In today’s online fashion sewing video tutorial, I’d like to introduce the fashion sewing community to a machine that we haven’t yet looked at.
But, before we go any further, what is this fashion sewing tool actually called?
Dependent on where you’re from in the world, you’ll either refer to it as a serger or an overlocker.
Personally, I call it an overlocker, but as the vast majority of the fashion sewing community out there today refer to it as a serger, then a serger it will be.
What is a Serger?
The basic principle of a serger is to primarily complete a similar job to that of a sewing machine, but along with sewing stitches, it also has the ability to neaten raw edges of a given sewing project.
They do come in many different shapes and sizes, (if you’re going to purchase one, test drive as many as you can), but the functionality, as with a sewing machine remains typically constant.
Sergers are an easy machine to use and master. They do however run a little faster than an average sewing machine so a beginner sewer may well find this a little surprising at first.
Also to note, a serger can not back stitch so finishing off your work is a little different but none to taxing all the same.
Sergers (unlike the sewing machine family) can sew with three, four or even five threads at any one time.
Why the difference in the amount of threads?
Because a serger can act as both sewing machine whilst also neatening seams / raw edges etc, more thread is needed and as it operates, each does a different job to produce the finished effect.
Enough chatter, let me give you a basic introduction to a serger!
Using a Serger
As I mention in the video, I do intend to film more fashion sewing tutorial video’s concerning the use of a serger.
In the mean time, if you do have any questions, then please feel free to contact me, and I’ll do my best to answer any questions you may have.
Happy fashion sewing and serging
Become a Better Fashion Sewer with Fashion Sewing Blog
Click – ‘Browse Books‘ and take a look.