If you’re only using your serger for finishing fabric edges, you’re missing out on a lot of serging fun and creativity! I’d like to show you how the standard overlock stitch you’ve used for clean finishing raw edges, can also be featured as an outer edge finish. Give it a try with my 30-Minute Scarf!
How to serge a 30-minute scarf
Recently, I produced a 3-part Sewing With Nancy TV series, Sew Amazing Scarves. The Loop and Tuck Scarf was one of my favorite designs. (You can watch the TV series online by clicking here.) The original scarf was sewn with conventional seams, but you can easily serge the edges with just a few modifications. In the book, Sew Amazing Scarves, you’ll find the pattern.
- The original pattern started with a 13″ x 19″ rectangle with a 2-1/2″ x 20″ extension added along one short end. For this variation, round the three corners by tracing along a saucer. It is easier to serge around a soft corner instead of turning corners or serging off at the corners.
- Fold one yard of fabric wrong sides together and cut out two layers. I used vintage pattern weights that I’ve been using for years and a rotary cutter for a speedy cutting process.
- Pin the layers wrong sides together. Place pins parallel to cut edges, when serging.
- Set the serger for a narrow 3-thread overlock stitch. Test various stitch lengths on fabric scraps. A 2.0 mm length was the winner.
- Begin serging at the narrow edge of the scarf extension. Serge, trimming off an 1/8″ to 1/4″ of fabric. Serge from scarf end to scarf end.
- Serge the short end. You might need an anchor cloth, a folded scarp of fabric, which allows you to serge smoothly from the anchor to the narrow end.
- Dab the ends of the thread tails with a seam sealant such as Fray Block. Work on a paper towel, which will absorb all the excess liquid.
- Fold back 2-1/2″ at narrow end and topstitch to the scarf at your sewing machine. I love my 5-in-1 Sliding Gauge for quick measuring.
- Ta-dah! The 30-minutes serger scarf is complete.
- Tie the scarf by slipping the main body of the scarf through the loop. Loop all or part of the scarf through the opening. This scarf stays in place and is extremely comfy to wear.
Sew Amazing Scarves—a total of 20 easy-sew options
Check out the book with patterns, Sew Amazing Scarves for other quick, trendy, and stylish scarves.
Bye for now,