Friday, December 25, 2009

Christmas Day 2009


No serging today. Just lots of love and hugs for the holidays.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Last minute Holiday Gift

When I make gifts I like to make several at once to save time and mass produce. A quick winter scarf is an easy project. Set up the serger for a 4 thread overlock.
Take a piece of fleece approximately 18" x 60" or the width of the fabric. With right sides together fold in half lengthwise and serge down the long side. Arrange tube so that the seam is in the middle and then serge across only one short side. Turn right side out and fringe the open end. That means make cuts about 8" up from the raw edge. Take a piece of ribbon or cord or rat tail and tie just above the cuts. This will make the fringe cuts fluff out. OR if you feel really crative, take a hand sewing needle and thread and do a running stitch to gather across the cuts instead of using the ribbon tie. If you don't quite understand the concept, do it on a small scrap of fabric about 12" long and 6" wide. Then the Christmas light will start to shine brightly! Happy Holidays!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Clock is ticking

The Holidays are almost here, hope all of you are ready. Merry Christmas everyone and Happy Holidays to all.

5 Thread sergers

So many people think that 5 thread sergers are only for doing a cover hem or hemming knits. BUT - they are sensational for embellishing too. With decorative thread in the chain looper, set up serger for a chainstitch...and yippee you can create a seed stitch. Draw an outline or random lines on the worng side of the fabric and follow the lines. On the right side of the fabric you end up with beautiful seed stitching! Using a three thread cover hem you can also do reverse applique. Use a gluestick to adhere the applique fabric on the right side of the base fabric, on the wrong side of the base fabric trace the outline of the applique fabric. stitch on the lines and you will end up with a sweet applique. May take practice, but it works. Always test on scrap fabric. This prevents anger and disappointment.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Purse Straps

An easy way to make purse straps is to set up the serger for a 4 thread overlock. Adjust the stitch length to between 2 and 3 or one or two numbers less that a normal 4 thread overlock stitch. Serge over a length of yarn and you will end up with a cute strap for an evening bag. If you feel adventurous, place a length of ribbon with the yarn and stitch over both at the same time. For an added treat use heavier decorative thread in the loopers. Give it a try and let me know how you like it???

Monday, December 7, 2009

Sergers R fun 4 all!

I have been working my day job and haven't been here for a few days. An easy idea for a pillow is to make it a large 9 patch. Take six 6" x 18" strips of different color cotton fabric and roll hem down both long sides. Then weave them to form a ninepatch. (use all the same fabric if desired) Make a flange back and then with right sides together - serge the nine patch to the flange back. This is a quick, fun and easy project.

Tomorrow I will post the graphic. It is late and I can't get it to paste. Try it with paper first and you will see how easy it goes together.

Don't shop - serge!

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Holiday Gifts

Sewing with the serger makes it fast and a lot easier. Some of my family members have asked me to make slippers again for Christmas. A long time ago I used to make the gals in the family new slippers and a robe for Christmas....haven't for a long time. SO, I pulled out the old patterns and made three pairs. You can do most of the construction on the serger - then attaching the sole you need to use a conventional sewing machine. There are many slipper patterns available. There are two that I like, one is like a slipper boot (favorite) the other is a like a shoe. If you need the pattern information, just ask????

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Welcome aboard followers - got any questions?

Welcome to my blog!

Threads

I have often been asked - can you only use designated serger thread in the serger.
You can use whatever thread will fit through the needles and/or loopers. I use regular sewing thread, embroidery thread, heavy decorative thread, jeansstitch thread, etc. Just remember to use a spool cap or horizontal spool feeder depending on the way the thread feeds off the spool. You can also run two or three spools into one or both loopers to create your own color thread. Just be sure the spools have freedom to feed the thread off. A few times I put them all in a bowl behind the serger and yippee I had a custom color thread. Always test stitch and go slow when you are trying something new.

Serger Maintenenace

It is very important to keep your serger as clean as possible. That means vacuuming out the lint. Even if you don't have a small attachment, just put the hose near and it will suck out all the lint. You also can use a scrap of fleece to dust out the insides. Change the needles OFTEN. It is less expensive than taking it in for sevice. Be sure to use the right size needles for your machine. Check the manual. If your machine requires lubrication - do it about once a month for a normal amount of use of your serger.

ps - I have made several dusters using scraps of polar fleece. Even use it for my swiffer. Fleece is like a lint magnet. Then throw it in the washing machine etc. and it is ready for use again.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Understanding a Balanced Stitch

What is a balanced 4 thread overlock stitch - it means that the upper and lower looper threads meet at the edge of the fabric. If the lower looper comes up on the top then the upper looper thread tension may be too tight and the lower looper thread tension may be too loose. Adjust the tensions equally until both threads meet at the edge of the fabric.

Coming SOON - a quick holiday serger project.

Serger Answers for Everyone

If sergers scare you or you think it is a doorstop...just ask me anything about sergers and I will try to show you the light. Not just the light inside the machine but the light at the end of the tunnel.