When I turned 30 last year I didn’t have any particular wish for what I wanted, so instead I got money. At first I thought about getting an ice cream maker, but the husband bought one for me for Christmas. So I still have all that money, which I wish to go to something for me as opposed to just getting lost in daily expenses. Well, I did buy myself 2 bracelets in December which I account as a birthday gift for myself, but I am keeping track of the money to make sure it goes to me and to something special.
But today I got an idea. Perhaps I should buy myself a serger. I like my sewing machine and it runs great, so I have always thought that I don’t need a serger, but of course I’ve read endless blog posts about people seeing the light when they bought a serger. Perhaps I too will see the light.
I figured I will get a used one. I don’t know anything about sergers and the money pit is endless. I think I can find a decent serger for what I have. Even though I will buy it used I will still go through a retailer to make sure it’s been properly served and to get proper guarantee and assistance. Buying it used will limit my options, especially if only the retailers’ ones are available and not Ebay, and I will need to be on the lookout.
So, since this idea is only a few hours old (although very strangely late considering my birthday was three months ago) and the fact that I know nothing of sergers, a thousand questions are running through my mind. Can I get any “known” brand (Husqvarna, Janome, Brother, Pfaff)? Will my traditional sewing machine become redundant? Can I learn to use a serger, it seems so complicated (I’m lazy and when I sew I just want to get going and know what I’m doing)? Will getting a serger help my sewing experience, perhaps daring me to expand my horizons? Will an old brand one (which seems to be in my budget range) be as good as a new un-brand one, or perhaps even better?
Anyone out there who are willing to share the serger experiences? It seems like a perfect gift for myself, but at the same time I want to make sure I’ll use it to its full advantages and not just let it collect dust (or will that be the fate of my regular machine). So, please share any serger experience to help me!
(While I’m shopping I will probably also buy a rotary cutter and mat, but that doesn’t seem like an extravagant splurge).