How much do I need a Serger?
I am sewing again after a gap of thirty years, and I am working hard to catch up on all the developments I missed. I bought a basic Viking (Sew Easy 320) when I retired five years ago, and so far it does most of what I want, although I wish I had gone one step up to a better buttonholer. I have read most of the current books, and I read Threads as if it were the Bible. I was a skilled sewer when I stopped, but with all the new innovations I’m finding this a steep learning curve. There are so many new interfacings, stabilizers, knits, fabrics–anyway, you see what I mean. Most of what I do is clothing for myself and occasionally for my husband. I am also making some cushions for the porch furniture. I don’t sew childrens clothes. My main question is : do I need a serger? I read the article in Threads about them, and the ones recommended for dressmaking are expensive. Will a Serger really help enough to make it worth buying? Could a cheaper one do what I need? Is “five” really needed, or would “four” do? Also, if anyone has tips for the returning sewer beyond my main question, I would appreciate them. Thanks for the help.