Friday, July 2, 2010

Gnome Pillowcase

My Sister-in-law is coming to stay for the weekend and I know she likes this gnome fabric. She chose it when we did a sewing weekend over my and her Mother's birthday. She sewed one of her first projects ever, making an Amy Butler purse with it. Super cute. We had to interface it for that project though.  I thought it would be fun to add a little jazz to her guest room and to have something to take home with her.

It's made similar in size to a pillowcase I measured from the linen closet and based on the pattern from "Weekend Sewing" by Heather Ross.


I made it using a Bernette Serger (or overlock?) that my Mother-in-law gave/lent us. I don't actually know the difference between a Serger and an overlock.... =O I believe the machine is from the 80's and it's built like a tank. I was really afraid of it for a long time since I've never really used a Serger. A year ago my local Bernina dealer was nice enough to let me take their Serger class where they showed me how to thread it but I forgot. After flashlights, manuals, and frustration, I managed to get the thing threaded and now I'm really liking it. I serge all my fabric before I prewash it and I no longer have messy frayed edges. I love this thing!!

Bernette 234 Serger

Ok, I love everything except how fast it goes because I'm afraid I'll lose a finger. The pedal is really easy to push down so it's hard to go slow. So far no injuries!

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