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Serger Secrets: High-Fashion Techniques for Creating Great-Looking Clothes Paperback – January 1, 1998


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Rodale Books (1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1579544649
  • ISBN-13: 978-1579544645
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 8.4 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #272,779 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Testing the stitch width:

1. Cut two pieces of fabric measuring 3X12 inches (7.5x30cm). Divide one piece of fabric into thirds, and place it on top of the other. Number each third to correspond with the numbers on the cutting dial. Set your machine for a 2.5mm stitch length, 1.5-2mm stitch width, and a balanced 4-thread stitch.

2. Adjust the cutting width to 1mm, and stitch through both layers of fabric until you reach the first line. Turn the cutting width dial to 2mm, and stitch to the next line. Turn the dial to 3mm, and stitch to the next line. Turn the dial to 3mm and serge off the fabric.

3. Look for the best section of stitching on the fabric. If the stitch needs more or less fabric to create a good seam, then fine-tune both looper tensions so that you end up with a well-balanced seam.

Testing the stitch length:

1. Cut two pices of fabric measuring 3X12 inches (7.5X30cm). Divide one piece of fabric into quarters, and place it on top of the other. Number each section. Set your machine for a 1mm stitch length, 1.5 to 2mm cutting width, and a balanced 4-thread stitch.

2. Serge to the first line. Change to a 2mm stitch length and stitch to the next line. Continue until you have serged off the fabric.

3. Examine your sample, and review the fabric and stitch adjustments required for your project. If the cutting width is adequate, then you need to fine-tune the looper tensions.

About the Author

MARY GRIFFIN lives in Dublin, Ohio, PAM HASTINGS lives in Wall, New Jersey, AGNES MERCIK lives in Enfield, Connecticut, LINDA LEE VIVIAN lives in Lennon, Michigan, and BARBARA WEILANDlives in Pownal, Vermont. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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This book is a great help for a new person like myself to learn all about using a serger machine.
Samuel L. Godfrey
I had to decide on getting one basic book to learn me how to work the machine and how to be able to get everything out of it that it can do.
Lotta on Troublemaker Str
I've used this book for reference starting with my first serger to my current five thread cover stitch serger.
L. L. Wade

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167 of 170 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 14, 1998
Format: Hardcover
Susan Huxley and crew have done it again. Like their earlier "almost a textbook" classic, "Sewing Secrets from the Fashion Industry," their new book covers introductory basics and proceeds through an alpha section on specific techniques. The introductory section includes pages and pages of charts on threads, stitches, needles and special use stitches. All include clear photographs, careful descriptions and appropriate uses. The photographs of current machines get right IN there better than you can right in front of your own machine. To whet your appetite for decorative serging there follows a photo gallery of dozens of gorgeous garments serged with techniques explained in the encyclopedic section. The encylopedic section covers just about every decorative serger technique conceivable plus some. There are twenty-one pages on heirloom sewing alone and seven different decorative uses for flatlocking. Each entry provides the details on machine settings, feet, fabric, threads and notions. The detail is summarized for each in a sidebar; the accompanying text goes into more detail and the photographs are actually helpful. The five authors of this book have produced some absolutely gorgeous wearable art - that is actually wearable. Agnes Mercik's bomber jackets will have you all running to the fabric stores to get your own jackets started. Linda Lee Vivian and Mary Griffin's heirloom sewing make make me give up Victoria's Secret - I'll do my own lingerie now thank you. Ok so there are some 'goofyisms' in the text -- probably the editorial team should have made sure the whole thing was reviewed by at least one of the five authors.Read more ›
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108 of 111 people found the following review helpful By Diane Yaghoobian on February 16, 2002
Format: Paperback
Subtitled "High fashion techniqus for creating great-looking clothes" the illustrations and instructions are thorough. There are two drawbacks: a substantial amount of decorative stitching described is not available on the average serger. In fact, one of the more attractive decorative stitches in the book was for a Bernina serger that wasn't yet on the market at the time of publication. There are a lot of creative suggestions anyone can use, but you may feel "left-out" because much is geared to coverlockers that also do chainstitching and a lot of the decorative work is chainstitch-based. After reading it, I felt like I needed a new serger and the one I have is less than a year old! Second, the "Garment Gallery" is too long, my opinion. The seamstresses are rightly proud of their work, but it was more than I wanted to see. That said, if you are well acquainted with your serger's basic stitching, and want to explore its creative potential, this is a great book full of tips and ideas.
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44 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Lotta on Troublemaker Str on February 8, 2010
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I got my first serger a few months back, a high end Husqvarna Viking Serger, the Huskylock 936, which has 5 thread serging as well as cover stitch (incl chain stitch) capabilities. I must admit, I felt quite intimidated, since there is a huge step from understanding and mastering an ordinary sewing machine to understanding and mastering such a 5 thread wonder, with all it's parts, threading etc. The Huskylock 936 is wonderful in that it is computerized and when you pick which seam you want to use and the type of fabric, it tells you which tension etc. to use. But, no matter how much automatic stuff, if you sew quite a bit, the time comes where you have to adjust settings to get the result you want, especially if you want to sew on challenging fabrics using challenging threads, ribbon, yarn etc. for special effects. No matter which year model of serger you have, whether it is computerized or not, sergers are pretty much the same. When I look into mine, I see the same basic parts as on other brands and models and also have no problems understanding the explanations in Serger Secrets, even if they show it on different/older sergers. For that reason I strongly disagree with the reviewer who gave a super low score saying that "Sergers has come a long way in 10 years", indicating that the sergers in this books were obsolete and that this book won't be of help if you have a new serger. I could not disagree more! I must say, after getting the book, I read it quite quickly, as it was so easy to read and understand, everything felt really useful and for that reason it was even fun and excited reading. I could not put it down and got read eager to start trying out all the techniques etc. that the book shows you, amongst others because I started feeling like I really understood how this machine works.Read more ›
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48 of 54 people found the following review helpful By K. Cunningham on March 26, 2003
Format: Paperback
Truly excellent, I refer to it all the time for creative ideas. Just like other books on sewing, some ideas are a little cheesy for my taste. Having said that, I still think this is the best creative serging guide out there. I love the serged toggle buttons, flatlocked zipper, chain stiched details, serged French seam and the keyhole back placket serging guide. My clothes have never looked better! As for the machine, they have suggestions on how to adapt sergers with fewer stitches. I bought my machine used & factory serviced--it was a much better buy than paying the same money for a new machine with fewer options.
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