A few years ago MJL got me a serger, but then at some point children messed with it and it got unthreaded and crazy and it made me frustrated and sometimes I cried and it just wouldn't work and I was really upset about it. I was going to take it when I went to see my aunts at Christmas, and then again at rescheduled Christmas, but we had sicky children.
But my very favorite napkins in the whole world were falling apart, and not just looking bad, but actually fraying to bits because the serging had come off and I had to fix them. (As a side note-if you ever see a set of Vera napkins (like this) at a thrift store-YOU SHOULD BUY THEM! I got these at Goodwill and I think it's not an exaggeration to say they'd been washed at least 500 times before the serging started to come out. (10 years, twice a week?) They never wrinkle, they don't stain, they're just lovely and perfect. If you don't want them, buy them and send them to me.
Anyhoo-It was hard and scary to cut off the frayed edges and the remaining serged bits, and it occurred to me that I was hurting their "value" by doing this-and then I rolled my eyes at myself and sternly reminded ridiculous Betsy that their "value" was in being used and loved every day. Sheesh.
And I sat down with the book and the serger one more time and went through each and every step slowly and carefully and I fixed it! I got it working! So exciting.
Here they are! I didn't buy yellow thread but the white is just fine (she reminds herself with another eye roll).