Creative Serging (Digital Edition)
featuring Marta Alto & Pati Palmer
Marta Alto and Pati Palmer show you how to maximize your serger and have FUN using it. See close-ups of all the tips that make decorative threads work on YOUR serger. And you will see a fashion show of creative clothes. A NOTE FROM PATI AND MARTA: This is a vintage Palmer/Pletsch video. You will see us in our 30s…a LONG time ago. Other than the machine styles, the information is still excellent and the closeups are amazing. We added a machine update at the beginning, but of course manufacturers keep coming out with newer features, so do visit your local dealer.
Watch this sample from the Creative Serging Video Class
We’re the Serger Experts
When sergers were new for home sewists in the early 1980s, Pati Palmer decided there needed to be a book to help us use this strange machine. She and Gail Brown took apart a serger and put it back together to learn more. Then they wrote the first ever book on how to use this wonderful machine. That book, Sewing With Sergers, was their all time best seller (over a million copies so far) and still going.
Enter Marta Alto who fell in love with the machine and took it to new heights of creativity. After teaching hundreds of serger seminars and workshops, Marta made two videos for Palmer/Pletsch, Serger Basics and Creative Serging.
Choosing Serger Threads
Variety of Serger Thread Stitching
Many Serger Models Shown
Step-by-Step Serger Demonstrations
We have now turned those vintage videos into streamed online classes for your convenience. The information is still excellent even though the look of sergers has changed and they’ve added more features.
A few years ago Pati and Marta added an update for the beginning of this course in which Marta shows new accessories and features which are in lesson one. You will want these accessories when you see the extreme closeups of them in use. Of course, in the rest of the course, you will be watching a much younger Pati and Marta making history teaching this class in their very retro clothes! Just enjoy the information and use your imagination of what you could do with it today!! The main difference in the machines today is that the tension dials have gone from being attached to the front of the machine to being set into the machine, but the basic techniques are no different today. The information is excellent. You will feel more empowered than ever, even if you have a machine that sets its own tensions.
Marta shows you practical applications like sewing in a circle, turning outside corners, ripping a serged seam, mastering a rolled edge, the easiest painless placket sleeve for a shirt, and uses of flatlocking. You will see uses in garments to inspire you to use serging in fashions today. And, FYI, it is filmed in Marta’s sewing room and not Pati’s — a nice change.
Here’s just part of what you’ll see and learn:
• Decorative threads, yarns, ribbons
• Tips for using decorative threads
• Creative tension ideas: balanced, flat-locking, wrapped edge, blanket stitch
• Creative flatlocking ideas: framed and floating hems (loopers out, ladders out), flatlock fringing, “couching”, smocking, flat-locking over pearls
• Many serger models featured
• Decorative rolled edges: stitch length, width and tension for decorative threads, scalloped rolled edges, fish-line rolled edge, rolled edge flowers
• How to feed cording & not sew through it on any model serger
• Heirloom serging
• Sweater knits
• 4-step jackets: curves and corners, reversing decorative thread at lapel roll line (same technique used in fixing hiccups)
• “Extraordinary” ideas: fagoting, making your own trim, serge a bedroom
A variety of servers have been used to make this video “generic.”
Bonus Class PDFs: How Stitches are Formed + OUR "GENERIC" SERGER
The digital edition includes 2 Bonus PDFs which are designed for use with this video class. Print out and refer to these guides which include detailed information on features common to every Serger as well as a demonstration of how stitches are formed.
Still not sure?
A Serger Fashion Sampler!
Video Class Instructor: Marta Alto
Marta Alto’s sewing experience stems from her study of home economics at Oregon State University, combined with several seasons sewing costumes for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Marta is co-author with Pati Palmer of The Palmer/Pletsch Complete Guide to Fitting, Pants for Real People, and Jackets for Real People. She stars in most Palmer/Pletsch DVDs. During the past 30 years she has taught sewing throughout the US, Canada, and Australia. See our workshop pages for the four-day Fit workshops Marta teaches.