Time for a sewing book review again! This one is an oldie but goldie and if I would recommend one beginner book on serger this would be the one. I’m talking about Sewing with sergers (Amazon affiliate link)
Sewing with Sergers covers everything from assembly order of garments and serging corners to how to perfect flatlock seams and the best way to remove a serged seam and also has great trouble shooting ideas. I also appreciate the chapter on how to recycle old sweaters into new garments using a serger. This is such a gem that should be in every overlock machine owners library. Plus the illustrations are so clear, I don’t mind that the styles in the book look a bit dated.
Do note that it’s not the most thorough book on sergers (I recommend Serger Secrets for that purpose) but Sewing with sergers makes overlocking so easy to understand and has great tips that even more seasoned serger owners will benefit from. It’s a great book to read most especially if you’re a beginner with the serger, sewing can be a bit overwhelming for someone who is just starting out and this book can be a great help. I know a lot of sewists have sergers but have never used it due to a bit of fear and lack of information about their machines. This book also goes through the parts, the threads needed, and great threading tips to give you a complete understand of the machine. Plus it’s written by two veterans in the industry, Pati Palmer and Gail Brown whose vast knowledge really shows in their approach in this book.