Serging, Zipper Bags and Giveaway

Before starting on sewing my casual wardrobe, I wanted to get a bit more familiar with my serger. I own it for one year now, but I did not use it often. I kind of hated the machine. I always felt that I did not have control over it and consequently was not very happy with the results. But as the serger was too expensive to just sit on the shelf, I decided it was time to do something. So I took the Craftsy “Beginner serging” course. For me, this was exactly what I needed. Amy Alan, the teacher, explains in detail how a serger works, goes through all basic stitches and also shows decorative stichtes with different threads, yarn or ribbon.

I worked my way through the class and also prepared a sample book. The use of different colors for each thread helped me to understand how everything works together to create the stitches.

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As I have a babylock, I do not need to make many changes to my machine settings, but even the small ones make such a difference. Now I feel much more confident about my machine and my skills.

One of the class projects are zipper bags. If you told me I would sew in a zipper with my serger a few weeks ago, I would not have believed you….But look at the result:

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For practice reasons I made two bags, and the second one (the little orange one) was already much easier to make. All fabrics and zippers were from my stash. I also had some interfacing, but as it was not fusible, I quilted it to the outer fabric.

I use the green zipper bag now for my serger accessories, but I have no use for the little one. So I decided to make my very first giveaway on my blog!

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The bag is 16x8x8 cm (approx. 6.25x3x3 inches). If you like it, or maybe have a little girl that would have fun with it, just leave a comment and let me know if you have a serger, and if you hate it or if you love it.

The winner will be chosen randomly. The giveaway is open worldwide and ends August 31, 12:00 pm CET.

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