I know how to work my sewing machine, but it isn't here. I barely know how to work the serger, but it is here. So is the big instructional workbook I bought
I have actually taken the new serger owner class at my local dealership, where I learned (among other things) to never turn the handwheel away from me. The instructor said she thought it was because it was hard on the machine. Nope. On page 5 it clearly states to always turn the handwheel TOWARD yourself because to turn the other direction will flip the threads off the take-up lever and the serger will have to be re-threaded (which will strike fear into the heart of anyone who has a serger, believe me). Looks like I'm not the only one who didn't read the workbook.....
I also learned that these little do-dads
are for keeping decorative or non-cone thread on the spools and to stop them from catching on the edge of a spool. Now THAT is good to know. So far I had solved that problem by having decorative thread in large coffee mugs, which is only moderately effective and makes it hard to serve afternoon coffee.
I also completed 4 lessons, including this one where I learned to adjust stitch length
My last lesson was on turning outside corners, which is getting better but still needs some practice. Tomorrow I learn to turn inside corners. Whoo hoo!
And, lest you think I was neglecting my knitting, I started here for the day