Darlene’s Thread: Serger Tips that Will Make Your Life Sew Much Easier
What happens when you combine silk screen, applique, embroidery, metallic thread and iron-on crystals? One -of- a- kind designer t-shirts! And you don’t have to be a sewing expert to transform your plain, inexpensive tees into a “sewsational masterpiece”!
1) Choose a theme. In this case, I chose shopping. No surprise there!
2) First layer is silk screen. I used the Yudu Personal Screen Printer Item: 504-401, or you may want to use fabric paints and a brush. Either way, this will get you into your artist groove.
3) Add applique. The shoppers left me large space near the bottom, so I filled it with the boot/handbag embroidery applique.
4) Embroider sayings, lettering, themed reflections. Use variegated or metallic thread.
5) Place and press heat activated crystals. I used Glamour Gems.
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Knit Picking Serger Tip
You’ve probably figured out by now that clipping the end of a serged seam at the end of a sleeve or neckline is a serger DON’T! You can put away the goopy fray check. Clip the thread tail 2″-3″ beyond the end of the seam and pull it back through the seam using a “knit picker”. Here’s how:
1) Slip the head of the knit picker through the serged seam and open the hinged claw.
2) Place the thread tail in the claw slip the knit picker out pulling it back through. This cleans up the ends for a no-fray, no-unravel finish that can’t be beat!
TIP: You can find a knit picker on your fabric store’s notion wall. It’s on my “must have” list of handy dandy tools!
Serger Threading Tip
Your dental floss loops are moving from medicine cabinet to sewing basket! It’s easy to change thread on a serger when we’re talking about the upper and lower loopers. You clip at the spool, knot on the new thread and pull through, but in the event that the knot breaks as it tries to go through the looper eye, that’s where your dental floss loops can come in handy.
1) Insert the long straight end into the looper eye (front to back) and place the thread through the loop
2) Pull the straight end from the back of the needle through and you’re done! You can see the loop pulling the thread out towards the back.
TIP: Be sure that the upper looper is threaded FIRST and that the lower looper thread is OVER the threaded upper looper!
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