Serger Solutions: Troubleshooting Techniques DVD


Item: W0323R


Put your serger in the spotlight! Learn serger troubleshooting techniques and make the most of your machine with sewing educator Sara Snuggerud. Review the basic parts of your serger, then discover how to choose the best thread and spool placement for efficient serging. Identify balanced stitching and find the best tension to sew smooth, beautiful seams. With these essential skills covered, learn how to fix a thread break, select the proper needle and adjust the knife. Want to make your projects pop? Add decoration using ribbon and wooly nylon. Boost your know-how further as you learn to stitch the perfect rolled seam and flatlock stitch. Discover how to use the differential feed and a gathering foot to make projects with gorgeous texture. Finally, build confidence performing simple maintenance at home to make your serger last a lifetime.

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Class Sessions

Introduction (6:12)
Meet your instructor Sara Snuggerud, an expert in sergers and serger troubleshooting. Sara will teach you how to get great results from your serger even if you use it infrequently. She’ll also give a basic overview of how to use this reference class. Don’t be afraid of your serger!

Threads & Threading (22:17)
Get to know your serger. Begin with reviewing the basic parts of the serger and how to make good thread choices for your machine. Then learn correct spool placement and how to thread properly for efficient serging. You’ll also learn Sara’s tips and tricks for tying threads on for fast rethreading.

Achieving Balanced Serged Seams (11:03)
Identify good stitching versus unbalanced stitching with Sara’s tricks for finding the best tension on your machine. Learn how to serge a good seam and troubleshoot any potential tension problems. Remember to always test your stitching on the same fabric as your final project for best results.

Understanding Needle & Looper Action (13:15)
Sara helps you understand serger loopers and needles, how they work together and how to fix a looper thread break. You’ll also learn all about what serger needles do, when to change them and how to pick the right needle for your machine and project.

Serger Knives & Cutting Width (10:17)
Learn all about your serger’s knife. Sara will show you how to adjust the knife for the stitch width and fabric type. Then she’ll show you why it’s important to keep your knife engaged even when you’re not using it to trim a seam. You’ll also learn how to identify an old knife and when to replace it.

Serging With Decorative Threads (22:41)
Decorative threads make any project more fun! Sara shows you how to use ribbon and wooly nylon in your machine and demonstrates the adjustments to accommodate these different-sized threads. Then learn how to stitch the perfect rolled hem and how to use a decorative flatlock stitch for added punch.

Serging Challenging Fabrics (12:20)
Learn the special techniques your serger can do! First, understand how to use the differential feed and the different kinds of fabrics best suited for this setting. Then learn how to prevent overstretching and achieve an even feed. Also, use a gathering foot to make fun projects with gorgeous gathers.

Maintaining Your Serger (10:46)
Sara teaches you how to perform simple serger maintenance you can do at home. Learn how to properly clean and oil your machine, identify any stitch plate problems and clean the tension disks. Finally, Sara will help you know when you need professional service for your machine.

Your Instructor

Sara Snuggerud
With more than 25 years of teaching new-owner serger classes, Sara Snuggerud has seen it all. Sara began working in a sewing machine shop at the age of 15 and was hired to be an educator for Bernina of America five years later. She is currently a co-owner of Heirloom Creations, a sewing machine and quilt store in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. When not in the store, she teaches serger classes and hosts serger workshops.


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