Darlene’s Thread: How to Make Lace with Your Serger
Yes. Sergers sew, cut and finish off a seam in one step. Yes. Sergers can make beautiful rolled hems, and ribbons and bridal veils. Yes. Sergers can insert elastic in stretch knits and make stretch seams, but did you know that you can make lace with your serger? I thought this was very cool!
You start with a stable piece of fabric at least a few inches wide. If you’re working with a one-way-stretch knit, make sure the lengthwise grain is the non-stretchy one. If you’re working with a two-way stretch knit, I would stabilize the edge with a strip of iron-on tear-away stabilizer before sewing to eliminate the wavy look. Set your serger for four thread, widest stitch 7mm and engage the stitch finger. Medium stitch length setting.
Stitch the first row along the edge of the fabric being sure to completely cover the edge the entire width and length.
Now it’s time to serge some lace! Each time you start a new serger seam, you want to make sure that you catch a small portion 2-3mm of the previous row and the thread is hanging out over the edge. Build this row of interlocking thread rows as wide as you like.
When it was time to connect the lace to another piece, I simply overlapped the pieces with the lace on top and zig-zagged. Then I used a 7mm wide silk ribbon and a multi-zig-zag stitch to finish off the attachment area and add focus to the lace.
Serger lace can add a feminine touch to a wardrobe staple or can be used use on anything from children’s clothes to Home Decor.
For all of you wearable artsy fashionistas, try your hand at serger lace where the thread is the star in a new and exciting way, then let us know what you’ve done so we can cheer you on!
Just a reminder, here are my show times for April and May:
April 27th at 7am and 9pm
April 30th at 8am and 3pm (Singer sewing)
May 1st at 2pm (Singer garment press)
May 16th at 6am (Singer ironing)
May 17th at 5am and 5pm (Brother sewing), 8am and 4pm (Smart Cover)
May 24 at 6am and 5pm (Singer sewing), 9am (Singer ironing)
May 25th at 7am and 12pm (Singer sewing)
May 31st at 5am (Singer Ironing)
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