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:
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!