How to Serge with Decorative Threads

How to Serge with Decorative Threads

Sewing with decorative threads is a lot of
fun on a serger. This one is called Razzle Dazzle, and when you take the thread off of
the cone or the spools such as this is and you look at it sometimes its kind of rough,
and look at the end of this one, it’s all frazzled it looks like a piece of asparagus
you can’t hardly thread that through anything. So there’s ways to get this type of thread
through a serger without a whole lot of difficulty. First of all, we are going to remove the upper
looper thread, because your decorative threads almost always go in the upper looper. You
can put them in both the lower looper and the upper looper if you are doing something
that’s reversible, but for our sample we’re just going to use the upper looper. So remove
the cone, and cut the thread, take the serger thread out of the machine. Don’t forget if
you are using baby lock air threader to run it out and get the excess thread out. You
don’t want to set a spool on top of a cone holder.
See how the thread dropped down below the cone holder? As it tries to sew, it can’t
get out of there and it can cause you to break needles. And so instead of doing that take
the cone holder off, take it completely off. Do not set it on top of a cone holder.
I am going to set it over here to get it out of the way. Now this is a base for spools
of thread, it has a little foam rubber on it, and you just set it the spool on top of
it. But on this case the spool is almost the same size as the base, and it can still fall
underneath it. So use something like this. This is an extension base. When you set your
decorative thread on top of that, and if it does puddle off, it will just lay it on top
of this extended base. Now you go ahead and thread the machine as
normal. Go up into the thread stand, then come down and thread the top of the machine.
And in this one I am going to bring it down through the upper looper threading port.
See that fuzzy stuff? Just cut that off, and it still fuzzes some, but that’s okay. We’re going to use a thread cradle in that hole. So you need regular serger thread, and you
want to pull off about a yard. It needs enough to go through the machine. Pull slack in your
decorative thread and just let it puddle up on the front of the machine there. You have
to have enough slack that it can go through the machine and out the other side. I have
a nice long thread cradle and you want to loop in one end and you want the two cut ends
in your other hand, and what you are going to do is put the thread through that loop
on the other end. So first we are going to stick the two cut
end of the thread down into the upper looper tube. I like to use my tweezers, its a little
easier for me to get it in there. You can put it in any way that you can get it in there.
Get enough in there you need like an inch. So I just put like a quarter of an inch at
a time down in there. Then you take the other end where the loop is, and you open the loop
and you put you decorative thread through the loop. Put about six or eight inches of
it through. You don’t need a whole lot. But put it through there, make sure it’s not hanging
up on anything. You lock up the machine to threading, you turn the hand wheel to engage
air system, then push the button. Once the thread shoots through just grasp it, gently
pull it through, and its a leader thread, there comes your Razzle Dazzle right through
the looper. Take the excess thread and cut it off with a thread cutter. Now you’re ready
to sew your sample. Close up you doors, close up your machine,
and the fabric that I’m going to use it just a light weight piece of fabric, and you put
it in the machine, into the knife, lower your presser foot and sew down the edge. You have
to make a test sample. Now the extra thread on the top is just going to feed right through
and out to the back, don’t even worry about it. Go all the way down to the end and we
are going to look and see how our stitch looks. When you sew off, be sure cut your threads
to always leave some on the fabric and some on the machine. You need a little bit of tail
left on the fabric, and you need a little bit of tail left in the machine.
All machines will have a stitch length and a stitch width adjustment, and it depends on
how you want your stitches to look as to where you are going to set these two dials. The
stitch width and the stitch length are totally different. If you look at you stitch you can
see that your stitches are a little bit too far apart, and I can see gray through it there.
This would be the length across here, this would be the width in this direction. And
so I am going to play with the stitch length dial first. Stitch length is going to make
the stitches closer together so there won’t be as much gray fabric showing. The dials
usually adjust from a long stitch up to a four, and then they will go down to a shorter
stitch to a one or slightly below. I’m going to start on about a two and a half, and as
we have more adjustment there, and as we go I’m going to slowly turn the dial down towards
the one. On this machine, see that little dot? We actually can go to 0.75, it’s much
closer together. Now we’re going to try a new line here and we are going to adjust our
stitch length adjustment. Make sure that you put it up into the knife blade, lower your
foot, and as you sew, trim off the old piece. This is just a sample. I’m going to slowly
rotate this down shorter and shorter as we go. I’m going to keep looking at the stitch
as I do that, and then I’m going to rotate it down a little bit more. The shorter it
goes the closer the stitches will become. I’m going to all the way down towards the
one. On this one I’m actually going to go down to the 0.75. You can get it too tight
with a heavier thread, so I’m going to do several different changes on here. So you
can see what it looks like when its good and you see what it looks like when it’s too tight.
This is where we started, see how the stitches are spaced apart? What we want to do is bring
those closer together so that is looks more solid. If you bring them to close together,
you’ll get this real high impact look on it, and you’ll get this ripply edge on the outer
edge, and you’ll get this little hang over stitches on the inner edge. So we don’t want
it that close together, it’s too tight. We want it to be adjusted a little bit longer
until it lays flat and almost covers all of the gray in there, it’s okay if it sticks
through a little bit. This is what it looks like on the outer edge. See how it is all
ripply there when the stitches are all heavy? That’s not what you want. You want it to lay
nice and smooth. You don’t want it real far apart, you don’t want it real close together.
Our best stitches would be laying flat, just like that. You have a spacing in there, you
don’t have hang over, you don’t have a big ripple. That’s what you want it to look like
right there.

About the Author: Earl Hamill


  1. Thank you Superior and Sue Green-Baker for making the serger videos available. It is a great help from a great teacher who uses a great machine and great thread! Please make other videos for us to see. Thanks

  2. This is an excellent production.  Instruction is clear and concise; camera close and precise; thoughtful background. Finally I understand cradle threading.  Thank you for this.  More tips from this production team with Sue GB please!

  3. Thanks God! i found you and thank you very much to show how to use Babylock( i have evolution) and sewing tips. i have been look and look, watch and watch all others people videos, not even babylock US website can compare with you, yours is the best, no bullshit and cleanly explain, close-up focus make things look easy to watching and understand , i will follow you till the end of life to learn to sew and better^^ Thanks a lots, such a awesome video to learning;-D

  4. Great voice, easy to listen to [thank goodness….can't handle those shrill high pitched voices]. Video is to the point, informative and well done with no needless, superfluous blather. Thank you!!!!

  5. You did a fantastic job of explaining and also showing the technique!.. Great close ups with the terms.. Thank you very much!.. I have subscribed to your channel. Cant wait to see your other videos.. Happy Holidays to you and yours!

  6. Video was great. ok say you want to use different other types of thread. do you change the needle to slit bigger eye ?? I have a baby lock Imagine.

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