there have been some good news within our family lately, both of them about new additions to the family.
before you get too excited, this baby t-shirt is NOT for my own baby (and no, i’m not having one, yet). but this is one of the new additions i was talking about, as my husband and i just became a new uncle & aunt from my husband’s side of the family. 🙂
just a few days ago, my husband’s sister gave birth to a healthy & super cute baby boy and we are so delighted! welcome to the world, little A!
as this is my husband’s first time of having a direct nephew (i’ve had my share of being a direct aunt to my sister’s daughter), he just can’t stop thinking about little A. actually, neither can i! so i decided to make a little something for him.
and this was where the second new addition to our family entered the picture.
i had been dreaming of having an overlocker ever since i learned how to sew, but they’re just so expensive that in the end i never bought it. expensive = over 700€ for the new ones, and the used ones are usually around 300€. i mean, i think i’d prefer using that kind of money for some other things, unless i am seriously pursuing a career as a seamstress (maybe one day!).
but then i saw this one from Verkkokauppa.com for about 130€. the brand is unheard of (i believe it’s Verkkokauppa’s own), and it took me a while to decide whether or not i should buy it, because who knows what the quality is like?
after reminding myself that i’m only a beginner (with no previous knowledge/experience of using an overlocker, EVER) and that i would probably never want to pay 700€ for a machine which i don’t know how to use yet, i finally decided to take the chance. at least if it turned out to be a bad quality machine, i didn’t spend that much on it.
when the machine first arrived, i was quite intimidated by it! 4 rolls of threads, heavy machine… so different than my sewing machine! this looked so complicated! the manual book was in Suomi, so i had to read and re-read it many times to make sure i got everything understood perfectly & correctly. today, i gave it a try to actually sew something.
and let me tell you: IT WAS A GREAT BUY!!! i’m so happy i decided to get this machine, i LOVE it!!
this is my first time ever of sewing a baby garment. all this time, when sewing a knit/jersey fabric, i got by with using my only sewing machine because adults don’t need as much stretch in their clothes as little kids/babies. but since this tiny baby needs to be able to move freely & feel comfy, the overlocker is necessary to make the seams more stretchy.
so this shirt is done 80% using the overlocker, and 20% using the normal sewing machine. the pattern i used is pattern no. 129 from Burda Style magazine 11/2014.
it was also my first time of trying the twin needle on my normal sewing machine. (yep, all this time i had never dared to try it!!) i used it for the bottom of the sleeves and the hemline. since my sewing machine is basically still dying (as it turns out… snick!), sometimes it missed a lower stitch and jumped to the next one. it helped when i made the stitch length a bit smaller, hopefully little A’s parents won’t mind them!
this was all done today, and i haven’t even told the proud parents yet. i do hope they will like it, and that little A will also like wearing it. but whatever they say, i’m a bit proud of myself. it’s a nice small (or actually, pretty big!) achievement for me to finally be able to sew with an overlocker! yay me!