Serger is a machine that sews the seams of fabric and at the same time trims the seam allowance and finishes the raw edges .ie. it sews, it cuts, it finishes the edges of fabrics all in one go. The professional finish you see in most store bought garments are finished with a serger.
A serger and an over locker are essentially the same thing.These names are used inter changingly.
Overlocking is stitching the edges of fabrics ( one or more layers ) for hemming, edging or seaming.
A Four / five thread serger forms a seam with a chain as well as overlocks the edges, so this serger is way more than a simple overlock machine. Merritt Sewing Machine Price
I really want a Serger. Anything that saves my precious time is a life saver. But do I need a serger ? No. I can do very well with my regular sewing machine for all my sewing. But advantages of Serger are tempting enough –
- Serger finishes the seam and edges in one go – so saves a lot of your time
- Serger stitch is best for sewing knits, being very flexible and stretchy
- Narrow seams, overcast edges, rolled hems, blind stitched hems are all easy with sergers
How many threads are used in the serger? One, two, three, four or fiveDoes the serger have a free arm?
A free arm is needed to easily sew all points of garments.Is it easy to thread?
A sewing machine is a breeze to thread. But not so the serger. At first you may find the instructions difficult to follow and difficult to remember. Ensure that the instruction manual of the serger has clear instructions to thread the machine easily and efficiently. Check that the serger comes with colour coded guides to thread properly.Can you change the stitch width and length easily enough?.Does it have other features like other types of stitches and is it easy to change between them?
The serger usually have overlock & chain stitch. Check if your serger has other stitches you may need like cover stitch or rolled hems, blind hem. Check whether you need them even if the machine has them. You should not be buying extra features which you may not even use after the first few times.