In today’s article, guide and FREE online fashion sewing video tutorial, I’d like to demonstrate for you ways in which you can identify if your serger / overlocker is stitching correctly.
More importantly, teach you quick and easy ways to rectify wayward stitching.
How to Test and Fine Tune a Sergers Stitching
It is important to check that your serger / overlocker is stitching correctly.
Ideally, we, as fashion sewers need our serged edges to lay as flat as possible and look and hang neatly for that all important smooth finish.
There will be times however, when the stitches we create on our sewing projects are far from perfect. If this is the case, intervention is required.
Before we start turning dials, pulling on threads and kicking our sergers senseless, let us take a look at the stitch itself.
1 – The needle threads should be flat and straight.
2 – The loopers should be even and flat with nice covering of the edge.
If either of these stitches are showing signs that they are far from what we expect, then it’s time to go through an easy, step by step process to get them back on track.
Let me show you how!
Is Your Serger Stitching Correctly with Colleen G Lea
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4 Ways to Rectify your Serger Stitching
1 – Threads. Are you using the correct weight of threads for your fashion fabric?
When you purchase threads or fabric, check that it is a suitable match. Information should be readily available for the threads usage on it’s holder. If not, ask your local store for advice and refer to my article – Threads and Fashion Sewing.
2 – Correct Thread Placement. Is your thread correctly placed around your sergers dials or discs?
There will be times, and it is unavoidable, that your thread will become displaced and although the serger looks and ‘is‘ threaded correctly, a thread or two may well become dislodged. If this happens, no matter how hard you try, your stitching will not form correctly as the tension is affected.
Make sure you check each thread in turn. Ensure each is sat correctly around your sergers dials or discs.
3 – Thread Tension. Is your sergers tension set correctly?
This is why I’d always advocate that before serging any sewing project, to first set, and test your sergers tension. Use spare pieces of fashion fabric and sew until the stitches are formed correctly.
If your serger has dials, turning them to the left will loosen stitching whilst turning them to the right, will tighten them. If your serger has discs, pushing up will tighten and pulling down will loosen.
4 – The Differential Feed. Does your seger have a differential feed?
If your serger has a differential feed, check that it is set correctly and on the right setting for the fashion fabric you are working with.
For more information and a demonstration, see my article – Sergers, The Differential Feed.
I hope you have found this tutorial and guide of use, and I do hope it may go some way in helping you the next time your stitching goes a little wayward.
If you do have any questions, then please feel free to contact me.
Happy fashion sewing
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