How to get a professional touch on your sewing projects
The possibilities are endless with a serger (also known as an overlock machine) in your sewing room. It makes sewing with stretchy fabrics so much easier, lets you sew seams quickly with a professional-looking result, and gives you tons of options for decorative finishes. There’s one particular stitch that modern quilters love!
Use a serger to sew stretchy fabrics with ease
Feeling Stretchy? Wanting to sew activewear or swimwear? It’s never been easier to find the right fabrics and notions for bathing suits and yoga wear! You can see our selection of knits here.
And if you want your projects to look professional and have lasting durability, this machine is just what you need. How does a serger help with stretchy fabrics, you ask? Well, it can create super-stretchy stitches and perfectly finished edges all in one go.
Plus, it’s great for sewing with stretchy knits, which can be tricky and extremely frustrating on a regular sewing machine. The serger’s “stitch fingers” keep your fabric from getting pulled down into the machine so that you can sew with ease and confidence.
Fast and professional seam finishes
It’s not just for stretchy fabrics! If you’re working on a woven garment, home decor, or bag, a serger helps you create fast and professional seam finishes.
Trim your seam allowances and finish your edges all in one go, depending on the order of operations for your particular project. Or, you might sew your seams with a regular sewing machine, then try on your garment for fit before using your serger to trim and finish the edges. So go ahead and add a professional touch to all your non-stretchy sewing projects too!
Oodles of decorative options for all your sewing projects
Sergers aren’t just for functional sewing – they can also add a beautiful decorative touch to your projects!
With the use of decorative machine embroidery thread, metallic threads, or thick “non-needle” threads in your loopers (we’ll teach you all about loopers with the classes that come with your machine), you can create a range of finishes from subtle to bold using both overlock stitches and rolled edge/hem stitches.
These decorative options are great for when you don’t want to fold up a hem or create a facing. For example, you can use a three-thread rolled edge stitch with metallic machine embroidery thread to finish the hem of a silk satin wedding dress, giving it a light and airy effect. Or, use a three-thread wide overlock stitch to create a serger-version of a satin stitch to add colour and shine to a baby blanket, home decor item or garment.
If you are looking for a really special stitch for your modern quilts, then try the chain stitch for a wow factor!
A variety of options and combinations for endless possibilities
With so many options for mixing and matching different colours, weights, and fibre contents of threads, the possibilities are almost endless. And if you have a model with an automatic thread delivery system, a feature on most of the ones we sell, it’s even easier to switch between different weights of threads.
Demonstrations at ABQ Sewing Studio
To find out more about our sergers and what they can do for you, visit Kelley at the ABQ Sewing Studio and she’ll answer all your questions. You’ll find us at 15 Centre St. West in Strathroy, Ontario.
Free lessons with purchase
And remember, when you purchase a machine from ABQ Sewing Studio, it comes with lessons so you’ll know just how to put it to use!
We carry Baby Lock Sergers
See all our sergers here.
Kelley shows you Victory and Celebrate
Triumph is used in this demonstration video from Baby Lock
Videos for Vibrant, Accolade, and Euphoria