I started seriously sewing 12 months ago. I decided I wanted a serger 11 months ago.
Some people need the latest gaming system. Others need the most advanced i-thing. I need sewing supplies.
I found an inexpensive serger that had great reviews and my mom gave it to me as a Christmas present!
There's a bunch you can do with a serger, but I have to admit I haven't played with it nearly as much as I could. I generally stick to the basic serge and rolled hems. I did a pretty sweet blind stitch once, but I haven't attempted an overlock stitch and I haven't experimented with different threads.
Here are a couple basic project I undertook recently. First, a friend of mine is EC'ing her daughter, so she wanted to turn all of her onesies into t-shirts to make access to the diaper easier and quicker. Super simple! All I did was use my straight-edge to draw a line (with disappearing ink) across the onesie at the top of each leg on the front and back, then I serged using that line as reference.
It may not look like it but there are over 50 onesies pictured above!
Next up, tablecloths. My mother-in-law bought some great fabric that was prepackaged in lengths of 2 yards. I used a rolled hem to get rid of the raw edges and selvages and ta-da - tablecloths!
They went from this: