Serger Basics

Sewing isn’t just about tailoring – it’s all about STRETCH!  From easy to make leggings to over-sized t-shirts, custom underwear and bathing suits – just about everything comfortable is made using a serger.  Learn the basics of how to thread the machine, adjust tension, cut width, differential feed and how to create a rolled hem.

Then create a personalized pattern for a pair of awesome, stretchy tights. Students start a personal reference guide for all of their serging samples.

The Serger Basics class runs for 6 weeks.  Each class is 2 hrs long.
Course fee is $220 + HST

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Class Outline: (6 weeks/2hrs each week)

  • Class One: Getting to know your serger. Learn the basics of how to thread the machine, adjust and trouble shoot tension, cut width,  adjust the differential feed and how to create a rolled hem. Start a personal reference sample collection.
  • Class Two: Draft a pair of tights according to your own measurements.
  • Class Three: Cut and baste together your tights. Make fitting adjustments if necessary.
  • Class Four: Sew up your tights on the serger!
  • Class Five: Hem your tights using the cover seamer and then serge in your waistband.

Techniques: Threading a serger, adjusting tension, cut width, differential feed and creating a rolled hem.  Drafting a personalized tights block.  Sewing in an elastic waistband, hemming using a cover seamer and using stretch lace to finish an edge.
Supplies: Students will need to bring 1.5-2 yards (buy 1.5y for sizes 0-12 and 2y for size 12+) of pre-washed, 4-way stretch, medium weight cotton/tencel/bamboo knit fabric to the second class.

Current and former students are always invited to use our open studio time from 6-9pm on Friday evenings in addition to their regular class time. Open studio time is independent work time. Click here to reserve a machine at least 24 hours in advance.

***Class registration fees are non-refundable. If you need to cancel you class, you can use your credit towards a different class date or towards materials from our retail space. There is a $35~ fee for classes cancelled or changed with less than 7 days notice from your registered start date.

Upcoming Dates and Online Registration:

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Serger Basics (Downstairs Studio - Bloordale)

This class begins on Tuesday July 25th,  from 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm and runs for six weeks (July 25, Aug 1, 8, 15, 22, 29).  Click here to read the full class description.

Price: C$220.00

Date: Tuesday July 25, 2017

Available Spaces: 3

Serger Basics (Downstairs Studio - Bloordale)

This class begins on Wednesday, August 16th 2017 from 8:15 pm - 10:15 pm and runs for six weeks (Aug 16, 23, 30, Sept 6, 13, 20).  Click here to read the full class description.

Price: C$220.00

Date: Wednesday August 16, 2017

Available Spaces: 3

Serger Basics (Downstairs Studio - Bloordale)

This class begins on Saturday, September 9th 2017 from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm and runs for six weeks (Sept 9, 16, 23, 30, Oct 14, 21).  We will be closed Oct 7th for Thanksgiving.  Click here to read the full class description.

Price: C$220.00

Date: Saturday September 9, 2017

Available Spaces: 2

Serger Basics (Downstairs Studio - Bloordale)

This class begins on Thursday, November 16th 2017 from 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm and runs for six weeks (Nov 16, 23, 30, Dec 7, 14, 21).  Click here to read the full class description.

Price: C$220.00

Date: Thursday November 16, 2017

Available Spaces: 4

Serger Basics (Downstairs Studio - Bloordale)

This class begins on Wednesday, November 22nd 2017 from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm and runs for six weeks (Nov 22, 29, Dec 6, 13, 20, Jan 3).  We will be closed Dec 27th for the Holiday Season.  Click here to read the full class description.

Price: C$220.00

Date: Wednesday November 22, 2017

Available Spaces: 5