Friday, May 28, 2010

questions week ~ day five

lately i've been more focused on sewing...versus in the past when i've been more focused on ____ (fill in the blank with any craft)...

sew, do you think i need a serger?*

do you have a serger? do you want a serger? is a serger necessary? exactly WHAT does a serger even do?  

really, i need help with this one!

thanks for answering all my questions this week...see links to all five in the upper left hand side bar

have a super great long weekend (everyone in the united states...everyone else have a super great regular weekend)...be safe...and take time to remember what this holiday is all about...

~k

*if you know as much as me about a serger (zip) and have no interest in this topic, then feel free to ask ME a question...i'll be answering them next week

8 comments:

mkonieczki said...

My grandma is a seamstress and has a serger, so I would probably never buy one for myself, however, they come in handy for "finishing" the ends(between the selvages) of woven fabric to keep it from fraying; I've only ever used it for garments, i.e. serging the bottom of a cut pant leg or skirt before hand-hemming it into place.
Without a serger, the same effect can be achieved by sewing on some sort of bias tape(this is especially useful for linings of skirts, because it gives some weight to the hem and holds it down).

That is all I know. :-)

Chelley said...

About 2 weeks ago, I decided that I NEED a serger! I've contemplated it on and off in the past, but never NEEDED one like I do now. I've been sewing more for my kids, and the one thing I hate about homemade clothes is the unfinished seam allowances. I do french seams when I can, but they are time consuming and don't always work. I've decided to find a low cost serger to start out with and then move up to a better one if I find that I use it a lot. There are quite a few on Ebay and Craigslist for less than $200. I'm going for it. Are you?

Sarah said...

I'm sorry...is that in English?? I guess for a girl that can't sew a button I shouldn't expect to know what you're talking about. :)

Swampgirl said...

You need one- because I want one and it is not in the budget anytime soon! If I can't have one then I think you should! Then you can tell me how great it is and I can campaign to get for for myself!

Shannon Hillinger said...

You want one so you can sew knits. I love my serger and I use it on all the clothes I sew, but I'm always forgetting to account for the extra seam allowances in commercial patterns.

Lilly said...

Girlville - Have you seen the blog Heavenly Hostess ? She makes aprons. One style looks like yours. Interesting. Hers are for sale.

Kay Lynne said...

Do you own a microwave? A serger is an addition to your sewing machine like a microwave is an addition to your kitchen stove. I love the way it cuts and finishes the seams all in one sitting. If you decide to buy a serger, please go to a dealer in your area and take the guide classes. If your dealer doesn't offer guide classes, make them sit down with you and sew an afternoon. Practice threading it several times before leaving the store. This will make your experience with a new serger a pleasant experience. Also check how the different models thread on the upper and lower loopers. There is a big difference in ease of threading the machine. The higher end models thread easier than the lower end models. I owned a low end serger for years and loved it, but updated with a high end model about 15 years ago and I still use it today.

Diane said...

If you are sewing garment, you need a serger. I sew all my long seams on it and it is so nice and clean and pretty. I have also used it for sewing a flannel quilt to keep all those frays clean. It is a great investment IMHO... I have a baby lock my mom got for me about 15 years ago.