Go beyond the basic serger stitch to create great home decor and gifts.

October 13, 2016


Hi, I'm Jennifer with today's Machine Minute brought to you by Baby Lock and the Evolution Serger. A serger really can be great addition to your sewing room. Many people think of sergers when it comes to garment construction. But you can also consider them to make great gifts as well as help you if you like to make purses or totes and add extra durability at each of your seams. First and foremost I would encourage you make friends with your serger machine manual. Too often we overlook all the important things that manual can tell us. And it is a great place to learn about all the stitch and needle and thread combinations that can help you maximize your serger. Let me share with you a few things that I've done. I try first to make a machine stitch sample. And before I stitch out my project that way I can test my thread and needle combinations. Then I go to the serger. One of the easiest projects I like to make as a baby gift is a simple receiving blanket that pairs soft plush fabrics with a luscious flannel on the front. By putting two same size squares with wrong sides together and simply using a four-thread overlock to go around all four sides. I finish the seam, I don't have to worry about it unraveling, and it's super easy to throw in the washer and dryer -- it comes out perfect every time. Now when you serge, you will have a thread change at the ends of your four corners, and all you need to do is trim that off, then use a tapestry needle because it has a larger eye. Thread it behind a few of those stitches and tuck the thread tail in. Then use a little bit of fray check or fray block at the ends and you'll be good to go. So that's a simple way to use the four-thread overlock, but there are other decorative stitches on your machine and a rolled hem is one that is frequently used on things like tablecloths and napkins. It gives you a little bit sturdier finish. It's a narrower seam, so there's more thread sort of rolled along the edge where your fabric is encased. This is a wave-stitch rolled edge that the Evolution does, which allows me to have the loopers pulled to the front and the color changes from blue to brown. But there's a basic rolled hem on almost every serger that can be used as well. And again to complete this project, all you need to do is use two same size squares of fabric wrong sides together and do your rolled hem edge on all fur edges. Before you clip off the serger chain, remember to add a little fray check to the end, and you've got a great gift idea. You can make them do with all your holiday table linens, or you can just make a set to give a friend as a gift. Adding a serger to a sewing room really does expand your capabilities exponentially. I would encourage you to give it a try, and have fun serging!