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So many people use serging simply as a finishing technique - and why not? No other method gives you a beautifully finished garment in such a short amount of time. At Indygo Junction, we like to use the serger not only to finish our projects, but to add a unique design element. The Modern Silhouette Vest is one of our most popular patterns and a perfect example of using serging as both a finishing method and decorative element. This vest was designed to showcase exposed seams, which accentuates the vertical lines of the vest, creating a lengthening, flattering look. There are multiple options for showcasing the exposed seams. In this sample, the seams are serged together with a high contrast thread. This creates almost a piping effect around the outer edges and along the seams of the garment. Notice that the side seams on this sample are lapped together. Each length (short, medium and long) has a staggered hemline that extends in the back. If you aren't a fan of such a high contrast look, you could serge the seams in a muted color, like the grey thread on our Charcoal Black Crossroads Denim below... This vest has another option for exposed seams. Instead of lapping the seams you can press them open and create a new design that has two rows of serging. Another way to add a design element into your project is to use variegated thread. In the above sample we used a subtle grey/white color variation with our gray fabric. If you don't have a serger, you can create a faux serged look with a zig zag stitch, as shown in the recycled denim version of the vest. The Modern Silhouette Vest isn't our only pattern that uses serging techniques - we have a may different projects where we feature serging (see the full list here). For instance you can see the Modern Gored Skirt below, which is created out of recycled denim. We used our Crossroads Denim to create the Creative Crossbody Bag and the Crossroads Trench. Sergers are an essential tool for the home sewist. It is a multi-functional machine that will give you a professional finish on your projects, as well as add interesting design elements. To celebrate National Serger Month we are offering 25% off our patterns! Just use the code: serge2015 when you check out. The code is good through May 1st.