Serger Tassels

Serger Tassel Teacher & Louise
Louise gathering up her serger crochet
Serger tassels teacher with Louise, Louise,
Joanne, and Susan
Joanne winding her tassel

At our last ASG Livermore Neighborhood Meeting, we made serger tassels. I didn’t make one because it was too much for me to lug my serger to Susan’s house, but I wanted to see the demo.

It’s pretty easy to make the tassels. You set up your serger for a 3 thread rolled stitch. You serge until you’ve used up the entire spool of heavier thread. Oh, I forget what threads are required. One was heavier, and I think the other 2 were decorative. As you serge, you wind the chain onto a piece of cardboard. Once you are done serging, you wind the finished chain onto the tassel template. Tie off the tassel, and viola! you have a tassel.

Let’s see, you have to iron the tassel somewhere in there.

If it’s all still a mystery, and it should be, several serger manufacturers have tutorials on making serger tassels.


National Poison Prevention Week March 16-22, 2008

The goal of National Poison Prevention Week is to help reduce the annual toll of about 30 deaths to children under 5 years old. The nation’s poison control centers receive more than one million calls each year about unintentional poisonings of children under 5 years of age from medicines and household chemicals.

Experts emphasize three ways to reduce deaths and injuries from poisonings: (1) Keep medicines and household chemicals locked up, out of reach, and out of sight of young children at all times; (2) Use child-resistant packaging because it saves lives; and (3) Call (800) 222-1222 to get immediate treatment advice for poison emergencies.

Here are the basic poison prevention tips that every person should check during National Poison Prevention Week:

  1. Keep all chemicals and medicines locked up and out of sight.
  2. Use child-resistant packaging properly by closing the container securely after each use or choosing child-resistant blister cards, which do not need to be re-secured.
  3. Call (800) 222-1222 immediately in case of poisoning. Keep on hand a bottle of ipecac syrup but use it only if the poison center instructs you to induce vomiting.
  4. When products are in use, never let young children out of your sight, even if you must take them along when answering the phone or doorbell. (Easier said than done.)
  5. Keep items in original containers.
  6. Leave the original labels on all products, and read the label before using.
  7. Do not put decorative lamps and candles that contain lamp oil where children can reach them. Lamp oil can be very toxic if ingested by young children.
  8. Always leave the light on when giving or taking medicine. Check the dosage every time.
  9. Avoid taking medicine in front of children. Refer to medicine as “medicine,” not “candy.”
  10. Clean out the medicine cabinet periodically and safely dispose of unneeded and outdated medicines.

testing, testing, testing

Bold: Alt+SHIFT+b – hm, I’m on a mac. There is no alt key. ı What is that? There is a little on the top of .
But I learned something!!!! In Opera, on a mac ‹command>-‹shift>-‹B> opens a new window with the copied text pasted in the address space. The copied text should be an URL.

Italics: Alt+SHIFT+i ˆ Now I know how to make a caret.

alt-shift-a: Å å
Alt+SHIFT+q: Œœ
Code: Alt+SHIFT+c: Çç

Read More: Alt+SHIFT+t: ˇ

Unordered List (ul): Alt+SHIFT+u ¨¨
Ordered List (ol): Alt+SHIFT+o øØ
List Item (li): Alt+SHIFT+l ¬Ò

Advanced Editor: Alt+SHIFT+v √◊
Publish the Post: Alt+SHIFT+p π∏
ins: Alt+SHIFT+s ßÍ
del: Alt+SHIFT+d ∂Î Command-Shift-d = bookmark
Unquote/outdent: Alt+SHIFT+w ∑„ – don’t do command-shift-w – it closes all your windows.
Undo: Alt+SHIFT+u ¨¨ – Huh! What the difference between this one and an unordered list?
Redo: Alt+SHIFT+y Á¥
Edit HTML: Alt+SHIFT+e ´´
Align Left: Alt+SHIFT+f ƒÏ – command-f is find (duh)
Align Center: Alt+SHIFT+c – And this and Code?
Align Right: Alt+SHIFT+r ®‰ – cmd-r & cmd-shift-r = reload

Headers: Ctrl+[number] – ctrl-1 opens web search panel
ctrl-2 opens bookmarks panel
ctrl-3 turns panels off

Why does wool shrink?

Sheep’s’ wool does not shrink when they are exposed to precipitation. Wool is often stretched during yarn or fabric manufacture and may undergo relaxation shrinkage in washing, with fibers resuming their normal shape. Felting shrinkage occurs when wet fibers, subjected to mechanical action, become matted into packed masses. Sheep don’t experience this because the wool has not been stretched — and wool grease contains lanolin.

From On This Day

To Do before NZ

  • Shopping for Jack & Eina
    • Swiss Miss without sugar.
    • A pair of pinking shears.
    • Aveeno face wash
    • Aveeno “Ultra calming daily moisterizer spf 15”
    • Desitin butt rash cream
    • fake grass for an Easter basket
    • Peeps – Diego likes pink
    • easter egg coloring set.
  • Send laptop to dell to get it fixed while I’m away.
  • Fill Eggs for Easter Sunday
  • Send SM & Serger to get fixed. TUESDAY
  • Sunglasses
  • Eggs to daycare for Pulguito’s party
  • Yearbook page
  • Watches


Jacket with collar
Sleeve Front - that fits
The front – sorry for the crummy pic.
The sleeve is just basted in to check how
well it fits in the armhole.

I had to stay home with Pulguito. He had a fever of 102F and threw up this morning. I feel terrible now. I think I might have it. Pulguito seems to be fine.

I feel terrible. I want to sleep. My head hurts, and I have no energy. I felt fine this morning.

When I finally got enough energy to do a bit of sewing, I didn’t have any fun! It was time to ease the sleeves into the jacket. I hate that. Well, I used to hate it. I never could get the sleeve in smoothly. Practice makes perfect, I suppose. But I still dread it.

Before I run the ease line on the sleeve cap, I pin the sleeve into the armhole just to check things. The back of the sleeve seems long.

Well, I’m an optimist, so I go over to the sewing machine and run my ease line. I gather up the sleeve cap and pin it into the armhole again. The front goes in great, but not the back.

Sleeve Back - too much sleeve
The back

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