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Book Giveaway: Successful Serging

Successful Serging by Beth Baumgartel is a great book for anyone with a serger.
Helpful illustrations explain how to adjust your stitch width.
This helpful chart is a lifesaver when youre having trouble with your serger.
Successful Serging by Beth Baumgartel is a great book for anyone with a serger.

Successful Serging by Beth Baumgartel is a great book for anyone with a serger.

Photo: from Successful Serging (Creative Publishing International, 2009)

Sergers are a wonderful tool that can give your sewing projects a professional edge. Successful Serging by Beth Baumgartel from Creative Publishing international is a great reference for everything related to these complex machines. 

Successful Serging explains exactly how a serger works, its capabilities, and helpful troubleshooting tips. 150 color illustrations and photos explain techniques from basic edge-stitches, to cover stitch, to beading and couching. 

Baumgartel's book also provides easy-to-follow guides to choosing thread, adjusting tension for different types of fabric, serging on specialty fabric and creating beautiful decorative edges on a serger. Though the book is written so beginners can learn the basics, Baumgartel includes tips and techniques for sergers at all levels. 

One of my favorite sections of Successful Serging is the extensive guide to troubleshooting your serger. I'm relatively new to serging, and I'm not always comfortable playing with the tension or adjusting the blades, especially if I'm not sure if it will fix the problem. The charts in Successful Serging are a great way to completely breaking my serger beyond recognition.

If you're an experienced serger or just starting out, or even if you haven't started yet, Successful Serging is a great tool. 

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Leave a comment on this post before the deadline—11:59 pm, on Friday, February 5th, 2010—and you could be one of the TWO lucky winners who will be chosen at random and announced on Monday, February 8th, 2010.

Good luck!

 

Tori_Sandifer Tori Sandifer, contributor
Posted on Feb 1st, 2010 in sewing, tools & supplies, sergers

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psilverman psilverman writes: It took me two years to figure out how to correctly thread my serger, but only for a three thread overlock. I would like to learn how to more fully utilize the capabilities of this machine, including how to do a rolled hem, when a two thread stitch is preferred over the three thread, and how to use the serger for embellishments. I would love to win this book!
Posted: 9:41 am on February 7th

DFoss DFoss writes: I am new to serging but love the way I can now sew with knits. Hope that whoever won the book enjoys it!
Posted: 11:08 am on March 6th

azbarbara azbarbara writes: I'm on my fourth serger and love them for sewing knits, loungewear and for finishing edges and seams. I'm now thinking about doing some more decorative things with it and the book looks like it would be very helpful!
Posted: 4:49 pm on February 9th

MeriMiss MeriMiss writes: Have serger, know only that they are great in the hands of those who know how to use them (which I don't). The book would be my introduction to serging. Cheers.
Posted: 11:06 am on February 9th

aqn aqn writes: Winning this book could be the straw that breaks my "not getting a serger" camel's back...
Posted: 12:20 am on February 8th

Miira Miira writes: I'm embarrassed to say I've owned a serger for 8 years, and I don't know how to do anything with it other than serge seams. It would be nice to know how to make better use of it.
Posted: 11:22 pm on February 7th

auschick auschick writes: I'd like to buy a serger soon - this would be really helpful in getting started!
Posted: 9:15 pm on February 7th

SewingDreams SewingDreams writes: I would make lots of use of this book. I've got a serger & I do use it but I know there's lots more I could be doing with it. Thank you for the give away. I hope I win.
Posted: 8:30 pm on February 7th

etsews etsews writes: Would love to have this book as I'm still new to sergers. I just got one about 4 months ago and still have not figured it out. I have tried sewing with it but so far all I'm able to conguer is finishing edges. I couldn't get the picture I wanted to load to save as a new avatar, but I hope that you would still accept my appeal for this book. Thank you so much for taking the time to read this.
Posted: 5:27 pm on February 6th

etsews etsews writes: Would love to have this book as I'm still new to sergers. I just got one about 4 months ago and still have not figured it out. I have tried sewing with it but so far all I'm able to conguer is finishing edges. I couldn't get the picture I wanted to load to save as a new avatar, but I hope that you would still accept my appeal for this book. Thank you so much for taking the time to read this.
Posted: 5:26 pm on February 6th

shema1999 shema1999 writes: My limited experience with Serging was so much fun and I would love to do it again!
Posted: 4:18 pm on February 6th

sewaugust sewaugust writes: My husband introduced me to my Singer serger in 1991. I have
upgraded since then, and now I would not be without one.
Posted: 2:52 am on February 6th

RenMichelle RenMichelle writes: I love my serger but would love to have a book to help me create all sorts of wonderful clothes!
Posted: 11:50 pm on February 5th

FunnyFiona FunnyFiona writes: Hi! The serger is a great step in the right direction!
Posted: 9:51 pm on February 5th

Janet_likes_to_sew Janet_likes_to_sew writes: Sergers - or overlockers as we call them here in Aus are mysterious and wonderful beasts and I would love to have such a book to unlock (pardon the pun!) its mysteries.
Posted: 7:55 pm on February 5th

Janet_likes_to_sew Janet_likes_to_sew writes: Sergers - or overlockers as we call them here in Aus are mysterious beasts and any help I can get from such a lovely book would be great!
Posted: 7:05 pm on February 5th

showmequilter showmequilter writes: I would like to use my serger more. I need a book that will lead me to making those stitches that really stand out.
Posted: 6:09 pm on February 5th

CoraSews CoraSews writes: First of all, I love the cover picture of Successful Serging, it will look so pretty on my shelves. That said, this year I'm looking forward to enhancing my serging skills.
Posted: 4:06 pm on February 5th

rv_annie rv_annie writes: I love to read your magazine and your Web site. I always wanted to learn how to serge. I usually research any new techniques before I go and buy a new sewing tool, so this book would get me started on learning how to serge. Thanks for having this site and continue to enrich us with all things sewing.
Posted: 3:59 pm on February 5th

Tizzanne Tizzanne writes: My new kitten decided she loved my hair. I was trying to do some embroidery at the time of this snap but had to give it up as a bad joke because my dear little kitten was giving me such a great head massage I could not concentrate on my work.
Posted: 3:29 pm on February 5th

TexasBelle TexasBelle writes: This looks like a great tool to help improve my serging techniques before investing in a high-end model serger.
Posted: 1:46 pm on February 5th

idontwantascreen idontwantascreen writes: I love my serger, but I don't use it often enough
Posted: 1:22 pm on February 5th

idontwantascreen idontwantascreen writes: I love my serger, but I don't use it often enough
Posted: 1:22 pm on February 5th

bethsewbusy bethsewbusy writes: I have enjoyed using my serger over the last 9 years. It makes garment construction fast and very professional. There are a few things I haven't been able to do and would like a step by step instruction guide to help me out.
Posted: 12:07 pm on February 5th

quiltteacher quiltteacher writes: So excited about your give away! I teach the Serger Mastery classes at the LQS, this book would help me answer those questions I do not know!
Also a great book to recommend students.
Posted: 10:37 am on February 5th

jhmarco jhmarco writes: I haven't used my serger in years, and I have forgotten how to thread and adjust it! This book might be just what I need to love it again. . .
Posted: 8:58 am on February 5th

GramaJudy GramaJudy writes: I have been getting "Threads" News Letter for some time now but never "joined"Tonight I joined.I want to enter the contest to recieve the book on serging. I have a serger but use it very seldom. I'm unsure of myself as to what it can do and how I can use it to my best advantage------To enter it says to change my avatar.There were no instruction on getting an avatar,so I hope you will concider this an interance into the contest. Thank you, GramaJudy
Posted: 2:01 am on February 5th

amanda777 amanda777 writes: this small quilt is my post ike quilt...I returned to galveston to find most of my walls and ceilings gone: it was lying on my bed with quite a lot of mildew...I was able to remove the mildew.Now,it has character and a reminder that we can move on despite disaster...I would love the new serging book...
Posted: 10:11 pm on February 4th

ruffled ruffled writes: Oh!!! Oh!!!! Oh!!!!!

I just bought my first serger and have no idea what I'm doing or where to start.

I'm also a new Threads member!

