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Review: Amy Alan’s Beginner Serging Class


I hesitated to enroll in an online class, sewing or nonsewing related. It wasn’t because I doubted the virtual system, it was more because I am a creature of habit (aren’t we all?) and didn’t want to change the way I learned. When the iPad first came out, I was an early adopter along with the rest of my generation. My dad’s generation though wasn’t so accepting of the new technology and my grandma, well, she was freaking scared of that thing. Fast forward to now, and my dad’s de rigueur mode of reading is his tablet and my grandma Facebook messages me from hers. It just takes time to adapt to new things, right? My time to change my routine came when Amy Alan offered me free enrollment in her Craftsy class, Beginner Serging. To sum up my experience – you know how I said that my dad’s de rigueur mode of reading is his tablet? Well, I think my new de rigueur for learning, especially when it comes to sewing, is online classes. You guys, Craftsy and Amy rock!

My goal for taking the class was to get an understanding of today’s home sergers. For the past seven years of my sewing life, I have worked mostly on industrial machines and I have sporadically used a home machine that Mishka, the tailor I used to work for, gave to me. My home serger is started to give up on me and I’m taking it as an opportunity to invest in a new one. Plus, the possibility that I could use an elasticator foot for my lingerie sewing is so intriguing. Oh, the thought of perfectly sewn elastic is a dream! Puckers and skipped stitches begone!

I got way more than I bargained for. Way more. The class is broken down into nine session and the topics discussed include parts of the machine, basic stitches, decorative stitches, troubleshooting, special presser feet, and three simple tutorials. Now, I knew the basics of serging, like what a 3 thread overlock, a 2 thread overlock, and a 2 thread wrap stitch was prior to taking the class, but my level of understanding for each was taken to a new level. With each stitch, Amy tells you the suggested stitch length, suggested presser foot presser, whether the stitch finger or blade should be disengaged, and whether the right of left needles should be used. She also tells you the mechanics of each stitch – like the fact that the looper threads on a 2 thread wrap stitch are meant to wrap around the edge of a fabric but not roll the fabric under (because that would make it a 2 thread rolled hem). What cranked up the class’s level of coolness even more was the fact that Amy compared and contrasted the serging capabilities of a Janome, a Brother, and a Bernina machine, which will help me when I actually start hunting for my new serger. Last, my overall knowledge of sewing increased. In one of her tutorials, Amy talks about knowing your sewing machine, knowing it to the point of being able to hear when the bobbin is low. Now that’s something I haven’t heard of! How neat!

Like a mother rants and raves and hoots and hollers about her children, I’m going to do the same for Amy, her Beginner Serging class, and Craftsy. Not only did I learn about serging, I also saw how the concepts were put into practice. Walking away, I feel comfortable and confident that I know what to look for when I begin serger shopping.

And don’t forget that you all get a 50% discount on Amy’s class, Beginner Serging, by clicking here.

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    I bought an older model 4 thread serger for $50 and took this class. I still refer to my stitch book she encouraged us to create. An excellent class! I love Craftsy. You are right. Anyone who is thinking about buying a serger should take this class beforehand.


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      What is a stitch book? How did you make it….that definitely sounds like something I need! How would you recommend I make that?

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    Natasha Estrada

    I’m glad you had a good experience. I’ve taken two craftsy classes. Sew the perfect fit which is a great visual refresher and the Jeanius class which I was very disappointed in. For 3 reasons. 1) The sample he sews is not a pair of traditional jeans but simply 5 pocket trousers and he skirts around techniques that make a jean a jean and some like rivets and topstitching and talking about denim are not covered. 2) The method he teaches to copy the jeans pattern is fussy and uses hard to find materials. 3) Kenneth King is snippy and rude when people ask questions like what can I use instead of silk organza to copy my pattern. I mean really using silk organza for copying a pattern is frivolous. Anyways I’m not a K King fan so probably shouldn’t have enrolled in the first place. The good thing is craftsy with refund your money if you’re not happy.

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      Maddie Flanigan

      Thank you for your reviews! I don’t think I’d be interested in the jeanius class, I’m more of a dress type of gal, but The Perfect Fit would be something I’m interested in.

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        Natasha Estrada

        Yeah the perfect fit reminded me of class demonstrations when I was in college. One thing I’ve learnt when picking classes is to make sure the expert matches up with their subject. Like Maddy with bras. KKing and Jeans are not really compatible since he usually does stuff that is more technical and elaborate. I might take one of Sandra Betzina’s classes. Her fit book is the only one I still own.

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    The boyfriend is buying me a serger for christmas, so I should really look into doing this class! your link isn’t working at the moment though?

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      Maddie Flanigan

      Hmm… I don’t know why! I removed it for now while I check on it. I’ll be back shortly with the updated link. Thank you for letting me know.

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    This sounds like a great class! I’ve been reticent to sign up because I’m not sure I’d make the time to sit and watch the classes, but I would like to learn more about how to use my serger to its full potential.

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    Carlee McTavish

    Sounds great! I’ve been on the fence about diving in and buying my first class too, but I’ve been offered $10 classes so I might just dive in

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    Kirsty Bunfield

    I really should do this one as well. I just leave my baby lock on 3 thread all the time and just close my eyes and hope for the right tension.

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    so glad to hear your positive review. ive thought about taking it but havnt pulled the trigger yet.

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    I know there have not been any new posts, but to let you all know, they very class mentioned in on sale til midnight tonight for $29.99, I think I am finally taking the plunge and going for it as well lol.

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    How often are you using a serger as part of bra making?

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