sewing, serger vs sewing machine? | Yahoo Answers
Sergers can produce stitches that are much more elastic than a sewing machine. For instance, a cover stitch looks like two or three parallel lines of straight stitch on the hem of a commercial t-shirt -- but that stitch is stretchy, keeping the hem from breaking if the t-shirt is stretched. You can do a stitch that looks similar on a sewing machine (with a double needle), but the hem stitching will break if you stretch it.
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You may have also run into instances where the fabric puckers or stretches when you sew with the sewing machine; the same seam, sewn on a serger with a differential feed, can lie flat because of that adjustment.
And knits are definitely easier with a serger.
Sergers are the microwaves of the sewing world... if you've got a pattern that you know is going to fit correctly, you can sew it on a serger much quicker than a sewing machine . In fact, I can make a new t-shirt or simple pants and shorts on a serger faster than I can do a load of laundry.
In general, however, you need to have some pretty good practice with a sewing machine and understand how things are sewn together before you can make good use of a serger. If you make a mistake with a sewing machine, it's relatively easy to fix the mistake. Because sergers trim the seam allowance off as you go, making a mistake with a serger is a much bigger deal, and you may have to recut one or more parts of a garment if you make a mistake.
If you can sew straight seams and accurate curves, if you're past the stage where you need to look at a manual to thread your sewing machine accurately, then stop by a real machine dealer and ask to see what a serger can do, and try some machines out. I strongly feel that most beginners do best if they buy from a dealer first time out, so they have someone backing them up if they have problems.