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I am an avid quilter but love to make clothes for our four kids between quilts, or just for a fun break, or whenever they need stuff. Or when I need new skirts or something! A few people have suggested I get a serger to speed up garment construction. Aside from sewing and hemming things in one step, why do people buy these things? They look intimidating! All that thread! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/headscratch.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="headscratch"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/yikes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="EEK!"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/bigeyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="bigeyes"> Can you mammas explain what you use YOUR sergers for and why you love them? I'm putting down a deposit on a Janome serger today. I am sure that everyone who is a sewing expert that tells me to get one...I am sure that they cannot all be wrong! I find it very tedious to go back and zig-zag every stupid hem. Goodness, it is like twice the work. Even my machine finds it boring.<br><br>
Edited to ask: What is this I read about a serger cutting fabric? Don't I do that before I start sewing/serging? What is it supposed to cut? Can it also do dishes?
 

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Mine doesn't do the dishes, but maybe it's just holdin' out on me. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"><br><br>
What I love about the serger re garment construction is that I DON'T HAVE TO FINISH SEAMS!!! woohooo!!!<br><br>
Yes, it cuts, but only a small amount - 1/4" or so - of the seam allowance. It cuts off the excess and finishes AND sews the seam at the same time.<br><br>
There are more things you can do with it, too, like blind hems, etc. I'm pretty much a novice with it - have had it less than a year - but wonder why I didn't get one sooner!<br><br>
I also have used it to mend/repair things like frayed towels and washcloths.
 

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Is it hard to learn to use? All that thread scares me! I'm sick of finishing hems, definitely. Do you make a lot of clothes on yours? I LOVE making skirts for all our girls, PJs for our DS and for DH (they like to match!), and skirts for myself. I also love making flannel PJ bottoms for our swimmers to wear to meets.
 

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Skirts and pj pants are my fav thing to serge!
 

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Ok, I just got my serger as a holiday gift, but I'm looooving how much quicker I can complete my sewing projects with it. I love how I don't have to go back over everything with a zigzag, and I can put in an elastic waist much quicker too (<a href="http://sewing.patternreview.com/cgi-bin/review/readreview.pl?readreview=1&ID=655" target="_blank">here's a tutorial I found</a> about how to do that!)
 

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I bought a low end Brother serger and it came with a great DVD that has video clips to show how to thread the machine. The manual was easy-to-follow, too, though. My model has four spools, so it does seem like a lot of thread, but it's not that scary once you use it a few times.<br><br>
I've sewn four skirts for me so far and two pairs of pajama pants for my DD. I used it for part of a fleece jacket for my DS (other parts needed a sewing machine. Depending on the garment, you can use the serger for all or part of the garment construction.
 

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It's not really all that hard to thread, it just takes a few minutes the first time. After that you can just tie new color cones to the old color cones and pull them right through!<br><br>
I primarily use my serger for making garments. I don't think I would ever want to sew clothes without one now. It speeds up the construction time, makes the seams stronger and makes the finished product so much more professional looking.<br><br>
Oh, I have a Janome 634-D and I can not recommend it enough to anyone who might be in the market for a serger. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love">
 

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Janome....I'm a Janome addict. I put a deposit on the Janome MyLock 734-D serger. It has a free arm, which is important. It's sitting in the store with my name on it!<br><br>
Keep the ideas coming mammas!<br><br>
Nice clothes, PS! I love the Favorite Things line so much!
 
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