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Amythyst02
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Date: 4/19/11 6:24 PM


I am looking for a book, that will explain the different types of stitches, and how to accomplish them. This is my second serger, and my old one, I only used for edging the seams, or seaming completely. But I know they can do so much more, and I cannot seem to find a book that just deals with the stitches. Any suggestions?

Thanks!!

PS. I do know I could look on the internet, however I cannot move my computer into the kitchen where my makeshift sewing room is

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Date: 4/19/11 9:00 PM

What is your serger model/brand, and do you have the manual for it? The manual should cover all of the capabilities of your particular serger.

Check out these books for more information on getting the most from your machine:

Sewing with Sergers

Serger Secrets

The Ultimate Serger Guide

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Date: 4/20/11 1:41 AM

I guess it would help if I said what kind I have

Janome 634D and I do have the manual, its not very detailed though, so I thought a book with some pictures and details would be a bit more helpful.

Thanks again.. I will take a look at those books you suggested !!


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Date: 4/20/11 2:01 AM

Many serger books show you the different stitches and the different looks you can acheive just by changing the the types of threads used. Sometimes you can find many books on serging at your local library. I have several books but I think Ming already posted the names to 3 of my favorites.
Usually your serger manual will also tell you about the different types of stitches your serger can do and how to acheive them and of course some sergers will do many more stitches that some basic models offer. Some basic models do not offer 2 thread stitches where you use a converter to disable the upper looper.

One of my sergers is a basic model and the other is an Elna combo and has 3 cover hems and chain stitch but it also has your basic 2,3 and 4 thread stitches and I could explain these for you:

Safety 4 thread - for knits and wovens
Stretch knit - to apply ribbing to knit necklines, cuffs and waistbands (same stitch as the 4 thread safety but uses differential feed and stitch length settings to prevent stretching of knits
Overlock 3 has a wide version or the narrow version which is used for lingerie construction
3 thread wide - suitable for medium to heavy weight fabric , knitwear construction or edge finish a single layer
Overcast 2 thread - needle and lower looper used to acheive a flat finish on light weight fabric
Over cast 2 thread wide - finish a seam on medium weight fabrics
Stretch wrapped stitch - the stretchiest stitch of all that uses 2 needles and the lower looper to construct swimwear and excercise wear. (This is my favorite and most used stitch on stretchy fleece)

Flatlocks stitches:
Flatlock 3 - an unbalanced stitch that can be pulled into a flat seam that resembles the exposed stitching seen on ready RTW Tees and sweatshirts..is used for constructing bulky knitwear and decorative accent.
Flatlock 2 where needle and lower looper are used for hemming techniques and constuction of undergarments.

Rolled hems:
3 thread rolled hem - for light to medium wt. fabrics and for pintucks and decoration.
Narrow 3 Hem - for hemming napkins, scarves and ruffles and light weight knits
2 Thread rolled hem - uses needle and lower looper for a finer and lighter rolled hem than the 3 thread rolled hem that rolls the fabric before encaseing the edge and is used on light wt. fabrics like chiffon and bridal wear.

Blind hems:
Some sergers do not do as a nice of a blind hem as some sewing machines do..but then there are some sergers that can make a hem where you cannot even see the stitching.
Your serger manual should explain how to do a blind hem especially if your serger came with a blind hem foot or if a foot is available for your model.

Stitches that might be used for the blind hem are the 3 thread overlock or 2 thread narrow or wide flatlock. Besides using these stitches for a blind hem..one can also achieve a very pretty decorative hem especially when using a contrasting thread.
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Date: 4/20/11 2:35 PM

Hi there. In my search for a serger, I purchased a book called Sewing with an Overlock Click here I found this book helpful, even though the machine is dated. It describes the stitches, how many threads to use, special effects and what you can use them on, and it has lots of really, really good color pictures.

I have two Janome sewing machines and I find their instruction books horrid, so I know what you're going through!

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Date: 4/20/11 3:07 PM

Complete Serger Handbook has a lot of pictures of stitches, and it's dirt cheap- $2.15 at Amazon.com, so if it's not what you want, it's not a big deal to donate it.

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Date: 4/20/11 3:47 PM

Serger Secrets is my favorite of the books listed because it is full of inspiration and the techniques to use for different purposes. In fact, reading it is what made me want a serger!

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Date: 4/20/11 4:41 PM

I checked out a few serger books from the library when I bought mine last year and ended up buying the ABC's of Serging. I found it to be the most helpful in explaining the stitches, what they are used for, and how to troubleshoot each stitch.

Some of the other books were more project oriented and less detailed about the actual stitches in my opinion.

I highly recommend the library as a screening tool for situations like this!

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Date: 4/20/11 4:49 PM

Thank you everyone for the suggestions!! Very much appreciated. We do not have a library close to us, and unfortunately with the price of gas I am almost afraid to drive !!

And yes Janome's manuals are horrid...but that is just my own personal opinion....

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Date: 4/20/11 5:07 PM

I'm lucky to have a great library close to me. I can't recommend a book specifically, but once you find that book that works for you, I would suggest making careful notes of what you do on your specific serger to create those stitches. The way that I have done that is using a small photo album for 4x6 photos and 4x6 plain index cards from the office section. When I make a stitch that I like, I cut off a little sample of fabric with that stitching and use double-sided tape (actually little scrapbooking photo stickies) and tape the sample to a card. I write down all my machine settings and maybe a reminder what that stitch was good for. All the cards go in the little album. I find that I refer to this all the time. I do this also for sewing machine setups as well.

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