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Date: 8/10/12 11:06 PM

Creating a great guide for your serger

It's a great you tube and I plan to do this when I get back home (I'm out of town staying with my sister who just had surgery).

But to me, this begs the question - don't the settings affect each other? I guess not! But I thought they did.

Oh and today's post from Colletterie was were I found this link.

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Date: 8/11/12 0:11 AM

Thank you for sharing this...it is great! I'm going to make one for my own use.

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Date: 8/11/12 2:37 AM

This looks like a good idea, but I too thought that the settings affected each other and also that the type of fabric influenced the tension needed on the threads, the diff feed setting and stitch length. True or not? Serger wizzards please put me right.

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Date: 8/11/12 3:01 AM

True.

Which is why, after many years of serging tension pain, I bought a Babylock. No tensions, no tension pain.

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Date: 8/11/12 10:48 AM

cheater!!!!

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Date: 8/11/12 11:06 AM

I wonder what setting she had all the other threads set at? Presumably the "correct" tensions from her manual? An interesting exercise, though.

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Date: 8/11/12 11:24 AM

The first two minutes is about how to measure out an exact strip of fabric and mark it in exact increments. snore

And cutting the finished serger chain with scissors? Hello? There's a knife, right there!!

ah, I'm crabby.

I'm in agreement with knowing your serger and knowing what happens when you adjust different dials. So, sewing strips is an end to that, but it's just a little teensy part of it.



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Date: 8/11/12 1:09 PM

From a complete newbie stance, I think this is pretty good. But.

Muslin is only going to work on the stablest of wovens. I can see it being useful for all kinds of fabric and keeping a stitch bible of sorts for that. To that end, I was kind of grateful for this post.

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Date: 8/11/12 1:32 PM

As with any machine and fabric...why not invest a bit of scrap and time in finding the right settings and so on? While I have a good general idea of where I will end up, I always do this first on both my machines. A no-tears approach to each project :-)
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Date: 8/11/12 1:56 PM

I also have the bl Imagine and keep the manual at hand for settings.

Older machines may, or may not be right on the mark and for those machines, testing and making notes in the manual should suffice.

I recently acquired an older My Lock. I did the 4-color thread testing. First with the bl with auto tension and then the ML to see if it needed tweaking. There was not more than a "hair" difference, which is not enough to note in the manual.

If a stitch diary is helpful, by all means go for it.

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