Sewing In The Barn
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Sewing and Serging

Troubleshooting Questions with photos




Stitching Smiles

Serger Stitching Smiles imageStitching smiles on serged seams are common when  using knits.  The areas that receive stress like the crotch or butt, or sometimes the sides of the waiseline seams, start to "gap" or "smile" under pressure.











       The easiest ways to avoid this:

1. using matching thread color in the left needle helps reduce the visibility of stretched seams

2. tighten the left needle tension as best as you can when serging the first time, and then

3. either serge a second time, with the KNIVES DISENGAGED, or 

sew a straight seam with a sewing machine.

Sewing machine: Skipped stitches part 1     part 2
Brother Techniques Guide - How To do what
Brother User Manual
Choose The Right Needles
Fix Your Serger Timing - a photo tutorial
Tension Headaches
Understanding Your Serger's Differential Feed - when and why to adjust it
Article navigation icon imageAmy Alan's Five ways to finish your serger chain


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