Serger Suggestions + Craftsy Giveaway


During my first year of sewing, I was lucky to acquire an old Babylock serger from my first mentor, Mishka. It weighed a ton but it was an efficient workhorse, finishing the edges of both lightweight cotton and heavy denim beautifully. But it’s slowly giving out and the amount of money I’m spending on repairing it is starting to add up. I’m sure it has a few more years under its belt but I’ve decided to splurge and upgrade. With the variety of stitches available on today’s models, many of which can be used for lingerie sewing, I can’t help but retire my Babylock. Plus, Craftsy has been tempting me with their Beginner Serging Class by Amy Alan. I recently sparked up a conversation with Amy and our chat, which was initially about a summer tank she made, drifted towards the topic of her serging class. I told her how much I’ve been wanting to take it and she graciously offered me free enrollment and a giveaway for one of my readers. So, to prep for shopping, I’m taking Amy’s class. I think it will be a great way to become familiar with what’s available on today’s market. If you have any tips, words of advice, or machine suggestions, please speak up!

To enter to win Amy’s Beginner Serging Class, all you have to do is leave a comment below with your email address. That’s it! A winner will be chosen and notified on August 22nd. The winner will also be featured in my my recap of the class the week of August 26th. Contest is open internationally. Good luck!

tags: Construction Comments: 84

  1. Jane

    What a great giveaway. I have an overlocker too but really only use it for the basics (

  2. Alyssa

    A serger class would be awesome! I use my serger but I’m sure there are many things that are possible to do that I haven’t figured out.
    Hems2dolls (at)

  3. Amy Plaza

    I love the serger I have but I sure do need to be taught what I’m doing on it! I’ve been looking at taking her class on Craftsy – so this is perfect!

  4. Ag

    Serger love! Yay!

    jesuisavantgarde (at) gmail (dot) com

  5. the other emily

    Ooh, I have asked for a serger for my birthday next month and I have been eyeing that Craftsy class! Here’s hoping!

    the_other_emily (at) yahoo (dot) com

  6. LM

    I managed to figure out my sewing machine by myself, but the serger is a very different story! I’d love to understand it better :) thank you.

  7. Sassy T

    I have saved for one but feel a little intimidated by them at the moment. Think I may call mine Sergio. medusa.adams(at)yahoo(dot)co(dot)uk

  8. Natasha Estrada

    Ok some serger tips. Remember to chant upper before lower, lower ontop when threading. Meaning you need to thread the upper looper first then the lower looper which means the lower looper sits on top. You need them to be that way in order for it to chain off. Otherwise it no worky.

    When you get your new serger grab different colors of thread preferably the same colors as your manual threading guide and then practice all the stitches. You’ll quickly learn how to balance tension that way.

    Starting with all the tension knobs on 4 is a good way to start balancing unless you know the factory recommended settings are spot on. Usually they are not. Remember needle size and thread size and content will affect your tension esp with a serger.

    Sergers are NOT scary. Really

  9. Shelly

    I just purchased a Babylock Evolution. The book that came it is great, but I am a visual learner and would love the class. Love your blog, too, so well done, beautiful to view and very informative. You’ve inspired me, at the ripe age of 45, to learn to sew!!

  10. Shelly

    aw heck, forgot to leave my e-mail: shellyrs68(at)yahoo(dot)com

  11. Elena Knits

    Thank you so much for this give away!

    elenaknits (at) gmail (dot) com

  12. patricia

    great giveaway! thanks

  13. Ray Bain

    Oh man. I got a free serger from my aunt, but it’s old and doesn’t work well, and I haven’t gotten around to taking it in for a tune-up. Maybe this would give me the motivation I need! rach.e.bain at gmail dot com

  14. Natalie

    I just finished taking Amy’s class. She is fantastic! I’m currently on a borrowed serger and can’t wait to purchase my own. I’ll be interested to hear what you choose when you decide to upgrade!

  15. Hazel

    You always have such lovely giveaways! I really need to learn to do more with my serger than simply neaten my seams so this would be perfect! hazel.berryman(at)

  16. Deb H.

    My serger is currently on the fritz, also and I miss it…. :( I am in the market to get a new one as mine is very old, also. The class looks wonderful. Thanks for the giveaway.

  17. Deb H.

    Forgot my e-mail address gccmom(at)aol(dot)com

  18. dianaburrell

    I have a Brother 1034 that at some point I thought I would upgrade. BUT I’ve ended up loving it so much, I haven’t bothered. I’ve nowhere near mastered all its capabilities so I would love to take a class on serging. :)

  19. Kim

    Ohh I would love to win this class! I have a serger, but since I already have two unwatched classes waiting I havent bought this one yet.. My email adress is revesmecanique (at)

  20. Anna

    I have just been bought a shiny new overlocker for my birthday so i would love to win this class! the bf picked up on my big hints… I have only used an overlocker for neatening edges and would love to learn more.

  21. flamingo_pirate

    Oooh! Count me in!
    flamingo_pirate (at)

    I’m using my singer sewing machine a lot, using tight zigzag stitches to do knit fabrics. But I’d love to try out a serger~

  22. Carla

    The serger I bought 3 months ago is still in the box. I need help!

  23. Andrea

    Oooooo, I’d love to win. I was gifted a serger when someone moved but I haven’t used it because it’s a little scary. Fingers crossed! :) Adkicks(at)

  24. federica

    what a great give away! I wish I could take that class

  25. Whitney A

    Cool giveaway. The class sounds nice.

  26. Sue

    I would love to learn how to serge!

  27. Jessica

    WOW! I would love to be in this comp!
    jgmjlm at westnet dot com dot au

  28. Colin

    Thanks for all your help and suggestions. Just newish into sewing and really enjoying it, hopefully one day even get quite good! I bought the toyota sl3487 about 2 years ago. I didn’t know anything about overlocking (serging). Youtube guy in France does a great set of clips showing how to thread this model (excellent HD quality). Although I didn’t realise it at the time, this is a fantastic machine, really! It does 2, 3 & 4 thread overlock, rolled hem (with just a throw of a little lever), it’s got diff feed etc. Now I use it a lot and I’ve not found another machine at the price point that has all the features this does. It’s NEVER let me down. I’d highly recommend it. Thanks again for being so generous in sharing. Regards Colin (Wales, UK)

    • maddie

      Thank you for the recommendation Colin!


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