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Old 05-28-2011, 08:51 PM   #1
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Making Inserts - Do I need a Serger?

Basically the question above Sergers are crazy expensive... I have a sewing machine that can do zig zags but that's about it. Can I just use my machine or will I have to buy one? If I need one in the long run, do I need to spend the 600 or are there some that are reasonably priced and that are still good?
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Old 05-28-2011, 08:53 PM   #2
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You can turn and top stich them, or a tight zig zag stitch will work just fine, go over it 2x if you need to!
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I made wonderful inserts with my sewing maching super easy. I took a microfiber towel and set it on top of a piece of flannel. I cut around the towel with an extra 1/2" of flannel. Then fold the ends of the flannel over flat onto the towel and trifold the whole thing up. All the raw edges should be contained. Just sew around the edge with a strait stitch and a line down the center. These are my favorite liners!
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Phew! Ok thanks, I was getting all freaked out
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I dont make a whole lot of inserts because I prefer serged. For me, more than 2 or three layers t&t is too bulky and wonky, and I dont like the unkempt look of a zig-zag stitch. That said, most interlock fabric (bamboo fleece and hemp, knit cotton, etc) do not fray, so zig-zag away! Maybe a zig-zag stitch all the way around and then go back over with a straight stitch. BTW, Brother 1034D is a very affordable serger (around $200) with great reviews. I am looking to get one myself.
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I dont make a whole lot of inserts because I prefer serged. For me, more than 2 or three layers t&t is too bulky and wonky, and I dont like the unkempt look of a zig-zag stitch. That said, most interlock fabric (bamboo fleece and hemp, knit cotton, etc) do not fray, so zig-zag away! Maybe a zig-zag stitch all the way around and then go back over with a straight stitch. BTW, Brother 1034D is a very affordable serger (around $200) with great reviews. I am looking to get one myself.
This! While it certainly is possible to t&t the inserts, the fabrics used to make them are usually thick to begin with, so you will end up with very thick edges if you go this route. though you really dont need a serger to make inserts. zig zag should work just fine. for what its worth though, you can find great sergers that are affordable on craigslist or ebay, as long as you dont mind a used one. i got mine off ebay a year ago for 100 bucks. works perfect!
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Everything on eBay is over 300 right now I think... And I'm in Canada - checked the local craigslist and still over 300! I'll keep looking
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Sorry where can I buy zorb??? The fabric that is.
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Sorry where can I buy zorb??? The fabric that is.
http://www.wazoodle.com, They are in Canada I really wanna try Zorb2 with the the diamond bamboo fabric sewn on top!
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