/ 22.2.11 / 11 Comments / sewing
Works in Progress…Sewing Scarves, Learning to use a Serger
At Christmas, my dear hubby gave me a Singer Serger and I spent a good amount of time learning how to use it. But I was still a little iffy on the threading. Sewing with a Serger is very similar to sewing on a regular sewing machine, except that you have FOUR different threading patterns. (As far as learning to sew with it. Most machines have colored dots to show you the path each thread should take. But the learning curve is a little steep. (Read below to find out more. :o) But it's incredible more efficient..cutting off seam allowances and finishing the raw edges as you sew. You can put up the cutter arm and sew without cutting too, which makes it very versatile. It's a little tricky turning corners..until you've practiced. But to sew straight seams is no biggie once you get the used to it.
It has two upper threads and two lower threads. You also have two upper needles and two lower needle like arms. The tough part is learning how to thread all four ‘machines’ in the right order. But once you have that down..it’s a cinch! It simply requires a lot of practice.
I’m in LOVE with my new serger! It is faster than any sewing machine I’ve ever used and it makes beautiful finished seams. It was the perfect machine for our project of sewing 100 scarves for the ladies who would be participating in the Tres Dias ministry night that was coming up.
I was afraid the Serger would be too hard on the gauzy chenille. We had to edge finish the fabric because it raveled so badly. Thank goodness the blue satin was heavier and easier to hem. We used the small tight edge finish 1/18” rather than the wider 1/4” seam.
Christi and our friend, Peggy had already made these cute fabric booklet covers for the weekend participants. They are so pretty! And I love the glue-on foam flowers they added. I’d like to make a journal cover like this!
This whole project went so much faster with a Serger…and even faster with TWO Sergers! Thanks so much Christi for asking me to drop by and help. (Christi reads my blog regularly and we go to church together. :o)
We had a great time chatting while we whipped out the scarves. It was a fun and fast project or at least it seemed fast. Time flies when you're having fun-LoL! And best of all--I got LOTS of practice on my new machine and feel like I’m ready to sew just about anything with it! And I was so thrilled to get to help contribute to the Tres Dias Ministry weekend.
NOTE: I'm adding several SERGER TIPS as a P.S. below. Micky and I have some extra information for those of you new to using Sergers. See below. *
So what are you working on this week? I’m joining up with The Clip Cafe’s WIP linky party. She takes such lovely photos and has some awesome sewing posts too! Plus her photography is absolutely fantastic!