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Can I substitute serger for double stitched seams?

user-7840161 | Posted in New to Sewing on

I love knit fabric that’s usually called “double brushed poly knit spandex” at the Joann’s I go to. I am a very new sewer, having made 2 skirts, 2 tops, 2 totebags, 2 pillows and 2 zippered pouches so far since I began sewing at the end of Feb. I eagerly bought a serger 2 weeks ago since they are supposed to be so good for knits. I got an easy dress pattern and 3 yards of that lovely fabric, but all the instructions in the pattern say to “double stitch seams” and there’s no mention of being able to use a serger. Can I use it or is there a reason I  can’t? It is McCall’s M7349, a pullover dress designed for stretch knits and I am making a size 10. Thank you to anyone that can advise me!

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  1. simplypat | | #1

    A serged seam is absolutely a substitute for a double stitched seam. Google serged seams and you will see a variety of techniques.
    Hopefully there are free lessons included with your new serger. Take them.

  2. user-7915310 | | #2

    I don't have a serger, but have used them. Pretty sure you can substitute a serged seam for a double stitched seam. Be aware of your seam allowance and where you're stitching. Make sure you have ball point or jersey needles in the machine, otherwise you'll end up with teeny tiny holes where the regular needle sliced the fabric. Good luck!

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    kamranblogger | | #3

    Hi There, Listen ! Even though some projects can be completed completely on a serger, it cannot replace a regular sewing machine. To sew facings, zippers, topstitching, buttonholes, etc., you will still need a regular machine.

  4. BarbieCat | | #4

    As the saying goes, it depends. I have constructed some pullover knits entirely on a serger and in some patterns, instructions suggest making double stitched seams or sew the seams with a serger. I love my serger, but could not get along without a regular machine as well, as there are some things a serger cannot do. So, to answer your question specifically, yes, a serger can be a very successful substitute for double stitched seams. Double stitched seams are useful when doesn't have a serger, but the project needs a strong narrow seams. A single seam trimmed close is not very strong and can pull apart. A double or serged seam, will be stronger and hold up.

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