I finally got a chance to sit down to my serger and whipped up the Simplicity 2603 cardi wrap.
80 reviews of this pattern on PR! There is something to be said for standing on the shoulders of greatness... I decided to sew this after Judy mentioned in a comment that she had used cardis like this as a nursing cover. What a great idea! Cute, fashionable, and one less thing to shove in the already overstuffed diaper bag. I was on it!
FFC. I assembled it completely on the serger, using a 3 thread overlock and inserting the neckline elastic with my elastic/tape foot. As many of the other sewists who have made this chose to do, I did not hem, as I didn't want to alter the drape. I considered a rolled hem, but even with the differential feed at 2, I got some rippling when I tried it out, so instead I used the serger unthreaded (gasp!) to trim off the hem allowance and give it a smooth edge, which I don't ever achieve with shears.
So, my question to those of you with sergers is this - What thread(s) are your favorite for serging and where do you get them? Here in small town Texas, my only sources are Hancock, which carries a few colors of Maxi-Lock, and Walmart, which carries a lower quality thread that I don't love, but has a few more colors. I'm hoping for an online thread mecca. Does it exist?
ETA (11:00) - Wow, y'all are awesome! So far, Maxi-lock at Atlanta Thread & Supply has the strongest following (and the lowest price at 1.85 a cone!). SewTrue also has a good price and excellent color selection as well as great prices on zippers and an impressive closeouts selection. Of course, if I had been paying attention to Liz's sidebar, I wouldn't have had to ask. Check out all the great online shops she has linked! I'm about to break the bank...