May 17, 2012 4:38 AM Subscribe
I used an overlocker (serger) for the first time yesterday, and I was impressed. I'd like to get one when I am in a position to have a proper sewing space (hopefully in the next year), but can I survive without one for dressmaking well enough? And what should I be looking for in a first machine?
posted by mippy to sports, hobbies, & recreation (13 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
When I got my sewing machine, the advice I saw at the time said that £200 is the right price point - more than that means features a beginner won't need, and less than that means a less sturdy/reliable machine. I got a Janome non-electronic machine for about £180 which was perfect. But I have no idea when it comes to overlockers. So:
- how much should I be looking to spend?
- what features should I look for (I'll probably be mainly using dressweight/quilting weight cotton, and I'd like to try knit fabrics) and are they as scary to thread/maintain as they look?
- what are some good, reliable models?
- if I make clothing in the meantime without using one, will it be a bad idea? I don't want to not use my machine until I have the room to get the overlocker as well, but the extra security on the seams and the better finishing on the edges made me think a finished piece will last longer. Can you make your own clothing to a good, durable standard without needing an overlocker?