I'm going to San Francisco tomorrow for a conference but hope to get an hour or two of fabric shopping as well! I'm now researching fabric shops!
But I do have a question for you - to serge or not to serge??
I'm facing a conundrum - I can afford a nice serger - for example check out this new Pfaff industrial serger and table on Craigslist in LA for 1200 (see photo above) . . . . but I am not sure my sewing skills warrant this shopping endeavor - I've checked out a few sergers - for example, a nice mid-level serger from Janome starts at 299 and go up from there (my dealer is right down the street from my house). I've actually owned a Singer mini-serger when I made Christmas costumes for Biloxi Baptist Church in the mid-nineties - it worked like a charm. I've read the reviews on Pattern Review - and kinda like the Babylock Imagine (minus the price. . . ) . . .
Sew (haha), the big question is - To serge or not to serge?? I see
Amanda's Blog doesn't serge and produces beautiful clothing. I do have an overlock/serging stitch on my machine but it is very very slow (and uses all my bobbin thread) . . .and the stitches themselves are messy. . . .
Is serging necessary? I almost think it is.