...or overlocker. Whatever you would like to call it. In Australia we call sergers 'overlockers' so that is what I will call it for the rest of the post.
My overlocker is a very recent addition - my husband bought it for me as a surprise for my birthday (nice one huh?) When I got it, I was totally intimidated, and I think lots of us feel that way about overlockers. They are quite different beasts than our sewing machines. Just threading it for the first time is SCARY! Lucky for me, the store where Trev bought mine offered a free lesson as part of the purchase. If you can get a lesson or two thrown in if you are thinking of buying one, I would recommend it!
I'm not a 'read the manual' kind of girl - I am a visual learner - I learn by seeing, then doing. During my lesson, the lady at the store showed me how to make ruffles (or gather fabric) using the overlocker. It was so quick and easy I nearly fell off the chair. So here it is!
Set your differential feed to 2.2.
Change the tension of your two needles to 8. Leave the loop tensions as they are.
Feed your fabric through the machine. Guide it gently but firmly as it moves through.
Chain off. That's it.
How easy is that?! You can gently pull the fabric to adjust the ruffles, but I find that this method gives quite an even gather along your fabric. Use this method to make something totally gorgeous like this skirt I made for Lucy!
Don't forget to re-adjust your overlocker settings before your next project. Happy overlocking!
Got any questions? Please ask! If you have a look on my sidebar in my 'Books I Love' list, there is a link to a book called Sewing with Sergers. Check it out!
Do you love your overlocker? Or are you a bit scared of it?