Heirloom serging by Jenny

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Heirloom serger use is fast and easy. I describe heirloom sewing as the creation of decorative fabric. The panel is made up of creative strips That measure about 2″ to 4 “. Join the strips using entrudeax trim. Make the panels as wide as you need them. I make the decorative panels and then cut out the garment from the panel using a commercial pattern. Serger heirloom garments are made using a decorative panel with the serger stitches.

Pintucks- to create pintucks just press in lines where you want the tucks. You can also use your foot as a guide for width. Always sew in the same direction, that means you start the tuck on the same end of the fabric. Pintucks by serger lay in one direction so do a sample to see how they look. Pintucks are created with lines of the rolled hem stitch and used as a decorative effect.

To set your serger for narrow roll hem most serger require you to use a 3 thread narrow setting. Next change the needle plate or pull the stitch finger back. Shorten the stitch length between 2.0 and 1.5 and tighted the lower looper tension.

Bonnets are very easy to make. Create a casing for the ribbon in the back of the bonnet by folding the fabric back to form a casing. Serge the raw edge and fold together and open out to expose the casing. I added a strip of puffing. Puffing is created using the gathering foot to shirr light weight lawn. The ribbon insertion is formed by making a row of wide flat lock. I used the back of flat lock to weave 1/8″ ribbon through. To serge on the flat edge lace I used the narrow roll hem. Making a bonnet is a great way to play with the features of your 3 thread serger. Have fun.

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Serger sewing

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Let’s explore the use of a serger and some of the stitches you can create with.

When I teach serger sewing I start with the 3/4 spool overedge stitch. The overedge stitch is great as a knit seam. It has a built in stretch. If you look closely the stitch is also exactly 1/4″.  If I want to do quilt piecing with the serger, this is the stitch to use. To serge the seam, just trim a “hair” from the raw edge as you sew. Here are several video on piecing of a quilt . I made both quilts using the serger to piece with. Most strip piece quilt are perfect for the serger. The serger sews the seam faster and very accurately. Here are 2 books on strip pieced quilts.  Serge and Merge is another perfect book choice for quilting with your serger. Here is a brief video from Nancy Zieman. Continue reading

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serger ruffler purse by Jenny’s Sewing Studio

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I was inspired by Vera Bradley. Vera has a purse named “Cha Cha”. I saw this purse and fell in love with the design and thought it was perfect for construction using my serger. I had all the materials.  Below are the instructions and pictures of my creation. Continue reading

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Serge & Merge Quilts

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Serge & Merge Quilts brings together techniques using  serger seams, decorative serger techniques and patchwork to create some great quilts.  Book and DVD  showcase  traditional and creative ideas using a serger.

Combine serging with quilting to create a new twist in both traditional and art quilts. See a You Tube video hosted by Nancy Zieman on Serge and Merge. Continue reading

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Learn to use the SINGER 5 spool cover hem serger!

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singer14u967.jpgThis class is a great way to try out a serger before you buy one or to learn to use all the features that the 5 spool SINGER serger has available. Some of the great features include self threading loopers, auto tensions, cover hem, chain stitch, flat lock, rolled hem, and overedge serging. Learn to use the SINGER© 14T967 serger with triple cover stitch and complete a Singer workbook of technique on feet and stitches to take home. We will also make a project including a quilt block and use some decorative thread. If you do not own the Singer serger 14T967 we will provide one for you to use. $79.95 Saturday January 19th 2008 from 9:30-5pm . Fee includes materials and lunch. Thread list will be sent. WE need you to register by January 10th so we can be prepared for you. 

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Serger, quilting and embroidery found in a wallet

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purse3.jpgJenny has designed a great last minute gift that you can make using simple lettering embroidery, straight stitch quilting and decorative serger overedge using “Blendables” in the upper and lower looper of a 3 thread wide overedge serger. Here are the pictures and the instructions. We used a nice bottomweight like quilted denim or sueded twill with a striped calico lining. On Sunday, Decemeber 16th we will offer a free class on the wallet. All you need to do is sign up to try all our machines. Call us at 410-543-1212. You can also register on line at: http://shop.jennys-sewing-studio.com/index.php?cPath=86_154_227

Special note: We will offer this project in our January Embroidery Club for our regular embroidery customers.

Call us at 410-543-1212 to purchase the fabrics in this project or to purchase the blendables. Make sure you see our Sulky demonstrations in March when Sulky will show you other create thread ideas. http://shop.jennys-sewing-studio.com/index.php?cPath=86_154_238  See more on how to make this project….. Continue reading

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