Yes, you need a serger! When I bought my serger over 10 years ago I absolutely fell in love with it and really wonder how I ever did without it. If you are a prolific seamstress or sewist a serger can really take you to the next sewing level. Here is a short list of a few things I love about my serger. Plus a little advice on what to look out for if you decide to buy a serger.
What a serger can do for you
- Serge seams in a cinch. Even difficult fabrics will serge quickly and effortlessly, leaving professionally looking seams.
- Hate messing with chiffon or other delicate fabrics? A 3 rolled hem will make a quick beautiful hem from a serger.
- If you are a seller of handmade goods or small crafts a serger will make fast work of many of your projects, assembly line style.
- Most sergers can make a blind hem on you garments.
- Sergers have a cover stitch which is similar to a two-needle stitch on a sewing machine.
- Seams that are made with a serger are more durable for garments.
- Sergers work beautifully with stretch fabrics and with make sturdy seams with stretch. No need to sew twice around armholes.
- You can use your serger with decorative and specialty threads allowing for unlimited unique touches to garments and crafts.
- Gathering fabric is super easy. Many sergers have a gathering foot but most sergers don’t even need one and you can do it without.
- Use a seger’s piping foot, and other attachments for home décor projects.
The serger is an invaluable compliment to your sewing machine.
- There are 2-3-4- and 5-thread sergers. Babylock makes an 8, yes 8-thread serger. If you are new to sewing it’s highly recommended that you start small. Sergers can be complicated equipment.
- Sergers, like sewing machines can come with a high price tag. However, there are many great makes and models out there to fit any budget.
- Try a friend’s serger first to see if it’s something you will like (You will).
- If you get a serger take advantage of the sewing store where you bought it. They usually have free or low costs classes that will make sure your serger gets used.
- Ask around to all your sewing friends and ask what they like and don’t like about their current serger. A common complaint is threading the machine. But, many models are now making threading easier than ever.
- Be sure to test drive several models and ask questions. Tell the dealer what type of sewing projects you most often make.
I could never give up my sewing machine, but giving up my serger, no way. There will always be enough room at the table for both.
How about you? What have I missed about the greatness of a serger? Do you have any tips you would like to share?
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