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Beginner Serging: Machine Basics & Techniques taught by Amy Alan

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.

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Carrie Vadnais-Barraco on craftsy.com

What materials did you use? 3 old tshirts--one too tight with a wee bleach stain front-and-center, one xl men's and one with decorative rosettes and beads but with long sleeves (which I dislike wearing). Poly serger thread, New Home/Janome

Carrie Vadnais-Barraco on craftsy.com

What are you most proud of? It worked, and the stitches are pretty even

Carrie Vadnais-Barraco on craftsy.com

What advice would you give someone starting this project? Have plenty of fabric and watch out not to serge over beads! This is very free form so start out with a basic shape and then add pieces or trim them off as you like to keep the fit. I used the shirt armscyes so I wouldn't have to fit them

Carrie Vadnais-Barraco on craftsy.com

Very creative, Carrie! What a great use of shirts that otherwise wouldn't have been worn.

12/16/2013 Flag

Fantistic! What a great job. So creative.

12/19/2013 Flag

great idea

05/29/2014 Flag

Cute! I'm picturing a similar dress in my future. With pockets.

06/03/2014 Flag

I love this. Did you have a particular pattern that you used?

08/08/2014 Flag

I didn't actually. I was inspired by my Secret Lentil garments (check her out online!). I used a tunic I have of Helen's/Secret Lentil for inspiration and the existing armholes of the t-shirts. The rest is improvised.

09/02/2014 Flag