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Quick-to-Make Project: Serger Scarf

This project takes only minutes to create and can create several different looks.

Jun 25, 2007
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Create this beautiful drapey scarf in minutes with your serger.

Do you ever want to make a project that you can whip up in just a few minutes? Maybe it is meant as an antidote to all the couture sewing you’ve been doing lately, or maybe you just need a last-minute gift for a friend. Here’s a project that takes minutes to make. It’s a scarf that you simply cut and run up on your serger.

Supplies

•  1 yard 44-inch-wide silk fabric. You can also use chiffon, charmeuse, or even lightweight cotton or rayon. The example shown is made with polyester chiffon.
•  Thread to match or contrast. You’ll need three spools for your serger.

Cut and prep

1. Cut a 36-inch fabric square. This is easiest to do if you have a gridded cutting mat and a rotary cutter. If not, use a T-square or a carpenter’s square ruler to mark the fabric.

2. Set your serger to the rolled-hem setting. If your serger doesn’t have a built-in rolled hem, then simply set it up for three-thread serging, with the stitch length set to 1.5 mm.

Sew and finish

1. Starting at one corner, serge the length of your square and off the end. I don’t trim much off my edge, but if it makes you more comfortable, you can serge using 1/2-inch (10-mm) seam allowance. Repeat on all sides.

Serged fabric edge
Serge the cut fabric square to create finished edges.

2. Trim the excess thread chains, and if you like, dab a drop of antifray liquid on the corners.

3. Press the scarf. Then wrap it à la Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis or Grace Kelly and wear with élan for a glamorous look.

Knotted serged scarf
There are many ways to wear your serged scarf, including this version of tying it and wearing the knot to one side.

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  1. user-2005712 May 5th

    I have been struggling with doing a successful rolled edge on my serger with very light weight knits or chiffon. It just tears away and I am left with the threads and fabric completely separated. Can anyone give me some advice? i have tried stabalizers and nothing works. I am working on single layers as in hemming a scarf on all egdes. what is wrong with me?

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