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From: Moonflower
Date: 09-21-2005, 11:50 AM (1 of 9)
Hello, I have just purchased my first sewing machine. I am totally new to sewing so bare with me :wink: I intend on making clothes with my sewing machine and was wondering if i would need a seperate Overlocker/serger? The sewing machine i have has a elastic overlock stich on it (not quite sure what that means yet...) Would this be enough for sewing seams and hems? Or would it be best if i got a compleatly different machine to do this?
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From: MaryW
Date: 09-21-2005, 12:42 PM (2 of 9)
Hi Moonflower and welcome to Sew Whats New. :smile:

You do not need a serger. Many accomplished sewers have never owned a serger. Find out how to use the machine you have first before venturing into serging. You need the skills to put garments together. A serger is to finish off the raw edges of your seam allowances.

Your elastic overlock stitch is probably a zigzag stretchy stitch of sorts to stitch down elastic or cover the edge.
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From: SummersEchos
Date: 09-21-2005, 12:47 PM (3 of 9)
Hi Moonflower,
Welcome to Sew Whats New.
As far as buying another machine, I would wait till you are into sewing a little longer. We all have our favorite brand and types of machines. I think trying your machine you have now and seeing what it can do, then see if you need another machine.
These of course are just my thoughts on this.

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From: Magot
Date: 09-21-2005, 01:57 PM (4 of 9)
You can go a long way with learning how a garment all fits together and finishing your seams simply with a zig zag - get all the basics under you belt before you head back to the shops. It will help you to understand what it is you want from a machine too. There is so much you can do with a standard sewing machine that you will have fun trying out. Welcome to the wacky world of sewing.
love and kisses, Jan
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From: Moonflower
Date: 09-21-2005, 03:24 PM (5 of 9)
:bg: Thanks for the welcomes and replies!!

Phew! I was hoping that my basic sewing machine would be enough for now :wink: I have been having so much fun with it already and i have only had it home for a few hours :bg:
User: Moonflower
Member since: 09-21-2005
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From: esrun3
Date: 09-21-2005, 10:21 PM (6 of 9)
Welcome Moonflower! I don't have anything to add, I agree with the others. I've been sewing for over 40 years and still don't own a serger!
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From: LauraM62
Date: 09-22-2005, 09:01 AM (7 of 9)
Welcome & I agree with everyone here! I actually went many years with only a sewing machine before I every got a serger. On fabrics that might ravel I would generally do my straight stitch then go back next to it with a zig zag. Or you could learn different seam techniques as you go! Not to say as you get going some day you want put a serger on the wish list as I did :bg:
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From: bridesmom
Date: 09-24-2005, 07:18 AM (8 of 9)
My old Pfaff has a overlock stitch that I used to use before I got my serger. I liked it better than the zigzag finish. When I got my first serger I got an old 2nd or 3rd hand one for $200. The saleswoman gave me a quick 5 minute lesson and my MIL was my tutor. After a month, I was ready to go for a brand new one!!! But I did sew for close to 20 years with out a serger. Have fun sewing!!!
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From: debsews
Date: 09-24-2005, 01:24 PM (9 of 9)
You didn't say what kind of machine you bought but my Viking has an overlock stitch on it that works great for some things. I also has a seam plus overlock but it doesn't cut the seam away and so you can only use that on things that use a 1/4 inch seam. It is also a lot slower to use than a serger and once you use a serger to finish your seams you wouldn't want to go back to the zig zag or overlock on machine to do it. I don't have a good serger and am trying to decide on which to buy. Just my 2 cents.
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