Tips on using the right serger thread.

2014NationalSergerMoLogo e1392145032475 Tips on using the right serger thread. Sergers today are not at all as complicated as you might think they are. Older, home sergers were often noted for the complexity in threading and operating. When using my serger in its early days I spent far too much time wrestling with the threading paths, only to want to hurl it out the window. Now, all is good with my serger, it taught me very well and were best buddies. Try out a new serger today and you will be amazed at the ease of use that is built it to many of its amazing features. Once you try out a serger you’ll wonder why you didn’t get one sooner.

One issue that might be confusing is what thread to use for a home serger. Below are 5 thread types and how they are used in home serging.

thread spools oranges Tips on using the right serger thread.

  1. Basic: Use when constructing a garment or other project that requires strong seams. Basic serger thread is commonly found on the cone shaped spools and comes in a wide variety of colors. Polyester serger thread is very strong and suitable for most projects.
  2. Metallic: Use for decorative edges when you want eye-catching details. Metallic thread would look beautiful with a rolled hem on skirts and table wear.
  3. Rayon: Use rayon thread for decorative edges for a subtle sheen.
  4. Variegated: Use to create a multicolored decorative seam finish.
  5. Textured Nylon: Use nylon for stretchy knits, such as nylon/spandex blends. Textured (sometimes known as Wooly) is great for serging silks with a rolled hem.
  • Serger thread can be made with nylon, polyester and cotton.
  • Don’t be tempted to switch serger thread for sewing machine thread or vice versa. Serger thread is finer than regular sewing machine thread due to the multiple channels and guides it needs to go through before meeting the fabric.
  • When working with a fabric with multiple colors pick three or four colors from the fabric and match thread accordingly for a multicolored edge.
  • Keep thread covered and out of direct sunlight to limit lint and dust.
  •  If you don’t have an exact color match for a project, neutrals work great too.

Do you have any favorite tips for serger thread or serging in general? Are you serging away during the month of April? What types of serger projects do you like to do?

Plus stay tuned to the blog for projects, tips and how to get the most out of your serger throughout the month of April!


 Tips on using the right serger thread.

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7 Responses to Tips on using the right serger thread.

  1. JC says:

    I’d like to have a serger. Never owned one and would use it for beginning garment projects. Thank you

  2. Dellene Ann Smith says:

    Love to sew and am now teaching my granddaughter and daughter-in-law to sew. We’re having lots of fun. Would love the new serger to help them to enjoy sewing even more!

  3. Angela Dunn says:

    I so need a serger!! Love making little girls dresses a serger would be awesome to use for these and more!!

  4. Terry Karlow says:

    I love to sew,having a serger would add to the fun!

  5. Anne says:

    I’ve never had but would love to win one!

  6. Would love to have a new serger