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Woman Using Serger on Blue Fabric
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Sure, you read (or at least skimmed) the manual that came with your serger. But let's be honest: there are a lot of stitches and thread options to choose from. So it's no surprise if you still feel a little stumped over exactly which stitch to use with the fabric you have on hand and the project you're ready to tackle.
Bluprint
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If you're looking for a quick and gratifying sewing project, knitwear is an excellent place to start. After all, knit fabrics are pretty easy to fit and usually don't need fiddly closures. With knit fabrics there's not a lot standing between you and a garment that's so comfortable you may never want to take it off.
Andrea Brown
Hands Using Sewing Machine
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Fleece has a fabulous way of making even the laziest armchair athlete feel like an Olympian. The best thing about fleece — besides its awesome colors and extreme coziness — is that anyone can wear it, and not just when it's skiing or snowboarding weather. (Think freezing-cold movie theaters in summer.)
Linda Reynolds
Close-up of black spools on serger machine
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Many people who like to sew can get by — no prob — without a serger. But once you try sewing with a serger, you'll never go back.
Maris Olsen
orange and yellow towels on white background
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Friendly or fancy, inexpensive or kinda pricey, terry cloth gets the job done whether you're sewing towels, a fluffy bathrobe or a super cute summer outfit.
Julia Garza
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Look — and feel — good when you work out! Serge your own activewear wardrobe that’s tailored just for you.
Melissa Fehr
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Stitch Types & Serger Basics
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Meet author, designer and sewing expert Linda Lee and begin by unraveling the differences among overlock, flatlock, chain and cover stitches, and the machines that make them. Linda helps you choose your machine(s), then shares tips on basic serger stitching.
Techniques With Overlock Stitches
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Find out how to use overlock stitches on fashion fabrics, both knit and woven. Linda explains how to get the modern look of exposed seams, decorative edgings and hems.
Techniques With Flatlock Stitches
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Now, get ready for flatlocking as Linda goes over the guidelines for loosening tension successfully with flatlock stitches. See how to use them for overlapped seams, faggotting and decorative techniques such as ribbon-weaving through a ladder stitch.
Coverstitch Techniques: Necklines
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Wrap up class by learning to coverstitch for ready-to-wear neck bindings. Linda introduces her favorite method for two modern raw-edged neck bindings. The possibilities for fashion details are endless!
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