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Serger Basics

4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Language: English
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: Palmer Pletsch Pub
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 0935278591
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 58,074 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Shows how to use a serger sewing machine to stitch a seam, trim the fabric, and overcast the edge in one step. This title includes lessons on tension adjustment, threading, gathering, rolled edges, and flatlocking, and tricky details are explained for collars, cuffs, hems, bindings, children's clothing, and home decorating projects.

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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful
By K. A. Newton TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I got a free dvd with my overlocker/serger and that helped start me off.

I really thought this was a book I could read on the same subject, at first I was a bit annoyed with myself when I found it was a dvd. I decided to watch it the first day it arrived.

The television was being used and it was my daughter who suggested I watch it on my laptop.

This was a great idea. I could watch the screen and lean forward to closely follow the action around the needle and cutter area.

Later I realised I would be able to carry the laptop and place it next to my overlocker while I copied what was going on on the screen. Wonderful.

I watched the demonstator change the threads and that is the same method I have used for years on my sewing machine.

I bought my overlocker on-line and the lady from the shop e-mailed me saying it would arrive threaded AND NEVER EVER UNTHREAD IT and if I did I must follow the order the manual said to thread it. And I haven't. I always leave it threaded up for the next time.

This DVD is ideal for the beginner, but it has taught me a few things.

I have a old fashioned Singer Ruffler it must be at least 75 years old that fits my Elna SU sewing machine, you can even ruffle and stitch to the flat fabric the same as the lady demonstrated on the overlocker but then I had to zig zag the edge.

No more, it looks so easy and the edges looks so much neater done on the overlocker.

I knew you could put pearls etc. on with the overlocker but now I have seen it done I am dying to try it.

The lady also demonstrated putting stretchy ribbing on pyjamas and t-shirts on their wrists and necklines.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A really good DVD 5 July 2009
This DVD is excellent. Marta Alto and Pati Palmer explain how to do various stitches on an overlocker. It is really good to be able to see how to do things and not just to have them explained. I would really recommend this for a beginner to overlocking.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Serger Basics 1 July 2010
By ceflet
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
This is an excellent dvd for anyone wanting to learn more about serging.
Both author/presenters are clear in there instructions. However, I knew most of the content but the Americans do have the edge on british sewing techniques, so there were little snippets of information that I picked up on.
Very informative and practical. Also a good reference to refer back to in the future.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic 20 Feb 2012
I found the DVD really helpful. Never having used anything more complicated than a basic sewing machine before it made it all seem so simple. I'm still just in the playing stage with my new machine but I'm sure the DVD will help me develop my skills further. It certainly gave me the confidence to go further than just opening the box and looking at my machine then putting it away again. I also purchased the book, so I can always view diagrams along with the video. You do need to be prepared to put up with cheesy American smiles and accents though.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Really useful book 23 Sep 2011
By tina
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
As recent owner of a new serger (overlocker) l needed help to get started. Saw this book and the DVD on Amazon and decided to get both. It is very helpful and easy to follow instructions, backed up by the DVD it is great.
Small and compact book so easy to have next to machine. Also contains some good ideas and tips for further uses of the serger.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars serger basics 16 Aug 2012
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5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant for beginner sergers 29 April 2012
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I would recommend this dvd to anyone just starting out their serging adventure. I have several books on serging which are very good also, but sometimes I really need to see the techniques in motion, which is why I really like this dvd.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Just Brilliant! 29 May 2013
By annep
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I have been sewing for over 50 years but only recently bought an overlocker and this DVD is just brilliant. It's a bit dated in the presentation style, though they have added an update section to begin with, but there is nothing dated about the techniques they show - I also have the book which is great plus a couple of other serger/overlocker books and this DVD and book are far and away more straight forward and to the point with their instructions. You get a lot of instruction for the money! Buy it if you are new to overlockers/sergers - you won't regret it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
very interesting
Published 7 days ago by dizzydaisie
5.0 out of 5 stars Delighted recipient .
Ok. Lots of ideas. Bought for a gift.
Published 1 month ago by Fussy mcCall
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good, clear instructions
Published 1 month ago by E A Upton
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Bought for a friend. Really useful
Published 2 months ago by Elaine Fox
5.0 out of 5 stars New to sergers
Very good - i have learnt a lot from this dvd
Published 2 months ago by olly
4.0 out of 5 stars A good reminder
My serger - or overlocker - has been gathering cobwebs because it can be such a fiddle to set up. Having watched this DVD, the cobwebs have gone and it is back in use again.
Published 3 months ago by Janette Daines
4.0 out of 5 stars id recommend this to novice sergers
it's a bit old fash(80's clothes/glasses) but explained exactly what I wanted to know. Will be usefull to run it in my laptop as I use my overlocker.Thank you
Published 4 months ago by Twm's friend woof woof
4.0 out of 5 stars Good for a beginner
I read the reviews and watched the dvd before trying out simple things first. The instructions are quite good. Read more
Published 5 months ago by FIS
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good tutoring
Very good product and if you're new to a serger, this would be a handy dvd to really understand what to do.
Published 10 months ago by Alcudia
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent instruction
Really good instruction, should have you serging like a pro in no time. It'd be good to see more DVD's like this with different techniques explained. Read more
Published 15 months ago by panpen
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