and evergreen tree coasters! Check below for links to the free template download, kits, and more!
Free Download: http://bit.ly/ShabbyFabricsFreeDownloads
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no time you will omit the sewing and serge!
There are some rules to follow, first a serger can only sew straight lines, while you can serge a curve (slowly) it can't stop and pivot like a sewing machine does. Say you have a "V" neck. It can't do the "V" point, but you can stop a few inches before the "V" point and begin to straighten out the fabric. Though it bunches up as you straighten it it is ok.. serge slowly.
Serging a "V" is considered serging an inside corner (serging an outside corner is like serging a napkin and there are two different techniques that can be used for this... more later on that). Here is a link that best shows how to serge an inside corner or a "V" (and a V doesn't have to be a neckline it could be an inseam pocket, lapel, or serging a side seam when a sleeve has been inserted.
how to finish a seam http://sewing.about.com/library/weekly/n042800a.htm
When I wash my cotton fabric to shrink, I open the fabric and then grab both cut ends, serge together and wash and dry. It is like magic! the fabric doesn't bunch and twist! it opens up into a big "O". Now you cut the serged edge and you are ready to go.
djust the size of your runner as you see fit. Sew coordinating napkins for your table too - free tutorial at SWN here.
Click here for the free pattern: Free Table Runner PDF
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for doing seams as the serger cuts the fabric before it encases it in thread. A serger actually does a knitting function, the upper looper, loops the thread on top of the fabric edge while the lower looper creates loops on the under side of the fabric edge. the needles or needle comes down and locks the loops in place.
The loopers on a serger are able to handle heavier thread and there is so many wonderful decorative threads you can use.
If you want to use fleece and make a pretty blanker or a jacket (an example
https://www.gmidesign.com/stretch/1028.htm ) you could finish the edge ( sleeves, around the neck, front, and bottom) using metallic thread or pearl crown rayon, and if you go slowly many machines can do crochet thread or by loosening the tension you can use silk ribbon.
I don't have a bernina but have done this crocheted technique on my Elna's, Viking, White sergers
I use my serger for doing heirloom stitches, rolled hems on napkins or a satin stitch around the edge of a placemat.
There is no serger one can recommend to you unless we know how much money you want to spend and if there is repair support in your area.
It makes NO sense to go to walmart or target and buy a serger if there is no one in your area that can repair it when needed. Many times the brands sold out of these type of stores need to be sent out to a repair center. This would mean you pay the person at the sew-n-vac store to ship if for you and receive it and a % for their time as well as the money to actually repair it. The same goes for any machine you buy on ebay or allbrands or amazon or online stores. Make sure you have a Sew-n-Vac store that can repair in shop the brand you choose.
Often times a Sew-N-Vac will sell used machines as well as new. You can usually get a great used machine that someone either traded up for or purchased and when they got it home put it in the closet because it was intimidating.
If purchased from a sew-n-vac store, you have support ... if you have a problem, take it to them and they will show you how to fix it. Some stores have free classes because you bought the machine from them.. some stores have pay for classes, some colleges have a textile program and have serging classes.
Everyone has personal preferences and more often then not, the first machine a person gets becomes their first love. Some people love computerized machines that do everything .. they push a button and it automatically sets a stitch or threads the lower looper with jet air threading, others prefer the manual sergers so they can create a perfect balanced stitch.
Which ever machine you choose you will love!
...and quilting on a serger? http://www.sewvac1.com/Library/serger_baby_quilt.htm
good luck and keep us posted on what you get!…
ng software and my hobby grew so quickly into a business that just 2 years later I invested in a single head commercial machine. The Brother PR-600 range is a wonderful compromise between a home and commercial machine. If you are just going to embroider a couple of napkins here and there, it's probably not worth your while but don't even think about trying to embroider the front of hats on a machine where you have to lay it flat to work on.
For my first machine, I considered both Pfaff and Bernina - there wasn't much to compare in the price but the Bernina is WAY more user friendly. The operating software is Windows based and it is just like using Wordart in your computer. I found the Pfaff confusing and although the stitch quality is great and I love their built in walking foot, the jumping around from screen to screen was complicated.
You don't need a laptop - my Bernina can connect via a usb cable to my laptop or I can put the designs on a disc and connect the portable cd drive to the machine. I would think by now that most would take a thumb drive.
My machine came with 10 feet and the only one I've added was a walking foot.
If you are computer literate, the digitizing software is a must. With practice you can learn to digitize logos and can combine text and stock designs to create unique looks. The software will also allow you to resize designs you have purchased without affecting the stitch density. Bernina's software is very user friendly and produces high quality designs. (It is a simplified version of Wilcom software which is used by professional digitizers and costs around $10,000!)
It is important to find a good dealer and you should definitely take advantage of the classes that they offer. Do not underestimate the importance of hooping and stabilizing - if you don't get that right you will have problems with registration. Buy good quality thread and backings. There are some great internet suppliers and compared to the cost of fabric for regular sewing, the cost is not too excessive. I only use Isacord thread - you can buy in 1,000 or 5,000 meter spools. It never breaks or frays. Polyester is more durable than rayon and still has a nice sheen.
I recently had my Bernina cleaned and serviced at a Bernina dealer for $89. A circuit board was replaced under warranty and a couple of other parts replaced for a total cost of $175. It was the first time I'd taken it in in about 2 years and it does a lot of miles - at the previous service the stitch count was up to 9 million stitches!!
I think a lot depends on your budget and what you want to do with it. Consider the size of designs you want to sew - some cheaper machines are limited to very small hoop sizes and breaking down designs and sewing in sections is not an easy skill to master.
Most important is to try several machines and see which one you prefer.
Be warned though - you won't get many chores completed after you buy one!!…
kins to match and enjoy the feast! Download the pattern Download the instructions
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