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Thread: Serger - What can you do with one?????

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    I was just wondering what all you can do with a serger. For some reason I would like to get one but I don't even really know what they do. lol
    Any feedback would be great.
    Judy in Ohio

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    I originally bought mine to zip bags back together after I took them apart to embroider on them. Works great for that. I have also used mine now to make some simple garments.

    It's a ton of thread, but it would work to make very fast quilts, too.

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    you can do ALMOST everything you can do with a regular machine as far as piecing and stitching seams. The serger may be overkill in quilting I think because there is so much thread to quilt over. I'm not proficient at my serger since I don't use it much, and while I'm glad I have it, I don't want to do without my regular machine. I've found it most useful for working with fabrics that fray a lot - one pass on the serger makes the double seam plus overcasts the edges and it would take me two or more passes on a regular machine (i'd probably forget the second straight row of stitching just to save time)

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    I've been wondering about them myself. I can't see myself using it much, except I was wondering if it would be worth it to get one to use on the flannel receiving blankets I made for charity. At present I hem them using a zig-zag. Anybody care to talk me into or out of a purchase? :D

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    Quote Originally Posted by redquilter
    I've been wondering about them myself. I can't see myself using it much, except I was wondering if it would be worth it to get one to use on the flannel receiving blankets I made for charity. At present I hem them using a zig-zag. Anybody care to talk me into or out of a purchase? :D
    It is very useful for edging blankets. I've done a nice blanket stitch on fleece using wooly nylon.

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    Hmmmm- anyone else care to twist my arm?

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    Quote Originally Posted by redquilter
    I've been wondering about them myself. I can't see myself using it much, except I was wondering if it would be worth it to get one to use on the flannel receiving blankets I made for charity. At present I hem them using a zig-zag. Anybody care to talk me into or out of a purchase? :D
    I don't think I'd ever use mine for quilting but it's very useful in making garments. I use mine for finishing flannel receiving blankets, burp pads, etc. and also for the odd garment I make.

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    I use mine to sew with but not on quilting. But I do always serge my backings before they go on the frame so they won't ravel. I have had mine for years. It gets a lot of use when making jammies etc.

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    I used to use mine a lot for dressmaking (finishing seams) and it's great for knit fabrics..eg t-shirts etc. Haven't used it a lot lately because I've mostly been quilting. I did make a quilted cover for my old serger that I gave my daughter and I finished the seams on that with it. Wouldn't be without mine :)

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    i've used mine recently to make pillowcases for charity and for my grandsons. It makes a nice finished seam inside with no raveling and it trims the seams at the same time so no bulk. I have also made dinner napkins out of batiks for the different holidays. They make nice gifts. One can never have too many napkins.

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    I have sewn more than quilted so my serger is a key piece of equipment. I'm not sure why I need it for quilting but then I'm new to this sport.

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    I only used one to sew apparel. They're especially nice for sewing knits. My serger quit working and by that time, I didn't make enough clothes to justify paying to get it fixed. So there it sits.

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    I have had a serger since 1994 and recently just bought another one. I used it more than one would think. Great for putting a finished edge along burps cloths, baby receiving blankets,can whip these up in no time. For hemming of jeans is one reason why I bought mine. I also don't like the belt loops that come on some clothes that you tie around your middle, so I rip that out and serge back close.Wala. I also serge around my material that have a raw edge before I wash then it doesn't turn into an unravel mess. All kinds of uses.

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    I use my serger mostly for home dec. I serge my drapes, dust ruffle seams, etc. When making a quilt once I serged the seams on the quilt backing, but was disappointed when I put the quilt together as on the back you can feel that heavy seam, so I never use it in quilting anymore. If you make pillowcases to match your quilt it helps with that too! I got a nice used babyloc from a sewing dealer. If you don't think you will use it alot, consider getting a used one. Most dealers give you a one year warranty.

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    thanks for asking this question, i too have been looking at sergers , any recommended brands?

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    When I shopped for a serger 5 years ago Babyloc was the easiest to thread. Some were so complicated to thread I felt I would have to take my manual out each time I changed a color!

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    i have a white superlock 2000ats only used about 20hrs if you search it,itwill show pic & description i'd like$200 obo pm me if you're interested dar

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    Oh yes - that's a good question. (recommended brand)

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    I have had mine since 1985 still love it. I always have to hem a new pair of pants works great for that.You can gather with it, if you are making curtains or a bed skirt,easy peasy.Just google serger gathering it will tell how to set your tension for gathering.

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    Babylock is the brand I have and I had a lot of problems with it. It was in the shop at least a couple of times in the first few years and finally I gave up. If I was buying one now I would get a Janome.

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    I have had my Serger for at least 10 years. I don't use it very often but I am glad that I have it when I need it. The big question is do you have the funds to buy something that you might not use very often?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Babs194068
    I have had my Serger for at least 10 years. I don't use it very often but I am glad that I have it when I need it. The big question is do you have the funds to buy something that you might not use very often?
    Yes, that's a good and big question. Does anyone know, offhand, what they can cost? Roughly?

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    I have several old singer sewing machines Im hoping the local sewing machine store will take them in trade for a serger.
    Judy in Ohio

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    Quote Originally Posted by redquilter
    Quote Originally Posted by Babs194068
    I have had my Serger for at least 10 years. I don't use it very often but I am glad that I have it when I need it. The big question is do you have the funds to buy something that you might not use very often?
    Yes, that's a good and big question. Does anyone know, offhand, what they can cost? Roughly?
    Much like sewing machines, there's a wide price range from basic sergers to high end computerized models.

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    They are not cheap I paid 700.00 for mine 10years ago and it was a used machine.

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