~Serger Eyeglass case – Super fun and lots to learn~
Want a great serger project, then check out the Serger Eyeglass case!
Do you have a serger? Maybe a better question is, do you use your serger? Having been in the sewing industry my entire career, I’ve seen lots of friends buy a serger and allowing it to intimidated them. I get it, really I do. I have begun many hobbies, only to watch them sit in my closet, in their boxes. Sometimes you just need a project to get you motivated. Here is the On-the-Go Serger Eyeglass case which features different presser feet and some amazing tricks and tips on using a serger.
My first Serger
Let me tell you a funny story about my first serger. I suppose I should back up a little and explain a bit of the history in my sewing life. It was actually my father who taught my mother how to sew. She then taught me at a very young age, 5. My grandmother (Dad’s mom) was an excellent seamstress and she insisted on teaching him how to sew. When he was 14, like all young men, he wanted extra money. His first job was working in a girdle factory. Yep, that’s right, a Girdle Factory (giggle)!
My father was taught many things while working in this girdle factory. He would tell me stories about amazing machines that would sew very fast and had only one purpose. Each machine had it’s own stitch. Unlike our sewing machines which have many stitch options. When it came time for me to evolve to the next stitching level, my father brought me to the local Singer shop, one hour away. We got the cheapest most basic serger and I was thrilled! That was until I got home. Back then, there were no instructions. Machine was bought, we were thanked, we went home and stared at it. If it weren’t for my father, I probably would have given up the serger completely.
My first serger (photo courtesy of Ebay)
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What’s that Allen Wrench for?
Once I got to playing with my serger, I saw there was an Allen Wrench inside the tool kit…hummm, wonder what that’s for?!? It didn’t take me long before I started tearing the serger apart. It did come with a manual, but it was pretty lousy. There were no instructions on how to use it. Just what the parts, pieces, etc did. What I was searching for was the Cover-Stitch. After tearing my serger apart, only to discover this serger was a 4-thread serger. Sad to say, it didn’t create the Cover-Stitch. I needed another machine for that stitch. Once the serger was in pieces, Dad brought me back to the sewing shop and we kindly asked the technician to put it back together. Once he did, he showed us what the 5-thread serger did. I was in love but we were on a budget and couldn’t afford the 5-thread serger. At the time, I was ok with that. My little serger did everything I needed it to.
Life lesson: Ask better questions before you buy a machine, make sure it does what you want it to.
Serger Eyeglass case
If you have a serger, get it out of the box, set it up and just play with it. Below is an easy serger project video on my YouTube page.
Don’t worry about breaking it. Seriously, if you break it, bring it back to the shop. They will fix it and you will give them a great story to tell. Let me tell you a bit about this On-the-Go Serger Eyeglass Case. I show you how to install pipping, how to create ruching and how to do a belt loop with any 5-Thread serger.
The Serger Eyeglass Case uses a few extra feet which is nice. I know when I bought a fancier serger, it came with a few feet. You will learn a few wonderful tricks, tips and have some confidence with your serger.
What do I need to get started?
Yes, this is a serger project. You will need a serger. I show how to make this with a 4-thread or 5-thread serger. The pattern is 8 pages of lots of photos, details and of course you can always send me a message if you need some extra help!
- Ruler, rotary cutter, mat
- Painters Tape (or a low adhesive tape)
- Clear adhesive tape
- Straight pins
- Point turner
- Press cloth
- Wonder Clips
Serger Presser Feet: Be sure to buy correct feet for YOUR Serger
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- Standard foot
- Clear foot
- Ruffling (gathering)
- 3/4″ Belt loop binder (optional and used on a 5-thread serger)
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