Serger sewing

Let’s explore the use of a serger and some of the stitches you can create with.

When I teach serger sewing I start with the 3/4 spool overedge stitch. The overedge stitch is great as a knit seam. It has a built in stretch. If you look closely the stitch is also exactly 1/4″.  If I want to do quilt piecing with the serger, this is the stitch to use. To serge the seam, just trim a “hair” from the raw edge as you sew. Here are several video on piecing of a quilt . I made both quilts using the serger to piece with. Most strip piece quilt are perfect for the serger. The serger sews the seam faster and very accurately. Here are 2 books on strip pieced quilts.  Serge and Merge is another perfect book choice for quilting with your serger. Here is a brief video from Nancy Zieman.

The rolled hem is the second most useful stitch.  Professional rolled edges are used on napkins, curtains, ruffles, and more. If you are into bridal and formal wear, using the rolled edge hem saves a lot of time and looks great.

I will show other serger technique in later blog articles. The serger is a great compliment to your machine and sewing equipment.  Jenny’s Sewing Studio offers new and used sergers at great prices.  Here is the serger I currently own,  a JUKI 644D

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