I went to Nancy's Notions Sewing Weekend a couple of weeks ago. It's been held the same weekend as my birthday for several years now. I feel that this fact allows me to buy myself something nice that weekend, something beyond the usual fabric, patterns and notions.
This year I took some classes from Gail Yellen of Gail Patrice Designs. One was called Cosmetic Sergery. It sounded interesting, and since I have a serger that I like, I thought I'd see what she had to say.
I was impressed with everything she knows about how stitches form and other technical stuff. I mainly use my machine to sew seams and finish raw edges so I was prepared to be wowed and I was very pleased.
After seeing the ruffles she made with a few simple adjustments, I was SO ready to go home and do that! Miss A loves ruffles... and she likes skirts with ruffles most of all. After watching Gail do a ruffle in mere seconds, I knew what I was buying! New feet!
Now seriously, when I told people that, they laughed...
I picked up the clear foot, just because I could and at 33% off, why not?
I also got the cording foot. Gail made this really cool button cording using this foot and skinny elastic with decorative thread. I'm in!
I got an elastic foot too, as long as they were on sale. Gail showed how to add elastic to a waistband with the serger, then you just turn it under and topstitch. True no-roll elastic!
And of course the ruffling foot. I'm trying to type 'ruffler' but BlogSpot wants to spell check me.
So maybe if I get some time to sew, the grands will have some fancy summer skirts and dresses soon! And when your birthday comes around, feel free to give yourself a gift you'll enjoy, whether people understand it or not!
Happy birthday to me.