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Behind the Scenes: Cutting-Edge Serger Techniques

We recently took a trip to Austin, Texas where we dropped in on our friend, Barbara Goldkorn who was teaching a 3-hour hands-on class.  What a fun event!

Students made their own version of the Woven Table Runner featured in Barbara’s new book, Cutting-Edge Serger Techniques.  Students made the table runner entirely with their own Baby Lock sergers—this way they’d be comfortable applying the techniques they learned in class on their own at home.

I’ll be the first to admit, I had no idea a serger was packed with so many innovative and creative features!  What a great way to spend a day!

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As the students discovered, making the table runner was the chance to learn new techniques and apply more familiar techniques in unexpected ways.  The end result is not just a table runner—but new skills that can be used on countless other projects.   What a great opportunity to expand the use of a serger!  And if you don’t own a serger, you may be inspired to purchase one now!

When you think of binding, more than likely you imagine binding the edge of a quilt.  But Barbara uses the technique in a more creative manner.  Students attached a single fold binder to their Baby Lock sergers.  Then they serged the binding fabric to the fabric strips.

The end result – strips of fabric with a beautifully finished edge.  These strips will be used for weaving as shown below.

Behind the Scenes:  Cutting-Edge Serger Techniques

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One of the really fun aspects of taking a class is the opportunity to see the different color schemes people select for their projects.

I love these traditional Christmas colors.
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On the other end of the spectrum are pretty pastels!  What a great way to welcome Spring any time of the year!

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Here are some elegant snowflakes.

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Festive reds!

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Holiday prints with red and gold.

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Students also learned how to shrink fabric.  Yes, shrink fabric!  There wasn’t a magic wand involved but I hear it was a seemingly magical product known as Texture Magic.

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Here’s a look at the assembly process.  There’s nothing like the feeling of accomplishment!

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I don’t know about you, but I’m eager to create a table runner of my own.  The hardest part—deciding what colors to use!

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If you missed out on this fun class – don’t fret!  Barbara’s book, Cutting-Edge Serger Techniques gives easy-to-follow step by step instructions with photos to ensure success.


Here’s your assignment this week:One of these things is not like the other. Spot what’s different in the photo above? Two random comments will be chosen to receive $50 gift certificates at Stunning Stitches! Good luck. SS_DME-Banner-Certificate
The winner of last week’s assignment answered the following question…Leave a comment and tell us if you think the chandelier or stipple designs will look best on the Sun Kissed quilt. One comment will be chosen at random to receive a $25 gift card to use on the DIME website. Good Luck!The winner is… Ellen P.  “Chandelier it would look great and different. Love it.”





  • Judy Klep

    The man’s tablerunner has no borders.

  • mgarland

    The gentleman’s does not have a border

  • Judy Shirley

    there is only one gentleman in the group which is so nice to see and he has no borders.
    Is there anywhere in Alberta Canada where you may purchase this book? To purchase it from the USA and the cost of shipping and everything else the book is almost gold plated. I really wish there was away to get stuff to Canada cheaper.

  • Cindy

    The man did not get his border on his table runner.

  • Belinda Germain

    At first glance I only noticed that there was only one man in the group, then I noticed all the others have a border, but his does not, unless he has it folded under.

  • Sandi Babcock

    The lady in the center has no shoes on.

  • Joyce Fike

    The lady is bare foot

  • Pam George

    the gentleman did not put boarders on his table runner and there is a bare foot lady in the group

  • Nancy Drake

    1 gentleman
    1 table runner with no border
    1 lady with no shoes
    1 lady is not quite smiling

  • Susan kutybs

    there’s a great big man among several small women and one free-thinking lady with bare feet.

  • Lynn

    There is a gentleman amongst the ladies.

  • Charlotte Silber

    The one that is on left Gold and Brown she placed her textured fabric at the end and center.

  • Frances Powell

    The gentleman’s does not have a border.

  • Kathy

    on the red one, she did not use two different fabrics to weave.
    but weaved the same strips both ways

  • Valerie Gwara

    one gentleman
    the center lady has no shoes
    the gentleman’s runner has no border at all (a couple of the runners are obviously not finished and have only 1 border)

  • Cindy Carson

    One lady has no shoes – great unless she finds a pin underfoot! The gent has no border. That would be me… not quite finished.

  • Judy

    Only one man in the group and he did not put borders on his table runner! Going to see if I can find the book, look interesting. I don’t use my server enough, I an always looking for more things to make on it! Thanks

  • Shirley Clark

    One lady is barefooted! LOL

  • Hilary McDaniel

    The lady holding the red runner is bare footed. Her runner is a different pattern.

  • Ginny wright

    The 2 ladies Ion the left only have borders on one side.

  • Cheryl

    One man among the group of ladies, one lady is barefoot, one runner with no borders

  • Casie Williams

    The gentleman’s project is borderless. Of course, he might just be a little behind in the process. 😀

  • Barbara McKenzie

    Hmmm – there’s only one beard, there’s only one gray haired lady, there’s only one blond, there’s only one pair of flip-flops….I could go on and on! The table runners are beautiful!

  • Donna G.

    One man, one runner with no borders, one woman with no shoes. But all with beautiful projects!

  • joyce

    The lady in the center is barefoot and the man’s runner does not have a border.,

  • Kathie W

    There is no border on the gentleman’s quilt project

  • M Sanders

    Agree with one man, one barefoot, one with no borders . . how about one over 6′ tall.

