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Posted by: Diane Yaghoobian

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Posted on: 3/4/03 5:17 PM
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Not quite happy with previous satin-edge efforts using embroidery thread in the upper looper, I thought the regular machine might produce a better result. Well, no. Needs stabilizer top and bottom and when you have to trim, you can't do the neat job a serger does, lots of hair sticking out. This is how I just did a very neat collar, and fast, for a girl's blouse. It was a one-piece collar. I cut out one collar piece, then made a sandwich with the cut out piece on top, then non-fusible interfacing and a bottom piece of the collar fabric, pinned together and rough cut (the serger will trim it anyway). It was a peter pan collar and first time around as I turned the curves, the serger didn't cover as well as I'd hoped in some areas which had been my prior experience. So I dropped the cutting blade and reserged over the original seam. Thin areas were covered, a small wrinkle I hand smoothed out was fixed and the whole satin stitch is thick and very nice. I was using the left needle, for a wide stitch. An easy, very pretty time-saving finish. The embroidery thread for the satin finish on the upper collar was in the upper looper and the tension a little looser; the lower looper was tightened a bit (to pull the shiny thread to the wrong side for a nice edge).

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Kathy in Kansas said...
I can't wait to try this! Thanks for your very detailed instructions!!!
12/15/06 11:54 PM
PatM said...
Thank you for the tip. I am planning on sewing fleece with a serged edge. I was wondering what thread to use.
3/10/03 1:24 AM
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