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:

Click on your preferred date to register


Serger Basics (Downstairs Studio - Bloordale)

This class begins on Sunday, February 4th 2018 from 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm and runs for six weeks (Feb 4, 11,18, 25, Mar 4, 11).  Click here to read the full class description.

Price: C$220.00

Date: Sunday February 4, 2018

Available Spaces: 0

Serger Basics (Downstairs Studio - Bloordale)

This class begins on Wednesday, February 7th 2018 from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm and runs for six weeks (Feb 7, 14, 21, 28, Mar 7, 14).  Click here to read the full class description.

Price: C$220.00

Date: Wednesday February 7, 2018

Available Spaces: 0

Serger Basics (Downstairs Studio - Bloordale)

This class begins on Tuesday, March  13th 2018 from 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm and runs for six weeks (Mar 13, 20, 27, Apr 3, 10, 17).  Click here to read the full class description.

Price: C$220.00

Date: Tuesday March 13, 2018

Available Spaces: 2

Serger Basics (Regent Park)

This class begins on Thursday, April 5th 2018 from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm and runs for six weeks (Apr 5, 12, 19, 26, May 3, 10).  Click here to read the full class description.

Price: C$220.00

Date: Thursday April 5, 2018

Available Spaces: 3

Serger Basics (Downstairs Studio - Bloordale)

This class begins on Sunday, April 8th 2018 from 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm and runs for six weeks (Apr 8, 15, 27, 29, May 6, 13).  Click here to read the full class description.

Price: C$220.00

Date: Sunday April 8, 2018

Available Spaces: 0

Serger Basics (Downstairs Studio - Bloordale)

This class begins on Thursday, April 26th 2018 from 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm and runs for six weeks (Apr 26, May, 3, 10, 17, 24, 31).  Click here to read the full class description.

Price: C$220.00

Date: Thursday April 26, 2018

Available Spaces: 5

Serger Basics (Downstairs Studio - Bloordale)

This class begins on Wednesday, May 30th 2018 from 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm and runs for six weeks (May 30, June 6, 13, 20, 27, July 4).  Click here to read the full class description.

Price: C$220.00

Date: Wednesday May 30, 2018

Available Spaces: 5

Serger Basics (Regent Park)

This class begins on Thursday, May 31st 2018 from 8:15 pm - 10:15 pm and runs for six weeks (May 31, June 7, 14, 21, 28, July 5).  Click here to read the full class description.

Price: C$220.00

Date: Thursday May 31, 2018

Available Spaces: 3

Serger Basics (Downstairs Studio - Bloordale)

This class begins on Sunday July 29 2018 from 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm and runs for six weeks (July 29, Aug 12, 19, 26, Sept 9, 16). We will be closed August 5th for the Civic Holiday weekend.  Click here to read the full class description.

Price: C$220.00

Date: Sunday July 29, 2018

Available Spaces: 5

Serger Basics (Downstairs Studio - Bloordale)

This class begins on Wednesday, August 22nd 2018 from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm and runs for six weeks (Aug 22, 29, Sept 5, 12, 19, 26).  Click here to read the full class description.

Price: C$220.00

Date: Wednesday August 22, 2018

Available Spaces: 3

Serger Basics (Regent Park)

This class begins on Thursday, September 6th 2018 from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm and runs for six weeks (Sept 6, 13, 20, 27, Oct, 4, 11).  Click here to read the full class description.

Price: C$220.00

Date: Thursday September 6, 2018

Available Spaces: 5

Serger Basics (Downstairs Studio - Bloordale)

This class begins on Saturday, September 22nd 2018 from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm and runs for six weeks (Sept 22, 29, Oct 13, 20, 27, Nov 3. We will be closed October 6th for the Thanksgiving Long Weekend).  Click here to read the full class description.

Price: C$220.00

Date: Saturday September 22, 2018

Available Spaces: 5

Serger Basics (Downstairs Studio - Bloordale)

This class begins on Sunday, November 25th 2018 from 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm and runs for six weeks (Nov 25, Dec 2, 9, 16, 23 Jan 6 (2019). We will be closed December 30th Holidays).  Click here to read the full class description.

Price: C$220.00

Date: Sunday November 25, 2018

Available Spaces: 5