Sewing a scarf with a serger is an cheap and easy way to make a cute accessory that looks very professional!
My mom gifted her serger to me and I have been having a lot of fun experimenting with my new machine. Having two sewing machines makes me feel like a pretty legit sewist. One machine is just not enough for my projects now. I need two!
But seriously, I am having a lot of fun. The thread immediately broke and I spent a good amount of time learning to rethread this complicated machine. In the process of rethreading, I broke a needle. Fun stuff. Once I got those issues out of the way, the rest of my project was pretty straight forward. I watch a class on Craftsy about sewing with knits and she had great tips on using a serger and setting your machine up for different fabrics. I was super impressed with this class!
I started with something super simple for my first project: a scarf. All you need is one yard of material to make a beautiful, light scarf. I found this one for $3 a yard at Joann’s.
Using a rotary cutter, I straightened out the edges and cut the fabric lengthwise down the middle so you have two even pieces. Sew the two pieces end to end creating one long piece.
Going over the edges, serge the edges with a narrow, tight stitch. I tried a couple different stitches to see which would be best. First I tried a rolling stitch that would roll the edge over and sew over the top. Unfortunately, since my fabric was fraying so quickly the frayed edges stuck out of the stitch making it look messy. I settled on using a standard stitch that cut the fabric immediately before stitching. This kept the fabric looking clean and did not fray at all.
I’m impressed with how professional the serger makes every edge look. And the scarf only cost me $3 and about 30 minutes! That’s insane!
For those of you who don’t have a serger, you can still make an easy scarf with your standard machine. Turn over the edges and sew and you will still have a beautiful scarf!