Serged Tank Top

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Who said that sewing with knits is scary?

This basic tank top can be your perfect introduction. Made in a flash using an overlocker/serger, it’s so easy you’ll want to make several! Useful for layering or as a stand-alone basic, this tank top will be your go-to garment come the dog days of summer.

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Serged Tank Top by Michelle Jensen for WeAllSew


Serged Tank Top by Michelle Jensen for WeAllSew

July 11, 2013 by WeAllSew
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  1. sylvia3932

    This is really cute and super fast if I can get my serger to work.. Is brand new I’ve used it about 4 times. Brand new Bernina 1300, but I have a terrible time using it. It sews really good after figuring it out for about 3 days prior to a project.

  2. cindy

    What foot do You use. How does the hemming work out. I have tried to hem store bought knit items on my Bernini and it stretches as I am hemming. What advice can u give me? Tx

    • WeAllSew

      Hi, Cindy – Michelle made this tank top on her overlocker/serger, and used an overlock stitch to trim and overcast the edges in one step. An overlocker doesn’t doesn’t work the same way a sewing machine does. In addition to using four threads, it has an extra set of feed dogs to help move the fabric under the presser foot, and they can be adjusted to “push” or “pull” the fabric as it goes under the foot. This is wonderful for sewing with knits. Sewing machines don’t have that feature, so the technique for hemming them is a bit different. One of my favorite tips is to fold the hem under and use water-soluble adhesive tape, such as Wonder Under, to hold it in place. Then use a Twin/Double needle and a straight stitch to sew the hem in place. I’ve also used a zigzag stitch with this technique, and it works nicely, too. Be sure to turn under enough fabric that both toes of the presser foot are resting on two layers of fabric, otherwise the hem won’t feed evenly under the foot. There might still be a little bit of stretching as you sew, but this will disappear with laundering or pressing. Made by Rae has some great tips: I hope this helps! Jo

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