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Old 06-01-2008, 10:33 AM   #1
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sergers vs. regular sewing machines

Okay, I'm not a great sewer but I can do minor projects ok, and I'm ready to replace my crappy machine for something better. I was looking at Jenome and Kenmore mid-range machines, and noticed that Kenmore makes some sergers for as low as $200. So I'm wondering if it would make more sense for me to buy a low-end Kenmore serger as opposed to a mid-range regular sewing machine. Any thoughts? I'm not sure what the difference is, other than obviously you can serge edges and use more fancy stitches and more types of thread. I also don't know much about the brands of sergers.

What I mainly use my machine for is altering children's clothes, embellishing PFs and making dipes, and the occasional home decor project. I don't really use fancy stitches and embrodiery, or sew clothes from scratch, but I could see serging the edges of diapers and other things if I had the means to do it.

Any input would be greatly appreciated from those that have BTDT. Thanks!

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Old 06-01-2008, 12:22 PM   #2
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I already have a Janome sewing machine that I adore but am wondering if a lower priced serger is worth it. Do the more expensive sergers do so much more? Or do they not break as often? What's the benefit of buying a more expensive serger? I think this goes along with what you are asking because if a more expensive serger is worth the money, then you would be better off getting a really nice sewing machine and saving for a really nice serger.
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Re: sergers vs. regular sewing machines

I have a singer serger from Walmart for $198 I think and it works great. I've only made hemp/sherpa PFs and interlock shorts on it so far but it definately gets the job done!
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Old 06-01-2008, 02:37 PM   #5
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Re: sergers vs. regular sewing machines

I don't know about going for low end, but I love my Janome serger I found on Craigslist for 100, it works like a dream and makes sewing so much nicer. I use both my regular machine and my serger and soon my embroidery machine plus I have two back up sewing machines if needed.
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My only question would be does the serger do straight stitch? My serger does not and I use straight stitch for so much.
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Old 06-01-2008, 04:19 PM   #7
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You cannot replace a sewing machine with a serger. A serger does do a chain stitch, but that's it. You need your sewing machine for straight and zigzag, at the very least.
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Re: sergers vs. regular sewing machines

Just to agree with the previous poster, sergers are great BUT they are one (type of) stitch wonders. Sergers ONLY do overlock stitches and ONLY on the edge of your fabric, trimming it as it sews. What they do, they do really well BUT they are not a replacement for a regular sewing machine.

I have a "cheap" serger, the Brother 1034D. I've had it for almost three years with no servicing and it is still going strong. When this one breaks, I plan on getting the same model. Sure there are fancier stitches and awsome self threading that more expensive machines do, but my serger does everything I need and I'd rather spend any extra money I have on upgrading my regular machine or getting a coverstitcher than upgrading my serger.

To the origional poster, if you only sew occasionally, I think that upgrading your sewing machine would be better than getting a serger, because if you spend the money on a serger you'll still be stuck using your old sewing machine for a lot of stuff and if you don't sew with knits often you might not find a lot of use for the serger. just my .
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Old 06-01-2008, 07:25 PM   #9
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Re: sergers vs. regular sewing machines

Thanks ladies! That makes so much sense. I'm probably better off getting a mid-range regular machine than to buy a low-end serger and limp along with my current sewing machine, at least right now. The type of projects I do would benefit more that way.
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