Good Luck everybody


Posted: 8:14 pm on February 4th

SandyJo SandyJo writes: I was given my first serger for my 50th birthday. It has helped me to make many garments in a hurry by stitching the seams and overcasting them at the same time. Some of the first garments I made were 2 night shirts and robes for my son's trouseau. His bride had a truseau and so must her husband. I also made her a smocked nightgown with her new initials on it. The side seams of her gown were searged as well as their matching shorts and other honeymoon clothes for the beach. I am 73 now and still searging away.
Posted: 5:42 pm on February 4th

eljay1250 eljay1250 writes: I love to sew and have continued finishing the old way. I have a little serger, but I do not know how to use it, so it's just sitting there. I would love to have a chance to win the book! This book would be great. Not only how to use the machine but how to enhance and make the best of serging and the sewing project.
Thank you for the chance to enter this contest for this book!
Posted: 4:15 pm on February 4th

Norberella Norberella writes: For years, I thought that I would like to own a serger. Last year, I bought a Babylock Imagine. I did not realize that I NEEDED a serger. Now, I don't know how I ever lived without one. Use it everyday! So much versatility - so much to learn. So much fun! Serging is such happiness!
Posted: 10:44 pm on February 3rd

nistawoman nistawoman writes: i have had a serger now for years and i only finish seams with it- maybe it's time i used the machine to its full potential.
Posted: 9:54 pm on February 3rd

bubbecraft bubbecraft writes: I started with a basic serger from Brother and had nothing but problems with it. A few years ago, I bought a BabyLock imagine and it works great. But I've never been able to master any of the specialty feet or stitches. Any help would be most appreciated.
Posted: 9:15 pm on February 3rd

ChildfreeTrophyWife ChildfreeTrophyWife writes: I've always wanted a serger but have been too scared to buy one because they look and seem so complicated and difficult to use. I've seen so many wonderful and surprising things you can do with a serger that I never thought possible that has made me almost buy one many times. If I won this book I would immediately go out and purchase a good serger without fear and without hesitation. Crossing my fingers for luck.
Posted: 9:04 pm on February 3rd

texasmoonbeam texasmoonbeam writes: As a designer and seamstress, I have experimented with unique serger techniques and would really enjoy having this new book on SERGING TECHNIQUES!
Posted: 8:04 pm on February 3rd

lldramrpd lldramrpd writes: Now if I could just get the book to thread my loopers for me...........
Posted: 6:07 pm on February 3rd

FabricDragon FabricDragon writes: i am about to buy my first serger. I have been researching which brands offer the best value to features for me, so this book would be fantastic!
Posted: 5:30 pm on February 3rd

rustysrags rustysrags writes: Would love to have the book - like everyone else I don't use my serger to full advantage.
Posted: 4:12 pm on February 3rd

SewingGG SewingGG writes: I've not sewn for a few years due to work - well, actually overwork! I recently retired and am looking at my many fabric stashes with an eye to making some new, casual clothing to travel in. I'll be putting my serger to good use as soon as I reacquaint myself with it. I primarily used it before just to finish seams, but plan to look closely at some of the more decorative things I can now take time to do with it. I'd love to have this book to help me get there.
Posted: 3:50 pm on February 3rd

TracyF TracyF writes: I am on my second serger, but haven't used it very much. This book looks like it would be a great way to get serging again!
Posted: 2:58 pm on February 3rd

ross8 ross8 writes: Would love to have this book to learn to use my new to me serger. It is a great machine and a time saver, just need to learn how to use all it's features! Thanks!
Posted: 2:29 pm on February 3rd

Oystergirl Oystergirl writes: I own two sergers and they always intimidate me. I only use them for the basic things like hemming and seams. I would love to be more creative. Count me in on the contest!
Posted: 2:27 pm on February 3rd

swansprite swansprite writes: I have never used a serger, probably because I didn’t have one of my own. I have never bought one simply because I don’t really know the scope of what they can do and so reading this book may well be what inspires me to learn a to use a new tool for creating both fiber arts and clothing. It would be a delight I will hope to win. Lori
Posted: 2:13 pm on February 3rd

Lovenetta Lovenetta writes: This would be a perfect wedding gift.....I just bought a serger and it looked difficult and mechanical. When I first open the box said to myself what in the world I got myself into. That serger sat on my desk for atleast two weeks because I was literally scare of this machine. So I attempt to thread it and after three packs of needles because I paid alot of money for this machine and I know it would give me a more professional look and I was determine to not let this machine beat me. I finally learned the basic stitch of this serger. I would love to break more needles to learn other tricks that serger can give. So this book would be perfect thank you for giving everyone this opportunity to win.
Posted: 1:55 pm on February 3rd

hemphill3 hemphill3 writes: I'd love to have this book! Please enter me!
Posted: 1:26 pm on February 3rd

SusieSerger SusieSerger writes: Sergers are cool!!! I love my serger, but would love to learn more.
Posted: 1:03 pm on February 3rd

gardengallivant gardengallivant writes: Yow,overlockers sew pretty darn fast don't they?
I never thought a sewing machine intimidating until I met my serger. I could make up horror stories about flashing needles and cutting blades beneath towering spools of threads. However despite threading intricacies the machine is great for finished seems despite looking like a transformer wannabe. Sergers are not just deviant sewing machines!
Posted: 12:40 pm on February 3rd

bunnyflower bunnyflower writes: I'd love to learn to use my serger for more than one basic thing.... :)
Posted: 11:37 am on February 3rd

awami awami writes: Oh I'd love to win this! Count me in please!
Posted: 10:23 am on February 3rd

Audrym Audrym writes: I have a serger but not exactly sure what more it can do. I know it has 'its potentials', but i need to guide it. This book will really help me. Good luck to me!
Posted: 10:04 am on February 3rd

pooh932000 pooh932000 writes: My husband bought me a serger for Christmas and this would be a great book to get to know how to use it. I have used one before but I don't know how to make the different stitches. I only know how to use it with the blades!
Posted: 10:02 am on February 3rd

shirleyirene shirleyirene writes: I have used a serger for years in standard garment construction, but would love to learn to use it more creatively.
Posted: 7:06 am on February 3rd

foxynana60 foxynana60 writes: I love using my serger for the simple things like sewing around the edges of a towel when it starts fraying or for sewing seams. The only book I have came with the serger and there are things that I don't understand. I know there's so much more that I can learn if I had a good instructional book. I think your book would be a great help to me and open up a new world in serging for me.
Posted: 12:57 am on February 3rd

jilldeville jilldeville writes: I love my serger. I've had it for years, but some of the adjustments have always baffled me. I look forward to reading this book and gathering more insight into how to use this tool better and better!
Posted: 11:29 pm on February 2nd

gax000 gax000 writes: I'd love to learn how to serge more than straight lines with my new serger :)
Posted: 11:27 pm on February 2nd

dnjmama dnjmama writes: Learning to adjust a serger is challanging, but it is worth it!
Posted: 11:11 pm on February 2nd

dnjmama dnjmama writes: Sergers add options to your finishing and sewing, but oh my, learning to adjust them!! However, it is worth it.
Posted: 11:08 pm on February 2nd

lillywat lillywat writes: I just purchased my serger and had my first class last night. Learned how to thread it. Sure hope I get more instruction in the next class. It's a whole month away. I really need to win this book.
Posted: 10:58 pm on February 2nd

THEEDA THEEDA writes: I LOVE MY SERGER BUT KNOW I COULD GET MORE OUT OF IT. I CAN USE ALL THE HELP I CAN GET, I ESPECIALLY WANT TO MAKE A SATIN EDGE ON CURTAIN MATERIAL.
Posted: 10:57 pm on February 2nd

SusieSerger SusieSerger writes: Yea for a book on serging!!!! Sergers are cool!
Posted: 10:38 pm on February 2nd

ASewingSister ASewingSister writes: I just got my first serger! It came pre-threaded so I just needed to attach the spools and pull the threads through, but one of the looper threads broke, so I ended up threading manually anyway! Actually, it didn't take much time. One of my friends gave me good advice; watch the video first, which proved to be great advice!
Posted: 9:52 pm on February 2nd

BlueRoses BlueRoses writes: I've had my serger for several years & have used it alot, I've been sewing for over 30 years & a good serger is inportant . The more you can learn about sewing the better off you are. I would be very happy to have this book.
I love to sew & I enjoy creating garments & quilting.
Posted: 8:54 pm on February 2nd

kundert kundert writes: I've put my serger through its paces, and used all the standard stitches, but now it's time to get creative! It's a Husquvarna Viking 5-thread serger with coverstitch capability. However, when something goes wrong, it's not easy to figure out what it the problem is. Thread tight? Needles tight? Looped correctly? Right thread? Etc.
Posted: 8:48 pm on February 2nd

123sewing 123sewing writes: Have a new serger and so far have only made simple things like baby blankets. This book looks like a great resource to begin using the many functions of the serger to construct clothing and other projects I would like to start but have been unsure of the techniques.
Posted: 8:46 pm on February 2nd

