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Old 04-23-2015, 06:34 PM   #1
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Best way to serge without serging

I have a project in mind where I basically want to attach 3 layers of fabric together. I know I can sew turn and topstitch but I really don't want to take the extra step, more looking for quick and dirty than professional.

Using cotton/flannel material for at least 2 layers. Maybe fleece for the third, haven't fully decided.

I've read people use the zigzag scissors with flannel wipes and it frays less... would doing something like that then just sewing around the edges work OK? Would the zigzag scissors actually help (I would have to purchase)?

Thoughts or other ideas?

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I have a project in mind where I basically want to attach 3 layers of fabric together. I know I can sew turn and topstitch but I really don't want to take the extra step, more looking for quick and dirty than professional.

Using cotton/flannel material for at least 2 layers. Maybe fleece for the third, haven't fully decided.

I've read people use the zigzag scissors with flannel wipes and it frays less... would doing something like that then just sewing around the edges work OK? Would the zigzag scissors actually help (I would have to purchase)?

Thoughts or other ideas?

thanks
I would not use Pinking shears unless it was a hidden seam. It will make it harder to zigzag the edge.

Before I had a serger, I used a zigzag and then a straight stitch over down the middle of the zig zag to lock it.

Some machines have an overlock stitch... Check your manual.

IF you are using cotton, you can "rip" the fabric instead of cutting it. Then trim off all the threads from the fabric & sew it. This will make it very straight on the grain and later you will have less issues.

This is not a good picture but it's the only one I could find. It's my DD wearing a prefold I converted before I had a serger. I used Orange thread. They lasted 2 months then she out grew them with no issues.
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Re: Best way to serge without serging

I made a bunch of 1-layer hemp doublers and re-sewed a bunch of 1-layer cotton flannel wipes using a multi-stitch zig-zag, with the last stitch overlapping the edge of the fabric. The wipes are actually holding up better than the serged edges they came with which surprised me. I had to cut off the edges and redo them when they started falling apart.

Don't mind the sloppy left side in the photo. This is one of the rough first attempts and is one of the only wipes I had access to without waking up the kiddo.

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Before I had a serger I did a straight stitch seam for the main seam, then did a tight zig-zag over the edge to overlock it and prevent fraying. It worked very well for many years until I bought my serger in 2011.
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I just used pink in shears and zig zag stitched, but am getting a ton of fray on my homemade cotton flannel wipes
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I just used pink in shears and zig zag stitched, but am getting a ton of fray on my homemade cotton flannel wipes
Pinking shears AND zig-zag? That'd be why. Just zig-zag at a short stitch length will hold up very well.
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Try the overcast stitch. It makes a straight stitch and zig zag stitch all at once. You may need to trim a bit of fray off after washing/drying but it won't keep fraying.
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Re: Best way to serge without serging

I used the overlock stitch for the soaker on some converted prefolds and two developed holes/ frayed in the first wash! Overlock on knits has worked great for me, though. Anybody else ever experience this?
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