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Thread: serger and quilting

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    Junior Member arbed31's Avatar
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    I used my serger for the very first quilt I made. It came out nice, I used scrap fabric before to tweak the seam so that it was 1/4". Pretty fast, too!

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    I haven't tried this yet but someone here said she serges the edges of her quilts before binding and it makes it easier to put the binding on. I am going to try it!

    I've had the serger for 10months now and have been afraid to use it and couldn't thread it. Finally, I presented it as a challenge to my mechanically inclined BF and wha-la! my serger is threaded and he showed me how to use it...LOL
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    I serge around the quilt before I put the binding on. Keeps all those threads and frays under control.

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    Great thread!

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    yes, i started serging around the edges of my quilts before binding them. it really helps. keeps it under control better.

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    Keep it! I use mine all the time for sewing curtains mostly but love the way it finishes edges. While making some cast iron dutch oven pot padding for my husband's camping stuff I notice even Longaberger basket cloth inserts have a serged edge. I do like to sew my quilts with the serger but know many feel it is too bulky, I just like how it stays together forever! Good luck on your decision.

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    I too have a serger and don't use it enought BUT, when I do have need of it I am so thankful that I have one. I find it handy for materials that un-ravel easily.
    As long as you already have it, I vote keep it. It is perfect for making napkins and the holidays are sooooooo close that pretty napkins you make will be so appreciated not to mention you will save a bunch of $$$$. Have you checked out the prices on store bought napkins lately?

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    I have a serger given to me by my mother and I've never used it. I'm not sure I know how to use it, but with all the suggestions, sounds like I need to learn how. It looks like it will make some things easier in the quilting process. I like the idea of serging the edges before binding.

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    I think my serger gets more use than my sewing machines. It is a fantastic, versatile machine to sew fancy stitches, piping, putting on bias binding, making belt loops, pin tucks, chain stitching on fine fabric, flat lock seams to thread ribbon through, cording, and just finishing the edges off. I would never part with it. There are patterns on the Kaye Woods and Nancy Zieman sites that use sergers for quilting. Nancy Zieman makes a fancy prairie point using the serger in one of her quilt demos.

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    Sounds like I need to keep it and learn how to use it. Thanks for all the suggestions!!
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