Sergers are useful for many reasons in addition to finishing the inside edges of your seams. In this video, I will demonstrate how to make a Lettuce Edge using the 5234PRW serger. The Lettuce Edge is a great finish for a fabric with little bit of stretch. For example, I use the Lettuce Edge for a hem on my knit jackets.
The key to a successful Lettuce Edge is finding a fabric with a little bit of stretch whether it be a knit or woven fabric on the bias. The serger will be set up with either the rolled hem stitch or the narrow overlock stitch.
For lightweight fabrics such as silk chiffon, silk charmeuse, and lightweight knits I prefer starting with the rolled hem. For medium weight knits I prefer to start with the 3-thread narrow overlock stitch.
IMPORTANT: Be sure to test the stitch on a swatch of your fabric first so you can decide which one looks the best.
To get started, refer to the serger manual and set up the stitch for rolled hem or narrow overlock. Adjust the tension settings as needed.
Here are the thread tension settings for Brother sergers:THREAD TENSIONROLLED EDGE STITCHNARROW OVERLOCKNeedleThread 4 (3 – 5) 4 (3 – 5) Upperlooper Thread 3 (1 – 4) 4 (3 – 5) Lowerlooper Thread 6 (5 – 7) 4 (3 – 5)
There are a few other adjustments, such as removing the stitch finger, which you will see me demonstrate in the video. Let me show you how easy it is to create a lettuce edge!