Distinctive Serger Gifts and Crafts
Baker and Young
I have always been a bit fascinated by a serger or overlock machine. For those not in the cult of fabric, a serger finishes seams but also cuts the fabric. They look kind of cool with all the spools of thread and they usually have a neat finish to the seams. As a sewing hack, I have always wanted one. Serger-related materials are definitely worth collecting. I probably would have bought this (back in the day) based on the title alone.
However, I am a little disappointed in the crafts. There really isn’t anything that can be reproduced with a sewing machine just as well. Also, they aren’t even that clever as crafts and maybe stray toward the “unnecessarily crafted.” (This is what I call a craft that exists for a particular function where it is not needed. Examples: milk carton lamp, ad lib scrap plaques, dolls made of apples. ) The most interesting ones are featured below. I only included the sport towel craft because it looked like a guy was wearing a really disturbing halter top.
I am not a big fan of the illustrations either. Again, see guy wearing halter top. Since this book assumes some skill with a serger, the instructions are probably okay. I think it was a mediocre purchase at best in the 1980s. In 2020, weed it with gusto.