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Jul 3, 2011

Overlock machine or Serger ? Dilema please help?

Wanted to get an overlock machine to give professional finish to seams. I went to the dealer and saw 'Rita' brand as he said he did not have singer meritt in stock. The overlock has 3 threads and is fine and has a manual too, but my problem was that i want the overlock to work on knit fabrics (planning to launch women's clothing line online soon...) as if it sews a seam, however the overlock i realized at the end is just to give professional edges to seams and not sew seams itself.

So how to they get professional seam finish and safe edges in readymade garments, then i realized may be they do it with sergers, unfortunately there are no sergers available in chennai, off the self, the dealer said he can import it for me, if can tell him the model.

I need you expert seamstresses, self-made entrepreneurs, sewing experts out there to help me out. Please.

What do i do, will getting a serger solve my problem of stitch a seam along with covered edges, or do i need an overlock as well as serger.

I am in quite a fix. Please please please help me out with your ideas and suggestions



  1. "Serger" and "Overlock machine" are synonyms. Most people seem to say serger rather than overlock machine, but they're not separate things. You probably want at least a 3/4 thread serger-- one that does both three-thread stitches and four-thread stitches. I love having the five-thread safety stitch as well, especially for jeans.
    You can get a serger with or without built-in coverstitching. (Coverstitching is that professional-looking hem on knits.) Most people say that if you're going to get a coverstitch, you should get it as a separate machine rather than getting a serger/coverstitch combination machine. So I got a serger that doesn't have a coverstitch.. I'll get one someday.

  2. A serger is always a great investment. Even if the sewer isn't an expert seamstress who sells clothes, serging helps prolong the life of the garment & reduces wear/tear. Even if it's not super top of the line, having a serger is better than having none at all. I would love to get a nice 4 or 5 stitch serger that can do chain-stitch some day, however I still love my 4 stitch as my beginner serger. Just don't buy one used.
    You can do rolled and narrow hems in a breeze(very useful for ruffles and scarves), lettuce hems and other decorative things with a serger. I suggest watching some Nancy Zieman videos on serger techniques. Also you can collect different serger feet to allow your serger to do other functions. I hope you find the serger of your dreams.

  3. You don't have to have a serger with coverstitch (they are ridiculously expensive) if you can sew with a twin needle on your regular machine which gives a similar look and is used by many clothing manufacturers. I love my serger, it is basic but can do so much (minus a coverstitch because it is predated)

  4. Thanks Maggie, Gail & Nicole for your valuable suggestions.

    As of now i can afford and guess can get my stuff done with 3 thread overlock machine, as and when i establish my online sales and stabilize may be then i will pamper myself with a serger.

  5. why dont u check out singer multipurpose may be it will suffice

  6. @Sushma,
    I have bought a 5 thread industrial overlocker last July! Thanks for the suggestions.


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