Sometimes, we need to serge a square neckline. This is tricky work; I know I needed to practise more than just a few times. At one point, the video instructor asks the viewer to make a small cut of 2-3 millimetres or 1/8 of an inch. It's a pretty small snip, but effective. Have a look at the video and give it a try.
The first time I used a serger, I was surprised at the speed and efficiency of this little machine. The domestic serger has become another staple of the well equipped Costume Shop or sewing room. Sergers allows us to finish seam allowances and hems in one smooth pass; making a professional finish to any project we sew. Industrial sergers operate the same as domestic sergers; they are just faster and they usually have a longer table to support the rest of the costume. If you haven't used a serger before, have a look at this how-to video and then go for a demonstration at your local sewing machine shop. Notice how different the serger sounds from your sewing machine.
To my delight, the first Costume shop I worked in had a selection of sewing machines: domestic sewing machines, industrial sewing machines and a serger. Up until then, I had been a home sewer, so I recognized the domestic lockstitch machine, but the industrial machine and serger were both new and frightening to me.
The book The Costumer's Notebook is a 295 page comprehensive handbook for Costumers for stage and film including a full Glossary of stage and film industry terms. Sections include methods and tricks for laundry, dyeing, breakdown, Dresser guidelines and protocols for Stage or Film and various size charts for men and women from shoes to gloves. Other Sections include diagrams showing How to Iron A Shirt, How to Tie a Tie and How to Tie a Bow Tie. Costume fittings, costume lay out and costume storage are also discussed.