Enjaku Enjaku writes: I love my serger, but I know I have barely scratched the surface of its capabilities. This book would be a great asset.
Posted: 7:59 pm on February 2nd

Cinsred5 Cinsred5 writes: I want to be more creative with my serger. I only use it for seam finishing, but I know they can do a lot more.
Posted: 7:57 pm on February 2nd

Erikamr Erikamr writes: How do you use a serger? My teacher, who was also my grandmother died before she could teach me.
Posted: 7:45 pm on February 2nd

mommer mommer writes: I too have had a serger for several years, but only use it to sew and finish seams. I would love to learn how to use my serger to its fullest potential, even if it is only a four thread version.
Posted: 7:25 pm on February 2nd

Cheriezel Cheriezel writes: I would love this book as I keep misplacing my serger manuel and I know I can do cool stuff with my serger!
Posted: 6:32 pm on February 2nd

cprice01 cprice01 writes: I am new to serging, but I love it. I sure could use this book.
Posted: 5:25 pm on February 2nd

angelwingz angelwingz writes: This sounds like a Fabulous new book. I would love to own it. I use my serger for utilitarian work and would love to learn a lot more about it. Thanks for a great magazine too !!!
Posted: 4:46 pm on February 2nd

kylarichdale kylarichdale writes: I would love to win this book! I'm new to using a serger and can use all the help I can find...
Posted: 4:37 pm on February 2nd

tbug tbug writes: I would love to have a book on serging! I got mine over the summer and it kinda scares me :)
Posted: 4:23 pm on February 2nd

T_L_M T_L_M writes: I got my first (and only) serger many years ago when a friend brought her new "gadget" and left for me to try. It only took one day and I was convinced I had to have one. Used it constantly for more than twenty years.
Posted: 3:56 pm on February 2nd

10isdzinr 10isdzinr writes: I love my serger almost as much as my sewing machine. I have had the serger about 2 yrs. and consider it the work horse of my sewing room. Would love to win the book!
Posted: 3:51 pm on February 2nd

angelaurie angelaurie writes: I have had a serger for years, and now have Viking 936 - 5 thread model. I need to learn more about it - not only for ME, but for training the teachers in my district. We have purchased sergers for the high schools, and are getting them in the Jr.Highs - and the teachers are TERRIFIED!! I know what a wonderful and useful tool sergers are, and having books to show them will make it more useful and fun, so they can encourage another generation to love to sew and serge.
Posted: 3:47 pm on February 2nd

skinny skinny writes: Now I've changed my avatar, I hope. Would love to win the serger book and try some new projects.
Posted: 3:39 pm on February 2nd

skinny skinny writes: I've had a serger for several years. At first I made some special projects using the serger, but recently I have mainly used it to finish seam allowances. Would love to win this book. I have no idea how to change the "avatar".
Posted: 3:34 pm on February 2nd

molliefran molliefran writes: Thank you for so many good ideas! I love my serger. I did not know that I needed one until last summer at a sewing retreat for kids' clothes. Ruffles! Ruffles! Ruffles! And in a hurry.
Posted: 3:14 pm on February 2nd

MorningRose MorningRose writes: I have been using my serger for quite a while, but still get stuck at troubleshooting tensions. I'd like to do more creative serging,and eventually would like a coverlock, but need to learn more about the machine first.
Posted: 3:13 pm on February 2nd

crg crg writes: I have a serger, but no idea how to use it to it's greatest potential. This books would be most helpful to me.
Posted: 3:01 pm on February 2nd

mac49 mac49 writes: I recently purchased a 2nd hand serger & am looking forward to learning how to use it. I have been using a borrowed serger & find it a really valuable tool to have.
Posted: 3:01 pm on February 2nd

Happy_Camper Happy_Camper writes: I would love to learn some new serger techniques and get more creative ideas.
Posted: 2:50 pm on February 2nd

Happy_Camper Happy_Camper writes: I have two earlier books about sergers, but I am always learning something new about creative ways to use a serger. I would love to win a new book as a prize.
Posted: 2:48 pm on February 2nd

DaisyM DaisyM writes: Looks like great book. I'm just learning how to serge
Posted: 2:41 pm on February 2nd

Horse4Hmom Horse4Hmom writes: I would love a book like this. My serger is nearly 30 years old--need a new one desperately. The key to using them is never unthread--just tie you new color on and run it thru until you reach the needles. Then thread them thru. Makes it tons easier!!
Posted: 2:36 pm on February 2nd

Ludvik Ludvik writes: Have had a serger for a few years now but it doesn't get used enough. Any book with information to how to use a serger better would be worth having.
Posted: 2:07 pm on February 2nd

tmd0418 tmd0418 writes:
Like a lot of people ( Avitars) in these blogs I'm pretty much self taught. My serger is of the self threading variety which makes the experience so much easier. I don't use my serger to it's full advantage and I'm hoping this book will help me expand my knowedge and creativity.
Posted: 1:52 pm on February 2nd

CinderellaLollipop CinderellaLollipop writes: I got my serger a few years ago and loved using it. Threading it was AWFUL, however. And when my 3 year old granddaughter un-threaded it one day, I just put it in the corner of my sewing room and forgot about it. I really should get it out and practice using it again!

Oh, and thank you for forcing me to put my own avatar up! I don't like pictures of myself, but I have to admit they're better than using those stock pictures!!
Posted: 1:51 pm on February 2nd

MsCandyBags MsCandyBags writes: I got my serger 3 years ago with all the attachements and high hopes of using it to improve the quality of my bags, but alais like many other I see here, lack of experience has caused me to be somewhat "afraid" of this marvelous machine and it many applications. This book sounds just like the ticket to get motivated to make this little wonder work for me. Just think of what our four-Mothers would say if they knew we had this kind of advancement in sewing and we did't us it! Maybe we need a serger chat group so we could give each other support.
Posted: 1:43 pm on February 2nd

Karenintw Karenintw writes: I want to get a serger and want a good book to guide me with its many uses.
Posted: 1:42 pm on February 2nd

livestosew livestosew writes: Would like to win this useful book.
Posted: 1:36 pm on February 2nd

CeciliaLSG CeciliaLSG writes: I'd love to add an up-to-date serger book to my collection.
Posted: 1:34 pm on February 2nd

krawz krawz writes: I would love a serger book!
Posted: 1:26 pm on February 2nd

dlhorn dlhorn writes: I am excited to see something that can help me learn to use my Pfaff serger. I have had ming for years and still not able to thread it. I have been showen how where I bought it but they go so fast I have not been able to get it work for me. The book is not helpful eather. I move out of state and the Pfaff dealer here doesn't want to help.
Posted: 1:23 pm on February 2nd

MessyVirgo MessyVirgo writes: I've had a serger for a year and a half and the only successful project I've started is a cover for my standing mixer. I know I can do much more. This book seems like it could get me jump-started on a new project.
Posted: 1:15 pm on February 2nd

sewsavvy sewsavvy writes: i realized after owning my serger for quite some time that it has intimidated be for too long! I will learn to use this serger before Fall. I have learned how to thread it so far. Unfortunately I have to plug it into a transformer but that is alright :-) I could really use this book!
Posted: 1:11 pm on February 2nd

ustabahippie ustabahippie writes: RubyInGA, once you've tried a serger to finish seams, you'll never be happy until you own one! Cuts your seam finishing time in half, at least. Try them out and get the best one you can afford!
Posted: 1:01 pm on February 2nd

ustabahippie ustabahippie writes: Now that I've read a few comments, I realize lots of other sewists are in the same boat I am with their sergers!
(I also realize why we call ourselves sewists rather that sewers! ugh!)
Posted: 12:59 pm on February 2nd

RubyInGa RubyInGa writes: I am a long-time sewer but have been afraid to take the leap into serging, since I know nothing about it. Do I invest in a serger and take the plunge or not? All suggestions welcome!
Posted: 12:59 pm on February 2nd

ustabahippie ustabahippie writes: I've had a serger since 1989 at least! I have only used it for finishing seams (SO thankfully!) and for rolled hems. I teach sewing to beginners and try to introduce them to seam finishes on the serger as well as the "old fashioned" seam finishing methods. I would LOVE to know how to use my serger for some fun options. Hope I WIN!
Posted: 12:57 pm on February 2nd

madglyn madglyn writes: I have had my serger for years and would love to learn to use it right. I know it has so much potential but I need help finding it all. I would love to add this book to my growing collection of sewing books, and free would really help the collection grow along with my talent when the machine and I get to know each other a lot better!
Posted: 12:47 pm on February 2nd

sewcool sewcool writes: I use my serger all the time but I really need to learn to use it to its fullest. I know it will do lots of creative stitches and coverstitch, but I have never really gotten past the basics.
Posted: 12:47 pm on February 2nd

