Serging away in Kansas City


Last weekend I was honored to be invited to teach some of my serger classes in Kansas City! I met Jamie David at Bernina University last summer in San Antonio and we’ve kept in touch since, talking about machines (of which we now have matching 580’s), sewing blogs, new patterns, and exciting projects we’re working on. She works at the Bernina Sewing Centers of Kansas City in Overland Park, KS. I jumped at the opportunity to visit with my friend while I also got a chance to step out of my MD classroom comfort zone.

with Jaime and her sweet dog, Mo

You’ll have to forgive me…my camera is being repaired and we relied entirely on iPhone photos for documentation. I had so much fun seeing what makes Kansas City unique. Shuttlecocks at the art museum!

at the lawn of The Nelson with shuttlecocks

I arrived Wednesday afternoon and was immediately whisked to Urban Arts and Crafts, where I picked up a skein of yarn that has little puff balls of goodness throughout, kind of extravagent but totally worth it.  Then to a sewing night at an AWESOME well-curated sewing and knitting store, Bon Bon Atelier, stitching and gabbing. Thursday, Jaime and I drove to Lawrence to shop at the immense Sarah’s Fabrics. Lucky for me, I found some of the new Melody Miller typewriters. Score!

outside of Sarah's, doing something spazzy with my hands

Plus, every night was excellent food and company with Jaime and her husband, Trey.

dinner at Grinders with a random horse and my friend Jaime
Kansas City BBQ at Oklahoma Joe's

Friday was my first all-day class–the knit cardigan. A lot of these women had experience with their sergers so I hoped to be able to make the class not only fun but informative as well. The Jalie patterns were new to them, but I think most great projects start off with a great pattern and Jalie didn’t not disappoint. I was so proud and impressed–everyone finished! And the cardigans looked great! One of the best parts of my trip were the women in class; they were kind, gracious, and welcoming to me and I had so much fun. Luckily for me, most of them joined me the next day for leggings.

Marie and Donna, wearing their cardigans
Mary, cardigan maker!
Shirley, master of her serger.

Unfortunately, I didn’t get pictures of everyone but I want to thank Myron, Joel, Karen, and Jaime of Bernina Sewing Centers of KC for having me come teach and especially to my students–Marie, Mary, Donna, Mary Lou, Shirley, Denise, Kristine, Lynn, Ellen, Amy, & Lan. I hope to visit again sometime soon!


3 Responses to “Serging away in Kansas City”

  1. jaime

    It was so fun to have you in KC! I hope that we can make it a full swap and I can come to MD and teach a class sometime this summer. The gals loved your classes and I enjoyed hanging with my sewing pal.

  2. Betsy Blodgett

    We were happy to have you in KC! Thanks for stopping by the sewing circle, it was great to meet you. I’m glad that your classes went well, I was sad that I was unable to make it. And way to find that Melody Miller fabric! That is why Sarah’s is so awesome, you can find anything.

  3. autumn

    that sounds like a great time, meredith! and another 580 owner??? i remember jamie visiting last summer – cool you got to meet up and teach back in the midwest 🙂

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