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I was looking up accessories for my sewing machine today (I have a Brother CS 6000i), and I came across this Side Cutter foot.

It cuts fabric and overcasts at the same time, to make finished edges like a serger. I wonder how it compares to an actual serger, and how well it works on thin or stretchy fabrics.

I’m very curious… has anyone here ever used something like this?


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    Oct 12, 2010, 05.52 PMby katexxxxxx

    Nothing like as well as a serger, in my experience. You can only use the zigzag or stretch stitches with it, and while they only use 2 threads rather than the 3 or 4 of an overlocked seam, they are thread-hungry and come out stiffer and a lot less stretchy…

    A serger is MUCH faster and stronger than this gadget. It’s OK if you can stand the lumpy stitching and only need it 2 or 3 times a year. If you are going to be doing a lot of serged items, you are better saving the pennies and buying a -proper serger.

    It really only works on fairly light weight fabrics. I haven’t tried one on knits. It doesn’t cope well with heavier fabrics or thick stuff like velvet, polar fleeces, or fur fabric, nor with stuff like denim except in single layers.

    Another thing to take into account is that standard sewing thread, as opposed to serger thread, is heavier and thicker than 120’s poly serger thread. Remember that the serger cuts the seam allowances off and then wraps the edges with thread in a knitting process, rather than just stitching over the edge. You get a much sleeker finish.

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      Oct 19, 2010, 01.22 AMby distie

      Thanks for your reply! I was hoping that the foot would do a decent job because it’s so much cheaper, but it sounds like a serger would be a worthwhile investment.

      Maybe I’ll look into getting one next year…

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      Oct 19, 2010, 03.24 AMby katexxxxxx

      Take a serious look at pre-loved sergers. I’ve bought one in the past for little more than the cost of one of those feet!

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