Serger 102 Creative Serging ~ Virtual Class

Serger 102 Creative Serging ~ Virtual Class

SERGER 102: Creative Serging!

 

Now that you know the basics of using your serger, let’s check out some of the decorative stitches.   Join Angela Wolf for a 90 minute virtual class and learn how to use your serger for a few creative stitches and serger a fashionable infinity scarf.  

Learn how to set up and serge:

  • Pintuck
  • Rolled Hem
  • Flatlock Stitching
  • Blind Hem Stitch 

Learn tips for starting and ending rolled hem stitches and then practice these stitches by making an infinity scarf.  Learn how to hem with a blind hem, a technique that cuts and finishes your hem in once step.  Connect seams and fabric with a flatlock stitching and decorating fabrics with narrow pintucks.

Note: This class can be used with any serger, but you will need your serger manual on hand as each serger is a little different.   

 

This is a virtual class, live with Angela Wolf taking time for Q&A.  You do not have to be present to enjoy the class, as the class will remain open after the live session is over to watch and re-watch as many times as you like!

Join us LIVE Friday, March 5, 2021 at NOON Eastern or catch the replay.

 

Click here to Join the Class!

 

Get 10% OFF with Coupon Code: SERGE10

 

Would you like to WIN a spot in this class?

This is going to be such an informative class filled with techniques!

If you would like a chance to win this class, leave a comment below and let me know why you want to win this class.  You can also leave a comment on Facebook and Instagram for extra chances to win.  I will draw 1 random winner Friday, March 5, 2021 at 10:00AM Eastern.  If you are the lucky winner and already signed up for class, I will refund your class fee or you can gift it to a friend.

Can’t wait to see you all in class for the live session or the replay.

Good Luck!

Catch the replay of SERGER 101: The Basics here.   

Below you will find a short clip from It’s Sew Easy tv how to stop and start stitches.  

Serger 102 Creative Serging ~ Virtual Class

SERGER 102: Creative Serging!   Now that you know the basics of using your serger, let's check out some of the decorative stitches.   Join Angela Wolf for a 90 minute virtual class and learn how to use your serger for a few creative stitches and serger a...

Serging 101: Learn the Basics!

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Serging 101: Learn the Basics!

Serging 101: Learn the Basics!

SERGER 101: Learn the Basics!

Beginners guide to using your serger!

Join Angela Wolf  for a 90 minute virtual class and learn how to set up and use your serger.  Learn the parts on the serger, tips for rethreading,  differential feed,  reasons to adjust the stitch length and width, and so much more!

Learn how to set up and when to use:

  • 4-thread overlock
  • 3-thread overlock
  • 3-thread wide vs. narrow overlock
  • Gathering 

Learn tips for starting and ending stitches, how to serger corners, inside corners, and curves.  Trouble shoot tension issues and puckered fabric.  Learn how to adjust the differential feed to prevent stretching the fabric.  You will also learn serger basics including choosing and changing needles, using stretch threads,  disengaging the knife, and more.

Note: This class can be used with any serger, but you will need your serger manual on hand as each serger is a little different.   

 

This is a virtual class, live with Angela Wolf taking time for Q&A.  You do not have to be present to enjoy the class, as the class will remain open for 60 days after the live session is over to watch and re-watch as many times as you like!

Join us LIVE Friday, February 12, 2021 at NOON Eastern or catch the replay for up to 60 days after.

 

Click here to Join the Class!

 

Get 10% OFF with Coupon Code: SERGE10

 

Would you like to WIN a spot in this class?

This is going to be such an informative class, especially for those that only use their serger for finishing seams or have never taken that fabulous machine out of the box! 

If you would like a chance to win this class, leave a comment below and let me know how much you use your serger (or it’s still in the box LOL!).  You can also leave a comment on Facebook and Instagram for extra chances to win.  I will draw 1 random winner Thursday, February 11, 2021 at 8:00pm eastern.  If you are the lucky winner and already signed up for class, I will refund your class fee.

Can’t wait to see you all in class for the live session or the replay.

Good Luck!

   For those that are brand new serger owners, check out the video below to learn how to thread the serger.  Of course every brand has it’s own method, but this might help.

Serger 102 Creative Serging ~ Virtual Class

SERGER 102: Creative Serging!   Now that you know the basics of using your serger, let's check out some of the decorative stitches.   Join Angela Wolf for a 90 minute virtual class and learn how to use your serger for a few creative stitches and serger a...

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TUTORIAL: HOW TO THREAD THE BROTHER DOUBLE SIDED COVERSTITCH MACHINE CV3550

TUTORIAL: HOW TO THREAD THE BROTHER DOUBLE SIDED COVERSTITCH MACHINE CV3550

I was so excited to see this new double sided top coverstitch machine by Brother!  I can think of so many applications for these decorative stitches including sportswear, decorative stitching, chainstitch, hemming knits, and so much more.  I am going to start a set of tutorials with the top cover stitch machine by showing you an in-depth look at threading the machine, including the top cover thread.  At first it might look intimidating, but threading is quite simple.

