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An overlocker machine is similar to a sewing machine as both can sew a seam. But an overlocker can also trim seams to a set width and cast threads over the edge to prevent raveling. The overlocker can do all this with only one passing of the material through the machine, so it's a lot less sewing than a regular machine.

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I am trying to teach myself to sew.... what is a serge stitch an how do I set my brother sewing machine to do it?


A serger (overlocker) is not a sewing machine. If you look at the inside seams of a purchased t-shirt, you will usually find a serge stitch that was created using a serger (overlocker). A serger/overlocker usually uses 3 or 4 threads to create that stitch. It also trims the fabric at the same time it finishes the fabric edge. The serge stitch is a chain stitch that, if you pull a particular thread, the entire stitch will come undone.

Your sewing machine is not able to create that same stitch. Your sewing machine may have what is called an "overlock" stitch, but it will use only 2 threads (the top and bobbin) to create that stitch. You would have to consult your owner's manual to see if it can make an overlock stitch.


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How much does it cost to buy an overlocker sewing machine?


I've seen overlock sewing machines on Amazon for around $550

http://www.amazon.com/Singer-14T968DC-CL-Professional-Overlock-Machine/dp/B002LCLYTQ

or you can look at the Next Tag site which shows comparative prices for sewing machines

http://www.nextag.com/overlock-sewing-machine/products-html

Feb 25, 2013 | Crafts & Hobbies

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Is it better to use an overlocker machine to create a seam or a sewing machine?


If you use a sewing machine you can still get a nice seam finish, using the overlock stitch or a close zig zag stitch. But there are advantages to using an overlock machine, as it's quicker and neater and can do it all in one go.

Feb 25, 2013 | Crafts & Hobbies

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Sould i use overlock thead on my brother embroidery/sewing maching


It is, of course, possible to use overlock thread in a typical machine. Generally speaking, you only want to use overlock thread to overlock ("serge"). The reason for this if that while typical all-purpose or sewing machine thread has 3 strings wound together, overlock thread has only 2. When you are using 3, 4, or even 8 threads at a time with a serger, each strand doesn't necessarily have to be as strong as when you are sewing on a machine with only 2 threads. So, you physically could use the thread, yes, but it will not be near as strong, and you will probably have issues with breakage while sewing as well. The cost savings you think you may be saving by using overlock thread (which is, after all, considerably cheaper per yard), well soon be overrun with extra time sewing due to broken threads and overall less quality in your garment as it will be made weaker.

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I am interested in buying a Janome 525 but want to know if it has a built in overlocker


A sewing machine and an overlocker are two completly different things, but a sewing machine is usually able to do a cover stitch. An overlocker will cut the fabric at the same time, a sewing machine cannot do this.

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Whats the differance between a overlocker and a sewing machine? I am new to sewing and want to know with to purchases, iv no idea where to start or what to buy?


A overlock machine helps you clean finish the seams. You can do many things with a overlock It can cut your sewing time down. The sewing machine is good for many thing too,Mostly the construction of the garment. I have three machines. A indstrialstraight stitch, a home machine and a overlock.Al for different tasks.

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