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Fleece Flat lock Mess

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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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What materials did you use? Fleece and thread, sweat and tears.

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What are you most proud of? I'm still, mostly, sane.

Michael Chylinski on craftsy.com

What advice would you give someone starting this project? Idk. Flat locking fleece ain't easy. Use pins? Loose on dials? Don't even start the project and move on with you life?

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Flatlock is the most frustrating stitch to try to perfect. Even I've about gone crazy on a few stretch fabrics before. I'd be happy to troubleshoot your stitch with you if you want to start a question thread in the class. It is possible to make this stitch and keep some hair on your head! ;)

01/06/2014 Flag

ok, thanks. I didn't want the lump and the only way to get rid of it was to loosen all the stitches. It's strong and when I had the dial on 8 for the under looper it was popping stitches when I tugged on it.

01/06/2014 Flag

By "lump" do you mean the place where the two fabrics meet up with each other inside the stitch? If you like, I can upload a photo under your flatlock question in the class and show you how you can get that to lay down and not create a ridge down your stitch line.

01/09/2014 Flag

yes the lump meaning it would not butt; I could not get to to NOT overlap. But, when I did some research on flatlock on the interweb it says that it is supposed to overlap? I got my new blades today and I got my other projects, ones that I was getting paid for, done so I will get back to it soon. The blind hem foot sounds like a plan I also am helping a friend raise money for his disabled sister and I have been doing a ton of computer graphics and upgrade work.

01/10/2014 Flag

There are two variations of the flatlock (and I'm not talking about the number of threads you use). A flatlock can be made on a fold, or while holding the fabric edge away from the blades, and this gives you the true flatlock. It will be FLAT! The other variation is when you cut the fabric while you serge. This stitch will still open up, but not as much, and the fabric will also be folded inside the stitch. If you wiggle it, you can usually get the two layers of fabric to lay flat on top of each other. This stitch is a bit bulkier because of the overlapping layers, but if your fabric is very thin, you may prefer this method.

01/14/2014 Flag