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From: wifetod
Date: 10-25-2004, 06:19 PM (1 of 2)
I may want to try a lettuce edge using my serger. This is a whole new technique for me. I am reading directions on the pattern and it tells me to set up my serger for a rolled edge setting. I am assuming this is the same as what my manual calls the rolled hem. According to my book, it looks like I change feet and take out my left needle. Is this right? Also what threads will show with this technique. To help me as I am learning I have just been changing the needle thread to match and leaving the rest the colors as coded. I am wondering if I am going to have to get some more serger thread to match this color.

Thanks for the help!
User: wifetod
Member since: 01-19-2004
Total posts: 149
From: Melanie T
Date: 10-26-2004, 10:19 AM (2 of 2)

You don't have to buy serger cones to match every material, if it is a small area that need matching thread just fill some bobbins with the desired color and use them. In a lettuce edge you will see all of the threads because the edge will be ruffly and not lie flat and you will want them to match.

You can also do a lettuce edge with a narrow balanced stitch. It is the stretching, not the stitch type that produces the lettuce effect - I normally use a balanced stitch with the right needle and the narrowest width possible, so I don't have to reset all of my tensions everytime.

On my serger, I just use the standard foot, but if you have a higher end machine there may be a special foot for rolled edging. Make sure you stretch and hold your fabric tight as you are sewing, but don't pull on it. Let the serger do the pulling or you will bend things in your serger and THAT is frustrating.
4 little sewing machine mechanics (6, 4, 2, Born June 14)
Ontario Canada
User: Melanie T
Member since: 09-21-2004
Total posts: 155
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