An Interview with Baby Lock Expert Chris Tryon
At Baby Lock we know the decision to buy a serger can be intimidating. We want all of our customers to be confident in their decision and go into their retailer prepared to find their perfect fit. To help ease some of this intimidation we interviewed Baby Lock Curriculum Specialist and Serger Expert Chris Tryon.
IF SOMEONE IS ON THE FENCE ABOUT BUYING A SERGER WHAT WOULD YOU SAY TO CONVINCE THEM THEY NEED ONE?
When I first started sewing having a serger was not anything I considered. As my sewing journey continued I found myself wanting a solution that would make my projects look more professional increased my skill set and efficiency and gave me confidence as a sewist. That solution ended up being a Baby Lock serger. The initial purchase was hard I went through every reason not to buy and then I told myself that this was an investment in me and something I enjoyed doing; creating and sewing.
This was one decision that I have never regretted. At that time sergers weren’t as easy to thread or use and education was either the manual or a class offered by my retailer. Now sergers are a lot easier to thread and use. And there are so many ways to learn how to use a serger from classes videos and books to serger communities and more. For me the serger was part of my journey I became a more efficient sewer my projects looked professional and with that gave me confidence to explore and step out of my comfort zone. This helped me develop and expand my skill set which took me from finishing seams to creating decorative finishes. When you look for your perfect fit make sure to think about what you would like to do and buy a serger that you will grow into.
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WHAT KIND OF SEWIST IS A BABY LOCK SERGER PERFECT FOR?
Anyone that loves to sew and create. Whether you make garments for yourself or family members love to create items for your home quilt (yes you can piece a quilt on a serger!) enjoy making totes/handbags or just like to add that special touch that makes your creations one-of-a-kind.
WHAT KIND OF PROJECTS DO YOU LIKE TO COMPLETE ON A SERGER?
Garments home décor and quilts are just some of the projects that I love to create on my serger. However the most fun that I have is just sitting at my serger experimenting with threads accessories attachments new techniques or trying to recreate something that I saw in a book or magazine. These little sewing adventures become part of my creative journey and can even end up in one of my projects or classes.
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WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR FAVORITE BABY LOCK SERGER ACCESSORIES?
Picking just a few of the many optional accessories and attachments Baby Lock has available for the serger line is difficult for me. I see these as tools to expand my skill set and creative journey on my serger. Typically I use one or more accessories per project!
Open Toe Foot
This foot helps with accuracy when I am stitching and following a marking or when I am use one of the many attachments. It is all about visibility!Learn More
A lifesaver when working with knit fabrics and fabrics like marine vinyl clear vinyl and specialty upholstery fabrics. The underside of this foot glides across the fabric surface with ease.Learn More
Lace Applicator Foot
This foot is a hidden gem and I use it as a multi-purpose foot. I started using this for piecing on the serger it helps make sure my 1/4 seams are achievable accurate and consistent. When I started adding the Flatlock stitch to projects the guide kept my stitching straight and the needle bite into the fabric consistent.Learn More
Pintuck Foot with Guides
I love using this foot and both guides to create a unique look to many of my projects. COmbining the narrow cover stitch with the cord guide and cording raises the fabric creating this dynamic almost three-dimensional look on the surface of the fabric. The raised guide is ideal for medium to lightweight fabrics and creates points or peaks on the surface of your fabric.Learn More
Bias Binder Attachments
All of them1 28mm/40mm Single Fold 28mm/36mm Double Fold 8/10/15mm Knit Woven and the 15mm Knit Woven; it is hard to pick my favorite from all of these. Each of these attachments can be used for finishing a fabric edge or as a creative accent to any project. One of my favorite techniques with these attachments is surface embellishment with the binding strip.Learn More
About Chris Tryon
Chris’s passion for sewing is apparent with a glimpse into her sewing studio. At first glance you see her eye-catching collection of designer fabrics books and her many notions and gadgets. If luck is on your side you may get a sneak peak of a design in progress. Chris’s creativity excites her students helping them explore their creative abilities. Her eye for color design and texture inspire those that have the opportunity to see her work. Whether you spend the day with her playing with her serger or Sashiko sewing garments creating a quilt working on a home dec project or playing with accessories Chris’s passion for the entire process will leave you excited and eager to step outside your box.
WHERE CAN YOU FIND CHRIS?
Find Chris in the Baby Lock Serger Community on Facebook.
The Baby Lock Serger Facebook Community is a meeting spot for those that have a serger and may need a little advice or help on a project or technique a place to share what you are creating learn more about sergers accessories attachments techniques creative applications and sew much more.JOIN THE SERGER COMMUNITY