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Intro to Sergers

This class takes the fear out of working on a serger. We demystify the serger and explore the capabilities of this popular machine. We will learn how to thread the machine, adjust tensions, do a three-thread and a four-thread overlock stitch. In no time, this will be one of the most cherished tools in your sewing room. Multiple threads can be one of the most confusing things in sewing. Many of us have purchased or thought about purchasing a serger but upon taking it out of the box or staring at it in the store we decide to leave it right there. Well, this class is where we change all of that! In this class you will learn how to thread the machine, identify tension problems, clean/maintain your serger and create several of the most commonly used serger stitches, including a standard 4-thread overlock, a 3-thread overlock. You will leave class with samples of the various stitches, including notes on machine and tension settings for each one. Put them in a binder for future reference! 

Class Requirements:
You must bring your own serger, including the owners manual.
If your serger has not been used in several months, you should have it professionally serviced before class.
Please be sure to reference the supply list below so that you bring all necessary supplies and accessories.

Supply List:

Serger needles (if your machine does not have them or if your machine has been in the box for a few years)
Basic sewing supplies

Supplies for in class project - Quick pillow classes (please double the amount of fabric if you would like to make a matching set)

3/4 yard fabric - pillow body
1/4 yard fabric - pillow boarder
1/8 yard fabric - pillow accent

Skill Level: Beginner
Skill Details:
Materials Included: All materials needed for this class can be purchased for an additional $15. If you opt to only pay for the class, you will need to bring:

  • 3/4 Yard of fabric for the main body
  • 1/4 Yard of fabric for the cuff
  • 1/8 yard of fabric for the flange
  • Chenille Needles
Requirements: Additional items you will need but are offered at classroom stations include:

  • Sewing machine (you may bring your own or use the classroom sewing machines)
  • Pins (included at classroom station)
  • Fabric Marking tool (included at classroom station)
  • Measuring tape (included at classroom station)
  • Sewing gauge (included at classroom station)
  • Ruler (included at classroom station)
  • Shears (included at classroom station)
  • Rotary Cutter (included at classroom station)
  • Cutting Mat (included at classroom station)
Instructor: Urban Spools
$55 Class + $15 Materials
(including materials with the class fee is optional)

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Included Materials



This class cannot be purchased online. Please contact the store for more information.