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can u serge a sweetheart neckline?
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Date: 3/23/13 7:19 PM

Does anyone know if it is possible to serge a sweetheart neckline on a serger with stretch fabric? If so how? What type of stitch do u use? Is the knife engaged? How do get a sharpe?" V" in middle? Thanks.
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Date: 3/23/13 9:01 PM

I *really* wouldn't -- you are likely to loose the shape. A ziz-zag will hold down any fraying until you attach the facing.

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Date: 3/23/13 9:26 PM

Or you could serge the raw edges on the separate pieces and then sew them together by regular machine. I think you'll lose the point and the curve if you serge it.

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Date: 3/23/13 9:28 PM

I wouldn't either. Just stay stitch it either with a zigzag or straight stitch. Or you could use a piece of grosgrain ribbon if your afraid of it stretching that much. Its going to be covered up anyway with your facing..... and that type of ribbon won't stretch.
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Date: 3/23/13 9:28 PM

It seems that you would lose the definition of the sweetheart neckline. A serger isn't the best choice for this.

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Date: 3/24/13 11:58 PM

Thanks for all the input. I am sewing a spandex skating dress, it has a mesh yoke above and attached to the sweetheart neckline. What is the best way to sew that seam on the regular machine, straight stitch on spandex or something else? Thanks again
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Date: 3/25/13 0:21 AM

Since you are using spandex, use a zig-zag stitch or a three part zig zag. :)

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Date: 3/25/13 0:38 AM

When I sew a sweetheart with the V, I zig zag until about .75" from the point, take the needle out of the fabric, change to a straight stitch and stitch down to the point and then pivot and sew about .75" up from the point, then switch back to a zig zag. I then top-stitch with the triple zig zag or my coverstitch.

ETA -- I forgot to mention that once I finish stitching I clip into the V on the wrong side -- right up to but not through the stitching. then flip and use the triple zig zag


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Date: 3/25/13 7:59 PM

Not sure what a triple zigzag or three part zigzag is. Could you elaborate? Any tricks on sewing thru the "V" without the fabric puckering there? I have trouble with that part. Thanks for your suggestions, they sound great.
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Date: 3/25/13 9:23 PM

Some machines have a zig-zag stretch stitch that is called a tripple stitch. If yours camw with any stretch stitches, check your manual or stitch card and look for it. I just found it last week and its pretty cool.

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