It is well known around here that I had a beautiful serger but I stupidly forgot to oil it. Living in a dry climate and the fact that I used the heck out of it, well, I’m sure you can guess what happened to it. As of today I still don’t have a serger. To remedy that I can often be seen in the Sew News sewing studio after work sergering away on my own projects. I really miss my serger and all the wonderful things it did for my sewing projects and me. I hope to get one again here soon. I’ll keep you posted.
April is National Serger Month. So, what better time to tell you all about sergers. This post is on different seams and what they look like. The serger is a wonderful machine and I hope you get the chance to have one in your sewing room. You’ll love it.
If you’re thinking about purchasing a serger, sometime it can be a bit overwhelming. Sergers can do so many fun things and there are many fun options to choose from. Here is a list of basic stitches that are very common when using your serger.
There are many decorative and functional uses for a serger in addition to sea finishing capabilities. Always refer to the manual and test-serger each stitch on scrap fabric to determine the ideal setting for your machine, thread and fabric.
This narrow 3-thread stitch works well for napkin edges, delicate fabrics, kitchen curtains hems and craft projects. It’s the widely most used stitch for sergers.
To create a rolled hem, set the serer needle tension to the standard tension setting or slightly tighter (higher number) and the upper looper to the standard tension setting or slightly looser (lower number) depending on the thread weight. Set the lower looper to a tighter tension.
This stitch is similar to a rolled hem and is often used for hemming bridal fabrics. Set the needle tensions to the standard tension setting or slightly tighter, the upper looper to the standard tension setting or slightly looser, and the lower looper to a tighter tensions use a slightly longer stitch length than that used for a rolled hem.
Wide Flatlock Stitch
Use the flatlock stitch to embellish garments or connect quilt squares. This stitch is also handy for joining high loft fabrics, such as fur or fleece, because the finished seam has no bulk. Set the needle tension to a very loose or no tension setting. Set the upper looper to the standard tension setting and the lower looper to a very tight tension setting. Serger the seam, and the gently tug apart the two fabric layers until the seam lies flat against the fabric. (3)
The flatlock seam wrong side has a small ladder like pattern. (4)
Narrow 3-Thread Overlock Stitch (5)
This stitch produces a less bulky seam than a 4-thread overlock, so use it when making baby clothes or working with nylon, organza, satin or other delicate fabrics. The thread has less fabric to cover along the rasw ege, so set the needle and loopers to slightly tighter tension settings.
3-Thread Overlock Decorative Stitch (6)
This stitch is an appropriate finish for home-dec projects, such as pillows, and table runners. Use heavy weight decorative thread in the upper or both loopers. Set the needle to the standard or slightly higher tension setting, and the looser tension setting.
We lover sergers around here, they make sewing fun and projects and garments look more polished and professional. And, did I mention the time saving element? That’s my favorite feature!
Check out the National Serger Month website, there are fun projects that you can do with your serger, videos, tips and techniques for using your serger and special offers!