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    Super Member Juliebelle's Avatar
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    I keep reading about sergers, what do you all use them for and is it a worthwhile investment and does it help with your quilting. Thanks

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    Look at the seams on your store bought clothing. If the threads overlap the cut edges with multiple threads, that was done with a serger.

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    I use my serger for making the 6 hour QAYG for charity quilts, for ruffles, sometimes for the finished edge (rolled edge or decorative) on pot holders and placemats, etc. I like to have it trim the fabric as it's serging.

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    I have one but haven't used it for quilting. My husband and son both require their pants shortened - for that alone the serger has been a Godsend!

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    When I was making clothes for my kids, I used it on everything. Haven't found a need for it in quilting yet, but have wished I had it out when making bags lately. Makes such a nice neat finish on seams without the extra steps of having to trim down seam allowances and then overlock stitch on reg machine. Thinks it time to send it in for a much need tune up.

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    I've never used a serger but I quit making clothes a long time ago. I don't know if you use them for quilting or not.

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    I bought a serger many years ago and very seldom use it :( Whenever I bring up the fact that I *need* a new sewing machine ... I hear about the serger that I *needed* and seldom use :roll:

    Susan

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    I know one quilter who uses her serger to serge her quilts when the top is done; it's a sign to her that it is done and ready for quilting plus it protects it from more raveling distortion

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    I use my serger before I put on binding around the edge of the quilt. Neat clean edge and all the layers are flat.

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    I have one but don't use it for quilting. I mainly use it when I sew clothes for my grandchildren.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SuzyQ
    I bought a serger many years ago and very seldom use it :( Whenever I bring up the fact that I *need* a new sewing machine ... I hear about the serger that I *needed* and seldom use :roll:

    Susan
    I don't have a serger mainly because I never really understood the need, but DH brings up my old machine I bought 20 years ago. Finally I told him to just get over it. That is history and I don't want to ever hear about it again. 20 year - move on! :roll:

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    I dont use mine very often in quilting. Its used mostly for finishing the inside of bags or to stop a fabric from fraying. I bought mine used for $50, and I'd say it was worth it, comes in handy, but I wouldnt buy one new, too expensive for no more than it gets used.

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    I have a quilt that I made with Silk scarfs as a memory quilt for my SIL that I did with the serger but I also serge the edges of all my quilts before I put the binding on. I find the binding easier to attach when the edge has been serged.

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    I miss my surger so bad. Mine got mixed up in a move and my darling husband didn't realize what it was and put it in our outdoor shed. When I "found" it a few months ago the sewing machine repair guy said it is so rusted and ruined it would be cheaper to buy a new one. That can't happen for a while--stupid budget.

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    I don't use my serger for quilting as it adds too much bulk in a seam. Although there are some cute made for serger patterns out there. I used to make a lot of my kids clothes and for that a serger is a must. I hadn't used it for about 8 years up until I recently made my daughter's prom dress. Without the serger I would have been sunk! The fabric was a brocade and super ravely.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SuzyQ
    I bought a serger many years ago and very seldom use it :( Whenever I bring up the fact that I *need* a new sewing machine ... I hear about the serger that I *needed* and seldom use :roll:

    Susan
    Yeah, I introduce the subject of my serger purchase as "the most expensive paperweight ever owned."!!! Sigh. Oh well, it was bought years ago on someone else's nickel, thankfully.

    Jan in VA

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    I gave mine away.

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    I like my serger.I picked up a real good book at JoAnn. the name is Serge & Merge Quilts By Sharon V. Rotz And the book is a create with Nancy Zieman book too.So you could get it on her site.I'm making a wall Art project now to learn some serger skills

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