Learning new Serger? HALP!!!!!

lazy_gardensDecember 9, 2012

I bought a serger, planning to make some of these recucled sweater things, and also other stuff that just works better with serged edgers and seams.

What's the best way to start learning how to use a serger?

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There are patterns specifically for serger use, usually fleece tops, etc. Also, I recommend you buy yourself a book on sergers, there are several that are very good. The books will give you tips on what your serger is capable of, basic troubleshooting tips, and lots of project ideas also.

As far as learning to use it, practice on scraps. I always sew on a scrap of fabric before I begin any project, whether on a sewing machine or serger You can get the feel for how it sews up, do you need a dif. needle etc. Knits are great in sergers, the stretch is much better than a zigzag on a SM.

Sergers are more sensitive to pulling too hard on the fabric, if you know what I mean. You can & should practice taut sewing w/a serger (and a regular SM), but if you pull too hard, you can knock it out of alignment. I always say, 'sit on your hands'. Not really, but be aware that you're only guiding the fabric through the machine, it'll pull the fabric, you don't need to help it along.

Lastly, youtube is a great resource. Last night when I couldn't find my serger manual to rethread the serger (WHERE is that dratted booklet??) I went to youtube & found a video quickly, which had me up & running again.

What kind of serger did you get? I bet once you get the hang of it, you're going to love using it. Good luck!

Here is a link that might be useful: kwik sew serger patterns

    Bookmark   December 14, 2012 at 11:41AM
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make sure to read you manual you got with the serger
all the way through. so you know what the serger will do.
make sure to keep the manual and the accessories in a
safe place where you can find them easily.
never serge over a pin.
when the serger is not in use, put some type of cover
over the serger, cover should depend on the climate in
your area.
Happy Serging
Merry Christmas

    Bookmark   December 14, 2012 at 12:26PM
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It's a Bernina 2500DCE

I plan to read the manual and mess around with samples for a while.

    Bookmark   December 14, 2012 at 9:11PM
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you're going to love it. Bernina's are very good machines.

    Bookmark   December 15, 2012 at 9:57AM
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