My husband bought me my first serger from a co-worker. I had zero clue how to use it or what to actually use it for. Most likely you bought your serger for a project but have no clue where to start? Maybe you are on the fence about getting one because you don’t know how much you will use it? Or maybe you are like I was and you were gifted one and you’re now wondering what it can be used for? Well, I have you covered!
Sergers like the Janome Magnolia 7034D are workhorses. Sergers tackle so many projects and power through multiple layers with ease. They take simple projects and elevate them to a professional level. Here’s a short list of things you can use your serger for, but really, you will find so many great ways to use it:
- Finishing seam allowances in woven garments
- Rolled hem edges
- Serged decorative edges
- Gathering fabrics
- Finishing the edge on a quilt before binding. This makes your binding sit so nice and flat.
- Adding a decorative wave to projects
- Sewing knit clothing and other projects in one step.
The best place to start with your Janome Magnolia 7034D serger is understanding how it works, what a differential feed is, how to tweak your settings to get the finish you want and biggest of all, how to thread it. We have created a great series of videos for you on YouTube which will give you the run down of all the different parts of your machine and two methods to thread it. I highly suggest practicing threading your serger multiple times. Having 4 threads to thread through the machine takes some time and the more you practice it the less time it will take you so if you break a thread in the middle of a project you can be back up and running in no time flat!
Let’s talk first projects. We have a Pinterest Board just packed full of project ideas and tips and tricks for you! My very first project was receiving blankets and burp cloths. This project really gives you a great feeling for how to use your serger, turning corners and how to deal with your serger tails. No need for baby items? This is perfect for making reusable ‘paper’ towels, wash cloths or cleaning rags. Here is a great tutorial with step by step directions. You can use almost any absorbent fabric. I use a lot of Hemp Terry and they make the best host(ess) gifts!
Once you have starting, stopping, securing your tails and turning corners you are all set and ready to jump into your first big project.
Good luck with your new Janome Magnolia 7034D serger! We can’t wait to see what you create!
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