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Serger ?
I need to know if a serger is necessary for knits or is a nice to have.
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Date: 1/16/11 9:18 PM

I have been curious for a while about knits, but do not have a serger. Is it a necessity for knits? Is that why my two knit projects are a stretched nightmare? :)

Is taking the class worthwhile if you don't have a serger.

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Date: 1/16/11 9:26 PM

A year ago I didn't even know what a serger was. Now, not only do I have & use one, I LOVE using it! Not only for knits, but also for rolled hems on wovens (no more store bought napkins in colors that almost work!), and for quick seam finishes on casual wear.

Do you need it? No. But I would say that it's a little more than just nice to have...it's very VERY nice to have!

I got the popular little Brother 1034d, & a refurb at that, because I really didn't know how much I would use it & didn't want to spend a lot. For under $200 I'm thrilled with my purchase

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Date: 1/16/11 10:03 PM

A serger is definitely not needed, but very handy if you sew a lot of knits. Your knit seams never need to be finished at all, since knits don't fray or ravel. Serged seams will give a more RTW look, but that can also be achieved by your regular sewing machine, just much more slowly than with a serger. Sergers are more about speedy sewing than anything.

Your issues w/ stretching or wavy fabric is about your sewing technique, not your equipment. Do a search on the boards here for knit-related topics for LOTS of information. Whenever I have a question, I always do a search and most often I come up with multiple answers/solutions that have already been posted. If you are new to knits and learn better w/ an instructor, taking a class would be great. But there really is a treasure trove of information to be had here for free.
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