Start by taking you machine out of the box and remove the packaging tape.  You will find a dust cover, manual (always keep that handy), a plug with pedal attachment, accessory box, and DVD.  If you have more than one machine in your sewing studio here is a tip: place all machine parts in a decorative box and keep each box next to the coordinating machine.

If your machine already has the top coverstitch threaders attached it will look like the photo below.  If not, the video will show you how to remove and reattach these parts. You will need 5 spools of serger thread to thread the entire machine (I am going to use different colors so you can see a little better).  When threading the coverstitch machine, start with the looper which is the spool on the far right side.  You will then move onto threading the needles. For this demonstration I am using all three needles.

To read the full blog about threading the coverstitch machine, head over to my post as a Brother Expert Consultant on the Brother Stitching Sewcial.

Serger 102 Creative Serging ~ Virtual Class

Serger 102 Creative Serging ~ Virtual Class

SERGER 102: Creative Serging!   Now that you know the basics of using your serger, let's check out some of the decorative stitches.   Join Angela Wolf for a 90 minute virtual class and learn how to use your serger for a few creative stitches and serger a...

read more
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read more
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read more
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read more
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read more

Choosing Easy Sewing Patterns for Beginner Sewing Success!

Choosing Easy Sewing Patterns for Beginner Sewing Success!

Sew confident beginning sewing angela wolfHopefully you had time over the weekend to spiff up your sewing room. My Craftsy class Sew Confident: Essential Techniques for Beginners” has officially launched and we are already just shy of 500 students. Very Exciting!

CONGRATULATIONS!

First things first, congratulations to Tracey McKoy from Baltimore, Maryland. Tracey was last weeks lucky winner and has already joined us in the Craftsy classroom. Guess what else I found out? She enjoys fishing! Good thing Craftsy drew her name or you might think I was swayed 🙂

Let’s Giveaway Another Class!

Angela Wolf sewing for beginners Crafty

There was such a HUGE response to the class giveaway, I am going to giveaway another Sew Confident Craftsy class! To enter this time, simply leave a comment below telling me why you would love to win this class,  joining students from all over the world – 1 random winner will be drawn Friday at midnight, EST … Good Luck! 🙂

Wondering what’s covered in the class? Here is a link to the trailer video and as promised a SPECIAL 50% DISCOUNT if you would like to join us today.


Beginners Guide to Fashion Sewing


Let’s get started! In case you missed last week’s message, the series for beginner sewing starts now.

Part 1. Choosing a Pattern

What’s the big deal about finding a pattern anyway? Scan the pattern books, find a cute cover photos, and you are ready for sewing success, right?

Angela Wolf fashion seiwng patterns for beginners

If only we can all be so fortunate, but in most cases the scenario pans out a little differently. I recall sewing my first pair of pants. The pattern cover showed a tall, elegant model (more…)

Creative Serging: Flatlock Stitching with Crochet Thread

Creative Serging: Flatlock Stitching with Crochet Thread

Decorative Serging:

The serger can do so much more than simply finish fabric raw edges. Using crochet thread or yarn in the upper looper can create an entirely different look! This is a great way to restyle or embellishment fabric or a garment.

How to sew with creative serging - Angela Wolf

I am using the Brother Serger 3-thread flatlock stitch with a decorative crochet thread in the upper looper.   The left needle and lower looper have a similar color polyester thread.  The photo above shows the front of the flatlock stitch and the backside.  The backside looks like a ladder stitch.  (the peach thread is just the serged edge of the seam).

How to sew with creative serging - Angela Wolf

I started with the Kate Skirt Pattern.  I added seams to the front and center back, but you could just pencil in a line with tailors chalk – it doesn’t need to be a seam to add the flatlock decorative stitch.

How to sew a creative serged seam with Angela Wolf

Here is the back view.  Again there are 2 seams on each side back and this time there is a seam down the center back with a hidden zip. In order for this stitching to look even (with the zipper), I stitched the flat-felled embellishment down the edge of each center back seam, then added the zipper and closed the seam.  That part got a little tricky and you can see the stitches are not perfectly even.  I haven’t decided if I am going to rip it out and start again or hope nobody is looking at my tush that closely to notice 🙂

Setting up the Serger:

  • Set your serger up for a 3-thread overlock:  I am using a serger from Brother and the standard setting for the needle and looper tensions are 4.  When I give you new tension numbers you can compare this with your serger, if your serger has manual tension dials.  If you are serging with an air-threading serger, like this Babylock, set up your serger for the 2-thread flatlock – wide.
  • Thread the upper looper (or the only looper for the 2-thread flatlock) with a decorative thread.  Use standard poly serging thread in the needle and lower looper.

 


Decorative Thread Ideas:


Next, there are a few changes to the serger settings:

  • Stitch Width: 5mm
  • Stitch Length: 2-4mm
  • Needle Tension:  Decrease to 0 -3 (remember my standard setting is 4 so adjust for your serger)
  • Upper Looper Tension:  Decrease  to 2 – 3
  • Lower Looper Tension: Increase to 6 – 9
  • Disengage the knife

These setting serve as a guide.  It will depend on the fabric and thread you end up serging with.

