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Thread: What use is a serger?

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    Super Member Raggiemom's Avatar
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    I was looking at patterns last night and a couple said to use a serger. It was to make a burp cloth and a bib. Do any of you use sergers for much else? Are they any help in quilting? How do you use them for regular sewing?

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    Questions I would like to see answers to also. I have a surger and never have used it.

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    I have a serger to and it just sits there and looks pretty have never used it still not sure why I bought it. Would love to know how to put her to use!

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    I compress the edge of my quilted quilt to add binding with my serger, other than that is is used only for clothing. If you "only" do quilts, I dunno if you'd want one. If you make clothes however...I'd say it's a machine you can't do without!

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    i love down comforters and have made duvet covers for them sewing seams, then stopping to serge each seam. i just bought a 5 thread serger which seams and serges at the same time!also like the idea of serging edges of the quilt before binding.

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    Nancy Zeiman has a new book on making quilts with sergers.

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    i have a serger and i almost never use it in quilts unless maybe for lap quilts for nursing home but is great to finish seams for other sewing projects

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    Power Poster mighty's Avatar
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    I do alot of of other sewing as well guess I better get busy and learn how to use. Compressing the edge of quilt for binding is a great idea.

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    My mother has wanted a serger for YEARS and I am hoping that this mother's day her new granddaughter (arriving in March) will be able to get her one :) If anyone has one that isn't using it or would like to sell theirs (with all the instruction manuals of course), let me know LOL

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    You might find this thread interesting as well.
    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-88435-1.htm

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    Maybe not for a quilt, but quilted items: pot holders, bibs, quilllows, and other items that a serged edge would be helpful :D:D:D

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    I have made a couple of quilts with my serger.

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    My mom has a serger, and she uses it to make my scrub tops for work. She really loves it!

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    I have three sergers . I love them and don't know what I'd do without them. They are all very similar, one is a Bernina, the other two are Jukies. Bernina sergers are made by Juki and are essentially the same machine with just a few extra features but for an exorbitantly higher cost.

    A car accident in August has limited my abilities immensely. I can hardly do anything at all now but here are a couple of things I made previously using one of my sergers, almost exclusively for construction. Most serger patterns call for a 1/4" seam which sounds daunting when you are not used to them but mastering the serger and its 1/4" seam produces perfect results. There will usually be some finish work on your regular machine, depending on the pattern. I use only Kwik Sew Pattern because they are simple and foolproof and almost , (but not all), of their patterns are geared for that 1/4" seam. Years ago I took a serger quilt class. At the time it was a novel idea but I was not happy with it at all and didn't want to waste my time completing the project. I love conventional quilting with all its possibilities.

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    I have a bernina 004D and love it... you are right you don't use them very often but... I have made a king log cabin with it..don't ever run out of bobbin thread!! and if you make a lot of bags.... they are great for finishing the seams on bags.
    They are wonderful for the Kay Wood 9 hr quilt for babies all done on a serger and I've made several of those and some I have used wooley thread on the edge and no binding...
    Judy

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    My serger used to be a very pretty nick nack in my sewing room. Then a couple of years ago they gave a class at the area Vo Tech -- Serger for Beginners -- it is one of her most popular classes. We learned to make small potholders, rolled hems, and how to make a rail fence quilt pieced entirely on the serger. It is now one of her most popular classes she gives it every year.

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    Sergers are great if you do a lot of apparel sewing, not so much quilting. I have an "old" serger that is a terrific machine and it's been used a LOT when I was making clothing, now that I'm quilting and not so much sewing, it doesn't get used much, but it's earned it's well deserved rest, but I won't get rid of it.

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