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What do you do when your son’s friend walks into your house wearing a bomb black, lace duster? Pssshhh!!! You run to the sewing room, pull out some lace from your fabric collection, set up your Baby Lock Vibrant Serger and get to work. Today we’re talking about sewing lace on a serger.


Oh GOSH! Don’t you just love it when you see a garment, fall in love with it, and know you can make one for yourself? This is, without doubt, one of the great joys of sewing for me. When cute little Lalah came sashaying into my family room with a trail of black lace flowing behind her, I screamed–literally. My eyes were fixed on the duster and I made her turn around so I could get a good look. I sure wish I had taken a picture but I knew it was an easy make, so I told her I would have a lace duster soon. After I was done, I had my son send her a picture and she loved it.


I knew I wanted to use my Vibrant Serger to sew the duster because the seam allowances needed to be as small as possible and serging is the best way to achieve seams with skinny allowances in one shot.


I used Simplicity 8059 and the black lace has been in my fabric collection for a very long time. This is the second time I’ve sewn this CARDIGAN. I made it in a medium weight sweater knit the first time. Here are some great LACE options.



Sewing lace on a serger is no different than working with any other woven fabric on this specialty machine. As I mentioned earlier, the benefit is the smaller seams which are a must with this type of fabric because they’re visible through the open weave. An extra bonus of sewing lace with a serger is how quickly you can complete the seams because they’re finished as you sew the garment together. If you missed my last post about how using a serger reduces your sewing time, you can see that HERE.


Lace doesn’t ravel, so I could have easily just left the seams unfinished, but that’s just beneath my sewing standards. I’m just saying! I love the neat finish and my Baby Lock Vibrant does the job very well.


I used my Baby Lock Soprano and Teflon Presser Foot to sew in all the hems for the duster, and to attach the elastic at the back waist.


I’m a slow Sewist, but with my Vibrant, I was able to complete the duster in just one day.


I plan to get lots of wear from this cutie. For the first wear, I dressed it way down, but I have so many styling ideas. It would look great with a crew neck, midi-length body con and a pair of boots. I see it paired with jeans, slacks, and palazzo pants. And you KNOW it would make a GREAT swimsuit cover-up, styled with a big floppy hat. OooWee! YES!

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DISCLAIMER: This is a SPONSORED post! I was given the Vibrant Serger as part of my partnership with Baby Lock. All opinions in this post are my own.)

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Anita Morris

Anita is the Author of STEP Into It, Overcoming Trials That Lead To Purpose. She is also an Online Sewing Instructor for beginner sewists. She is passionate about helping women to step into their purpose by walking in the calling on their lives. She hosts a popular YouTube channel where she helps women to become confident in their sewing skills.

This Post Has 18 Comments

  1. Speattle

    This is fantastic. Did you use a 3 thread overlock on this? I got a Baby Lock Enlighten last year and it has changed my sewing life! I have sewn knits and all manner of fabrics on a sewing machine for years and years without a problem, but the serger does make it super fast and easy. I love it for piecing quilt blocks too. really speeds up the process.

    1. Anita Morris

      Ooohhh yes, I love it! I actually used the 4 thread overlock but you could certainly use 3 thread for even smaller seams.

  2. Carolyn

    Anita – I love your new lace cardigan especially since you’re using my favorite cardigan pattern! I may have made a few of my own. Love that you serged the seams so they were as clean as possible!

    1. Anita Morris

      Hey Carolyn! Thank you so much! I just LOVE this pattern.

  3. TroyJ

    That is really sweet! I’m loving that duster, the flow, the lace, the black and of course the ease of it looking so comfortable. What a fashion statement it makes – dressing it up, down or just using as a cover-up are all great options. I, too, love my Babylock Serger – the “extraordinaire jet threading” is simply the best in the industry. Makes the machine a go-to for just about any project. I often serge standing up because it is SO FAST I just get it done while standing at the machine.

    1. Anita Morris

      OMGosh TROYJ!!! I stand while serging sometimes too. Not all the time, but sometimes. I’ve never heard anyone else say that. YES! I have a small table so I put the serger on the cutting table and just stand there when I’m serging. Great minds!

  4. Gwendolyn Styles

    YESSS!! Baby I love it when you see an item and then go home and make it! Love it my sister!!

    P.S. I still like shopping too!

    1. Anita Morris

      Hey Gwendolyn! I cracked up when you said I still like shopping. Hahahaaaa!!!

  5. cat

    LOVE it!!! I have some golden wheat-colored lace I didn’t know what to do with it —NOW I KNOW!!! haha I’m gonna make one, you have inspired me so much Anita. Looks like my serger can whip this out no problem.

    One question, what did you use for the tie at the waist? Is that turned lace or a piece of a different fabric? Thanks!

    1. Anita Morris

      Hey Cat! Isn’t it the cutest! Have fun making your duster.

      Yes I used the same lace fabric to make the ties, but you could use another fabric or purchased cording too.

  6. Liz

    Wow! I will try to make this one for my daughter who goes to Myrtle Beach with her husband at least once a year. You look stunning in it!

    1. Anita Morris

      Hey Liz! Your daughter is gonna love it. Thank you so much.

  7. Kerry

    I LOVE it!! You look wonderful in it, too! Thank you for sharing and getting the wheels spinning in my head. I just discovered you, but love how you approach sewing and sharing it with others. Thank you!

    1. Anita Morris

      Hi Kerry! Thank you for visiting my blog. It’s always exciting to have new people join me on this journey.

  8. Adrian

    That duster is so gorgeous!!! I really love looking at and emulating your creations. I’m knee deep into the skirt series so it will be a while before I can make a duster for myself (I’m really a slow sewer ?). What really blew me away is that I had no idea about that Teflon Presser Foot you used. I try to avoid tricky fabrics. I made a microsuede skirt that was a pain because it kept sticking, but I bet if I had that foot it would have gone smoother. Again thank you for the sew alongs, blog, and everything you do! You are a blessing!!!

    1. Anita Morris

      Oh Adrian! Thank you so much sister. Yep! The Teflon foot is exactly what you needed for the suede fabric. Have fun making your skirts.

  9. PJ

    Beautiful! And so are you, Anita! Reading your post made me smile this morning. Really needed it. Thanks for all your hard work creating/maintaining your blog and creating/sharing videos. I’m sure I’m not the only one cheered up and inspired by them. 🙂 Have a blessed and wonderful day.

    1. Anita Morris

      Oh my goodness, PJ! Thank you so MUCH for that! You’ve put a smile on my face this morning too. Have a blessed and beautiful day!

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