Blind Hem Stitch Foot

See if your serger had a Blind Hem Foot, if not you can use the standard foot.

There is a setting on the foot that moves to the plastic or metal piece to right and left, allowing the needle to pierce more or less of the fabric.  Test the stitch on your fabric to determine the setting.

Fold the fabric in half or if you are embellishing a seam, fold along the seam line.   Align the fabric along the shield on the blind hem foot (if using a standard foot, mark a spot to align with).

Flat lock stitching with Angela Wolf

The idea is for the needle to pierce the fabric –  half the stitch is on the fabric and half is off the fabric.  In fact the stitch looks really messy coming out of the serger!

flat lock stitching with angela wolf

Stretch out the folded fabric to lie flat and press.

flat lock stitching with Angela Wolf

Pretty simple, but so fun!  Have you ever tried this before?  I would love some more ideas for decorative threads or yarns to use with this stitch.

Be sure to share photos of your creative serged project 🙂  #angelawolf

Cheers,

Angela Wolf

 

 

 

 

Serger 102 Creative Serging ~ Virtual Class

Serger 102 Creative Serging ~ Virtual Class

SERGER 102: Creative Serging!   Now that you know the basics of using your serger, let's check out some of the decorative stitches.   Join Angela Wolf for a 90 minute virtual class and learn how to use your serger for a few creative stitches and serger a...

read more
Serging 101: Learn the Basics!

Serging 101: Learn the Basics!

SERGER 101: Learn the Basics! Beginners guide to using your serger! Join Angela Wolf  for a 90 minute virtual class and learn how to set up and use your serger.  Learn the parts on the serger, tips for rethreading,  differential feed,  reasons to adjust the stitch...

read more
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VLOG 212: Design and Sew a Zippered Lip Bag

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read more
Sewing Your Own Wardrobe and ONLINE CLASS SALE on PatternReview.com!

Sewing Your Own Wardrobe and ONLINE CLASS SALE on PatternReview.com!

Angela Wolf Pattern Collection Butler TrenchThere is only one reason I have not moved South in order to enjoy beautiful sunny weather all year round … jackets and boots!  This is the time of year I rearrange my wardrobe, bringing out all the cute jackets I finished last March and never had a chance to wear (remember in the fashion industry we are always designing a season ahead).   Of course while I am pulling out the fall wardrobe, out come the fabulous boots.  I LOVE shoes!   I sew all my own clothes, I have to find something to shop for besides fabric 🙂

Speaking of sewing all my own clothes, about 15 years ago I set a goal of only wearing clothes I had sewn myself.  It was a great idea, but hardly possible.  I spent all my time sewing custom garments for clients and I could never find time to sew for myself.  You know, like the shoemaker that wears worn-out shoes.  Those of you that are in the sewing business know exactly what I am talking about.

Once I started designing a ready-to-wear line and a pattern collection for the home sewer, I found a perfect reason to sew for myself.  Someone has to test the fit, right 🙂  Over the last few years I have been adding my label to the closet with jeans, tops, jackets, dresses, skirts, slacks,  … In fact last night after admiring my organized closet (now is the time to admire, it never seems to stay that way very long), I realized I finally accomplished my goal!  Every garment carried the Angela Wolf label.  I could hardly believe it!  In fact, once you get going on sewing for yourself, the outfits flow in much faster than you think.  Have you ever had the desire to sew all your own clothes?  I challenge you to try.  I am going to celebrate this accomplishment and try to focus on doing the same for the spring wardrobe swap.  I feel a 2014 wardrobe sew along coming on … what do you think?
Vote for me for Craftsy's blogger awards!
In the last post, I mentioned how thankful I am to all of you readers and a special thanks to those that voted my blog into the finals for the category sewing – best instructor blog for the 2013 Craftsy Blogging Awards.  Voting in the final round is still going on, so make sure to vote for your favorites again  (hint, hint).   I couldn’t think of a better way to thank you than give away a few online classes, which I will do over the next few weeks.

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Not everyone can win, so I asked my friend Deepika – founder of PatternReview.com – to place all my online classes on sale for the rest of the month.  In case you haven’t visited the site, PatternReview.com is a great website for learning and connecting with other garment sewer’s.  I offer quite a few classes there, including sewing jackets.  No, my jacket patterns are not ready to launch yet, so this is the next best thing.  The next few giveaways will be for my online classes.  The first one is Create a Jacket Muslin on PatternReview.  Creating a perfect fitting muslin is the most important part of sewing a jacket.   If you would like a chance to join my class on sewing a muslin where I offer fitting tips, solutions, and you can even upload photos of your muslin for personal fitting advice, simply share a comment about your experience in fitting jackets.  Never sewn a jacket, even better reason to start with the muslin class (a random winner will be chosen and announced next Friday).  Speaking of jackets, have you been watching season 5 on It’s Sew Easy and following along as I sew a jacket?  If your PBS doesn’t carry It’s Sew Easy, you can catch a new episode every week on their website.

Good Luck 😉

xoxo

Angela Wolf

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