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Thread: Serger machines

  1. #11
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    Dec 2006
    TN originally now in MS
    I don't really have a reply but a question. I bought a serger (used) and like I've heard other mention didn't use it right away. Well I finally got it out the week to play because I was thinking of doing a flannel gown and thought it would prevent raveling. However, just with the playing scrap/test piece I serged together I didn't like how the thread showed when the seam was flattened out. Can anything be done. My serger only has 3 thread which means it only has one needle. I too should of done more homework before buying it even from a friend. :?

  2. #12
    Senior Member Sewsweet's Avatar
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    Nov 2006
    Hi not sure if I can help but, when I make garments I use the serger to finish the seams off, it cuts the material even and gives a professional look to the garment.
    If you look at garments you purchased, you will see that the serger thread shows. I think thats just the way sergers work.

    I have a four thread serger, and I can run mine with only one needle the only diference I see, is instead of two seam thread's you get one.

    Just keep at it, and try all kinds of ways of doing things, and you will teach your self a technique and gain experience.

    You can buy something that has all the bells and whistle, but if you only need whistles, what good are the bell's and, if you only need the bell's then what good are the whistle's? "Bragging rights" as my husband would say.

    Be of good cheer.

  3. #13

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    Nov 2006
    Shelton, Fairfield County, CT
    One of the things I do is to use only one needle with a decorative thread on one of the loops. The only thing I wish my inexpensive serger did is to sew with only two threads to make the cable look stitch, but…
    As soon as I can I will take some pictures of my heirloom baby quilt and place it in this forum.
    Here is a list of great books on serging. Excepting the last one, these books were chosen not because of projects, but for the different techniques used in them since, as I mention before, I do not sew clothes.
    *SERGER SECRETS from America’s Top Serger Experts – Rodale Inc.
    *SEWING WITH SERGERS The Complete handbook For Overlock Sewing – a Palmer/Pletsch Serger Publication
    *REATIVE SERGING The Complete handbook For Decorative Overlock Sewing by the same publisher as the previous book
    *THE SERGER BOOK IDEA A collection Of Inspiring Ideas from the previous publisher
    *THE NEW SEWING WITH A SERGER a Singer publication
    THE ART OF CREATIVE OVERLOCKING by Anne Van Der Kley a Janome publication
    *SERGER SAVVY Edited by Jeanne Straufer a House of White Birches
    *DISTINCTIVE SERGER GIFTES & CRAFTTS An Idea Book For All Occasions by Naomi Backer & Tammy Young a Chilton Publication
    Hope you enjoy it.

  4. #14
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    Nov 2007
    I have had my Baby Lock for 14 years and would buy another in a heart beat. It has a great threading system.

  5. #15
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    Nov 2007
    Florence, Alabama
    I have a Singer, (Four thread) never had a problem with it either

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