How-To: Serge with the zigzag stitch (and why it is so important)
This DIY Friday is dedicated to the lovely Sal who asked me how to to that and to all the wonderful creative tutorial writers who always forget one little thing ;)
Whenever I see a pretty sewing tutorial around the Internet and see that the author does not serge (or doesn’t mention serging at all for that matter) it makes me a little mad. The cutest little dress, ruffled blouse, skirt or whatever wont last very long if you don’t take the time to finish your project correctly. And that means serging the raw edges of your seam allowance. Of course not every fabric needs to be serged, but most of them and for some it is even essential that you do so (like corduroy). It is also a must for adding bias tape to the edges.
It is so easy. You don’t need a fancy overlock/serger to do so. If you have a sewing machine to begin with than you have everything you’ll need. The secret is the so simple: The zigzag stitch. Sure it takes time to “double” sew every seam, so to say, but hey, it will be worth it. I’ll show you what I mean:
I sewed together two little pieces of simple cotton fabric. One I serged with the zigzag, the other I didn’t. (I know it’s not pretty, but I’m just trying to proof a point here ;) )
Now let’s have a look at the other piece.
When I toss just a little it even starts to rip apart (after washing it only once!). There is no stability, the fabric just dissolves. Now imagine that being your new skirt you’re so proud of or your new favorite dress.
So, how to serge? It’s so simple.
Just use the zigzag stitch of your machine. Every machine should have one. Use a large stitch width and stitch length.
One more thing: It can happen that your stitch width or stitch length is not adjusted correctly and it might look like this afterwards:
Any questions? Feel free to ask me :) Now I hope I could help you a little and you’ll have fun with your hand made goodies :)
Liebe grüße, TrishArghTweet