Handy crafting machines can spark the imagination and a variety of projects. The serger machine has multiple needles and most models include an attached cutting knife, which cleans raw edges. This machine type also merges seams together, making it one of the most commonly used equipment for dance and athletic apparel. Designers working with stretch fabrics also incorporate polyester and nylon threads, ensuring elasticity during movement. Most serger projects require textured nylon, which is a yarn-like thread creating a strong seam or edging.
Front and back panels, two sleeves and a crew collar are basic fabric parts used to make T-shirts. This staple garment, which emerged from 19th-century undergarments, generally has serged side seams, armholes and a flat, knit collar. A crafter working with a machine model that includes overlock stitches can create the flat knit collar, which seams the crew neckline onto the front and back neck seam. Convert the basic T-shirt pattern by adding shaped seams at the front or back for contrasting fabric insert panels, such as mesh. Add contrasting inserts at the shoulder or sleeve as another design option.
Revamp the dinner table for your next party by making 15-inch cloth napkins for a formal luncheon or 18-inch napkins for a dinner party. Cut squares out of your chosen fabric, such as linen or damask, in your desired length. Lift the presser foot to insert the square's corner. Serge across until the machine reaches approximately ¼ inch from the bottom corner. Turn the machine's wheel by hand until the thread stitches one stitch off the corner. At this point, you can lift the presser foot and pivot the square to stitch the next side. Repeat this process until all four sides are complete. This method creates a continuous stitch all around the napkin.
Carry groceries or books in a weekend tote made from fabric scraps. You can patch complementary color textiles by cutting different-sized fabric squares or rectangles. Serge the pieces together and create fabric panels for the front and back of the tote. Follow the same concept to make straps. If you use the serger to attach the straps, refer to the manual to remove the knife and avoid cutting into the fabric. If you cannot remove the knife, use a sewing machine to stitch the straps.
Scarf and Wrap
Add a trendy scarf or wrap to your everyday ensemble with your serger machine. Measure the desired width and length with a flexible tape measure for the pattern. Pin the pattern on the diagonal, referred to as the bias, when positioning it on the selected fabric. This process ensures a natural drape when wrapping or knotting the fabric. Place the right sides of the fabric together and serge from top to bottom. Serge one end of the scarf or wrap and turn it inside out to lightly iron the sides. Turn the open-end hem in and topstitch it with your sewing machine. You can also add a trim, such as fringe, to the ends.
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