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From: MaryW
Date: 01-23-2006, 09:11 AM (1 of 5)
This girl wrote me last night asking for advice on a serger. Any help is appreciated. Thanks.

have a question I'm hoping some of the members can help me out. I haven't done much sewing. However, I would like to make a lot of fleece blankets for charities and maybe some for friends and family. Because of the number, doing the blanket stitch to finish the edges would be too time consuming. I'm considering getting a serger to accomplish this task. What would be the best kind? I likely would not be using it for anything else, so I don't want to get something real expensive.
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From: Chrysantha
Date: 01-23-2006, 09:27 PM (2 of 5)
You don't actually have to 'hem' or finish fleece. It doesn't unravel/fray.

You can do a simple fringe by cutting the edges to whatever length and width you like and making a knot towards the blanket side.

If you don't like that idea...get some 'rope' (that new shiny stuff) zig-zag it on the edges....or rick-rack is popular again...or just some cheap satin or embroidered doesn't have to be wide, just so it matches and you can do a straight stitch to put it on. Theres always bias tape, pre-made or make your own...

Just a simple WIDE zig-zag in a contrast color or multi color would work too.
User: Chrysantha
Member since: 09-06-2002
Total posts: 2414
From: Kylnne2
Date: 01-24-2006, 06:31 PM (3 of 5)
I have made many fleece rag quilts for gifts on my sewing machine using the method that Chrys posted. I also have serged many fleece throws for gifts. I believe most sturdy sergers can serge fleece without problems. I have used several different brands to do them. I like using a wide stretch wrapped stitch for maximum stretch. This stitch uses both left and right needles but only the lower looper.
User: Kylnne2
Member since: 07-10-2004
Total posts: 629
From: paroper
Date: 01-25-2006, 09:23 AM (4 of 5)
You can also use an overcast stitch if you have it on your sewing machine. I actually prefer that over the serged edges on my blankets.

Bernina 200e, Artista V5 Designer Plus, Explorations, Magic Box, Bernina 2000DE & 335 Bernette Serger, Bernina 1530 Sewing Machine, Bernina 1300 DC Overlock (with coverstitch)
User: paroper
Member since: 02-03-2004
Total posts: 3775
From: gm23237
Date: 01-25-2006, 07:30 PM (5 of 5)
I have to give credit to my Brother 1034D serger. nice machine, simple to use and I have had no problems in two years with it. It comes with two cd roms that will show you many tricks and tips in using it.

I have done many fleece projects with it.

Good Luck and Have Fun!
User: gm23237
Member since: 11-03-2003
Total posts: 145
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