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Halloween Apron

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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 Whimsical
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What materials did you use? Halloween prints cotton fabric, polyester serger thread, bulky nylon thread

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What are you most proud of? The beautiful rolled hems on the ruffles

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What advice would you give someone starting this project? I had trouble serging the sides of the backing that the ruffles attach to and ended up hemming the sides on the sewing machine. I think this was because I let the ruffles extend too close to the side edges. If I made another apron like this, I may try serging the sides before I attach the ruffles - but not sure that would work?

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I guess I cheated a little bit on the top ruffle. When I attached it to the backing with the serger, I didn't like the way it looked. Don't think my tension was just right. So I resorted to the sewing machine and bound the top edge with the same fabric I used for the ties.

10/10/2013 Flag

I LOVE THIS! How cute!! I really hope you wear it while answering the door to hand out candy. I agree- your rolled hems look beautiful. Yes, you could serge the sides of your backing piece before attaching the ruffles if you like. I serge the sides last because I like to catch the threads that attach the ruffles into the decorative side seam to finish them off. Hemming them on your sewing machine is fine though. Don't feel bad about "cheating"! Feel happy that you finished an adorable project! :)

10/10/2013 Flag

Thanks, Amy. I plan to wear this apron with black pants, a pullover, and a witch hat on Halloween. I'll be at my grandkid's house, helping give out candy. I have learned so much in your class! I've had a serger for years and was so intimidated by it that it stayed in a closet until I started your class, Thanks for being such a good teacher!

10/11/2013 Flag

I just love this. I've only finished up to my 4-thread overlock so far and can't wait to get to the projects!

10/23/2013 Flag

I have a phobia surrounding my serger, also. I had it for 4 months before I even attempted to use it and, when I did, it didn't work. Although my machine is a 5-thread Juki and doesn't thread anything like the others, I found the inside where the loopers seems very similar to the Bernina and so I was able to follow along with the video (and my book) and thread it the correct way. I still have a little bit of a phobia, but it's not so much about threading now.

10/23/2013 Flag

I just bought a Juki 5 thread serger. The little Singer serger I bought for $99 years ago is incredibly difficult to thread. The Juki is much easier. I haven't got around to experimenting with all five threads yet. It's nice that it will do a cover stitch for knits, but I don't know how much trouble it's going to be to set it up to do the cover stitch. My favorite thing on a serger - so far - is the rolled hem.

10/25/2013 Flag