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Green Bandana

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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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Michael Chylinski on craftsy.com

What materials did you use? Bandana and butterfly scrap fabric that feels water proofed.

Michael Chylinski on craftsy.com

What are you most proud of? Zipper went in better; not perfect I want to figure out a better way to cross the teeth.

Michael Chylinski on craftsy.com

What advice would you give someone starting this project? Go slow on zipper. Small polyester zippers work best.

Michael Chylinski on craftsy.com

You ironed your bag, right? Either you ironed it, or you're a boxed-bag wizard. Those are some nice edges! For the top of the zipper, if you really want to make sure the teeth line up nicely, you can make a few small stitches, either with your sewing machine or by hand, to hold the teeth together. This eliminates them shifting around and makes sure they stay together and close nicely.

01/06/2014 Flag

yeah. Zipper wonky madness. I usually thing the first time at anything is garbage. Yes I tried to impress and get out the iron. I usually embellish like a madman, but I am making a mosaic counter top in my bathroom, a large red tail hawk mosaic, sewing scarves, pajama pants, and doing stitch and slash, AND to make me absolutely insane I enrolled in college. IDK if I told you but I am two years out from a Craniotomy, I have been having a number of different surgeries since 2003. I need to get out of the house ;0)

01/06/2014 Flag

Wow- you've got a lot of projects going on! Hopefully recovering from your surgery didn't keep you away from your creative pursuits for too long.

01/09/2014 Flag

it is going to be two years soon and I was sewing soon after as part of my recovery. It was a memory exercise to learn something new. Yes. I always seem to put too much on my plate.

01/10/2014 Flag

I admire your get-up-and-do. Grit is cool. Sewing and going to college takes grit. Here's a prayer for a full, complete recovery!! L

02/22/2014 Flag

Well that is me full of grit and thank you for noticing that I am doing my best. It's hard to remember; like most humans, I am hardest on myself, and it's hard to accept compliments. I feel better than I ever have, with the exception of the neuropathy in my legs and feet, as long as the tumor doesn't start growing I will be grateful. Well, and if no more is heaped on my plate. ;0)

02/28/2014 Flag