Do Sewing Machines have Sergers?

Do Sewing Machines have Sergers

The simple task of a sewing machine is to hold two fabrics together and produce a stitch.

From the turnover side of the fabric, you will be able to see the seam allowances which are the leftover bits after the fabric has been stitched.

These seam allowances pose a problem sometimes after the fabric has been washed. The threads keep coming out from them, and the stitches may get loosened over a period of several washes.

The threads may even be seen from the outside, and the edges of the seam allowance might fray causing the fabric to fall apart. In case, you are troubled by such things you could use pinking shears to cut them. The zigzag cut prevents the threads from fraying out, and the stitches stay in place for long.

You can also use your general sewing machine to sew the seam allowances in a zigzag manner to prevent the loose threads from coming out. But neither of these methods is ideal and won’t help you for a long time. They may save your clothes from tearing off, but the threads still might fray at the edges leaving a bad mark.

Serger Sewing Machines: How Are They the Solution?

In dealing with such problems, a serger is used. It does the function of “finishing” tool. They are also known as the overlock or merrow sewing machines. In these machines, the serger’s knife cuts a clean edge on the fabric and then its threads (can be 3, 4 or 5 threads) wrap around the seam allowances creating a perfect overlock stitch. This ensures that the threads won’t fray and the stitches look neat.

Differences between a Sewing machine and a Serger

A serger sewing machine is completely different from the traditional sewing machine. Some points of the differences between them are below.

  • The serger machine cuts the fabric whenever it sews it. The blade that performs the cut is placed right before the needles. But if you use a traditional sewing machine, you will have to cut your fabric before you can actually start to stitch.
  • A normal sewing machine uses a single thread or two threads if you are using a double needle. It has no bobbin thread. But a serger sewing machine uses three to four threads to create an overlock switch.
  • The speed of the serger machine is faster than the traditional sewing machine.
  • The neck of the sewing machine is much longer than that of the serger machine.
  • While using a normal sewing machine, you can sew on the left side of your fabric, or you can turn your fabric around and sew on the right side depending on the need or your comfort level. But if you are using a serger, you can only sew on the left side of the fabric.

Advantages of Using a Serger Sewing Machine

  • This machine cuts and finishes a garment simultaneously as it stitches it. This eliminates a lot of fuzz encountered while using the conventional sewing machine.
  • Their stitches are looped rather than being straight which provides a much stronger seam.
  • The stitching process is fastened using these types of sewing machines.

When Can You Use a Serger Sewing Machine?

These machines can be used to do a lot of sewing jobs both professional and craft work. Some of these can include:

  • Edge Hemming
  • Rolled Hems
  • Seams
  • Wrapped Edges
  • Blind Hems
  • Safety Stitches

These help create an instant professional look as in professionally made garments.

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