Saturday, August 23, 2014

Scarf it up - DIY Scarf and mastering Faux Serged Edges!

The Twirly Scarf - continued

The previous posts has the supply list for my twirly scarf project.  The ideal distance for  the curly Qs of the pattern should be the length between the left and right shoulder of the wearer plus 3 inches.

Place pattern on fold. If you wish the scarf to hang longer, then you may move it up to 2 inches from the fold.  Cut pattern on the line, seam finish is included when calculating this scarf pattern. 

Serger Option for Making the Twirly Scarf: If you are handy and own a serger: Serge edge with a two or three thread narrow rolled hem or flat to finish. You can choose a 2 or 3 thread flat lock finish, if preferred depending on the fabric. Sergers handle curves by straightening the fabric on the plate as you stitch them. So take your time and work in small increments.

Sewing Machine Finishing Technique:
Stitch Zig Zag
Width 3.0
Length from .5 to .6mm

Tip: Depending on the fabric and the stretch of the bias (rounded areas) you may have to lengthen from  .5 to .6mm.  You can feel the hesitation in the feeding of the fabric. Lengthen slightly rather than pulling the fabric through.

This Brother made machine offers a Zig Zag right 1-11 which I prefer because it makes guiding the fabric easier.

Machine settings may vary depending on brands. Always create a test sample using the same fabric to ensure a great results.

Favorite optional settings that I look for on all new machines: needle drop aka needle down and scissors.  This machine has needle drop while additionally lifting the foot for turning corners! 

The small stabilizer strips placed under the fabric help with “feeding the fabric” and reduce “pokies,” as less stress is placed on the edge.

With the zig zag stitch, you are swinging the needle left into the fabric and right into the stabilizer (just outside the edge of the fabric).

Years of sewing skating costumes and left over water soluble has perfected faux serger finishes.  See for yourself! No pokies, threads are lying neatly and most importantly is the time saved.  

While the serger may produce quicker results, this sewing method for ruffly or straight scarves is simple and versatile.

Look how neat the corner looks.

Tip: As you approach a corner, stop the needle swing on the left, in a needle down position. Turn the fabric on the corner. For the right swing of the needle, roll the hand-wheel towards you. The needle needs to penetrate into the stabilizer next to the edge of the fabric. If you miss your mark, relax! You can raise the foot and the needle carefully to reposition using a small amount of movement. Drop the needle down, and check your upper thread tension to ensure you haven’t pulled the thread too much.  Adjust if needed.

Rinse out water soluble stabilizer according to manufacturer’s directions. If possible, use cool water to avoid shrinkage. 

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