Kway Kway writes: Yep, threading is tuff.
Posted: 12:46 pm on February 2nd

Kway Kway writes: This would be so exciting. I need to learn EVERYTHING abou Serging!
Posted: 12:45 pm on February 2nd

Siggie Siggie writes: I have had sergers for 25 years or so, and I really purchased one just to finish off my seams!! I am pretty much self taught with regards to the type of things I sew, so I have never taken even one class on sergering (and I have 3 sergers). Over the years I have seen some really beautiful things that are being done with sergers and I am in a stage in my life where I can now take the time to read about new and different ways to use my sergers. This book would be so helpful to me because I like to learn on my own and experiment with different things (from different fabrics and their thicknesses to shapes and designs that I know a serger can make. This book would definately be a great tool for me!! More and better ideas are always needed, and because the possibilies are endless, so go for it sewers and always be creative!!!!
Posted: 12:13 pm on February 2nd

NovaScotiaNancy NovaScotiaNancy writes: The more one can learn about a serger the better. I have a new one which does everything but like anything else if you do not use it all the time you forget. And suggestions for the use of serging to save time or provide a durable or decorative finish are welcome.
Posted: 12:11 pm on February 2nd

CarolfromJnO CarolfromJnO writes: to serge or not to serge THAT is the question!!
Posted: 11:57 am on February 2nd

grammymurry grammymurry writes: I have just returned to sewiang after a 20+ year hiatus - wow have things changed. My sewing instructor refers to Threads a lot, so I decided to check it out - glad I did. The new serging book looks great - can always use more information!
Posted: 11:53 am on February 2nd

grammymurry grammymurry writes: My sewing instructor refers to your magazine all the time - glad I checked it out. The new serger book looks great - hope I win!
Posted: 11:34 am on February 2nd

jeaniebob jeaniebob writes: Would love to add this book to my sewing library.
Posted: 11:32 am on February 2nd

Sewcreate Sewcreate writes: I have utilized my serger for many years but with only the basics; therefore, I would love to know how to use a serger to enhance what I wear and make for others.
Posted: 11:31 am on February 2nd

Katmbl Katmbl writes: Ohhh I really want a serger..this would be a great begining book for me to learn all about it. :)
Posted: 11:09 am on February 2nd

mhdehaven mhdehaven writes: I recently got a Babylock 8-thread and this book looks like just what the doctor ordered. It is on my list of must haves.
Posted: 11:04 am on February 2nd

ramunit ramunit writes: I just got a new serger and would love to learn more about serging.
Posted: 10:58 am on February 2nd

suemari suemari writes: This looks like an excellent book. I know I do not use my serger to its potential.

Posted: 10:46 am on February 2nd

truebuddy truebuddy writes: I had my serger for a few years before I had the courage to try to learn how to use. Believe me, I learned how to thread it now and I was able to sew 10 handkerchiefs for my husband. I'd love to learn how to sew t-shirts with a serger and much more. I hope to win this great book!
Posted: 10:41 am on February 2nd

wenoel wenoel writes: I'm planning on replacing my very old serger and I'd love some new ideas and tips. This book sounds like a good start.
Posted: 10:40 am on February 2nd

Cshively Cshively writes: I got my first serger for Christmas and this book would speed up my learning. Thanks!
Posted: 10:15 am on February 2nd

TXPAT TXPAT writes: I have used a basic serger just for finishing seams. I recently purchased a new serger that does many more things.
Just a little scared of it right now. If I knew more about it it wouldn't intimidate me so.
Posted: 10:05 am on February 2nd

simplypat simplypat writes: I've been serging for 25 years and just recently updated to the state of the art serger. I love it but know there is always more to learn. This book sounds great!
Posted: 9:34 am on February 2nd

reighley reighley writes: I'd love to upgrade my serging skills.
Posted: 9:34 am on February 2nd

Taichinut Taichinut writes: My serger is an indispensable part of my sewing. Would love
to learn more about options.
Posted: 9:26 am on February 2nd

Runa Runa writes: I've had a serger for years, but the only thing I've really done with it is to use it to finish the edges on fabric. I need to learn about the other more decorative uses of the machine since it's clearly underutilized these days.
Posted: 9:18 am on February 2nd

sewold sewold writes: Just had my serger serviced for $99! Wish I had some simple directions on maintaining it myself. However the timing was off so that's probably not part of simple maintenance. But any book that expands the use of the serger would be good. I really use it quite a bit.
Posted: 9:09 am on February 2nd

marybethb marybethb writes: I just got my serger and it baffles me! Boy, do I need this book!
Posted: 8:51 am on February 2nd

mirela mirela writes: I have a wonderful serger, and know I'm not using it to its full potential..this book would be great!
Posted: 8:37 am on February 2nd

Spiritpeh Spiritpeh writes: I'm starting a Junoirs group for our local American Sewing Guild Chapter to give younger people (6 through 22) more sewing knowledge and experience. Since this isn't taught in many schools anymore.

This way, they can learn with their peers, and maybe some moms can get back into sewing, too.
Posted: 8:35 am on February 2nd

rlbates rlbates writes: Would love to win this book. Thanks for the opportunity
Posted: 8:16 am on February 2nd

grnthumb30 grnthumb30 writes: I have a wonderful 5 thread serger that I'm still trying to master! Any pointers and ideas to help me facilitate my serger more would be great. I recently made my 2 year daughter a new shirt out of cotton pique and used the serger. It went together nicely, but I would love to learn some of the decorative techniques.


Posted: 8:14 am on February 2nd

DossmerGal DossmerGal writes: What a great idea! I'm enjoying reading the comments. And I know we are all smarter for it, even those of us who don't win the book. Serging (even after 15 years or so of doing it) still seems almost miraculous to me.
Posted: 7:53 am on February 2nd

cmp cmp writes: I just received a serger at Xmas. I've never used one before which makes me like a pre-schooler almost scrared to touch it. This book would be a blessing in diquise.
Posted: 7:51 am on February 2nd

trixolry trixolry writes: My serger scares me. I know it doesn't mean to, but I'm chicken. I've used it a few times, and am determined to make it my BFF. DEEEEEEEEP breath.
Posted: 7:40 am on February 2nd

karianw karianw writes: i didnt know what to do with my serger until my daughter started ballet. instead of buying expensive practice tutus ($20 each) i buy a yard of chiffon for $8 and let my serge do the rest. it rolls the edges and makes working with flimsy fabric a breeze. My daughter looks great and no one knows the tutus are "homemade".
Posted: 7:20 am on February 2nd

mompilot mompilot writes: Just got mine out again after a few years - what a great tool and time-saver!

This book looks like a great tool as well - always fun to be the best-dressed at a fraction of the cost!
Posted: 6:56 am on February 2nd

obrode obrode writes: I am also new to serging but loving every new discovery !
Posted: 6:52 am on February 2nd

SansSouci572 SansSouci572 writes: I would like to learn how to use the machine's other features, instead of just doing 4 thread "default"!
Posted: 5:53 am on February 2nd

Filippa Filippa writes: I use Bernina 8oo DL and would love to learn more techniques
Posted: 5:47 am on February 2nd

omnicrafter omnicrafter writes: I would love to learn to use my overlocker more creatively - I use it mostly for finishing seams, and I am sure there is so much more one can do!
Posted: 5:33 am on February 2nd

BirdieSays BirdieSays writes: Wow, I so need that book! My serger manual got lost in our last move and I've been 'winging it' ever since. Would love to have more knowledge!
Posted: 5:23 am on February 2nd

beautifulname beautifulname writes: Seems great book. I would love to win it!
Posted: 5:05 am on February 2nd

Sewshable1 Sewshable1 writes: I would love to win this book for my daughter who is just beginning to serge-having gotten a serger for her birthday (from me!!)
Posted: 4:35 am on February 2nd

Bellbird Bellbird writes: I use my Janome overlocker (serger) as a workhorse for finishing seams but I know I could set it up much better and be more creative with it. I did make a blouse entirely with it once and although I was happy with the result, haven't done anything so radical with my machine since.
Posted: 3:44 am on February 2nd

