Quick preamble, a serger essentially “finishes” seams. It’s the #1 way of preventing fraying and is especially useful on garments which will be washed and worn a lot. I don’t have one because…well they’re expensive and I didn’t save up for one before the debt.
I have my own little sewing machine hack which approximates serging the seams, but I really would like to be able to use one.
Shanti of Antishay wrote a great post on Friday about not breaking the bank on your hobbies and also mentioned the serger dilemma. In her case, she found a local sewing store which lets her use their sergers while they’re open. Wow.
I liked her approach. After all, I’m not sewing enough clothes that I even need to have a serger. It would just be good to have access. I’m also the type who’d be a bit nervous of sewing in public, but I stored away the idea.
This morning in the shower (how many good ideas come there?) I suddenly remembered that my church, while progressive, has a bunch of older ladies who grew up as either old order Mennonites or even Amish. What are the odds that some of them sew? And that they’d have sergers? And possibly be willing to lend one for a week?
I’ve only been there a few months, but I’ve gotten to know a few of the younger women a bit. Perhaps one of them could make an introduction.
I’m also going to find a way to follow the local craigslist for sergers. I believe there’s a way to set that up through Yahoo Pipes, I just have to straighten it out.
So thanks, Shanti and yay for thinking outside the “I can’t afford it” box!