Long time serger owners know all the tips, tricks and techniques used to produce a variety of professional-grade garments and serger projects. If you recently acquired your own serger, getting to know its ins, outs and capabilities is best done by trying out a variety of uncomplicated, yet very useful projects. The following tutorials will help get you started by allowing you to familiarize yourself with several creative and invaluable serging styles and techniques that go far beyond traditional sewing.
Decorative Pillow Cases
Add a splash of color or charm to your bedroom décor with this ultra-easy pillowcase tutorial. Using only a serger, you can create stunning cases for any size pillows using a wide range of fabrics, prints or colors. This simple, yet inspired project can be easily accomplished using any serger model.
Personalized T-shirt Scarf
Do you love to transform old garments into unique, personalized items? This tutorial offers you step-by-step directions to create an unforgettable fashion statement. You can mix and match T-shirts featuring any type of theme using a variety of different colored shirts. From sports or college themes to a child’s favorite cartoon character, this comfortable, stretchy scarf can be made using only your serger!
Easy Baby Gifts
There’s nothing that says Congratulations! like presenting new parents with one or more sets of soft, comfortable hand-made baby blankets and burp cloths. These simple, yet thoughtful (and welcome) gifts can be made on every type of serger using wonderful fabrics such as flannel, fleece or double gauze fabrics.
Charming Gift Bags
If you have a wedding shower, birthday party or other celebration on the horizon, why not create some fun, personalized gift bags instead of purchasing them? These fun little bags can be made using only your serger and the sky’s the limit when it comes to choosing a vibrant print or solid fabric to perfectly match the color scheme of the event!
Reversable Placemats and Napkins
Nothing dresses up a dining room or holiday table like coordinated fabric napkins and placemats. This great tutorial uses metallic threads for decorative topstitching, but you can put your own personal stamp on both projects. All you need is some pretty fabric and a small amount of batting!
Handy Tote Bag
This type of fabric bag is one of the most versatile items to have on hand. In addition to being great at holding baby items, it’s a great beach accessory or an environmentally-friendly shopping bag. There’s no need to warm up your sewing machine for this project – every step is accomplished using only a serger.
Throw Pillow Cover
If you enjoy changing up the look and style of your home décor without breaking the bank purchasing expensive accents, this project is the one for you. Using your serger to create a beautiful cover for throw pillows is fast, easy and inspiring. All types of fabrics work well for this creative project.
If you or someone you know prefers to use a checkbook but isn’t fond of the plain plastic covers most include, why not create beautiful, personalized covers using your serger? This informative tutorial includes directions for serging two different styles of fabric checkbook covers.
Sheer Fabric Scarves
Working with sheer fabrics is often intimidating for those new to serging, but most serger models produce beautiful rolled hems on all types of lightweight fabrics. Each owner’s manual will provide you with the proper tension settings for the type(s) of fabric you use. You’ll be producing lettuce-edges in no time!
Serger and Sewing Machine Project
Since sergers were developed to work in concert with sewing machines, we included one project that uses the best of both machines. Who doesn’t love a homemade quilt? Enjoy!
Fast Serger Quilt
Quilting is a skill that employs a variety of techniques and tools, but this fast and beautiful one-hour quilt is assembled using both your sewing machine and your serger. This project is for a throw-size (42 inches by 52 inches) quilt, but the pattern can be adjusted to produce a quilt to fit any size bed. Visit our Quilting With Your Serger page for more quilting tips and ideas.
All these serging projects are fun to work on, not overly complicated and sure to please whoever receives them. Once you master the basics, there’s no limit to what you can produce with your serger.