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June 05, 2007

who needs serger?

left to right: lock cutter foot, invisible zipper foot, 1/4 inch foot and narrow hem foot

i am a bit fixated on the idea of owning a serger these days. how many of you sewers out there have a serger, i'm a little curious. serger is, in my opinion, something nice to have. and in all honestly, i can still sew and make clothes without having a serger. yet, the idea of owning one is quite compelling.

instead, i decided for now, i'm just going to get more presser feet to broaden my sewing abilities. when i bought this sewing machine, i had no idea if i would enjoy sewing and further, became good at sewing. as such, i did not spend a lot of money on it. now that i know i at least enjoy sewing and making my own clothes, i wish i had purchased a little bit more advanced machine (like the ones with embroidery functions, etc).

so these presser feet are super awesome! unless of course you already knew them. i got all of them from here with very good price. the lock cutter is very handy, it sort of serge finishes for you though i imagine this is probably not as fast as a *real* serger, but it zig zags and cuts off the excess, all at one go. i used this for the first time for my barcelona skirt, you can see the results here.

i also love the narrow hem foot and the 1/4 inch foot. i used the narrow hem foot to finish the lining of my skirt, it rolls and stitches. and i should have discovered the 1/4 inch foot much earlier! it is now deemed quintessential for toy making... more specifically, wee wonderful's toys. i don't need to outline the stitch lines no more, it's perfect!

thank you for liking my herd of elephants! i do plan to give a few away to family & friends. and will be making even more, big and small so i will always have my own herd to appreciate!


I don't sew a lot anymore, but I did. I think you manage very well without a serger until you have a serger. Then you can't live without it.

ooooo, i am so excited to have read a good review of the sidecutter! I've been looking for an excuse to buy one :)

Yes, I was 15 when I got my own sewing machine and serger (12 years ago). I've learned to use the serger. but I think that I could have made everything even without it, since I only sew for the fun of it. I can't use all the features of the serger, I've always wanted to take lessons. I think that if I would now choose a serger, I would buy one which could saw a flatseam. I.e. one that shows on outside.

I outfitted my basic Singer (probably even more basic than yours) with a walking foot and a 1/4" foot. Now that you mention it, a lock cutter foot would be a welcome addition! If only I remembered my machine's model number here at work...

I love the hemmer! Tuck, tuck and stitch -- such a clean edge.

I don't have a serger, but it's something I think about getting from time to time. The problem is if I get one, I want to get a good one and I'm just not sure I want one enough to fork out that kind of money right now.

I don't really sew that more, but I use to use my serger all the time. I had held out without one for many years until I had to hem 194 panels of ombre dyed silk chiffon for a project for a client. The thought of doing it without the serger just seemed horrifying to me so I did my research and bought one that did rolled hems and serged at the same time. Though I do agree it is one of those things that you can live without until you own one.

Yay! Thanks for posting about those!

I got a serger a couple years ago - I got a very good deal on it because it was being discontinued plus I was buying a sewing machine. I don't sew TONS so it's kind of a luxury but it's a very nice luxury. I love the nice professional edge it gives, esp. if I'm making a gift. Plus it's so fast! I balked at getting it (even

I got a Serger as a graduation gift and ended up all-but-abandoning it. Granted, it's really nice to have for sewing up fabrics that unravel, and it's super-nice to have for clothes, but I found myself going back to my regular ol' sewing machine a lot more than I initially thought I would.

Funny--I just bought my first serger (deep discount, discontinued, but a quality brand) and THEN I learned about these presser feet. I was a bit mad at myself at first for jumping the gun (could have gotten a foot for far less than a serger, discount and all). But that was before I got my old machine up and running again and remembered where my sewing mojo had gone. I did alterations for about a year and using the high-speed industrials spoiled me. It also convinced me a separate serger was a MUST. So, I have one. Now, if I can just figure out which new Singer machine I want...

I'm with Grumperina - I'm sure my machine is even more basic than yours, but I really want those feet! Thanks so much for the information on them.

Thanks for writing about the lock cutter! I didn't know there's such thing as that. I don't have a serger either (can't afford one at the moment), so this would be handy.

I have a Serger but I always end up finishing with my normal machine and special feet. Sergers are so finicky.

I just hope that I get to the point in my sewing where I need a serger too! x

i have a very old and simple serger in my basement which i used to use quite alot. Maybe i'll pull it out when i receive my Barcelona skirt pattern (inspired by you!)
It looks like your sewing machine did a great mock serge!

I started sewing when I was 15 (15 years ago) because I'm picky and a difficult fit. When I was introduced to a serger late in high school, I knew I had to have one. I received mine as a graduation gift and couldn't be happier. Since then, it received a new motor while still under warrenty and became damaged (repairable, but the tension just isn't the same anymore) when my parents shipped it to me.

Sergers are absolute *musts* if you work with knits, especially swimwear. A 4-thread overlock is a no-brainer setup for perfect seams, something that usually requires a bit of tinkering on a traditional machine to get just right.

As a sidenote, I tried one of those hem rollers on the industrials at my new job, and it was too much hassle to get it to work properly. My boss can't get it to work any better. I ended up just pressing up the hem and rolling it by hand.

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