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Serger Fundamentals (Online Sewing Class)

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Posted by: SandiMacD
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Posted on: 6/8/10 11:55 PM
Rating: starstar
Web site/URL: Serger Fundamentals
Date of Class: January 2009
Instructor: Shannon Gifford

I would recommend this class to anyone that wants to do a serger project but not ready to try it alone. It is also a good class for someone who is not sure if they are getting the most from their serger. This class amazingly covered use of a wide variety of sergers. I was impressed to see Shannon assist us with tweaking our settings to achieve the correct stitch.
All the basics were covered: parts of the serger, adjusting tensions for 3 and 4 threads, seams (straight, curves, securing), stitches (flatlock, narrow hem, french fell, heirloom, uses for), Worksheets (tension and settings), threads (regular and specialty) and differential adjustments. Cover stitching and chain stitching were beyond the scope of this class.
The Lessons were very descriptive and were generous with color photos- more so than the manual. Videos would have been so much more helpful to demonstrate some of the techniques and I ope they get added to future classes. Even so, I can now look at a poorly formed seam and know whether it is the needle or the looper, which needle or looper and how to make a correction.
The Lessons not only gave us information but came with homework. It was hoped that we actually did what the Lesson described so that come Chat time we could discuss our problems. Unfortunately, the pace was high- a lesson a day- and not all of us, me included, could keep up. I was glad to learn how to deal with serving elastic and rounding corners and end cleanly by turning the fabric.
There were 3 Chats. I kept up with the first, was a lesson behind in the 2nd and was sick so didn't make the 3rd one. I had technical problems with the first one- it wouldn't accept any typing until I logged in and out (4 times!). I had taken other PR classes and had no problems so it was something other than user error.
The Chats were helpful because other students discussed what they had done in the assignments. The Chats offered discussion time with our fellow classmates- what features they liked and didn't like and what projects they were tackling and how their brand handled it. I was ready to upgrade my serger from a 3/4 OL to a chain/cover stitch model and this class convinced me to go for it.
I would give this a 3 star rating if it had offered videos.
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DoloresS said...
I hope they abide by your suggestions on video and more time as I would definitely consider taking the course. Thank you for your insight and review.
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