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The Complete Serger Handbook Paperback – June 30, 1998


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Sterling; New edition edition (June 30, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0806998075
  • ISBN-13: 978-0806998077
  • Product Dimensions: 2.4 x 1.3 x 6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (217 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,029 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Library Journal

Writing this work has given James the opportunity to encapsulate the techniques she has developed during 15 years of teaching. The result is a concise guide to the serger and serger techniques. Major sections of the book include identifying the parts of a serger (with photos of each part), serger accessories, types of threads, threading and testing the threading, learning to regulate tension, and techniques. Throughout, James emphasizes using a knowledge of serger threading, needles, and tension to solve any problems relating to stitch formation. A good purchase for public libraries.
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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It is written well and the information is easy to understand.
Cathy Milne
I highly recommend this book to beginners, but it's also a good resource for the more advanced.
H. Hogan
This book makes for great reading to help you out getting started with your serger.
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434 of 435 people found the following review helpful By ANGIE SCOTT on September 29, 2001
Format: Paperback
I am brand new to serging and used Amazon book reviews to help me pick books. Believe me when I tell you that this book is excellent. It is clearly written, has wonderful color pictures, and is perfect for the beginner. It explains the different stitches and what they are used for, how different threads are used and how they react in sergers. You get tips on threading, tension adjustments, troubleshooting, securing seams, needle selection, working with knits, and using elastics. You also get ideas for fun projects and much more. If you are just getting started in serging or would like to learn more, I HIGHLY recommend this book. Out of the six different books I've purchased recently, this one is by far the best. You just can't go wrong with this book.
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212 of 213 people found the following review helpful By heidi324 on October 18, 2002
Format: Paperback
Having just bought a serger and quickly realizing I had very little idea of what to do with it I went hunting for a book. This one was a great choice.....It is comprehensive, easily read and understood, and has great visuals. I am positive that I will be referencing it constantly as I try and learn to use my new machine.
One thing: In hindsight I wish I had bought the spiral bound version...The soft cover version does not stay open on its own (nor does it lie flat) which means I either have to give up a hand to hold the book or read some and set it down and go back to it again.
Also, I would not recommend this book to an experienced serger. It definitely sticks to the basics (which is still a lot to say to a novice), and I have seen more creative and comprehensive books for the more advanced. This book is definitely for the person who has never serged before!!
And if you are a novice, this will be a wonderful resource!! (regardless of which brand or type of serger you have)
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142 of 143 people found the following review helpful By K. Kirkland on December 9, 2003
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This book is the perfect book for a beginner serger owner. Serger manuals are useful for getting to know the mechanics of your serger, but leave off after listing the basic stitches and settings. Serging really is different than sewing, and this book of Chris James' teaches you everything else you need to know to become very adept at using your machine. The close-up photos really illustrate what the stitches should and shouldn't look like. Her book also helps you understand how the machine works, which in turn allows you to master your machine (rather than merely follow the settings in your manual). She offers many, many tips and how-tos, and her samples are inspirational. I have noticed several small mistakes, such as a mismatch of needle sizes (she says 80/14 and 90/16 rather than 80/12 and 90/14, and at least one of her rolled hem close-ups is mislabeled.) Don't let that stop you from purchasing this book however.
I teach serger classes to new serger owners and much of what I discuss comes from this book. I also have the "Serger Secrets" book. It shows more specific applications; very useful as well. I also refer to my "Polar Fleece Adventures" series by Nancy Cornwall often as I serge with fleece frequently.
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163 of 171 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 22, 1998
Format: Paperback
I have checked out almost every book on serging at my local library. I decided to purchase this book after comparing them all. This book is straight forward, easy to understand and, I think, the best book on serging that has been printed to date.
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59 of 61 people found the following review helpful By tzefirah on March 4, 2003
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This told me EVERYTHING to begin serging, practically from taking it out of the box. It discusses everything from turning the machine on and off, to threading for different stiches, the differences between stitches, good fabric to use versus good fabric for regular sewing, etc. I cannot recommend this book highly enough for the complete novice.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By H. Hogan on August 7, 2006
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This books picks up where the instruction manual leaves off. I recently purchased a serger and this book helped me to familiarize myself with the machine, different types of threads and the various types of stitches that can be made with a serger. The photos and clearly written instructions in each chapter made me very comfortable with my machine. The author provides the right amount of detail to guide you step-by-step without becoming overwhelmed. I highly recommend this book to beginners, but it's also a good resource for the more advanced.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By John D. Clark on May 16, 2007
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I am a beginner and my teacher used this book in my surger class-she told me to buy it and read it like a college text book, complete with highlighting passages. I did and WOW. I refer to it often-the photos are detailed and directions complete and easy to follow and understand. A lot of shortcuts are included as well. I highly recommend this book for all ages of surgers!
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37 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Susan Rhoads on January 12, 2002
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On a recommendation from a friend, I checked this book out and decided to purchase it. It is informative, easy to follow and easy to understand. I highly recommend it to anyone that just purchased a serger or has owned one for sometime and it's setting in a closet in its original box!
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