Beginner Serging: Machine Basics & Techniques

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Instructor Amy Alan, Sewing Expert
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What Will You Learn?

  • numbers Learn the fundamental setup stitches.
  • numbers Discover how to create nine different types of basic stitches.
  • numbers Make an exposed zipper bag, an ombré ruffled apron, and a striped knit scarf.
  • numbers Troubleshoot common issues like poor tension, skipped stitches, fabric rippling, and more.

Course Overview

Gain confidence using your serger with sewing instructor Amy Alan. 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, Amy 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. Make an exposed zipper bag, an ombré ruffled apron and a striped knit scarf! To finish class, add versatility to your serger with blind hem, elasticator and gathering feet.
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9 lectures
 |  Average 28 minutes each
  • 1
    Meet Amy Alan and go over what you'll learn in this class. x
  • 2
    Your Serger & How It Works
    Explore every component of your serger, getting up close and in depth into its mechanics. x
  • 3
    Basic Stitches
    Go over basic serger stitches, from the 4-thread overlock to the 2-thread flatlock and everything between. x
  • 4
    Decorative Stitches
    Learn to use yarn, silk ribbon, rayon and other materials with your serger. x
  • 5
    Troubleshooting Your Serger
    Learn to fix poor tension, problem stitches and machine issues, as well as how to clean your serger. x
  • 6
    Exposed Zipper Bag
    Make a zipper bag that's both functional and fashionable. x
  • 7
    Ombre Ruffled Apron
    Amy guides you through the construction of a multi-colored, ruffled apron. x
  • 8
    Striped Knit Scarf
    Create a decorative striped scarf from knit fabric. x
  • 9
    Bonus - Serger Feet
    Learn to use the gathering foot, elasticator, and blind hem foot. x

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Amy Alan

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Amy Alan, Sewing Expert
Amy Alan got her start in sewing as a child. Once she graduated college with a degree in fashion design, she then worked on the cutting room floor of a show apparel company as a technical designer. After that, she went into alterations and then finally teaching once we moved to Portland. Amy currently teaches sewing at Modern Domestic in Portland, Ore. and blogs at Really Handmade. Amy Alan teach sewing classes that mainly...
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Beginner Serging: Machine Basics & Techniques is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 2.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Beginner Serging: Machine Basics & Techniques I bought this because I was given a serger and am not an experienced seamster. I have not watched the complete product as yet, however after watching the first few chapters one of the frustrating things I found was that at times it appeared like the video was out of sync with the presenter. Maybe I am being picky but that through me off to some extent. At times I found it very informative and at others not detailed enough. They use 3 different machines, which on the surface would seam like a very good thing because it goes to show just how similar things are from one manufacturer to another. For me that did not necessarily translate as an aide however as my machine is a different one from any of the three. Being male I would have appreciated having an option to sew something masculine in nature. I realize that the value is in learning what some of the capabilities of a serger are but it is like being back in grade school and learning math. The typical woman does not relate to an instructor telling them how to calculate the number of yards of concrete it would take to make a driveway for example. I would be more engaged from the beginning. I think the instructor is very good and knowledgeable.
Date published: 2019-04-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent course I am new to learning all about sewing and sewing machines and did not know what a serger was so I took this course to find out. Not only do I now know what the machine is and what it can do, I feel that i could sit down and use one effectively and efficiently with practice. I learned all the basics of the machine, how thread it, problems to watch out for and how to troubleshoot them when they appear. The instructor is obviously very knowledgeable and experienced with this machine and excellent at conveying her skills across to her students. She clearly explains each type of stitch this machine can do and exactly how to set up your machine and adjust it to get a perfect result. I really enjoyed this course and recommend it to anyone with the desire to learn.
Date published: 2018-03-17
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