What is a Serger?

April 2, 2014 in News

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April is National Serger Month, and to celebrate, I wanted to talk a little bit about what a serger is and does. Read on to learn more!

What is a serger? Glad you asked!¬†Sergers are overcasting machines that finish edges very quickly, very efficiently, and very evenly. They also happen to be a lot of fun…if you like to sew, you will love serging! You can also do lots of other things like gather, hem, apply elastic, and more with a serger! You can even sew and finish your edges simultaneously with a serger! Scroll down and explore things you can do with a serger!

In the pillow below, the edges of the fabric for the ruffles to create the flowers are easily finished with a serger roll hem. Click the picture to link to the project!

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Here is a close up of the serger roll hem (which can be used for so many things…scroll on)! dahlia7-copy

You can gather with a serger as shown below! dahlia13-copy

You can easily serge around flannel to create baby blankets, bibs, and burp cloths. IMG_0203

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Sergers are awesome for finishing the edges on swimwear!
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Most Baby Lock Sergers have the ability to stitch a Cover Hem Stitch…which is awesome! And, also, looks so professional!
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In this project to make a Diaper Changing Table Cover, the seams are all serged (instead of sewn with a sewing machine).
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Serged seams and edges shown below. IMG_1808

Serging snuggle fabric is awesome…it stops the massive shedding that takes place with raw edges of plush snuggle fleece! IMG_1812 You can also serge elastic on easily!

IMG_1814 The elastic on this little changing table cover is completely serged on!

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Here is another example of the serger roll hem being used along the hem of this skirt! It’s so quick and simple to run the roll hem around the lower edge of any project…hemming in seconds!


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Roll hemmed with a red thread on the black fabric. IMG_1844-1024x590 All of the ruffles in the picture below are done with the serger roll hem! Hemming ruffles with a serger makes ruffling projects so much quicker!

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Also, the hem of this lil dress project is done by a serger roll hem! refashionmain And, here are a couple of other cool things you can do with fun serger accessories! These are all from the Baby Lock Serger Line and Accessories:

Apply beading to a project, like a veil.

Apply cording to a project with the Cording Foot.

Here is a cool foot that applies elastic and gathers up your fabric!

Apply lace…how cool!

And, the list goes on!!

2 responses to What is a Serger?

  1. I have never had a serger machine nor seen one used. Could you point me in a good direction to learn the basics and how to decide which machine to buy for a beginner? Thank you.

    • Hi Kathy! I’m so sorry it took me forever and a day to get back to you!! I do evening wear alterations and am up to my nose in prom dress alterations! :) If you go here: http://www.babylock.com/where-to-buy/ you can enter your zipcode in and it will find your nearest Baby Lock dealer that will be happy to show you one!! They’re so fun! :)