It’s a tradition to create the perfect Christmas pajamas and gowns for our little ones when the holidays are drawing near! The excitement in their voices and the smiles on their faces are indescribable. These garments are such fun to make, and they will love the fact they were made just for them. You will know that you and your serger made the magic happen. We had the privilege of using our new BERNINA L 850 for this serge-along. Wow! The features are amazing!
Threading can be intimidating, but NO LONGER—with BERNINA’s Exclusive One-Step Air Threading, those loopers are threaded in a snap, the needles can be threaded with the built-in needle threader, AND it has a swing-away foot, which we love! EVERYTHING is so easy to find and use—Cutting Width and MTC (micro thread control), Stitch Length, Differential Feed, moving the blade in and out of work, Free Hand System—aka Knee Lift, Needle Pads to hold your needles when you’re not using them, and it even has a half-speed setting! Have you ever thought you wanted stitch-by-stitch control? The BERNINA foot control allows you just that, and the needle always stops in the highest position. But with the tap of your foot control, they magically go down. Then you have a slide-on table creating a large work space to the right and left of the needle to support your garment. This makes sewing a breeze! Remove the table, and voila’, you have a free-arm! The scrap catcher keeps your black pants clean while you serge—always a plus, AND all the tools at your fingertips, right inside the door. Once again, BERNINA has thought of every little detail to make every day feel like Christmas and to make our serging life pleasurable and fun.
The Christmas Morning Serge-Along features little boy’s pajamas and the girl’s gown in sizes 3–8. The patterns are free downloads, making them easy to access. You just need to decide which size and which fabric you will use. You can also order special-priced kits with premium fabrics and trims in two different colorways. And while you are enjoying making these garments over the next five weeks, you will be learning about the serger, a few serger feet and the many serger techniques. If you have been timid about using a serger, this serge-along will help you gain confidence. Even if you have been sewing on a serger for years and years, you too, will enjoy make these jammies, and you might pick up a tip or two. You will only use your sewing machine for just a few stitches here and there, and the rest is all serger!
While making the boys pants, you will learn how to serge inside curves, make and insert piping, serge in a circle and choose from a variety of methods on what to do with those hanging serger tails. You will love making these adorable pajama pants on your serger!
The boys pajama shirt is definitely a classic, and simple to serge if you know the tricks. The piping accents are found everywhere—collar, cuffs, pocket and down the front openings. We guess we could say this shirt is a “study in piping”—how to start and end piping, eliminating the cord to decrease the bulk in a seam and curving and attaching piping to a curve. The sleeves are set-in using differential feed. Hemming options are also offered.
This sweet girls gown offers two yoke options, actually three. The traditional heirloom yoke has two options—an all-white yoke with red trimmings or a white center with red ribbons and buttons and bias-cut plaid sides to complete the yoke. The third option is a serger pintucked version using a rolled hem, red thread in your upper looper and the width of your presser foot for spacing. Heirloom techniques on your serger are amazingly easy, very neat and fast. In making this gown, you will create fabric by piecing bridgings, eyelet insertions and fabrics. It is always fun to gather using your serger and differential feed. You’ll exercise your gathering skills on the yoke ruffle and the skirts. Beautiful bias neck bindings and easy continuous lap plackets are essential to heirloom clothing and your serger is the ticket to the success of both of these techniques. The sleeves have an elastic casing above the eyelet edging. Several hem options are given—the choice is yours!
This Christmas Morning Pajamas set will not only be fun to make, but will greatly enhance your serging skills. Join us in this serge-along as we explore the wonderful world of serger techniques.
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