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    Serger for Quilting - How do you use yours

    I found a Serger at the local consignment store and they wanted 100.00 I talked them down to 60.00 - no idea if I got a good deal or not since its older but looks brand new. its an Elna 614. I have never used a Serger but have read here and there its great to use for quilting. I am very interested in hearing how others use their Sergers when making quilts. I know I am going to have a huge learning curve...and looking at the machine wonder how hard its going to be to thread. I am looking forward to hearing how others use their and also tips and advice.
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    i don't use mine for quilting as it adds too much thread bulk in the seam allowances. glad to hear that you got a good deal on your serger.
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    An idea for threading your serger is to tie a thread on the existing thread before it comes to the end and just pull it through and viola you have it threaded. I don't use my serger for quilting but always serge my cut ends of fabric when brought home and then wash so it is ready to go when I am ready to use it.

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    I bought a serger about 5 yrs ago thinking how much I would use it....not.....it now sits with a dust cover on it.....once had to rethread....5 hrs later....still no luck...had to take it back to store and was rethreaded in less than 5 minutes, so hint about tying that thread and leading thru paths is a great hint. I honestly cannot remember when I last used the dumb thing....of course I only quilt, so why did I think I needed that monster...........

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    There is not that much use for serging in quilting. the only use I could see is serging the ends of fabric you wash so it doesn't unravel

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    I found this video on how to quilt using a serger http://video.search.yahoo.com/search...eb&n=21&tnr=21

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    Welll i love my serger....i`ve done a lot of clothes in the past with it but now use it mostly to serge edges of fabric before washing....as well as once in a while when i see that some fabric unravels easily i will go back and serge a few edges...yes, in the back of my quilts....i haven`t had any problem yet with the thickness , but i only SID for now....I also serge the edges of my quilts after thy are sandwiched and when i have quilted enough lines to hold it together....It so easy to put the binding on it after the quilting is done....and I handstich my bindings so makes the work much easier ...for me anyways....
    Quote Originally Posted by carolaug View Post
    I found a Serger at the local consignment store and they wanted 100.00 I talked them down to 60.00 - no idea if I got a good deal or not since its older but looks brand new. its an Elna 614. I have never used a Serger but have read here and there its great to use for quilting. I am very interested in hearing how others use their Sergers when making quilts. I know I am going to have a huge learning curve...and looking at the machine wonder how hard its going to be to thread. I am looking forward to hearing how others use their and also tips and advice.

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    My first couple of quilts, I used my serger. I didn't know better, but my quilter did tell me they were the most accurate quilts she had ever quilted. I thought that was funny. She did tell me that if you enter a quilt in a big competition that it being serged would disqualify it. Probably because they are too perfect. :-P I now just use my sewing machine, to get the full experience piecing.
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    You can use your serger for a decorative effect on top of your quilt. One way is to make your quilt as if you're making a rag quilt but instead of attaching the individual squares with your sewing machine, attach with the serger with some of the beautiful threads they have out there.
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    I sew all my seams on the serger. As a result I never have a problem with seams splitting. I also use it round the edge of the finished top. This stops the edges fraying and makes binding easier.

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    There is a pattern called a 6(?) hour quilt. Not sure how many hours but it's not many. We made these for donations quilts at quilt guild. The turn out great on the serger. You are sewing 2 layers of batting and 4 layers of fabric together at a time. The serger has no problem with this and they are cute when finished.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dd View Post
    There is a pattern called a 6(?) hour quilt. Not sure how many hours but it's not many. We made these for donations quilts at quilt guild. The turn out great on the serger. You are sewing 2 layers of batting and 4 layers of fabric together at a time. The serger has no problem with this and they are cute when finished.
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    I plan on doing a quilt combining the blocks with the serger. As long as the quilting is confined in each block area and doesn't cross the serged seams then I don't see the problem. I use my serger to edge my placemats and matching napkins so that they look less homemade and more professional. It makes pillowcases in a zip. It makes silk or chiffon scarves for gifts that look like I bought them at Dillards. I like the edge the sergers makes on mug rugs and coasters better than a binding- much easier also. It can look as good as the made in the hoop ones on the e mbroidery machines.
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    Kaye Wood has the 6 hour quilt pattern with instructions for either sewing machine or serger.

