First invented by the Merrow Machine Company in 1881, overlock stitching involves sewing over the edge of one or two pieces of cloth for hemming, edging or seaming purposes. Overlock sewing machines (which are mostly known as ‘sergers’ in North America, and as ‘overlockers’ in Australia and the United Kingdom)are thus a specialized sewing machine that include automated cutters which cut the edges of cloth as you feed them through the machine, thus making the task of finishing seams fast and hassle-free.
A serger sewing machine automatically trims the seam and encloses the edge of the fabric within a thread casing – all in a singular motion.
The 5 Best Selling Serger Sewing Machines:
- SINGER SEWING MACHINE: The SINGER ProFinish 14CG754 Serger has 2-3-4 thread capability providing a wide selection of stitch options for all types of projects with professional results every time
- ADJUSTABLE STITCH LENGTH SEWING MACHINE: Adjustable stitch length and width, differential feed and color-coded lay-in threading provide ease of use
- PORTABLE SEWING MACHINE: Carry handle makes it easy to transport your serger
- METAL FRAME: The R1634D is durable serger made from a metal frame and internal parts
- HIGH PERFORMANCE: A high performance 2 needle, 3-4 thread serger with differential fabric feed for better stitch quality
- 1,300 STITCHES PER MINUTE: The R1634D has a maximum sewing speed of up to 1,300 stitches per minute allowing you to create more in less time
- SINGER PROFESSIONAL SEWING MACHINE: The SINGER 14T968DC Serger machine has 2-3-4-5 thread capability providing a wide selection of stitch options for all types of projects with professional results...
- SELF-ADJUSTING TENSION: The SINGER 14T968DC Serger has a self-adjusting tension system. Simply turn a dial to select the chart, and the tension settings for that stitch are adjusted automatically.
- SEWING SPEED: The SINGER Professional 5 14T968DC serger has a maximum sewing speed of 1,300 stitches-per-minute, so projects can be sewn quickly.
- 16 stitch settings including 3 and 4 thread overlocking
- Stitch width up to 7mm, Stitch length up to 4mm
- Lightweight but sturdy, Thread chain trimmer
- ADVANCED SERGER: The Brother 2340CV Cover Stitch is an advanced serger that allows you to create a wide range of cover stiches on multiple fabrics
- COLORCODED THREADING GUIDE: A builtin colorcoded threading guide helps provide precise stitching for a highquality finish
- FAST AND EASY LOOPER THREADING SYSTEM: This cover stitch advanced serger features an easy and fast looper threading system to save time; Maximum Sewing Speed (Stitches Per Minute) : 1100
Serger sewing machine thus make a great addition to the home or workshop any dedicated sewing enthusiast who is keen on producing high quality clothing, curtains, drapery, tablecloths, etc. Serger sewing machine are designed for various thread options, allowing you to produce different stitches and a wide array of results via the number of threads used on the serger sewing machine.
You can choose between 2-4 thread sergers, 3-4 thread sergers, and 5 thread sergers – depending on the kind of sewing you aim to do in the near future. Although serger sewing machine are capable of a wide range of functions, they cannot replace a regular sewing machine, which you will still require for facings, zippers, top stitching,button holes, etc.
The 5 Best Serger Sewing Machines:
Below we list our 5 of the best serger sewing machines currently available in the market, to making your selection process faster and easier. Each offers plenty of value and functionality:
The SINGER 14CG754 comes with four built-in rolled hems, providing 2-3-4 thread capability and a wide variety of stitch options. You can adjust the stitch length and width, the tension (via the one-turn numbered tension dials), and use the color-coded lay-in threading to produce various stitches with comfort and ease: the two-thread wrapped edge overlock stitch; the two-thread standard rolled hem stitch; the three-thread wrapped edge overlock stitch; the three-thread flatlock stitch; the three-thread overlock stitch; the four-thread stretch mock safety stitch.
The optional free arm sewing function allows you to remove the cloth plate, thus making it easier to sew hard-to-reach areas (armholes, cuffs, smaller sewing projects such as children’s clothing, etc.). With the ability to sew up to 1,300 stitches per minute, the SINGER 14CG754 promises to be a real time-saver.
It comes with a carry handle for hassle-free transportation, can be converted to the rolled hem sewing mode easily, and has a movable upper knife to prevent unwanted trimming of your fabric during sewing. The differential feed function prevents the stretching and puckering on your fabrics.
Accessories include an all-purpose foot, tweezers, a needle set, a spreader, an introductory DVD, an instruction Manual with a stitch guide, foot control, power cords, and a small screwdriver. It comes with a 25-year warranty for manufacturer’s defects, a 2-year electric and electronic components warranty, and a 90-days part and labor warranty.
Like the SINGER 14CG754, the Brother 1034D features a convenient stitch-width control (3 – 7 mm), differential feed control, and the ability to sew up to 1,300 stitches per minute. It has been designed to finish the edges and hems of a variety of fabric (formal war, linens, stretchy fabrics, etc.), and can also be used to create ruffles and decorative edges.
The color-coded lay-in threading, the two-point thread tension control device and the lower looper threading system helps you ensure that your threads stay firmly in place. You have can execute a wide variety of stitches with the Brother 1034D: 4 thread overlock stitches, 3 thread overlock stitches, narrow hem stitches, rolled hem stitches, and ribbon lock stitches.
The removable free arm function allows to serge hard-to-reach areas and cylindrically-shaped items like sleeves, while the retractable knife blade helps reduce the possibility of accidentally cutting your fabric when serging the edges of rolled hems. The built-in storage functions allow you to store accessory tools on the front panel flip-down door, and to utilize the removable trim trap to store the foot controller and to collect trim while serging. Since the Brother 1034D uses standard sewing machine needles, you won’t need to purchase specialized needles.
