Sewing With Sergers
by Gail Brown and Pati Palmer
Beginners will benefit from this introductory guide to the serger machine and basic serging techniques. Information on the function of a serger and instructions on machine maintenance are provided along with step-by-step guidelines on sewing straight lines and curves, turning corners, and creating professional-looking seams. Additional details on stitch types, flatlocking, fabric tension, decorative techniques, and making fast fashion adornments such as collars, gathers, and hems are also included, and exciting projects like the serged napkin, swimsuit, and sweater will help augment the skills of the novice serger.
Creative Serging for the Home and Other Quick Decorating Ideas
by Lynette Ranney Black and Linda Wisner
Your home should be a satisfying place. You should feel GOOD there. Our goal in this book is to help you make that happen.
199 Different Projects With How-Tos! Some with serging, some with simple sewing, some with no sewing at all!
Hundreds of decorating ideas! Inviting, personalized rooms range from rustic and country to contemporary and elegant, with inspiring photos and easy-to-follow how-tos for window and wall coverings, table toppers, furniture and bed covers, pillows, napkins and accessories. Easy-no-sew techniques combine with serger finishes, decorative threads and simple sewing.
The home decorating projects in this book are far from intimidating. Some are almost instant. Many start with fabric rectangles or squares sewn together with simple, straight seaming and then are finished on the machine or serger. Whether simple or slightly more involved, we guide you through each project, highlighting where serging makes the project faster, easier, more durable, or more creative. We also highlight quick projects.
Pick a whole room, a corner of a room, or just a placemat or pillow, then make it your own!
WINNER OF THE PCM AWARD OF EXCELLENCE
NOTE: The fabrics and some of the notions and resources we used in this book are no longer available. But so many new fabrics and sewing tools are out there now, and internet searches make finding them so much easier! If you love fabric and you love your home, you'll love this book!
Serger Basics DVD
Learn to master serger basics with the help of this two hour video. Learn practical reasons for using your serger on garments. This two-part video is based on our book Sewing With Sergers. You'll see:
• A tour of machines
• Accessory feet
• Slow-motion close-ups of how a serger works
• Serger features
• 5-stitch types and their uses
• Threading tips
• How to balance tensions
• How to serge a seam
• Turning inside and outside corners
• Easy slit-sleeve placket
• Techniques on side seam pockets
• Sewing in a circle (placemats)
• Securing seams
• Gathering on a serger and easy ripping
• A completely serged top—the sewing order and secret tips to assure a perfect top
• Easy serged details
—an easy Peter Pan collar and an easy convertible collar
—fast French binding for a neckline
—serger spaghetti straps and loops
—”painless” placket and cuff
• Serger elastic for lingerie (a half slip) and swimwear
• How to master the rolled edge
—solutions to problems
• Rolled edging around corners for napkins & lettuce rolled edge
• Flatlocking—2- and 3-thread plus tension adjustments & hems
• Crossing flatlocking seams
• Love and care of your sergers
• PLUS: Serger Fashions!!!
Creative Serging DVD
This Creative Serging DVD includes:
• Decorative threads, yarns, ribbons
• Tips for using decorative threads
• Creative tension ideas:
balanced, flat-locking, wrapped edge, blanket stitch
• Creative flatlocking ideas:
framed and floating hems (loopers out, ladders out), flatlock fringing, "couching",
smocking, flat-locking over pearls
• Many serger models featured
• Decorative rolled edges: stitch length, width and tension for decorative threads, scalloped rolled edges, fish-line rolled edge, rolled edge flowers
• How to feed cording & not sew through it on any model serger
• Heirloom serging
• Sweater knits
• 4-step jackets: curves and corners, reversing decorative thread at lapel roll line (same technique used in fixing hiccups)
• "Extraordinary" ideas: fagoting, making your own trim, serge a bedroom
A variety of servers have been used to make this video "generic."