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How to get out of the rut!
wildwinowoman
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Date: 4/29/14 10:00 AM

I really didn't think I needed a serger until I tried one at the Martha Pullen School of Art Fashion. I couldn't afford one with all the bells and whistles, but my sewist friends told me about the Brother 1034; I waited and got one on special from Amazon. I've signed up for the PR class (Breaking your serger out of the box) and watched about half. I've bought white and black thread. I've threaded. AND I haven't used the darn thing! How do I get to the point of using it??? (It is right beside my regular machine - but I bypass it every time!) How did YOU get to "serger-friendly" usage???

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Date: 4/29/14 10:17 AM

Grab some scraps and zoom them through the serger. Then stitch them very slowly to see what's happening. Flip the differential dial and see what happens. Cut some curves and inside corners. I do a lot of garment construction on my serger; some people only use it for edge finishing -- it's your choice. Or cut out a simple tee shirt and vow to sew it on the serger. Your serger won't be your friend until it knows you're the boss! And you won't be comfortable until you feel like you know how it works and when to use it. Have fun!

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Date: 4/29/14 10:19 AM

For myself, I live by the motto:

"If a thing is worth doing, it's worth doing POORLY the first time."

Works like a charm to give myself permission to NOT be perfect and to view everything as 'an experiment.'

Life is more fun that way.

New machines can be scarey.

Maybe you could give yourself permission to just play with it today.

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Date: 4/29/14 10:19 AM

I made a pillow case for dgs out of some fabric he found on Spoonflower that featured his favorite video game. It was such a pleasure! Next up was PJs for DH - again the serger was easy for the long seams on pants legs. After that, I couldn't face the tedium of stitching and finishing seams the conventional way and pretty much became a convert.

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Date: 4/29/14 10:25 AM

When I first got my serger I only used it to finish the edge of new cuts of fabric before I washed it. That was a good way to get some control over the speed of it and learn about different adjustments, too. Plus, my woven fabrics no longer frayed like crazy during the wash!

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Date: 4/29/14 1:06 PM

Just say. 'this is the day I'm going to try my serger' Don't be in a hurry and play with it. I hate learning how to use new things, I think what you're experiencing is pretty common. like dmh1 said
First try serging the edges of some fabric you want to prewash. If that goes well, clean finish some edges on a woven project. If you don't have anything going, make an apron and use the overcast. Once you get the hang of it, you'll wonder why it took so long.

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Date: 4/29/14 1:16 PM

I just jumped in and went and made a bikini. With all the elastic and everything. For my daughter. Of course she only wore it in a pool twice before some stitching started to come undone,(and had to be repaired) just since I did not realize right at first, all about trying stuff off, using fray check and that cover stitch is not as unlikely to unravel unless you do some stuff to it, as some other things, but it got me going, and I think the main thing is, to just jump in and start using something always.

You can pick the most simple easy thing around to do something with, which is probably a good idea lots of the time (like maybe more a T shirt) or even if what you really want is a much harder more complicated thing like that swim suit, but the main thing is just to be doing it at least.

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Date: 4/30/14 1:12 AM

I started out hemming fleece for dog blankets I donated to the rescue we volunteer with. I've probably made 50 of them so far. Now I'm into baby blankets and quilts. I change up the stitches so no two look the same. It's fun, fast and simple. If you mess it up, just stitch it closer and it will cut off the bad part. Make yourself a lap quilt/blanket, something simple and small will get your juices flowing and give you ideas to play with.
Cheri

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Date: 4/30/14 2:03 AM

Georgie Merlot wrote a book called "Ready Set Serge Book". It is great for getting started and has 32 projects that take an hour or less. You can get it from Nancy Zieman's website.
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Date: 4/30/14 3:41 AM

Serge any fabric you've got sitting around that frays. I always do this to leftover fabric that I place back on the shelf after I've finished a project.

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