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From: lendube
Date: 04-04-2007, 07:07 PM (1 of 8)
I'm working on a simple sun dress. 100% cotton so I'm finishing all of the seams. "Seems" I'm spending more time doing that than actually constructing the garment.

Is this why I might want a serger?

Trying to get it. :whacky:

Lennie :nc: :nc: :nc:
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From: Pudge99
Date: 04-04-2007, 07:19 PM (2 of 8)
Yep that is why. Zip up one side and down the other and voila garment is sewn together and seams are finished.
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From: Judi
Date: 04-04-2007, 07:50 PM (3 of 8)
And then stitch around the bottom, turn it up and topstitch it - a 10 minute job.

Sewing is almost better than Chocolate.
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From: Jeke
Date: 04-04-2007, 09:03 PM (4 of 8)
I couldn't live without my serger for sewing. It finishes the seams so nicely. The fabric doesn't fray. It cuts down on time.... Need I go on?:bg:
User: Jeke
Member since: 11-10-2004
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From: esrun3
Date: 04-04-2007, 10:55 PM (5 of 8)
Lennie, I thought I'd never really need one. Finally broke down and bought one, used it alot and then went on vacation and thought I'll just take the sewing machine along (yes I do that on vacation LOL). So...making maternity tops for my dd who was pg at the time and BOY! did I MISS my serger!!!! Seemed like it took forever to make those tops! Had to stitch the seam, then zig zag it, etc when I could have done it all in one step with the serger.

Get one if you can-you'll be glad you did!
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Member since: 12-02-2004
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From: bridesmom
Date: 04-05-2007, 09:20 PM (6 of 8)
I'm another one who didn't think I'd use it that much, but I can't live without mine either. It does such a great job of finishing edges, hemming, pin tucks, decorative edges, etc. There's way more than just edging you can learn! Sometimes I do a whole outfit on the serger, and barely use my sewing machine. It's totally worth the investment. One tip, practice threading and rethreading and rethreading until you aren't scared of it any more. Many people are terrified of having to thread a serger, but it's not that big a deal, really! I just finished taking three classes on serging and I'm really glad I did.
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From: lendube
Date: 04-05-2007, 10:23 PM (7 of 8)
Thanks everyone!

I took the next step and mentioned it to dh. He thinks it's a great idea even though he's not quite sure what it's all about. He's terrific that way.

I'll be going to the Del Mar Quilt, Craft and Sewing Festival the middle of May (thanks to Lyn's bringing this to my attention. :up: ) I'll be checking out the sergers there for more info at least. Don't know if I'd necessarily want to buy one there.

Might want to run the make and model by all of you experts first.

User: lendube
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From: DorothyL
Date: 04-06-2007, 09:16 AM (8 of 8)
It's a good idea to check them out there, see what you want and then talk to a local dealer. It will help when you know what you are talking about.
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