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Date: 7/30/13 12:28 PM

Hi there. I have no experience at all with sergers but am considering buying one.

Can anyone recommend an excellent book about serging for a beginner like me? Thanks!

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Date: 7/30/13 2:29 PM

Serge with Confidence. You can review it at Amazon.

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Date: 7/30/13 3:27 PM

I, too, have been researching servers to buy, but the research I do, the more confused I become

A friend, who uses her serger for almost all her garment construction, recommended this book:

Singer/Sewing Reference Library" Sewing with an Overlock. The book is out of print, but is available through Amazon. It doesn't compare different servers/overlocks but it does explain through text and really good pictures, what a serger/overlock can do.

I still haven't decided on what serger I am going to buy . . . sometimes I wonder if I really need one.

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Date: 7/30/13 4:45 PM

There's another thread already open on this topic that you might want to read. Right now it's only four items below this one in the list of recent threads.

http://sewing.patternreview.com/SewingDiscussions/topic/79439


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Date: 7/31/13 11:00 AM

Ready Set Serge
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Serge With Confidence
both get my vote.

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Date: 7/31/13 6:58 PM

I agree with Kemish, The Singer Sewing Reference Library -Sewing with an Overlock is the book I refer to the most. You could also check out your local library and see what they have. You can test drive the books, so to speak.

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Date: 8/1/13 1:16 AM

Careful now! That was the book I bought BEFORE I bought my serger, to help me understand what they did. That book is excellent with lots of photos that are very well-taken.

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Date: 8/1/13 12:39 PM

I'm a lot more confident on my serger than on my sewing machine. I use it for almost all construction projects, and spend time figuring out how to use it when instructions call for my SM. I have 3 sergers and will try darned near anything on them.

I also have Kathy Ruddy's 5-DVD series on sergers. They explain the *why* behind everything, not just the 'what knob do I turn.' The hairstyles and fashions in the videos are outdated, but the knowledge about the sergers is still very applicable. I recommend them. (not affiliated)

Kathy Ruddy's DVDs

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Date: 8/12/13 5:03 AM

Serge with Confidence contains patterns and directions. You make things while you are learning about your serger. It fun and inspirational. I got mine from Nancy's Notions.
You might find it at a library.

One way to build your skill level (garment sewers) is to take the scraps after cutting out and use them to serge inside and outside corners and curves. Its a great refresher and lets you hone your skills on various fabric types too.

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