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Thread: Has anyone ever used a serger to piece a quilt top?

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    I Have made a couple of quilts using my mserger for the quarter inch seams. I usually change the foot to the one that doesn't cut and it works fine.The seams don't seem bulky and I like the finish of it.

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    In March I went to a three day quilt retreat with Eleanor Burns. One day was making a Lovers Knot quilt top on a serger. It was easy and fast.

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    No not entirely.

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    QAYG=quilt as you go.
    Go ahead and use the serger. Just remember that it moves really fast. I do it for simple, ie log cabins, rail fence etc. anything w/lots long strips. I did not find much bulkiness as the quilts were for little boys and were going to be "hard used". on the boat, going on hunts! You know the kind of things they do. They are big now, but the quilts faded and much loved are still around. Hope this helps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prism99
    Come to think of it, I think I've seen blue jeans quilts where the pieces were serged wrong sides together with decorative red thread. The red seams were pretty. The quilt didn't need a backing fabric, so it was lighter than most blue jeans quilts, and of course less work to make because no quilting.

    I will have to see if I can find a picture online.
    Would like that pattern or process, have lots of old Jeans. Thanks, MNM

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    I have made a log cabin on the serger. It is very fast and lays down great

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    I made a christmas quilt (flannel) and used my serger for all of it. It sewed, & trimed the fabric and I don't have to worry about the flannel ragging on me. the serger is great, and I have plans to make another quilt for a friend and use the serger.

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    Wow! I never thought of using the serger for a log cabin quilt, or for a flannel quilt. Now I'm thinking of trying it on a flannel log cabin quilt!

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    I've made a throw sized quilt with my serger in a rail fence pattern. No quilting at the end and I appliqued black cats sitting on the fences. Came out really cute.

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    Serger quilts are also a great way to use up my batting strips that get trimmed off larger quilts.

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    I haven't as I would have all the fabric in the basket. I like it on making clothes and curtains etc.

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    I made a denim "crazy quilt" topper/ bedspread on my serger, even the binding. (Recycled blue jeans.) No fraying here! One was queen sized and one was twin. I added labels, pockets, etc. on the twin size - it was for a teen nephew. They are so heavy you have to be in the position you intend to stay in all night when you pull them up over yourself! They will last forever and 1/2!! :)

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    Yes, I have made several and it's a really cool process. The last one I made I found on the internet and is called Serger Quilt as You Go Baby Quilt. But I added a few more rows to it to make it a little bigger for a bed throw for the end of my bed and it turned out very nice. I've never make a full size one though.

    Another one is in a book titled Serge Smart edited by Julie Johnson - it has a really nice table runner in it.

    A web search will give you a lot of resources too, I'm sure, but I find it a fun way to put one together all at once and not needing to add more quilting stitches after it's constructed.

    Have fun!

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    I have used my serger almost exclusively for the past 8 years to piece. It does add a bit of bulk to the seam but since I was handquilting away from the seam it didn't seem to matter. I did like the fact that I didn't have lots of stray threads. I have begun using my regular machine for piecing now because my serger is beginning to show serious signs of aging and I would like it to last until the 20 year mark! I don't want to spend the money now to replace it! I don't sew clothing without it though!

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    I have a serger that I've barely used (shame on me)...but I've been wanting to try a quilt with it...even bought a book, but haven't gotten around to it...yet! :)

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    I recently did a serger quilt at the Eleanor Burns retreat in Richmond in June. It was the first time I had worked with a serger. The quilt turned out OK but I don't know that I would buy a serger just to do quiling work.

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    Yes...LOTS of baby "floor" quilts. I made and sold these for many years...have probably made close to a couple of hundred this way, all on the serger. They tend to lay flatter on the floor for a baby that is just starting to grab for things...less bunching under baby's chin. ;)

    Another serger project I did was just a top....made for a table cloth so I wanted the back to be "finished".

    Patti

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    Funny you should bring this subject up. A wonderful gal in Colorado just sent me a book from Sewing with Nancy series as I had remembered Eleanor Burns doing quilts on her serger. She did not have seams showing and did do quilt block pattern quilts. Anyhow wanting a faster way to sew charity quilts, I was looking for information and this terrific woman, whom I do not know, mailed me this book!

    I would like to find some of the old Eleanor Burns serging patterns if they are out there - Does anyone know of any?

    Thanks - Cindy

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    Grama Lehr,

    Am looking for destructions, book or patterns for serging quilts.
    Can you tell me the name of your book please?

    Thank you.

    Cindy

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    I saw someone using the chain stitch on their serger to quilt with. My machine doesn't have that option but it was interesting to see.

    I think using a serger on heavier fabrics like denim would be great. Maybe that is what I need to do for the one my son requested.

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