Serger Gathered Flowers
Supplies & Tools:
- Cut fabric strip 5” wide by 26” long
- Press in half wrong sides together to measure 2½” by 26” long
- Set up Airflow 3000 for a 3-thread rolled hem stitch. (See owner’s manual for set up information and suggested tension settings.) Place the 12 wt polyester decorative thread in the upper and lower loopers and all-purpose serger thread in the right needle. We used the following settings: Stitch length = 2.5, Stitch Width = 5, Differential Feed = 1.Stitch finger lowered, cutting knife disengaged (locked)
- Stitch the long-folded edge of the fabric with the rolled hem, guiding the fabric next to the locked cutting blade.
- Set up Airflow 3000 for a 4-thread balanced stitch with all-purpose serger thread in both needles and loopers. (See owner’s manual for set up information and suggested tension settings.) We used the following settings: Stitch length = 4, Stitch Width = 5, Differential Feed = 2 Stitch finger raised, cutting knife engaged (unlocked)
- Attach the gathering foot, included with the Airflow 3000.
- As you begin stitching, gently round the end. Serging slowly to make the turn. Repeat on the opposite end. Chain off leaving a long serger tail.
- Separate the needle threads from the looper threads. In this step we have used contrasting thread (black) to better show the process.
- Use the separated needle threads to gather the serger flower strip tightly to form a bud in the center, gather less for wrapping as you go around to form the remainder of the flower.
- When you have wrapped approximately ½ of your gathered fabric strip, take your hand needle and thread, stitch across the bottom to hold together.
- Continue wrapping and shaping your flower until you reach the end of the strip. Tuck the end under and stitch across the bottom of the flower to secure.
- If a leaf is desired, press the 4 x 4” green square of fabric in half, find the center of the folded edge, fold the ends to center to create a triangle. Gather the unfinished edge by hand with a needle and thread, placing long stitches close to the unfinished edge. Pull and tie off.
- Cut a 1½ inch circle out of felt and glue to the bottom of the flower to hide the fabric edges. If adding a ribbon or elastic band, glue or tack that to the bottom of the flower before adding the felt piece. If using a pin back, glue or tack it to the outside of the felt circle (after it is attached to the flower).