Using a Serger for Sewing: the Uses You Need to Know

Serger and traditional sewing machines…what is their difference? Which should I buy? Do I need both? If you have these questions in your head, read ’till the end to find out more.

The traditional sewing machine is used to join pieces of fabric providing domestic finishes, that is, it works for small to medium productions of clothing. The main stitch is the straight stitch that, although used to join the pieces of fabric, does not protect the garment from fraying. Depending on the type of sewing we make on a garment we can sew it entirely with the traditional machine, using only the straight stitch and the zigzag stitch, to avoid fraying.

However, the most professional finish to avoid fraying is the finishing done with the serger, which using 3 or 4 threads and a blade, polishes the edges of the seams and at the same time joins the pieces. The serger is ideal for fabrics with elasticity since the interlacing of the threads accompanies the extension of the fabric.

Another important difference is that the traditional sewing machine allows us to sew forward and backward to secure the stitches. On the other hand, sergers only sew forward.

Nevertheless, both the traditional machine and the serger, allow us to make finishings on the garments such as sewing the hems.

Sergers were created with the specific task of sewing the edges of cloth pieces to provide decorative finishes. A serged seam is made on the edge of one or two pieces of fabric to define the edge or to join them. The serger cuts the edges of the fabric at the same time as it works, thus achieving edge terminations easily and quickly. So we can say a serger is a type of sewing machine that does a set of specialized stitches, edge stitches.

Most sergers where used in the textile industry environment, but nowadays you can see a large demand on house sergers. I believe this is due to the fact theri seams are very versatile.

What are the uses of the serger?

With a serger you can create different seam finishes, while you can use several threads.

The ease of sewing thin and elastic fabrics is unique to the serger machines. An example could be to make maternity clothes.

The serger allows you to sew and repair fabrics of garments, as well as create perfect and creative hems. Since they have blades to cut the fabric, it is good that these can be adjusted to the measure of your needs, in this way, you will not be wasting fabric, nor having to resort to patching fabrics or garments with scraps here or there.

With it you can eliminate some effects of folds and tension points in the fabric.

You can also sew decorative stitches or sew the finishes for your clothes or seams in different fabrics of clothing that you will use at home.

Read your serger’s instructions carefully and know how to operate it well before using it because it is more complex than a normal sewing machine. Anyway, each loader has its own instruction book, so you have to read it carefully to know exactly what the serger can do. As with any other machine, the brand and the model will also be decisive to know what functions the serger can perform.

Now that you know more about sergers, it’s time to get back to sewing. Here is my list of recommended sergers in case you need one, from three different brands. Sometimes inventory can finish really fast, so order them today, and use my affiliate links to get the best prices:

Janome 8002D Serger https://amzn.to/33LVQ5g. This is the one I use and I love it.
Singer ProFinish 14CG754 https://amzn.to/33PbYTI
Brother DZ1234 Serger https://amzn.to/39pbqoG

What is your experience with sergers? 🙂
With love,
Karina.

Image source: BrotherSews

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