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Topic: Sewing machine serger, what's the diff?  (Read 609 times)
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« on: June 27, 2006 10:07:36 AM »

What is the difference between a sewing machine and a serger?  I am thinking of buying one, my price range is very low, I will make pillows, curtains and the like, I may try a tote or purse.  No embroidery or anything.  I know htere is a sticky topic, but it is 44 pages long!
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« Reply #1 on: June 27, 2006 10:31:57 AM »

Most people start out with a sewing machine, as they are more versatile.  A sewing machine can do lots of things, where as a serger generally joins or hems fabric while 'binding' the edges in wrapped threads so that they don't unravel.
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« Reply #2 on: June 28, 2006 04:48:41 PM »

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Serger
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« Reply #3 on: June 29, 2006 06:03:06 AM »

You will still need a sewing machine even if you have a serger.  A serger is fantastic for joining seams and finishing edges but you can't use it to put in a zipper or do buttonholes or other things like that. 

If your funds are limited, stick with the sewing machine.  If you have a sewing machine and are working with a material that unravels, you can always do a zig-zag stitch close to the edge of the material to help keep it from unraveling so bad.
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