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Beginner’s Guide to Serging (Ep 6): Corners and Curves

written by Sarah

Welcome back to our Beginner’s Guide to Serging! In episode 6, we’ll learn how to serge curves and corners on your overlock machine, as well as how to maneuver small circles and cuffs.

They can be a little tricky at first, but with a few tips and some practice, you’ll be a pro in no time.

If you find your fabric is being warped by the strength of the feed dogs, try using starch or stabilizer to prevent stretching on the bias.

With very tight curves, you’ll find you have to serge a bit, stop, lift the tip of the presser foot, reposition the fabric a few millimeters, and serge a tad more, the repeat, repeat, repeat. It’s definitely a time-consuming process, but the stitches look so much better if you take your time. I’ve also found using a narrow stitch to be helpful.

Good luck!

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3 comments

Judi Dials September 14, 2016 at 12:23 am

Hello I am taking on a project that uses spandex fabric. Do you have any recommendations for the correct sewing foot or just to make this go easier through the machine? I have a basic sewing machine Janome DC 3018 that I’ve had for a while While it Sews perfectly fine it’s quite a challenge to sew the spandex on this machine

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Malaina September 14, 2016 at 8:52 am

Hello Judi,
I would recommend a walking foot or even feed foot. You could also use a stabilizer such as tissue paper and change your needle plate to a straight stitch needle plate. Here is a link to an example of an even feed foot that would fit your machine https://www.sewingpartsonline.com/low-shank-convertible-even-feed-foot-set-janome-214517004.aspx

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Sheri April 29, 2016 at 12:42 pm

Thanks for all the videos, they are sooo clear and consise! I may tackle that circular place mat I have thought about making.

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