Thursday, April 19, 2012

Balancing the Serger Stitches

Four thread Overlock
1. For testing the balance use 4 different color threads.
2. If the lower looper is coming to the front then it is too loose.
3. But most times if you tighten the lower looper thread then you may need to loosen the upper looper thread. Hence - balance. The same applies if the upper looper thread is going to the back, tighten the upper looper thread and loosen the lower looper thread.

Three Thread Rolled Hem
1. The needle tension should be normal or one number higher because it is the security of the stitch.
2. Upper looper (depending on the thread used) should be at a normal setting.This is the thread that encases the raw edge of the fabric - a lot like sausage casing. :-)
a. Wooly nylon - normal
b. Regular serger thread the tension will need to be a little tighter or a higher number.
c. Jeans stitch or a heavier weight thread then the tension needs to be a little looser.
3. Three Thread Decorative Edge
1. In most cases all normal settings will work.
2. If needed loosen both the upper and lower looper tensions to accommodate the weight of the thread.

To practice some of these techniques - go to and look at "Projects" and select "Square Dance Purse" or "Crazy Quilt Bag". There are several serger projects on the site that you can chose from for learning how to bond with your serger.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Sergers - DIfferent/Same

Not all sergers are the same! It is important to review the manual for guidance. But some do a beautiful rolled hem while others just chew up the fabric.
It is important to do research and see what other people have experienced using the serger brand you are thinking of buying.
I have heard several "Bad Comments" about some of the brands and how they can't achieve some of the basic stitches.

Again, ask around and see what other people are experiencing. IT SHOULD BE USER FRIENDLY - first and foremost and easy to thread.