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

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    Senior Member DeniseP's Avatar
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    I have wondered about this but never asked. I have two sergers and love them for just about any sewing project. One is industrial that can handle anything and the other is a home machine that can only handle cotton. Has anyone ever serged a quilt together? I am tempted to try it, but afraid I will ruin it or will only realize at the end that I should not have done it.

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    I like to trim off the excess batting and backing with my serger, it compresses the edge nicely so I can finish it. As for serging the whole thing? The cheapie in me says that would take a lot of serger thread, so I don't. But it's well worth the time saved on preparing the edge of the quilt.

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    I have a serger book devoted to making quilts! I have tried several of the patterns and love it! I also use it to finish off the outside of the quilt before I add the binding. :)

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    I don't. The amount of thread used will make your seams extremely bulky, and I try to reduce bulk as much as possible. I only use my serger if I need to cut any excess away.

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    I wish I had a serger to use when making clothes, but don't think I'd use it on making any quilts!!

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    I never thought about the bulk all that thread would add. Thanks! Glad I asked.

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    Kaye Wood has a 6 hour quilt made on the serger.

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    I would like to try using a serger on a QAYG project.

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    what is a QAYG?

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    I used my serger once or twice to make quilt tops. It is best for patterns that do not require a lot of accurate matching of seams, as it is harder to do this on the serger. Also did not like the extra bulk in the seams. Went back to using my sewing machine.

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    I would use a serger for a simple quilt, say one with just "big" squares, that would be tied, and likely to be washed a lot. That way you wouldn't have to worry about the seams fraying away. Anything that would actually be quilted, not tied, would not ravel as readily.

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    I have, but didn"t think it caused extra bulk. And I didn't have to worry about raveling.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DeniseP
    what is a QAYG?
    Quilt As You Go.

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    I wish I could remember which stitch we used when I made my quilt on the serger, the class I took was for a wall hanging, but me, being me, I made a kingsized quilt, just tripled the pattern we were using, anyway seems to me we serged the fabric wrong sides together, then when we opened the blocks out they were flat but you could see the stitches, sort of like decorative stitches. I didn't notice any extra bulk when it was quilted. I'm in the process of moving now so once we get settled (if I don't forget) maybe I'll take the quilt out and see if I can identify which stitch we used.

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    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.

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    Isn"t that a flatlock stitch?

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    Isn"t that a flatlock stitch?

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    Isn"t that a flatlock stitch?

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    really goofed on that post!! Sorry!

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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.
    Now THAT would be a great idea! :D

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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.
    That sounds really interesting.

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    Clem55 That's what the stitch was called just needed a memory refresher

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    yup! I made a quilt out of 6 in squares. it was that microsuede material. Worked out GREAT since the fabric had a little stretch to it. Fast, too.

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    I always trim the edges of my quilts with the serger before binding. I have also made quite a few QAYG strip quilts with the serger and they have turned out great. The most difficult part is cutting the batting into manageable sizes! I don't make clothing but was thinking of making some QAYG tote bags!

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    I found this thread on making a blue jeans quilt with exposed serged seams:

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-11726-1.htm

    Scroll down a ways.

    I think it's also possible to simply serge the edges together without using a sewing machine. I would probably make one using rectangles in a "brick" pattern, staggered so the strips would not require matching seams.

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