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« on: November 16, 2008 08:39:18 AM »

After three years, I have finally convinced my husband to buy me a serger for my birthday! Yayyy!  I am going to pick it up from a local sewing machine store here in Knoxville.  They will teach me the basics of using it, but I have no idea how to use a serger. 

Is there a resource on the web that gives simple projects to start out with or do any of you maybe have some suggestions or ideas of quick projects I can do for Christmas presents?  I am so excited to get it.  It is a Babylock 4-thread, the same brand as my sewing machine, which I absolutely LOVE.  I know its a good one. 

***My birthday was actually last week and my poor husband surprised me by buying me a vintage serger off Craigslist from a pattern maker downtown.  He showed it to my husband working and said that it was his first machine he started his business with.  I was totally psyched when he brought it home -- and got it for a great deal.  We took it have it cleaned and aparantly it's all jacked up.  The front door that houses all the hardware is bent and doesn't fit up flush against the needle and gets stuck.  The guy *if you don't know what you're doing* the fabric would sucked down into the housing and mess things all to heck.

Poor husband was disappointed, but he and my dad are going to try to fix it and maybe resell it with full disclosure.  Its made of metal so its really heavy duty! 

ANYWAY --- sorry to rag on!  I am just really super duper excited and cannot wait to hear from others on neat stuff I can do with it!!
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« Reply #1 on: November 17, 2008 05:33:31 PM »

Oh, sergers are fun!  Make sure you practice threading it.  A lot.  It's not really that hard, it just takes a while to get the hang of it because everything has to be "just so" (unless yours is one of those fancy air threading kind - that might be easier). 

As far as projects - well, you can of course use it for finishing seams on anything you're sewing with your regular machine.  Or for sewing and finishing in one step if you're making something with mostly straight seams.  Where the serger really shines is sewing with knits.  Here are a few patterns with directions specifically for sergers:
Kwik Sew 3636 - leggings
Kwik Sew 3513 - skirt
Kwik Sew 2900 - basic T-shirts

Anyway, have fun with it!   Grin
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« Reply #2 on: November 18, 2008 02:05:15 PM »

what i love most is doing contrast seams with my serger.



otherwise i just use it like a sewing machine or just to finish things off.
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« Reply #3 on: November 23, 2008 10:28:34 PM »

go to the library and take out Simplicity's serger book or buy it. It rocks. it will tell you all kinds of things you can do and how to adjust the feeds for different effects. also there is a video with it, watch ti trust me on that. and don't get frustrated, I love to finish all my seams with my sergers. and remember unless it is a 5 or 6 thread that sews a stitch too you don't want to sew a seam with it. but you can still finish the edge with it.
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