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As I bought the materials and trims wanted for my household’s Halloween costumes this 12 months, I noticed that the various yards of trim had been going to value way over the materials, making the costumes very costly. My husband’s costume known as for 12 yards of braid, which might come out to be at the very least $10, even when I discovered a wonderful sale. Most braids would have run me over $24 for the trim alone. However, I’ve my serger! I took 1-2″ extensive strips of black scrap cotton mix material, left over from my daughter’s costume, arrange my serger for a slender Three thread overlock with black serger thread within the needle and decrease looper, and positioned black Pearl Crown Rayon within the higher looper. My sew size was 3.5 mm, to accommodate the heavier thread, and my width was additionally about 3.5mm, or M on a Child Lock serger. I serged down one aspect of the strip, barely trimming off the sting.

As I got here to the tip of the strip, I overlapped the tip with the start of one other strip and saved serging. I serged a number of yards earlier than I ended. I then turned the strip round, with the identical aspect dealing with up, and serged again the opposite course, this time with the needle stitching instantly to the precise of the serger sew loops from the primary move, trimming off any extra material. For the 12 yards of braid that I wanted, I used solely a part of one $5.00 spool of ornamental thread. I topstitched this braid to my husband’s costume, simply as I might with a store-bought braid, topstitching down each edges with a black thread in my stitching needle and thread to match my fundamental material within the bobbin, and tucking the lower ends beneath. In case your braid must curve, use a bias strip of cloth.

A extra air-like high quality and a versatile braid might be achieved for those who serge on Seams Nice or a double layer of mesh wash away stabilizer or a heavy weight of the plastic kind. A single move with a Three thread extensive overlock sew leads to a slender trim. After serging, fastidiously trim away the remainder of the Seams Nice or wash away the stabilizer. For a double-edged trim, whenever you serge the second move, you may overlap the perimeters in order that the needle stitches fall straight on high of the earlier needle stitches as an alternative of subsequent to them. This could be needed if serging on wash away stabilizer to ensure that the trim to carry collectively as soon as the stabilizer is washed away.

Stitching with a heavy ornamental thread and an overlock sew on clear elastic leads to a stretchy braid, which can be utilized on stretch materials. Use both one or two rows of stitches, once more overlapping the needle stitches if serging two rows.

With the various potential combos of two, 3, or four thread stitches; slender stitches or extensive stitches; stretchy or woven materials; clear or coloured material; heavy or mild threads; and single or a number of rows of serging, it’s clear that just a little experimentation can produce any variety of distinctive, customized trims.

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