Because of the multiple threads being looped together, a serger makes a more professional and durable seam than a standard sewing machine. The threads lock around the seam to prevent fraying, and it also has a blade that cuts off the seam allowance as it sews (the blade can also be turned off if you like).
Is it worth buying a serger?
No, it’s not worth buying a serger. You can use a zig-zag stitch to secure raw edges. If you are sewing household items like pillows, curtains, etc then skip it.
What are the advantages of a serger sewing machine?
- Multi-Functional. Another feature unique to sergers is their ability to trim seam allowances as you sew. …
- Professional Results. …
- Secure, Durable Stitches. …
- Great for Stretchy Fabrics. …
- High Speeds. …
- Thread Usage. …
- Threading Frustrations. …
What does the serger do that the sewing machine does not?
A serger sometimes called an overlocker, uses an overlock stitch that does not come on sewing machines. It uses three or more thread sources to create this overlock stitch and create a professional-grade binding for fabric.
What should I look for when buying a serger?
Look for these features:
- 3 and 4 thread stitch ability. …
- Easy to thread. …
- Differential feed to stop fabric stretching out or puckering.
- Retractable cutting knife so you can serge without cutting.
- Adjustable stitch length and width.
- Recommended: a waste bin to catch fabric fibres.
Why are serger machines so expensive?
The amount of threads the serger has will be linked to how expensive it is. A cheap serger may have 2-4 threads, a 3-4 serger will be more expensive and high-end sergers are likely to offer 5 threads.
How much does a serger cost?
Basic machines start around $200 and have two to four threads. A more expensive serger has as many as five threads and some have differential feeds, allowing for extra adjustment. High-end machines can cost as much as several thousand dollars.
Do I need a serger to make clothes?
No, you do not necessarily need a serger to make clothes or sew knits. But would a serger make your job easier and the finished product more professional than just using a sewing machine? Yes, of course! Sergers haven’t been around near as long as sewing machines.
What is the purpose of a serger?
First and foremost, a serger is the ideal way to create a clean edge on any seam. Not only does the cutting blade trim the fabric edge, but the upper and lower looper threads wrap around the fabric edge, securing or protecting the fabric edge. Another great function of the serger is for construction.