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    Thanks...I have more to look up. I love all of your ideas!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Geri B View Post
    I bought a serger about 5 yrs ago thinking how much I would use it....not.....it now sits with a dust cover on it.....once had to rethread....5 hrs later....still no luck...had to take it back to store and was rethreaded in less than 5 minutes, so hint about tying that thread and leading thru paths is a great hint. I honestly cannot remember when I last used the dumb thing....of course I only quilt, so why did I think I needed that monster...........
    Me too! Except I got mine as a birthday gift! I used it when I made some flannel pajamas for everyone one Christmas. I have had to rethread it a couple of times. I broke a needle about 7 months ago and I have yet to change it. Considering selling it as I never use it!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Grandma Bonnie View Post
    Kaye Wood has the 6 hour quilt pattern with instructions for either sewing machine or serger.
    You're correct, it was Kaye Wood. My bad! lol!
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    Someone recently posted that she pieced together a bunch of blocks serging the seams since it was for a cover for an old quilt. she serged it since she made it removable. By serging it the seams will not ravel. I can't wait to figure out my machine.

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    What a great idea to serge the ends of the quilt before putting on the binding - WOW I love all the great suggestions to make quilting fun!!!
    Quote Originally Posted by huntannette View Post
    Welll i love my serger....i`ve done a lot of clothes in the past with it but now use it mostly to serge edges of fabric before washing....as well as once in a while when i see that some fabric unravels easily i will go back and serge a few edges...yes, in the back of my quilts....i haven`t had any problem yet with the thickness , but i only SID for now....I also serge the edges of my quilts after thy are sandwiched and when i have quilted enough lines to hold it together....It so easy to put the binding on it after the quilting is done....and I handstich my bindings so makes the work much easier ...for me anyways....
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    I serge the edges of my quilts too. I think it's so much easier to bind it that way. I don't see where it adds any more bulk to the edges. Figure it would be easier if I ever need to replace the binding too.
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    I just bought a Brother project runway and I love it, I use it for finishing pillowcases that I give to kids in hospitals.
    I have made napkins with the rolled edges with my old serger.

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    Oooooh yes! A pieced top that was serged, and a big sheet....that would make a Wonderful duvet cover!

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    If you pm me when I get home I'll get the name of a book that I recently bought about serging and quilting. I think that I saw it on either Sewing with Nancy or Georgia Bonsteel and I was intrigued but havn't had time to really look at it. I'm not sure about where you live but I think here Fabric Hut sells Elna so if you can find who sells them they might be able to help you learn about you great find. I know one quilter who serges her finished tops while she's waiting for time to quilt them. It lets her know in a blink that the top is finished and protects the ends.
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    I have the book with DVD called Serge and Merge Quilts. Ido use my serger to piece large simple blocks. The last one I did was a quilt for my son to hug him. I used a contrasting thread with the flatlock stitch to join pieces together. After it was pieced and sandwiched I stitched inthe ditch down the center of the flatlock with another contrasting thread. I didnt find that it added too much bulk for quilting.

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    I've also done this pattern with a serger - it's perfect for this though I've not used it on any other quilts. I do use it still for apparel and had to break down a few years back and buy a self threading machine... the threading and tension was too much for me.


    Quote Originally Posted by dd View Post
    There is a pattern called a 6(?) hour quilt. Not sure how many hours but it's not many. We made these for donations quilts at quilt guild. The turn out great on the serger. You are sewing 2 layers of batting and 4 layers of fabric together at a time. The serger has no problem with this and they are cute when finished.
    Shannon

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