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any suggestions on creative serging?

fabricholic | Posted in Creative Machine on

I would love to see pictures and explanations of what creative things you all have done using your serger. I have a Huskylock 936. I would love to be creative with it, but I don’t know where to start. (Hint, hint Mary), what sort of adjustments need to be made on tension, say, if I wanted to use a thin ribbon in the loopers?



  1. Dorothy | | #1

    The Palmer Pletsch book "The Serger Idea Book" was the one that got me going on creativity with my serger.  I just checked on Amazon, you can buy a used copy for as little as $.63.

    As to your question about the ribbon, I would just start playing (while making sure that your serger is still making "happy sounds" and isn't getting hung up).   Other sewers/artists might suggest tension settings, but what tension YOU want to use depends on what look YOU are after--or how what tension you are using inspires you.

    And, remember to play and have fun.  Make samples.  Do you have cats?  Mine love the cat toys that I've made using my serger, that started out as samples...then I added a little of this...and a little more....and pretty soon it was art but of course all my cats cared about was whether I had put catnip inside or not.

    Best, Dorothy

    1. fabricholic | | #4

      Hi Dorothy,I just saw this message and it didn't notify me because it had ALL on it instead of Fabricholic on it. I looked up that book on Amazon. Thanks so much for the information. The book doesn't cost that much. I love that, since I am trying to be good and not spend much this year. I don't have cats, just dogs. Marcy

      Edited 5/20/2008 1:22 pm by fabricholic

      1. Dorothy | | #6

        Glad you finally saw the message; I will have to be more thoughtful in what options I choose when I post.

        I know what you mean about "being good."   It's hard when there's so much new stuff out there!


        Good luck and have fun playing.


        1. fabricholic | | #8

          Got your message this time. I have too many hobbies. I hope that when I retire, I will have my good health cause I have lots to do.

  2. MaryinColorado | | #2

    Hi!  Sorry, I've been out of the loop for quite awhile.  Having some life transition issues and went on a 3 week vacation.  I made a few dresses and tops for myself for spring and summer.  Did alot of sewing "errands" for family and friends lately and still have more to do.  Then I can get back to exploring my creative side and play again.   As you know, my serger is my favorite toy.  I've been lolligagging on learning my new 4D software so also must get back into that before I forget what I've learned so far. 

    Did you experiment with the fine ribbon?  If it is regular polyester ribbon, it is kind of stiff and doesn't want to roll well in my experience.  Silk ribbon is more cooperative but expensive.  YLI makes a ribbon floss that works better.  What do you want to do with it?  You can do a flatlock and run the ribbon under the stitches with a bodkin. 

    I prefer working with yarns and cording in the loopers as they are more flexible, rounded, and less expensive.  They move more smoothly through the loopers even for a rolled edge or blanket stitch.  Let me know what's up and what your working on!  Mary


    1. fabricholic | | #3

      It's been a while since I wrote that question. I don't remember what I had in mind, but I would like to get some play time on my serger. I have a table cloth that I want to make for a small oval table. I drew a line on the fabric at the edges of where the table hits under it and I thought I could take the rest of the fabric and serge/gather the skirt for it.
      I hope everything is o.k. with you. I have been learning how to knit socks. It's so much fun.Marcy

      Edited 5/20/2008 1:21 pm by fabricholic

      1. MaryinColorado | | #5

        The serger is the easiest and quickest way to gather.  Don't blink or you'll miss the whole thing!  ha ha

        Hope the socks turn out well.  Mary

        1. fabricholic | | #7

          Well, one sock is a little longer on the leg part, but hey, it's my first socks. Too fun!

  3. valleygirl66 | | #9


    I just posted a question for feedback on different sergers as I am looking to buy one.   BabylockEclipse, Pfaff Coverlock model 3 or 4 and the Huskylock line.   How is your Huskylock to threading and tension control as I have been told to focus on these when looking for a machine.  I have a Pfaff 2134 (Embroidery machine) and am an experienced sewer.

    Would love to hear back from you.   I will be taking at look at the Serger Idea Book as sometimes seeing things triggers more idea.

  4. lou19 | | #10

    I have a book SERGING AUSTRAILIA  - CREATIVE ARTISTRY. Some amazing pictures.

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