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SugarySweet
« on: January 09, 2008 10:20:43 AM »

I know this seems like a really silly question.  Tongue

What do you make with your serger?

I bought one. But I look at it and go hmmmmm.....

I'm not sure that you can turn corners, how do you end your sewing so you don't have a trail of thread?

Help  Smiley
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lefty33
« Reply #1 on: January 09, 2008 11:02:25 AM »

I use my serger for finishing edges, not usually for making.  Any time I make any kind of clothing I'll use it on each seam so the edges don't fray.  (I do this as I go, not all at once at the end so that you can get all the way to each edge.) 

Sergers can do corners.  When you get to an edge, keep serging past the edge, stop and lift the presser foot, reposition the fabric, and then surge on.  And you will get a tail of thread when you start and stop, but just cut it off.  There will always be a tail hanging off the machine. 

Also, for changing thread colors, it's easiest to cut off the old colors close to the spool end, tie the new colors to the old tails pull the new color through rather than re-threading the machine. 
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SugarySweet
« Reply #2 on: January 09, 2008 02:14:02 PM »

Thanks lefty33

You don't have to do anything to the tail, just cut it off and it's good to go?
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« Reply #3 on: January 09, 2008 06:10:07 PM »

Most books suggest either:

threading the tail back under the stitches
tieing a knot close to the fabric and clipping off the extra
applying a dab of FrayCheck

I usually tie a knot.

Sergers are also great for working with knits. 
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lefty33
« Reply #4 on: January 10, 2008 12:10:20 PM »

I've never had a problem with just cutting off the tail.  The books do say you can tuck it in and serge over it, but I've been just cutting it off for 6 years or so without problems.
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SugarySweet
« Reply #5 on: January 10, 2008 01:20:59 PM »

I went to my class last night.

She told us about a double eyed needle to use for tucking the chain ends with.  It  looks like a neat tool to have.

The class helped understand this machine so much.  Grin

That's a good thing. I've been looking at it for a few months just confused. I only wish the class would have been sooner.

But, I still have no idea what I'm going to make with it. lol.  I really want to make something with the rolled edge. Loved it.
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lefty33
« Reply #6 on: January 11, 2008 05:48:08 AM »

I've made a skirt with a rolled edge hem.  It was blue bandana-looking material, so I thought the rolled edge fitting.  (Plus I wanted to use that feature!)
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