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Thread: Creative Uses for Your Serger?

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    Super Member calla's Avatar
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    Haven't bonded with mine, and I have take classes x3 but a friend uses hers to make strip quilts............calla

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    Yep, I use mine to finish edges of things I am sewing, whether it is re-doing a hem or parts of a camp shirt so the edges don't fray and look professionally finished.

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    I use mine to edge fabric before washing. We use a septic system so the more stuff I can keep out of it the better. I buy fleece on sale and make dog blankets, I use it a lot for home decor. Mine gets quite a bit of use.

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    I don't use my serger for quilting, but I use it all the time in garment sewing and home dec sewing. I can't imagine sewing knit fabrics without a serger - it makes using them so easy. I also do rolled hems all the time on everything from napkins to flannel receiving blankets - professional and decorative. One of my standard presents for wedding showers is a few sets of cloth napkins - some plain ones and some seasonal ones too. I also have made crib sheets for my twin granddaughters, applying the elastic with a specialized serger foot. Pretty nice to be able to make a crib sheet in 15 minutes! When my children were little, I made dozens of pants, tshirts, and sweatshirts for them with the serger, just putting together an assembly line for efficiency.

    Can you tell I really like my serger? I used up an old White after 20 years and bought a new one about 3 years ago.

    Pam

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    I serge all my edges before i wash my fabric, i serge around the cut out pieces before I assemble the clothes i make...makes for such a wonderfull finish....i serge around my quilts when thy are done and just waiting for binding....sometimes the bindings wait quite a while...lol..i serge around nice fleece and flannel to make receiving blankets for babies.....i use mine all the time.....oh yeah and made a lot of T-shirts and sweat-shirts over the years...as well as pjs....i serge the bottom of pants or skirts/dresses before i hem them...
    Quote Originally Posted by RedThread
    I took the leap and bought a serger this weekend. I just wanted one for a long time and I've been good, so I finally did it. I had a couple projects in mind that needed the overlock feature, but I know many of you have probably used yours for things that are way more creative.

    So, I am hoping you will help me out, for the times when my husband asks, "Now what did you need that for", and post ideas for how you got your monies worth. Pictures would be awesome!

    Thanks for the help.

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    I am feeling better already. Thank you for the ideas.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RedThread
    So, I am hoping you will help me out, for the times when my husband asks, "Now what did you need that for", and post ideas for how you got your monies worth. Pictures would be awesome!

    Thanks for the help.
    Tell hubby I just repaired all of my hubby's favorite bandana edges. I did a small hem roll on the serger.

    p.s. My serger is OLD but runs great. I purchased it wayyyyy back in the 70s....about 6 months ago the thought crossed my mind to sell it.....glad I didn't. I've used it for volunteer sewing and repair sewing for the last month or so.

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    I use mine for t-shirts, sweatshirts, cotton knit nightwear. The stretch and sew type patterns have great directions and several sizes. A t-shirt or sweatshirt takes about 1 1/2 - 2 hours from cut out to finish.
    The chiffon scarves are very pretty and make great gifts. Buy two yards of fabric then cut in half or thirds lengthwise and use the rolled hem foot. It also is great to use 1 1/2 yards of wool the same way for neck cloths for men.
    I make my own napkins, 18" square and again use the rolled hem foot. I don't buy paper napkins, cloth is cheaper in the long run, washes,and is better for the environment. They also make great gifts, especially if you can get the fabric on sale.
    I have done smaller quilting projects with the serger because it can be adjusted to a 1/4" seam allowance. It works great for crazy quilts using the fancy fabrics that fray.

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    You can use the rollor hem to show the seams like in this baby quilt. Add a ruffle with a rolled hem, use the ruffling foot that you can get for some sergers.
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    I have used mine to serge around a fleece blanket.
    No binding necessary. Sometimes I just serge around
    a coaster or pot holder or even a mug rug.

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