Tuesday, March 27, 2012

More Serger Fun

This picture is not a true sample but just a look at how to weave.

I was at Steve's Sew & Vac in King of Prussia, PA. last week and they were doing a serger project that I had done many many years ago. The class loved it and it brought back such beautiful memories of when I lived in Florida and taught serger club.

The technique was - taking strips of fabric (about 3" x 16") and doing a 3 thread overlock stitch of the long sides using heavy decorative thread. (Pearl Crown Rayon, Candlelight, etc.) You could put wrong sides together and make two strips into one for more weight.
After all the strips have been edged, just weave them like a basket weave. They did something a little different than I did..but

I laid them flat and with right sides together laid a flange back on top of the weaved strips (secured them with washable glue stick). I serged all four sides and had a super duper pillow cover.

Today I was thinking wouldn't that make a sensational front for a purse or totebag???
Of course you could adhere the strips to fusible batting or fusible interfacing. Oh the possibilities!!!!

I just love my serger and am anxious to make something today!!

Monday, March 26, 2012

Summer is coming!

Years ago I used to make custom bathing suits using my serger and my sewing machine. I used cotton/lycra elastic because it launders well and holds up nicely. With the serger it made it quick and easy to get several done in one day. Mostly I made 2 piece bathing suits and occasionally a whole piece (yuck). There are several pattern books and individual patterns for making active wear garments. It is a matter of what you like best.

In order for the elastic to be evenly applied you do need an elastic gathering attachment or foot. Though you can apply the elastic manually the gathering ratio may not be even and therefore the garment may not fit properly.

In addition to swimwear, you can make "summer tops". It is done by making a tube of fabric that will fit the bust size plus 4" for wear ease and be able to drape over the waist (if desired) and to the top of the hips. Simply add elastic to the top of the tube of fabric, turn it and then zigzag in place. Of course when zigzagging, you must stretch the elastic to make it lay flat. It will recover when released. For a finishing touch you could add straps. See spaghetti straps in a previous post.

For a quick hem, you could rolled hem or picot edge the bottom. From start to finish it should take about 30 minutes.