Break Your Serger Out of the Box
With Jennifer Stern-Hasemann
Jan 7, 10:00am–12:00pm CST
New serger owners commonly say, “I’m afraid to take it out of the box.” others say, “I only use my serger to finish raw edges.” If this speaks to you, dust off your serger and join Jennifer as she shares a variety of techniques that do more than just finishing edges.
Class sessions will be recorded and remain accessible online to registered students of the class for 14 days following the event.
We’ll start with a serger overview to familiarize you with threading and how it works. Then we’ll examine a basic 4-thread stitch to understand how it is formed. We will identify the needle and looper threads so you’ll be able to “read” your work to easily see which thread settings need to be adjusted to fix a less-than-perfect stitch.
One of the serger’s most helpful qualities allows you to sew a wide variety of fabrics without gathering or stretching them out of shape. We’ll play with the differential feed to see how to get a nice, smooth seam on lightweight or sheers as well as on stretch 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 without the seam ripper.
That’s a lot, but each technique we cover has a corresponding workbook page with step-by-step instructions.
If you’re comfortable threading your serger, have it ready to go with a 4-thread stitch.
HINT: It can be helpful to thread with 4 different color serger threads so you can see the path of each of the needle and looper threads as they form the stitches. Also bring 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!
• Handout pages
• 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/items you no longer wear, sometimes 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).
• 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