Without a machine that actually HAS a flatlock stitch, you can still create your own with this tip!
Ever try and get a consistent flat-lock stitch with your serger?
Do you have a model of serger that does not allow you to
remove the blades? Or one that can only go down to three threads? Do you
absolutely HATE messing around with the tension dials?
If this is you, then try this method for a "cheater" version
of the flatlock stitch.
|Flatlocking is serging two layers of fabric together, then pulling them apart until the seam lies flat. It takes experimentation to get the tension just right. Too loose a tension and the seam pulls away, too tight and you can't get it to lay flat.|
This is my version of flatlocking. It's not the same but it works for me.
- Method 1 is used in areas where there is a seam.
- Method 2 is for surface decoration.
Just as in normal flatlocking, fabrics that work best are knits, sweatshirting or polar fleece. These fabrics have a more stable edge. Woven fabrics can be "fake" flatlocked successfully if you shorten the stitch length so your serging is denser. Try using a decorative thread in the upper looper for a well-filled stitch.
the edges of the seams to be joined, trimming off the seam
the two serged edges together, then using a zig-zag stitch, sew the two sides
I will use a three step zig-zag, this creates a sturdier seam, but flattens the
|Your fake flatlocked seam will be considerably
wider than normal flatlocking, but I think the trade off is worth the ease of
You can use a decorative thread (rayon, variegated, etc.) to
zig-zag the seam for added texture.
surface fake flatlocking you will need to allow for the amount "taken
up" by the serged edge.
I usually create the fabric first, then cut out
Very heavy fabrics (like polar fleece) will be extremely lumpy
done this way, but you may just use that as a design consideration.
a folded edge of your fabric, being careful not to cut through the fold.|
the serged edge so the upper loops are on top.
stitch close to the loose edge to attach to the fabric. You are in essence
making "pin tucks" and stitching them down.
you will not have the tiny"ladders" formed by normal
but I always find I use the "looped" side anyway, so
these methods make a project fast and painless.