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« on: May 06, 2007 08:36:25 AM »

To start with, better say that I have a basic sewing machine which will do zig-zag, but no overlocker (or serger as I think it is known in the US?)  And I have worked out that if you want to stitch a seam in a jersey garment, the thing to do is stitch it in a narrow zig-zag, and then even if it comes out a bit stretched when you sew it, once it has been in the wash it sorts itself out.  So I've done a couple little pairs of trousers on that basis, and they came out fine.

But now I want to copy a little girls' dress which has edging on it, like bias binding or the neck on a t-shirt.

So, what I could do is cut out strips of material, press them up like bias binding, pin to the edging and zig-zag over the top.  Will that work out the same?  Is that the best way to do it, given the limited kit I have?

And, I'm sure that those of you who make a lot of garments in jersey use overlockers.... sorry, sergers!  Is that much faster?  Neater?  Easier?  if so, how and why - and should I buy one?  I've never used one but am happy to be converted though I'd probably have to put it on my Christmas list!
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« Reply #1 on: May 08, 2007 02:12:30 AM »

Yes I only ever use an overlocker to sew up knit fabric - just thread it for a 4 thread and then it not only neatens up the edges but also puts in a seam for you. It's the only way to go.

Usually necklines in t-shirts are put in using a special machine and that isn't a normal sewing machine or an overlocker. I guess that the best you could do would be to either put in a bias binding - but you'd need to get a stretch knit one or cut long strips on the bias from the fabric you're using..... or buy some matching ribbed fabric and sew that in using the overlocker (you fold the ribbed fabric in half lengthways and that gets overlocked with the raw edges right around the neckline.
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