This is a brief review of a class I took with Craftsy.com. I really liked it, it helped me to regain confidence using my serger for more projects. The class I took is “Beginner Serging Sewing: Machine Basics and Techniques” with Amy Alan.
This is one of the basic projects we made: A zipped bag with a lining from scraps of fabric. We used a fusible fleece in between so that the bag does not look droopy. I could not find any fusible fleece, but I will make another bag and test other fusible material with a heavier weight. I am sorry if I am tiring your eyes by showing projects with the same scraps of fabric, I guess I have so much left of it and it has a good weight so is easy to work with my serger.
With this class I learned:
- The basics to understand how sergers behave
- Basic troubleshooting and maintenance of your serger
- Balance a perfect stitch by adjusting tensions
- Thread your serger and choose the right thread and needle for a specific project
- Decorative finishes: I finally can play with all kinds of stitches: 4 thread, 3 thread, and how to achieve decorating effect by using decorative threads such as yarn, pearl cotton, and wooly (textured) threads
- Work on finished projects: How to serge through a zipper (that was stretching my serger’s powers to the max!!!), how to do ruffles with my serger to make a cute apron, and how to serge a really neat scarf combining knit with woven fabrics and ribbons.
I have a Brother 1034D serger, is really a trooper so far. I just don’t think I want to serge through zippers without paying attention. The zipper I chose for a project had metal teeth and I was supposed to use a plastic one so I am making a note to myself… the poor dear was really struggling but I made it! After this class, I want to continue using my serger more than my sewing machine. I want to do more serging with knit fabrics for sure.
I really recommend this class if you are overwhelmed with your serger and are not sure how to begin with or what projects you can start with so you can make the most of your serger. At the same time, you are creating a sample workbook with annotations. This is your most valuable tool to remember what settings and special feet or accessories you need to work on particular fabrics. So, mission accomplished, best money spent ever!