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Learn to Serge with Confidence!

Expand your skills beyond those using a traditional sewing machine to discover these ease and versatility of creating wonderful projects with a serger instead. Renowned author and sewing expert Nancy Zieman shows you everything you need to know about serging through easy-to-follow instructions featured in Serge with Confidence.

First build your confidence by learning the basic techniques and tools needed on your way to serging success, and then put those skills to use by creating one of the many showcased projects.

Whether you are a beginning serger or you have been using your machine for years, Serge with Confidence is the No. 1 resource to have on hand in your quest for serging excellence.

You''ll find:

  • Comprehensive overview of a serger and how to use it
  • Overview of the types of stitches available, products and tools
  • 18 inspirational projects, from wardrobe pieces and accessories to home decor, and holiday ideas, all fully illustrated and beautifully photographed
  • Through guide to keeping your serger running smoothly and trouble-free

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MaggieD
4.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
okay but...
Reviewed in the United States on May 17, 2014
Nancy Zieman always puts out quality books and supplies and this is no exception. It expands on the information in my serger manual, and the projects are well done and useful.. However, I have a Baby Lock Imagine and it does not have the cover/chain stitch feature that... See more
Nancy Zieman always puts out quality books and supplies and this is no exception. It expands on the information in my serger manual, and the projects are well done and useful.. However, I have a Baby Lock Imagine and it does not have the cover/chain stitch feature that almost half of this book is devoted to. I recommend to anyone who is considering purchase of a serger that you consider a machine that does the cover/chain stitch - it would be a useful feature if you want to create and attach ruffles or for creating heirloom work. Thankfully I have attachments on my sewing machine for these tasks, but it would be much faster on a serger. Other than that, the book is beautiful and I would consider it a necessity (for both instructions and inspiration) for a new serger owner.
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K. Remesch
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Very helpful for newcomers
Reviewed in the United States on December 23, 2013
This book is very direct and not too wordy. Nancy doesn''t fluff up the process by over-explaining topics or rambling on about personal experiences. She stays direct and informative. This is more like an instruction booklet that fills in the holes of most serger manuals... See more
This book is very direct and not too wordy. Nancy doesn''t fluff up the process by over-explaining topics or rambling on about personal experiences. She stays direct and informative. This is more like an instruction booklet that fills in the holes of most serger manuals with some helpful tips on getting the most from your machine and troubleshooting. There are also some very beautiful projects near the end that help you understand and get the most out of your serger.

Since I am new to serging, I feel more confident after going through this book. I also feel like I understand more about what my machine is capable of and I can''t wait to refine my beginner skills. For more help, Nancy has several videos on her website and youtube that are priceless. I love that she is so direct and easy to follow and understand.

She was a wonderful teacher when I wanted to take my sewing further. Her videos are always short and informative, helping me to build confidence while learning invaluable techniques and skills. I was happy to see that she is adept at serging and willing to freely share her knowledge as well.

This book is an excellent learning tool for beginners, and probably a great reference tool for the experienced.
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Linda F. Fowler
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The book is in good shape.
Reviewed in the United States on September 24, 2018
The book, I didn''t realize, was previously owned. It had two garage sale stickers on it, bright pink. One on the front cover stated 50 cents, the one on the inside of the back cover stated $1. The back cover also had a bar code sticker stating it was used, good. What I... See more
The book, I didn''t realize, was previously owned. It had two garage sale stickers on it, bright pink. One on the front cover stated 50 cents, the one on the inside of the back cover stated $1. The back cover also had a bar code sticker stating it was used, good. What I paid was quite a mark up from 50 cents. I guess if the seller knew enough to really look at the item, those stickers wouldn''t have made it to me........this is annoying to say the least.
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Teadye
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Good Beginner Book for use with Series
Reviewed in the United States on August 4, 2009
A good companion for the Serge with Confidence episodes on Sewing with Nancy. At this writing you can view the episodes for free on her web site and I imagine you could buy the DVD as well. Nancy is the spokesperson for Babylock and so the slant of the shows and... See more
A good companion for the Serge with Confidence episodes on Sewing with Nancy. At this writing you can view the episodes for free on her web site and I imagine you could buy the DVD as well.

Nancy is the spokesperson for Babylock and so the slant of the shows and the book are in that direction. I recently bought an Evolve and this is a nice addition to the Workbook. If you want to do the projects, be aware that some of them use the decorative Wave feature on the Evolve. Personally I am glad to see a book that isn''t limited to the least common denominator of sergers, as there are so few of them that address coverstitch and chainstitch.

