Using the serger for construction, finishing seams and hemming gives any garment that i make that professional look outside and inside. If you are more comfortable using a sewing machine, then we will recommend you to sew the fabric.
The key with serging seams is to not stretch one layer more than the other.
How to use a serger to sew knits. Typically a setting of 1 or lower works well with knits. But all of your main construction seams are done exclusively by your serger. When sewing, remember to backstitch at the beginning and end of every seam to secure.
You then use your sewing machine or coverstitch machine to hem and topstitch. The looping of the threads creates a stitch that is virtually. If you're looking for videos specific to using a serger we have a growing playlist on our youtube channel.
How to use a serger to sew knits. This is where pins come in handy; A walking foot is a really handy accessory for sewing knits.
After reaching the first corner, you need to take one or two stitches off the edge just to create enough chain to pivot the fabric. Also leave long thread tails until they are secured. For this, go slowly so that you do not take too many stitches.
To finish, trim the seam allowance close to. This is easy and will require less time and hassle as well. On light to medium weight knits, try using a stitch length of 1.5 and a width of 5.
I usually use a 4 thread overlock stitch on my serger when i'm using knit fabric. Just always remember to remove them while you sew as you don’t want to break your blade. This is the method i use to sew my knit clothing, purely because it’s quick and easy.
After that, lift the foot up once you have created enough chain and then pivot the fabric in the line with the edge. A serger is a special sewing machine that will serger (sews together) trim, and finish the edge of the fabric all in one step. This setting closely mimics the look and function of an overlock stitch.
Get out your manual and if it has the option, adjust your machine’s presser foot pressure. If the pressure is too high when you’re sewing knits, it’ll stretch out your seams.