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Posted on: 5/31/04 4:15 PM
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Not sure where I learned of this use of fusible thread in the lower looper and checked in this tip section thinking I read it here but did not find it. Thus decided to post my recent experience with this.

I made the Santa Monica Tee today and decided to follow the instructions with the pattern of serging the edge then turning under. My past experience with this has not always been very good. Sometimes the knit stays in place well enough to topstitch or even coverstitch. Most times not. I normally use Steam a Seam but that can be a pain sometime to try to make a straight tape bend around a curve and stay until you iron/fuse it.

I have had Fusible Thread for awhile so decided to use in the bottom looper of the serger and serge finish the neck, sleeve and hem of the top as instructed. I then turned under and pinned the hem. I then fused with the iron. It worked great and held the fabric well enough to topstitch it.

I think this will work with other fabrics as well as a nice way to fuse in place before top or coverstitching. If experienced enough in turning and pressing, you can probably eliminate the pinning part.

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missusprim said... (11/13/10 9:32 AM) Reply
I will certainly try this tip, and am hoping I can find this thread in my local fab store. I used it many years ago for my children's clothes for hemming assistance but never in either my serger or my sewing machine. Thanks for the tip!
DiosaSpiralis said... (3/22/09 5:18 PM) Reply
Hi Linda ~ I'm doing this right now, but I'm having trouble with the tension settings, can't seem to get it even. Now my thread just broke twice. Any tips?
Lyndi Lou said... (6/11/07 12:37 PM) Reply
Thanks, LL, am new w/ using serger & I appreciate your tip! Have been sewing for a very long time, and am anxious to use your tip. Keep sharing your "finds" /Linda Lou
drsue said... (7/24/04 10:13 AM) Reply
This seems like a great idea. I will definetly give it a try.
Danvillegirl said... (6/2/04 5:51 AM) Reply
Thanks Liane for the info regarding some knits. I will keep that in mind. The knit I tried this on was buttermilk knit and did very well. I can imagine that some knits could not stand the heat.
sissie said... (6/1/04 8:46 PM) Reply
Thanks Linda I will try this!
Liane M said... (6/1/04 6:56 AM) Reply
Someone told me about this idea at a sewing class recently. It is now what I use instead of Stream A Seam. This is a great technique. It doesn't leave any stiffness in the fabric like SAS will sometimes do. The only trouble is it takes a heat and pressure to get it to fuse and some knits wont take that much heat.
AnneM said... (6/1/04 6:35 AM) Reply
I don't have any experience w/ fusible thread. If you use the fusible thread, will the serged edge still prevent fraying?
Mandolin82 said... (5/31/04 9:05 PM) Reply
what a great idea!
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