Serger Smarts: Create Your Own Serger Stitches
By working "outside of the box" you can adjust your serger settings to create a beautiful braid stitch.
For best results we recommend that your serger stitches should be set up according to specific guidelines--whether it's a four-thread overlock, a rolled hem, or a flatlock. Our serger manuals call for specific tension adjustments to achieve a balance of thread coverage on the fabric.
That got us thinking . . . what would happen if we didn't follow the recommendations? Would it be possible to make new stitches by tweaking the settings? The answer we found was, YES!
Playing with a Janome 1110DX serger, we were amazed with the unique results we were able to achieve by deviating from the recommended stitch settings. In the next few weeks, we'll be featuring some of the different stitches we created by adjusting our serger settings. (BTW, you can make these on any Janome serger.)
Our first unique stitch we've named the Braid Stitch. You create this stitch by putting decorative thread in both loopers and using only the right needle (use a size 14 needle for best results). The stitch brings both of the decorative threads to the top to form a mock braid. This is a great finish for a fleece throw.
To create this new stitch, make the following adjustments:
- Right Needle - set to 4
- Upper Looper - set to 9
- Lower Looper - set to 2
- Stitch Length - Between the "R" and 2
- Differential Feed - 1.0
- Disengage the stitch finger, or set to "R"
By mixing up your thread colors and textures, you can create a number of different effects with this one neat stitch!