Choosing a Serger
When you are ready to buy a serger, the options may be confusing. You may have a lot of questions, so let’s try to answer some of those now.
- Budget. Always the first thing to consider. What do you plan on spending for your serger? We always recommend you buy the best you can afford.
- Overlock vs. Coverstitch. When we talk about sergers these words get thrown around. A serger is also called an “overlock” machine, as defined by how the stitches are formed. A coverstitch machine is not the same as an overlock/serger.
- What features do I need?
Adjustable differential feed. For sewing both knits and woven fabrics.
Adjustable stitch length and width
Variable sewing speed controlled by a foot pedal just like your sewing machine.
Easy to change presser foot
Light. It is rare but you will find a machine without a built in light— ick!
Color coded thread paths/guides. This helps you thread your machine.
Adjustable foot pressure for sewing different weights of fabric.
Removable stitch finger. Allows you to sew rolled hems when removed.
- What features can I live without?
Free arm/flat bed conversion.
Adjustable cutting width
Cover stitch conversion.
Different feet. Can be purchased as needed.
Automatic threader for needles
At Fabricate Studios, we use a Brother 1034d serger. This is a great serger for beginners and beyond. You can always find this machine on sale on Amazon. And once you purchase your serger, we offer Beginner Serger 101 classes to help you learn how to use your serger for sewing and garment making.