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« on: July 08, 2010 08:43:43 AM »

So, my fantabulous Huskylock s25 is supposed to arrive by UPS today, so I've been on a serger research rampage for the last couple weeks.  One of the only "cons" of the s25 that I've seen mentioned is the lack of a free arm, but some reviewers are dismissing that as a non-issue because you can always "sew inside the circle" for hemming sleeves or pant legs.

I *think* I have an idea of what this "sewing inside the circle" means, but would really appreciate it if anyone can confirm.  Diagrams or YouTube videos would be especially awesome. 

I'll be sure to post a review of the s25 after a couple weeks of fiddling with it, because there doesn't seem to be much out there on this machine.  I know serger basics from high school Home Ec but have sewn exclusively on a 1950's Singer Slant-o-Matic for the last 5 years, so buying the s25 is a little like going from a Huffy with training wheels straight to a Lance Armstrong racing bike (or, perhaps, a 500HP Harley).  The deal was just too good to pass up!
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« Reply #1 on: July 08, 2010 05:17:18 PM »

My serger has a free arm, but all the other sergers I have worked on don't. I didn't think it was all that common.

Do you have a sewing machine? Does it have a free arm? You know how you can have a plate or tray that attaches to a sewing machine so that you have a flat table-like surface when you are sewing. But if you remove this you just have a little flat space in front of and behind the needle. When you just have that little area you can take something that is sewn in a circle (like the end of a sleeve or a pant leg) you can put the pant leg around the free arm of the sewing machine and stitch. Sewing "inside the circle" would be instead of putting the pant leg around the sewing machine you put the leg so the opening is on top of the sewing machine.

No free arm means you can't put the pant leg (or whatever circle around the serger you have to put it on top.

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