Choosing a Serger Sewing Machine

When you are ready to buy a serger sewing machine, the options may be confusing. You may have a lot of questions, so let’s try to answer some of those now.

  1. Budget. Always the first thing to consider. What do you plan on spending for your serger sewing machine? We always recommend you buy the best you can afford.
  2. Overlock vs. Coverstitch. When we talk about sergers these words get thrown around. A serger sewing machine is also called an “overlock” machine, as defined by how the stitches are formed. A coverstitch machine is not the same as an overlock/serger.
  3. What features do I need with my serger?
    Adjustable differential feed. For sewing both knits and woven fabrics.
    Adjustable stitch length and width
    Variable sewing speed controlled by a foot pedal just like your sewing machine.
    Easy to change presser foot
    Light. It is rare but you will find a serger sewing machine without a built in light— ick!
    Color coded thread paths/guides. This helps you thread your machine.
    Adjustable foot pressure for sewing different weights of fabric.
    Removable stitch finger. Allows you to sew rolled hems when removed.
  4. What features can I live without?
    Free arm/flat bed conversion.
    Built-in storage.
    Adjustable cutting width
    Cover stitch conversion.
    Different feet. Can be purchased as needed.
    Automatic threader for needles
    Pneumatic threading
    LCD screens

At Fabricate Studios, we use a Brother 1034d serger. This is a great serger for beginners and beyond. You can always find this machine on sale on Amazon. And once you purchase your serger, we offer Beginner Serger 101 classes to help you learn how to use your serger for sewing and garment making.