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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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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: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (286 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,465 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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477 of 479 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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238 of 239 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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152 of 153 people found the following review helpful By K. Kirkland on December 9, 2003
Format: Paperback
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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169 of 177 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 22, 1998
Format: Hardcover
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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64 of 67 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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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Joanna Daneman #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 8, 2013
Format: Paperback
Sergers are GREAT but you either take to them right away or find them frustrating. To avoid "serger fail", this book is excellent and it was the first one I got when I bought a serger.

Here's the contents:
Can your Serger Replace a Sewing Machine
Getting to Know Your Machine
Threads
Which Stitch Is Which
Threading and Rethreading
Tension
Controls
Mastering Serger Techniques
Taking the Nonsense out of Knits
Rolled Hems
Flatlock
Oh NO My serger is SICK!
Care and Feeding of your machine

BIG colorful sharp photos of stitches and threads and examples.

I suggest you make a sample of each stitch your machine can do, staple the sample on a page and write down the tension and settings. Put these pages into a notebook. When you pull out your machine, you'll be ready to set it up without having to dig into memory to remember the last sewing session.

Sergers are phenomenal on knits, make children's clothes in literally minutes and finish raw edges on materials like cottons and linen quickly and beautifully. I sew summer skirts in 20 minutes with my serger but I would not be able to do that without having this resource book handy.
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25 of 25 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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