SEWING WITH SERGERS 2-DAY WORKSHOP — Vancouver — March 12-13, 2022
March 12, 2022March 13, 2022
Portland-Vancouver Sewing Workshops, Sew-Op + Maker Space 1507 Broadway Vancouver, WA 98663

serger notebookLearn to Make the Most of Your Serger

Take two days and really learn what your serger can do to improve your fashion and home décor sewing.  By understanding the anatomy of your serger and and how it works to create stitches, you will leave empowered to make the most of your machine.

On day one you will learn how to thread your machine, how to set up and create all the basic stitches:  3- & 4-thread overlock, 2- or 3-thread flatlock, narrow hem, rolled edges, and more.  Tension will be demystified! Make a fabulous tube or infinity scarf with your newfound skills.

Day two will be technique practice:  stitching around inside and outside curves and corners, perfect seam finishes, serging circles, securing ends, elastic casing, painless plackets, working with decorative threads and much more. Helen will demo the process of determining the perfect seams for a knit top. We will create a ‘progressive’ decorative stitching sampler by setting up each serger with a different stitch/thread combo and have fun experimenting with artful designs.  The sampler can be made into a zip-top pouch or simply kept for reference.

Throughout the two days we will discuss all the notions that will make your serging life easy and fun, including handy tools, the best threads, stabilizers, and needles. You will leave with a binder of samples and practical notes for future reference.

The workshop includes lunch, 14 hours of instruction, and a binder filled with technique sample pages and instructions, pre-cut sample fabrics for each technique, and any specialty threads needed for the curriculum.

Susan Wilson, 2017 workshop student, says: 
“Helen is an outstanding instructor. She gave clear, easy-to-understand instructions, was flexible, congenial, encouraging, a good problem-solver, well-organized, and fun.”

Jen Rhodes, 2017 workshop student says:
“This is the best class anywhere for truly learning your serger and all it can do. Excellent!”



This workshop is held at Sew-Op + Maker Space in Vancouver, WA, across the Columbia River from Portland.

Sew-Op + Makers Space in Vancouver, WA

1507 Broadway, Vancouver, WA 98663 • (360) 227-5005



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  • Helen Bartley
  • Helen Bartley is a lifelong student of sewing, and her empathetic teaching style is all the better for it. A Palmer/Pletsch Certified Sewing Instructor and corporate educator, Helen teaches the workshops in Portland/Vancouver. Helen is also the author of Fit and Sew Custom Jeans and served as technical editor for the Palmer/Pletsch book Knits for Real People and as contributor, garment sewer and model for that book and the highly regarded The Palmer/Pletsch Complete Guide to Fitting.
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