Four Serging Techniques
In "Meet Your Serger", Threads #160 (April/May 2012), Pamela Leggett teaches the basics of an overlock machine. Here, she explains how to get even more out of your serger. Learn how to create simple gathers or lettuce edging with your differential control and how to precisely sew serger corners and curves.
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Gathering lightweight to mid-weight fabrics is a breeze! For maximum gathers, set the differential to the highest number, the needle tensions to 6 or 7, and to the longest stitch length. Trim off a little fabric as you stitch and-voila-perfect gathers!
2. Lettuce edge
Lettuce edging is a sweet finish for knits and woven bias. Rolled and narrow hem stitching looks the best for this technique. Set the differential dial to the lowest number and watch the fabric stretch and furl as it feeds through the machine.
TIP: If the stitch is not catching the fabric's edge, this is due to the fabric stretching away from the needle after the blade has made the cut. Prior to serging, press a 1/2 inch hem, serge along the fold, and trim away the excess.