ZJ Humbach

Making Friends with your Serger: Beyond the Basics

with ZJ Humbach

If you’ve already started using your serger and are ready to move beyond the basics, this class is for you. Take time to broaden your horizons and learn about the advantages of using accessories available for your serger. In this class I will focus on two workhorse accessories that will make your life easier: the blind hem foot and the gathering foot.

Your instructor, ZJ Humbach, breaks the class into manageable sessions that let you learn these accessories inside and out. There’s no need to rush. Take your time and master each session before moving onto the next or come back and review individual sessions as needed. At the end of this class, you’ll wonder how you ever lived without these time saving additions for your serger.

Blind Hemming with Your Serger introduces you to the joy of using your serger to do blind hemming. Think how much time you’ll save when you can finish the fabric edge and hem in one simple step! You’ll learn the ins and outs for using the cousin to your sewing machine’s blind hem foot. You’ll be surprised at how easy it is to use, and ZJ will show you a simple adjustment that will give your projects a more professional look.

Taking Gathering to the Next Level will move you beyond the basic method of gathering with a serger and add a new dimension to your sewing. A gathering foot makes it faster and easier to gather and ensures a more professional finish. You’ll learn four different time saving ways to use the gathering foot: single-layer gathering, gathering and joining simultaneously, gathering and joining with lace, and how to create layers of gathers.

The Bonus Project: Toddler’s Layered Skirt puts all you’ve learned in the previous segments together. You’ll make and adorable toddler’s layered skirt that features blind hemming, gathering with lace, and joining multiple layers of gathers. ZJ also shows you how to create a fast and easy elastic waistband that requires no casing! The skirt requires no pattern, and you can easily alter it for older children and even adults. Best of all, you can make the skirt in less than half an hour!

  • 4 Sessions
  • 1h 39m

ZJ Humbach

ZJ Humbach is a professional longarm quilter and pattern designer who owns and operates Dream Stitcher Quilt Studio in Nederland, Colorado. Her work appears in McCall’s Quilting, Quilters Newsletter, and Quiltmaker magazines. A former Quilters Newsletter editor, she wrote a longarm quilting column, “Finish Line,” for each issue. Now ZJ is a freelance writer for Quilters Newsletter and the Studio Arts Quilt Associates (SAQA) Journal. She also quilts regularly for Connecting Threads. ZJ has enjoyed machine sewing since age 12. She has a strong educational background in clothing construction, tailoring, and interior design plus a Master of Arts Teaching degree with an emphasis on curriculum development and adult education.

Class Project: Toddler’s Skirt Measurements

Use this guide to get the perfect measurements for making your skirt.

Class Resource: Gathering Ratios

Save yourself time and frustration by using this Gathering Ratios guide when making ruffles.

Meet Your Expert Video

ZJ shares the inspiration behind creating this class.

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