by Tammy Young, Lori Bottom
A Great Step-by-Step Guide
This is an excellent guide to learning and using your serger. If you are a beginner and somewhat afraid of your new serger, this guide will get you past that fear and on to using your new machine quickly. It gives you clear directions, step-by-step, to help you begin. It suggests keeping a notebook with notes of stitch settings and samples of your work as you try each technique, which I did. It is very helpful when you refer back to it later.
As you progress in your skills, the book offers many other options and techniques to use in creative ways. I keep it by my serger and sewing machine to refer to for inspiration. And I continue to add new samples to my workbook.
The instructions are well-written and easily understood. I like the line drawings because they are clearer than photos in the details they are able to show. It does have a series of drawings in color to show the various seams and how they are formed, hemming options, and edge finishes.
If you are looking for a book to help you REALLY learn to use your serger, this is the one to choose. It is straight forward, easy to understand and will soon have you moving beyond the basics.
If your serger instructions aren't great...
I am finding helpful instructions in this guide. I am an inexperienced serger AND sewer, and my serger's instruction book and video are COMPLETELY useless. The pointers on tension, stitch width, and stitch length have already improved my understanding of how a serger works. I do agree with the first reviewer that photos would be handy for illustrations of stitches and effects.
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