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Old 07-10-2012, 01:39 PM
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I have one that I use quite a bit. I am a fabric washer (only because I worked in a linen and home goods warehouse many moons ago and know how the stuff is shipped in from the factory.)so I use mine to serge the cut ends of fabric. We are also on a septic system, so the less thread and strings in the washer the better.

I use it to mend clothes. I don't know how many times I have bought a new item, washed it, and found an open seam. I also use it to make quick flannel or knit receiving/ swaddling blankets for baby gifts.

I'm in the same camp - if mine died tomorrow I would buy another one. Maybe one of the ones you ladies have stuck in your closets !
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Old 07-10-2012, 02:10 PM
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quilt in a day used a serger to quickly piece the lantern still log cabin block and i would have never thought to use it for that. i have had a serger forever and used it frequently when i made clothing. the one i have now is 20+ years old.

i have used it lately to made pet beds to donate to charity and to make double sided flannel baby/nap blankets. i will however use it to create the lantern style log cabin blocks just like i saw at qiad site.

oh and babylock rules.
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Old 07-10-2012, 03:06 PM
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Gee...now that some of you are saying they are hard to thread....I don't think I've ever seen the lady on HSN selling them actually thread it on air!! She just casually suggest you follow the color coded lines and it is "easy" to do. Makes me wonder now.
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Old 07-10-2012, 03:51 PM
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Originally Posted by nygal View Post
Gee...now that some of you are saying they are hard to thread....I don't think I've ever seen the lady on HSN selling them actually thread it on air!! She just casually suggest you follow the color coded lines and it is "easy" to do. Makes me wonder now.
i follow my color guides and can get through my threading. the only thing that i would classify as challenging when threading is when you are threading in the hook area. it's not rocket science but may require a little bit of patience to get it done.
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Old 07-10-2012, 04:08 PM
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I have the Bernina 1150, and I love it. I've been making pillowcases for my puppy friends. Before I bought it, my sewing center had a class on how to use the serger to make a quilt. I love the idea of using the serger to finish a quilt edge before binding.
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Old 07-10-2012, 04:14 PM
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I've had my serger for about 10 years and I still get my book out when I thread it from the beginning. I usually just tie on the new threads and that is very easy. I bought a serger with a cover stitch; but find that I seldom use that feature. I really use my serger when sewing for my granddaughter. I make her turtle neck cotton knit shirts and bathing suits entirely on the serger. I also use the serger to make the rolled hems on the ruffle on her nightgowns. Of course, I use the serger for finishing seams, making napkins, etc. As for quilting, I have only used it to serge the cut edges of my fabric before I wash it. If my fabric has a serged edge, I know it has been washed. I love my serger and would not want to be without it.
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Old 07-10-2012, 04:38 PM
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I have a Babylock with the jet air self threaders. It's the only way to go. I only use it for garment sewing.
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Old 07-10-2012, 06:03 PM
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I have one. I got it as a birthday gift about 4 years ago as I thought I needed one! I have used it when I make pajama bottoms but haven't done anything quilt-wise with it. I do like the idea of serging my fabric before pre-washing. One of those "Why didn't I think of that" moments. However, the threading can be very intimidating. Also, I broke a one of the needles over a year ago and it is yet to be replaced. That should be an indication of how often I use it! It sits on a shelf under my sewing table. Maybe someday it will once again see the light of day!
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Old 07-10-2012, 06:07 PM
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I also use mine for clothing but not quilts. When I first got it I had so much trouble threading and I was following those steps one by one. Then I realized, it had a automatic threader and I was reading the wrong directions! Two minutes later, threaded and sewing!
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Old 07-10-2012, 06:21 PM
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I've had a serger for 20 years - use it for garment sewing but mostly for making drapes, curtains and nightgowns. Have never used it much for quilting unless I was tying quilts - in a hurry, it works great for edging rather than binding, if you are using them for utility purposes. Also, have used my serger for making blankets for show animals. They do have a purpose, but not for pieced or aplique quilting - just my opinion.
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