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From: Military_Mom
Date: 03-30-2006, 09:28 AM (1 of 5)
Hi! I'm making a swim suit cover-up .. sarong type, and I want to put that lettuce edge on it. I'm using a lightweight stretchy material. I'm not sure how to set the differential on my White 1600 serger and can't find anything in the book about it. Can anyone help?? Do I use one needle or two? Use a rolled edge or straight?
Thanks in advance!

~ Becky
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Member since: 01-10-2005
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From: paroper
Date: 03-30-2006, 09:52 AM (2 of 5)
We were taught to stretch the edges of the rolled hem as we did it. To get a good lettuce edge to stay you can also put fishing line in it. (I don't know if this is something you want in a cover up or not.) Most of the ones I've done have been on woven fabrics. I don't know what it will take to really make the stretch fabric stay put. I think that you'll really need to play with the differential feed to get satisfactory results.

Bernina 200e, Artista V5 Designer Plus, Explorations, Magic Box, Bernina 2000DE & 335 Bernette Serger, Bernina 1530 Sewing Machine, Bernina 1300 DC Overlock (with coverstitch)
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From: Military_Mom
Date: 03-30-2006, 10:17 AM (3 of 5)
Thanks, Pam! I've been doing a lot of 'playing' this morning but I just haven't come up with the look I'm hoping for. Maybe it's the material I'm using. If and when I do find it, I'll write it down for future reference!
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From: LeapFrog Libby
Date: 03-30-2006, 12:31 PM (4 of 5)
All I have to do on my antique serger is stretch the fabric edge as I sew it, and it 'lettuces ' beautifully.. :bg: :bg:
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From: Kylnne2
Date: 03-31-2006, 01:24 AM (5 of 5)
Using a rolled hem you will be using one needle and may need to tighten your lower looper. For lettucing which is best done on bias fabric, you might wish to set your differential feed around 0.7 and use a very short stitch length. Start to serge and grab the thread chain behnd the foot and the fabric edges in front and stretch slightly while serging. When you stretch your fabric while serging be careful not to bend your needle while stretching. Because you are stretching the fabric, you may need to widen the bite to allow enough fabric to roll over the stitch finger.
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