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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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Claire MacKenzie-Neville on craftsy.com

What materials did you use? I'm afraid this did not go well! I could not get the overlocker to sew over the zip, even when hand turning the wheel. I ended up finishing the bag on the sewing machine and decided to just leave it there. No boxed corners.

Claire MacKenzie-Neville on craftsy.com

Despite the fact it didn't go as planned, you still have what looks like a well-made bag. :)

11/12/2013 Flag

Hi Clare, I had the same problem with my first effort. I changed the needle and tried again and it worked, not sure if that was the issue or perhaps the zip I used was old, it did feel pretty stiff. Good luck with your next one.

11/13/2013 Flag

Hi, Claire! I'm sorry to hear that your machine wasn't happy when going over the zipper. If you'd like to start a question thread on the class, I'll happily help you troubleshoot ways to make it easier to serge over the zipper ends. Your bag is still cute, with or without boxed corners!

11/19/2013 Flag