Sergery: Textured Nylon vs. Polyester (especially for roll hems!)

Traditionally, sewists use polyester cone thread for serger sewing. Polyester is good because it’s strong and cone thread maximizes yardage. Sergers are thread-eaters! You can actually use a variety of threads in a serger–metallic threads, thin ribbons, fishing line-like nylon, & textured nylon. We carry Maxi-Lock at the store (it’s an industry standard) but Gutermann … Continued

Sergery–Understanding Differential Feed

Differential Feed. You may have seen this term in your serger manual or printed on the face of your machine and wondered what it means. It’s one of the many features that distinguishes a sewing machine from a serger. First off, a serger has two individual sets of feed dogs unlike a sewing machine. They’re … Continued

Meredith shares some Love and Knowledge

This morning over at Colette Patterns, Meredith offers great tips on buying a sewing machine. She is certainly one to know, as she has sewn on many, sees loads come into the shop, and teaches our Machine Owner classes at MD (those are the ones you get for free when you buy a new machine … Continued

Summer BERNINA Sewing Machine Giveaway

We are super duper thrilled to be able to giveaway a brand new BERNINA 215 sewing machine! This new model is all cozied up in its box at MD, waiting for some lucky winner to take her home. Like every machine that walks out the door, it will come with machine owner classes and day-of-purchase … Continued

Tools for Sergery

There are a few supplies or tools I always keep right by my serger. I like having these accessible while I’m sitting prepping for work. Having just taught another session of Serger Basic Vol. 1, I showed a whole new group of students how helpful these tools can be. They’re all really quite small, and mostly … Continued

Wonderful June Machine Sales!

We have two amazing events going on at MD right now to help you get the sewing machine of your dreams at a great price. The first one is the Modern Domestic Summer Classroom Machine and Serger Sale, and the second is the free gift with Aurora event. Do you know that our classroom sewing … Continued

Sergery–Common Stitches

Sergers are very misunderstood machines. They seem so intimidating–all that thread, all those needles and loopers! They can be easy and fun to use, versatile, and can take your work from looking home sewn to professional. Sure, threading them may be *slightly* more complex than your standard sewing machine but they are by far easier … Continued