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Old 12-17-2008, 01:31 PM   #1
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Can I serge on a regular sewing machine?

I've never done this, or tried it. I can't afford a serger and wouldn't use it enough now to make it worth it.

Any ideas would be helpfull....

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Re: Can I serge on a regular sewing machine?

Technically no, but you can accomplish some semblance by using a zig zag stitch and sewing off the edge. However, you will not have the capability that the serger provides of trimming the seam allowance while sewing.
If you don't think you really need the serger you will definitely be able to get by without it. It makes some projects a little more quick, but it's not a necessity
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Old 12-17-2008, 02:36 PM   #3
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I've never done this, or tried it. I can't afford a serger and wouldn't use it enough now to make it worth it.

Any ideas would be helpfull....
depending on what machine you have, some come with different 'overlock' stitches where the needle goes over the edge of the fabric, similar to zig zag. Mine has some overlock stitches on it but says to use some special foot that has a guide that will keep it in place. You hav eto make sure your fabric is pretty much straight and not in need of much trimming that a serger provides.
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Re: Can I serge on a regular sewing machine?

yep you can use a zig zag or overlock, i did the overlock without the special foot for awhile after i broke the foot, but now i have a new one again, it does help to use the foot but you can use your regular foot you just need to watch your fabric so it sews on the edge. also if you are doing one layer of a thin fabric and just a zig zag sometimes the machine won't feed it well so watch for that, you might have to GENTLY pull the fabric a bit behind the machine. also set your zig zag to a shorter stitch length and maybe even a bit wider if you are zig zagging. if you can overlock, otherwise zig zag will do for most things.
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Re: Can I serge on a regular sewing machine?

Yup--you can use the overlock or stretch stitches (depending on your fabric), but it won't trim the edges for you. As was preciously said, you have to keep your fabric PERFECTLY aligned or you miss the edge--and picking out those overlock stitches really stinks.
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Re: Can I serge on a regular sewing machine?

My machine(a Brother) came with a large foot contraption that has a cutter on it to use with the programed overlock stitches.
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