  • Linda Gillian

    There is a man in the group of women. . . and HE is sewing and doing his project! Love it!

  • lB Lepech

    There is a handsome gentleman amongst the ladies!!

  • the nut on the hill

    the man has his runner over his shoulder and the lady,s are
    holder them with their hands.

  • Susan

    1 man
    Man’s runner does not have a border and accent trim
    Center lady is barefoot

  • Sheryl Colle

    The 2nd lady from the left has squares and rectangles in her project.

  • Delores Angus

    One gentleman sewist with a borderless runner.
    One shoeless lady sewist.
    Seven successful class participants! Fun!!

  • Teresa Niwinska

    barefoot, border (not done yet), beard (only one!)

  • Ronda Lynn Halvorsen-Ferns

    One borderless handsome man amongst five beautiful maidens and one barefoot one…. Looks like an awesome class, loved Barb when she is on SWN!
    Ronda from Bend

  • Denyse Rose

    The gentleman doesn’t have a border on his piece. The lady in the middle doesn’t have shoes on. That’s the way I like to sew! Only one of the students has a beard – the man, of course! Everyone has a smile so it must have been a fun class!

  • Karen Poole

    There’s one man among all the women in the picture!

  • Jackie Richardson

    The woman with the red table runner is barefoot !!

  • Linda Horton

    The lady with no shoes–love her free spirit.
    The man has no border.

    Love your blog!

  • Barbara Frangella

    There is only one gentleman in the group, and the lady in the center is not wearing shoes!!!

  • Royce Zook

    Six women, 1 man. Six bordered runners, 1 border-less runner. Wouldn’t consider shoeless person as different from the others as there is also one who’s feet can not be seen, so 5, 1 & 1 does not fit the requirements.

    Barbra Goldcorn did not write just a good Serger book, she also is a great Instructor and, with her husband Ron, owns a great Sewing Notion and Machine Store, Sew Much More in Austin, TX.

  • Nancy Weber

    There is only one gentleman in the group and one of the projects is unfinished. Hugs.

  • edith goss

    The different interpretation of one table runner
    The length to which creativity can lead you,

  • Jean Russum

    Only one man in the group.

  • Bonnie Gray

    One man in the group and no borders on his runner.

  • Lori Albrecht

    one man
    no shoes
    two no borders not finished
    one border one size the other side is not the same size to me but cant’ really tell for sure
    man hangs over shoulder
    two ladies hanging over they arms
    one ladies doesn’t look woven
    three name tags others not showing
    one stops at the ruffled block
    some showing the backs

  • Pat Bailey

    One lady without shoes. Going for comfort.

  • judit z

    One gentleman, one no border, one barefeet

  • Suzanne Doggett

    I see a proud gentleman with his unfinished project over his shoulder, but what stands out to me is my kind of sewing person right there in the middle of the pic. She has her shoes kicked off and can feel the pressure she has on the sewing foot

  • Judy Witzel

    The woman in the blue sweater has square and rectangular blocks in
    her runner.
    The others are all square.

  • Cheryl Disotell

    One gentleman…and his table runner has no border.
    One lady barefoot.
    And one lady has a small border and holding green fabric in hand that
    And the lady on the side of her seems to have one border longer than table runner.

    P.S. I do like the table runner tho. 🙂

  • Jeanne

    One of the gals is barefoot and there is a man in the group.

  • Gail Beam

    Only one man in the group who has no border on his table runner and one of the ladies is not wearing any shoes. The lady with the green table runner left the wide borders off her table runner making hers more narrow.

  • Judy Abbott

    One barefoot person

  • Carol K.

    Only one man in the group. One of the ladies is barefoot

  • shirley simmons

    one man in the group
    the man table runner has no border
    the lady don’t have shoes on

  • JudiC

    One borderless man in the group.

  • Nancy Moulson

    There’s one gentleman, One lady with no shoes…….. One runner with no border Nancy

  • Pat Scull

    The mans runner does not have a border.
    I love the looks of this runner.

  • Kim M. Harrington

    There is a barefoot sewer in the picture.

  • Kris Jacobson

    The gentlemens table runner looks like it is going to be really long

  • Kris Jacobson

    also it looks like two used contrasting fabric for the woven part and the others used the same fabric

  • Lynn

    One table runner hasn’t any borders.

  • Debby Parke

    The lady with red table runner has bare feet! All of the projects are very beautiful too!

  • Carolyn

    One barefoot twinkle toes!!! One man in the group, and his runner is borderless.

  • Paule-Marie

    one man, one barefoot lady, one runner with no border, one runner woven with the same fabric in the woof and weft, no make that 3, and several that have only partial borders.

  • Sandy P

    bare foot lady

  • Doreen

    I noticed a few differences in the picture.
    1. 1 male
    2. No border on male’s runner
    3. One woman no shoes. Her red runner also looks shorter.

  • beth daniels

    The man’s tablerunner does not have a border. A lady is barefoot.

  • Beverly Passwaters

    The Lady with the red table runner doesn’t have any shoes on.
    I think our serger club at Rich’s Sew and Vac are doing this technique in one of our up coming clubs in the new year. I just got the book and am excited to try the different projects in it.
    Merry Christmas
    Bev Passwaters
    Albany OR

  • Nancy Athearn

    The first thing I noticed is that the lady in the center is not wearing shoes. My kind of seamstress – a kindred spirit!

  • Carolyn Harris

    There is one man among a group of women.

  • Robyn Bacchi

    Is this book available in Ausralia? Or as an ebook?