This is a very simple question, but does anyone have any tips on how to keep a nice, straight line when using a serger?

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    Jul 23, 2012, 09.12 PMby pinkdaffodils

    Not sure if this applies, but when using my ‘serger’ foot attachment, I typically tape a spot on the foot and use that as a guideline. It’s been years since I used a serger though so I’m not sure if there is a convenient place to put a marker to cut off 1/8" etc. Sorry if this is useless information! Good luck and happy sewing!

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    Jul 23, 2012, 09.51 PMby katexxxxxx

    Practice!

    Just that, pure and simple. Chop up some bits of fabric and spend a day making seam. There will be guides on the machine to help you, but in all honesty the thing that made me good at keeping seams straight was just making lots of seams.

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    Jul 27, 2012, 04.43 PMby Grandcarr

    Serge a bit slower…if there guide markings on the plate, you could them as a guide.

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    Jul 30, 2012, 09.45 PMby thecuriouskiwi

    As Kate said, practice! :)

    I went quite slow when I first got my serger. It’s fun to go fast but it’s easy to let the speed overwhelm you and the fabric runs away through the knife. The foot pedal of my serger is much more sensitive than my sewing machine so it took me a while to learn the different foot pressure required. I also find it helpful to not hunch over and focus my eyes right at the fabric going through the knife, it’ll make you sew wonky.

    Just like at my sewing machine I sit up nice and straight and watch the fabric at the mark on the needle plate which is in front of the knife or at the mark on the front cover (My Bernina 1150MDA has fabric markings on the front cover as a guide too). Looking in front of the knife gives you more time to gently correct your cut line if it is deviating.

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