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« on: August 01, 2012 11:30:25 AM »

I currently own a Brother LS-30 which is in pretty good shape, no complaints. However, today I got sucked into the little Viking/Husqvarna corner at my local Jo-Ann's and got the whole serger/overlocker spiel. 

As awesome as it was to see all the interesting things you can do with a serger (and the free classes), I still have some questions so I'm asking:
1- Is there anything -ANYTHING- that a sewing machine can do that a serger can't?
2- Does a serger really make sewing apparel easier?
3- Does it make sense to own both a serger and a regular sewing maching?

Thank you all in advance for your answers and comments!!
« Reply #1 on: August 02, 2012 01:00:42 PM »

I own a three sewing machines as well as a serger (the sewing machines are by Brother, the serger by Singer--- just the cheap $200 one). The reason that I got the serger was because I wasn't able to do any overlock stitches on my first machine. I think I could probably live without my serger. Major perks: no switching sewing machine feet to alternate functions. I can have both set up and running at the same time to go back and forth between the too. Also, that handy built-in knife to trim along the edge is useful, but dulls rather quickly. I think I need to get it replaced.

Downside: I think it's a little more difficult to find instruction for sergers. Youtube didn't yield much when I was trying to learn, but I'm sure a class would teach you all you need to know.

That's my two cents.

« Reply #2 on: August 07, 2012 03:59:58 PM »

A serger is nice if you do a lot of garment sewing. It's fast, does a nice professional finish and cuts the seam fabric while you sew. It does not replace a regular machine though. A serger isn't good for curves and some sections of garment construction. A regular machine does more stitches than a serger (decorative, buttonholes, etc), it can sew in situations where a serger can't like things that need accuracy. A serger compliments your regular machine for garment sewing but does not replace it.

« Reply #3 on: September 01, 2012 05:58:13 PM »

I am confused by the above comments.  I see a serger does not do
curves very well so it would seem that if you were to do curtains
or seat covers or tents that a serger would be best.  Yet the
comments say sergers are best for garments.
Please clarify further when where a serger is best used.
Especially please reference these heavier fabric applications
I mentioned like the tents, curtains and seat covers etc.
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« Reply #4 on: September 04, 2012 07:49:44 AM »

Mainly the comment about curves is that you need to be able to clip the seam allowance to make a curve lay properly.

I will run my pattern pieces through my serger to finish the edges and then sew them together with my sewing machine.  That way everything looks better on the inside but I can still have my curves laying nicely.

Sergers are also great when you are working with a material that frays easily. 

What kind of material were you planning on using for the tent?  I am not sure how well a regular serger would handle the heavy canvas for a tent.  Seat covers/cushions and curtains shouldn't be a problem. 

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« Reply #5 on: September 05, 2012 11:52:31 AM »

Sergers can't do buttonholes, top-stitching, attach bias binding, use a ruffler, blind hemming, rolled hems, quilting...

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