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John Paul Reid
(Reid) - F

Locale: SouthEast
Comments on serger sewing machines on 04/21/2009 21:37:19 MDT Print View

I have found an abundance of them and for preety cheap locally and I'm considering buying one. Cheap as in about 100 bucks.

Jared Cook
(rooinater) - F

Locale: Northwet
Re: Comments on serger sewing machines on 04/21/2009 22:01:15 MDT Print View

I don't know a lot about them, but I used my dad's on my Minima vest and it sped up the finishing touches, allowed me to ignore the confusing steps, smoothed out some rough edges, made the vest easier to work with and the zipper a little easier since i was working with insulation, and 2 shell layers...

Roger Caffin
(rcaffin) - BPL Staff - MLife

Locale: Wollemi & Kosciusko NPs, Europe
Re: Comments on serger sewing machines on 04/22/2009 04:56:36 MDT Print View

They can be very fast, and they are great on enclosing edges, but they are less flexible than a conventional machine. I do sometimes think about buying one, but where do I put a third sewing machine?


Robert Blean
(blean) - MLife

Locale: San Jose -- too far from Sierras
Re: Comments on serger sewing machines on 04/22/2009 09:02:28 MDT Print View

You may not want a serger as your only machine.

My wife, who sews a lot, has both a conventional machine and a serger. Both get used quite a bit. From watching her, though, it is hard to imagine having just the serger.

Jared Cook
(rooinater) - F

Locale: Northwet
Comments on serger sewing machines on 04/23/2009 11:21:58 MDT Print View

you'd definitely need a sewing machine also... but conjuction with a sewing machine it's nice.

Matthew Bishop
(mattsbishop) - F - M

Locale: Northern Frontrange, Colorado
Re: Comments on serger sewing machines on 04/27/2009 11:21:30 MDT Print View

I bought a serger a bit ago thinking I'd use it when making clothing only to discover that it only does a 2-needle/4-thread 'mock-safety stitch'. It was nice for finishing the edges on a silk liner I made to keep the edges from fraying (instead of using binding tape or folding the fabric in on itself and topstitching, say) but sadly its one seam really hasn't been much use to me.

As I've paid more attention to seams on clothing, I learned that the seam types I really want in a serger are the rolled hem and a flatlock stitch. The rolled hem can be found on t-shirt bottoms. The fabric is rolled under and two needles on the right side are matched with a 'looper' thread or two on the other. Flatlocking is where two fabric edges overlap each other, right side against wrong side (rather than right sides together as usual), and 2-4 needles work with top and bottom looper threads to make a nice flat seam with threads wrapping around the raw edges of fabric to keep it from fraying (something like that anyway, I've only read about it thus far).

These are great seams, but my machine is older and simpler and can't do them. Machines that can seem to be awfully expensive, so it'll be a while before I upgrade to one that can.

In my opinion, sergers are specialized machines and unless you mostly make clothing they may not be worth it. But for $100? Not a bad price for making seams go faster, and as mechanical devices they're intricate and fascinating.