When Brother heard about this gift guide, they offered several machines from which I could choose one to review. I considered each one carefully but decided on the new, 'Project Runway' Limited Edition 5234 PRW Serger. Since I already own an older Brother Sewing Machine, this makes the perfect addition and will help me get things done a bit faster.
I couldn't wait to open the box when it arrived. I read the description of the serger to my mom over the phone and she told me how nice it sounded comparing it to the serger she's had for about 20 years now. I was impressed that it came with not only an instruction manual but also an instructional DVD to help users get started.
Here's a look at the serger and it's accessories after taken out of the box.
- Included extra large extension table
- Easy one-touch needle threading for two needles
- Two needles and 2-3-4 thread
- Available at Authorized Innov-ís Dealers Only
- Two stitch fingers
- Bright work area
- Color-coded guides for easy threading
- Presser foot pressure adjustment dial
- Free-arm serging
- Differential feed
Please visit the website for more specs and other information.
With the 'Project Runway' Limeted Edition 5234 PRW Serger, I learned that I can thread the machine with 2, 3, or 4 threads and I can also adjust the width and length of the stitch. This is helpful when using different kinds of fabrics and when trying to accomplish something specific with the serger. Basically, I can customize the machine to meet my needs as I create different things. I love the serger's flexibility.
For my very first project, I wanted to create something that was easy and giftable so I decided to try my hand at making a camera strap cover. I didn't have a pattern to use but I knew the basic look that I was going for. And for this being my first go at it, I'm pretty happy with the outcome.
First, I selected my fabric by choosing 2 separate but complimentary quarter flats (or fat quarters as some places call them) at my local fabric store. From the 2 cuts of fabric, I cut one strip that was 26" x 3" by cutting the fabric on the bias or from one corner to the other.
(This is all I needed to cover my camera strap but make sure that you measure the length of your strap to ensure it's completely covered.)
I wanted to add padding to my cover so I chose to cut some batting the same size as the 2 strips I just cut. This sticks to the fabric pretty well but you can also use fusible fleece if you want to make sure that it doesn't move when you sew it. (Remember, the serger and straight pins do not get along very well so if you use them at all, remove them before they reach the machine.)
I also wanted to add a pocket to the back of my cover that would hold my lens cap in place. For that, I cut a rectangle that was 3" x 2 1/2".
I serged all the way around the rectangle that was cut for the pocket.
I then lay the rectangle "pocket" at the bottom of the strap cover on one side. I wanted the back of my strap cover to be the gray fabric I purchased so that is the fabric I placed the pocket with. I serged the very ends of the 2 strips *separately* so I could prepare them to be serged together. (This attached the bottom of the pocket to the bottom of the back leaving only the sides needing to be attached.)
Then, facing right sides together, I serged the 2 sides of the strap cover together. First one side, then the other.
I turned the strap cover inside out and here is the finished product.
The serged ends can be left alone or can be hemmed using a sewing machine. I tied off the stitches and used liquid stitching to make sure they don't come loose.