As anyone who makes clothing on their own personal sewing machine knows, serger sewing machines can make stitching strong and sturdy seams a snap. Models like the Janome 8002D Serger give you the ability to make garments that look like they are straight from the factory. Yet sergers can make more than one type of stitch, so get the most from your unit by choosing the right one.
The overlock stitch is the most commonly used one on serger sewing machines since it produces a strong, flat, flexible seam with an enclosed allowance. Many factory-made garments are finished with an overlock. It can be used for finishing most apparel unless the fabric is especially stretchy or a different look is desired.
A 4-thread overlock is a strong stitch that most sergers are capable of making, including the Janome 8002D Serger. Some models can also make a five thread overlock or a flatter, less bulky two or three thread overlock. It can be used on thinner and lighter fabrics or fabric with a bit of stretch provided the seam will not see a lot of stress.
The overedge stitch is similar to the overlock except it is made using only two threads that wrap over the edge of the fabric differently. It makes a more attractive edge than the standard overlock, which is useful if the thread will be seen. The overedge can be made with many serging sewing machines and is most suitable as a finish on delicate fabrics.
The flatlock stitch has a distinctive look with loops on the inside of the seam and horizontal lines or "ladders" on the outside of the fabric. It can be made on many sergers using two or three threads and is used to seam fabric that will lie open and flat. The flatlock is great for sportswear, swimwear, and other garments made from fabric that requires a lot of stretch in the seam.
4. Rolled Edge
Rolled edges or hems made with serger sewing machines make attractive edge finishes for lighter fabrics. It is commonly used to edge sheets and pillows, tablecloths, delicate garments, and other fabric where a fancier edge is desired. It is produced using two or three threads that are finer and more decorative.
The chain stitch is a decorative way of sewing that can be made with machines like the Janome 8002D Serger. It has no stretch at all so it is not recommended for actual seaming; however, it does create a nice linked chain look on the top of an item. The chain is most suitable as topstitching and can also be made with two or three threads for varying widths.
Serger sewing machines are a great investment if you enjoy making clothing or other items that need a strong, neat seam. Sewing machines like the Janome 8002D Serger allow you to choose from a number of seam stitches depending on what fabric you use to get a secure seam that is as flexible as you need it to be. With the added ability to do simple topstitching, sergers will help you make beautiful, professional-looking garments in the comfort of your own home!