Mini Review: First Time Sewing With a Serger by Becky Hanson and Beth Ann Baumgartel

: First Time Sewing With a Serger
Author: Becky Hanson, Beth Ann Baumgartel
Pages: 128
Genre: Nonfiction, Sewing
Source: Free ARC from Quarry Books

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Note: As stated under the Source (above), I received this book for free from Quarry Books via NetGalley. I pride myself on writing fair and honest reviews.

Goodreads Summary

In First Time Sewing with a Serger, sewing experts Becky Hanson and Beth Baumgartel take you by the hand and teach you everything you need to know to sew with a serger, or overlock machine—a versatile and speedy stitching tool. 

Start by learning how a serger works, the many styles available, and the roles of various parts and accessories. Get a detailed overview of the variety of functional and decorative stitches you can make, plus must-have threads, tools, and notions. Next, familiarize yourself with how to thread your serger, set the stitch size, and use it to start and end seams, sew curves and corners, and more. You’ll use these essential skills to make the eight fun, easy garment and home decor projects–skills you’ll turn to them again and again to create your own professional-looking pieces!”


What attracted you to this book? I’m a crafty person and I love sewing. I’ve owned a serger for two YEARS and haven’t even taken it out of the box because it’s the one sewing tool no one in my family has used. It intimidates me. Enough said!

Was it what you expected it to be? Wow. Everything I never knew I needed to know about using a serger. Enlightening and motivating, and also a little intimidating because I didn’t realize how much a serger could do or how complex it is beyond the threading (the part that most intimidated me). Thankfully, this book provides clear and concise written instruction, tips and tricks, and a ton of visuals, some pictures, some drawn, depending on what served best. At first, I was a little thrown by the drawn images, but eventually I realized that they allowed a clearer view of what was being communicated in those instances. The drawings are actually my favorite part now, and their inclusion speaks to the thoughtfulness and detail that went into the making of this book.

What’s in it for me? If you’re a seamstress or sewist (or whatever term you prefer), and like me, have wanted to jump into the world of serging, but have been hesitant, this book will be a great help. Outside of that very specific interest, it likely isn’t. However, I’m really excited about it and look forward to putting it to use soon!

I will absolutely be buying this book for my own use!

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