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Difference between sewing machine and serger

I feel funny asking this question but what is the difference between a sewing machine and a serger(sp?)? Like what does a serger do differently that a sewing machine cant do?

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Asked by Anonymous at 1:38 PM on Mar. 3, 2009 in Hobbies & Crafts

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  • From what I understand, not from using them, but from working in a fabric store, the serger is for more heavy sewing that sewing machine needle is too delicate to handle.

    Answer by Anonymous at 1:44 PM on Mar. 3, 2009

  • oh....well i wish they made them a whole lot cheaper lol

    Answer by Anonymous at 1:45 PM on Mar. 3, 2009

  • A serger can only do edges and seams. The serger is great for sewing together the pieces of a quilt and for doing seams and edges on garments. It can also trim the fabric as you sew. I think that seams and edges done with a serger are more secure than those done with a sewing machine.

    A sewing machine can be used for decorative stitching such as embroidery or quilting (a serger cannot do quilting or embroidery) and can also do seams and finish edges.

    It is good to have both. You can get a Singer serger from walmart for about $100. You can also get a singer sewing machine for about $100 at walmart. I say get both because they both have their advantages. If you can only get one, then maybe start with the sewing machine and get the serger when you can afford it as well. If this is more than just a tool for sewing on buttons and repairing rips.

    Answer by casperskitty at 1:46 PM on Mar. 3, 2009

  • Take a look at a t-shirt you've bought. Turn it inside out. See how the seams down the sides of the shirt are completely wrapped in thread? That's a serger.

    Take a look at a sheet you've bought. See how the hem is just straight row of stitches? That's a sewing machine.

    Casperskitty is right - they serve similar but different purposes. The sewing machine is usually cheaper (Sears' Kenmore brand is great, a basic machine is about $90) and is cheaper to use since it uses less thread and uses regular old spools of thread. Sergers are more money and cost more to use since they use a LOT of thread and usually use the big cone shaped spools (don't have to but it's easier and cheaper).

    Answer by kaycee14 at 2:38 PM on Mar. 3, 2009

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