Serger 101: Machine Basics For Sewing with Serger
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Serger 101: Machine Basics For Sewing with Serger

Learning to use your serger with confidence
5.0 (1 rating)
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Created by Margaret Smith
Last updated 7/2017
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  • 1 hour on-demand video
  • 5 Articles
  • 3 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • All about the ins-and-outs of your serger – what it does, how it does it, and most importantly - how to thread your serger fearlessly.
  • Which stitches work best for a wide range of fabrics and designs – from delicate silk chiffons to stretchy spandex knits.
  • How to create professional looking seams, seam finishes, and hems around a variety of shapes, whether corners or curves.
  • Using serger stitches such as the flatlock and rolled hem to create beautiful construction details in a fraction of the time of traditional sewing.
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  • You only need to have a desire to learn how to use your serger

Gain confidence using your serger with sewing instructor Margaret Smith. If you know the basics of serging, you'll now discover how versatile your machine is! Begin with an overview of serger threading and maintenance. Then, learn how to create nine different types of basic stitches and create a serger stitch book you can reference again and again. For those tricky serger slip-ups, Margaret will show you how to troubleshoot common issues like poor tension, skipped stitches, fabric rippling and more. Now that you've refined your serging skills, put them to the test with three fun skill-building projects.

  • Overcome your serging fears by learning all about your serger – how it works, simple threading techniques, and basic construction skills for successful serged projects.
  • Learn to select the most appropriate overlock stitch for any type of fabric, whether a delicate woven or a stretchy knit.
  • Gain confidence as you learn simple ways to serge curves, corners, and other tricky techniques with ease.
  • Make the most of your serger by applying new construction techniques and specialty stitches to create beautiful looks with a professional finish.

Whether you adore or fear your serger – you will love this introductory serger online course! A serger is an invaluable tool to have in your sewing studio. It's fabulous for making garment construction quick and easy, and it can even add special decorative touches! Don't let all those threads intimidate you – your serger will be your new best friend.

This course will teach you all you need to become fearlessly proficient in serging. The tools and techniques taught in class guide you through everything from threading basics, to serger garment construction – everything you need to know to use a serger with ease and confidence. Serger 101 will give you the opportunity to practice your serging skills and explore new ones as well. Learn to get the most out of your serger by building a strong foundation through Serger 101. A serger may not entirely replace a sewing machine – but you'll wonder how you ever sewed without one!

Who is the target audience?
  • Anyone who has a serger and wants to develop skill and confidence in using it.
  • New serger owners wanting to learn about their serger and how to use it.
  • Sewing enthusiasts who want to get more out of their serger than just basic construction and seam finishing.
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Curriculum For This Course
27 Lectures
Welcome To Serger 101: Machine Basics & Techniques
3 Lectures 03:49
Needles and Thread
3 Lectures 13:25

Serger Needles

How To Change Serger Needles
Setting Up A Serger Notebook
4 Lectures 06:49
Printing Off The Handouts

How To Set Up A Serger Stitch Book

Serger Stitches and Uses
Getting To Know The Serger
3 Lectures 13:23
Threading Made Easy
3 Lectures 16:35
The Two Types Of Threading Systems For Sergers

How To Thread An Air Jet Serger

How To Thread A Serger
Securing Thread Tails
4 Lectures 03:00
Securing Thread Tails

Securing Thread Tails With A Sealant

Concealing The Serger Thread Tails

Knotting The Serger Thread Tails
The Basic Serger Stitches
4 Lectures 07:15
Serger Stitches

4 Thread Overlock

Setting Up The 3 Thread Overlock

3 Thread Overlock
3 Lectures 08:03
How To Remove Serger Stitches

Rolled Hem: Information and Thread Types

The Rolled Hem: Machine Setup and Serging
About the Instructor
Margaret Smith
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529 Students
4 Courses
Sewing Instructor

Hi, I'm Margaret Smith, I live in Fort Worth, Texas, and I am addicted to sewing! Actually I am addicted DIY projects, crafting and sewing but spending the day sewing is primarily my fix!

I grew up with a a mom that was a professional tailor and encouraged me to be creative. I can't remember a time when she sat down and officially taught me to sew. It really was just part of what we did routinely. I can remember being very young and sitting on her lap while she sewed. She taught me early to pull out the pins before she came to them. Remember, we never sew over pins!

I had a scrap basket of fabric I could play in and I was taught which scissors were for fabric and which were for paper and patterns. At some point, I don't remember how old I was, I was allowed to use her machines on my own with permission.

Fast-forward about 20 some years and I was a young mom wanting to sew for my kids. That's when I got my first machine that was all mine! That machine was quickly joined by a serger. I wanted to make sure my creations looked professional so I began taking classes, reading books and asking my mom and other professionals for guidance.

I began teaching others to sew, including my children, and then in 2005 I opened my own business selling the items I was making.

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