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    Here I bought a serger months ago, brought it home, haven't really used it. The reason I bought it was I was going to go into sewing clothes, just simple ones, but haven't yet. But got it out yesterday, and was pulling my hair out, trying to thread it, (got that done) and trying to fix the tension. A days worth on and off. So what I want to know is what do you use your serger for?

    I have a 2,3,4 thread serger, just a simple Pfaff 2.0 hobbylock.
    But really don't know what I'm gonna use this for except for seam finishing. Got a lot to learn on this one.

    Is there any website that has any useful information on this matter? Still frustrated.

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    Grama, I have a serger and absolutely love it!! It is a real time saver when making clothing! There are several books, generic, that will help you learn all of the various things that you can do with it. If you are interested, I will get the names of them and PM you the information.
    I have also used it to piece quilts, especially baby ones that will be used and washed. They will not come apart.
    After I am done quilting, before I put on the binding, I serge all the way around my quilts. It cuts off all of the lose thread, and tidy up the edges and the binding goes on really smooth.
    Once you have it threaded, it should be really easy to use. Did you follow the directions in the manual? The tension is based on the fabric and the stitch function you are using.

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    Nancy Zieman has a book on quick and easy serger projects. I think you would find it very helpful and informative :D:D:D

    http://www.amazon.com/Serge-Confiden...p/0873498550#_

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grama Lehr
    After I am done quilting, before I put on the binding, I serge all the way around my quilts. It cuts off all of the lose thread, and tidy up the edges and the binding goes on really smooth.
    I do the same thing. Sometimes my tops will sit for a while before being quilted, so I serge around them to make sure the edges don't start raveling.

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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltnchik
    Quote Originally Posted by Grama Lehr
    After I am done quilting, before I put on the binding, I serge all the way around my quilts. It cuts off all of the lose thread, and tidy up the edges and the binding goes on really smooth.
    I do the same thing. Sometimes my tops will sit for a while before being quilted, so I serge around them to make sure the edges don't start raveling.
    What a great idea!!! I never thought to serge my quilts. I use to make all my children's TShirts and sweats and my youngest daughters jeans (she was so tall and thin we could not buy them to fit), so I wore out my first serger. I bought a floor model about 4 years ago, I now use my serger mostly for Christmas jammies for the grandkides.

    I will have to try serging my quilts. Thanks Ladies!

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    I use my serger to make and repair clothing. I have made quillows with it, but haven't used it for quilting yet. though I do like the idea of serging around a quilt before binding it. I also make pillowcases -- 3 seams, and you're done when you use the "hot dog" method to make the pillowcases.

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    Quote Originally Posted by amma
    Nancy Zieman has a book on quick and easy serger projects. I think you would find it very helpful and informative :D:D:D

    http://www.amazon.com/Serge-Confiden...p/0873498550#_
    That is one of the books that I was talking about!! I have made two of her quilts. The Pin wheel and the flower hanging :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup:

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    Quote Originally Posted by GrandmaJeanne
    Here I bought a serger months ago, brought it home, haven't really used it. The reason I bought it was I was going to go into sewing clothes, just simple ones, but haven't yet. But got it out yesterday, and was pulling my hair out, trying to thread it, (got that done) and trying to fix the tension. A days worth on and off. So what I want to know is what do you use your serger for?

    I have a 2,3,4 thread serger, just a simple Pfaff 2.0 hobbylock.
    But really don't know what I'm gonna use this for except for seam finishing. Got a lot to learn on this one.
    I have a Singer Serger and haven't used it much but did it come with a dvd on threading it? If not you may be able to contact Pfaff and have them send you one. I found mine really helpful!

    Is there any website that has any useful information on this matter? Still frustrated.

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    I use mine for general clothing construction, but also when I shorten pants or jeans. It makes the seams lay much flatter than turning under twice.

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    All of us Grandmas love our sergers! It works great on jeans!! I have to hem every pair that I buy!!

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    Look for some classes that will teach you how to use the serger. I took a class at the shop where I bought my Janome serger. I use my serger all the time. Last year for Christmas, I made 4 quilts, one was a twin, two were queens and one was a king and used the serger on all of them. I have three sergers and I keep different color thread on each one. One is set up to do the narrow decorative binding. When I make clothes, I use my regular machine and also the serger. Seams stay in longer, especially on pajama pants. I need to take another class, because the teacher could do all sorts of neat things with the serger.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bluphrog
    I use my serger to make and repair clothing. I have made quillows with it, but haven't used it for quilting yet. though I do like the idea of serging around a quilt before binding it. I also make pillowcases -- 3 seams, and you're done when you use the "hot dog" method to make the pillowcases.
    My serger balked on me making Hot Dog pillow cases when I got to the thickest part. I tried to make it go through it and ended up with a broken needle and a complete retreading job. I should have stopped when it stalled and didn't want to go any further. Lucky you that your machine doesn't mind. :)

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    Hey! don't know nuttin bout no serger, never even heard of it! Just noticed your name and my mama's name is Jean and we call her grandma jean! How cool is that?!

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    They are really great helpers. But it does take practice , and if you can take some classes you won't regret it. Threading is the hardest, tension can be played with, and really, once you start using one, you will wonder how you lived without it!

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    All you ladies seem to like your sergers,I just got to figure out the 2,3,4 thread and what they are used for. Definately gonna look up Nancy Notions for that book on sergers. Thanks for sharing you thoughts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GrandmaJeanne
    All you ladies seem to like your sergers,I just got to figure out the 2,3,4 thread and what they are used for. Definately gonna look up Nancy Notions for that book on sergers. Thanks for sharing you thoughts.

    If you get in a bind and really need a serger book and can't buy one yet I can loan you mine until you get one! I can also try to copy the instructional dvd mine came with and send it to you . Just pm me your address!

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    I have had a serger for the past 13 years and I don't think I could live without it. You can easily make the most beautiful rolled hems on tablecloths, napkins, hems and lots of other things. I love mine to sew polar fleece as well. Most of all, I love the fact that there are no ravelly edges on anything, it all gets cut off and into the trash it goes. I have an industrial ($1500 and worth it!) and a home serger. Love it for making clothes, too.
    Take the time to learn to use it, you will love it!!!

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    Sergers are temporamental and can tax a person to no end, but stick with it and you will learn many things to use it for including many decorating ideas plus all the practical uses. The more you use it the more comfortable you will become and you will begin to enjoy it. Read your book and read your book again and again and use other books that are suggested above. You will learn to love it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sewred
    Quote Originally Posted by GrandmaJeanne
    All you ladies seem to like your sergers,I just got to figure out the 2,3,4 thread and what they are used for. Definately gonna look up Nancy Notions for that book on sergers. Thanks for sharing you thoughts.

    If you get in a bind and really need a serger book and can't buy one yet I can loan you mine until you get one! I can also try to copy the instructional dvd mine came with and send it to you . Just pm me your address!
    Thanks for your generosity---you are so kind. I ordered a book yesterday to give me some information. But if it's not what I am looking for I might just get back to you. Thanks again for the offer.

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    You'll like it when you get going with it.

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    If you go to SewForum.com there is a forum on there for sergers. It has all kinds of good tips and help. It has helped me allot. I also bought Nancy Zieman's book which is good. You will enjoy your serger once you get used to it.

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