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Old 02-07-2013, 11:43 PM   #21
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What do you ladies make with your sergers?

Ignore typos...probably nursing, typing with one finger on my left hand while wrangling two toddlers. yeah, I'm that good.
Lots of stuff... I use it for the inside seams of pants, dresses, shirts ... then I iron the hems and do the hems on my sewing machine.
I've made momma cloth. I've made about 16 fleece trainers (Katrina soaker pattern with flannel inserts- I did use my sewing machine to sew the extra fleece and the flannel inside the wet zone.) That is just since December!

I use it a lot more than I thought I would.

(I cheat on threading it. I cut all the threads at the top. Then I tie the new thread to it. Cut off the strings. Then I serge till the colors all change. If a string breaks or the knot gets stuck at the needle hole... I fix it. But it is a lot less work than rethreading the whole thing! )

I made this dress this weekend. The inside is serged and around the bodice. I use my sewing machine for the straps and hem.



A skirty Fleece trainer ... because a cute fluffy butt is worth buying a new machine for.

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Old 02-08-2013, 05:26 AM   #22
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Re: If you own a serger, is it worth it?

I LOVE my serger! I just started using it in January and have made mama cloth and clothes with it since.

If you mostly quilt, then I would say it's not worth it. But if you want to sew garments and all that, then it's WONDERFUL! Last year, I knew I wanted to start sewing garments instead of only quilting and so it's been a great investment. I love how tidy it makes them seem.

That said, I wonder if the place you buy it from offers a class in it's functions. I HATE trying to read the instructions and figure out... wish I had someone to show me (like rolled hems and all that). DH used to help me figure out the mechanics, but he has been very busy and so I hate to bother him lately. So that is one thing I would "do over" when getting my serger... asking for a class! It seems like if you are going to spend that sum of money, a one hour basic class wouldn't be crazy.
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Old 02-08-2013, 05:46 AM   #23
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Yes. Totally worth it. They really don't cost that much, especially if you buy second hand. I have bought two in 3 years...
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Depends on how much you are going to use it. You should go in with a friend and split the cost.
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Depends on how much you are going to use it. You should go in with a friend and split the cost.
I would never share a serger with a friend. If it breaks it could lead to issues.

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I would never share a serger with a friend. If it breaks it could lead to issues.

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I agree, what if someone moves? How would you split the time? I use my serger for about 80% of the things I sew. Would you just have a stack of things waiting to be serged every time? What if one person is a super heavy user and one person is a light user, do you still split servicing costs. Are you splitting the costs of needles and thread, or do you each buy your own?

Sharing ANY type of sewing machine seems like it could be a recipe for disaster. I'd think you'd have to be family (or that close) and at least one person be VERY laid back about it for sharing to work. It would not work for me.

If you buy used and find you don't use it enough, you can usually resell it for close to the same price you paid.
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A skirty Fleece trainer ... because a cute fluffy butt is worth buying a new machine for.
That is SO FREAKIN' CUTE!
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I got mine for clothes but I don't really use it. I have been finishing my seams with a French seam or flat felled seam. I do like having it for my rags and such.

Any more I just use the overlock on my machine if I really need a serged edge.

I like having the option of a serger but I don't use it as much.
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Re: If you own a serger, is it worth it?

In one word: YES!
Mine has been worth every penny!
Even though I am not CDing anymore, sewing diaper stuff, upcycling wool, etc.... it still gets heavy use hemming pants, mending split seams, altering, making quilts, etc. It is probably used more than my sewing machine. I use the serger more for total construction of projects and the sewing machine for finishing.
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