Accessories include a blind hem stitch/multi-purpose guide foot, a gathering foot, a soft cover, an accessory bag with a needle set, four spool nets, tweezers, a cleaning brush, a hexagonal wrench, a trim trap, a serger workbook, a serger techniques CD, an instructional CD and an operation manual. The Brother 1034D comes with a 25-year limited warranty and free phone support for the life of the product.
The Designio™ DZ1234 has the same ability to sew up to 1,300 stitches per minute, allowing you to cut and finish garments quickly and efficiently. It comes with 3-4 thread capability, three interchangeable feet (a Blind Hem Stitch Foot, a Gathering Foot, and a Piping Foot), and 2 sets of starter thread.
The Gathering Foot allows you to connect fabric and edge finishing with a snap of your foot, preventing the need for pins to secure fabric as you serge edges and gather single or double layers of fabric. The Piping Foot helps guide and secure narrow piping, besides allowing you to create your own piping via fabric strips and piping cord. It can also guide and hold zippers firmly in place. Lastly, the Blind Hem Stitch Foot can create blind helms on a wide variety of fabrics, besides being useful for edge stitching, attaching lace or fabric, edge joining, embellishing and utility stitching.
The DZ1234 Serger also includes an instructional DVD, easy color-coded threading, a differential feed ratio of 0.7 to 2.0, a free arm convertible sewing surface for hard-to-reach areas and cylindrical pieces, a convenient stitch width control (adjust between 3.0 mm and 7.0 mm). It uses standard sewing machine needles and comes with a retractable knife – which helps you construct rolled hems easily and safely.
An advanced serger, the 2340CV Cover Stitch allows you to produce a variety of cover stitches on all types and weights of fabric, for both decorative and utilitarian applications (e.g. finishing interior edges with a single or dual top-stitching, creating durable strapping for swimsuits and dance garments, and applying a chain stitch finish for hems or belt loops).
It includes a tri-cover stitch, slide lever adjustment for differential feed (which creates perfect seams on most fabric types), wide and narrow cover stitches, color-coded threading, easy looper threading, adjustment dials for stitch length, and a presser foot dial. The 1-2-3 needle options open up more possibilities for creating utility, flatlock and decorative stitches. It also comes with a blind stitch foot and a gathering foot and has a cover stitch capability of 3mm and 6mm, and a stitch length of 2.0 mm to 4.0 mm.
Accessories include an accessory bag with a needle set, four thread nets, tweezers, four spool caps, four spool mats, a cleaning brush, a hexagonal wrench, a soft cover, and an operation manual. The 2340CV Cover Stitch is not suitable for use in countries that do not support 120V AC (even if a voltage adapter is used).
The Janome Coverpro 1000CPX is a specialized sewing machine that helps you achieve that professional finish. Do note that this is a dedicated cover hem stitch machine, and has not been designed to perform most standard sewing machine functions, or to produce serge, overlock or rolled hem stitches. It does not cut fabric as you sew on a fold or further along a fabric when creating decorative cover hemstitching.
While some high-end sergers also offer cover-stitch options, a cover-stitch machine makes it unnecessary to remove blades or take any of the extraordinary re-threading measures (which would be necessary for a serger to achieve the same results as a cover stitch machine). The in-built exclusive Janome Superior Needle System makes Coverpro 1000CPX solely compatible with Schmetz ELX 705 needles: an industrial type needle (with notably length grooves on the front and back of the needle) which is designed to be sturdier than most other needles designed for use in cover stitch machines.
It has a high-speed, long free arm, heavy-duty cover hem,a large sewing face (4” x 5.5”), differential feed, a built-in thread cutter, the exclusive Janome Seam Tightening System™, and works with one, two or three needles and up to four spools of thread to allow home sewers(cover hem stitch machines were historically limited to use in factories and industrial sewing centers) greater versatility, more efficient operations and the ability to produce clothes, accessories and home décor items with a more professional finish.
The Janome Coverpro 1000CPX is suitable for natural fibers, cotton-linen-wool, fine fabrics, silk, satin, taffeta, velvet, knits, synthetic fabrics, blends, rayon, polyester, upholstery, canvas, and will. It is unsuitable for leather, suede, fur, plastic, rubber, extra thick fabrics, or multiple layers. The exclusive Janome Seam Tightening System™ uses a spring instead of a looper tension dial to eliminate excessive looper thread looseness, thus allowing you to achieve a perfectly flat, tight stitch on thick fabrics such as denim and wide wale corduroy.
Like the home serger, however, more and more home sewers are finding the cover stitch machine to be a valuable asset in their sewing rooms. Their ability to save time when applying topstitching, pin tucking and limited decorative stitch options have made them increasingly popular among home sewers.
Accessories include an adjustable seam guide; hemming guide; 3 presser feet (a center guide foot, a clear cover stitch foot, and a tape binder); elastic gathering attachments (2 – 1 narrow/1 wide); extra needles; a screwdriver; tweezers; a needle threader; an accessories case; a Coverpro Accessory DVD.
While the Coverpro 1000CPX is not suitable for beginners, it would be very useful to home sewers who are already proficient at sewing basics and poised to broaden their options by benefiting from the versatility and flexibility you achieve from this specialized machine.
While all these machines would make a valuable addition to any home sewer’s personal sewing machine inventory, your final choice of purchase ultimately depends on the kind of stitching you aim to produce, the kind of fabric you plan to work with, and your level of experience.