Beginner Serging: Machine Basics and Techniques
Amy Alan got her start in sewing as a child. Once she graduated college with a degree in fashion design, she then worked on the cutting room floor of a show apparel company as a technical designer. After that, she went into alterations and then finally teaching once we moved to Portland. Amy currently teaches sewing at Modern Domestic in Portland, Ore. and blogs at Really Handmade. Amy Alan teach sewing classes that mainly focus on developing skills, such as using machinery and patternmaking, but she does occasionally hold project classes as well. Ms. Alan says that, “Fit and precision are important skills to me, and I love to show my students the why’s and how’s of garment construction.”
Meet Amy Alan and go over what you'll learn in this class.
02: Your Serger & How It Works
Explore every component of your serger, getting up close and in depth into its mechanics.
03: Basic Stitches
Go over basic serger stitches, from the 4-thread overlock to the 2-thread flatlock and everything between.
04: Decorative Stitches
Learn to use yarn, silk ribbon, rayon and other materials with your serger.
05: Troubleshooting Your Serger
Learn to fix poor tension, problem stitches and machine issues, as well as how to clean your serger.
06: Exposed Zipper Bag
Make a zipper bag that's both functional and fashionable.
07: Ombre Ruffled Apron
Amy guides you through the construction of a multi-colored, ruffled apron.
08: Striped Knit Scarf
Create a decorative striped scarf from knit fabric.
09: Bonus - Serger Feet
Learn to use the gathering foot, elasticator, and blind hem foot.