If you’re new to serging or looking to expand your serging skills, a basic understanding of serger threads is a must. From shimmer to stretch, each thread type serves a particular purpose based on its content, strength, decorative qualities and other properties. Check out our 10 great threads for sergers
Acrylic: Acrylic thread is finely twisted and works great for decorative serged edges.
Fine Rayon: This thread can be very economical but won’t hold up as well as regular
rayon or polyester. It’s mainly used in the upper looper for flatlocking.
Heavyweight Decorative Thread: This thread is best used for flatlocking. It gives a striking finished look and is great for a high sheen decorative stitch. It’s fragile but serger-friendly and doesn’t fray.
Metallic: This thread has a polyester core that’s nylon-wrapped. It’s a nice accent to wooly nylon and while it’s tricky to use in a standard sewing machine, a serger handles metallic thread effortlessly.
Metallic Yarn: This rayon and polyester blend is easier to use than fine metallic thread and gives a touch of glamour to projects. It’s mainly used in the lower looper.
Monofilament: This thread is made from nylon and has high strength and low stretch. Its invisibility lends a decorative quality but it tends to melt easily.
Perle Cotton: This thread is available in both matte and shiny colors, along with solar reactive and glow-in- the-dark properties. It tends to be expensive but adds personality to projects.
Polyester: This thread is made for general purposes and works well for the high-speed sewing of a serger.
Rayon: This thread is made especially for sergers. It’s available in solid and variegated colors for decorative purposes. It can be used in both upper and lower loopers for a finished look.
Ribbon Thread: This is usually made from either rayon, nylon or polyester. It’s serger-friendly and lends a unique look to seams.
Silk: This is the strongest thread on the market. It won’t melt and can be used in the
needle for flatlocking.
Topstitching Thread: This thread is typically 100% cotton or silk. It’s an economical
option, however spools typically come with a small amount of yardage. It’s great for
Wooly Nylon: This heavyweight thread is very stretchy and works well on garments that have similar qualities, such as leggings and swimwear. It’s great as a decorative thread and on rolled hems but melts easily, so be careful when pressing.
If you’re new to using a serger, or want to try out a serger for yourself, be sure to visit a BabyLock dealer during the month of April. As part of National Serger Month, Baby Lock retailers are hosting Sip N Serge events. Bring your own soda, tea or other drink and you’ll be provided with everything else you need – including the serger, fabric, instructions to make an apron and more!