Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Learning to use my serger

When I sat down in front of my serger the very first time I was a little bit scared, looking closely at the machine I was rather intimidated by it.  All of those tension dials, loopers and gadgets had me totally confused.  And to be honest, I still am.  BUT I am learning, slowly but surely, bit by bit it is making more sense....I think!

I've had my serger for almost two years now, and I have not really made an effort to learn how to use it.  Sure I tried it out when I first got it, but I found it was just too complicated figuring out on my own, and since I never had the chance to go to classes because my little one was-, still is so busy and demanding, taking classes is almost impossible.  

So I was just too happy when I found 'Beginner Serging Machine Basics and Techniques' on Craftsy.  I can watch each lesson as often as I like, go back and forth if I'm stuck, not to mention all the money I am saving having to drive 100km for a lesson.  

Images from Craftsy

I loved taking this class.  I watched each video lesson front to back right up to the end, and jumped right in participating with each lesson.  Sure there where times I felt like pulling out my hair, but I quickly got hold of myself and carried on.

In this class I really got the chance to learn each part and aspect of my machine.  Which was very helpful, especially because I only know how to sew a quarter inch seam allowance and how to change the settings on my home sewing machine for free motion.

Here are just a few examples of the different stitches I have learnt.  I still want to learn the decorative stitches using yarn and embroidery threads, but for now I am happy learning and stitching out these samples.

two thread wrap stitch
It is still a work in progress and most certainly not perfect yet but I am going to get there.

two thread flat lock

I really want to broaden my sewing skills to not only piecing quilt tops and quilting.  Thus far I have only experience using quilting cotton, so this will be quite an adventure sewing with different types of fabric.

Hope you'll stick around seeing what I've learnt and made.

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Carolyn said...

Hi Marelize, I'm interested to see that you have done this course. I have had my overlocker for about 20 years and have used it a lot for dressmaking but I've packed it away since doing so much quilting. If only it could be used somewhere in quilting!!!

Sara said...

I am frugal and use my serging stitches (few that there are) on my Janome. I can't imagine using a regular serger because of the difficulty level. Good to know there are videos out there to help a quilter/sewer out though! Thanks for sharing and the best of luck to you on your serging adventure!

BTW, I LOVE your header!

Connie said...

I used to use a serger all the time when I made clothes....they are wonderful! Thanks for sharing.
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~Diana said...

I was given a serger recently, and I need to pull it out and see if I can figure it out...so many Christmas jammies to make! It's a Bernina from the 90's...should work fine...I just have to do it...

kim said...

Nice serger! I can't wait to see what you get up to with that :)


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