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I have a serger, now what?
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Date: 2/4/14 9:44 PM

Last year I inherited a Babylock Proline BL450 serger. I've had it serviced, figured out how to thread it, played with some scrap fabric and am ready to go. But, I have no idea what to make. I used a serger once in middle school several years ago for a basic home ec project, but haven't touched one since.

Here's a little background. I have sewn both clothes and baby quilts. I've learned how to sew by reading articles and posts here, watching youtube, taking a block of the month class, and through trial and error. My seam ripper and I are best buds!But I am now to the point where I feel confident in my sewing abilities.

So, any suggestions for a beginning project to get acquainted with my serger?

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Date: 2/4/14 10:39 PM

Hi there,
Aside from finishing seam allowances in unlined projects sewn with wovens, it's fun and easy to make knit garments. I like Kwik Sew 3115 for yoga pants, and Kwik Sew 3915 for a versatile knit top. Construct these with a 3 or 4 thread overlock stitch.

I like using the 2 thread flat lock stitch on the sleeve seams of a raglan sleeve top. Sew it so that the looper thread shows on the outside and the 'ladder' of needle thread is on the inside. I have an old raglan top pattern that I like, but Kwik Sew 2874 looks like a good one.

I sound like I'm plugging Kwik Sew patterns, but if you haven't tried them, I think you'll like them.

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Date: 2/5/14 6:52 AM

Pick up the book Ready, Set Serge by Georgie Merlot. It packed full of patterns and instructions.
Meanwhile use your garment scraps to practice on.
I used to save all my fabric after cutting out tops and pants when I first got my serger. Its a wonderful way to learn the settings for different fabric content and to practice inside and out corners and curves.

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Date: 2/5/14 9:06 AM

I purchased my serger a few years ago and don't use it as much as I like or should! However, try here a class or two with Jennifer Stern She is a great instructor, great class(es), and here on PR you can't go wrong with pricing. Good luck, and don't be afraid of your serger! (I was!).

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Date: 2/5/14 6:22 PM

Sandi, thanks for that recommendation! I got a serger almost 3 years ago and have hardly ever used it (one knit top, one rolled hem, one overlocked edge on needlework linen). I've played with it a lot but really struggle with fitting it into my regular sewing life. It always seems easier to just do anything by hand or on the regular machine instead of figuring out how to do it on the serger. Our library has a copy of Ready Set Serge, and I've placed a hold on it. Looking forward to trying some of the projects.
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Date: 2/5/14 9:12 PM

One of the best things I found was to get out the manual (or contact the company for a copy) and go through all the different stitiches on some scraps just so you get an idea of what it can do, what it looks like, and how to thread it differently for each one. If you can, do a class, it is amazing how much help it is having someone show you it all and explain what you can use some of the stitches for. Craftsy has a basic serger class that you might want to have a look at, but I haven't taken it, so can't comment.
I use mine for most seam finishes, unless it will add bulk.

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Date: 2/5/14 9:52 PM

When I got my first serger many years ago, I expanded the types of fabrics I sewed with. I started using more linen, rayon, denim and flannel, fabrics they raveled and frayed. To this day I use it more for wovens than knits. Knits don't ravel or have messy seam allowances like wovens do.

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Date: 2/6/14 5:18 AM

Another thing I use mine for is the raw cut edge if stash fabrics. When I get a cut home, I serge both raw cut edges and toss it in the washer. It keeps it from tangling into a horrible thread mess and reminds me that I have prewashed it.

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Date: 2/6/14 10:19 AM

Sew so Easy - Free Leggings Pattern

This is the first thing I'd try. You could use the insides of printer paper grocery bags to make your pattern. It is very easy and satisfying to whip these up with a serger.

Watch the video on how to take the measurements. Have fun!

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Date: 2/6/14 11:30 AM

Although you asked about projects, I will add to the suggestions to take a class. Last summer I took a 2-day serger workbook class at a local dealer because I wasn't using mine much and really wanted to gain confidence and ideas on greater utility. The class cost just $75 and was awesome! I came away with a binder full of samples and instruction sheets which I pull out and refer to regularly. Definitely amped up my serger use...finally feel like I'm getting what I paid for! One more thing...I learned in class that a clear foot was available for my BL Imagine and I bought it that day (with a nice discount for being in the class). What a difference that clear foot has made!
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