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Posted on: 6/7/11 0:07 AM
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Spaghetti straps can be made quickly and easy with a serger. First, set up for a Rolled Hem. Sew a chain 5" to 10" longer than the length of the strap. Bring the chain around to the left of the presser foot and to the front of the machine. Take the fabric strip for your strap and fold it right sides together, around the thread chain with the fold to the left. Begin to sew, holding the chain next to the fold of the fabric. The cutting blades will trim away the excess fabric as you sew. Be careful not to cut the chain. When the sewing is complete, pull the thread chain to turn the strap to the right side.

This is how I was taught in a workshop this week, very nifty. I have copied the text for this tip from the Janome site, as it explains it much better than me.

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Vonnevo said... (6/9/11 7:04 PM) Reply
Fabulous Tip !!! Thanks for the clear and concise instructions :)
Patti B said... (6/8/11 9:40 AM) Reply
taylormade said... (6/8/11 8:27 AM) Reply
If you use true bias for the strap, after you turn it, take to the iron and press and stretch it at the same time. It will get skinnier as you stretch!
newsewer2011 said... (6/7/11 6:03 PM) Reply
We sort of put the chain right into the fold of the fabric and then put the chain pretty much under the left side of the foot and then serged and then turned. My strap ended up probably 3/8 but with practice and more finesse than me you may even get it smaller.
Laurie Lou said... (6/7/11 1:42 PM) Reply
Thanks! I have got to try this! How skinny is your end result??? course that depends on the fabric too.
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