Thursday, December 30, 2010

Simplicity 2603 and a question for you!

I finally got a chance to sit down to my serger and whipped up the Simplicity 2603 cardi wrap.
I know I'm late to this party - there are already over 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!
I don't have much to add to the collected wisdom on PR.  My version is made of a very thin cotton/lycra jersey that I got at 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...

20 comments:

  1. I'm not a "thread snob", and 3 (sometimes 4) spools needed, I like Maxi-Lock. There are 72 colors available, and when I googled it, I found it selling for about $2/spool. This link has a .pdf for all the thread colors!
    http://store.atlantathread.com/maxilock.html

    Oh, and great cardi-wrap! I never thought to remove the thread and trim the sa, that's a neat idea!

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  2. Beautiful cardi and it would make the perfect nursing cover. Wish I had thought of that back in the day when I needed such a thing!

    My thread mecca is Atlanta Thread and Supply. Their service is amazing, things ship out the same day you order and I love near instant gratification when it comes sewing supplies.

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  3. I am in the same boat, Walmart and a modest Hancock selection - I have been ok with Hancock's colors here. But the Atlanta Thread is a common resource, Carolyn mentions them some. Love the wrap - it looked longer on the envelope, glad it's not.

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  4. Like Liz and Kristine, I use Atlanta Thread. Great cardigan! I love the idea of using the serger to trim!

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  5. i second the vote for Atlanta Thread & Supply! I have been doing business with them for years. They never disappoint.
    As to thread: when working with knits, anything for babies, and fabrics that ravel like crazy, bulky nylon thread in the upper looper is a must. I'm not a thread snob, either; but I have tried nearly every brand of bulky nylon (at higher and lower price points), and the original Wooly Nylon remains my thread of choice. I don't know that I've ever seen it in Hancock's, and only some Jo-Ann's carry it in a few colors. For full selection, you may have to go on-line.
    At least, until this summer!

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  6. I agree with Liz, Atlanta Thread and Supply is great. Great customer service and great selection.

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  7. Hi Katie!
    I love Sewtrue http://sewtrue.com/ for all my thread and notions needs. I buy their Maxi-lock at a good price and they can't be beat for invisible zippers! Check their closeouts! They often have free shipping specials. They have one running now...I sent you a link with the coupon code! Love your cardiwrap and such a great idea as a nursing coverup! I should make one for my daughter!

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  8. Love the cardi! I hadn't thought about using it as a nursing cover--so smart.

    Maxi-Lock is swell. I bought REALLY cheap thread when I started serging, and then on a whim I bought some Maxi-Lock--it's SO much nicer. The Toldi-lock from JoAnn doesn't sit on my machine quite right, but it's okay too.

    I haven't tried Atlanta Thread, but I've been thinking I just plum need too. I can no longer get Woolly Nylon where I live.

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  9. The cardigan is lovely! I think you've sewn and knitted more in the month since you've had your sweet baby than I have in the past 6 months. And it all looks wonderful.

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  10. Very lovely,it's really a good cardy, and to double as a cover , then that's a score. I made one last fall, and I have another fabric for another on my table. Great job. Hows' the little man doing?

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  11. No tips on thread--but I was happy to read them.
    Love the cardi. Will you make it again? Great idea for nursing!

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  12. I'm still awed that you are sewing two weeks after Duncan was born! The cardi will be perfect for nusing, what a terrific idea. I think it would make a great new mom gift so thanks for that idea.

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  13. I love the wrap. I need to make myself one before they go out!

    Atlanta Thread Supply is a great source. Another great source is cleaner's supply. When ATS is not having a sale, cleaner's supply's price on Maxi-Lock is better ($1.99). Plus their shipping is cheaper ($3.83 flat rate). AND they have the best prices on zips and buttons that I've seen.

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  14. Beautiful Cardi - and great idea to cut with the serger. I used my Olfa roller blade to cut the jersey knit on mine and that worked well. I also didn't use elastic - I'm very sensitive in my neck area.

    Great idea to use it nursing. Perfect!!

    WRT serger thread - I consider Maxi -Lock to be almost luxury serger thread. So, that is a good value - I shop down in the Fabric District and I don't think I can beat that price for that quality serger thread. . .I only use three neutral colors for my serger other than that I refuse to change threads:)

    Also, my Bernina Dealer said to not buy black serger thread (admittedly my favorite color). . . he stated that it is of lesser quality than other colors - and he's in his 80s and has been in the sewing business his whole life - unsure if that is true. . . but interesting.

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  15. I love your cardi - so much snazzier than the one I LIVED IN when my twins were newborns!

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  16. What a great top for nursing. I'm sorry but you do not look like you just had a baby. AMAZING!

    p.s. I never thought of using my serger without thread as a cutting tool. So smart. I'm thinking that smarts is something you are not short on!

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  17. Your's looks fantastic! I have made this pattern too but never posted any pics or reviewed it on PR.

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  18. Beautiful cardi, and good to know about thread. My mom's old Riccar serger is getting tuned up as we speak - I'll be embarking on that journey soon! Good to gave these resources!

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  19. Cute! I have several RTW versions (purchased before I started sewing) and they are great.

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