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Getting binding and underarm to line up when serging?
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Date: 6/12/07 11:38 AM

I feel like it is hit or miss with me in getting edges to line up when serging.

When I coverstitch a binding on a neckline flat and then go to serge up the shoulder seam, I have a heck of a time getting it to line up. I have tried serging from both directions.

Does anyone know any trick or tip to make sure they stay lined up? They go under the foot lined up but then by the time they reach the needle, one has pulled ahead.

Now for the underarm point. I am seaming the arm seam and side seam all in one pass, after having put the arm into the garment flat. I line up the arm hole seams and then serge. Invariably, even though they go under the foot lined up, one will pull ahead.

Thanks for any help you can offer!

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Date: 6/12/07 12:57 PM

What I do is quickly hand baste the neck edge with a few stitches and then serge. Or
I just serge, trim, and then use a few hand stitches to fell down the cut edge. I'm too lazy to experiment with the differential feed, but that's probably the best way to do it. That way your edges should come out even. I'm sure somebody else has a better line on this than me.

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Date: 6/12/07 3:25 PM

I baste the underarm seam where all the edges are coming together and that helps quite a bit.

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Date: 6/12/07 4:12 PM

I use the thread tails from the arm seam and tie them together, this holds the seam in place.

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Date: 6/12/07 10:07 PM

Lately, I've been using wash-away-wonder-tape to stick the layers together. For me, it's faster than traditional basting.

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Date: 6/18/07 4:40 PM

I tie the thread tails as well to get the underarm seam (as well as crotch seams) to line up. I started doing this after reading this tip hear on PR(sorry, can't locate it again).

I'm also hit or miss with sewing the shoulder seams and sometimes have to rip out the seam and start over. Maybe I will try using some wonder tape or a few small handstitches as well.....

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Date: 6/18/07 5:52 PM

Thanks for your help, everyone. I tried tying the thread tails together but I still get some shifting. I'd like to try some of the wash away wonder tape in lieu of basting, but I will have to get some.

Thanks.

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Date: 6/19/07 3:23 AM

What I do is use wonder tape at the beginning of the seam, then sew the first 3 cm with my sewing machine (it's so much easier to align seams with it instead of the serger) and then serge the seam.
It takes 5 supplementary minutes to do all this and the results are worth it.
LauraLo

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