by Renee Larson
1. A serger is faster than a typical sewing machine.
2. A serger can give you a more professional finish by cutting off your seam allowance and overcasting the edge.
3. Stretchy fabrics work best in a serger – they will still stretch after sewing in a serger, and this is not always the case with a sewing machine.
4. You can do all kinds of other stitches with your serger, such as a blind hem, and the seam is completely finished as well, saving you time.
5. You can easily finish the edges of very delicate fabrics by putting in a rolled hem.
6. Some sergers come with a cover-stitch which can be an easier finish than having to use twin needles on your sewing machine.
7. Sewing with a serger is often easier than sewing with a sewing machine – it is a bit like driving a car.
8. While threading a serger can look complicated, you can tie the old threads to the new threads and pull them through, making it easier to thread. Most manufacturers also color-code their threading system which makes the process even easier.
9. It makes your home-sewn clothing more durable and has a stronger hold than a regular straight stitch. If you pop a thread in a serged seam it will still hold the majority of the time.
10. A serger is an excellent second machine if you use your sewing machine for embroidery, etc. You can never get away with not having a sewing machine, but you can get away with not having a serger.
Renee Larson is MNSOC’s Resident Sewing Pro. If you have a question for Renee you can send it to MNSOC, or you can find Renee in person – selling, fixing and teaching about various sewing machines at the Husquavarna Viking dealer in Joann Fabrics in Woodbury.