Friday, September 21, 2012

Serging In The Round

Serging In The Round Tutorial by Make It Handmade

Yay! It's Friday! I'm so excited for our first Ask Palak Anything post.

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Lisa (of Neurotic Needles) asked about serging in the round:

...Can you give a few hints as to how to hide the end of a serge? (i.e. serged edges that show)? I make a lot of children's clothing and like using the serged edge as decoration but you can always see where I start and stop. :(
Here is the method I use. Today I'm serging a circle, but the same technique applies to when you are serging the hem of a child's skirt (or an adult's, for that matter).

 Click to learn how to Serge In The Round

How To Serge In The Round

 Messy stitches sometimes happen when we try to feed the fabric into the serger while its running. That works on straight serging because there is an end to the fabric.

When you are serging in the round, lift the presser foot and slide your fabric underneath just as you would with a sewing machine. Basically, start in the middle of the circle.  Line up the edge of the fabric with the edge of the presser foot.

Serging In The Round Tutorial by Make It Handmade

Work your way all around your circle (or hem). Refer to the serging curves tutorial if you are serging a circle like i am. Go very slowly when you approch the edge where you started.
Serging In The Round Tutorial by Make It Handmade
Go one or two stitches over where you started, and lift the presser foot. Wiggle the fabric free of the stitch fingers.
Serging In The Round Tutorial by Make It Handmade

To get your peice out of the machine, serge a little bit while gently pulling on your fabric to keep it away from the serger's blade and needles.

And there you have it! No messy stitches on the edge of your fabric! Here's close up of the join.

Serging In The Round Tutorial by Make It Handmade

I know this seems like quite a few steps for serging in the round. Once you do it a few times, it's second nature.

Tips & Tricks:

  • If you don't like the way the stitching looks, simply serge along side your old stitching. You don't need to rip out the seam or trim with scissors. If you do this on a hem, your hem will be just a fraction of an inch shorter. 
  • Keep the join towards the back of the dress when you are working on a hem. Even if you can see the join on close inspection, chances are no one will notice in a finished garment. 
Lisa, I hope this was useful to you!

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  1. Thank you for sharing this great tip!
    Hugs from Spain

  2. Just found your site and I'm enjoying your serging tutorials. I was wondering what type of serger you have. The upper blade doesn't seem to stick above the plate like mine. I just blogged about the solution I recently came up with for serging in circles on my Janome. I hadn't realized how different techniques have to be used with different brands.

  3. I see the same thing it is behind the thread panel. My machine it is right next to the thread panel.


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