managed a few small projects that I could work on during the week. I am also attempting to make use of some of my smaller amounts of fabric (when I first decided I wanted to sew I started purchasing cute fabric in 1/4 to 1 yard increments with no idea of what I wanted to make with it).
I made a cute retro apron using Butterick B5579;
envelope pillow covers out of a canvas with cats on it that look like my russian blue Wyatt;
a fabric bin out of blue crab fabric;
a bow pouch out of Kokka cat fabric (this project wasn’t quite successful as the bow is puckering the sides of the pouch, but I think I will give it another try);
a zippered bow clutch;
and I sewed two tshirts together to make a ruffled beach cover-up (my Juki handled the knit like a dream, I however, was too eager to sew quickly and it didn’t turn out as neat as it could).
But overall I am pretty happy with the amount of sewing I have gotten done so far. Also, I have to say that I love my Juki!
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