Sergers are great sewing machines that improve the quality of garments made at home. They can also seem quite intimidating to newbies just getting started with them. Serger sewing machines like the Juki MO644D definitely take some practice to get the hang of using them. For those just starting out, consider the following five essential tips that can make learning how to use a serger easier and reduce common frustrations.
1. Take A Few Pictures
Before trying to work with a brand new machine or even a refurbished one, begin by taking some photos of the thread setup on the top and inside of the machine. Create a photographic reference to look at in Step 3 and anytime thereafter that shows the correct placement of all the strands. Threading sergers can be a bit confusing to a newbie, so starting out with some pictures to return to in order to learn proper technique is a wise step to take.
2. Use High-Quality Thread
Understand from the start that serger sewing machines work best when used with high-quality thread. These machines are delivered pre-threaded from the factory with a good quality cotton. Cheaper strands, or different types such as polyester, may break and cause problems and frustration. Refer to the user manual about the correct type and quality and stick with these recommendations in order to obtain the best results.
3. Learn Proper Rethreading
After photographing the thread layout and purchasing a supply of good quality thread, learn the proper way to unthread and thread the machine. This is the part that everyone dislikes the most and can be extremely frustrating at first; however, it is the most important part of learning how to use serging machines like the Juki MO644D. Before anyone can actually sew with such a machine, they need to know how to link it in the machine quickly and deal with breaks, knots, and other common issues.
4. Learn What the Machine Can and Cannot Do
To get the most use from sergers, it is important to know how they can and cannot be used. Different models are capable of different stitches, although none of them can stitch in reverse. Learning all the functions of the machine will be a work in progress as time goes on. Obviously, it is important to learn the various capabilities in order to get the most use from the machine.
Be sure to take some time to learn about differential feed and how it can make serging much easier. Take some time to test out a variety of stitches and thread tensions on scrap fabric, compiling all the samples into a “serging book” to use as a future reference, along with the pictures from Step 1.
5. Keep the Machine Clean
Avoid stitching and thread breakage problems by keeping the machine clean. While it is important to keep any sewing machine clean, it is especially important with a serger. There is the issue of lint from fabric and thread as well as fabric scraps that can get caught in the unit because these machines trim off fabric edges with their built-in knives. Clean and oil the machine after every few hours of use to keep it in the best working condition and avoid annoying problems.
Sergers give sewists a step up in their ability to create professional looking garments at home. Yet they do involve some special handling and a bit of a learning process. Before jumping in head first, beginners should consider the five important tips referenced above and learn from the start the best way to use serger sewing machines like the Juki MO644D. Taking the time to do so will produce the best results!