Sergers and sewing machines are both used for sewing, but they make different types of stitches. They are not the same and can’t replace each other.Comparison table: serger/overlocker vs sewing machine. —————– Sewing machine Serger or overlocker Insert zippers ✔ Overlock or mock overlock stitch ✔ ✔ Rolled hem ✔ ✔.
Can an overlocker be used as a sewing machine?
An overlocker does not replace a sewing machine. Its primary function is to clean finish a raw edge, giving the project a professional appearance. Many overlocking stitches have built-in stretch, making them the perfect tool for seaming knit fabrics.
Do I need an overlocker as well as a sewing machine?
Long answer: No, you don’t need an overlocker, but it gives a more professional finish to many clothes. If you make clothes that you plan to sell, then I would say it is essential! An overlocker creates a stitch that trims and wraps the raw edges of your project and can sew a seam at the same time.
Is an overlocker better than a sewing machine?
While its function is more specialized, an overlocker can really speed things up and produces a neat, professional-looking finish. Some ordinary sewing machines come with an overlock stitch function that makes it possible to perform hemming and edging tasks.
Can an overlocker do straight stitch?
It creates a strong seam for heavy weight fabrics such as denim and terrycloth. Overlockers that offer a 5-thread safety stitch eliminate the need to reinforce the seam with an additional straight stitch from a conventional sewing machine.
Can you use overlocker thread for regular sewing?
It’s really best not to use serger thread on a regular machine because it creates much more lint that will collect in and eventually clog your machine.
Is it worth buying an overlocker?
Overlockers are worth buying if you intend to make lots of clothing, sew with stretch fabrics and make professional-looking projects. Overlockers are not worth using for those who finish their seams with bindings or make home decors that don’t require overlocked seams.
Are Overlockers hard to use?
As you can imagine it is a lot more complicated than threading a sewing machine with two needles and four threads to contend with. Many overlockers also have to be threaded in a particular order and it can take a lot of time, practice and bedtime reading of the manual for you to perfect it.
Are Overlockers good?
However, many dressmakers are interested in overlockers as they bring a professional level of finishing to garments in a quick and easy manner. As well as producing a series of stitches over the raw edge, overlockers also cut away the raw edge of the fabric as you sew for a neat and precise finish.
Do I need both a sewing machine and a serger?
If you sew clothing, you absolutely need a serger. There are functions this machine performs that either cannot be done on a sewing machine, or that would take you much longer to do without one. If you want to sew knit and stretch fabrics you better use a serger.
Are serger and overlocker the same thing?
A serger and an overlocker are different names for the same machine. Americans generally refer to these as sergers, and nearly everyone else refers to them as overlockers. A serger performs an overlocking stitch, which is really more like knitting than sewing.
What can I make with an overlocker?
Some of the things you can do with a serger: Seam finishing. Making swimwear, T-shirts, lingerie, napkins, tablerunners, etc. Insert elastic into clothing. Decorate garments making flowers or other trims. Finish hem & facing edges with the cover stitch. Seaming on knits more quickly that with a sewing machine.
What’s an overlock sewing machine?
An overlock is a kind of stitch that sews over the edge of one or two pieces of cloth for edging, hemming, or seaming. Usually an overlock sewing machine will cut the edges of the cloth as they are fed through (such machines being called sergers in North America), though some are made without cutters.
What is an overlock stitch on regular sewing machine?
What is the Overlock Stitch? The overlock stitch is a combination of a straight stitch and a zigzag. It sews backwards and forwards in a straight line, but between every set of straight stitches, it sews a zigzag. If done correctly, this resembles serging, which is how most store-bought clothes are sewn.
What is the difference between overlock thread and regular thread?
Serger thread is finer than regular sewing machine thread, in order to avoid bulky seams. It must be smooth and consistent in diameter since it passes through so many guides in a serger. Serger thread should not leave a lot of lint, so that it does not clog the serger.
Do Overlockers need special thread?
For perfect results on your overlocker and coverstitch machine it is essential to use a good quality thread that is lint free. For that reason we only stock the highest quality Polyester 120’s and 180’s overlocking thread.
Can overlock thread be used for quilting?
Yes! A serger is a wonderful machine for piecing a quilt. Whether using a four-thread, three-thread or chain stitch, piecing on a serger is easy and fast. It does take some time getting used to simply because a serger is different from a sewing machine.