One reason I gave this 4 stars instead of 5 is that there is no index. The other is that knits aren''t covered very well. Most information relates to wovens even though sergers and knits are a match made in heaven. I think there needs to be more about techniques common to most knit garments in RTW, not just in this book but in all of the serger books out today. A good discussion of bias binder feet has still to be written. Until then, sergers will continue to be viewed as an expensive way to keep your seam edges from raveling.
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Lapis
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Easy to understand, well organized, & fantastic educational tool!
Reviewed in the United States on October 22, 2013
I''ve watched Mrs. Zieman''s shows on PBS for years and have always enjoyed learning from her sewing techniques. When I finally purchased my first serger, the first thing I wanted was an instruction book that would show me how to use it properly and how to get the most out of... See more
I''ve watched Mrs. Zieman''s shows on PBS for years and have always enjoyed learning from her sewing techniques. When I finally purchased my first serger, the first thing I wanted was an instruction book that would show me how to use it properly and how to get the most out of it. I purchased this one of knowing that it was probably one of the best written on the subject, and I was not disappointed. It''s a great book. It''s well organized and extremely easy to understand.

After using her book, I would definitely purchase one of her others on the subject of sewing!
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CM
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Very detailed instructions!
Reviewed in the United States on August 9, 2015
For the newbie sewist, Nancy''s books are very detailed and don''t leave anything out. I''ve noticed some pattern instructions don''t cover how to sew on the serger, so this book is wonderful! I wish I had the time to make all the projects she lists in the back of the book.... See more
For the newbie sewist, Nancy''s books are very detailed and don''t leave anything out. I''ve noticed some pattern instructions don''t cover how to sew on the serger, so this book is wonderful! I wish I had the time to make all the projects she lists in the back of the book. A skirt, purse, and a jacket would be so fun to make and the instructions are easy to follow. I highly recommend all of Nancy''s books. As a Babylock Ovation and Sophia owner, you can''t go wrong!
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Vic
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I have a pretty basic serger and so I still can''t do some ...
Reviewed in the United States on July 19, 2017
I have a pretty basic serger and so I still can''t do some of the things listed in the book, but I''m sure it would be helpful for those who have a better machine.
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Sewbusy
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Always the best
Reviewed in the United States on May 23, 2011
I have several books by Nancy Zieman and I have been extremely pleased with all of them. Each of her books has plenty of pictures to clarify the instructions, which I like, and her instructions are clear and concise. The book is thorough without being boring. I have... See more
I have several books by Nancy Zieman and I have been extremely pleased with all of them. Each of her books has plenty of pictures to clarify the instructions, which I like, and her instructions are clear and concise. The book is thorough without being boring. I have several books on serging, and this one is the best. I only wish I had purchased this book before I bought my serger, because I would have picked a model with a greater variety of stitches. This book showed me many techniques and ideas using the newer stitches that I would love to be able to do.
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epona
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*These were used like todays equivalent ''wacking great bow tied horizontally around the ...
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on June 4, 2015
Whilst the projects, as has been mentioned by another reviewer are dated(I though I spotted Hen''s Bum Knickers* but they turned out to be an overfrilled bonnet), the book does give a lot of relevant information on the use of and, importantly, trouble shooting for an...See more
Whilst the projects, as has been mentioned by another reviewer are dated(I though I spotted Hen''s Bum Knickers* but they turned out to be an overfrilled bonnet), the book does give a lot of relevant information on the use of and, importantly, trouble shooting for an overlocker and coverstitch machine. There is little machine specific info because the range of models is far too wide so a lot of referring you back to your manual. This is inevitable. The book goes through all the possible stitches and their uses and the projects do give an idea of things to do with your machine other than just finishing seams. *These were used like todays equivalent ''wacking great bow tied horizontally around the head'' to indicate the gender of a child for whom it is not immediately apparent.
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Full Of Inspiration
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 26, 2010
I bought this book despite already owning a couple of books on serging/overlocking. I''m so glad that I did. It gives such precise explanations of each process that even as a beginner, as I am, you really feel confident to have a go. There are projects included which allow...See more
I bought this book despite already owning a couple of books on serging/overlocking. I''m so glad that I did. It gives such precise explanations of each process that even as a beginner, as I am, you really feel confident to have a go. There are projects included which allow you to try out the techniques, and these are really worthwhile items to spend time and materials on making.
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S Reakes
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I''ve seen some of Nancy Zieman''s You Tube demonstrations and she is excellent so I think this book will be as good ...
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on July 8, 2014
I''ve not had a chance to really use my overlocker yet so have only glanced at this book very quickly but it looks user friendly and very thoroughly presented. I''ve seen some of Nancy Zieman''s You Tube demonstrations and she is excellent so I think this book will be as good...See more
I''ve not had a chance to really use my overlocker yet so have only glanced at this book very quickly but it looks user friendly and very thoroughly presented. I''ve seen some of Nancy Zieman''s You Tube demonstrations and she is excellent so I think this book will be as good and a must have reference book.
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Stephie
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Great book for the 1st time overlocker
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 13, 2009
I bought an overlocker then quickly found I needed a book to go with it. This book shows you how to use an overlocker to do a variety of edging. Instructions are easy to follow, and it is relatively easy to find which dials to change to solve problems.
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Mrs. C. Worby
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Brilliant
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on May 31, 2014
Great book full of very useful information. I would thoroughly recommend. It did what it said on the front and gave me confidence.
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