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Date: 4/13/12 7:48 PM

Hi All,
I grew up using pinking sheers. Do I really need a serger? Let me tell you I am more than willing to buy one. Just wondering. Thanks.

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Date: 4/13/12 7:59 PM

It really depends on the type of sewing you are doing.

Sergers are great if you sew lots of knits. But they are not necessary for sewing knits.

There is a learning curve and some people are intimidated by the knife blades.

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Date: 4/13/12 8:41 PM

I grew up with pinking shears too! I love having a serger! I love how it makes my projects look "finished". I love how they go fast. I love that most of them are tough little workhorses that last for years. Short answer - Yes! You do need a serger!

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Date: 4/13/12 9:34 PM

I was looking at a garment that I made the other day. Do you know what I was admiring? The insides of it. The seams were serged. Yes. You do need a serger.

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Date: 4/13/12 9:37 PM

I didn't grew up with a pinking shears, but finished all my seams with a zig-zag stitch. In 1986, when I saw the first serger hit the home sewing market, I vowed I would buy one and the sooner, the better. That was my first serger, a Babylock 3-thread without any bells or whistles, but boy, could it clean finish those seam edges! I'm now on my third serger and still have the other two. My Viking Huskylock 936 and my first serger both set on one side of the L-shaped desk I use as a sewing table. My coverstitch machine sets in the corner of the "L," up against the wall until I need to use it, and my Viking 1+ sewing machine occupies the other portion of the desk. Each of these machines does their part during garment construction, but I would definitely not be without a serger in my sewing room. Oh, by the way; they can do sooooo much more than just seam finishing........

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Date: 4/13/12 9:53 PM

Well, I guess it depends on your interpretation of the word "need". If you can afford to buy one then you need one. They are a very nice addition to a sewing machine.

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Date: 4/13/12 10:06 PM

Of course you "need" one! Remember you are asking a group of sewists who appreciate the lovely results from using such a machine.

Seriously, they are wonderful to have.
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And I'll give up now for lack of being able to spell this evening....
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Date: 4/13/12 10:30 PM

Yep, you certainly do.



If you sew knits, you REALLY need a serger; yes you can get by with a sewing machine on knits. But if you want that professional look and finish, and serious ease of sewing knits, then you want a serger.

Once you have one, you really will wonder what took you so dang long!

And they're not just for knits; wovens serge, too.

Keep in mind that after you have purchased your new bestest ever friend, the serger, you will then need to purchase a coverstitch machine. Of course, you could do both at once buy purchasing a combo machine that serges and coverstitches.

Single machines or a combination machine; either way, yep you certainly do NEED them. Right now would be a good time.

Well...you asked.

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Date: 4/13/12 11:28 PM

serger, serger, serger. pretty soon you will see a serger.




yes you need, need, need, need, need, n e e d one!!!

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Date: 4/13/12 11:31 PM

You don't NEED one, but they are great! LOVE mine and use it on lots of stuff, although it's particulary great on knits!

If you sew garments, it's definitely a great addition to your sewing room!

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