I prefer t&t over serged diapers b/c of the ruffles and also b/c I don't like the process of lining up the gathered edges to serge them. T&t diapers look neater and more finished to me also. But my favorite, even better than t&t, is binding with fold-over-elastic. Once I started using that, I quit making all other styles. It is by far the fastest and easiest construction method for me. You finish and elasticize the edges of the diaper all in one pass, just by stretching the foe where you want gathers and not stretching over the rest. I am using the Chloe Toes pattern which is made for foe, but you can use other patterns too, just cut off the seam allowance if it's sposed to be t&t. The free Mama Bird pattern uses foe too. And if you need instructions, there are great picture tutorials on the Chloe Toes website. If you do decide you want to stick with serged diapers, I think you can minimize the ruffle bulk by serging very close to the elastic. Just don't cut into the elastic.