Jenerator Jenerator writes: I recently upgraded my overlocker (aka serger) to one that does coverstitch too - a Janome 1200D. I tend not to rethread unless I really have to, but I do like using it!
Posted: 3:31 am on February 2nd

norahes norahes writes: I got my serger just before Christmas and after a lot of trial and error and a lot of cursing can now do all the basics. But I would love to learn to do some thing more fancy especially making my own trims
Posted: 3:03 am on February 2nd

cangmom cangmom writes: I almost exclusively use my serger and would love to learn more techniques.
Posted: 2:37 am on February 2nd

animemi52 animemi52 writes: Enjoyed everyone's updated avatars. A bunch of talented people out there!
Posted: 2:31 am on February 2nd

celticangel celticangel writes: I am just about to buy a serger with so this book would be really helpful. I have heard that you can do so much with a serger plus it makes your sewing look more professional. I watch Sewing with Nancy and America Sewing and they both use the serger along with their sewing machines.
Posted: 1:12 am on February 2nd

Snickers8 Snickers8 writes: I've had a little experience using a serger and recently have been considering purchasing one. This book seems like it would be a great tool to have on hand for new users and a great reference for experienced users too. I would love to have this book to enhance my sewing library.
Posted: 1:05 am on February 2nd

froglegs1 froglegs1 writes: Hi, I've been sewing and serging for many years. One thing I can say for sure is there is always more to learn. I would love a book that can teach me new ways to use my serger and add a new twist on the ones I already know.
Posted: 12:49 am on February 2nd

mom4girls mom4girls writes: I really need to learn how to use my 2 serger machines. I inherited one from my Husbands Grandma and one from my Mom. I would love to learn more so I can pass the knowledge down to my 4 girls. This looks like a nice book!!
Posted: 12:33 am on February 2nd

psilverman psilverman writes: I bought an old Bernina serger six months ago; it took me a month to learn how to thread it. I can do a three thread overlock, sometimes I can get the flatlock to work, but would like to know why a two thread stitch is sometimes better than a four thread stitch, and how to use the serger for decorative stitching. The book would really be a big help.
Posted: 12:24 am on February 2nd

SusieSerger SusieSerger writes: Sergers are cool!! I love my serger. Can't wait to learn new tips and techniques.
Posted: 12:17 am on February 2nd

Vegakitty Vegakitty writes: I just got myself a serger as an after-Christmas present. I've made a few totes and some fabric shopping bags, but nothing major so far, and this book would help me.
Posted: 12:16 am on February 2nd

Shadegardener Shadegardener writes: I've never used a serger (yet) and plan to buy one. It would certainly be a big help to have this book.
Posted: 12:01 am on February 2nd

kkegeland kkegeland writes: ALERT!
Poor college student in need of all of the sewing resources she can get!
<3
Posted: 11:39 pm on February 1st

Ilene60 Ilene60 writes: I first began exploring uses for the serger when hired to design and construct costumes for a theater department at a private high school. I knew about sergers, but didn't own one. It has been an irreplaceable tool for constructing strong and lasting underlined garments that can be altered easily. My students really love it once their fear of speed is diminished.
Posted: 11:33 pm on February 1st

mo11yb1ue mo11yb1ue writes: I would really love to win this book. I'd like to be better equipped to serge.
Posted: 11:28 pm on February 1st

MargaretS MargaretS writes: Love my serger, but would like to know about and how the flat locking technique works to make a blanket. This book looks like it would be very helpful in sharpening up my serger skills.
Posted: 11:26 pm on February 1st

Jeannieb Jeannieb writes: I have been sewing over xx+ years. I have only used my serger
once 18 yrs ago to make curtains. I made 5 full sets with ballon valances. I don't even remember what I used it to do
So I am newbie to serging. would love to learn to use one.
and unlease my serging possiblities. would love to be picked
the winner for the book.
Posted: 11:21 pm on February 1st

mynewleaf mynewleaf writes: Researching sergers now...prior to buying. I could use all the info I can get!
Posted: 11:11 pm on February 1st

sewinginthemtns sewinginthemtns writes: I am relatively new to the serger world. I bought a Viking and love it but would love to become more proficient with it. I took one class a couple of years ago and realize that I have a long way to go. I tried to upload/download/whatever you call it one of pictures, but it never took so I used one of your avatars instead. What is an avatar?

Good luck to everyone!
Posted: 11:11 pm on February 1st

Kyrielle Kyrielle writes: This looks like a great book to have.
Posted: 11:09 pm on February 1st

SUZZII SUZZII writes: I am technologically challenged and cannot even add a picture to my avatar. I have a serger and have used it a couple of times to cut and bind a couple of items, but do not know what else it is capable of. A book on serging would be a great asset.
Posted: 11:08 pm on February 1st

Ziggybug Ziggybug writes: I am in the process of designing my "new" sewing room. Kids are grown up and I've scored a bedroom for my sewing room. In it I plan to include a new sewing machine and serger. While I am experienced in the sewing category, I have never used a serger. I would prefer to be able to use for more than sewing hems which I understand it does very well. But there has got to be more to it than that.
Posted: 11:07 pm on February 1st

eviej eviej writes: I haven't added a Serger to my collection yet, but it's definitely on my Christmas list this year! But if I win this book, I might move it up to my birthday wish list -- that's in June! Good luck with the contest, everyone! It's great to be a part of this blog! Peace and blessings, Eviej
Posted: 11:00 pm on February 1st

dkphillips dkphillips writes: i have a serger, i just don't know what to do with it. this book would be the tool i need to create fine art by sewing.
Posted: 10:59 pm on February 1st

cdchandler cdchandler writes: Any book that will make me more proficient on my serger is tops with me. Theres sew much more I need to learn. Beyond just a 3 thread or 4 thread seam. Hope I win.
Posted: 10:56 pm on February 1st

DebbyLA DebbyLA writes: My Mom loves to serge- so sounds like a nice gift for her.
Posted: 10:50 pm on February 1st

1Islander 1Islander writes: I have just started sewing with my serger and it is a bit overwhelming. After looking at the table of contents and index pages "Successful Serging" appears to be the directions I need to keep me from wasting a lot of material, time and patience. (For startere I tried sewing inset pockets in a skirt -- NOT A JOB FOR A NOVICE!!)
Posted: 10:47 pm on February 1st

OrahLee OrahLee writes: What a great sounding book! Does it come with a dust-cloth to get my new-unused machine going again???? I want to make friends with that machine, so here I come!
Posted: 10:42 pm on February 1st

quiltergirl53 quiltergirl53 writes: Just bought my serger a few months ago and I'm a beginner. Would love to win the book for a resource.
Posted: 10:42 pm on February 1st

simiquilt simiquilt writes: I can always use more information on using a serger. Even though I have had a serger since 1989, I never seem to get beyond the basics - serging edges, napkins, serging fabric before I prewash it.
Posted: 10:39 pm on February 1st

earlineb earlineb writes: I love my serger and want a newer one for my other house. I too would like some advice prior to deciding on which machine to purchase. Nice magazine :)
Posted: 10:38 pm on February 1st

1Islander 1Islander writes: I have just started sewing with my serger and really do need help. Looking at the table of contents and index this book appears to be just what I need. I would feel very fortunate indeed to be a winner.
Posted: 10:37 pm on February 1st

kathleenellen kathleenellen writes: Sergers are wonderful tools! I got my first one almost 22 years ago and still love them as much as I did then. And serger books always teach me something new.

Posted: 10:23 pm on February 1st

ciabia ciabia writes: I'm in the market for a serger, and this book would be great. Any suggestions on what machine to buy???

Posted: 10:16 pm on February 1st

fiona9 fiona9 writes: i would LOVE to learn to use my serger properly, i been sewing for 12 years, and still have troubles adjusting tension =( good luck everyone!!
Posted: 10:14 pm on February 1st

Lizziern Lizziern writes: I LOVE my serger! I've taken a few classes but have to say it stays under it's dustcover at home. I've been looking for a book to help me unwrap and discover what more I can do with it. If I don't win this, I'll add this to my wish list on Amazon.com.

