Sunday, March 21, 2010

A Sewing Surge

Okay, So I did a play on words, I need to ask a question.

I am seriously thinking of getting a serger.  I am not planning to get an expensive one. But it is an expense that I am questioning anyway.  After all, I could use that couple of hundred smackers to buy a lot of cloth and thread.

Do any of you use a serger?  Do you use it for quilting at all?  What exactly do  you use it for?

I have an overlock foot for my machine, I just have never used it.  I do know that it won't trim the edges like the serger will.

I have read that the one I am considering is pretty easy to thread. It is a 2/3/4 thread machine.
So whaddya think?  Talk to me people!

14 comments:

luv2quilt2 said...

I bought one when I had small children and used it a lot in making clothes for them and for myself. I tried it once in piecing, and didn't like it at all for that. My children are grown, and I haven't sewn for myself for a long time, so the machine sits and gathers dust.

Pat said...

I, also, have a serger that I used when making clothes years back. It was hard for me to thread it, so I was always cursing that machine. (I'm sure they are better now for threading than they were at that time.) LOL We moved here a little over 6 years ago and that serger still sits in a box in the closet......have never used it for anything with quilting. I'll be interested to see the replies you get.

Needled Mom said...

I would have to tell you that if you are getting one...don't go cheap. Been there and done that and it is not worth it. I now have one of the Baby*loc Whoosh ones and love the way it performs. I do not use it on much quilting, but use it all the time in my clothing construction. I love it. I am sure you can find a good used one at a reasonable price. A Ju*ki is another good one.

joanne lendaro said...

Like the other gals, I used my serger (Pfaff) for making clothing. LOVED IT!! Super for finishing off those seams. Purchased it many, many years ago. It was a bear to learn, but I do believe they have improved the learning curve on these things. Don't/wouldn't use it for quilting, just for clothing. I don't think the seams would lay flat enough to suit me for quilting. Besides laying flat...I am still ripping things out too much and once the serger seam is in, it's really a bear to take out. Hope this helps....

Bunny said...

Hi I have two sergers, one very old one and one newer one. I use them mainly for sewing garnments and hemming garments. I do not use them for quilting at all do not like the bulk in the seams. I love the Husqvarna/Viking 936 there is a yahoo list on that machine, lots of good information. You can always buy a second hand one. The Baby lock top of the line is expensive if you want to pay the extra for threading. My 936 is easy to thread once you practice. I usually lift the presser foot on both my sergers and knot the thread and gently pull it through. Voila they are threaded. LOL. Hope this helps.

Barbara said...

Hmmmm...reading other comments, it sounds as if the main reason for having a serger is garment-making. I've never had one, and honestly never been tempted to look into getting one for quilt-making. Good luck with it whichever way you go.

Tangos Trash and Treasures said...

Mine too resides in the closet. I've never used it for quilt making. But made some garments & does pretty rolled edges for napkins.
It's a 3 thread.

Pokey said...

I have had a serger for 15 years, it is great for garments, for hemming, and we use it for our baby blanket binding. I know two people who quilt with it, and I myself made a classroom quilt with my class once.
For quilting, you would only use it on projects where precision is not the factor.
I love it for making pillowcases, too! I agree with others, don't go cheap, mine's Bernina, probably would go Pfaff next time because threading is not always fun. I would not want to do without my serger.

Royce said...

My I suggest you get a serger foot for your new machine and try it out and see how you like it first. I've seen the demo of the Baby Lock with the whoosh and it's to die for, but I don't make garments (yet) and like you want my money for fabric and other supplies. One of my friends has the serger foot for her Brother and it works pretty well.

VeeV said...

I don’t have a serger, I understood that a serger would be used for finishing a seam – as in the wrong side of the fabrics on clothing…how it’s ??zig zagged, and finished flush with the edge of the fabric. Sewing with stretchy fabric, would be “sew” much easier with a serger than without.

A serger owner did tell me that IF I was to get a serger, NOT to buy a cheap one; they just aren’t worth the bucks. So for me, and how much (or little) I could imagine needing a serger – it wasn’t worth looking into to buy.

What is it, that you would want or need a serger for??
love your blog
xo
eva

Linda B said...

I had a serger once, and I cursed it everytime I used it. Super headache. And I was using it for garments. I've only known one person who uses it for quilting.

Elaine Adair said...

I only make quilts now and cannot imagine how to use it for quilting. For me, it would be another 'thing' I'd have to work around, store, etc.

Barb said...

I got a serger last year. I just love mine. They are right, it is hard to go over bulk seams but I just trim the seams back so the serger does not have to cut through it... I use mine to serge the edges of my quilts before I put a border on them. I serge my cosmetic bags so it looks nice and pretty inside. I also have friends that come over and serge their stuff every once in a while. Actaully, I don't think I can live without mine. When I go back to Huston, I plan on taking classes...(that is where I got it).... It also does the blanket stitch around fleece....so...as always...I am the odd man out....but you like that about me...right.!!

Rhonda said...

I had a Singer serger for years...used it a few times but wound up giving it to my aunt....nothing wrong with it....it was just I couldn't justify holding onto it when I didn't really use it.