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Machine Minute: Serge Knits

Using a serger is a great way to finish knits and other stretchy fabrics.

Hi, I'm Jennifer, here with another Machine Minute brought to you by Baby Lock and the Imagine serger. You might be finding more great knits in the fabric shop near you. There are some terrific patterns and lots of fun choices. But, how do you sew with them? A serger can be your best friend when it comes to serging on knits. Now, I have a simple little skirt pattern here that I did on a regular sewing machine. And while knits are great because they don't ravel or fray, one of the disadvantages to sewing them on a regular machine are that they do tend to curl. But if you use a serger for your knits, you can solve that problem in an instant. Let me show you. So remember, on a serger, there's a knife built into this machine on this edge, and it's going to trim the fabric as I serge the edge. My guides here are on the top as opposed to on the bottom, and you'll want to watch the fabric fall off. Now because knits are stretchy, sergers are a great option for securing that seam without stretching it as it pulls through. With the tension dials and the differential feed disks, which you'll learn about in your manual, you can adjust the amount of pressure and how fast your knits are going through so you can get a perfectly balanced stitch. I'm using a four-thread, which has two needles and two loopers. I'm going to sew right along this edge and trim as I go. Now you can see I have a nice, even finish here, as opposed to the other one I showed you that was curling. With this serged seam, when I go to turn this little skirt right side out, I've got a perfectly aligned seam. It's still got the stretch of knit, so I'm not going to pop the seam when I'm wearing this, but I also don't have any curling edges and I can press it really flat. I'm ready to add a waistband and a simple hem, and this little girl's skirt will be complete. It's just that simple to sew knits on a serger. If you love the feel of knits or you have making a T-shirt quilt in mind, a serger can really be your best friend in the sewing room.