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Thread: Question- ever use a serger for sewing quilt tops?

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    Senior Member himnherr's Avatar
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    I hope this isn't being sacreligious :lol: but I was wondering if anyone ever uses a serger for their quilt tops? If you place the fabric right at the edge it sews a perfect 1/4" and trims and binds it at once. Just wondering what the take on it is. I've only made one top so far and am on my second and sit there staring at my serger thinking how much faster it is. I know it's not like I'm in a race, but I just love seeing the top go together that my mind races ahead of my fingers...... what's your opinions?

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    The quilt store I go to says it makes the entire sandwhich so much faster and easier to bind. I did a small pumpkin runner at the shop and tried it and it seemed faster but it was also LITTLE... I am willing to try it on my next King quilt, I like you want it DONE so I can admire my work. It certainly can't hurt the quilt so why not give it a try.

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    i have sometimes i do like on squares and strip it is fast i love sergers but hec i love all of my machines but the serger is fast

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    What a wonderful idea! Duh! I will start doing that! Thanks for for question.

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    What a wonderful idea! Duh! I will start doing that! Thanks for for question. :mrgreen: :thumbup:

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    I especially like the serger when sewing denim or flannel. The compressed serger seam helps flatten the bulkier fabric, plus prevents raveling of those two fabrics. Saw your DP9 and it looks great!

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    Oh yes, they are great and your seams won't pull out ever! If you ever make table runners or tablecloths out of quilt patterns, it makes them lay nice and flat too. I am not good enough to try to serg curved piecing, but do like them for straight seams.

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    Quote Originally Posted by himnherr
    I hope this isn't being sacreligious :lol: but I was wondering if anyone ever uses a serger for their quilt tops?
    Sergers are great for certain quilts. I made "mini" rail fence quilts (aka placemats) from Kaye Wood's site: http://www.kayewood.com/downloads/ra..._placemats.pdf Serging the strips together and then using decorative thread to "bind" the edges was easy and used up some stash. She also has a quilt-as-you-go pattern that has instructions for using a serger. Very easy, especially for charity quilts or those that might be very loved: http://www.kayewood.com/category/Quilt_As_You_Go/c60

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    I made a serged quilt top once. The extra thread in the seams made the seams bulkier, which in turn made it more difficult for me to match seams exactly when piecing. The extra thread in the seams also made the seams stiffer. I ended up going back to my sewing machine, as I can get much more precision with it.

    I would use a serger on denim, with red stretchy thread, to make decorative exposed seams. Serging might work well for patterns that don't require matching a lot of seams too.

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    Prism99 I agree with you on the precision-the faster needle speed with the serger may allow for less than perfect stitching on cotton quilt fabric.

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