I love using a rolled hem and decorative thread to make serger tucks. Beautiful and easy, easy, easy, they’re the perfect accent on everything from baby daygowns to pillows to blouses. Follow these steps to learn how to create serger tucks as well as attach pieces together in a serger tuck. Before you begin, set your serger for a three-thread rolled hem with a stitch length of 1.0 to 2.0 and a differential feed of less than 1 to 1 or N:
Rolled Hem Serger Tucks:
Fold the fabric, wrong sides together, and stitch trimming away the fold. For the second tuck fold 3/4 inch to 1 inch from the first tuck. (The distance between the previous seam and the fold must be wider than the width of your foot.) Place the fabric under the serger foot with the “pretty side” looking at you and the outer edge of the foot along the previous seam. Serge, trimming away the fold – creating the second tuck. Repeat folding and serging for additional tucks (fig. a). Note: For colored tucks, place the colored decorative thread in the upper looper. A shorter stitch length (1.0 to 1.5) will make the color more vivid. The tuck will be pressed toward the piece that is serged through on the bottom (fig. aa).
Attaching Pieces Together in a Serger Tuck:
Place two pieces wrong sides together. Serge together, trimming as needed for neatness (fig. b). A serger tuck (rolled seam on the right side) will be formed between the two pieces. Note: For colored tucks, place the colored decorative thread in the upper looper. A shorter stitch length (1.0 to 1.5) will make the color more vivid. The tuck will be pressed toward the piece that is serged through on the bottom (fig. bb).
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