Sue Hauseman and I are pictured here at a Stony Brook Sewing Event. Not only is she an inspiration for sewers, he is a wonderful person.
Posted: 10:11 pm on February 1st

jemima1 jemima1 writes: I would love have a serger. I just started looking for a new sewing machine for my daughter and myself to start sewing again. I would like to get a machine that also can do embroidery but there are so many to pick from at local shops. It would be nice to learn together how to make a professional finished product and I think the book would help explain important features to both of us!
Posted: 10:09 pm on February 1st

RSAdams RSAdams writes: Sounds like a wonderful book! I'd love to win it. After sewing for 20+ years I am abou tto get my very first serger!
Posted: 10:05 pm on February 1st

LizOH LizOH writes: I love my serger, and I use it a lot. But I'm always looking for new ways to use it, as I know there is more it can do!
Posted: 10:03 pm on February 1st

bakereliz bakereliz writes: I have a serger, but don't really know what to do with it other than just sewing seams, and even then I'm not sure which stitch to use!
Posted: 10:02 pm on February 1st

thecraftqueen thecraftqueen writes: I love my serger! My husband bought one for my birthday last summer, what a guy! I am still learning the details, and I know I am not using it to its fullest potential. This book would be just the thing I need. Proud to say that I can finally thread the thing!!
Posted: 10:02 pm on February 1st

hedylyn hedylyn writes: I am looking to purchase my 1st serger...this book would be great!
Posted: 9:44 pm on February 1st

Bettyboopfan Bettyboopfan writes: I am always telling people I don't know what i ever did without my serger. I could learn how to find more uses for my serger. Unfortuntunely it need to go to the repair shop and I don't want to let go.
Posted: 9:38 pm on February 1st

nancye nancye writes: I have a serger, but I use it only for serging garment pieces before sewing. I would like to know how else I can use it.
Posted: 9:38 pm on February 1st

cherie0615 cherie0615 writes: I have wanted a serger for ages, but haven't had the money to expand my quilting, embroidery, and standard machines to include a serger. This book would be great for showing me the basics and enlarging my knowledge of sewing to include a more professional finish with serging.
Posted: 9:32 pm on February 1st

mcshanta mcshanta writes: The book looks wonderful. I do a lot of serging and am always ready to improve my skills....this looks to be a good way.
Posted: 9:32 pm on February 1st

gshillitani gshillitani writes: I have 2 sergers, one plain, one fancy, and not much idea how to use them unless I consult the owners manuals! I'd love this book!
Posted: 9:29 pm on February 1st

acertrifolium acertrifolium writes: I'd love to learn about serging. Don't have a serger but would consider getting one if I won the book!!
Posted: 9:22 pm on February 1st

annmoskal annmoskal writes: I love my serger as I make a lot of my tennis and golf outfits on it. But, I can always learn new methods and as a ritired college teacher the old saying that you can teach a dog new tricks certainly applies.
Posted: 9:19 pm on February 1st

BunnyHand BunnyHand writes: Looks like the instructions are clear!
Posted: 9:15 pm on February 1st

annakaye annakaye writes: Its fun to do those little projects that are so unexpected from a serger not just the basic serger stuff!
Posted: 9:10 pm on February 1st

judystolz judystolz writes: A serger is a great machine -- now to learn how to use it as much as possible.
Posted: 9:09 pm on February 1st

simplicityJewelry simplicityJewelry writes: I'm new to the serger, can't wait to get started.
Posted: 9:03 pm on February 1st

Shoshonna Shoshonna writes: I would love to win this book. My mom got a serger right before she died, and never got a chance to use it. She gave it to me, and I have no idea how to use it. I would love to make sure her gift does not go to waste.
Posted: 9:01 pm on February 1st

sews24seven sews24seven writes: WOW! This book sounds great! I have lots of books on free motion embroidery but I have "brain freeze" when it comes to using my serger....yes, even here in Yuma, AZ you can get brain freeze! lol It's my New Year's Resolution to LEARN this serger...thank you for the chance to win it! Keeping my fingers crossed....
Posted: 8:59 pm on February 1st

MHMB MHMB writes: This book sounds great! I'd love it in my collection as I'm always looking for new ways to use my serger.
Posted: 8:54 pm on February 1st

sewkrys sewkrys writes: Ever since I finally got a serger I seem to find more uses for it. This book looks like it could take me to a whole 'nother level. My fingers are crossed.
Posted: 8:52 pm on February 1st

abit2011 abit2011 writes: I'm always looking for tips on different stitches and how to serge corners and points! I'm in!
Posted: 8:51 pm on February 1st

michelemurphy michelemurphy writes: I've been sewing for 35 years and I still learn something new with every project. I've had my serger for 19 years and have utilized it for only the most basic sewing tasks in costume design and construction. I think it time to learn a new skill and put it to creative use!
Posted: 8:42 pm on February 1st

pkgczarina pkgczarina writes: I could definitely do with this book---I ams till trying to unleash the power of my serger
Posted: 8:40 pm on February 1st

marmp marmp writes: Having a serger has opened up a whole new world of sewing for me, but I know I could be doing so much more with it.
Posted: 8:38 pm on February 1st

Goodknitgracie Goodknitgracie writes: I would really love to win this book.
Posted: 8:35 pm on February 1st

MyLittleMorsel MyLittleMorsel writes: There's always something to learn when it comes to serging!
Posted: 8:34 pm on February 1st

Joan0408 Joan0408 writes: I wish I knew all the things my serger could do...this would be great to have.
Posted: 8:31 pm on February 1st

rosemaryschild rosemaryschild writes: I just got a new serger - this would be great!
Posted: 8:29 pm on February 1st

janpeterson janpeterson writes: I love my Serger. I would love to know how to make my Serger do the most it can.
Posted: 8:25 pm on February 1st

fabricstitcher fabricstitcher writes: I really like my serger - but I've really never explored its potential - I would love to have a book that helps me explore what it really is capable of doing.
Posted: 8:10 pm on February 1st

fabricstitcher fabricstitcher writes: I really like my serger - but I've really never explored its potential - I would love to have a book that helps me explore what it really is capable of doing.
Posted: 8:09 pm on February 1st

Charliejo Charliejo writes: I use my serger the most to make costumes for a young people's summer theater and this book would really help me learn how to do other things besides serge seams! I use the serger to show women who don't sew that, YES!!, they can sew! Will share the book with all the sewers at theater.
Posted: 8:01 pm on February 1st

countessa countessa writes: I love using a serger. I have special feet for my serger, but have never had the time or instructions on how to use them. This book would be wonderful for fantastic new ideas. My daughter would also love to try the ideas. :-)
Posted: 8:00 pm on February 1st

vintagecouture vintagecouture writes: I would love to win this book. I have been working to expand my serging skills on various projects. I love Threads Magazine.
Posted: 7:59 pm on February 1st

pattyv pattyv writes: i would love to read up on the latest serging techniques. i feel as though i don't really use my serger to it's fullest potential.
Posted: 7:56 pm on February 1st

sewthernbelle sewthernbelle writes: I would love this book! I need every bit of help with a serger that I can get.
Posted: 7:53 pm on February 1st

jokittens jokittens writes: I could use some serger help. Mine had to go to the serger doctor this week. I sure miss her!
Posted: 7:49 pm on February 1st

SewEnthusiastic SewEnthusiastic writes: Having sewn most of my life, I still felt like I needed some professional instruction to make those "creations" even better. The classes that I have recently taken in Little Rock, Arkansas have been wonderful. Besides the ever so important "fitting the garments" and the right way to construct, serging is stressed as so important. Learning to sew the right way has made a huge difference in the outcome of a project. I hope I am the lucky winner of the Baumgartel book!
Posted: 7:46 pm on February 1st

ktkatherine ktkatherine writes: Would absolutely love to win and learn more about serging!
Posted: 7:42 pm on February 1st

Muffinski Muffinski writes: I'm always hungry to learn more & more - expand my horizons. I find it so much fun to try new things. I know that I do not use my serger to its fullest potential. At times, I think that it is probably a wee bit lonely.
Posted: 7:39 pm on February 1st

CustomChic CustomChic writes: Just to make you all feel better, I purchased my first Serger four years ago. It took me nearly a year before I began to really use it. Looking back, I don't know how I ever lived without it. No more zigzagging for me. The secret to the threading is a long-nosed pair of tweezers and persistence when threading the lower lopper. Good Luck to all!!
Posted: 7:36 pm on February 1st

Seamwrite Seamwrite writes: Have had my Babylock for more than 10 years, and would love to use it for more! I KNOW it does more than what I use it for.
Posted: 7:36 pm on February 1st

1ladysdreamsewer 1ladysdreamsewer writes: I would ABSOLUTELY love to have this book on Sucessful SERGERNIG , It would be GREAT ASSET as a GUIDE/LEARNING TOOL to becoming more advance in my sewing tecchingies, As I have been SEWING ever since my grandmother taught me HOW !!! Plus I am a soon to be a graduate from PENN FOSTER CAREER INSITITUE ,that has just recieved her FINAL PROJECT GRADE which was a 92 !!!! IN MY DRESSMAKING AND DESIGN COURSE Found that out as of this morning !!! On (fEB 1,2010).
Also seeing that I am a DRESSMAKER/SEAMSTRESS THAT WOULD LOVE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT SERGING HEMS , ESPECIALLY ON SPECIAL OCCASION FABRICS AND THREADS , USED TO DESIGN HEMS ON BALLGOWNS , LATIN DANCE CUSTOMES and DRESSES. PLUS, I would love to know how to do the hems by sergering with different types of threads such as MED to Heavey weighted Invisible Threads , such as something similar to using fishing line THREADS in order to make a WAVY OR CURLY HEM !!!!
PROFILE PICTURE is MY FINAL PROJECT !!!
Posted: 7:36 pm on February 1st

Peglites Peglites writes: I love to sew, and have owned a serger for about 3 years, I taught serging for about 1 year on a part time basis, I love to use it to finish my seams. It has a special place in my sewing room. Always in the market for new ways to use it.
Posted: 7:34 pm on February 1st

MG12345 MG12345 writes: I've been wanting a serger for years, but haven't been able to afford one so far. Winning a book would help me prepare for if/when I take the plunge, and might even speed up the process.

