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fabricholic | Posted in Equipment and Supplies on


Do you use the YLI Serging Yarn in the loopers only or in the needles, also, for baby blankets? I see on Nancy’s Notions website the thread, but now I don’t know if I need 2 or 4 cones? Help please.


  1. MaryinColorado | | #1

    I just used it in the loopers.  FYI, I used to regularly buy four cones of thread for the serger, then I discovered the bobbin/serge or bob n serge which fits on the thread stand.  You can put your thread onto bobbins and run them off of the bob"nserge.  Saves $$$.

    An added bonus because I do bobbin work on the sewing machine with decorative threads is that I can also use the same ones for the serger.  More playtime!  Mary

    1. fabricholic | | #2

      Hi Mary,

      I have the little bob 'n serge, also.  Don't you find that you run out of looper thread very quickly?  I was serging a ruffle for a skirt and to match the color, I used regular thread on the bob 'n serge.  I never did finish that skirt.  It was teal velvet and I was putting a teal chiffon ruffle on the bottom.  I was agrrevated, because it was a pain to serge the chiffon and I kept having to change bobbins on the serger.  I can always go back to it.


      1. MaryinColorado | | #3

        Oh what a pain!  I know the bobbins don't hold much thread, I haven't tried using them for gathering.  The YLI spools fit on my serger spoolholders so no problem there.  With the chain stitch, i have used several different colored threads woound on bobbins at once to create my own blend.  That was before they came out with all the great blended threads that are out now.  I like that you can buy the 12wt and 30 wt Sulky blenders to match each other. 

        If you will use it anyway, I would go ahead and buy more than two of the soft YLI Success Serging Yarn.  I am not good with conserving thread, I have three drawers full next to my machine, and then a plastic bin with three drawers of cone and other serger threads.  It would be terrible to not have enough to complete a project when you have to wait for the order to arrive as it is. 


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        Becky-book | | #4

        Dear Marcy,

        Could you use a matching color of plain thread for your lower looper, fancy thread in upper looper and plain thread in your needle?  If I am trying to economize in this way, I use a bobbin full of plain thread for the needle (uses less) a spool of regular thread (with an adapter stuck on top) in the lower looper and wooly in the upper looper only.  If cost is not the problem, buy as many spools of thread as needed (2 or 3) for your ruffle hem, it is a little more expensive than serger thread but maybe worth it in the long run.

        Trying to think of difficulties with this idea:

        Do you have those little flat discs that fit into the hole in the spool? They keep the thread from snagging on the rough edge of the spool.

        Some thread comes on little, long spools; if the spool top adapter won't work on these, could you just drop the spool into a large drinking glass and let it tumble around in the bottom as you serge?

        Hope you can finish your skirt,


        1. fabricholic | | #6

          I was just trying to match thread at the time because I didn't have serger thread the color of teal that I needed, I had the bob 'n serge and wanted to use it. I can't remember, but I believe I was trying to serge the edge of the chiffon ruffle, not gather it, so that it wouldn't ravel when I was attaching to to my skirt. It was going to be a skirt for the Christmas holidays. That is how long ago it was.
          Thanks for the help.

  2. sherryv | | #5

    For edging baby blankets, you will only need yarn in the loopers, with a coordinating thread in the needle.  I'd start with just the two cones :)  Have fun!  :)

    1. fabricholic | | #7

      I think that is what I am going to do.

      1. MaryinColorado | | #8

        I am thinking about getting a "deely bob" which is supposed to hold different sizes of spools.  Does anyone have it?  I hate to spend the money unless I know if it is worth it.  Haven't seen any "live and in person"  just on the web.  Mary

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