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new at sewing, sewing machine vs serger?

I am new at sewing and own a very basic brother sewing machine (LS 2125i model). I am considering buying a serger but not sure if a sewing machine can do all the work a serger does. I know there are different footers to attach to the sewing for different type of fabric/work such as blind stitch foot, overlock foot etc…which I do not own yet. I wonder how good they are compare to the serger. I know serger can do a beautiful job at making the edge nice and professional looking.

Is there anything that a serger can do that a sewing machine can not do? Should I invest in a serger?

I am particularly interested in sewing stretch jersey knit fabrics at this point.

Know better? Leave your own answer in the comments!

9 Responses to “new at sewing, sewing machine vs serger?”

  1. volunteer annie says:

    I believe that with your interest in stretch jersey, both machines will be good.

    A sewing machine has many uses besides straight sewing. Machines can do fancy stitching, blind hem, gathering. Many types of materials can be “sewn” from the finest of lace to heavy leather. An invaluable tool for anyone wishing to be creative with fabric. Also useful for repairs, patches on knees, seams repaired, zippered replaced etc on existing clothing.

    A serger does an excellent job of finishing seams, makes it nicely overcast, and cuts away the excess fabric, all making the finishing of a stretch t shirt look professional. The problem I found is that any seams that overlap, IE: underarms, crotch seams etc, will be weakened from the cutting tool of the serger. To ensure I have no seams that are weak, I sew first with the sewing machine, then finish with the serger as required. Many will consider this uunnecessary, additional work, but I would rather take the extra time, and not give a gift that will rip open a seam after a few washes. :)

    Enjoy your new found hobby!

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