Learn to Use Your Serger!

Teacher gifts are nearly always a home-made affair at our house. Over the years, we've done infinity scarves, embroidered key chains, simple zipper bags, knitting project bags. But my serger has been staring me down from the corner of my studio for weeks now and I have to admit, it does make quick work of certain projects like this Exposed Zipper Bag (aka Dopp Kit).

My serger stepped on the scene of my sewing room back in 2013. I had just started garment sewing and had heard rumors that you *need* a serger if you want your garments to look more off the rack than homemade.  I had already discovered Craftsy. I took Vanessa Wilson's Sew Little Nursery Design to the inside scoop on home decor sewing.  I was really pleased with the outcome (see photo above). I made coordinating rocking chair cushions, a diaper stacker, crib ruffle and a baby blanket.

After such a great experience, I headed back to Craftsy looking for a class to help me master my serger.  I dove into their Beginner Serger Sewing class and made about a dozen infinity scarves. I highly recommend making multiples of a project because all of that repetition really helps make you comfortable with your serger.

Teacher Christmas Gifts 2013 - Infinity Scarves were big!

After all of those scarves, I was ready to tackle the Dopp Kit demonstrated in the class. Zippers on a serger can be tricky but I was able to make one gift worthy bags.. I'm still not sure I have serging zippers mastered, but as you can see from my pile of zippers, I'm ready to keep trying!