Three Decorative Threads for Sergers

Who doesn’t like to add a little extra sheen and sparkle? With the use of a decorative thread, your serger can add that glitz to the edge or even in the middle of your project. Hi everyone, I’m Sue from Sue O’Very Designs, BERNINA Ambassador and serger enthusiast. Today I’m going to show you my three favorite decorative threads and the serger stitches that make them shine.

Three Decorative Threads

These are my three favorite threads to use in my serger to add some decoration.

Maxilock Stretch

The Maxilock Stretch is a textured nylon thread with a soft wooly texture that really covers! It can be used in the upper, lower and chain looper of your serger. Washable and color-fast. Because this thread comes on a large cone, it can be attached to your serger just like any normal serger large cone.

Candlelight

Candlelight is a soft, lightweight metallic yarn. It can be used in the upper, lower and chain looper of your serger. Washable and color-fast. Because of the small size the Candlelight cones are, it’s a good idea to use a thread net before resting the cone on the thread stand.

Three Decorative Stitches on a Serger Overlocker

Pearl Crown Rayon

Pearl Crown Rayon is a very versatile, decorative thread that can be used in the upper and lower loop of your serger at the same time. The fibers are continuous filament rayon and virtually hairless. It is colorfast and washes well. Because of the small size the Candlelight cones are, it’s a good idea to use a thread net before resting the cone on the thread stand. I also encourage to use a spool disk for the spool to sit on.

Three Serger / Overlock Stitches

Here are three of my favorite stitches every serger can do to add a little pizzaz to a project.

  • Rolled Hem
  • 3-Thread Narrow – Right needle
  • 2-Thread Flatlock

Rolled Hem

A rolled hem is a nice way to finish an edge with a rolled effect. Depending on the thread, it can even look like a trim attached at the edge of the fabric. Most often seen used on the edge of napkins or shirt hems, this is a fun and rewarding hem. Check out the differences between these three threads. From left to right, Maxilock Stretch, Candlelight and Pearl Crown Rayon. Same stitch, three threads.

3-Thread Narrow – Right needle

This stitch has been a long time favorite of mine because it covers a lot of material, ads an almost trim-like appearance and because a serger sews so fast, whips up in no time. From left to right, Maxilock Stretch, Candlelight and Pearl Crown Rayon. Same stitch, three threads.

2-Thread Flatlock

The 2-Thread Flatlock is a great way to add some glitter or sheen down the center of a project. This stitch whips up fast, folding your materials in half right sides out with the fold against the blade. You can cut off a little or a lot and when your seem is finished and you open your seam, you’ve got this beautiful decorative stitch right down the center of your materials. From left to right, Maxilock Stretch, Candlelight and Pearl Crown Rayon. Same stitch, three threads.

Three Decorative Threads

I sure hope you enjoyed exploring my three favorite decorative threads and the stitches that make them sparkle. What is your go-to serger decorative thread? What would you like to learn more about sergers?

Have a Creative Day,

Sue

9 thoughts on “Three Decorative Threads for Sergers

    1. Don’t you think the white thread was used on purpose to highlight the special thread/stitches? That would be my guess, although if that is the case, they should have mentioned that.

  1. The YLI website says the machinery that produces Candlelight is broken beyond repair and the product will no longer be made. Can you suggest a substitute?

  2. why would I need to place the small cone on a spool cap, when I can remove the spool stabilizer and just place it on the spool stand the conventional way?

  3. I’m waiting for my first serger to arrive in the mail. Living in rural Wyoming we do a lot of shopping online and it’s not always easy to choose based on pictures. Thank you for this post- it was a mini lesson on stitches and a lovely review on serger thread options. I am drawn to the maxilock stretch and will try it down the road.

    1. Thank you for your positive comments. I must say Maxilock stretch is a favorite for me. I personally have it in many colors. Enjoy your machine when you get it in and remember you can order a single thread type/color to experiment with it and order more colors once you find the kind you like. Have fun!

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