Break Your Serger Out of the Box
With Jennifer Stern-Hasemann
Nov 7 10:00am-12:10pm CST
Dust off your serger, or take it out of the box and join Jennifer for this fun class. Learn a variety of serger techniques that will give you the confidence to use your serger for more than just finishing edges.
One of the most common things new serger owners say is “I’m afraid to take it out of the box.”… The second most common thing is “I only use my serger to finish raw edges.” If this speaks to you, dust off your serger and join Jennifer for this fun class.
We’ll start with an overview of the serger so you’ll be familiar with threading and how it works. Then we’ll examine a basic 4-Thread Stitch to understand how it’s formed. By identifying the needle and looper threads, you’ll be able to “read” your work and easily tell which settings need to be adjusted to fix a less-than-perfect stitch.
One of the serger’s most helpful features allows you to sew a wide variety of fabrics without gathering or stretching them out of shape. We’ll play with this differential feed to see how to get a nice smooth seam on lightweight or sheer fabrics as well as on stretchy knits.
*Learn about the basic 3- and 4-Thread Stitches that are used to sew garment seams and finish edges.
*Sample easy specialty and decorative stitches: a rolled hem for stable and sheer fabrics, a decorative lettuce-edge on a knit, and a decorative flat-lock stitch.
*See how easy it is to sew around curves and circles, starting and stopping so it is practically invisible.
*For those times when something goes wrong and you need to take out a seam, learn how to take out a 4- or 3-Thread Stitch with no seam ripper.
That’s a lot, but each technique covered has a corresponding workbook page with step-by-step instructions, so you will be able to review and continue serging away!
__A variety of fabric samples to work with (ten 8” x 5” pieces of knit fabric, six 8” x 8” squares and six 8” x 5” pieces of cotton fabric, six 8” x 5” pieces of sheer or lightweight non stretch fabric*, two 8” x 8” squares of fleece). If you don’t have these fabrics handy, check your closet for garments you don’t wear anymore, sometimess the perfect fabric can be found there!
__4 spools of serger thread (ideally 4 different colors so you can follow the needle and looper threads in the stitches). If you’re comfortable threading your serger, have it ready to go with a 4-Thread Stitch.
__1 spool of heavy decorative thread such as jean topstitching thread
__Bonus, if you have a fabric that is hard for you to work with, include a sample of that too; we’ll figure it out!
__Sewing Basics: Needles, Thread, Sharp scissors, Notebook, Pen or pencil with eraser, Tape measure, Seam ripper, Pins