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    I do other sewing besides quilts. I am thinking a serger will give it that finished look. Anyone else use one and do you like it :D

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    I have a Janome and I use it alot to finish edges the quick and easy way on some projects. I make alot of receiving blankets, crib sheets, etc and it only takes minutes to give them a finished edge. I love it.

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    I have a Huskylock that was my mom's...I was intimidated by it for years, and wouldn't even try to use it...and then one day I had William oil it up, and I sat down with a threading diagram (it's an old machine)

    It's the best thing that's happened to the shirts that I make for him!! :) He likes what it does too, simply because there's no more fray!

    I vote for buying the serger! ;)

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    You will find many uses for a serger. Decide what you want to do and then buy according. I received several sets of knit warm up pants that were too long. I had a serger but wanted one that did the "overlock" or "under lock" or whatever it is called. The one that on the top looks like two straight rows of regular stitching with the cross thread on the back side. I havn't used it yet to shorten the pants but sure have used it for other things. Used it recently to make the "little dresses for Hati" and am going to serge a piece of fleece for a couch cover and a friend gave me several yards of very good wool plain. I'm going to make lap throws and serge the edges. I can go on and on.

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    I've had a serger since 1982, it's still going strong. It's a babylok. It doesn't get used as much as it used to since I do more quilting than clothing now, but it's a real workhorse, has only been serviced twice since I bought it.

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    I took a class once for a serger quilt, it was SUPPOSED to be a wall hanging, I made a king sized bed quilt. WE embroirdered the center of the block then serged all the blocks together. I love my serger.

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    My SIL has one, and her clothes look so professional. She make everything, even swimsuits, and they are so AWESOME! I say get it!!!

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    Everyone is being so helpful. If I buy it today its on sale a...Janome Kenmore....A 3-4 thread...with cover stitch...uses reg needle

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    I have a Babylock Evolve. I may not use it all the time, but when I want to make say a pair of shorts, pj's or whatever, it goes so fast.

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    I also have a babylock and love it. It has made my life so much easier. Especially if you plan on making any knit clothing. Big difference in the finished product. I think a class would be great to start out with. There are so many more things that can be done with it if you know the settings and the correct threads to use. There are lots of books on the subject available too.

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    I have the Huskylock 936 and absolutely love it! I make a fleece pieced quilt with it and it turned out great.

    If you are new to using a serger I would suggest buying one from a machine dealer for the support. I have lifetime support from my dealer. I can go to the store anytime for personal one on one lessons as well as a free monthly serger class with the dealer.

    I've had to call them a couple of times and they have been able to help me right over the phone.

    Just my opinion. But I do love my Husky.

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    If you can get a Juki please try it. I have a serger too, a cheap one but I saving for a Juki.

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    I have had a Kenmore serger since the early 80's. I love it.

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    OK I now own a kenmore/Janome....internet said this one is a janome....now to figure it out and get thread at a reasonable price

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    Have fun with buying a serger

    One of my friends uses her serger to finish the edge of the quilt before binding it and says she loves the look on the edge before she puts on the binding

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    I have a surger the only complaint is that it is hard to thread, make sure that the one you pick out is easy to thread. Then you will love it.

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    I serge the ends of my fabric together before I pre-wash. No ravelling and threads in the washer and dryer. I use it for finishing seams on garments. Used it last week to cut and finish my grandson's dress pants before hemming. It's nice to have. Mine is old (a Singer 4-thread) and I would love to have a 5 thread that would do the blanket stitch (that stitch you see on the edge of satin on the end of a blanket). Maybe I'll replace it one day for a more sophisticated machine. Buy one. They are really a nice tool to have in the sewing machine and have endless possibilities. All you need it time to do it all. Good luck. Gerry

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    I wish mine had a cover stitch

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    I have a Husky 936. I jumped right in making 5 satin medieval style angel dresses. Boy, did I have a bastism by fire with that. It has been a match made in sewing heaven ever since.

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    About the time I quit doing a lot of dress making , I bought a Bernina serger. I use it a lot just finishing things like making rolled hems for napkins, valances etc. It sometimes now is used more than the sewing machine. Knit tops it is great. If there is a possible way to use it, I do. Many quilt tops are serged as it is so much faster when doing a lot of straight stitching. For the charity quilt pattern I use, it makes it come together in no time. Mine is just one of the cheaper models from a few years back and it has been heaven having it. How I managed to sew little girls dresses and hubby shirts without one, I will never know. Whatever one you end up getting you will use it a lot . Mine is not a self threader so if you buy a cheaper one, do not be intimidated by it. Once threaded it is easy to change thread. :thumbup:

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    I got a video and a very good book with it. It came already threaded so i just had to tie on the new thread and pull it through. I just used white and off white. It has an easy diagram when you opened it I bet it will be good for purses.
    A pair of slacks first :-D

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    I have a Babylock its about 14 years old. I use it all the time. I like to serge the ends of my fabric before washing them. I don't have to deal with the fabric raveling.

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    I bought a cheap serger from Walmart about 13 years ago because I didn't want to spend alot on something that I might not use alot. I loved it then and still love the same machine today and it turned out I use it alot

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    I have a Huskylock 936 and I love it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I had owned a serger that I bought from Sears and I hated it.

    I love getting professional results on clothes that I make, and I just used it on some of the seams on purses that I made. It will also do a coverstitch, but I don't like changing the plate to do it. So, I bought a Janome cp 1000 coverstitch machine that I love also.

    Peggy

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    I bought a White serger, and really have yet to use it - just too intimidating for me! I am selling it at the "sewing parking lot sale" on Springfield MO the end of the month.

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