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Using a Serger to Finish Seams

July 18th, 2010


I sometimes use my serger to finish doll clothes seams. I like the finished look that it gives, but I always stitch the seam first and then serge. I think my serger’s stitch is too wide to use as a construction seam. Small curves on doll clothes such as those on sleeves and necklines are difficult to do with a serger.

Finishing two raw edges together

Sew the seam with a straight stitch on a sewing machine.

Serge using only three spools of thread. This method produces a narrow finished seam.  Serge close to the machine stitching so that the serger knife will trim the seam to about one eighth inch.  Note that the bottom of the sample has not been serged to show how the serger knife has narrowed the seam.

Add a drop of seam sealant on the stitching at the beginning and end of each line of serging.

Press the seam to one side.

Finishing single edges in hems and casings

Use only three thread spools to make a narrow finish.

Serge near the edge so that the fabric is not cut with the knife.

Turn up the hem the desired amount and slipstitch.

For hems in A-line garments add a machine gathering stitch next to the finished edge.

Pull the gathering thread until the hem lies lies flat against the skirt and slipstitch.

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