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Simcha | Posted in General Discussion on

Hi everyone,  I have been watching the disscussions for some time now but haven’t introduced myself. I am 57 years old and have lived all my adult life in Israel. I am married and have 9 children and 24 grandchildren. I started sewing at the age of 12 when I took my first Singer sewing course, I just love it like everyone else in this forum.I have been subscribing to threads for abuot 4 years now and really lok forward to each new issue. The first years I was in Israel people sent me patterns from America but that became difficult so I started using the Burda System basically ther I was sewing without instructions because I didn”t read German. 14 years ago I took a wonderful patternmaking course and now I work on my own.

Because of this I am always seem to have a problem with placement of darts. I always draft them down the front of the pattern recently Threads had an article about placing them in t-shirts from the armhole sleeve but what if I want to move it down to the side seam? 

I hope this isn’t too much for one letter but I just bought a serger and would like to Know it when I sew woven fabrics that must be well ppressed should I finish the seamlines with the serger first then sew or sew press and then serge?

My thanks to all of you, Cynthia


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    Becky-book | | #1

    Dear Cynthia,

    I rarely serge an edge first, almost always after pressing, but it depends on other factors.  I have serged edges before inserting a zipper because I did not want to do it with the zipper in the way.   If you plan to serge finish a curved seam that must be clipped, remember to clip it before serging it, and spread the clips open as you serge.

    Hope you enjoy your serger!


    ps try the Magazine Index for articles on darts, I remember something not long ago about fitting bodices.

  2. solosmocker | | #2

    I serge all my pieces before construction. I then press seams open over a one inch wooden dowel. The seams fall off the edge and do not imprint on to the right side.

  3. ValerieJ | | #3

    If the seams don't need to be pressed open or clipped, I serge them and then press. If the seams need to be opened, I serge the raw edges without removing any seam allowance, sew on my regular machine, and then press.


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