Keep up the good work!
Posted: 7:33 pm on February 1st

AncientWire AncientWire writes: I have had a serger for years. It would be wonderful to learn how to use it more effectively.
Posted: 7:33 pm on February 1st

koolaid_mom koolaid_mom writes: I have been looking for ways to better use my serger. What things I have learned are amazing. Can't wait to see what else I can do with it.

Posted: 7:31 pm on February 1st

AHH AHH writes: Just got a serger.
Posted: 7:31 pm on February 1st

tfw tfw writes: I have had a serger for several years and love the ease with which it finishes edges but I know it is underutilized. A new book would help to get the machine up to its full potential.
Posted: 7:31 pm on February 1st

wilmakuehl wilmakuehl writes: I have a serger, but it sits on a chest out of the way. I don't think I use it more than once a year, if that. I hate messing with threading it, and having to read the instructions whenever I want to do something with it.
Posted: 7:30 pm on February 1st

gumbiecat gumbiecat writes: Seeing the above book is an incentive for me to use my serger more effectively and creatively. To use the book as a guide would be a delight!!
Posted: 7:29 pm on February 1st

rorihomme rorihomme writes: I'm very new to sewing and could use all the help I can get. I just purchased a Babylock Imagine and need some creative advice!
Posted: 7:28 pm on February 1st

tusche tusche writes: I use printmaking, embroidery, sewing machines and a serger to create digital multiples at Solo Impression. Creatively the serger has possibilities that artists can explore. I would love a copy of Successful Serging for the artists to enjoy and be inspired by. I don't believe that possibilities are endless but making art is editing from the possibilities to summarize succinct ideas during one's limited time. Perhaps this book will review the options so choices are clearer.
Posted: 7:28 pm on February 1st

Lexica Lexica writes: I'm an utter novice when it comes to serging - a book like this would be a wonderful tool.
Posted: 7:26 pm on February 1st

scarletsky scarletsky writes: I have a Bernette for Bernina serger. not too confident serging, but would benefit from having Successful Serging by someone who knows what they are really doing. Enjoy having this site to go to. I have lots of old Vogue Pattern Magazines which I always go to get ideas.
Posted: 7:25 pm on February 1st

cowetamom cowetamom writes: I need major help with mine!! I can't even figure out how to get it threaded. :(( Going to look at library for a book.
Posted: 7:25 pm on February 1st

mjfiorini mjfiorini writes: i love my serger, it's by far the best sewing purchase i ever made.
Posted: 7:23 pm on February 1st

Skyblue712 Skyblue712 writes: I've been considering buying a serger for a quite a while but have been intimidated by them. I'm hoping this book will give me enough information to feel confident about spending the money on a machine I suspect would be a wonderful addition to my sewing room.
Posted: 7:20 pm on February 1st

hillhaven hillhaven writes: I was given a serger - I would love to actually learn to use it, and start doing all the finishing work that seems so impossible with my wonderful sewing machine. This is a neat idea - hello everyone. I think this is my first official "comment" type thing aside from Facebook. Blessings to all.
Posted: 7:15 pm on February 1st

sewlozza sewlozza writes: Doing a rolled hem with my serger is just the easiest way ever to do hems! I love it. I try it on almost everything, even when I shouldn't! It's just so much easier than doing a normal hem.
Posted: 7:15 pm on February 1st

mlssfshn mlssfshn writes: Surgers are nothing to be afraid of, I guess this is just in my blood and I can't fathom being afraid of a machine. I would love to see what this book has and how it can expound on my creativity with my surger.
Posted: 7:14 pm on February 1st

islandcrazycat islandcrazycat writes: Thank you for providing those of us who are not
as computer savvy with the selection of avatars
to use. Additionally, although I've neglected
my serger, I am excited that THREADS has also
offered an opportunity to win another creative
book to expand all of our creative horizons.
Mahalo from Hawaii, and good luck everyone :)
Posted: 7:13 pm on February 1st

sewhorsey sewhorsey writes: I have a new serger, but have yet to use it. I have been shopping for a book to asssist with use, but have yet to find one for my needs. I've used the sergers at my local quilt store for classes, so I shouldn't be so intimidated, but I do want to find a good book to help.
Posted: 7:11 pm on February 1st

naomiandtom naomiandtom writes: I love my serger, have had it for years. It's a White 535. But I've never mastered anything on it but straight overlocking. This book could help me break out into new realms of overlocking joy!
Posted: 7:09 pm on February 1st

Suzanneflies Suzanneflies writes: I have an older serger - a bear to thread, but I have found it pretty useful for fleece jackets. I'd love to explore sewing regular garments with it, but haven't been brave enough yet.
Posted: 7:05 pm on February 1st

cathyfromyokohoma cathyfromyokohoma writes: love th email news letter & have found a lot of great things to try
Posted: 7:02 pm on February 1st

DHebert9 DHebert9 writes: I've just started using my serger! I have to admit it really scared me at first and sat on a sewing desk in my sewing area for a long time. Successful Serging by Beth Baumgartel would be a wonderful way for me to improve my beginning skills!
Posted: 6:57 pm on February 1st

Maria_L Maria_L writes: I love my serger! I am always looking to find more ways to use it.
Posted: 6:56 pm on February 1st

Readbks Readbks writes: I am new to serging, but would love to learn more!
Posted: 6:55 pm on February 1st

atomicmama atomicmama writes: oops, forgot to update avatar! still love serging
Posted: 6:53 pm on February 1st

Maria_L Maria_L writes: I love my serger! I have a Baby Lock Evolve and I keep learning something new every time I use it. I love having books for references.
Posted: 6:51 pm on February 1st

amq5588 amq5588 writes: Sewing has made me bloom from an awkward teenager (about 45 years ago) to a confidant adult. I found my passion in sewing and watching pieces coming together to form a garment. Bach when,...serging was not available to the average seamstress but now it is a staple in my sewing room. Though having used a serger to enhance my sewing, I also realize I do not use it to the full potential. Ever wanting to learn and to grow, this book seems like a wonderful new tool for me to use and to share. I would be THRILLED to win this new book!!
Posted: 6:50 pm on February 1st

eclark2 eclark2 writes: I've used my serger for edging fleece blankets and reinforcing seams on pajama pants and bath robes, but I'd like to learn more creative uses. I love my Babylock Imagine and its easy threading. I need project ideas and ways to use its potential. This book looks like the perfect answer.
Posted: 6:47 pm on February 1st

casachavez casachavez writes: I just love my serger (Babylock Imagine) and coverlock machine (Janome CP1000). I think these are the most underrated machines for sewists. I love that this book will help us utilize these wonderful machines even more.
Posted: 6:44 pm on February 1st

SweeTee SweeTee writes: I have owned a serger for the better part of 5 years and has only used it when I went to a chain fabric store for lessons. Since they have not offered that lesson again (they did not have insructions for my 5 spool anyway) I have not touched it since. I'm looking for the help I need to use this great machine!
Posted: 6:41 pm on February 1st

marysecretary marysecretary writes: I love my serger, have always thought it was under utilized, this book would def be a great addition to my studio, Hope I can get a chance at it. I love Threads magazine, and have saved many back issues, and they have a place of prominence in my studio. Thanks
Posted: 6:37 pm on February 1st

MerryGoose MerryGoose writes: I love my serger & would not think of sewing w/o it...
Posted: 6:36 pm on February 1st

grammakathy154 grammakathy154 writes: I have had two sergers prior to purchasing the Baby Lock Evolution. I never knew what a serger could do before and am just getting into it. I do take classes at my local sewing store but would love to have a reference book at home as well. The picture attached is of my first serger project. I turned out really well and makes me want to learn more.
Posted: 6:33 pm on February 1st

atomicmama atomicmama writes: I have owned my serger for twenty years and although i do use it to finish seams and love the way that looks, I would really like to be able to do more with the serger. I admit the serger scares me a bit and I haven't mastered the rolled edge yet, but I am opem to a new challenge.
Posted: 6:31 pm on February 1st

bridgegal bridgegal writes: I own a Baby Lock. I would love the book, I need to know more aboit how to serge
Posted: 6:27 pm on February 1st

YarnJourney YarnJourney writes: I would love to win this book! I love my serger, but would like to know about using it for more than finishing seams.
Posted: 6:24 pm on February 1st

TMoncelle TMoncelle writes: Just the photo of the book jacket gives me some ideas of some vibrant applications. I'd love to have any idea of how to use the serger I inherited!
Posted: 6:22 pm on February 1st

jbryant984 jbryant984 writes: I purchased a serger last year and would love to have a book that would help me with all my sewing/serger projects. I love the serger and I'm sure if I had more knowledge it would be much more benefical.
Posted: 6:17 pm on February 1st

bertschn bertschn writes: I am teaching my granddaughter to sew and this book would be
a great to have in our possession.

