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Do I need a serger?

erikawak's picture

I'm just getting back into sewing again after a long hiatus.  I've bought myself what looks like a nice sewing machine but now I am reading about sergers and how great they are.  Do I need one?  I want to make clothes and craft projects for myself.  I doubt I am going to suddenly start marketing items.  But I do want what I make to look as professional as possible.

So, experienced folk, do I need a serger?


Ralphetta's picture

do I need a serger (post #32916, reply #1 of 3)

If you can afford one and are planning to do much sewing, yes.  You can get by without one, but having one makes some  things go  much faster and easier and that leaves you more timerfor the other things you can do with your sewing machine.  I haven't been doing much sewing in the last couple of years, but I've used my serger as much or more than my machine.   Since I've lost some weight, I used mine the other day for taking in some knit pants and tops.  It was much, much, much faster and more professional looking than if I'd used my sewing machine. it just took a few minutes and I didn't have to rip open any old seams, etc., like I would have to do with my sewing machine.  Do a little reading and then go test drive one. 

erikawak's picture

Thank you!  That is really (post #32916, reply #2 of 3)

Thank you!  That is really helpful.  I found a recommended model for what looks like a good price and I think I might go for it.  I cant' stand the thought of putting a lot of work into a project and then having it look less than it could because I didn't have the right equipment.

ipodgrannie's picture

Do you need a serger? (post #32916, reply #3 of 3)

I ask, do you need a right hand, if yes, get one.  Love it, love it and I have been sewing for over sixty years