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From: Carmela
Date: 11-04-2005, 12:53 PM (1 of 9)
Now you guys be patient with me I have a serger attachment on my machine Question What is a serger ???? What do you use it for Now don't laugh I don't know :coffee2:
User: Carmela
Member since: 10-21-2001
Total posts: 38
From: Kylnne2
Date: 11-04-2005, 05:51 PM (2 of 9)
A serger stitches an overlock stitch and cuts the excess fabric off. Some sewing machines have an overlock or an overcast stitch where the threads go over the edge of the fabric. I have owned several sergers but I have never used a serger attachment for a sewing machine but saw one years ago..I believe it will overcast the seam and cut away the fabric too. This saves time so you don't have to zig zag raw edges. A serger goes so fast usually 1100-1500 stitcher per min. At one time there was a machine called a "Combi" was a sewing machine and when you turned it around, the back was a serger. I saw it once but never did use it. Todays sergers do many more things than just overcast edges. You can sew entire garments with the many stitches offered on the higher models. You can do pin tucks and felled seams, chain stitch, coverhems, rolled hems, blind hems, lettuce hems, deco stitches, belt loops, flat lock. Sergers are fast and fun and open up a whole new world of creativity.
User: Kylnne2
Member since: 07-10-2004
Total posts: 629
From: Chrysantha
Date: 11-04-2005, 09:19 PM (3 of 9)
If you look at the undersides of ALL your ready-made clothes, you'll see what a serger can do....or even on the top...those double rows of stitching on t-shirts...blind hems....etc.
User: Chrysantha
Member since: 09-06-2002
Total posts: 2414
From: LeapFrog Libby
Date: 11-06-2005, 02:34 PM (4 of 9)
Why don't you do a test to see what it will do.. Just follow your manual instructions on how to use it , get out a good sized scrap and stitch away ! !
Sew With Love
User: LeapFrog Libby
Member since: 05-01-2002
Total posts: 2022
From: gm23237
Date: 11-11-2005, 05:34 PM (5 of 9)
I use my serger more than my sewing machine now. I have a Brother 1034 from Wal Mart. It does what Iwant and was priced right.
User: gm23237
Member since: 11-03-2003
Total posts: 145
From: Kylnne2
Date: 11-11-2005, 06:41 PM (6 of 9)
I know that the Walmart Brother sergers are much less expensive than some other brands and it sure seems that owners of this little serger are pleased with it. I have never used a Brother serger but have owned several other brands that cost much more. I wish I had a place to try out a Brother for a test drive.
User: Kylnne2
Member since: 07-10-2004
Total posts: 629
From: Mom of Six
Date: 11-11-2005, 09:39 PM (7 of 9)
My Brother was great until I hit a pin. Then it would have cost almost as much to fix as buying a new one. I traded it in(broken) on a new Janome they gave me as much as I paid for it origanally($200) It was more expensive & I wouldn't have been able to get it if we hadn't sold my Dad's house & my husband decided I needed to do something fun with part of my inheritence. I use my serger on almost every project I make. I am still not good at blind hemming so I use my sewing machine for that & top stitching.
Happiness is having time to sew!!
User: Mom of Six
Member since: 11-03-2001
Total posts: 1115
From: debsews
Date: 11-11-2005, 10:37 PM (8 of 9)
My first serger was a Brother from WalMart. It never worked properly and I finally had to send it to a dealer to have it fixed. It worked ok after that but it didn't do much and I never learned how to thread it. Just got a Huskylock 936 and I'm in the process of learning how to use it. I love it so far. I'm sure the Brother machines are better now, I just wouldn't buy them from WalMart. I think a dealer is worth the extra money!
User: debsews
Member since: 09-16-2005
Total posts: 254
From: Kylnne2
Date: 11-12-2005, 04:15 PM (9 of 9)
I posted earlier that owners seem to love their less expensive Brother sergers. I have always wondered about the longevity of this serger. I have seen posts on other forums that they work well, are not too heavy duty and also seen posts where these sergers have had problems. Possibly problems were user error or trying to make a more heavy duty serger out of it than it is supposed to be. It also seems owners don't fix them should they break down they buy new other brand sergers. I guess it comes down to spending more on a different serger to begin with or buying a less expensive model and should it break down then buy another less expensive model or a more expensive model in the end. But if a less expensive model serves your purpose and does not break down..then it was worth the purchase. Is it no wonder our mind becomes boggled when buying sewing machines and sergers?
User: Kylnne2
Member since: 07-10-2004
Total posts: 629
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