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Beginner Serging: Exposed Zipper Bag

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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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Category Sewing
Type Accessory
Sizing Women
Style Casual, Funky, Holiday, Cute
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What materials did you use? Quilting cotton fabric, zippers, threads

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What are you most proud of? I made it myself for myself!!!!

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What advice would you give someone starting this project? I have Singer 14 T 968 DC convertible serger. I have heard it is fussy - it wouldn't go any farther than 2 layers of fleece. Ah... Now I know it for sure! I intended to use my serger and started with it, but the thickness of the layers were too much. I played with stitch length, pressure, and differential feed. Nothing worked - my left needle started to give up first, than the right one. I changed them, re-threded serger a few times.... Well.... Had to switch to regular sewing machine to finish my projects. I used zippers that I had on hand. I didn't want to run to the store to buy fabric and used what I already had, so the sizes are a little off. Everything goes, right! I didn't have enough fabric yardage, so my linings are many pieces of the same fabric serged together. Had to buy the fleece. Now it is my new favorite item! A few notes to myself - * Would like to add a handle/loop of some sort. * My fusible fleece was not squared right at the store. I had to cut away quite a chunk of the sides. * The 1/2 yard of fleece is enough to make 3-4 bags. * On the "angel" bag, I made dipper corners and the bag looks taller in comparison to the "green" bag. The seam itself measures almost 4" * Next time will make pull-tubs with the main fabric

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Great work!

09/29/2012 Flag

Lovely work!!!

09/29/2012 Flag

I just began this class as a refresher to using my serger. I have a brother 103D, 4 thread that has always performed for me, but I have not used anything but the basic overlock, none of the flatlock or decorative stitches. I was attracted to the making of this bag. I can see handles as a strap attached to the pulls at each end with a "d" ring. I make my own handbags, and this will be a nice addition to the larger bags for tings like cosmetics, etc. I look forward to getting re-acquainted with my serger.

09/30/2012 Flag

Have fun with the class and your projects! I was also impressed with what my serger (or me?!) can do. Very exiting!

09/30/2012 Flag

Wow you were not kidding. You have these bags down to an art. I love them all. Darn I am working on a big sew project - coat. But maybe I could slip in some time to make a bag. I really want to make for hubby so I can throw his away!

10/04/2012 Flag

Scheri - thank you! I am sure it'll be a simple and quick project for you.Oh! I am trying to make my husband a jacket, replica of the one he loves. A little bit nervous to do that

10/04/2012 Flag

Looks like a great project. I can't wait to finish watching the class and making my own.

10/06/2012 Flag

you will have fun making it!

10/06/2012 Flag