Okay, I’m not going to lie. What I learned to do today is cool. No, SUPER cool. It’s one of those things that make my brain start to spin trying to come up with other applications, using the same basic technique.
Get yourself some beads, some fishing line and your serger. I actually used some stretch beading cord instead of fishing line, because I found it in my craft bin first. It worked just fine for practicing, though it might be a little thick for real-life application. I don’t know. And I just used pony beads, for the ease in practicing.
So, beads and fishing line. That’s all you’re going to need other than what’s most likely on your serger right now.
Start by setting your machine for a rolled hem, right needle only (make sure it’s in there tight, though)
Remove the serger foot AND shaft/ankle/boot: whatever you want to call it. You just want the right needle all by itself here.
Make a small loop with the line, with the bead inside of it. I used tweezers. Partly because I was still a little afraid of the knife, inspite of it now being disengaged.
Bring the line back to the right side of the needle. Start stitching again, catching the line again.