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From: debbiemac1923
Date: 12-12-2006, 05:42 AM (1 of 5)
Hi, I have recently joined this list to get information on sergers. I have been sewing forever or it seems that way, and have never used a serger. I am saving up to buy one and welcome any opinions or advice. I cannot afford one of the high end sergers and am not sure I need one. I need to do basic serging. I have a couple of questions to begin:

what is the advantage of a 5 thread serger?
do most sergers do a coverstitch -- is that the same as a flatlock?

Not sure I haev the terminology correct.

Thanks in advance.
User: debbiemac1923
Member since: 12-11-2006
Total posts: 1
From: DorothyL
Date: 12-12-2006, 07:43 AM (2 of 5)
Deb --
Sounds like me about a year-and-a-half ago.
My advice is not to go too cheap. I started with one of the cheap ones at the fabric store and ended up getting rid of it after 6 months.
And, whatever you do, go to a dealer that will give you support and training. Don't leave the shop until you know how to thread the darn thing!! I saved some money by buying one that was used to train dealers.
I like my cover stitch although I don't use knits much.
User: DorothyL
Member since: 12-09-2002
Total posts: 3883
From: plrlegal
Date: 12-12-2006, 11:34 AM (3 of 5)
Hi Deb and welcome. Glad you're joining us. I'll reserve my comments about sergers for your post on the Sergers forum as this is an Introduce Yourself only forum.

User: plrlegal
Member since: 05-19-2001
Total posts: 318
From: lendube
Date: 12-12-2006, 11:44 AM (4 of 5)
Hi Deb, You've come to the right place! You'll get all the answers you need and then some here.

User: lendube
Member since: 08-06-2006
Total posts: 1548
From: esrun3
Date: 12-12-2006, 09:55 PM (5 of 5)
Hi Deb and welcome! You'll find lots of great advice here!
User: esrun3
Member since: 12-02-2004
Total posts: 2345
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