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Old 09-06-2011, 05:56 PM   #1
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How do you turn corners on a serger if you need to cut the edges, too?

I recently bought a serger and I just can't figure out how to turn corners (like on wipes) if I need to cut the edge of the fabric as well. And I seem to be google challenged, because all my searches are turning up nothing.

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Old 09-06-2011, 05:59 PM   #2
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Re: How do you turn corners on a serger if you need to cut the edges, too?

Oh...I'm watching this. My serger comes in this month, and I'm intimidated!!
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Old 09-06-2011, 06:31 PM   #3
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Re: How do you turn corners on a serger if you need to cut the edges, too?

You mean for a round corner?

Slow down, and slowly turn as the machine feeds the fabric.

And practice until you get the feel for when to start the turn, how fast to turn the fabric, etc.

I kind of guide the fabric coming out of the turn in the back as well.

I think a lot of it is just practice.

Sorry if that doesn't help much!

I found for me at least, with a serger, tutorials can help, but really, getting in there and just trying and practicing is what made it work.
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Re: How do you turn corners on a serger if you need to cut the edges, too?

Is your corner 90 degrees or have you rounded the corners before serging? Much easier to round them first and then serge. Good luck you have been given good advice!
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Sorry, 90 degrees corners. I think I have rounded corners figured out...not good at them yet, but I can do them.
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Re: How do you turn corners on a serger if you need to cut the edges, too?

You have to pre-cut the corners, except the one you start on. You figure out how much you cut off with the serger, then make that cut on the other three corners about an inch long before you start serging, if that makes sense. Then when you get to the corner, serge off the edge by one stitch, then raise presser foot, loosen work form stitch finger, then turn. You might need to turn the flywheel a little towards you to get the threads to loosen. You should have your knife in line with the pre-cut edge and your work placed back under the needle. Continue to the next corner and so on. Hope that helps.
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Re: How do you turn corners on a serger if you need to cut the edges, too?

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Sorry, 90 degrees corners. I think I have rounded corners figured out...not good at them yet, but I can do them.
OH - you want point corners.....
I used to raise the presser foot (needles up) at the corner and turn the fabric, but I know raising the presser foot is a no-no (generally) when serging. PLUS - I striped the screw threads of my presser foot lever & had to replace it.

So now I just serge off and tie ends or thread back (a pain, I know)
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Re: How do you turn corners on a serger if you need to cut the edges, too?

Yeah, I just serge off the edge, cut the threads, and start again on the new side (so a square wipe gets four separate serged edges). I never bother tying off serged edges because mine hold up just fine without it.
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Yeah, I just serge off the edge, cut the threads, and start again on the new side (so a square wipe gets four separate serged edges). I never bother tying off serged edges because mine hold up just fine without it.
Yah - I just serge off the edge enough to move it back enough to let the knife cut the thread chain, then I trim the edges. If I'm doing that I usually use wooly nylon in the loopers and I find I don't have to tie anything off that way, if you are worried about it unraveling you could wash them before triming the threads - that would set them in even better..
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