Category Archives: Serger Class

News from Serger Savvy Retreat

We recently hosted a 3-Day Serger Retreat at Humble Sewing Center.  Our instructor was Joan Friedrich.  She is a National Educator for Baby Lock, a Serger Expert, Designer, and repeat guest on the television show:  Sewing With Nancy.

It was a wonderful event full of great ladies and lots of fun!

Our guests were able to bring their own Baby Lock Serger or try out the new Baby Lock Ovation serger.  After seeing and experiencing the benefits of the new features on the Ovation, several ladies decided to trade-in and trade-up to the Ovation!  It was a happy time for everybody!

Getting Started:

Joan Friedrich is just Warming Up….


Below are a few pictures of samples that Joan Friedrich shared with us during her 3 day Serger Savvy Retreat.  Some of her samples featured:

  • sweatshirt makeovers
  • crafty aprons
  • ruffled quilts
  • journal covers
  • pillow covers
  • and designer handbags

She is SEW talented!!!

Then, we got busy learning a TON of very handy, useful, and easy Serger techniques.

First of all, Joan is FUN!

Joan Friedrich

Joan Friedrich

Joan Friedrich having a Designer Revelation for new funky zippers with the serger....

Joan Friedrich having a Designer Revelation for new funky zippers with the serger….

Getting to Work:

Here are a few photos of Joan keeping us very busy learning lots and lots of great serger techniques:

 A Moment to recognize Student Achievement:

This was Frances' first time to sew in a zipper by machine.  She is VERY pleased!

This was Frances’ first time to sew in a zipper by machine. She is VERY pleased!


Joan shared her exclusive method for creating serger crochet.  This beautiful accent can be added to clothing, home decor, and can even be used to make a one of a kind scarf!  We can order you the instructional DVD if you like!


Yes, one sweet husband chose to join the fun!  I think Joan LOVED his hat idea:


Joan Friedrich having a Designer Revelation for new funky zippers with the serger....






We learned so many things…. We even learned how to use one of the optional accessories to attach fold over elastic to a stretch knit.  This will make the easiest elastic waist skirt, pants, or shorts ever!!!

And there was still time for our ladies to make new friends and enjoy long-time friends as well….

I hope you’ve enjoyed our flashback to the Serger Savvy Retreat.

If you are kicking yourself for missing this one, I do have one bit of good news for you….

Joan has filmed a Serger Techniques video made up of 3 DVDs.  The dvds include almost everything she taught during the 3 day retreat!

You can get this set from us!  Just call for details!  Humble Sewing Center: 281-446-1818

Thanks for reading!

Jenny Gabriel alter ego:  StitchinJenny

Michelle’s Designs at Sew Vac Outlet (Humble Sewing Center)

Michelle's Designs

Michelle Griffith is coming to Humble, Texas.

In case, you don’t know who Michelle is you can check out her “simple & elegant” designs and patterns at Michelle is creating a new design collection which she will introduce at out event on June 1 & 2.

Michelle's Designs New Collection

Michelle will host a Trunk Show showing samples of her designs and she will also teach a class in which you will make a beautiful embroidered small personal tote with a design from her new collection.

In addition, to Michelle, there will be 2 national Baby Lock educators at the event. Margaret Tully will guide you through a fantastic serger project. You will be surprised what you can do with a Baby Lock serger.

You will also be introduced to the Embroidery Works software from Designer’s Gallery. This software makes it  E A S Y  to combine and edit embroidery designs.

Humble Sewing Center will provide the machines and the kits to make the projects. All you need to bring are your basic sewing supplies, a SMILE, and a desire to LEARN a new tip or technique.  Registration is limited to 60 attendees for the full two day event. Check out the details or register at

I hope to see you at the event.

Have a happy sewing/embroidery or quilting day,