I really enjoy Thread Magazine and look forward to it every
month, and is the only one that I subscribe to any more.
Posted: 6:16 pm on February 1st

ladygadava ladygadava writes: I love my serger, and would really enjoy learning more ways to use it. This book looks wonderful, I would love to have it. D
Posted: 6:16 pm on February 1st

jojo1971 jojo1971 writes: I have a Babylock serger and I love it. I use it for construction of stretchy garments and to overcast and clip seams on items made from woven fabrics. I have attachments for doing other things but I'm not really sure how to use them.
Posted: 6:13 pm on February 1st

parla4565 parla4565 writes: i am on my 4th serger! they get better and better.......but i still don't know how to do everything sergers offer.......the book would be awesome!
Posted: 6:12 pm on February 1st

Eudaimonia Eudaimonia writes: This book looks like a wonderful addition to any serger.
Posted: 6:10 pm on February 1st

crashnquilt crashnquilt writes: I have been sewing for 40+ years. I bought my FIRST serger, Husq. 936, just 2 years ago. Every day I use it I learn something new to do. Now, I have a NEED to learn more uses for my machine. I love garment embellishments and know there are so many things that can be done with the serger. The information in this book would be such a value to me to learn the techniques I lack.
Posted: 6:06 pm on February 1st

sewinggal1 sewinggal1 writes: I love my old serger, but would like to learn more about the new machines with coverstitch and other capabilities. I'm hoping to someday invest in a new machine.

A good serger book is absolutely essential to learning to use your machine.
Posted: 6:05 pm on February 1st

brownbob brownbob writes: I bought a serger a couple of years ago thinking that it would be a snap to learn how to use it. I've only tried it out--still haven't actually serged anything in final form. This looks like a great resource for someone like me who needs some help!
Posted: 6:05 pm on February 1st

nancy2pa nancy2pa writes: Always looking for new ways to use my serger , would love a chance to receive this book and look forward to the many things I would learn in this book. Happy sewing to all.
Posted: 6:04 pm on February 1st

EileenM1 EileenM1 writes: I have two sergers -- one I use for rolled hems and the other mainly for finishing seams. I could use some help to expand my horizons and think Successful Serging will do it.
Posted: 6:04 pm on February 1st

Sew4Drama Sew4Drama writes: Love my serger, don't know what I'd do without it! It's always great to find resources for this mysterious machine; I always love tips and insight into learning how to get the stitch correct for the type of fabric, etc. Using various threads and being able to create trims with the serger has been inspirational, but there's always something new to learn! My serger is an older one so it's not always easy to thread, so my own tip is when I HAVE to rethread it (instead of tying on the new thread and pulling it through), pour a glass of wine, play some soothing music and pray!
Posted: 6:02 pm on February 1st

linda3353 linda3353 writes: I have a serger that I haven't even used. I have had it for two years. I would love to receive this book and start serging something for my first grandaughter Makenna.
Posted: 6:01 pm on February 1st

lpenninger lpenninger writes: I would love to receive this book. I've always wanted a serger, and am the type of person who likes to know all about a thing before I buy it.
Posted: 6:00 pm on February 1st

lthrower lthrower writes: I have had a serger since the late 1990's, but have not really had a good book to guide me through everything you can do with it. I just do basic edging, but nothing fancy. I know there is so much more I could do. I probably would also invest in one that is much more modern than the one I have. It is a Bernina and has provided me with wonderful service. I guess I am looking to see if I need to move to the next level ! Hoping the book will help me make that decision.
Posted: 5:53 pm on February 1st

DLGiles DLGiles writes: I bought my serger about 25 years ago and used it a lot. For various reasons I pretty much quit sewing at least 15 years ago, and now I'm beginning to pick it up again, wich great joy. Unfortunately I've forgotten a lot about the serger, so this book would be a great re-education!

I love Threads and the various email posts and information. Keep it coming!

Posted: 5:50 pm on February 1st

noursev noursev writes: I have always found the serger a mysterious machine. Perhaps reading this book would make the notion of using a serger more comfortable. Thanks for the opportunity.
Posted: 5:49 pm on February 1st

karaw karaw writes: I love to use my serger!!! Please enter me in the giveaway!!!
Posted: 5:48 pm on February 1st

SallyLovesToSew SallyLovesToSew writes: I LOVE my serger. Don't know how I lived without it. Opened up a whole new world of sewing and fabric opportunities. I'd love to win this book. Thanks!
Posted: 5:46 pm on February 1st

august1983 august1983 writes: Would love to win this book. It would help me brush up on my serger skills that "seams" to be rusty.
Posted: 5:46 pm on February 1st

skywater skywater writes: While not new to the serger, I do tend to use it most often for seam finishing and this book would be a great encouragement to expand my knowledge.
Posted: 5:44 pm on February 1st

sewseitz sewseitz writes: Wow this was hard to find--leaving a comment. I added a picture with an old quilt made by a friend of my MIL and it was made in 1923. It is really nice.
I love to serge but don't much except seams or rolled edge. Need to learn more. I have a Viking 910. I wouldn't want to do without my serger and a book giving me more ideas would be great.
Nancy
Posted: 5:43 pm on February 1st

suesewing suesewing writes: When it comes to serging, I am a novice. I used to finish by seams by either using french seams or cover my seams with seam binding. Now newly owning a serger, I can finish my seams by sergering. I would greatly love to learn more how to probably use a serger.
Posted: 5:39 pm on February 1st

bubblebear bubblebear writes: Never had a serger.........can't miss what I don't have.
Posted: 5:39 pm on February 1st

bubblebear bubblebear writes: Never had a serger........I guess can't miss what I don't have.
Posted: 5:37 pm on February 1st

mamma mamma writes: Would LOVE to win this book. With the help of this book I just might be able to use my wonderful Bernina 1300D serger that has only been tickled by the electricity on two occasions.
Posted: 5:35 pm on February 1st

sarahannseitz sarahannseitz writes: Cool! I'd love to win this book, seems like it has a ton of useful information!

sarahannseitz@gmail.com
Posted: 4:58 pm on February 1st

emmyjay emmyjay writes: A good guide to Troubleshooting Your Serger would be very useful -- I love using my serger; hate when it doesn't work right and I can't figure out why/
Posted: 4:37 pm on February 1st

bekabug8 bekabug8 writes: This would be a great resource to have!
Posted: 2:53 pm on February 1st

CarolynJH CarolynJH writes: This looks like the perfect gift for my DIL who is looking to buy her first serger.
Posted: 2:42 pm on February 1st

NHale NHale writes: I've only had my serger a few months, so I'm definitely still learning its ways. And I've had a few frustrating days trying to figure out what really needed to be adjusted--it would be great to have a resource to demystify troubleshooting.
Posted: 1:50 pm on February 1st

ExclusiveHerb ExclusiveHerb writes: I am a novice person with the serging machine. The winning book would be a great help to me. I was happy to see the extensive collection at Tauton Press, Inc., when I became a member of Threads. I am considering a couple of machine purchases, but I would like some advice prior to deciding on what machine to purchase. I want to win the contest by changing my avatar, and receive the book, Successful Serging by Beth Baumgartel as a prize. Good luck to me.
Posted: 1:16 pm on February 1st

SharonTN SharonTN writes: I just got started on my serger, but wow, what a machine. First, I had to stare it down, because it was pretty scary looking. But after threading it a few times, and accepting its speed as a virtue (rather than thinking runaway train), the possibilities now seem infinite.
Posted: 12:53 pm on February 1st

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