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Serging Sheers and Fine Fabrics

 

Serging sheers and fine fabrics is a challenge, but it can be done. For finishing a rolled hem edge, or construction seams, on chiffon, lightweight knits, or slinky fabrics like lycra or spandex, rayon challis, sometimes the best trick is the tissue paper method.

Dollartree Dollar Stores sell 24"x36" plain white tissue paper in packs of 50 sheets for $1.00 - this works well and is easy to get for for people.

Place a piece of tissue paper under the fabric and on top of the fabric, matching edges and serge the paper on the seams, then tear off after serging. Having some nice serging tweezers handy helps removing any leftover "chads" of paper.

This technique is demonstrated in a sewing video from Professor Pincushion - but it works just as well for serging.

Sewing  with Chiffon and tissue paper Youtube image Sewing with Chiffon and Tissue Paper

Another good video on Serging Chiffon

 

 

Another method is to use Dritz Washaway Wonder tape folded over the edge to be serged - this seals in all those little pokey threads that often show through a serged rolled hem. Available locally at JoAnn Fabrics stores, some Walmarts in ones that have a sewing section, and via Amazon...

 
Sewing  with Chiffon and tissue paper Youtube imageWashaway Wondertape - The 8th Wonder of the World.
 
Dritz Washaway Wonder Tape image
 
 
 
All About Needles by Schmetz
 
Buying a new or used serger : Presales Considerations
 
Knits - Mock Coverstitch, Flatlocking and more
 
Maintenance - Overview
 

Serging sheers, knits and thin or slick fabrics

use washaway wondertape or other knit stay tape   

 
Starter Thread - why did my new serger come already threaded?
 
Threading Your Serger
 

Using Scraps

 
 






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