We added a new baby to our business last week – we got a serger! For those of you who don’t know what a serger is, it’s a different kind of sewing machine used for finishing off seams and making easy work of sewing knit fabrics.
Most of OrganiLuxe‘s products (almost all of them, in fact) have been made out of woven fabric. Wovens are easy enough to deal with on a regular sewing machine. But since we’ve started our organic children’s clothing line, kiddO organics, we needed a way to quickly, easily, and beautifully sew on knits.
Now the interesting bit of information here is that sergers are notoriously confusing and difficult to thread. A regular sewing machine uses one spool of thread – our new serger uses FIVE! And there are a multitude of different stitches you can make with a serger, each using a slightly different set-up than the others. So many times, you will have to re-thread the machine before moving on to the next part of the garment you are trying to make. YIKES!
We think we’ve figured out a plan, though. An assembly line of sorts seems to be the answer. Here’s an example of how we’re going to make our little girl’s leggings:
Cut out one color of leggings, 2-3 pairs in each size.
Serge the inside seams using a 3-thread overlock stitch. (Look at the inside of the t-shirt you’re wearing right now, and you will probably see this same stitch.)
Serge the top and bottom hems with a coverstitch. (This stitch usually has two parallel lines of stitching running across the top side of the garment.)
Done! More or less. I left out a couple things like sticking the label in and running the elastic through the waistband.
I can’t show you a finished pair of leggings yet, because we’re so new to serging, we don’t have all of our thread colors yet! And we’re in the process of ordering our clothing labels right now, as well.
But that’s the gist of it anyway. And unlike the sewing machine, which Mom is in charge of, I’m actually going to be serging quite a bit on this beauty! I’m excited about it, too! I’ve been practicing, and it’s pretty fun to slide some uneven fabric in there, and have the serger trim the egdes perfectly and create a beautiful seam. Who knew serging could be this much fun?! 😀