National Serger Month – Learn About The Right Thread Choice

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

 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Ribbon Thread: This is usually made from either rayon, nylon or polyester. It’s serger-friendly and lends a unique look to seams.

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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
home-décor projects.

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.

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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!

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4 Responses to National Serger Month – Learn About The Right Thread Choice

  1. Heather says:

    Sulky makes a product called Soft and Sheer that is an iron on stabilizer for use when doing machine embroidery on knits or baby items. It is a permanent iron on application and would work perfectly for your situation to cover the scratchy stitches. It is very light, not stiff at all, and because of its sheer quality, it will not show from the outside.
    Give it a try. I use it a lot.

  2. Jane says:

    I have two beautiful tops purchased at the resale shop that have been serged around the neckline. When I wear them they irritate my skin. Any ideas how to make them more comfortable? I put painters tape on them for temporary comfort. Ah the price of fashion…