Since I wasn’t all that thrilled with the results of the recent project, I tried again, this time using the “overlock” stitch on my regular sewing machine, Ruby, rather than the serger, Sheila, who mysteriously stopped working yesterday in the middle of serging around the sole of one of the little booties.
As you can see here, the regular sewing machine booties on the left are a lot bigger. The serger booties had their seam allowances sheared off each time a seam was serged. Although, the directions say to use a “scant 1/8 inch” seam allowance–who can do that? I repeat, who can sew a seam with a 1/8″ seam allowance, while trying to pivot a little pile of 3 to 5 stacked pieces of thick fabric around a bunch of needles sewing 1500 stitches a minute? The serged boots are smaller, cuter, and the serged seams lie flatter and feel to be more finished. The stitched booties have a more oval-shaped sole like it’s supposed to be (my serged soles were abbreviated by so many re-do’s because the threads from the four cones kept coming unthreaded). I think the original looks better than the do-over!