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Message Board > Sewing Machines > Serger help ( Moderated by Sharon1952, EleanorSews)

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Differences between 5 thread cover lock and 4 thread servers
Bleezer
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Date: 3/6/13 2:07 PM

I have a White Huskylock serger that I have used for years. I love it but have been thinking of replacing it with a 5 thread cover lock. My only issue; I am unsure of the differences, ie: pros and cons. I usually use my sewing machine to do the straight stitch next to the serged edge, but that takes extra time, making sure both machines have same thread ect. Am I going to be wasting my money buying a new cover lock serger when mine still works fine? On the fence about this so any feedback or opinions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks. This is my first post here so I hope I'm in the right spot with it.

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Date: 3/6/13 2:17 PM

Although someone will answer you here, there is a dedicated area for sergers and coverstitch machine threads and SO much information there! :)

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Date: 3/6/13 2:27 PM

I use my 5 thread when I am sure that what I am sewing fits me. Then it is a speedy job Straight chain stitch and 3 thread overlock in one swoop.

I really like have the versatility of my 5 thread machine.

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Date: 3/6/13 8:26 PM

Yes, I think you would love the 5 thread serger because
of the coverstitch alone. So great for hems especially on
knits. More versatile than 4 thread.

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Date: 3/7/13 7:33 AM

I too was in that situation...and then tried a 5 thread at my sewing class...OMG! What have I been waiting for all these years!

So...I just got a 5 thread...Juki MO-735 and she is FANTASTIC!
I really enjoy having both options...easy to thread and purrs every time!
I am happy to have the cs option and the o/l is amazing!
For now, the combo is perfect as I do not use cs much...if ever i intend to cs more, then I will purchase a cs machine.
Hope this helps...



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Date: 3/7/13 8:38 AM

Thanks. I am new and wasn't sure where to post. I will repost in the correct place. I appreciate all of your help.

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Date: 3/7/13 2:29 PM

If you love your present serger, would you ever consider buying a stand-alone cover stitch(CS) machine? If you buy a combo machine, then you'll have to switch back and forth between overlock and CS and then back again each time you need to use its' CS option. You could keep your White Huskylock serger and still increase your options by buying a stand-alone CS.

If you have the room for another machine and you sew a lot of knits and/or do a lot of temporary seaming for fitting, you might consider a machine made just for CSing. There are several models on the market (i.e. Janome, Babylock, Bernina, etc.).

I personally bought a combo machine and not long after that, I bought a stand-alone Janome Cover Pro 1000CP so I wouldn't have to fiddle with switching back and forth. I made my decision to do this based on information I found right on this website.

Of course, it all depends upon the amount of space in your sewing area, your budget, and how much you feel you'll use the CS/chainstitching options on your new machine, be it combo or stand-alone. Good luck with your decision.

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Date: 3/8/13 7:24 PM

Never use the c/s function on my serger. I have a stand alone c/s machine which I love :-)

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Date: 3/10/13 3:39 PM

Apr 8 years ago I purchased the Singer combo machine. My old White serger was over 10 years old and I wasn't sure how much life was left in it. I ended up keeping the White and using the Singer mainly as a Cover stitch machine. I recently added a Janome 900CP to my sewing room. I can set up my machines for rollhem, 5 thread and cover stitch and move between machines. It also depends on the attachements available for the different machines. Best advice is to test drive both combo and stand alone machines and see what works best for you. Trade in value won't be much for the old machine and sometimes it's nice to have 1 threaded with light colors and 1 with dark.

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