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Wooly Nylon 3-thread Overlock Nightmare Scarf

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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? A stretchy knit, double thickness for warmth. Wooly nylon thread in the upper and lower loopers and regular polyester thread in the left needle.

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What are you most proud of? Again, that I didn't commit suicide after 2 hours of threading and rethreading and changing tension settings, stitch length, cutting widths, differential feeds, stitch finger on, off, you name it. In the end I got a somewhat ok effect (most of my initial settings gave me a flat lock!) but nowhere near perfect. I found that one of my wooly nylon threads was badly twisted coming off the spool and no matter how much I tried to untwist it before threading it would keep getting caught it that tiny little squiggly pin you need to first run the thread thru. Nightmare. Once I found the right settings the scarf took 4 minutes to sew. 2.5 hours for 4 minutes of real sewing. Must be a world record.

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What advice would you give someone starting this project? Breathe in through the nose, out through the mouth. Close your eyes and think of a happy place. Ok now rethread that wooly nylon one more time...

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wow, it looks beautiful! Your stitches look gorgeous and even. Great job...and your words gave me encouragement!

01/14/2014 Flag

I"m sorry to hear the wooly nylon gave you such a fit! You'd never know it because your stitch is really beautiful. Did you try putting thread nets around the wooly nylon spools to try to help it feed off more evenly?

01/14/2014 Flag

Ahhh! The nets! That's right - I had purchased some and completely forgotten about that tip. I will try those from now on, thank you!!!

01/17/2014 Flag

Might have been a nightmare but I do love it..

01/25/2014 Flag

It looks fabulous!

02/04/2014 Flag

Looks beautiful after all ! I have had experience with serger nightmares myself in the last few days since I got my machine. My DH said, you cannot sew very much with all the time stopping and threading! And this is just with the first project!

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