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I’m feeling serger envy today! I just want to ask all of you who do use sergers, if I really need one. I mean, I do like the professional touch in my projects, but if I can do without it, why spend all these money and not collect them to buy a better sewing machine one day, cause the one I own now does the basics and a few decorative stitches (to my disappointment, all of these fancy and really helpfull feet don’t coordinate with it.)?
Now I use a zic zac stich to overlock . I feel fine with it, but i guess i could use a serger for decorative reasons or finishes like this http://sewingmel.com/wordpress/?p=432


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    Feb 19, 2011, 03.54 PMby katensew

    There are times when I don’t use my serger — sometimes as just too plain lazy to change the thread colour !! I am quite happy to either zig-zag stitch raw edges or even turn them over and straight stitch them. Of course the overlocker/serger comes into it’s own when I work with stretch fabrics or tracksuit fabrics — but it is not essential for most sewing projects.

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      Feb 21, 2011, 06.47 AMby bohemiannow

      That’s my impression too. Thanks for answering.
      By the way, i sometimes feel lazy changing the tread colour too!

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    Feb 28, 2011, 09.06 PMby katexxxxxx

    When you change threads several times an hour for a project, you either get used to it fast or get a second serger/sewing machine! I did both… ;)

    I could not do all the stuff I do without the serger, but what you sew will dictate need. Let’s face it, for all but a few pretty esoteric processes, all you REALLY need to sew is a needle and thread!

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    Mar 1, 2011, 03.14 AMby jenss-1

    Okay, I do not own a serger. However I do have an older Bernina that somewhat miraculously has an overlock stitch. I tend to think that it looks & works better than regular zig zag for finishing edges and of course, sewing knits. I do use it quite a bit for these purposes — the main draw back is that it doesn’t trim the fabric the way a serger does & I need to trim the seam allowance down to the correct size before sewing. So, I have a 2 step process instead of a 1 step process. I mention this because there are some decorative stitches that can work similarly to the overlock stitch & you might be able to use them that way. If you have a decorative stitch that looks something like v-v-v-v, with some adjustments, you may be able to use it like an overlock stitch. Also, you can explore presser feet and attachments for your machine that might mimic an overlock stitch.

    A serger is not in my budget either, but then I remember that my grandmother had a dressmaking business for about 30+ years in the days before they were even available—and her work was quite nice.

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    Mar 1, 2011, 07.35 AMby victors

    My machine has a serging stitch and foot which is great but like you say it is a bit of a pain to trim back the allowances.

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    Mar 1, 2011, 08.24 AMby thecuriouskiwi

    I lived without a serger/overlocker for ages and used to zig-zag all my raw edges which was fine. Ultimately I got a serger for the same reason you are considering: that professional look to my items. It’s also SUPER FAST! Much faster than zig zagging so I say if you can afford it (or even if you need to save or laybuy) do it. Buy the best you can afford and buy a machine you can “grow” into (skills wise)

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    Mar 5, 2011, 09.33 AMby japconst

    I cannot sew without my SERGER! Actually, the serger sat in its box for many years before I finally sat down one day to watch the “How To” video and tested it out. Since then, it has been indispensable!!! Not only professional finishes but when I first tried the rolled hem for some bridesmaids gowns that I was making, I was sold! The hem turned out beautiful! I guess it all depends on your own personal standards – I always demand the best of myself so every piece of work that carry my label has to be my very best. Therefore, the serger is my constant companion. When I purchase cone threads, I always make sure I buy at least 3 cones of each color. My serger takes 3 or 4 threads. Changing colors takes only a minute, so in the long run its faster than trying to zig zag. To make changing colors quickly, I tie the new color to the cut off end of the old at the very start of the thread. Then I “zeroed” the tensions, and pull all the threads out at the other end. Walla! threads are changed. Plus,sergers these days are very inexpensive, definitely worth paying the $$ for it.

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    Mar 14, 2011, 02.48 PMby mickeygirl

    I have a medium sewing machine. It has stretch stitches and a few embroidery fancies. I love it.

