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Thread: Is there a way to use a regular sewing machine to do serging?

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    Super Member kitsykeel's Avatar
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    Is there a way to use a regular sewing machine to do serging?

    I have always wanted a serger but have not had the money to spend on one. Is there a foot or attachment for a regular machine that will allow one to serge?
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    You can use an overcast stitch to finish an edge similar, but it will not cut off the selvage.
    Someone posted a neat machine that was a sewing machine on one side and a serger on the other here, about a month or two ago. I've never seen that before!

    I'm not sure what your budget is, but you could watch Craigslist or mine is from a sale at Hancocks, its a Janome and was $199. It works really well, I use it in construction of children's clothes, cloth diapers, towels, etc.

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    Some machines have an attachment that cuts as it sews. They are called "sidecutters".

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    Gooc question, I have wondered the same thing, I do not have a serger either. Never thought I could justify spending more and then not using it all that much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Daylesewblessed View Post
    Some machines have an attachment that cuts as it sews. They are called "sidecutters".

    Dayle
    Yes brothers and babylocks have sidecutter feet for the overcast stitches, that are similar, but the strength is still not that of a serger but if you don't want to invest the money in one it is a cheaper alternative

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    I don't have one so I can't tell you if they work

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    Back in the 70's when I was sewing clothes for my kids I just sewed a regular seam, then trimmed the seams and then did an overcast stitch. It wasn't that much extra work, either.
    ~~Cathy~~

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dolphyngyrl View Post
    Yes brothers and babylocks have sidecutter feet for the overcast stitches, that are similar, but the strength is still not that of a serger but if you don't want to invest the money in one it is a cheaper alternative
    I have used the one that comes with my Brother. It does work but as she said , you don't have the extrs strength you get with a serger. If your goal is just to finish the seams it will do what you want. I do have a serger that got quite a workout when i was sewing for my family. If you just need it occasionally the sidecutter should fill that need at a reasonable price.

    The only complaint i had was that it didn't cut as smooth as my serger, that could have been the fabric or the blade.
    Last edited by bakermom; 01-28-2012 at 08:13 AM. Reason: additional info

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    You won't get the best finish with a sidecutter...I would recommend saving your money and getting a used serger.
    Tink's Mom (My name is really Susie)

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    My mom has two that fit her Nicchi machine I wonder if they will work on one of my machines.

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