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jncbtlr | Posted in Equipment and Supplies on


I recently purchased a viking 936 serger.  For various reasons, the dealer that I purchased it from is about an hour drive.  So, needless to say, I can’t run and ask questions every time something comes up. 

I would like to purchase some more tutorial information.  The manual is ok- but does not really talk about projects and sewing.  Can anyone recommend a book or video? 

Thanks so much!



  1. starzoe | | #1

    Does your dealer hold a class for buyers of his machines? If you could arrange an hour or two in his shop, using the machine, most of your questions would be answered. That's worth a one hour drive.

  2. Ckbklady | | #2


    Some new sergers come with an instructional video specific to their make or model. Maybe call Viking and see what resources they have?

    There's a great book called THE ULTIMATE SERGER ANSWER GUIDE that shows all kinds of stitch results and how to improve them. If I'm not mistaken, there's a video for the book as well. Amazon should have them both.

    Congrats on the new machine!

    :) Ckbklady

  3. regatta | | #3

    A good book is "Creative Serging Illustrated" it is by Pati Palmer, Gail Brown and Sue Green.  ISBN 0-8019-7744-4 

    It is a very comprehensive and easy to understand guide to every thing serger from basics to problems and all sorts of sewing - flatlocking, rolled hem, heirloom, specialty fabrics, lingerie etc etc.  Have fun with your serger.


  4. lou19 | | #4

    I have a book called "serging austrailia.....overlocker artistry"  by Anne van der Kley. although I haven't actually used the book but  it has some inspiring photos and projects.

    I also have "serge a simple project. fast, fun,foolproof" by Tammy Young and Naomi Baker which is very practical and has lots of diagrams.


  5. pinkit | | #5

    Hi:  Hope i can be of some help.  About a year and a half ago I purchased a Viking 936.  My Viking dealer provided lessons in the form of a free Serger Club on the last week of each month.  We were taught how to thread and each meeting we learned a new stitch.  I wonder if you have the large loose leaf book with all the instructions.  It is a valuable source and you can keep notes after each lesson.  That said I did receive a VHS tape which I found difficult to use.  There was a disc available but I never did receive one.  I agree with the lady that said that the lessons are worth a one-hour drive as I found many people in my class came a good distance.

    However, there are some videos available.  The ones I know about are by Nancy Zeiman but then she uses a Baby Lock machine which is self-threading.  Once you get the swing of things she does have some interesting videos for simple projects.  The ones that I have tried are Serge with Confidence (once again on a BabyLock).  Ready Set Serge, Seger Crochet,  Once again these are all good once you get the swing of things. 

    There are some good books see:  lindaleeorigingals. com.

    Don't give up.  It does sometimes take patience.  Give it time and you will find your time well spent.   I have use my machine for all kinds of gift items and I LOVE IT!

    Let me know how you make out.


  6. ohiostar | | #6

    There is an online forum for the 936 on yahoo, called Viking936. This could help answer some questions. There is also a workbook for the 936 in the groups files. However I agree with others, if you can, take a class from your dealer. Sergers can be intimidating, and if you don't feel confident in teaching yourself how to use it, a class will be the best investment you could make. No point owning a machine you don't use.Good luck!

  7. Jumala | | #7

    Years ago when I bought a Sears serger, I went to a Viking/Pfaff dealer to obtain instruction. Perhaps another dealer closer to you has generic serger classes and doesn't care what serger you have. Do not know how a 936 compares to a 234- thread Sears.


  8. Natalieb | | #8

    I have a babylock serger and  had not used it for a few years while I was in school.  I am taking a free class tomorrow to get comfortable with my machine again.

  9. Palady | | #9

    As ohiostar replied, do consider joining the yahoo group.  It's been active since Apr 2001.  A wealth of information is exchanged.  There's a Join This Group hyperlink on the right at the following URL.


      The files have enlarged pictorials for threading, + + +.

    The Viking web site has brochures to download.  Also, the Education hyper link on the left menu might have information you can use.




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