    I also have a 4 thread serger. I love my serger. I use it to sew knits and finish seams. I have used it for fancy overlocking etc. If you do get a serger make sure to get a class that helps you learn all the special techniques. I also have a Singer book that shows most of them.

    What you must know is that you should never never use pins while sewing with the serger machine. If you miss pulling out a pin, you will have an expensive repair.

    Once you master the threading and tension controls — you need to test on a scrap of your fabric.

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      Mar 17, 2011, 09.05 AMby katexxxxxx

      Sewing through pins… NOT to be recommended, but it’s done the machine no harm when I’ve done it. I did need to replace a lower cutting knife once, though. Cost about £8, so not too high a price for carelessness. The danger was more in flying pin shrapnel!

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    Mar 17, 2011, 01.06 PMby ronnielee

    Since I purchased a serger/overlocker I haven’t looked back. I’m on my 21st project as we speak. I got a great deal on Ebay. There’s no comparison for using a zig zag stitch to a serger, my days of cutting the seams and going over the stitch are way behind me (thank god) It’s never a problem changing threat either I tend to use an off white and a navy cotton which tends to go with most colours.

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    Mar 18, 2011, 07.11 AMby Ralf Schmitz

    i have a serger for a while now and do not want to miss it. the finish of all my projects is so much more professional now and its also so fast! i agree that you should not use pins and be carefull in the beginning with the tension….. but i have to say that i change thread for EVERY project, as i try to find maching thread for the serger as well as for the “normal” mashine. if you change the thread a few times, you will find out, that it is not that difficult! go for the serger!!!!

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    Mar 18, 2011, 03.30 PMby dixiediy

    I was given a hand me down serger one Christmas. The person who gave it to me never used to although it was about 15 years old it was practically brand new. Unfortunately it was missing a few pieces. It sat in it’s box for a year before I finally tried to use it and it’s changed my life! I still use my regular sewing machine all the time but for knits it is almost the only thing I use and I use it to finish edges quickly on woven garments. I love that thing. I admit, I’m also sometimes too lazy to change the thread colors.

    If you can, maybe you could buy a simple used serger, nothing fancy, and then save up for a better sewing machine. Sergers are amazing but they don’t take away from the basic necessity of having a really good regular machine. I bought a better machine shortly after I started using the serger and it was pretty life changing as well. ;)

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    Mar 20, 2011, 02.52 PMby sewingfan1

    I love my serger too :-)

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    Mar 21, 2011, 10.42 AMby bohemiannow

    Τhank you all for your replies.. I think you convinced me and as soon as I collect enough money I’ll look for a serger. Thanks!

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      Apr 20, 2011, 01.26 AMby charlana41

      You can find some inexpensive models for less than 300 dollars us, try ebay as well. Also your local dealers often have trade-in’s available for a fraction of the original cost, if you have a good relationship with them you can even let them know what you are interested in and they will call you if something comes in, thats how I got my first one and now I have three

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    Mar 28, 2011, 10.35 PMby Phamburger

    I also love my serger. (It was passed down from my dead grandma with all the threads attached… and there’s no manual… So I never change the thread. I think it looks better off in white anyways.)

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      Mar 29, 2011, 07.52 AMby katexxxxxx

      Get a replacement manual, for goodness sake! There are so many different things you can do once you know how… And thread changing isn’t hard, you just need to know what you are doing and be careful.

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      Mar 30, 2011, 03.25 AMby Phamburger

      Haha, all riiighhtt… I’ll just search up my model online and look for an online manual. :) You sure are helpful around here.

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      Apr 20, 2011, 01.29 AMby charlana41

      There is a very good book out there called “serger secrets” if you don’t have a manual this will work as one for almost any machine. It teaches all sorts of tricks and things you would never think of. Also has a great section on threading and tension. I highly suggest it!

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    Apr 22, 2011, 10.44 PMby charlana41

    One thing I forget to mention… Pay the extra money to get a machine with differential feed, soooo worth it.

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