|This is an excellent class geared towards people with little or no serger experience. The size of the class is limited so that the instructor can give lots of individual attention to the students--there were four people in my class.
The instructor, Chris Clark, is very knowledgeable and whenever something just wouldn't work for one of the students she was able to figure it out. There was variety of machines: a computerized Viking, a computerized Janome, a baby lock, and my Janome 634D. Half of the class (myslef included) had never even threaded their machines. By the end of the class, not only were we able to thread our machines, but we knew how to do a variety of stitches (flatlok, rolled hemming, safety stitch, etc), how to recognize bad stitching, what to do to fix it (including tension settings), and so much more. We even attached a sample rib collar to a knit. She's a very nice and very patient lady with an infectious enthusiasm for sewing.
The staff of KMIS are just as friendly, helpful, and patient. KMIS is Tampa based with two branches, one in Carrollwood and one in South Tampa. It's more of a quilting store but they do hold garment sewing classes as well. I am so happy that I took Serger U--Chris and the staff made it an enjoyable learning experience. I would highly recommended it to anyone who is new to serging.
On a side note, I was able to watch two of the other ladies use the new Baby-lock Evolve 8-thread serger with Jet-air threading. WOW! This serger is a BREEZE to use. Automatic threading, automatic tension setting, a coverlock stich (looks like twin-needle stitching from the top) that was very easy to switch to, and BEAUTIFUL stitiching. Something to look forward to :)