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.