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Date: 6/6/10 4:47 PM

I see that many sewers now have both sergers and a coverstitch capability. Yet I can't find a sewing book that incorporates these two machines (or one machine!) into their directions.

I would love to find one. I am always saying, hmmm, I bet I could do this with the serger or coverstitch--but I would love a book that does that. I understand that books want to reach the widest audience, and not everyone has these machines, but many of us do. Would you write a book on how to build a house assuming no one had power tools?

I understand that there are many books showing how to use a serger and a few that even mention the coverstitch. But I want a book that assumes I have a sewing machine, serger, and coverstitch, and gives directions on sewing utilizing all of them.

Okay, that's my rant for today. Thanks for reading!

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Date: 6/6/10 6:46 PM

I doubt there will ever be a book like this. Aside from the limited market, people have such different ways of using their machines. Some whizz through everything with their sergers. Others sew almost everything on the sewing machine and use the serger for seam finishing and the coverstitch for hems.

As long as you know how to use these machines, it's up to you to decide which one to use for a particular sewing task.

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Date: 6/8/10 12:55 PM

Simplicity has a general sewing book that covers both machines. I have a copy of the 2nd edition and it describes a technique using a sewing machine and then follows-up with how that same technique could be done on a serger (if appropriate). It is a basic how-to book, but it covers a lot of garment sewing issues. It's called "Simply the Best Sewing Book".

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Date: 6/8/10 1:15 PM

Sew U Home Stretch covers all three machines

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Date: 6/8/10 1:35 PM

Try Serge With Confidence by Nancy Zieman. It came out around the same time that Babylock introduced the Evolve serger/coverstitch machine, so it includes coverstitching as well as general serger techniques.

I think you'll find that most books address general sewing with a traditional machine or sewing with sergers. This is probably because sergers are still viewed more as a specialty machine (not by me!).
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Date: 6/11/10 2:25 PM

I'd think the best bet would be books explaining the best ways to use your serger and coverstitch for particular tasks, so that you can just replace the techniques that are work-arounds for not having them. If you're looking for ideas for more ways they would be useful, I think there are a few advanced serging type books.

I got a book on sergers right after I got my serger, and besides flipping through it when it first arrived, I haven't picked it up. Granted, the book I got turned out to be an old edition that was a bit dated, but the other problem was that it seemed take a weird angle, touting the virtues of sergers and showing you where you can use them, on the assumption that the reader doesn't already have ideas about that. I decided I needed a serger *because* there were tasks I knew would be a lot easier with one, and because I kept seeing people talking about using sergers for this that and the other thing.. after getting it I didn't need any convincing that it had plenty of uses!

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Date: 6/11/10 5:54 PM

Look for patterns that incorporate the information. Kwiksew patterns have the Kwik Serge line, as well as most if not all the knit patterns have instructions for how to use your serger instead of sm.

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Date: 6/11/10 7:34 PM

Thanks to everyone for your good suggestions.

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Date: 6/11/10 9:14 PM

Serger book

I think this serger book is great for a garment sewer and the new edition covers the cover stitch machine. It has color photos of stitches, photos of wrong tension and how to fix it, color steps for techniques of hems, seams, sewing a sweater, blouse, pants and swimsuit. Several of the seam finishes also include use of sewing machine. Stitches and their uses shows a color stitch, when to use and what it looks like. After sewing for 18 years with a serger this is still the book I find most useful. You don't have to have a Singer serger to find it helpful. A good reference for using the serger with fun projects are the manufacture websites.

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Date: 6/12/10 0:56 AM

A few more books that include serger and cover hem use are "Creative Serging" by Nancy Bednar & Anne van der Kley "The Complete Serger Handbook" by Chris James "Serger Secrets" and also "Serger Shortcuts".
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