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#1 of 5 Old 10-13-2007, 09:48 AM - Thread Starter
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I keep coming across patterns for things I'd like to make that require a serger, which I don't have (like patterns for cloth menstrual pads). Is there anything I can do with a regular sewing machine that would work instead of serging?
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Check your machine manual for a section on overcasting. My machine has both an overedge stitch and something called a serging stitch. If yours doesn't have those, a regular zigzag stitch will work also.
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Did you know you can make cloth menstrual pads using a regular sewing machine? One technique is to sew the pieces together inside out, then turn them and topstitch.
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Stitch the seam as usual. Then trim any excessive seam allowance and zig-zag with a short stitch length. Or, add a seam allowance to your pattern and do what caedmyn said.
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Before I found my bargain steal $50 singer serger at the thrift shop I would turn and topstitch most things. It gives a neater appearance than just zig-zagging the edges. Also gives a smoother edge (more comfortable) for stuff like diaper leg holes and cloth menstrual pads.
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