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9thLife
« on: December 03, 2009 11:39:58 AM »

So I just got the Brother 1034D Serger for my birthday.  And so far I have done a couple of stitched here and there, tryong to get used to it.  I am a little lost on how to make the end or begining chain not be so apparent, other then stuffing it into the stitch.  But thats no big deal.  I'm just trying to think of things to make with it.  I need some new project ideas!  What kind of things would/did you make with your first serger? 
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Kaitlinnegan
« Reply #1 on: December 04, 2009 05:34:54 PM »

Congrats on the serger!  I bet you are going to love it.  My first couple of projects were knit skirts and knit tops.  Sergers can be used on lots of fabrics, but they really shine when you use knits because they build nice stretch and strength into the seams.  Pick a fabric that isn't too slippery for your first project - rayon/poly/lycra doubleknit is a great choice for skirts, and cotton/lycra jersey is nice for tops.  Here are a couple pattern ideas, if you like using patterns (otherwise, it's pretty simple to make a skirt based on your measurements, or copy one you already own):

New Look 6735
New Look 6875
Kwik Sew 3740
Kwik Sew 3513

Be sure to test your serger on a scrap of fabric you'll be using so you can get the tension and differential feed settings right.

As far as those serger tails, if you're going to hem your piece, you can just clip those tails close to the edge either before or after sewing the hem.  Otherwise, I use a tapestry needle to thread the end back into the loops of the serged seam.  You can also put some Fray Check or Fray Block over the last few stitches and then cut off the end after that has dried, but that method always makes me a little nervous for some reason.

Anyway, have fun with your new serger, and I look forward to hearing what you end up making!
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9thLife
« Reply #2 on: December 05, 2009 09:20:09 AM »

Thanks for the info!  Those patterns are right up my alley of clothing I like to wear!  I saw the option of using the Fray Check on a video somewhere, the idea of that seems a little untrustworthy to me too.  Lol.  I really want to make pants now... Thanks!
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