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Serger Basics and the Moneta Dress

June 14 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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Every week until June 14, 2017

Class is 2 sessions total, each 3 hours long

Instructor: Catherine Batcho

Do you have a serger that you would like to get more comfortable using?  Does your serger sit around unused? Then this is the class for you!  In this class you will bring your own serger in and use it while constructing the “Moneta” dress by Colette.  Sergers are such a perfect machine to use for knits because of the loop structure of the stitch which allows the stitch to stretch along with the fabric.  Learn about following a pattern, working with knits, doing a twin needle stitch and most importantly – have guided help while using your serger for construction!

In order for the class to run smoothly, and since all sergers are a bit different in threading, to take this class you must come to class with your serger threaded and have a basic understanding of threading your serger (bring your manual to class as well if you need a refresher on threading).  It is okay if you have it threaded and need help switching to the new colors.  If you need help in setting up your machine from scratch we can setup a private lesson prior to the class.  Please make sure that your machine works if you are going to take the class and that the knife is not dull and will cut the fabric.


  • “Moneta” pattern by Colette – these are in stock at Firecracker Fabrics in Morningside
  • Knit fabric as suggested by the pattern for your size (make sure to measure yourself to determine your size).  We will be doing the basic neckline with either short or 3/4 length sleeve.  There are lots of beautiful knits to choose from at Firecracker Fabrics in Morningside!
  • 4 spools of thread(poly or cotton/all – purpose):  at least 2 of the spools need to match your fabric , the other 2 spools can be neutral or similar in color
    the 2 matching spools do not have to be cones or large spools, but the 2 spools which will be your upper and lower looper threads should be cones or large spools
  • at least one regular size spool to use on the regular sewing machine of matching thread color for hemming
  • ball point needles for your serger (size 80 or 90 should be okay) – these are also sold at Firecracker Fabrics in Morningside – please note however that not all sergers use the same needles  – so you should check your manual for the type of needle required and make sure to get that if necessary.  Check with Thornton’s for sewing machine parts and needles.  Also – not a bad idea to get an extra blade in case you break yours by hitting a pin!
  • please make sure to prewash/dry your fabric for shrinkage prior to class – knits tend to shrink and you will want to shrink the fabric before making the dress!
  • Please note that you will need to cut out your paper pattern in advance of the class.  Please contact Catherine if you need help determining your size.  You will have to measure yourself to determine your size.  But the pattern has negative ease (meaning it is smaller than your body measurements) – so you may want to go up a size or 2 if you want a less snug fit!


Cost: $95 + supplies

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June 14, 2017 6:00 pm
June 14, 2017 9:00 pm
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Cut & Sew Studio Morningside
(412) 865-6565
1747 Chislett Street Pittsburgh, PA 15206 United States
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