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Old 04-17-2007, 01:35 PM   #1
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Zig zag stitch instead of serger?

Hi crafty mamas! I have some flats that I'd like to cut and use as doublers & liners for our coming NB. I have heard of people using their zigzag setting on their sewing machines to "serge" the edges of fabrics. Is this something that is hard to do? Have you done this? How do the edges look?

I only know one person who owns a serger and would have to mail out my materials to her to have her work on it for me. Should I just play it safe and do it that way?

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i tried this and was thoroughly disappointed in how they turned out. there was a ton of fraying, etc. i would go for the serged edge.
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My machine has a stitch that is zigzag with a bottom and straight stitch.. and worked perfectly we washed about 4 times and no fraying
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My machine has a stitch that is zigzag with a bottom and straight stitch.. and worked perfectly we washed about 4 times and no fraying

I believe my machine has this same stitch. I'll have to check it out. Thanks!
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My machine came with a "side cutter" attachment which goes on in place of the presser foot and makes it work just like a serger. It does an overlock stitch and trims the edge at the same time. It's something like this: http://www.allbrands.com/products/abp03546.html

It takes some getting used to but I love it!
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Re: Zig zag stitch instead of serger?

It will fray over time if you just use it on the edge of the fabric. A serger does a lot more than just put a stitch on the edge. If you use it to fold over the edge of the fabric & zig zag over it that will work better though.
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My machine came with a "side cutter" attachment which goes on in place of the presser foot and makes it work just like a serger. It does an overlock stitch and trims the edge at the same time. It's something like this: http://www.allbrands.com/products/abp03546.html

It takes some getting used to but I love it!
I'm curious how this works? B/c what about the looper needles?
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