Friday, August 31, 2012

Serger Series: Wrap Up!

Yay! We've made it to the Relationship Rescue: You and Your serger wrap up! I hope everyone is better friends with their serger than when we started!

Before we wrap up I wanted to address something. I've had a nagging worry all month that this series might discourage new sewists. And really, this blog's focus is making handcrafts accessible to everyone-- no matter if they have a serger or not. So... to answer the question: 

Do I need a Serger or Overlocker to Sew?

And the answer is... NO!   The best analogy I've heard is that a serger is like a microwave. You don't need it, it doesn't do everything- but what it does, it does very fast and very well.

In the same vein, you do not need an serger to make gorgeous quilts, home decor projects or garments.  In the coming months there will be tutorials that use only a sewing machine (like the first skirt tutorial at SMS), and also some tutorials that require no sewing at all.

That being said--if you do have a serger, then I believe you shouldn't be intimidated by it, angry at it, or afraid of it! You should use it! And and have fun while you're at it! That's what this series is about.

Now, on to our wrap up!

My hope with this series was to address the most irritating aspects of serging. Here is what we covered:

Here some additional serger tutorials:

By Monday serger tutorials will have their own tab in the menu for easy reference!

Keeping these tutorials bite sized meant that I didn't get to cover everything I wanted-- and I got some great questions that I just couldn't fit in. There will definitely be more serger tutorials here in the future. If you have any requests, email me or comment--I'll try to do the most requested tutorials. 

I have to say-- the very best part of this series is getting to know all of you who read this blog! I've gotten so many wonderful comments and emails. Thank you so much to everyone who has taken the time to write back! 

I hope everyone can squeeze in some  handmade fun this weekend-- even if it's making messes with your little ones, or making time for your loved ones.

Have a great weekend!


  1. Thank you so very much for posting this series! I have the same serger you do and until your tutorial, I'd only used it for finishing inside seams. I had no idea to to adjust tension and correct the stitches until your series. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you! I am now happily engaged in a love filled relationship with my serger!!

    1. So glad to hear that you and your serger are back in the spring of your relationship! Congratulations! :)

  2. Hi Palak,
    Thank you so very much for your serger tutorials! I think I understand your teaching & that is a first after looking for a year! Thank you for your time & sharing! I am excited to try ruffling on my serger tomorrow! Love your blog! I am now following you on FB!
    Thank you again,

  3. One important thing that you left out of your tutorial ( which was very good for beginners) was to always make sure your presser foot is UP before you start threading your machine otherwise you will lock the tension discs and if the thread isn't in between them, everything will be LOOSE. In your next tutorial you should add the differential feature. It makes all the difference in the world for tricky fabric. The serger is the second most important machine in my sewing room!


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