When I first bought my serger I was kinda terrified of it (the speed, the knifes!). But now, after six years, I know that I will always be serger owner. The things that scared me at first are now the things that I really value. However since I learned to master the basics I felt like I hit a plateau so when I saw the book Serger secrets (Amazon affiliate link) I decided to give it a go.
And I am very glad I did. This is the sort of super thorough, initiated sewing book that I prefer. Serger secrets pretty much covers everything you want to know about a serger, great photo tutorials with info on everything from settings to thread choice plus a great problem solver chapter. But the deal breaker to me is that it shows so many new things that I had no idea you could do with a serger, like making bound button holes, piping, zipper insertions, lace heirloom and much more. Though some ideas in the book is pushing a bit too far aesthetically – just because you can serge a patchwork vest (!) together with piping and bells (!) doesn’t mean you should.
That said I am a firm believer that pretty much everything can be made to work in some ways, so I’m sure that these ideas could be useful for some.
You can also check out my review on another serger book called Sewing with Sergers another great book for beginners!