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Date: 2/11/14 11:55 AM

I am finally going to order myself a serger! I'd need to order some thread for it, too (I'm thinking WAWAK?). But I'd like to get the most bang for my buck; what colors would you recommend that "blend" best? I'm thinking black, cream, grey? Maybe a pink of some sort?

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Date: 2/11/14 12:29 PM

Go through your closet and see what you wear most.
Although I don't wear grey a lot, I find that it blends really well with most fabrics. Also for a cheat, I find that if I match the lower and upper loopers to the fabric choice, if the sides are a deep grey, it seems to blend. I wouldn't wear a lot of cream, so that is not heavy in my stock.
Good luck, I'm sure you will do fine. There is always more thread!
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Date: 2/11/14 12:43 PM

Definitely black and white.

I also have two each of grey, cream and brown. I will blend thread colors when needed but most often use black or white :)

Edited to add, when I was making Burda 7866 (like you're wearing!! ) I made it in a deep, deep turquoise color. I had white thread in the serger and went for it. I ended up having to do a zigzag in matching thread just inside the serger thread so the white wouldn't show when stretched.


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Date: 2/11/14 1:45 PM

Black, white and a light gray for starters. If there's another color you sew frequently add that.

IMHO the cream isn't a good choice for a basic color start. It's going to look bad against a white and may possibly show through the fabric.

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Date: 2/11/14 2:23 PM

I agree thinking about which color fabrics you would sew the most.
Light beige or cream blends well with many pastels.
The left needle thread is the only one that needs to match, the others can blend, so no need to buy four of each color to start with.
WaWak has good prices and fast service. I reccommmend the Maxi-Lock thread.

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Date: 2/11/14 2:26 PM

And Maxilock's on sale thru February for $1.79 per spool. Check retailmenot for coupons.

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Date: 2/11/14 3:31 PM

I have a light beige that I use a lot for quick projects, especially if it's already threaded in the machine.

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Date: 2/11/14 3:42 PM

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The left needle thread is the only one that needs to match, the others can blend,

I keep forgetting my serger can use a regular spool of thread. Have to keep this in mind for those colors that really stand out...just put matching thread in the left needle position!!

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Date: 2/11/14 4:18 PM

I like some of the Maxi-Lock Swirls variegated thread cones. I always keep white, beige, light gray and black on hand. Reading this thread makes me think that dark gray would be a better choice than black (for me).

I also tend to sew in color blocks. I wear a lot of earthy green so I have thread in the middle of those tones. This year I have a navy focus as that is a weak area in my closet so I'll add some navy and check the Maxi-Lock Swirls for a medium to dark blue combination.

If your serger does not come with thread, buy one spool of regular sewing thread or one cone of serger thread to match the color coding in your guide book. Presuming your guide book shows color coded threading, using those thread colors to get acquainted with your machine helps fine tune your understanding of the stitches.

Do you have a bamboo skewer in the kitchen? Great for pulling the thread loop out from the back of the needle. Since I have a healthy respect for the cutter I also use the bamboo skewer, instead of a finger, as a close in guide on the right side.

Woohoo on your new serger! You are sure to enjoy it.

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Date: 2/11/14 4:52 PM

Jenna, sergers are the best! I use Maxilock that I buy at Hancocks. I think it is called "Slate" It is not black, brown or gray but I am able to use it for all my dark colors. I usually use white for my lights. I also bought a natural color but do not use it much. You can always use regular thread in the needles if you want the color to match the fabric. ok what kind of serger?
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