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belletaine
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Using a serger when quilting

Post by belletaine » Sun Nov 25, 2007 3:18 pm

I watched a tv program that showed E. Burns sewing a log cabin block together with a serger.
1. Is there a special reason for using a serger on this block?
2. When might one use a serger for sewing pieces together in a quilt?
Thanks for the help.

maryq
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Re: Using a serger when quilting

Post by maryq » Sun Nov 25, 2007 5:52 pm

HI Belletaine.....

Nice to see another Minnesotan online!!

Sorry I can't help you with the serger question...
But Welcome anyway!!!

marymargaret

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Re: Using a serger when quilting

Post by quilterbee » Mon Nov 26, 2007 1:56 am

It's just faster because the the machine sews fast, no watching the seam allowance, the blade slices the seam allowance down perfectly. I just bought one and it should be here this week. I have no clue how to use it! Amie

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Re: Using a serger when quilting

Post by Oasis » Mon Nov 26, 2007 3:17 am

Amie. . . .Which machine did you get? I'm looking and have seen so many I've confused myself now. JoAnn's has a Singer on sale.

I also saw El using a serger on one of her DVDs. It looked very fast. I like to do Kaye Woods 6 hour flip and sew quilt for kids and I think it will go much faster with the serger. Plus I want to try some quilted postcards and finish the edges with a serger.

Have Fun,
Linda S / OASIS

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Re: Using a serger when quilting

Post by quilterbee » Mon Nov 26, 2007 4:03 am

I PM'd you but in case others are interested.....

I'm in 4 buy/sell groups for quilters on Yahoo. When I posted my request for a good used serger for under $300, I recieved about 50 emails. I narrowed it down to 3-
A Pfaff 799 for $300
A Bernina for $300
A Janome 434D for $40.

I picked the Janome because I'm not sure how much I will use it. The lady makes wedding gowns and also quilts. She just had it serviced and emailed me the service reciept. She has left it threaded so all I have to do is tie my threads onto hers and never have to thread it myself. I paid $25 shipping and UPS has packed it and insured it. I should get it in a day or so. Amie

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Re: Using a serger when quilting

Post by Tiggersmom » Mon Nov 26, 2007 5:27 am

I've pieced a couple of quilts on a serger and I have a friend that does all her piecing on her serger. She teaches serger classes.

No special reason you need a serger to do a log cabin but it has lots of straight seams [no curves] and is just a different option.

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Re: Using a serger when quilting

Post by quilterbee » Mon Nov 26, 2007 8:11 am

I've seen some quilts pieced with sergers, but I didn't really care for the look. I hate to say that! I wan't to make some clothes for my grandbaby, Colby. Maybe a bag just for kicks. I really not sure what I'll with it to be honest,lololol!!! Gosh.....Amie :o)

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Re: Using a serger when quilting

Post by TooMuchFabric » Mon Nov 26, 2007 1:23 pm

I am working on a flannel lap quilt and decided to use the serger because of the raveling. I have not finished it but so far, so good.

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Re: Using a serger when quilting

Post by HugANurse » Mon Nov 26, 2007 1:51 pm

Welcome, using a serger makes a stronger seam. It does well for quilts with straight seams like the Log Cabin and Quick Trip. I like it, but you have to be careful with the 1/4" seam.

Hope this helps.

Bobbi

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Re: Using a serger when quilting

Post by quilterbee » Mon Nov 26, 2007 5:05 pm

What'a a good starter project for a serger beginner idiot?? It will be here on Wed., ugggg! Amie

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