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akilcoyne

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Date: 8/16/08 9:23 PM

My mom just gave me a serger but I have no ideas what to really use if for except for hems. Any suggestions on where I can learn more about using a serger.

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Date: 8/16/08 9:48 PM

HI there,
I'm in the same place. I just bought a serger after lusting after one for a year or more. I brought it home yesterday. I looked at the box for about 4 hours. Then unpacked it and lined up all the little pieces on the table and stared at them for the rest of the night. Today I finally started through the manual. Threaded it. Whew!!! Then stiched some plain fabric. Wow!!!!
I don't know what you are supposed to do next. But what I did was go nuts. I've been cutting samples off all my different fabrics in the stash and trying out all the different stitches. I think I'm in love. !!!!!
(Wish I'd taken notes to go with all my little samples. ).
KH

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Date: 8/16/08 11:02 PM

There are alot of books that help get the most out of your serger. I have Serger Secrets, The Ultimate Serger Answer Guide, and The Singer Guide to an Overlocker {or something like that}. I went to the library and checked out some of their books. I also inter-library loaned a few that I saw on Amazon and in the book reviews here on PR. ABC's of Sergers is a good book. Just look through the book reviews. I know Nancy Zieman has one out also. Have fun with your new sergers. They really can speed up your sewing. hth

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Date: 8/17/08 0:17 AM

Have a look at kwik sew. Under categories there's a link to kwik serge patterns. There are several pages of patterns specifically designed to be made primarily with a serger. Kwik sew instructions are straight forward, easy to follow. You should find reviews for some of these patterns here at Pattern Review.

Come back with any specific questions with info about your particular serger (brand, model), someone here will have the answers. Have fun. sergers can be really useful, timesaving machines.

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Date: 8/17/08 0:39 AM

Oh my! I love my serger! I have what used to be the bottom of the line Babylock Eclipse that has air threading---a fabulously wonderful feature that will truly clean up all the sailor language when changing thread. My sweet baby always pulls a tail and I really kiss it every time.

Why do I kiss it every time you ask?? I had a another serger before this one made by a major company---not a cheap one. It was horrible to rethread!! Then someone told me about tying on and that helped alleviate the challenge---somewhat! Unless you have a BL I recommend you try this method. Tie your new threads (particularly on the loopers) on to the old threads. Then lift the presser foot which should take off the tension, and pull or serge through. You will have to rethread the needle(s) however. Then put the foot back down and test by depressing the pedal like you are sewing and pull your threads to make a new tail.

Some machines are very picky about the order you thread them in and pulling your threads through takes care of that.
Once you get going with your new sergers, just finishing seams will really make a huge difference in how professional your projects look inside.

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Date: 8/17/08 11:15 AM

Thank you for all your suggestions. I am going to check out a library book on sergers. I am really looking forward to saving time and making my projects look more professional. I just want to make sure I am taking full advantage of my serger's potential. I think its going to be a lot of fun having this piece of equipment.

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Date: 8/23/08 7:39 PM

Oh wow...you are going to have fun!!! I love my serger, I use it for most everything I sew. It gives a professional finish that a CS machine just can't give! I use it for just about everything I sew, side seams, neck facings, sleeves, hems, etc.,
I also use it on the edge of zippers, for extra security. I have found that my serger has cut down my sewing time, to where I can sew even more

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Date: 8/23/08 9:48 PM

I use my serger on pretty much every single sewing project and for some, I only use the serger. They are amazing machines. Today I even toyed with the idea of making some chains and applying them as decorations. Not sure I'll do it, but nice to know I can if I want to.

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