It’s National Serger Month! I’m excited because I LOVE MY SERGER!! However, this hasn’t always been the case. Before working with Baby Lock, I worked with a different brand and had a bit of a love/hate relationship with my serger. OK, that’s not completely honest… it was a hate/hate relationship! I was never really able to thread it consistently and use it to its full potential, so it basically just sat around and collected dust.
Once I switched to Baby Lock, my serger sat in the box for months. I was terrified!! Finally, my mom came over and said, “We are threading this!” She is quite the serger expert and not intimidated by any machine. We threaded it together and had so much fun exploring all of the different stitches and I was absolutely astounded by how easy it was to use! I was instantly inspired and it wasn’t long before I started using it every day, teaching and singing the praises of Baby Lock sergers far and wide! As it turns out, I really didn’t understand the composition of serger stitches, the “hows and whys” of all of the threads, levers and dials. Learning to read the Quick Reference Card that comes with Baby Lock Sergers helped me to understand the machine and its stitches fully – that is what I love teaching.
In honor of National Serger Month, I have a fun, quick project to share with you. You can create it using scraps of fabric, your serger and one of my very favorite feet, the Cording Foot! It is so hard to find the perfect cord to match projects, but quick and easy to create on the serger. The Cording Foot has a groove on the underside for the cord to ride in as the machine finishes the edges of the covered cord. Try it once and you will be adding cording to everything! We are working with bias fabric because we will turn a corner with the cord. If you are sewing curves or a corner, bias cut is a must.
What you will need:
4 spools of good quality serger thread – I prefer Madeira
Serger with Overlock Stitch
(2) 8” x 9” pieces of coordinating fabric
(1) 8” x 9” piece fusible batting
40” cording 5/32” diameter
35” continuous bias fabric 2” wide
Fuse batting to wrong side of exterior fabric piece.
Thread serger for 4 thread overlock. Set length to 2.5 and width to 6.0.
Attach Cording Foot.
Center cording down center of wrong side of bias strip. Leaving a 5” tail of exposed cord, carefully fold bias strip over cording matching long raw edges and tucking cord into fold.
Place covered cord under foot of serger so that raw edges meet the blade and cord is under groove in presser foot.
Stitch down length of covered cord. The machine will be trimming off some excess fabric.
Adjust stitch width to 6.5. *Tip: This step will ensure that all stitches used to create cord are covered once cord is attached and result in a nice, tight cord.
Place exterior piece of fabric right side up and position sewn cord on corner of one 8” edge, leaving a tail of cord above the corner for the machine to “grab” as you begin stitching. The sewn side of the cord should be even with the raw edge of the fabric.
Place under cording foot and attach cord to 8” edge of exterior piece.
When you get close to the corner, trim seam allowance of cord at a 45 degree angle, turn cord around corner (away from serger blade!!) and sew straight off the edge of the fabric.
Rotate fabric, position cord along 9” edge of exterior fabric and place under cording foot. Serge cord to fabric repeating the same process at the corner.
Attach cord to second 8” edge of exterior piece and remove from machine.
Layer lining piece on top of corded exterior piece with right sides together.
Attach to (2) 8” sides and (1) 9” side using the cording foot.
Turn right sides out through un-sewn bottom edge and press.
With exterior side facing up, place on a flat surface.
Fold one short edge in toward center, then fold second short edge in toward center. *Tip: This step allows you to customize the size of your sunglasses case. If you wear narrow sunglasses, create a larger overlap. If you wear big shades, create a smaller overlap to accommodate the size of your glasses.
Serge across the bottom edge then turn right sides out and press.
Attach a button to the top of the project and you have an adorable new sunglasses case!