Serge to Your Full Potential!

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Did you know April is National Serger month? If you have a serger, want one, or need some extra training, this is a sign! Get started by downloading a free e-book from Baby Lock: 11 New Serger Projects for Sewers of All Skill Levels.

A serger is a fantastic tool for quick projects, especially those using knit fabrics, as the serger stitch has built-in stretch. But sergers are great for woven fabrics too, as they finish the seam allowances as they stitch. I love one-stop-sewing!

Not only is a serger great for construction, you can use it to create embellishments too. Use decorative thread to create a pretty thread chain to use as belt loops or even jewelry. Some sergers have a coverstitch capability, which creates beautiful thread embellishments on the project right side, made even more spectacular with decorative thread. A serger can also gather fabric and create pintucks, all with just a few setting adjustments.

Learn about basic serger stitches and how to use them to create a gathered skirt and easy pattern-free top in Serger Smarts in the April/May ’15 issue of Sew News, on newsstands now! (Find digital and physical copies at

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For more serger information, purchase the Serger Tips, Tricks, and Troubleshooting webinar at

In this web seminar you will learn:

  • Serger components—where they are and what they do
  • Overlock stitches and best choices for various construction techniques
  • What is differential feed and how to manipulate it
  • Common operator technique errors and how to correct them
  • Stitch length and width—get the right settings
  • Tension settings
  • Cover stitch—major differences between cover stitch and overlock functions

SIAB1413 Serge to Your Full Potential!Then pick yourself up some performance knit swimsuit fabric and serge yourself a sweet suit for summer! Get the pattern for this stylish one-piece suit by Project Runway’s Michelle Lesniak here.

Happy sewing (& serging!)


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