Oh! Brother

27 Sep

Thanks to the expertise of Clifford Blodget, I successfully chose Brother 1034D Serger Sewing Machine to support Days for Girls International with the “serged” alternative to “Turn and Topstitch” reversible, tri-fold flannel pads.

The Serged flannel pad is a significant design change with the same size/proportions as “Turn and Topstitch” as well as six flannel layers for absorption.


Clifford is excellent simplifying and illustrating the serger sewing machine with 4 needles (2 upper and 2 lower).  I also appreciated the statement “Sergers DO NOT have REVERSE” and the discussion about the knife edge that trims the fabric as it moves toward the needles.  It is not intuitive that trimming is required for success.  The trimming function makes the edge very neat and flat.

This machine has 95% of the threading instructions exactly where you need them… on the machine!  Tweezers are required for the 4th spool feeding the 4th and lower needle.

The compact size fits well on sturdy folding table.

DfGI serged tri-fold flannel pads

Here I “sew” again…supporting Days for Girls International.


PS  My Brother ADS-1500W portable scanner has served me well— saving 1000s of pages of former paper files.  🙂  I’m a fan!


5 Responses to “Oh! Brother”

  1. pimla15 September 27, 2019 at 8:28 am #

    I’m guessing this saves you a lot of time making the panels.

    • oldmanatwork September 27, 2019 at 8:58 am #

      You did a good job

    • elfcroft September 27, 2019 at 11:51 am #

      That’s interesting, because this micro-enterprise is like other manufacturing operations…being “lean” means paying attention to the whole process. Time wise…washing, drying, ironing (sometimes) organizing, storing, cutting, staging, “getting out of my own way” influences the “effective” time more than a faster machine. If you already have a serger, it is a “no brainer” to use it for DfGI pads. (My second basic sewing machine stays at Mom’s, so I can sew in free time there. Now, that doesn’t work for me.)

      On the plus side, there is next to NO SCRAP flannel with the serger design and there is no need to turn inside out.

      Serger sewing machines work best on long straight runs not four corners (radii). Straight is recommended for sewing the 6″X9″ flannel back piece to the front.

      Thanks for the comment!

  2. oldmanatwork September 27, 2019 at 8:56 am #

    Well done again you do outstanding work.

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