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Message Board > Sergers, Coverstitch and Blindhemmers > Serging Jeans ( Moderated by CarolynGM, Deepika)

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Date: 2/27/13 1:05 PM

I'm still in the hunt for a serger. I'm hoping I don't have to buy an industrial to sew my jeans since they take up so much room. I am very familiar with the industrials but not with the "hobby" type sergers. I have never sewn a stitch on the hobby types.

I started looking at Bernina's but moved on to Baby Locks. The reviews look pretty promising on the Baby Locks.

Can anyone tell me if the Baby locks are able to sew jeans and/or what you use to serge your jeans? I am asking if they can serge multiple layers like the kind you would find in the crotch area. I'm not worried about the threading aspects, just being able to sew the jeans (plus other fabrics as well) :)

Any input is appreciated.
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Date: 2/27/13 1:35 PM

I use a Viking 905 that was the bottom of the line of their better machines, now discontinued. I have absolutely no issues with denim. I've just completed two pairs of jeans in medium to heavy weight denim. You only ever serge two layers together at a time. More important in my opinion is will your sewing machine sew with a heavy top stitching thread. My modern Viking does a very poor job of it, but my vintage Viking is a champ. I get perfect, even topstitching and can even use it in the bobbin. The really nice thing about using a second machine for topstitching is that you don't have to stop and rethread.
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Date: 2/27/13 1:45 PM

I am not sure a home serger like babylock would be able to serge through several layers of heavy fabric.

Best to take some scraps of the denim you will be using and ask several dealers what they have that is up to this task.

The serger will have to have needles for denim and not what what the mfg has installed for lighter weight garment serging.

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Date: 2/27/13 3:42 PM

Hello Nancy. I also have a 905...used it for years but have horrid luck serging over denim or thicker fabric. Maybe the knife that repair man put in is not sharp enough as what happens material gets chewed and gets resewn into serged seam YUCK a mess. As its struggling through the thicker fabric the sliding little front part starts to separate a bit and awful clacking noise.
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Date: 2/27/13 8:18 PM

When i have tosew over 4 layers of thick fabric on my serger i trim the seam where the fabric meet and i have no trouble.

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Date: 2/27/13 8:30 PM

Sorry, I have no clue why you are having issues.

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Date: 2/28/13 1:18 AM

G'day,

I've got a Baby Lock Evolve that I use to sew jeans with a chain stitch & 4 thread overlock. It handles think denim fairly easily. The only problem I've had is sewing heavy denim ( eg 14 oz) on the centre back seam where the flat felled yoke seams meet and it changes from 2 layers to 8 layers. I hand crank the first few stitches in this section as the needles can break if it hits the change in thickness at speed. The cutter handles the thickness without any problem. Regular denim goes through with out having to slow down.

The babylock has a little less height on the cutter than my previous machine, so you may want to have a closer look at this. I haven't had too much trouble except for trying to sew 4 layers of heavyweight Polartec WindPro. The WindPro tends to blunt the cutters fairly quickly too.


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Date: 2/28/13 1:52 AM

I have an older Janome which has no trouble serging through jeans layers. But when I borrowed my friend's BabyLock (model with jet threading and tension disks, not sure of the name, Evolve maybe??), it had a hard time going through a couple of layers of gabadine-like fabric I was using to make my DD some school pants. I was highly unimpressed.

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Date: 2/28/13 6:52 AM

I have serged duck and denim pants on my BL. It doesnt always handle thick intersecting cross seams without my help but I hand turn the needle a few times and it goes over well enough and then takes off. And no problem with the cutter no matter how many thick layers. All brands have their quirks. Take in the cut crotch area or back yoke pieces to test out. To me, the BL did so well in every other test that I can live with coaxing the needle a few turns over seams now and then.
I often move between the sm and serger for different tasks on the same item.
Three years later and I am still overjoyed when I sit down to serge on my Evolution.
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Date: 2/28/13 7:43 AM

Have you thought about a Juki? I use my 654DE for denim.

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