Welcome to the first in my mini series Serger Tip Clips. I will be posting short 4-5 minute videos over the next few months featuring serger how-to’s, tips, and techniques. Stay tuned weekly and visit my site for the latest Serger Tip Clips. Today’s Serger Tip Clip will be on Starter Fabric. What is it? And, Why do you need it? Let’s take a closer look!
Learn how to use your serger to its full potential!
The serger is the most versatile tool a sewist can use, capable of hemming, seaming, decorative finishes and more. Author Gail Yellen is here to demystify the serger and help you get the most out of your machine! By familiarizing yourself with the various components and how they affect the stitch, you’ll tackle new stitches and techniques with a new enthusiasm.
I recently made a very lightweight cotton/lycra summer skirt. A narrow 3-thread overlock stitch would create a ¼-inch finished seam allowance. While testing my serger stitch settings (stitch length, differential feed) on scrap fabric, the seams didn’t behave very well and the seam needed “beefing up” for added strength. I knew there was a solution. I stopped to think about how to eliminate ripply, weak seams and realized Knit Stay Tape was the perfect solution. I fused the stay tape to the sample fabric to test it and no muss, no fuss—a smooth, strong seam.
Thread blending with The Thread Palette is a beautiful way to incorporate multiple colors and textures of threads in decorative serger stitching. Unlike variegated thread (left), thread blending gives a subtle continuous blending of colors (right) rather than color blocking.
Join me at this year’s Sewing Holiday. A premiere destination boutique style sewing event like no other. Featuring an eclectic mix of activities and presentations from the top names in the industry like Baby Lock and McCall patterns. This is an event for anyone who loves to sew and wishes to thrive in a collective creative atmosphere.
What is Cosmetic Serger-y? It’s the blending of construction and decorative serger techniques. Whether you’re a new serger owner or have been using one for years, you’ll learn some very cool techniques. Your serger will become an important tool in your embellishment arsenal adding new dimension to garments, quilts and home décor projects!
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