Serger vs. Sewing Machine

Sewing machines and sergers are very different.  Some serger functions are impossible on a regular sewing machine. Still, there are some things your sewing machine can do that your serger cannot. When you use both a serger and a sewing machine, you’ll quickly see that they make an excellent team.

Here’s a quick infographic about differences between a serger and a sewing machine:

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Here’s a list of some major differences between sergers and sewing machines:

  • Sergers create seams and finish edges without stretching fabric, even lightweight knits! This is challenging to achieve with a sewing machine.
  • Sewing machines make it easy to add buttonholes, buttons and zippers to projects—these functions are difficult (near impossible) on sergers.
  • Sergers sew about twice as fast as most sewing machines, meaning you can get professional results in half the time.
  • Both machines can do decorative stitching, but sergers make certain techniques, such as lettuce edging, easier with neater results.
  • Sergers use more threads than typical sewing machines. This makes many stitch combinations possible. In fact, Baby Lock’s 8/7/6 thread sergers offer 87 stitch combinations!
 Click here to see how sergers can install zippers!
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