Quick Answer: What can I use instead of an Overlocker?

Do you really need an Overlocker?

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 seam time.

How do you finish a seam without an Overlocker?

Without Using an Overlocker

  1. Pinked Seams: Press seams open. …
  2. Turn & Stitch (aka Clean Finish): Press seams open. …
  3. Zig-Zag: You can press seams open or to one side, and zigzag over the raw edge. …
  4. Mock Overlock: …
  5. French Seams: …
  6. Bound Edges:

Do I really need a serger?

When you are sewing with woven (non-stretchy fabrics like in the photo above) a serger is helpful because it will finish the raw edges and prevent fraying. But it is not necessarily the most durable way to sew the seam, so the proper method is to sew the seams with a sewing machine first.

What does a serger do that a sewing machine can t?

A serger sometimes called an overlocker, uses an overlock stitch that does not come on sewing machines. It uses three or more thread sources to create this overlock stitch and create a professional-grade binding for fabric.

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