With all those dials and knobs on your serger and all the thread options available, balancing your serger thread tensions can be very intimidating.
Making a tension map can be very helpful. I could show you myself, but why recreate the wheel. Watch this video instead:
Just a [...]
This is my second installment in my serger series. Today, it’s all about thread and needles! (You can find information about threading your serger here.)
Let’s talk needles first. Your serger manual will list the type of needles required for your machine. My simple Janome Juno 3434d requires just basic sewing needles. Others need a [...]
A serger is a wonderfully helpful, time-saving machine—if you aren’t afraid to use it! Over the next few Tuesdays, I hope to share a few serger tidbits that can take the intimidation out of this sewing room essential.
So who needs a serger? We’ll anyone who sews on a regular basis. I’m not talking [...]
I showed you this skirt last week.
The only real change that I made to the pattern was using an invisible zipper instead of a lapped zipper.
I’ve decided that invisible zippers are just prettier. I also think they are easier to install.
When I was ready to install my invisible zip, I realized [...]
While teaching a beginning class this morning, I realized that there are several sewing terms I use a lot that could do with a little more explanation.
Here’s a mini-vocabulary lesson for someone learning to sew:
Baste: To baste is to sew, but using a very long (and easy to remove later) stitch.
Seam Allowance: [...]
***This is an installment in my series for beginners. The information included is very basic, but quite helpful if you are learning to sew.***
Did you notice that your raw edges of your seam allowances are starting to ravel? Wearing, using, washing and drying garments could make that ravel much, much worse. To prevent a [...]