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Topic: Serger Stich Question  (Read 1167 times)
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« on: December 19, 2006 12:37:42 PM »

I just bought a new serger for my early Christmas present and I'm getting a little confused. For starters, when I turn the tension dials, it doesn't seem to change how the stitch looks. It's like everyone other thread hangs over the side. Could this be a problem with the knife? I read that if it's cutting to close it could cause that. Also, my other question is when I serge just the regular stitch with the machine and open it up, it looks like the "ladder" stitch. Is there a way to stitch with only the serger and have the seam stay closed? Like when I look inside my knit shirt and the side seams looked serged but the outside looks like a normal stitched seam? I hope this makes sense to someone. I might try to put up some photos later on showing the problem. If you have any help or advice, I would appreciate it very much!
Happy Sewing!

Why is it that I can no longer buy anything that has a slight chance I could make it myself? Even if I don't know how to make it, or it's cheaper to buy...I can no longer buy it because "I could make that myself".
« Reply #1 on: December 19, 2006 04:07:54 PM »

You have to have a coverstitch capability on your machine (or a seperate coverstitch machine) to do the serging on the inside and the stitches on the outside.

The way you want your stitches to look when serged is to have the 'loops' right along the seam edge.  Depending on your fabric type, weight, etc. you may find that the loops pull to one side or the other.  The tension dials will help pull the loops to the right position.

Hope that makes sense and helps you out!

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