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Date: 11/11/13 7:45 AM

I love to make fleece sweatshirts in the fall and wintertime. They're so warm and snuggly. Now that I have a serger, I would love to use that, but I don't know if its "bad" for the machine. I know it isn't good on your scissors and dulls the blade quicker. Does the same hold true for the knives on a serger?
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Date: 11/11/13 8:09 AM

When I sew with fleece I put the fabric upto the knife and serge the seam. I only trim off any uneven edges as I sew not the lenght of the entire seam. Clean out with mini vac and oil machine after this type of project.

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Date: 11/11/13 8:15 AM

Han I don't know how quickly it dulls the blades but when I sew fleece I use the knife and 'have not had to ever replace the blades on my two sergers because of this.

I haven't noticed if I have dull blades??? The only time I replaced a knife was when I ran over pins.

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Subject: Is fleece bad for your serger? Date: 11/11/13 9:50 AM

I found serging fleece to dull my knife a bit faster than usual but it really isn't a big deal to change. Sometimes I would fun fine sand paper through it although I am sure that isn't recommended.

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Subject: Is fleece bad for your serger? Date: 11/11/13 10:27 AM

Definitely use your serger on the fleece! I have serged a lot of fleece and if the blade doesn't seem as sharp, it may be that there is a coating on it. Gently clean it with alcohol on a qtip and it's good again.

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Subject: Is fleece bad for your serger? Date: 11/11/13 10:44 AM

I wouldn't worry about it. Serger blades are easy and cheap to replace. The upper knife on my Babylock was about $20. If you look in your serger's manual it tells you how to do it yourself.

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Date: 11/12/13 0:35 AM

They are made to sew it. Don't be so precious about your overlocker.its there to make your life easier. I sewed a tonne of fleece on my overlocker and after years of sewing the blades were still fine. Besides they are cheap to replace..
Enjoy your machine and let it do the work. 😉

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Date: 11/12/13 8:36 AM

Using anything is bad for it...verses leaving it in the box. Could leave your car in the garage to save it too I suppose. (am I snarky or what!?)
I have sewed tons and tons of fleece in 25 years I have had to change my blade once. Fleece and knits are what sergers are made for. Use it!!!!

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Date: 11/12/13 10:29 AM

Serge away.

You have to cut the "fabric", so why not cut narrower seam allowances and do as Sew2006 has suggested and just kiss the knife blades as you serge?

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Subject: Is fleece bad for your serger? Date: 11/12/13 12:32 PM

Never noticed a problem except need to vacuum or brush out the serger more. Never needed to replace knives.

And the serger gives you more control with the differential feed so it doesn't get all stretched out.

And the 4 thread squashes down the seam really well.

Go for it.

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