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Thread: What is the difference between a sewing machine and a serger?

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    Senior Member blzzrdqueen's Avatar
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    Mar 2009
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    I'm not even sure if I know what a serger is, but I saw an ad for a sewing cabinet and it had both machines on it, so it got me wondering.

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    Super Member Maride's Avatar
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    If you turn your clothes inside out, that stitch that seals the seams, is done by a serger. Some sewing machines can serge too, but not very well because a serger has a blade that cuts the edge of the seam seam right before it sews it. It prevent your seams from fraying.


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    Super Member Ducky's Avatar
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    A serger uses more than one spool of thread. Actually, they're cones. Mine has four. A serger primarily is used for overcast stitching. It cuts the edge and does an overcast. If you look at the hem of a tee shirt, you'll see the kind of stitch. I love mine, but only really use it for regular sewing, not quilting (though, I've heard you can do that).

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    Power Poster littlehud's Avatar
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    I used to sew on a serger in a sewing factory. It sews a seam and finishes it at the same time. It also cuts off any excess fabric. It keeps the seam from fraying.

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    Member grannypjb's Avatar
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    The serger is the best thing since sliced bread. I do sewing for the public and I have three (3) sergers. One has black, one white and one neutral. But I have a box of cones with all colors as I also do weddings and need the colors for bridesmaids.

    They sure make things easy when you have to shorten a pair of slacks, dress, etc. Finishes the edge perfect.

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