|Sergers are special sewing machines that
sew a seam, trim, and finish its raw edge
in one operation. Ideal for working with
regular and stretchable fabrics, sergers
can be expensive based on their number and
type of features. Before purchasing one,
decide what kinds of sewing you will do so
you buy the serger that will fit your current
and future needs.
Some serger features to consider:
- The number of threads used. The basic serger
stitch uses 3 threads but sergers are available
with up to 8 or 10 threads. The more threads
used, the greater the kinds of stitching
can be done but more expensive the serger
- Ease of threading. Sergers can sometimes
be difficult or time consuming to thread
so look for automatic or color-coded threading
- Type of sewing needle used. Some sergers
require special sewing needles, which may
not be widely available; others use regular
sewing machine needles, which are available
at any sewing supplies business.
- Removable trim knife for those times you
want to sew without trimming the seam.
- Tension adjustment that is automatic or self-adjusting
to eliminate "trail and error"
to achieve the correct tension.
- Types of accessory feet. Snap-on or swing-out
presser feet help make threading and changing
feet easier. For embellishment/decorative
stitching, look for feet designed to attach
lace or beads, do rolled hems, attach cording
and piping, etc.
- Accessories that come with the serger. It
is helpful to have items such as a dust cover,
scrap catcher attachment, spool pin adapters,
and spool caps.
Although most of your sewing can be done
on a serger, sergers cannot do zippers, topstitching,
and buttonholes. For those tasks, you need
a regular sewing machine.