An Imagine UNtunic Alteration

If I had a dollar for every time someone asked me,ย “What would I use a Serger for???” Well, I wouldn’t have to work full time as a sewing machine salesman ๐Ÿ˜‰


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 hemย 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.

You are no longer a tunic!

I used our Baby Lock Imagine Serger and did a 3 thread overcast stitch on these new side seams.

3 thread overcast: Left needle (for wider seam allowance), upper looper, lower looper

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.

For this use the RIGHT needle (upper and lower loopers) and follow conversion settings for “rolled hem”

I use a rolled hem a LOT. You don’t need toย 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. ย 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? ๐Ÿ™‚


If you’re on the fence about getting a serger, don’t be.

GET one!

I will continue to show you how easy and functional they can be for you.

Happy Serging.




6 thoughts on “An Imagine UNtunic Alteration

  1. dear girl your legs are not huge but it is true that the big tunic will make a person look larger than they really wish. You improved the top but you could have put the striped fabric back on at the hem just a little more stitching. Neither are you the worst sewist in world, that title is reserved for me.

    1. Well, Connie… truth is, I pose and crop. Yep. I’ve learned (sort of) what my good angles/sides are and I play them up, which is why all my pics look the same ๐Ÿ™‚ I also crop my offensive limbs out of the pics that I can’t pose my way out of. One day when I’m brave (so it may never happen…) I’ll face the camera head on in my pics and let the world see me as I really am. In the meantime, I appreciate the words of affirmation. That’s actually high up on my love language chart (My most dominate one is touch, believe it or not) ๐Ÿ™‚

      While we’re on words of affirmation… I’m sure you’re not the world’s worst sewist either. Maybe we should both be a little kinder to ourselves ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Hello Laura,

    It is wonderful to see your work.

    I have question regarding sergers and sewing machines.

    I have two sewing machines one Necchi, but it does only straight stitch, long shaft foot that I have lost; I got it at Good Will, it has not been maintained, even tough the motor works fine. I don’t know where to buy the foot.

    The other one is Singer, CG 590, year 2009; barely used but it does not work neither, it tangles the thread in the back of the fabric.
    I feel bad, because it was expensive and I have not used it, because it got the thread tangled underneath the fabric when I was trying to adjust the tension and length of the stitch.

    When I took them to the technician, he said that it will be too costly to repair them.He said for the Singer the repair will not last more than 6 months, for the Necchi he does not repair such old machine.
    He told me, for the price of getting both machines fixed, I can get a new one.

    I am on a budget, I I don’t know what will be better, to buy a serger, to buy a sewing machine, get rid off the machines I have now or what else.

    Any suggestions?

    Thank you

    1. Hi, Clara. Unfortunately the technician you spoke with was correct…it would be more cost effective for you to invest in a new machine. Necchi was bought out by Janome in ’09 so any machine made before that will be unavailable for parts (unless you can find a dealer who just so happens to have leftover inventory…). Singer went bankrupt in the late 90s so any machine made with the name “singer” on it after that has plastic gears. That’s probably why your threads are getting tangled…the gears just aren’t equipped to go through anything much thicker than a couple layers of cotton. You can get a good quality machine with metal gears at any dealership. Brand new they will probably start from $250 regardless of the brand. I’m super familiar with Janome & baby lock so naturally I’d recommend those brands. I’m not permitted to sell outside my territory but they do have specific models for “online” sales that I sell on our website if you want to check them out. To answer your second question, I would get a sewing machine first. Later, you can add a serger to your sewing room. Basically, the sewing machine is the “oven” and the serger is the “microwave” ๐Ÿ™„ hope that helps. Thanks for reading my blog!

  3. I’ve never owned a serger, but I would love to have one. Thank you for the information on here. I think I may be investing in one this year. I have been a little overwhelmed by the number of reels and lines on them to be perfectly honest, but now it’s time to do some research. Thank you.

    1. Happy to help, Barbara! They can be intimidating at first, for sure. You’ll want to buy one from a reputable dealer when you do decide to go for it. They usually provide you, not only with service, but some lessons ๐Ÿ™‚ Lessons are good ๐Ÿ˜‰

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