This is a question that everyone who sews has asked themselves at one point in their sewing experience. Perhaps you are looking to “up your game” slightly to create more professional looking garments? Or maybe it’s because you just purchased a new home and have 2 dozen window treatments to produce? You could also be telling yourself: I want to sew all the things, but time is precious. Look no further! Today’s post is all about why you need to add a serger to your machine lineup! (Click here to see all of the sergers available in Canada.)
#1. Sewing with knits, fleece and other stretchy fabric becomes so much easier. The makeup of the serger stitch is designed to add flexibility to your stitching. As the needles pierce the fabric, the thread makes a loop which the looper thread goes into. This works some slack into the stitching to allow for movement without popping the stitches.
#2. Sewing with a serger allows you to sew and finish your seams in one pass, eliminating the need to trim a seam allowance. This is especially helpful when working with looser woven fabrics like linen, chiffon and organza.
#3. You can finish edges of ruffles, napkins, garments and more in minutes with a rolled hem. It uses one needle, and the stitches are very close together. This looks really pretty on the edge of a skirt for example, using decorative thread.
#4. A serger is designed for speed. The way that the parts have been designed lets the motor really work for you, creating perfect stitches at a faster pace than a domestic sewing machine. Click here for a real-time comparison.
#5. Janome Sergers have plenty of attachment feet that can increase the functionality of your serger. Attach elastic, gather thin and lightweight fabrics, even secure beautiful beaded trim to the bottom of a garment.
#6. You can even quilt with your Janome Serger. (Just breathe, it seems like an impossibility, but in reality is extremely useful.) Placemats, table runners, and kids quilts will have greater durability for daily use when the seams are finished with flexible stitching. Have a fresh look at this post for more details.
#7. The new Janome Airthread Serger has tons of built in features for decorative stitching, like picot edging, pintucking, flatlocking and even a two thread blanket stitch! This makes heirloom style sewing a breeze. Check out this link to see some things that a serger can do!
These are just a few reasons why your sewing space needs a serger! For more ideas and inspiration, type “serger” in the search box of this blog to pull up some really great articles.
Don’t forget, we have a great event coming up this fall all about sergers and garments, visit your local dealer to see if they have scheduled one yet!
Until next time,