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Old 12-26-2009, 01:34 PM   #1
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My awesome DH got me a serger for x-mas that I've desperatly been wanting for a while but I've never used one before and have no idea how to work it or what's needed to work it. Are there any experienced sergers out there that can give me some beginer info like what kind and style of thread I need to stock up on or other things I should get to use with it?

I plan on finding a book on how to serge but I'm going to the store and would love to pick up all of the basic materials to get started. Nothing fancy, just what I can get so I can get to know my machine a bit. TIA!

FTR I just plan on trying to make unpaper towls first (double flannel and flannel/terry) and then diapers to get to know it.

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Old 12-26-2009, 07:15 PM   #2
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I have been watching videos on you tube.
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Old 12-26-2009, 11:54 PM   #3
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Just get some scraps and the right thread (maxilock or something, dont use cheap thread) and have at it You'll mess upa lot but it'll be fun!
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You could try going into a serger store and browse around, asking lots of questions and try to see if someone wants to "show you the ropes". It may not be on your own machine but it might give you some of the basics first-hand, especially if you've never operated one before!
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Thx, so I need to get maxilock thread, it's in the cones right? And mine has 4 spool things on it so I'd need one for each?
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OK, this is coming from someone that hasn't bought one yet but yes you will need 4 cones. I am hopefully buying a pfaff 794 from my local cl. Just waiting to see if the seller accepts my offer.
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You will need 3 or 4 cones, depending on what stitch you are using. I usually use a 3 thread overlock stitch, so I only use 3 cones.

You want serger thread cones. I use Maxilock. If you are just starting out, you also might want to get 4 cones, 1 each of 4 different colors, to allow you to get used to which thread becomes which part of the stitch. If something isn't right, you'll be able to figure out which thread is the problem. I also find a notebook is useful to be able to record the settings when you get a perfect stitch, so you can duplicate it again.
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