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Date: 9/27/12 11:20 AM

I wanna sew profissional lingerie and I would like to know which serger 5 thread is better and if also I will need a regular sewing machine. Thank you

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Date: 9/27/12 2:48 PM

Yes, I think you would still very much need a regular sewing machine with a bobbin (for at least straight stitch and zig zag and maybe triple zig zag stitches and bar tacks) and not just only a serger with just loopers instead most likely. Probably depends on what you consider professional lingerie though, as probably each little part of each garment, is done with a different tool often.

Maybe go over to the "Merrow website" and look at each single purpose Merrow machine there, under sewing applications (just because they have such a nice website with examples of stuff like that) to see how they use at least different overlock stitches for different things in some lingerie. Ditto with a bunch of other more commercial sewing machine sites, where they break down what single purpose machines are used to create different parts of different lingerie garments.

http://www.merrow.com/# , then look under sewing applications for how different parts of things are sewn.

Then go do a lot of look shopping at real ready to wear lingerie in the stores and try to determine which tool was used for what purpose there, for each and every part of it, (for some lingerie just like you want to make) and then you would know a lot better, what kinds of things you might be looking for in a few more multi-purpose machines and tools instead?

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Date: 9/27/12 7:26 PM

Professional lingerie because I wanna my own lingerie business but in the begining I will sew only panties and camisole (easy stuffs), I read that I will need a serger 5 thread and I dont know which one is better plus which sewing machine is good for lingerie? Thank you

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Date: 9/27/12 9:20 PM

in the column on the left, there is a section called "sewing machines"
You can compare machines and view the reviews people have written.

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Date: 9/27/12 9:43 PM

I suggest when sewing delicate lingerie if using a serger to use a 2 thread stitch which is better suited to light weight fabrics.

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Date: 9/27/12 10:23 PM

This blog post--

My first Month in Lingerie College: Adventures in the Machie Room shows what the professionals (or at least what the budding professionals) use.

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Date: 9/27/12 11:03 PM

so do you think I will need a 5 thread instead of a 4? because 5 thread is way more expensive. thank you

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Date: 9/27/12 11:04 PM

This site is very good, not only has information about sewing but customer opinio about lingerie. Thank you so much. I can't find any lingerie class where I live (Boston)

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Date: 9/28/12 2:28 PM

If I mainly just wanted to sew lingerie, both knit and wovens I think I would be looking for a few things that would be maybe more easy to do on some overlockers than others, and I would just have to test sew it out on each one to see, which was best for just me probably.

Things I think I would personally want:

Easy to thread and switch over to thread path, to a 3 thread flatlock for me, just because I think that would be my main stitch choice for sewing on that more single edged picot undergarment kind of picot on one edge trimmed elastic to some nylon tricot or even some other knits. Also would make the most comfortable and flat and non chaffing kind of stitch, against your body kind of stitch for something tight in someplaces/against your body sometimes.

Also easy to switch over to 2 thread overlock (which most times would take some kind of upper looper blocker) for a rolled hem on very thin and slippery woven silk or polyester, and with using extra thin and slippery 2 ply more embroidery thread in rayon or polyester for very nice looking rolled hems on bias cut silky wovens.

For other construction on a 2 or 4 way knit, I think I would be using a 4 thread safety stitch most times for knits (and even if woven), and maybe the sewing machine on a straight stitch and then a 3 or 4 thread overlock) and actually not a wider 5 thread safety stitch with the separate 3 thread overlock on the side and a 2 thread chain.

But.... even though a 4 thread machine might be a bit cheaper than a 5 thread one, prices usually go by also and along with that, just for ease of threading in the thread paths and loopers, and also ease of switching over to just a 2 thread rolled hem v.s. a 3 thread one often. So, also along that thought process, I think lots of slightly more expensive 5 thread sergers also just have that too. I think your actual tool you use to make things, is most times no place to actually cheap out at all either, as I would actually rather cheap out at my fabric, thread or construction method instead, if I really had to, just because I get frustrated with not the best of tools, and have to use a tool over and over again and constant, so I do hate to skimp there actually.

Also along the lines of if you can't afford something nice brand new, rahter than get the cheapest and most cheaply made new thing, it is sometimes/often actually much better to get something used and older that still was way more expensive (and expensively made) when it was just brand new, once upon a time instead.

Also some 5 thread sergers might have a two or three thread cover stitch in them. You might decide you want that too for some lingerie sewing methods. It would be good sometimes for stitching down from the top, a previously 4 thread overlocked seam, also if you wanted to apply elastic flat onto something from top side of fabric, or even attaching down some kind of straight edged lace sometimes. that also would make a nice open faggoting stitch on two pieces of knit, that were separated by a small air space between the two. Also good for stitching down trims, with out having to use a twin needle on a regular sewing machine. So maybe some more stuff to think about? Even though you would still have a regular sewing machine to straight and zig zag for that, or lace applique or even triple zig zag stitches.

Those are just some of the things I would want, everyone is different probably, and there are a whole lot of different kinds of lingerie out there too. I think just test sewing with some of your real fabrics, elastics and threads on just anything first, would be a real good idea.

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Date: 9/28/12 4:54 PM

Wow...you know soo much. Thank you very much, definitely it helped me a lot. Im very excited and I finally found serger classes for a real good price.

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