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Date: 7/11/12 1:47 PM

I bought a Janome MyLock 644D. I mainly do serging of seams and rolled hems. I don't change thread colors that often because I find it more involved than changing thread on sewing machine.

How many of you bought sergers but haven't used more of its features? I feel I need to get more use out of it than what I'm doing, but just don't know how. I read you can also do some decorative stitches on sergers.

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Date: 7/11/12 1:52 PM

I only have black and white serger thread. I just use whichever is closer to what I need. My serger is really easy to thread- but if I'm feeling lazy I just tie a knot and pull the new thread through. The manual actually says to do that.


If you want to make good use of your serger- make a bunch of knit shirts. That is my favorite serger use. I also use it a lot for craft type projects (like reuseable snack bags) that I just want to get through fast.

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Date: 7/11/12 2:00 PM

All those threads are why I don't have a serger, I'm too scared

I have heard several folks say that they cut out several projects in the same color, then serge them at the same time to avoid changing thread colors.

Also, sergers can do some nice topstitching, the kind we are used to seeing on RTW. You might try that, maybe in contrasting colors. If you check out Debbie Cook's blog, she has a whole section on Coverstitch.Debbie Cook's blog

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Date: 7/11/12 4:32 PM

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I have heard several folks say that they cut out several projects in the same color, then serge them at the same time to avoid changing thread colors.


Or you can buy a serger, such as the Babylock, where you can change all or any one of the threads in seconds. AND it's even fun.

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Date: 7/11/12 5:31 PM

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How many of you bought sergers but haven't used more of its features?
Me! I really want to learn how to use the blind hem, but I'm having trouble trying to figure out where the needle needs to go.

I've tried using the elastic foot--OMG! That's some tool! And there's a gathering foot as well.

And yes, I too don't like to change threads often on my serger, so I find a group that I want to use as a "generic" type. I've pulled my cotton thread I had for my embroidery machine (now I'm playing with rayon for that) and keep the serger threaded in some strange colors, such as orange and bright blue. The cool thing is using different colors; you never know what you will wind up with.

Are you signed up for the serger class here next week?

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Date: 7/11/12 10:52 PM

If you set aside 1/2 hour to 1 hour and just thread and rethread your serger, you will find that it's usually not that difficult! It's just scary if you've (a) never done it or (b) rarely do it. I can thread mine (brother 1034D) from nothing to all four threads in under 3 mins.

Also, you can tie on new thread to the old one and then just chain off for awhile to pull the new color through - that's the easiest way of all.

There are A TON of possibilities with a serger! I can tell you that I'm no expert, but would like to be. I joined a Serger Club at my local dealer. They get together every other month and do a new project. Some are really cool and neat, others not so much, but I always learn something new! It's funny me sitting in that class with my little $200 Brother and all these ladies with their big 'ol Babylocks. Some of them even have the 8 thread models (now those scare me)! But mine does the same things theirs do, just the threading takes a little longer.

Check out your local shops or on Craigslist or something. See if you can find classes or lessons or something that can teach you just how much these machines can do for you!

Personally I use it to edge lots of stuff, also to sew knits, gathering is GREAT with this machine and the gathering foot. Also rolled hems are awesome and lettuce edging! Fun stuff!!!

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Date: 7/12/12 0:51 AM

I love mine but I have to agree that I have yet to make full use out of all of its capabilities.

I have the BL Enlighten - a slight step up from the Imagine. I bought it because of the lighting and the auto-tension - both are to die for on this machine and is the reason I bought it. The air threading is a really nice feature because you can thread it lickety split. Seriously though - most sergers made these days are not that hard to thread so there is no way I would buy it just for that.

It has a really cool decorative stitch called a wave stitch. I would really love to use that on something one day.

The other thing I have found with my serger is that it will take ANY kind of thread, and any combo of thread types, and the stitch always seems to comes out perfect. Sigh... all those thread possibilities will be really helpful someday when I want to use my serger to do some deco stitching.

I plan on taking a class in the fall about all the feet that came with my serger and hope to learn a thing or two there.

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Date: 7/12/12 0:59 AM

You could go to youTube.com and type SERGER in the search box and just see what comes up! Not all are specific to your serger but many are filled with good information.

There are many books and Serger Basics DVDs that are also good.
Also a Google search for serger tutorials may bring up some good ones.

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Date: 7/12/12 1:01 AM

The book "Serger Secrets" shows a whole whack of beautiful ways to use your serger, and by Linda Lee Vivian in particular. Her heirloom-style serging is to die for.

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I heart Panzy, Pfaff Creative Performance, the sewing machine love of my life!
And Baby (Enlighten serger), Victor (BLCS), Rupert (Pfaff 2023-knits expert) Ash (B350SE-Artwork), Kee (B750QEE-Panzy's BFF), Georgie (B560-Kee's baby sister) and the Feather-Flock!

Most of all, I heart Woo (HimmyCat). Until we meet again, my beautiful little boy. I love you.

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Date: 7/12/12 8:07 AM

I am on my second serger and it has a ton of feet that came with it, which I have never used. Just mainly seams and overcast. But I did sign up for the PR serger class that starts next week. I like these classes, but this is the first serger one I have taken. You have to do the homework with them, or you really don't learn. I wish they would give one on useing all those serger feet.

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height 5'2" bust 36, waist 31, hip 39.
I have way too many yards to count, and I will never use them up, but I will die trying!

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