Sergers are a great addition to any sewists’ arsenal.
I’ll never forget the day that I used my first serger. I learned to sew from an experienced seamstress who is like a second mom to me. She let me use her serger while teaching me how to make curtains. My first reactions was “I need to get one of these!” The power of this machine, the way it created a beautiful finished seam, and the built-in knife that cut away the excess fabric – I was impressed.
If you are shopping for your first serger then I’m confident that you will be thrilled with the way it changes the quality of your projects. It really is a great investment.
What is a Serger and Why You Need One
Serger machines allow you to easily create professionally finished projects from home. This is the main purpose of the machine – to produce professionally finished seams like you would find in clothing you purchase at a store.
It does this by using two to ten threads to encase the raw edge with an overcast stitch and it also trims away the excess fabric. Instead of a bobbin and a single needle in a typical sewing machine, a serger has multiple needles and a cutting blade.
It is important to understand that, while a serger can join two pieces of fabric together, it is not a replacement for your sewing machine. It is a compliment to your sewing machine to create a professional finish.
Which Serger is Best?
Sergers range in price from under $200 to over $2,000. Most of us are fine in the $200 price range. I have a Brother Serger that I’ve used for years and it cost under $200. To decide which serger is best for you, read my in-depth reviews below.