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So this weekend I made the glasses case from Georgie Merlot's book.  I had to trace the template then put that in the scanner to enlarge it 301%. The template was in the middle of the page and too awkward to get on my machine.  Otherwise it went surprisingly well, just 3 seams and it was done!











My next task was to design an owl to go on the front( like the machine embroidered ones) which meant losing the curved edge to fit him on.  I skipped stitching a feather effect this time as I was keen to see how he turned out - which was not quite central!


And here they both are with my Riccar overlocker!


So much nicer than the plastic things my spex were in!


Thank you for the inspiration and Georgie's excellent design!






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Comment by Susan on February 28, 2012 at 5:02pm

I have a WHITE 4 thread serger and it too sat under a bed for a long time until someone gave it to me!  How freaky!   I have heard that Riccars are good machines but you don't see them too often.

Comment by Karen on February 28, 2012 at 1:53pm

My cousin gave me her overlocker 2 years ago when I mentioned wanting to get one.  She said it had been under her bed for about 15 years, and she couldn't find the foot pedal.  When she dropped it in I discovered it was a Riccar and by sheer coincidence my sewing machine at that time was also a Riccar.  My foot pedal fitted them both so I was away.  I had my local man service it and he demonstrated it and showed me how  to join a new thread and feed it through (avoiding the tension knob) rather than re-threading.  He said they were very good machines.   I then booked myself on a course to learn all the things I could use it for.   After all that time gathering dust, it has been just great.  I know if it isn't right it's because the threading has gone wrong somewhere, or I have done something stupid - never a machine fault!

I bought Georgie Merlot's book having read her intro, and that was the first time I heard of wrapped corners!  I have not done rolled hems very successfully but I have done flatlock.  As the company no long exist, I cannot get any feet for it, and I would like to try a cording foot to make the cosmetic bag and piping etc. So now I am shopping for a replacement.   My cousin has said she will have it back if I will talk her through using it now I am the expert, so the new one will have to be good as the Riccar will be gone!

Comment by Susan on February 28, 2012 at 5:53am

Nice work Karen!   How do you like your Riccar? 

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