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Thread: Creative Uses for Your Serger?

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    Too cute

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    Quote Originally Posted by quilterken
    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.
    Love the ruffle. I have 2 Babylock Sergers Have not tried the ruffle yet to scarred to. Your looks great.

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    Have not used mine for quilting but last Christmas I made 24 pillowcases - one for each month of the year using seasonal fabric for each of my two granddaughters. It took longer to cut them out than it did to serge them - it was a really fast project. The hard part was finding Easter fabric, St. Patrick's day, etc. in September!

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    You will love it, so please use it. I use mine for making pillow cases, receiving blankets, napkins, coasters, baked potato cooking bags, hand towels, plus many other things I can't think of now. I keep mine set all the time. (I do live alone and am not a house neatnik). I am looking forward to seeing what others use their serger for.
    Jo Ann

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    Quote Originally Posted by joivey
    You will love it, so please use it. I use mine for making pillow cases, receiving blankets, napkins, coasters, baked potato cooking bags, hand towels, plus many other things I can't think of now. I keep mine set all the time. (I do live alone and am not a house neatnik). I am looking forward to seeing what others use their serger for.
    Jo Ann
    Jo Ann, love the tea towel in your avatar! How did you get the colored bands at the bottom?

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    Glad you like it. I bought the towel with the bands at Dollar Tree. Don't know if they still have the horizontal bands, but I know they have many colors with vertical bands.

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    I have a serger but I can't figure out how to get it not to trim the edge. Can someone help me with this?

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    I don't know about yours, but with mine you can flip the cutter up and out of the way.

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    Several people have PM'd me wanting the title to the book I described. Now that I know the name of the book, I thought I would go ahead and post it here in case others are interested! The book is "Ready, Set, Serge" by Georgie Melot. I got it off of ebay and love it! The LQS where I bought my serger used it to teach the classes. The cosmetic bags take about 5 minutes to make and look really good! I am thinking about making them for co-workers for Christmas and putting their favorite lipstick or a gift card inside. The book gives a basic version of an item and then a stepped-up (more challenging) version of the same item.
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    Thank you for sharing the book name. I like the idea of the cosmetic bags as gifts.

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    I got pretty far yesterday playing with my new serger. Broke every thread, accidently, and was forced to learn how to thread it. It took a while, but wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. Here are my beginner projects. At this point they have cost me about $300 each, not counting fabric!!!

    Baby hat from rectangle of fleece
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    Serged Receiving Blanket
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    Close up of edging, Hey it took me 8 hours to figure this out!
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    Here is the hat right side up (sorry).

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    Does anyone knowabout a book put out by Babylock that is about Serger accessories? It is a hardback, loose leaf, workbook, but is $79 at the dealer?
    Jo Ann

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    When I first got my serger, I had to make 5 angel costumes for a church out of bridal satin. The pattern they chose was medeival. They turned out beautiful. That serger was acquired at just the right time. I have used it for years and do not know how I could have gotten along without it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by joivey
    Does anyone knowabout a book put out by Babylock that is about Serger accessories? It is a hardback, loose leaf, workbook, but is $79 at the dealer?
    Jo Ann
    Now why would they charge for a book on accessories? You could probably buy an accessory or two with that price.

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    try running some of your fancy threads through the serger--not sewing to anything just run them through---use these for couching on anything---beautifull as accents on Christmas things like table runners-- be sure to put the pressure foot down when doing this as tension is better that was---good way to use up some thread you bought and now wonder why---[not yhat I have ever done that]---you can run bulky threads and yarn though also in the loopers and make "new" thread---you can also put fusible thread in the bottom looper so you can tack it in place before you couch it on---[that could be a bit expensive on a large project] It's really fun to see what you come up with

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    It has lots of projects to do with a serger. Its called an Inspiration Guide for Serger Accessories. It looked great, just too much $.

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    Quote Originally Posted by scarlet14
    try running some of your fancy threads through the serger--not sewing to anything just run them through---use these for couching on anything---beautifull as accents on Christmas things like table runners-- be sure to put the pressure foot down when doing this as tension is better that was---good way to use up some thread you bought and now wonder why---[not yhat I have ever done that]---you can run bulky threads and yarn though also in the loopers and make "new" thread---you can also put fusible thread in the bottom looper so you can tack it in place before you couch it on---[that could be a bit expensive on a large project] It's really fun to see what you come up with
    I actually tried using some metallic thread in the loopers, but it did not work out at all. Big mess.

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    not quilting, but certainly creative use of serger:

    http://www.etsy.com/shop/sluagh?page=1

    http://www.etsy.com/shop/katwise?ref=pr_shop_more

    another thing to accomplish on my bucket list...

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    I have one and don't use it as much as I thought I would, but if you are sewing clothing, crafts or household items, it is INDESPENSIBLE!!! I mostly quilt now with a few dresses for grandaughters at Christmas time but I do love mine. Short story, I had the Singer serger which was new about 3 years ago, and saw a Pfaff at a yard sale for $50., I snapped it up and sold the Singer for almost what I paid. The Pfaff even though older is so easy to adjust.

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    Quote Originally Posted by joivey
    Does anyone knowabout a book put out by Babylock that is about Serger accessories? It is a hardback, loose leaf, workbook, but is $79 at the dealer?
    Jo Ann
    Checkout the sew its for sale website and post a in search of item, someone may have one to sell. Also always check Amazon.

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    Nice to know I'm in the majority. I make a lot of purses and totes and love using the serger for those. Used to have a craft business making tiered skirts w/ matching vests and it was indespensible for that. Have never used it for quilting.

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    I bought a serger about 10 years ago, just because it was on sale and I thought I needed one. It's a Janome. I finally got it out of the closet, and am taking a serger class once a month. Each month we do a new project. Now I have lots of different things that have been serged. I leave it out all the time, close to my sewing machine, so both are available for instant use,.

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    I did a flannel quilt with my serger. Very quick to sew together, and it sure won't come apart at the seams anytime soon!! :thumbup:

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    I got my juki serger in the 70s. It must almost be an antique!
    Besides sweatshirts and tee-shirts I stitched up most of my three daughters leotards for gymnastics. What a money saver!
    It's time to get that machine working on some new sweatshirts for this winter.

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    I love mine for quilts. I've used the serger to do those fast strip quilts (super fast!!!) but my favorite serger quilts are log cabins. Instead of cutting all those short pieces, I cut only the center square, then lay all the squares on one long strip and serge. I then cross-cut the sewn pieces, and lay them on the next long strip and then cross-cut. Repeat til the blocks are finished. You will need 2 or even 3 strips of one color as the size of each block grows. Very fast. The best part is that the seams are finished and lie flat...very little pressing needed. As a previous post said, it does use more thread, but my time is more valuable to me than the thread. Have fun with your new serger!

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