Krause Publishing £12.99

ISBN 978-0-89689-810-3 (s/b, 128 pages + DVD)

Do you have a serger or overlocker sitting at home in a cupboard waiting to be liberated? Sharon Rotz found herself in that very situation whilst rummaging in her workroom and decided to add her serger to her list of quilting companions, including her embroidery and long-arm machines. Sergers, which might be more commonly known to some of us as overlockers, produce finished seams which you will recognise from ready made garments. In this instance, Sharon is using the serger for piecing and embellishment to create some interesting effects. The end result is her serge and merge book which incorporates overlock and flatlock stitched quilts, rolled edge quilts and combination quilts into fourteen different projects. Sharon has teamed up with Nancy Zieman to produce a DVD that takes you through each different stitch style showing you how to use your serger, what threads to use as well as sharing tips for creating interesting lattice borders, prairie points, rotary cutting and much more. I found the combination of the DVD and the book very useful as I couldn’t quite imagine some of the techniques when looking at flat shots of the quilts. This book will definitely give your overlocker a new lease of life and add a new dimension to your finished quilts.