|Serger Basics was a course worth taking. I had been using my serger a little for basic seam finishing, but was not confident about threading, and had not explored other applications my Brother 1034D was capable of. The class covers all the basics and then some. From clearing stitch fingers to learning to flatlock and do wire edging, the topic covered were many. How to secure thread tails, how to serge curves, gathering and differential feed, corners, rolled hems, stabilizing, overlocking blind hems, reinforcing seams, French quilting, tassel making, and general serger maintenance and care.
I was unable to buy the kit for the class because I signed up very late, but I was able to gather the materials needed with only one quick online order. If you had time you could easily get the materials or buy the kit here at PR. The class is very reasonably priced.
There are pdf format lessons, a class board, and you can upload pictures of your work for critique. The instructor, Lisa Taranto, answered questions in a timely manner. I would say most of this class is a do it yourself exercise. You have the instructor for help and critique, but you have to dare to actually sit at your own serger and give all the techniques a real try! I found I did dare!
After the class I found I mostly use my serger for the basics still, but I do know what it can do and I infrequently use it for something a little more special. I do know that I can consider my serger my friend now. I can thread it without worry, I can change those needles, pop them in and out, though on my serger this is a challenge, and I can easily change threads when I want to. Before this class I would put off using the serger because I didn't want to try rethreading it. Turns out my serger is pretty easy to thread.
Now I understand the parts of the serger as well, thanks to Lisa's class, and the tensions don't phase me.
I would recommend this class to any new or older serger owner who just hasn't dared to try very much on ths machine! :)