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Beginner Serging

Machine Basics & Techniques

with Amy Alan
Beginner Serging
Take your serger out of the closet! Learn the fundamental setup stitches, then make three posh projects: an exposed zipper bag, an ombré ruffled apron and a striped knit scarf.

Sewing instructor Amy Alan introduces you to the endless potential of the serger, an overlock sewing machine. Once you discover how easy and versatile it is, you'll be hooked! Start with serger threading and maintenance, then learn basic and decorative stitches. Create a serger stitch book you can reference again and again, and get all the troubleshooting techniques you need to serge like a pro. Practice your serging on three fun skill-building projects.

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Lesson plan


Lesson 1. Introduction

  • Meet Amy Alan and go over what you'll learn in this class.


Lesson 2. Your Serger & How It Works

  • Explore every component of your serger, getting up close and in depth into its mechanics.


Lesson 3. Basic Stitches

  • Go over basic serger stitches, from the 4-thread overlock to the 2-thread flatlock and everything between.


Lesson 4. Decorative Stitches

  • Learn to use yarn, silk ribbon, rayon and other materials with your serger.


Lesson 5. Troubleshooting Your Serger

  • Learn to fix poor tension, problem stitches and machine issues, as well as how to clean your serger.


Lesson 6. Exposed Zipper Bag

  • Make a zipper bag that's both functional and fashionable.


Lesson 7. Ombré Ruffled Apron

  • Amy guides you through the construction of a multi-colored, ruffled apron.


Lesson 8. Striped Knit Scarf

  • Create a decorative striped scarf from knit fabric.


Lesson 9. Bonus - Serger Feet

  • Learn to use the gathering foot, elasticator, and blind hem foot.

"Amy's class is exactly what I was looking for to bring my new serger out of the box. Amy's clear verbal instruction, soothing tone of voice, and excellent demonstration of techniques has me serging with confidence. I would highly recommend this class. I am having SO much fun!"
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South Mississippi

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