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Message Board > Sergers, Coverstitch and Blindhemmers > Do I have to use serger thread in my serger? ( Moderated by CarolynGM, Deepika)

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Do I have to use serger thread in my serger?
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Date: 9/27/12 8:51 AM

I recently purchased a Juki MO644D and I have used it a couple of times. Love it. I purchased serger thread for it, but I was wondering if I have to use only serger thread or can I use All Purpose thread?

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Date: 9/27/12 9:14 AM

I frequently use serger threads in the loopers in a similar color to my fabric (I have reds, brown, black, cream). If I'm making a seam that may show a bit I'll put sewing thread in the needles - or at least the left-most needle. I either use the spool off the sewing machine or wind a bobbin with the matching thread.

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Date: 9/27/12 10:04 AM

Welcome to the wonderful world of sergers! I have owned a serger for over 25 years and quite often use regular sewing thread in the loopers. Sometimes I use a machine embroidery thread for that elegant edging on clothes...use a smaller stitch length and serge the edge of a hem or a sleeve. You may need to experiment with your serger. I write down the tension dial settings, the stitch lengths, the thread used...and sometimes will even make a little swatch of the stitching on fabric (to put in a book with the notations) so I have it for future reference. Good luck & enjoy!

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Date: 9/27/12 11:01 AM

You can use lots of different types of threads in sergers! However, serger thread is good for ordinary, non-decorative applications because it's thinner (2 ply) than all purpose sewing thread (3 ply.) That way, there is less bulk on the looped edge.

When using spools of thread, as opposed to cones, be sure to position it so the notch is down, and use the proper spool caps to help the thread unwind smoothly. Slippery threads might need a thread net.

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Date: 9/27/12 11:09 AM

Oh, I forgot this part!! The loopers use much more thread than the needles. If you use regular spools of thread on the loopers, you will run out of the thread faster than the thread on the needles.

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Date: 9/27/12 11:43 AM

Interesting. I'm not much of a serger user, but I do have one (a "vintage" 3-thread Babylock from the 1980's!) that I mostly use for finishing seams and edges. Just the other day I needed to do some finishing on black and had only two cones of black serger thread so I put regular all purpose sewing thread through the needle since of course the loopers use much more thread and you want the finer threads looping around the fabric edge.

It seems to work fine for this purpose...but that doesn't necessarily mean anything since I'm no expert on serging. ;)

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Date: 9/27/12 1:36 PM

When I bought my first serger in the early 80's cone thread was hard to find. I had lots of ugly thread that was given to me, that I used up on my serger. For instance if I was serging red, I would use red on the needle and rust and burgundy on the loopers.

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Date: 9/27/12 5:55 PM

I definitely second the recommendation to experiment (and make notes). I'm working on rolled-hem ruffles at the moment--creamy muslin with brown edging--and my notes on the best sample say: "RN: Sewing thread. UL: Serger cone. LL: Embroidery thread." I certainly would not simply have *remembered* that combination!

You may also wish to experiment with the world of stretchy, fuller-coverage threads like Wooly Nylon and Bulky Nylon (Gutterman version).

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