If I had a dollar for every time someone asked me, “What would I use a Serger for???” Well, I wouldn’t have to work full time as a sewing machine salesman 😉
The truth is, I use a Serger ALL the time. You don’t have to be a super talented seamstress (Hello! I’M using one #WorstSewistEver) to justify a Serger. In fact, I’ll illustrate this point with my refashion today:
My husband purchased this for me back in September-ish.
It’s a lovely tunic! It really is. I like the material. I like the striped linen detailing on the hem. Hubs always does a great job of picking out clothes for me. There’s nothing “wrong” with this tunic…
I just feel really fat in it…
If you’ve read my blog for any length of time you know that I despise my legs (specifically my thighs) with a downright unhealthy passion… Plus, you have eyes. You can SEE in all my pics that my legs are huge. Tunics are purposefully bulky around the bottom hem and I’ve never found this to be flattering on me. At the risk of hurting my husband’s feelings, I decided to rectify this situation.
I used our Baby Lock Imagine Serger and did a 3 thread overcast stitch on these new side seams.
Then, to even out the bottom hem, I did have to cut off the striped fabric even though I did really like it…
I used the same Serger and set it up for a rolled hem.
I use a rolled hem a LOT. You don’t need to hassle with pins. Just put the raw edge under the foot and let the Serger do all the work for you.
I think this is a much more flattering silhouette for my, uh, curves. Life is just too short to not feel amazing in your clothing… If you don’t feel fabulous, what’s the point?
Hubs agreed. He wasn’t too upset with me for making these small changes.
Because this is stretchy sweater material the bottom hem naturally curled a little bit. I call this the “lettuce leaf” when I teach this technique in my sewing classes.
See my new Tieks?!?! Aren’t they totes adorbs?
As far as alterations go, it doesn’t get much easier than this. What did I do, really? I took this in a few inches on the side and finished the bottom hem. EASY.
3 seams. 1 machine; a SERGER.
Yes, you can do all this on a sewing machine too. The beauty of a Serger, is that the stitch looks more professional and polished. I’m the worst seamstress on the planet, but when I use a Serger I actually look like I have some talent. Because sergers also CUT the fabric as they bind up the edge it literally cuts your sewing/prep time in half too.
What’s not to love about that? 🙂
If you’re on the fence about getting a serger, don’t be.
I will continue to show you how easy and functional they can be for you.