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Thread: Sergers & Quilting

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    Do any of you use your sergers on your quilts? If you do ( or dont) what kind of serger do you have? For some reason i want one and was told once you have one you will wonder what took you so long. Any input would be appreciated.

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    I love my serger to compress the edge before I bind it. Really, so much faster because it also trims away the excess batting and backing at the same time.

    I think mine is a brother 4-thread Serger. The brand name was not really important to me when I bought it. I was kinda on a budget. ;)

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    That is one reason i am asking this question. I am on a budget and dont want to buy one that is bad yet to spends hundreds of dollars and not use it...thanks for your imput.

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    I've used my serger only a couple of times for quilting. Serged seams are not as accurate as sewn seams (at least for me), plus I don't like the extra thread bulk that sergers put into seams. I even prefer my sewing machine for binding.

    Sergers are great for making clothing out of knit fabrics because they control stretch by means of the differential feed. They are also great for straight seams when you need to make tablecloths, finish napkin edges, or sew draperies.

    In my opinion, a good quality sewing machine is much more helpful for making quilts than a serger could ever be. If you are on a budget, a serger should probably not be near the top of your list of things to buy -- especially if you're not sure exactly why you want one.

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    I use it to sew the edges of the quilt before I bind it. I also use it to sew the blocks together to make the quilt top. I have a Viking that is about 6 years old. I just started using it this summer and don't know how I have done without it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SHELLEYJACOBSON
    Do any of you use your sergers on your quilts? If you do ( or dont) what kind of serger do you have? For some reason i want one and was told once you have one you will wonder what took you so long. Any input would be appreciated.
    I have 2 sergers which I use for different purposes. Mine are mainly used for apparel construction. But I do serge the edges of fleece to make blankets. But as far as for quilting I don't because for the seams they become too bulky when pressed to one side. Often the stitching will show through the fabric. There are patterns for serged quilts where the serged edges become a design element. Another aspect is that serging seams on quilts would be a waste of thread because we are quilting anyway and thus strengthening the seams. So, my opinion is that if you are strictly a quilter I would save that money for fabric rather than a serger.

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    My one suggestion if you decide to purchase a serger is to find one that is easy to thread. I have a Pfaff purchased probably 20 years ago. I love it. My Mom had a different brand(can't remember what brand), but it was bear to thread.

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    I bought mine on Amazon when they had it on sale it is a Brother I think I paid $99 for it.

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    I don't use my serger for quilting, but it's great if you make clothing & other items. I use to make all my hubby's western dress shirts he wore to work, did them all by machine, between my regular machine & my serger. So, if you sew otherwise, they are great, & great to have! I have a Babylock one, & have had it for a few years now. It's one where air lines blow the bottom threads, to do the threading for you, & I love it!

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    Like others have said, I use my serger for clothing more than quilting. I only use my serger to trim the edges of quilts.

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